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.
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!
Bow ties, blue pants and these two. One of my new favorites. Meet Derek + Bryan.
Laura + Ryan met up with me for some lovely wedding day portraits before they got hitched in Vegas this past winter. They love Vegas and thankfully — Vegas loves them back.
I was fortunate to be able to photograph the details of an incredible wedding at the ever so lovely Locusts on Hudson in Rhinebeck. The location is just magical — right on the Hudson — helllooo amazing views. The beautiful property is all updated — giving the classic feel a very modern vibe. And then — there was the wedding! Utterly fantastic — the flowers were wild + beautiful and all of the details were a bit breathtaking. I was walking around in awe the entire time — but I did manage to take a few photographs.
Wedding Planners: AaB Creates of NYC
Location: Locusts on Hudson
I am so thrilled to be working with the incredible Kate — the woman / genius behind H&H Weddings, a website and blog dedicated to providing resources and support for LGBT couples planning their wedding. They are featuring a real life (not to mention ridiculously adorable) couple, Jen + Lauren — and following them through their own wedding process. (Head over to H&H Weddings to read Jen’s amazing proposal story!) I met up with Jen + Lauren a few weeks ago in their NYC neighborhood and we walked through Prospect Park for a lovely engagement shoot.
They were utterly fantastic — super easy going plus they politely ignored my frantic heavy breathing as I raced them through a two hour session in about 35 minutes. And even better — they reminded me how much I love love — and how I feel so lucky to have the chance to document the realness of it just there, existing, between two amazing people.