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!

Derek + Bryan / Hudson Valley Gay Engagement Session

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 in Engagement, Same Love

Bow ties, blue pants and these two.  One of my new favorites.  Meet Derek + Bryan.

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