[Engagement] Wenona & Titus – Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, NY

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I couldn’t help but smile the entire time I was going through these photos for the blog, much less capturing them on the day of their engagement session. Wenona and Titus are truly AMAZING for putting up with my wackadoodle humor and direction. These two were game for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING – which is simply music to every photographer’s ears. 

We kicked off their session on the roof deck of a parking garage (if you know, you know), followed up with a little bit of acrobatics and silliness in a field nearby, and wrapped up on the Tarrytown waterfront as the sun began to set over the Hudson River.

And yes, it was absolutely as much fun as it looks :).

[Wedding] Rachel & Matt – New Jersey Backyard Wedding

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“In every crisis, there is opportunity.”

– Chinese Proverb

This pandemic is, without a doubt, one of the worst tragedies we’ve all experienced in our lifetimes. But even so, I remind myself to count my blessings every day; there’s food in my stomach, a roof over my head, and my loved ones are (for the most part) safe and healthy during these crazy, crazy times. By all accounts, our cups have runneth over and we’re so incredibly grateful for that.

This pandemic has also profoundly changed the way our couples host their weddings, and it’s indirectly affected the way we document them. And you know what? I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing. When you take away the packed dance floors, the large bridal parties, the fireworks, and 80% of the guest list, what do you have?

A wedding.

Yes, it’s still a wedding – that part has not changed.  But now, because of the pandemic, our couples are finding themselves hosting intimate celebrations with some of the most super-duper important people in their lives. And as documentary wedding photographers, we think that’s kinda cool :).

Why? Grandma gets a few more hugs. The family dog gets a few more kisses. The couples get a few more moments alone to themselves. Now that the pressure of a typical wedding day itinerary is gone, we can savor every wonderful moment of this beautiful day. 

Like many others, Rachel & Matt’s original wedding plans were dashed due to COVID (and their Plan B was rained out – so technically, this backyard wedding was their Plan C). With only a few weeks to plan, and bucket-loads of elbow grease, these families pulled together and threw one of the finest backyard weddings I’ve seen during these times :). We’re so honored to document part 1 of these celebrations, and look forward to documenting part 2 of their celebrations next year!

 

Catering: Jacques Exclusive Catering // Ceremony/Officiant: Rabbi Andrea // Dress: Emmy Mae // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: HUGO // Jewelry: Emma Katzka, Sevgi Jewelry // Floral/Décor: Peonies to Paint Chips // Ketubah Artist: Jennifer Raichman 

[Wedding] Sheena & Ben – NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury, NY

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Planning a wedding amidst a global pandemic has gotten everyone a little crazy these days. When every state has their own health & safety guidelines changing every day, it’s impossible to keep track. But the silver lining in all of this has been the shrinking guest lists and a drastic reduction of moving parts – which I imagine would relieve a bit of our collective anxiety. Throw in a positive attitude and a smile, you’re already 90% there :). 

Sheena & Ben’s original wedding was supposed to take place in New Jersey, but it was simply logistically impossible; the rules here literally change every day. So Sheena & Ben did the next best thing: they hosted an intimate ceremony and cocktail near their home in Long Island instead. Of all the places in the universe, they picked deSeversky Mansion to host their celebration – that’s one helluva “Plan B” :). 


[Wedding] Kelsy & Nick – Arrow Park in Monroe, NY

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Like most other engaged couples in the universe this year, Kelsy & Nick had to postpone their nuptials due to COVID (
twice, I might add). So when I received their inquiry and heard about their story, I was 100% on board before even knowing all the details, or even meeting with the couple themselves. The conversation with their planner sorta went like this:

“Oh, it’s a Wednesday wedding.” Done!

“We only need a couple of hours.” Done!

“There’s going to be yummy food.” Double-done!

The fact that their wedding took place at one of the most gorgeous venues I’ve ever seen in Hudson Valley was just icing on this proverbial wedding cake – but the TL;DR version is this: these two humans are amazing, as are all the VIPs who came in from out of town to help them celebrate one of the most beautiful days in their lives. 

Venue: Arrow Park // Catering: Peppercorn Events // Ceremony/Officiant: Anthony Messina // Hair & Make-up: Sister of bride // Dress: Maggie Sottero, from Kleinfeld Bridal // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein // Jewelry: Brilliant Earth // Floral/Décor: Mitch Kolby Events // Entertainment: LB Entertainment // Stationery: Zola // Favors: Stumptown Coffee Roasters // Planner/Coordinator: The Finer Details

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