Posts Tagged Intimate Weddings

ANEW Saint Louis Rooftop Wedding | Kelli+Mark


Saint Louis Art Museum Wedding | Julia+Ben


Sixty SoHo NYC Elopement | Jamie+Daniel


Glasserie Brooklyn Wedding | Courtney+Michael

“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies – God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” – Kurt Vonnegut

That line from their ceremony will always stick with me. Thank you again, Courtney and Mike for having me. What a beautiful day you created together.

Their wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes today. Check it out here! I loved reading about the inspiration behind their big day.


Wythe Hotel Brooklyn Elopement | Giorgi+Ben

Aussies hold a special place in my heart. Super chill, not afraid to break with tradition, and know how to have a proper drink. And thanks to the magic of the internet, Giorgi and Ben are the fourth Australian couple I’ve had the pleasure to photograph in NYC. What I will remember most about Giorgi and Ben is how much they enjoy each other’s company. They’ve been together for nearly 9 years and bring out the best in each other. Cheers you two.

Brooklyn, NY | Giorgi + Ben


Ramscale Studios NYC Rooftop Wedding | Sam+Scott

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River Oaks Ranch Wedding | Mimi+Genevieve

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Wythe Hotel Gran Electrica Restaurant Wedding | Laurence+Ryan

Belgian girl marries American boy under the Brooklyn Bridge. Big thank you to the Wythe Hotel for being the perfect place to get ready together. And to the staff at Gran Electrica in DUMBO for being the most attentive and best wedding reception service I have ever experienced.

Laurence + Ryan // Brooklyn, NY

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Stylish New York City Elopement | Karlena+Tom

Karlena and Tom planned a big Australian wedding and then they decided to call the whole thing off, opting instead for a stylish New York City elopement. Somehow a large wedding just didn’t feel like they were being true to themselves. We’ve all been there! Somehow in the excitement of planning a dream wedding, it’s easy to get lost in the details of what color the table cloths should be, who to invite, buffet or plated, or whether or not you should have round tables or long, rectangular Tuscan style tables (sorry, Mom!). So Karlena and Tom decided to completely change things up and opted to have the most intimate wedding.

While the two originally were drawn to San Francisco’s City Hall, they chose New York City since it was a place they’d always wanted to visit. And boy, was I in for a surprise when somehow they listened to my suggestion of making things even more personal by hiring an officiant and getting hitched on a rooftop overlooking the city. With Bettina booked as their officiant (a fellow Aussie herself!) and the lovely people at the SIXTY SoHo Hotel, everything was in place. And while their families weren’t there physically, their presence was definitely felt. Karlena’s mom made her the delicate paper flowers and those little corks belonged to Karlena’s grandma from her wedding day many years ago – so sweet next the newlyweds new shiny cork.

Karlena and Tom, you are two of the classiest, kindest souls I’ve met in this crazy ol’ town. Thank you for trusting me with your day. And I sure hope the next time you come to NYC you have better luck catching cabs. Goes to show even a wedding dress won’t help you hail a taxi any faster.

This wedding was featured on Refinery29.

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Hip Brooklyn Restaurant Wedding | Lauren & Eric

When we initially met about their wedding months ago, they were hiring me when they were pre-engaged. Yes, you heard that right. They are each other’s best friend, equals, and had been planning their exit from NYC on their way to bigger, better adventures in Oregon and wanted their wedding to be a final toast to the city they love. And since they were completely trusting of my vision and gave me hours of time with them before their ceremony, we had plenty of time to wander Brooklyn and almost get ourselves into trouble…I mean, what’s a graffiti BK themed wedding without an authentic tag?

I’ve never been so happy for rain on a wedding day as I am for this day. If it hadn’t been pouring, we wouldn’t have found the YES graffiti under the overpass. Without the rain, we wouldn’t have had that gorgeous overcast soft light.

Lauren and Eric, I adore you and wish you all good things as you start your life together in Oregon. Please always enjoy Reggae Saturday and eat ice cream cones in your best attire.

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Brooklyn Restaurant Reception | Jess + Travis Part II

Jess and Travis treated me to a delicious dinner a few months prior at the location of their Kittery wedding reception in Carroll Gardens. It was a great opportunity to chat about our game plan and to help them finalize details so they could just relax and enjoy their party. They decided to get hitched at the NYC courthouse the day before so their wedding reception could truly be an evening of just celebrating non-stop with a small intimate group of their friends and family over lobster rolls, amazing toasts, and dancing. And since I told them that popping and spraying champagne on the steps of the courthouse probably wasn’t the most legally sound idea, I surprised them with some confetti on Saturday evening instead…even that almost got us a citizens arrest in Fort Greene haha.

From Part II of their wedding I learned 2 more things about Jess and Travis this night…1. when Jess said she pretty much only does lunges when she dances, she wasn’t kidding and it was amazing  2. these two are SO down to earth that when yet again we could not find a cab, they took the bus. The bus, folks! That’s how cool these two are.

And yes, Jess’s mom picked out this dress too! And if you missed it, enjoy Part I of their NYC courthouse wedding here.

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Intimate NYC Restaurant Wedding | Tom+Melissa

I have to say, this intimate NYC restaurant wedding is one of my favorites I have ever been a part of. They greeted me with a glass of champagne when I first arrived on their wedding day and they even chose to get ready in the same hotel suite (loved that idea!). These two weren’t afraid to break from tradition and I can’t thank them enough for that.

Meet Tom, an amazing photographer capturing some of the world’s most famous hip-hop artists, rappers, and athletes (I’m talking about Eminem, Pharrell, Dr. Dre to name a few!). Meet Melissa, she helped launch XXL, the biggest hip-hop magazine in the world and is the Creative Director for SLAM (and an avid manicure art aficionado!). I met Tom back in 2008 and I’ve always dug his cool tattoos and appreciation for working hard and making a name for himself. So when he contacted me to shoot his wedding I was both honored and so nervous – I mean, his work can be seen on giant ads on NYC buildings. But working with fellow artists and creatives is the absolute best for a photographer – they know the time / lighting restraints I’m working with and are very relaxed in front of the camera.


Stylish Wedding in St. Louis | Neil & Kris

It is not every day your brother-in-law marries his true love in a stylish wedding in St. Louis, between perfectly timed rain storms and far from the hustle & bustle of the city. As I drove out to Labadie, Missouri, through the winding roads blasting country music (yes, that is what you listen to when you’re in the middle of grassy meadows) I was giddy with excitement that I was FINALLY going to see the school house and property that the Schwetye and Smith families have worked so hard to prepare for this day. And there wasn’t a single detail that hadn’t been personally made. Kris and her mom feverishly found plates and china at second hand stores over the course of the year and followed the rule that it must be under $1. Kris made the centerpieces from old books hollowed out with plants, the ceremony benches made from their trees, and all the flowers from their neighbor. And most special of all, the reception property was once a long time ago a real school house, like something straight out of Anne of Green Gables, where Kris and her sisters and cousins would play. A year ago there weren’t steps, or a red door, or any electricity (great job Mr. Smith!) and now it’s full of love and new memories. My hat goes off to you guys. Truly amazing labor of love.

Neil and Kris, I am so proud to call you both family. Cannot wait until Christmas when we get to play marbles on Smith mountain, next to a fading wood fire and with full bellies and lots of laughs.

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