[Wedding] Rosalen & Chris – Douglaston Manor in Douglaston, NY

I remember the first time we met Rosalen and Chris; we were sitting inside a dimly lit booth next to the bar with 80’s music playing quietly in the background. Our tentative meeting over coffee had somehow turned into a semi-double-date over drinks and appetizers, and we spent the afternoon listening to them excitedly describing their wedding plans in great detail. Somewhere in between the melange of Bon Jovi and our second round of drinks, we discovered there be two receptions: one in NY and one in Aruba, with their NY celebration being the smaller, quieter affair for friends and family who wouldn’t be able to make it to their destination wedding extravaganza in Aruba. As they contemplated on whether or not they needed coverage for their small and intimate NY wedding, we pretty much made the decision for them: If it’s going to take place in the middle of January and you only need us for another 1-2 hours? Count us in :). We received an email from Rosalen one week before their NY wedding, explaining that the celebration had been slightly upgraded to dinner. Not a problem. When we arrived on the morning of their big day, Chris reassured us again that it was going to be a low-key affair, and it was going to be one of the easiest days we’ll ever shoot (which it was). If we hadn’t been shooting weddings for as long as we have, we certainly would’ve believed them. But because we have (been shooting quite a number of weddings), we should’ve told them that the wedding-gods also have ears :). Their wedding day started in adjacent rooms at the Bryant Park Hotel.

Bride preps for her wedding day in her Bryant Park Hotel room. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding rings at the Bryant Park Hotel, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding make up at the Bryant Park Hotel, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Bride puts on her wedding dress at the Bryant Park Hotel, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Groom preps on his wedding day in his Bryant Park Hotel room. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Groom adjusts his tie in his Bryant Park hotel room on his wedding day. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Groom preps in his Bryant Park Hotel room in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Bride poses for portraits at Bryant Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

It takes a trooper of a bride to pose like that in the middle of winter at Bryant Park :).

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Chris also reassured the DJ that it was going to be a quiet evening.

Guests dance during Chris and Rosalen's Douglaston Manor Wedding. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Not. Even. Close.

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Thank you Rosalen and Chris for sharing Part 1 of your wedding celebrations with us!Bride and groom portraits at the Douglaston Manor. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Part 1 of Chris and Rosalen’s special day was made possible with the help of these awesome folks:

Reception: The Douglaston Manor Gown: Bridals by Marisa, Bridal Reflections Shoes: Cole Haan Rings: Tiffany Yan ([email protected]) Hair & Make-up: Coco Tsang Grooms Attire: Zara Floral: Flowers by Andie Stationary: Occasional Ink Stay tuned for Part 2 of their wedding celebration in bee-yoo-tiful ARUBA!! Happy Monday ya’ll, Ben & Karis  

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