Lindsay and Kolby were married on May 27th, with a ceremony at the Church of St. Francis Xavier and a reception at the Sunset Terrace Wedding at Chelsea Piers NYC.
Both the bride and groom got ready at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the venue. This unassuming hotel is set on a side street behind Penn Station and had spacious rooms with tons of light, not to mention the beautifully-designed lobby where we had free range for our photographs. I love hidden gems like this.
We staged a first look before heading over to Gramercy Park for their portraits. During this time, I could really see how genuine and fun Lindsay and Kolby are—and so expressive. They share a love of the higher echelons of both academics and faith, and that passion carried over into everything they did in preparation for their ceremony and beyond.
Kolby’s sister is a minister herself, so they were lucky enough to have her officiate over their beautiful ceremony. This personal touch made the ceremony that much more intimate, and it truly showed the love everyone present had for these two.
We made our way to Chelsea Piers for the reception under a dramatic and rapidly changing sky, and to this day, I am convinced that the groom must have called in some kind of heavenly favor for their reception. As Kolby got up to give his speech, the sun descended into such a spot that only he and Lindsay, who was across the room, were illuminated—at the precise moment that he started to gush about her. I doubt anyone else in the room even noticed, but as a photographer, I was having a moment!
I’ve seen a lot of weddings at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, and that’s certainly the venue that most people have heard of. But the Sunset Terrace is a lesser-known gem that I adore. With elevated, panoramic views of the Hudson River and the ability to open the doors in the entire space, you feel one with the outside. It is a perfect, peaceful alternative for weddings that don’t need to accommodate too much space for 200 guests.
Lindsay & Kolby, being a part of your New York City wedding was a delight. I loved being part of your celebrations as you both singlehandedly kept up the most amazing energy, nonstop, all night long. I wish you all the best.
Venue: Chelsea Piers NYC
Caterer: Neuman’s Kitchen https://www.neumanskitchen.com
Cake: Billy’s Bakery https://billysbakerynyc.com
Florist: City Iris
Stationary: Bella Figura
Hair: Lauren Decosimo
Makeup: Evy Drew
DJ: Alden Entertainment
Transportation: George Karan Limos
Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Nicole and Colin were married on June 10th, with a ceremony at St. Ignatius Loyola and a reception at the NY Athletic Club.
I was able to photograph the rehearsal dinner for these two the night before the wedding. So, by the time the big day rolled around, I truly felt like I was familiar with all the family members and was eagerly anticipating the wedding right alongside everyone else.
On the day of the wedding, I met up with Nicole at the suite in the NY Athletic Club as she finished her hair and makeup. Meanwhile, Colin got ready at their apartment. The club has so much beautiful light to use in their rooms as well as their terraces. We made use of both before it was time to go to the church. Nicole and Colin were going for a classic, iconic NYC look, and the 1950’s Rolls Royce that showed up on Central Park South to take Nicole to the park summed that right up. I love the way the white car looks in front of the shaded façade of the church.
Father Walsh, a close friend of the groom’s family, led the Mass, making the ceremony especially memorable because of the personal connection. When it was through, we were sure to get family photos on the steps of the iconic church before we headed out and about Central Park for more portraits—again, capturing that quintessential “classic NYC” feeling.
After the portraits, we made our way to the NYAC for cocktails and the reception. The terrace off of the main dining room is a gem, the perfect way for guests to get a private outdoor setting in the middle of Manhattan, though my favorite images were the ones up on the roof. From there, we had a jaw-dropping view of Central Park and Upper Manhattan—a perfect setting for some unique photos of the bride and groom.
Of course, the stunning décor was greatly helped by Ariston Flowers, who are a household name in New York. This was my second week in a row working with them, and I thought the décor was the perfect complement for the space. And it should be—they are one of the house vendors and know the space intimately well.
Nicole & Colin, your wedding was picture perfect and truly captured that classic NYC feeling, from the iconic church to the famed athletic club and everything in between. It was my pleasure to photograph you and your friends and family, and I wish you all the very best.
Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge
Bride’s Shoes: Rene Caovilla
Bridesmaids Dresses: Kate Spade
Florist: Ariston Flowers
Stationary: Shine Wedding Invitations
Hair & Makeup: Roland Brummer
Danielle and Greg were married on June 3rd, with a ceremony and reception at Cipriani on 42nd St.
On the day of the wedding, Danielle got ready right across the street from Cipriani at the Grand Hyatt, New York. This was a particularly spectacular location because of its direct connection to Grand Central Terminal, where Danielle and Greg saw each other for the first time. We staged a first look in the main hall of the train station—a magical moment for not only Danielle and Greg but all the tourists, travelers, and passersby.
After we left GCT, we walked a few blocks to the New York Public Library for some pictures on the steps out front. We managed to time it perfectly as the sun came out for a gorgeous backlight of the bride, groom, and bridal party, too! I love photographing couples at the New York Public Library because it is such an amazing, historic building in the middle of Manhattan. And the fact that we got the lighting just right was stroke of good luck, since the library only gets direct sunlight for a few hours of the day.
Finally, we returned to Cipriani, where Ariston Flowers had designed a beautiful wall of florals to set the stage for the ceremony. (I wondered what they would use it for after the ceremony, and as it turned out, it was the most epic backdrop for the photo booth!) Danielle had the most memorable entrance into the ceremony, too. The lights were raised, and she made her way down the aisle looking absolutely stunning.
Then, it was off to the party! The Original Faze 4 band kept the dance floor packed all night in the cavernous, awe-inspiring space, and everyone danced their hearts out until it was time to head home.
The entire wedding was simply stunning in the landmarked Cipriani. The venue was once the Bowery Savings Bank; historic and gorgeous making every moment a “wow” moment.
I’d also be remiss if I didn’t thank Frank Ahm Films for their work with me at this wedding. Their Sneak Peek of the wedding was amazing!
Danielle & Greg, it’s been so much fun working with you—from your engagement session to your wedding. I can’t wait to put together the album; it’s going to be beautiful!
Videographer: Frank Ahn Films
Flowers: Ariston Flowers
Band: “The Original Faze 4”