I knew there was a lot to expect from this wedding. After talking with Lisa and Chris several times about their day and everything they had planned, I was excited to finally see everything come together and to be able to photograph such a whirlwind of a reception. From the grand entrance to the beautiful and touching toasts and the all of the Indian traditions which took place, this reception was perhaps the most fun party I have photographed. I couldn't have felt more welcome the whole day and I was even somehow pushed into the final "group hug" around the bride and groom.
These were probably the greatest two entrances I've ever seen at a wedding. The couple's siblings came in to "Gold Digger" with excellent props, only to be followed by the bride and groom who had some costumes of their own. To be honest, I was not expecting this in the least and I don't think the guests were either so I think everyone was floored. Nice touch.
I went to college with Leah and we had several mutual friends through the sports we played there. I was beyond excited when Leah asked me to photograph her wedding. As I've said before, I LOVE working with people I know, it makes it so special. I can't wait for Leah and Mike's wedding at the Radnor Hotel, I know it will be beautiful. We shot their engagement session at Longwood Gardens and I was so pleased with the way the images came out. Enjoy these few favorites of mine, it was hard to choose!
I blogged a preview of this wedding a few weeks back but I wanted to post more of Alison and Corey's beautiful day. They were married at the Midtown Loft and Terrace in Manhattan. The great thing about this venue is that it is a complete blank slate so each wedding at the Loft is a perfect reflection of the couple getting married there. Alison and Corey wanted to have pictures taken in Central Park which always makes me a very happy photographer. We avoided the rain all day and everything turned out beautifully.
After Central Park, we headed to the Loft to wait for the ceremony to start and the guests to arrive. I found Alison and Corey in a corner practicing their very carefully choreographed first dance (to the song playing on an iPhone held by the Maid of Honor). It was so sweet and the light was SO nice where they were dancing.
Thank you, Alison and Corey, for inviting me to be a part of your celebration!
I figured I better get the rest of the Thailand pictures posted since the trip was over two months ago! Wedding season has taken my life by storm but I have a little break here in the end of June so I'll use it to catch up and get my life (and my blogging) in order, in that order. Stop number two for Jeff and me was Koh Samui, another island in Thailand where we enjoyed another week of beaches and relaxation before heading to northern Thailand to get our exploration faces on.
We spent the first part of the week at Anantara Beach Resort in Bohput Beach which for me, was a perfect example of why I work the rest of the year. We indulged in the spa treatments, the pool, the beach, and the nearby fisherman's village and really enjoyed ourselves. The resort itself was breathtaking with constant groundskeepers watering the lush gardens and flowers. The rooms were beautifully furnished and designed and the library (pictured below and mostly red) was a room I would love to model a room in our future home after. I felt so calm and happy just sitting in it (and checking my email).
We ate most of our meals in the nearby Fisherman's Village which was within walking distance from Anantara. The fish was always out in front of the restaurants so you could just pick out your fish and they would prepare it for you. Needless to say, things were pretty fresh! While the food was fantastic, we thought the pringles left a little something to be desired.
We spent the second half of the week at Lamai Beach which had quite a different scene to offer. Personally, I probably would have been happy lounging at the beach and reading books for three weeks but of course that sounds a little ridiculous when you've spent over 15 hours on an airplane to see another side of the world. This is where the adventures began :) We started by renting a motor bike in Lamai to see the rest of the island and drive around for the day. Neither one of us had driven (or ridden, for that matter) a bike before but we saw EVERYONE doing it so we figured we could figure it out pretty easily. I'll spare you all of the boring details but I will tell you that after about 3 hours with the bike, we decided to return our day-long rental and find a bar to "cheers" our survival of the experience. I can't say I'd be anxious to do it again anytime soon or anytime ever.
We had some stormy weather in Lamai but in the evenings, vendors popped up in the center of town making street food and selling it for the equivalent of about $2 a plate. We had some really great food there and overall, it was an interesting experience. They sold all sorts of food at the night market but we stuck to the curries and noodle dishes. Oh, and the coconut shakes : YUM.
We ended our stay with some of their ever-popular Thai boxing. The night we went, the draw was ladies boxing. We saw both men and women box (more like kickbox) and again...it was an interesting experience. I can't say I've really seen anything like it before.
One last post to come from Chiang Mai!
Christine and Bryan are getting married in PA but they live in NYC. I was so glad they wanted to shoot in DUMBO, one of my favorite spots. We took advantage of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park which has a stunning view of Manhattan. Both Bryan and Christine are super laid back and easygoing. They make each other laugh...a lot. It was refreshing to witness their sweet relationship and how much fun they have together.