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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 Land’s End I Part 3

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Land’s End in Sayville is a lovely venue for a wedding. It’s always fun to photograph a new place. It was a beautiful clear blue sky day when I first saw the place in late afternoon light. I hadn’t realized the Fire Island ferries go past there all day long and it was fun to watch the boats. Indian weddings rarely take place on beaches simply because it’s not the easiest thing to accommodate 300 plus guests. It was a very hot July 4th holiday weekend out on Long Island. Family and friends took cover under sunny yellow parasols at the auspicious wedding hour (determined by the priest) of noon to enjoy the ceremony and got the added bonus of a flyby…a surprise from the bride’s father for the couple.

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Venue: Land’s End, Sayville, NY

Caterer: Bukhara Grill 

Decorator: Aakriti

Videographer: Devindra Ramdehal

Hair: Archita Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

 

Heather & Mathew I Old Stone House I Brooklyn wedding portraits

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Yes, parts of Brooklyn can look like the countryside. This particularly idyllic scene was smack in the middle of a city playground. Heather and Mathew were married at a small, intimate ceremony at the Stone Park Cafe in Park Slope and we had this great location just across the street.

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Brooklyn Wedding Portraits Old Stone House

Brooklyn Wedding Portraits Old Stone House

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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Daniele & Scott – Central Park Wedding

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I met Scott and Daniele just one week before their wedding at the Ladies’ Pavilion in Central Park, funnily enough, standing outside NY Magazine’s Weddings Event.  They wandered by and asked what the event was inside.  As it turned out they were getting married very soon. So a short conversation on the sidewalk and a somewhat longer one by phone led to me photographing their wedding in a very lovely spot in the park. If they really love their photos maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get an invite to the much bigger wedding they are planning in Brazil.  In the meantime, I’m definitely going to take them up on their lunch invitation.

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Mona & Jason’s Indian wedding – Old Greenwich, Connecticut

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

When I met Mona and Jason they’d already tied the knot legally and their traditional Indian wedding was a year away. Having grown up with my set of Indian parents it didn’t surprise me at all that it made Mona’s parents happy (or maybe they insisted?) that they took that legal step before they moved in together. I’ve actually known Indian couples that didn’t tell their parents they were living together before they got married! Things are changing, but we Indians can be very traditional and we are big on the BIG Indian wedding. Though they were already married their wedding still had that special feeling that comes with celebrating your marriage with your family and friends watching. They had a fun vibe together that came across beautifully in photos.

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Old Greenwich, Connecticut

Rebecca & David’s wedding celebration, Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Rebecca and David brought their newborn daughter, 2-month-old Adelaide, with them to Brooklyn City Hall to get married the day before their wedding celebration at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.  Though the price seems to have gone up from $25 to $35 for a marriage license it definitely ranks as the most low-cost wedding ceremony I can think of.

David is a coffee guy and works for Intelligentsia.  The couple literally met over coffee in Seattle since Rebecca’s company was doing pr for a coffee company David worked for.  For their wedding not only did they have the wonderful food (check out the petite cocktail burgers!) at Blue Hill for their small, intimate celebration they had 3 world barista champions as guests and ended the night with a fun coffee service.

Everything was a lush and beautiful green for the celebration.  If you haven’t been to Blue Hill at Stone Barns it’s a working farm open to visitors.  Much of the incredible food comes from the farm itself. They raise chickens, cows, sheep and turkeys.  The lambs were just 3 weeks old. It’s a wonderful place to visit and, of course, a great place for a wedding celebration.

Meg and Drew, Yale Club, New York

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I met Meg and Drew at the Brooklyn Wedding Crashers event early in the year.  They seemed to like my low key approach to weddings and when it came time to start planning their wedding Meg contacted me.  They made it very clear that they weren’t into posed photos and “forced groupings”.  Though my emphasis is always on catching the natural, candid moments I’m very into doing great portraits as well and I think we had some lovely ones with such a beautiful setting at the Yale Club and Grand Central Station.  I’ve shared a couple of them here.  I think my favorite moment of the day was Drew serenading Meg at the reception…putting all his time with the Yale Whiffenpoofs to good use.  My second favorite was Meg’s dance with her father that they took lessons for.  I was told to make sure I had great photos of that moment.

Getting Ready: InterContinental, New York Barclay Hotel

Venue: Yale Club of New York

Portraits: Yale Club and Grand Central Station







Aditi & Mick, Indian wedding, Morristown, NJ

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Aditi and Mick’s wedding was July 4th weekend. They had all the traditional elements of an Indian wedding and managed to have the wedding day reflect their personalities as well.  I have countless photos of Aditi, in particular, laughing like crazy so I know they enjoyed the day thoroughly.  There were plenty of people to share the happiness with too, with 8 bridesmaids and groomsmen and hundreds of guests.  It was a long, long day…15 hours in total and lots of fun.

The couples I’ve worked with probably have a good idea that I’m a bit irreverent about things and like to look for the details that show the humorous and unique things about each wedding along with capturing the beauty and emotions of the day. A few of the photos below are perfect examples of that:  Both Aditi and Mick had the same tattoo (below).  Aditi came up with the ingenious idea of using suspenders to keep up her very heavy beaded skirt in place, which I thought was a brilliant idea. It’s the first time I’ve seen a plastic bag used to help slide bracelets onto a bride’s arm. And for some reason, I really liked the fact that the garlands were carefully laid to rest on the tv in the bridal suite at the end of the ceremony.

I can’t speak highly enough about the staff at the Hyatt Hotel in Morristown or the wonderful iced tea in the lobby which really helped with the heat!

I also had the pleasure of working with Anoli, her husband, and the rest of their crew from Shaadi Story for the first time. They were great about coordinating the video with my photography.  I’m looking forward to seeing their video of the wedding.

Reception: Hyatt Hotel, Morristown, NJ

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