Candy + Mark / / Narragansett, Rhode Island Wedding

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 in Destination Wedding, Wedding

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After I finished photographing Candace + Mark in front of this rolling and expansive ocean, we walked back together to their venue.  Candy, laughing + happy, thanked me repeatedly for being there and for being sooo amazing, etc, etc and I definitely blushed in the gratitude, you know – uncomfortable but like DON’T STOP.  Headed back to the reception with Mark, she told me that I was the very first contract they signed after getting engaged last year.  That I – hiring me as their wedding photographer – was the first decision she knew she wanted to make.  While she most likely picked up on my slightly embarrassed awkwardness, I don’t think she realized that at this point I had to stay out in the courtyard for a minute afterwards alone, full out crying blinking away some tears.

I feel like these words should be fancier, bigger, grander but Candace, Mark — thank you for choosing me to document this incredible day.  I hope you know how important this is to me — and that the reason I sobbed gracefully wept in the courtyard was that I’m the one that was so lucky to be a part of your day.  I didn’t feel like a wedding vendor you picked out of a hat — I felt like a part of your family. You know, like Mark’s 4th brother or something.  The love that you shared so effortlessly with me is the reason that I love photographing weddings.

From my heart to yours — the photo story of your wedding day:

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The AMAZING team:  

My second: Mihae Hinayon 
Planner: Infinite Events 
Caterer: McGrath Clambakes
Florist: FlowerThyme
Hair + Makeup: Studio B
DJ: Music Mixes RI 

 

 

Sneak Peek – Soyoung + Romain at NYC City Hall

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 in ELOPEMENT, Wedding

More photos + words to come … but in the meantime here’s a lovely sneak peek of Soyoung + Romain’s NYC elopement this past Friday.

These two are all magic.

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Jen + Lauren Get Married / Prospect Park Wedding

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 in Same Love, Wedding

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I knew that Jen + Lauren’s wedding day was going to be pretty spectacular when I showed up at Lauren’s apartment for the (some of my favorite) getting ready photos — and there she was, sitting on the floor in her underwear, calmly putting together her floral crown and offering me something to drink or eat.  I half glanced around, unsure if I should bend over and quietly check in to make sure she knew that it was her wedding day.  But that lovely, calm, beautiful and centered energy just followed us the entire day.

This wedding will go down as one of my favorite days — let alone one of my favorite weddings.  They are amazing people — with amazing friends (who all look killer in floral), amazing family — and most of all — they share the most amazing love.  It was such an honor to document that love — and be there throughout the day to capture all the love, the emotions, the laughter, the moments.

On a more personal note — I have to note that it was pretty incredible to be editing this wedding and looking at these photos during the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.  Being gay, I felt that decision deep in my bones and felt the immense gratitude for the direction I feel our world is headed … but it was a whole other level to be immersed in a couple’s actual wedding.  In other words, I cried more than I should admit on editing days.

I just hope that I’m not the only one that can feel the love in these photographs — and the constant reminder that always, and forever, no matter what, #lovewins.

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the AMAZING team:

Coordinator:  Allison Kao of Marry Me NYC
Hand dyed Floral Backdrop: Gina Paola Design
Photobooth: The Bosco
Illustrations/Invitations: Lauren Kaelin (the just married one holding the corgi above)
Jen’s Suit: Bindle & Keep

And a special thanks to my patient + supportive + talented second shooter, Kat Cheng!