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I am so excited to show you the photos from Jamie and Justin’s wedding. Sometimes when I meet with a couple to talk about shooting their wedding and they tell me their vision for their event, it takes all I have not to wiggle around in my seat, waving my hand in the air Hermione Granger-style hooting, “Pick me! Ooh, pleeeease pick me!” This was the case when I met with Jamie and Justin ten months ago and they told me all about their “getting married in Sleepy Hollow on Halloween” wedding. Right there, in that first meeting in Starbucks, I was like, “You know there’s a guy who has learned to ride a horse in a Headless Horseman costume who’s pretty famous locally. I wonder if we could take a picture with him somehow…” and then I became mildly obsessed, ahem, I mean, extremely committed to making this happen.

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More photos with Sleepy Hollow’s most famous undead citizen will appear later in this post, but this one of them screaming and running away is too funny not to share immediately.

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I’m getting ahead of myself, though. We started photography coverage with the first time the bride and groom saw each other on their wedding day in the cemetery at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow.

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Later, during the ceremony, they referenced “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” a hilarious science-fiction book series/radio play/movie that essentially seeks the answer to life, the universe and everything…. and gets it. But the answer is “42.” (It’s a dry, British humor kind of thing.) In any case, in their vows, they told each other, essentially, “You are my 42,” meaning, more or less, that they are each other’s life, universe and everything. I think you can see that in their eyes here.

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Then, we took photos all over the historic cemetery, trying our best to keep rollerbladers, tourists and costumed visitors who flood Sleepy Hollow on Halloween out the background of the shots. (Because nothing says “love” like a roller-blading man with a giant rubber spider on his head. Just sayin.’)

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I love the details they chose- I love the top hat, the shoes, the hand-made paper flower bouquet with their favorite comic book characters incorporated. Love. It.

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Meanwhile, while all the photos were happening at the Old Dutch Church, Tatiana from Whimsy Weddings was setting up for the ceremony and reception at the James House Mansion up the road.

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Friends and family began to gather- some in costume, some about to be in costume- and it was time to officially get married!

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This was my sixth wedding with the amazing and remarkable Rev D. She did a beautiful job putting together a personalized service for Jamie and Justin, who quite literally RAN down the aisle, high-fiving the guests on the way. You gotta love a groom like that!

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The bride and groom chose to do this awesome unity ceremony. They wrote letters to each other and put them in a box with their favorite booze. The idea is that if their marriage ever hits a road bump, they can sit down and read the letters, have a drink together and remind each other why they got married in the first place. If they never hit hard times, they can have a drink and celebrate their love on an upcoming anniversary. Love it!

Oh, and Justin sang his vows in a medley of songs including the Muppet Show theme, Rick Astley lyrics and more. It was perfect for Jamie since their love of music is one of the things that brings them together. Quick aside/true story: a few years ago, Justin sold his amazing, one of kind guitar to pay for Jamie’s 30th birthday present. Her wedding present to him WAS TRACKING IT DOWN AND BUYING IT BACK. Not a similar style, not an exact replica, the original guitar. How lovely is that? A bride like that deserves to be serenaded.

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Of course, he serenaded her Justin-style, which meant it was also kind of hilarious.

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Her vows were equally touching. She quoted an episode of Scrubs, where one of the characters essentially says, “The thing is, I’m so weird that I always thought I would end up alone.” She told him how lucky she was to find him. And then- now I’m quoting Dr. Seuss from a card sent to me by my own husband on our wedding day- “they fell in mutual weirdness and called it love.”

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Then they were pronounced married and declared the king and queen of Halloween by the Rev. D., and we were off to cocktail hour!

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At this point, everyone changed into costume, including the bride and groom. He wore his suit of armor and she wore a romantic dress inspired by the Middle Ages.

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After a romantic first dance to the song “Nothing Else Matters,” the dance floor opened. Although this wasn’t the kind of wedding with a lot of traditional formalities, they each made a point to dance with their moms. The bride’s grandfather got his own spin around the dance floor, and it was so lovely. It doesn’t matter if a wedding is super traditional or if an honored nephew is dressed as a formal ring-bearer or the Incredible Hulk, these moments choke me up every time.

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After dinner, the wedding party offered a few meaningful toasts and a special reading, and the party really got going.

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The knight battles… um, the Dark Knight? I am not 100% sure what was happening here, but I love it.

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If you get married on Halloween, I think you have to do the Thriller Dance. It’s practically a law.

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I love everything about this cake-cutting. From the Stanley Cup cake that honors the couple’s love of the New Jersey Devils to the sword to the extreme commitment to cake-smashing, this was amazing.

After a few more photos and words of wisdom from the bride’s grandparents who just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, the party went on into the night. And what a night it was!

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Thank you for letting me be a part of this! May your marriage be filled with many years of happiness. Congratulations, Jamie and Justin!

Filled Under : Celebration , Wedding

Okay, so zombies are a HUGELY popular trend right now, and the wedding world is not immune to that. (Har. Pun.) It all started with this engagement shoot, which made the rounds on Pinterest, and I got inspired.

Then my client Christine got inspired. Meanwhile, Offbeat Bride has been featuring zombie cakes, zombie invitations, zombie unity rituals, etc for years. With 80% of my wedding inquiries coming from Offbeat Bride, this shoot was meant to be.

These pictures are for Christine and Derek’s thank you note. On the front, it will say, “Until death do us part…” On the inside, it will say, “And even then, happily ever after…”

Special huge ginormous thanks to the folks who made this happen. At one point, I seriously doubted our ability to zombify 13 people in 90 minutes before we had to check out of a historic B&B that we had to leave pristine, despite the fact that we had liquid latex and toilet paper going in one room, makeup going in another, and clothing destruction happening in a third. Any time I got overwhelmed, someone just stepped up- running back to someone’s parents’ house for shovels, forgoing the fun to simply do everyone else’s makeup, channeling Rocky Horror Picture Show knowledge and Mary Kaye saleswomanship to create realistic decay effects, sacrificing a very nice blazer to the cause, running to a convenience store for trash bags and Halloween candy. Thank you, one and all, for using every single cosmetic sponge, prop, and half-gallon bottle of fake blood I packed in my suitcase. It’s not often that people really GET my crazier visions before seeing the pictures (people usually get what I was after after the fact.. USUALLY), so the trust and good sportsmanship on this shoot meant the world to me. You were all so professional that I went from worrying that we’d get kicked out of the cemetery to getting worried that we’d be asked for a permit. Thank you, again.

Filled Under : Trash the Dress , Wedding

Okay, so you already know from my previous entry that Claire and Phil had a lovely, intimate wedding officiated by Phil’s aunt in her home in the mountains of Quebec. Yesterday, I waxed poetic about the rolling mountains, fields of wildflowers and gorgeous landscapes, and now you get to see what happens when a couple puts their complete and total faith in me and lets me run amok in such a beautiful place.

I should back up a bit. My husband Joel’s family owns a lovely little cabin on Lac Equerre in Canada. They built it themselves in the late 50s. My mother-in-law can remember stripping the bark off the logs that form the cabin walls as a little girl. It’s pretty much my happy place. I told Joel that if I die first, he should look for me there in the afterlife (unless it’s too crowded with Joel’s extended family members, because I’m pretty sure it’s their Heaven, too. Then I’ll be at the spa down the road, haunting the hot tub.)

Last summer, we barely managed to squeeze in a couple of days there because I had a lot of August weddings, and I thought, “What if I shot a wedding up HERE?” I started imagining photos on the lake, then photos IN the lake, and then I started poking around the dock with an oar to see exactly how deep it was because it would really, really suck if I talked someone into leaping into the lake and then she drowned. I took out an ad on Offbeat Bride asking for couples getting married near Mont Tremblant, and Claire emailed me an hour later. It was meant to be.

The only thing was, she didn’t really want to destroy her wedding dress. I totally get that. Also, her dress (although it was a fantastic, short, beaded little number that looked ravishing on her) wasn’t quite the flouncy fabric I was envisioning the newlyweds rockin’ as they took a flying leap off the dock. I also wanted the dress to float, and I didn’t want something heavy to weigh her down. So I found this dress on sale, and voila! We were off and running.

There’s one more thing I want to tell you about before I show you these pictures, because I LOVE THEM. We got really, really lucky with the weather. The forecast was calling for 70% chance of dreary with intermittent downpours of “Angie, Just Go Take Another Nap, You’re at the Cabin” all week. We got a little sunshine on the wedding day, and then it began to rain as we shot the first few pictures at the Arundel post office. Then, the sun came out, and I was on the lookout for a rainbow. Claire and Phil were following Joel and I in their car, and at one point, we abruptly turned into an elementary school parking lot since I saw a rainbow. It faded almost instantly, before Claire and Phil even saw it, confirming their suspicions that yes, their photographer is a crazy woman.

I didn’t help matters as I jumped out of the car after driving through a covered bridge shrieking, “Diamonds of light! Diamonds of light! Run! Hold hands! Jump! Don’t get hit by that car!” (You’ll see what I mean by “diamonds of light” in the bridge shot below.) We began to race the setting sun as we worked our way from Arundel to Lac Equerre, trying and failing to find a certain field of wildflowers I had seen the day before that had a path cut through it so Claire and Phil wouldn’t have to tramp through the tall grass and cope with the bugs. Troopers that they were, Claire and Phil tramped into a different field, bugs and all. However, what I failed to see at the time was that the Plan B field that I DID make them tramp through had a rainbow in the sky behind it. I didn’t see it at the time. But here it is, in all its serendipity, rainbow and all.

(Thank you, thank you, thank you, Phil and Claire.)

Filled Under : Trash the Dress

Okay, so… this blog entry features photos that are about as far away from what I posted yesterday as you can possibly get! (Dear job: I heart you.)

DonnaMarie and Ricky are newlyweds. DM is an actual rock star, in like, an actual metal band. So their wedding was a “heavy metal cabaret” in the bowery. For the record, I wasn’t there. They got married the same day as Saumya and Sandeep (if you account for the time change), although I would have LOVED to shoot their wedding.

You know what? Just go check out their wedding website. I can’t even begin to describe it. *whistling while you go check out their site* Uh huh! See? I know, right? Don’t you so wish you had been there? The afterparty alone would have been awesome: the fan dancer? the bellydancers? In short, it would have been a wedding shoot unlike any other. I only saw a few proofs, but heir photographer did a great job for them. I also saw a short segment of their wedding video-so great.

So I feel particularly lucky that they contacted me to do a trash the dress shoot, though I really feel like we need to call it a “rock the dress” shoot. DM is having her dressmaker repurpose her red wedding dress into a cocktail dress, so we were extra careful of the fabric down in the subway.

I feel like I should make very clear, also, that while the theme of this shoot could have more or less summed up as “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: the fallout,” for the most part? This is all theater. Ricky is covered in stage blood. DM is famous for the fact that her makeup never runs, even after a 75-minute set, so that makes this shoot all the more ironic.

While the shot glass was one of their actual wedding favors, and Ricky did actually drink about half of the exploding drink in the third picture, no one was injured, maimed or hung over after our session, which took place on a Sunday evening in their colorful Forest Hills apartment and featured a lot of off-camera playing with their three adorable cats. So disappointingly vanilla compared to the pictures, no?

Okay, enough chatting. Without further ado… DM and Ricky’s Rock the Dress shoot.

Filled Under : Boudoir , Trash the Dress