There was so much to love about Danielle and Micah’s wedding at the Bronx Zoo. Cocktail hour in the Madagascar exhibit! Their 12-day-old niece in a zebra bunting! The Halloween party theme!
The best thing, though, is the couple themselves. Danielle and Micah have been in love for thirteen years. They are wonderful together. When Danielle laughs, she doesn’t just giggle. She full on throws her head back and LAUGHS, and Micah just loves her. There’s no other way to describe it.
I was very lucky to have Tom Nycz accompany me as a second shooter. He is a friend of mine whom I’ve known since our darkroom days at Newhouse, though I got to know him much better during the five years we worked together at the newspaper. He’s dipping a toe in the wedding photography pond, so to speak, though he has a few permanent scars from a wedding he took on a couple years ago as a favor.
I kept telling him over and over again that 99% of my wedding client couples are amazing, the kind of people you want to have as friends. After we rode around on a tram taking pictures throughout the zoo, he said, “You know, if I knew for sure that every couple would be even remotely as awesome as these guys are, wedding really could be fun to shoot.” And I’m all, “Told ya!”
I don’t want to jinx myself, but seriously, my last six or seven couples have so great that I want to make them all be friends with me if they aren’t already (Gwen and Alison holla!) See, you thought you were just getting a wedding photographer, but NOW YOU’RE ALL GOING TO GET HOLIDAY CARDS FROM ME FOR LIFE MWAH HA HA HA!
On Sunday, I had a great engagement session with Jeanne and Alex. This was our first of four, actually, as we’re going to do “a year of engagement,” one session every season, between now and their wedding in 2011.
They’ve opted for the reception slideshow option, so the four shoots are going to give us a lot of great shots for that. I’m particularly proud of my Frankenstein pumpkin. It’s a little harder to make out the Bride of Frankenstein (she’s in profile). Since I’m not going to be here this year for Halloween, which is my favorite holiday, this was so much fun for me.
I particularly like this first one. They’re K-I-S-S-I-N-G! In a tree! Get it? Get it? 😉 Thanks, guys! I can’t wait until it snows!
Filled Under : Engagement
There were so many things I loved about Bill and Jess’s wedding! The bride and groom’s families were so warm and welcoming. Joel and I felt at home right away. It was a gorgeous, windy October day, which made Jess’s custom veil (with purple calla lilies accents!) do amazing things.
I’ve shot a few weddings in Connecticut in the past month, and each time, the leaves were just not quite as vibrant with autumnal colors as I would have hoped from New England. They seemed to be changing late this year, which was great for Bill and Jess… I kept my fingers crossed, hoping that it wouldn’t rain so we could take lots of photos outside.
Bill and Jess planned a full two hours for photos, which means both David from Fairy Tale Studio and I had a lot of time to do really creative things, but neither of us were anticipating a leaf fight… (Love it!)
We got so lucky during the ceremony, when the church just filled with gorgeous light during a family blessing, and then again when there was an ice cream truck parked outside immediately after mass.
They were serenaded by Kermit the Frog (with a little help from the maid of honor) for their first dance, and there *may* have been a second “Thriller” dance lead by yours truly, which Jess specifically requested after reading the entry below. This is going to become a thing now, I think. It is, isn’t it?
Anyway, I had two weddings back to back this weekend, which I almost never, ever do. I couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of my kickass second shooter (and husband) Joel, who so often doesn’t get enough credit. This weekend he drove us back late, charged up all the batteries and re-packed all the gear so I could shoot another wedding on Sunday. (More on that later!) Thank you, honey.
Okay, enough chatter from me, check out the photos! Congratulations you guys! Have fun in Mexico!
Where do I even begin to talk about Sarah and Tucker’s wedding? Well, first and foremost, I should explain that their wedding had a steampunk theme. It’s probably easiest if you just click that link there and read the Wikipedia article about steampunk aesthetics and subculture, then come on back. It’s okay, we’ll wait for ya.
Okay, then! So. Sarah and Tucker had a two-part union. They got married at their rehearsal dinner, technically. Then we wandered around Times Square and the theater district taking pictures until about 11 p.m., and the next day Joel and I shot their whimsical, lovely, steampunk ceremony and reception on 10/10/10
They were the ultimate do-it-yourself-ers, you guys. I thought *I* was a DIY bride? Sarah and Tucker made steampunk jewelry for their attendants, themselves, their moms and officiants. They made centerpieces for each table (involving used books, photo sensitive paper and Tucker’s self-taught foray into metallurgy) and different decor for the rest of the reception. They even prepared some (most?) of the food for their tea party luncheon.
Their ceremony processional was an electric violin and guitar arrangement from the theme to the video game Megaman 3. I’d ask the bride and groom for some sort of mp3 of what we actually heard (BECAUSE IT WAS AWESOME), but they’re on a well-deserved honeymoon and I am not gonna bug them (BECAUSE THE BRIDE BAKED HER OWN BANANA BREAD).
Oh. By the way, if you look carefully at the photo of everyone doing the Thriller dance, you’ll see that everyone is following along with one person there who pretty much knows the original choreography. That person? is me. Thanks to Joel for shooting a hilarious sequence of photos that will haunt me for the rest of my days. Just kidding. You know I love you more’n my luggage. 😉
Congrats, you guys!