I met up with Ally and Danny on October 18th for an engagement session in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.
One of the greatest things about photographing engagement sessions in New York City is the wide variety of locations available. In this case, Ally and Danny wanted a completely different feeling from their upcoming wedding at the Central Park Boathouse in the spring. So, for their engagement session, the neighborhood of Williamsburg brought a totally distinct vibe.
We met up at the new Williams Vale Hotel, where we shot upstairs in the bar, relaxed, grabbed drinks, and looked around for interesting picture opportunities while the late afternoon sun streamed in. You never know what kind of things might pop up—like a photo op waiting for an elevator.
The hotel’s landscaped deck was one flight up from the street and was the perfect place to hang out and grab some Master Dips for a mid-session bite before we ventured out into the neighborhood. It was the perfect opportunity to find some quiet and for Ally and Danny to take a moment to get comfortable without a bunch of people around.
As the light began to dissipate, we wandered past the Wythe Hotel, looking for interesting backdrops. It was such a nice fall afternoon, and we were able to watch the sun go down at East River State Park in great moods after such a productive session.
One of the reasons I like to shoot so late in the day is that the light keeps changing, creating different moods as we go along. It doesn’t take a lot of time to get unique and varied looks. I especially love that, as we get up to the edge of how much light we’re able to shoot in, the session takes on a quiet, intimate feeling, perfect for engagement shoots.
I’m always busy in the fall with engagement sessions—I think I photographed four this week—but it’s my favorite season of the year. I love the chance to get to know my couples before their upcoming wedding and to give them some more casual pictures for save the dates, wedding websites, and invitations.
Danny & Ally, thank you for asking me to be your engagement photographer. I truly enjoyed spending the evening out with you.
The William Vale
East River State Park
Hailey and David were married on September 9th, with a ceremony and reception at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY.
These two were referred to me by a former bride of mine, Katharine Gray, who has also referred many of her other friends. As a wedding photographer, it’s the nicest compliment to know that she appreciates my work and trusts me with her friends’ pictures. And, of course, I sincerely appreciate it.
I met up with Hailey in the locker room of the beautiful Glen Oaks Club after she had gotten her hair done at a local salon. There, she got her makeup done and got into her dress, while David was nearby getting ready at the Viana Hotel in Westbury. We staged a first look on the golf course, followed by some photos with the bridal party on the back patio of the club before going inside for some family pictures.
The Glen Oaks golf course is one of the heralded treasures of the area. In fact, while we were taking pictures for the wedding, we saw preparations getting underway throughout the grounds for an upcoming US Open. It was a warm, familiar space for Hailey, too, because many people in her family are longtime members of the club.
The sunlight was just beginning to dim when we finished with our pictures, which set the stage for the ceremony, beautifully decorated by Atlas Florals. The stunning chuppah was just a preview of what was to come, as the ballroom was absolutely overflowing with flowers. It took three full days to load everything in and set up—with great emphasis on the jaw-dropping ceiling arrangement.
I really enjoyed photographing Hailey & David’s ceremony. Cantor Schwartz brought some beautiful, glistening qualities to the wedding that had some excited guests in the back on their feet with delight. And yet they never lost that intimate feeling during the ceremony—which is especially impressive when you have a room full of a couple hundred other people.
Thank you, Hailey & David, for allowing me to be part of your love story. It was a pleasure to come to your home for your engagement session, and I enjoyed photographing your spirited, absolutely beautiful wedding.
Florist: Atlas Florals
Cinema: The Light Mill
Band: Hank Lane Band
Planning: Ariana Stecker of Save the Date
Cake: Butterfly Bakeshop
Justin & Ian were married September 16, 2017 in a sincere, touching ceremony with glistening happy tears at the W New York Union Square in the middle of New York City. These handsome gentleman called me up from Texas to have me photograph their wedding, and I was delighted to shoot for them!
Getting ready in separate rooms, the grooms readied their made-to-measure navy tuxedos from Suit Supply before we set up the magical moment of their first look on the grand staircase of the hotel. After a quick jaunt around Union Square, the time warp that is a wedding day led us right in to the ceremony. Justin & Ian’s infectiousness love for each other made portraits a breeze.
Flo NY Events did a beautiful job dressing with white florals the stately ballroom of the W which made for a lovely backdrop for several wonderful speeches, parent dances and a lively dance floor thanks to DJ Marvl of Scratch Music.
Getting the opportunity to photograph such a loving couple and their families is what makes this job fun and fulfilling. Thank you Justin & Ian for having me!
Cake: Butterfly Bakery
Florist: Flo NY Events
Grooms’ Attire: Suit Supply
DJ: Scratch Music, DJ Marvl
Rings: Krombholtz Jewelers