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Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Carlyle On The Green I Part 4

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Don’t know how Radhika did it, but she continued to be full of energy and look beautiful 14 hours into her wedding day at the start of our second portrait session. She took it all in stride as well when her reception dress went temporarily AWOL throwing off the schedule. Luckily, the families took my advice to pad their schedule with extra time in case of problems! We went from beach venue to golf course at Carlyle On The Green in Old Bethpage. Late afternoon summer light is such a great time for portraits and the golf course provided a beautiful setting (while paying attention to stay out of the way of flying golf balls and golfers!). I love the red foliage on the side of the first portrait. No swan ice sculpture for this couple. The airplane sculpture was in honor of Arpit’s love of flying.

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Venue: Carlyle on the Green 

Decorator: Aakriti

Caterer: Bukhara Grill 

Cake: Dortoni Bakery 

Videography: Devindra Ramdehal

Hair: Architia Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Long Island I Part 1

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I had the pleasure of spending the long July 4th weekend photographing a three-day Indian wedding with a bride with the same name as me. I don’t think I’ve ever met Indians who could party and dance quite as much as these two families and their friends. They had the Bollywood dancing down for sure (see the reception post to come). They definitely needed energy and stamina. ‘Rise and Shine’ was the perfect message for a bride who got up at 4am to start her hair and makeup for her 18-hour wedding day and after dancing non-stop with all her wedding guests till midnight.  There were so many great moments that it made sense to show the images from this wedding in several blog posts. Radhika’s family had a special ceremony at their home in Holbrook to greet the bride before her wedding…an emotional time for the close-knit family and a sweet Indian tradition that ritualizes the daughter leaving her family home to start her new life.

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Getting Ready Venue: Hyatt, Hauppauge, Long Island

Hair: Archita Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

Videography: Devindra Ramdehal 

 

 

Nadia & Dave I Round Hill House I Hudson Valley

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

You know a wedding that starts with firemen and a blind-folded groom with beer in hand is going to be a good one! I just couldn’t resist posting these and I know Dave in particular will appreciate them.

 

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Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer

Katherine and Burkett I The Metropolitan Building

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Katherine and Burkett didn’t want to gamble with our iffy New York Spring weather and chose a wonderful indoor venue in Long Island City, The Metropolitan Building. It’s a fantastic location for any kind of photo shoot because it has great light and lots of cool rooms and props to work with. I wanted to post a few of the portraits from their wedding. I’ll put together a longer post on their wedding day soon. Stay tuned.

 

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Venue: The Metropolitan Building 

Ruchira and Raghav I Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Ruchira and Raghav had a beautiful, elegant Spring wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As Indian weddings go it was ‘small’. Small being a very relative word since most Indian weddings I photograph have a minimum of 300 guests. They couldn’t have asked for a better setting.

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Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Decorator: Elegant Affairs

Hair: Nikki Avanzino

Makeup: Elizabeth Black

Betsy & Sibin I Destination Wedding I San Juan, Puerto Rico

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I love destination weddings. It’s a wonderful thing to have a small group of family and friends spending time together over several days to celebrate a wedding. Betsy and Sibin couldn’t have chosen a better location than Old San Juan for the their wedding. It was sweet moment to have Betsy’s mother walked her down the aisle of Holy Trinity Methodist Church in the absence of her father, who had passed away. One of my favorite photos is of Betsy and Sibin leaving the church with the words “God is Love” at the door. The Hotel El Convento was a beautiful location for portraits. A big thanks to Kathi Littwin for working with me on this wedding.

There were too many photos to share so please check on the second blog post that shows off more of the couple’s portraits and the beauty of Old San Juan in a day after shoot.

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Getting ready:  Conrad Hotel

Ceremony: Holy Trinity Methodist Church

Reception: Ritz Carlton Hotel 

Portraits: Hotel El Convento

Event planner - The Event by Merylin, Merylin Andino

Decorator - Intic Corp, Jaasiel Pacheco

Wedding cake - C+M Contemporary Designers

Hair & makeup – Q’za

DJ - Big J Music Services

Videographer - Blink and Sin Pictures

 

Betsy & Sibin I Destination Wedding Portraits I Old San Juan, Puert Rico

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

One couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location for a wedding than San Juan in Puerto Rico.  The problem was choosing between the many wonderful places a portrait session. We decided to do a day after session before flying back to New York and the lovely Castillo de San Cristobal and on the streets of old San Juan.  The Fort completed in 1783 is a national historic site and  built by Spain to protect the city against attacks.

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Betsy and Sibin I Engagement Portraits I Dumbo, Brooklyn

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Betsy and Sibin’s Puerto Rico wedding is coming up super fast….right after New Year’s.  I’m excited to be shooting their San Juan wedding. And looking forward to some warm weather  (just a little bit).  We managed to sneak this shoot in ahead of their January destination wedding in one of my favorite areas to shoot.  It was nice to see Jane’s Carousel up and running again after Superstorm Sandy flooded the park.

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Lydia & Dave I Wedding Portraits I Newcomb Hollow Beach, Cape Cod

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Lydia and I met many many years ago in Vietnam when we were both starting out professionally and finding our way in a vastly different culture to our own. Since then we’ve had some pretty crazy adventures together…one with some ‘dangerous’cows and knives under our sleeping bags in the Australian outback that’s particularly memorable. I was pretty excited one of my closest friends found a great guy, Dave, to marry. And perhaps just as excited that they chose to get married on Cape Cod. Lydia and Dave were game to get up at the very early hour of 5:30am two days after their wedding to humor me with a sunrise portrait session. Dave mentioned something about becoming familiar with the perfectionist mentality in getting to know Lydia so she’d paved the way for this moment so to speak.

I must admit that I’m more of a late night person than an early riser so it can indeed be painful to get up for dawn and very tempting to turn off the alarm and go back to bed. When you actually do manage to get yourself out of bed and are lucky enough to find the light is incredible, the world is a peaceful place full of promise and you’ve been given the gift of a gorgeous sunrise there’s nothing better.

Congrats Lydia and Dave! I wish you many more beautiful sunrises together.

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Nicole & Brian I Montauk Wedding, East by Northeast

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I grew up on LI, but only made it out to Montauk for the first time a few years ago. I love that if you drive that little extra bit past the Hamptons you find this laid back, casual beach town vibe. Even better when you go in the off-season. So a wedding on a beautiful May day just before Memorial Day weekend was ideal.  Nicole and Brian picked Montauk for their wedding because they’ve spent every summer there since they’ve been together. They chose a beautiful setting overlooking Montauk’s Fort Pond.

I must admit to thinking it was pretty cool when Nicole told me that Brian’s family owned the Memory Motel in Montauk. Mick Jagger supposedly played there a few times and the Rolling Stones’ Memory Motel from their album Black and Blue takes it’s title from there.

Nicole’s choice of decorations and details were very appealing. I loved the lavender of her bouquet and the boutonnieres and the beautiful brooch from her great grandmother than adorned her bouquet.  Nicole wanted their wedding to have a ‘rustic chic’ style and not be overly formal. She thinks of peonies and hydrangeas as feminine blooms.  The candy buffet appealed to her sweet tooth and her love for old-fashioned candy stores.

I’ve been really loving the dresses of my brides. Nicole had a beautiful Vera Wang design with ivory cap-sleeves which she felt contributed to the romantic, vintage feel she was going for. Her first job in New York was working for Vera Wang so it was particularly fitting that she wore one of the designers dresses years later.

P.S. Those photos of surprise on Nicole’s face are all about Brian surprising her with a trip to Africa.

Venue: East by Northeast

Makeup/Hair: Erica Ogawa

Flowers: Bella Flowers

Cake: Watermill Cupcake Company

Band: Green Machine

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