I have a special place in my heart for the Hudson Valley. Upstate New York is not only where I grew up, but is also home to many firsts for me. It’s where I first held a camera, first fell in love, and first learned that my passions would lead me to where I am today. It’s about time I photographed my first engagement session there!! I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to spend the summer afternoon with then Jacqui and James, who themselves first met at work and were friends for six years before James admitted his ‘crush’ and asked Jacqui out. We spent the afternoon around James’ parents home in sweet Ancramdale, NY where downtown consists of a church and a restaurant and a few homes surrounding. The rest is farmland that perfectly served as a setting, with quiet and quaint memories that brought us together with love.
I first posted my excitement in joining my dear friends Sibyl and Wixon in photographing their wedding with their Santa Monica engagement session. Then came the big day, their gorgeous, elegant Montecito wedding, that brought the element of ‘simple’ and ‘intimate’ to a whole new level. Maybe I’m biased because I have a personal connection to them having known them since our high schools days at The Millbrook School. If that’s the case I don’t mind, but I am elated that I once again have the chance to share the sweet day with them on Style Me Pretty. It’s an honor and I am so grateful. Congratulations again Sibs and Wix!! I love you with all my heart.
There’s a special place in my heart for Linda and Sean… well, and for their whole family. I had the incredible pleasure in immersing my cameras into both Linda and her sister Michelle’s wedding (featured on Style Me Pretty!), three months apart from each other. As a result I was welcomed into their family with open arms and have since spent countless holidays, celebrations and a few unfortunate losses with them. To be told ‘you are family now’ brings tears to my eyes with gratitude, and it’s with this gratitude that I am so proud to announce Linda and Sean’s wedding featured in BRIDES Magazine’s August Issue!! Linda brought her visions to life at their spectacular wedding day with every detail from their ‘dancing under the stars’ theme. Original, spunky and full of color and natural beauty and Malibu’s Saddlerock Ranch. The cherry on top you ask? To return there next year for their sister Karin’s May wedding!!
Thank you Linda and Sean, Michelle and Scott, Alan, Sophie…. the list will be VERY long if keep going, for welcoming me into your lives. And thank you BRIDES for bringing this incredible wedding to life and for sharing it with your future brides!
One of the joys of returning to New York every June for wedding season (and a little home town love) is connecting with old friends, and I can’t think of a higher honor as when they ask me to photograph a family session with them. I first reconnected with my high school friend Katy when she served as a bridesmaid for our mutual friends Sibyl and Wixon’s wedding in Santa Barbara last year. When we planned her session with her little guy Chase, she described him as a ham. Boy is he a ham.. I arrived at Katy and her husband Brady’s beautiful home in Montclair New Jersey and Chase stole my heart from the moment I arrived. I can’t get enough of his sweet, slightly mischievous smile and I think you’ll agree when you see this collection. This is a true testament to my loving my job as a photographer, knowing I can capture life’s moments for people I’ve known most of my life. It is a gift.
Last month I had the pleasure of collaborating with Ceci New York and Ceci Style Magazine for not one, but two, wedding inspiration shoots. The first was inspired by Blue Modern featuring an out-of-this-world modern Qatar wedding was set in a sea of rich blues and you can view it in the July 8 Issue of Ceci Style Magazine. The second was inspired by lush, elegant, and luxurious destination of Ceci Bride Meghan’s destination wedding in Italy, on the grounds of the Il Borro estate. Our inspirational shoot took place in New York’s Upper East side in Carl Schurz Park with it’s lush greenery, sunshine and European-style sculptures. I had a blast working with fun loving, Ceci, and am excited to share my wedding inspiration!
I met Melissa and Anthony at Bridal Bar for their initial consultation and was immediately excited about photographing their wedding. Almost a year later here we are getting ready for their big day. When they requested an urban and colorful engagement session, I knew DTLA Arts District would be a great fit for their spunky, quirky personalities, and it was! Our session started at Earth Cafe on Hewitt St., and we all had a blast as we worked our way around this diverse downtown neighborhood. From the graffiti painted streets to a chic, modern, urban feel I had so much fun exploring Downtown with Melissa and Anthony. Their wedding is just two weeks away at the Happy Trails Gardens in Pasadena, so be sure to check back for more colorful spunky love!
We have some very exciting news to share: Junebug Wedding’s list of Worlds Best Wedding Photographers -Best of the Best Engagement Photos featured a photo from Dan and Kristen’s Engagement Session at El Matador Beach in Malibu! Junebug Weddings is one the most highly regarded wedding blogs in the wedding world, not to mention a personal favorite, and it truly is an honor to be featured amongst such a stunning body of work.
We are very excited that Dennis and Eleazar’s elegant wedding at the Peninsula hotel was recently picked up by The Knot Magazine, and was also a featured wedding on Theknot.com. After the Supreme Court annulled their first marriage, we’re so excited to be part of their union and wish them all the best.