By now this shoot was over a month ago, which is plain to see from all of the snow! I wanted to share it because I really enjoyed my time with Milan, he is such a sweet and fun little boy and he definitely kept me enteretained.
We started the shoot off at home playing with trucks (I was loving that lime green wall!). I love a house with expression, it definitely makes a home and gives a you a taste of the style and personalities of those who live there. When Milan was "over" the shoot, we decided to plan another time to get together and to my delight, it turned out to be snowing that morning! I loved shooting in the snow and I'm so glad that everyone was up for it. I can't wait to meet Milan's little sister, as you can see they already make such a beautiful family.
After a whirlwind month of last-minute wedding details, planning, preparing and verging on a mental breakdown, Jeff and I are finally married! I have a whole new perspective on weddings after planning and having my own. I definitely have a newfound appreciation for everything that goes into the organization and overall aesthetic of the day. It's a LOT of work and my hat goes off to all of the brides (and grooms) who plan the gorgeous weddings I photograph.
I owe a thank you to many couples for all of the ideas I've gathered over the years and was able to put to use in my own wedding. I've seen highlights from my photographers which are absolutely amazing and you can see them here. I can't wait to see everything Joe and his team captured, the suspense is killing me! For now, I just have a few photos from before the ceremony. I did take my camera and shot some of the prep of my girls getting ready but most of the photo credits for these shots go to my sister-in-law, Karen. She did a beautiful job with some of these, my favorite moments! She is in the first shot in green, one of the only two I shot in the post. The other is of my Dad waiting to walk me down the aisle :)
A special thank you to Jessie for my "something borrowed". Both of the beautiful veils I wore for my wedding were generously lent to me by former client and friend. I can't think of a more thoughtful gesture and it really meant so much to me to be able to borrow these from such a special person.
I can't express how beautiful the day was in spite of the stormy and very wet weather conditions. Everything was like a dream and it went as fast! My best advice is to enjoy every minute and take a moment to recognize that all of the people who matter most in your life are here, together in one place, for you and only you. It is a remarkable feeling to be surrounded by so much love. Many more photos to come including the remainder of the wedding and of course, the honeymoon!
It's a great feeling to be "re-employed". I tend to have the first 2 months of each year off which, don't get me wrong, is fantastic. But I always feel a little unproductive by the time February rolls around and this year is no different. Even with all my wedding planning this year, I still had the feeling that I should be shooting more. It was an absolute pleasure to have some shoots this February and now that it's March 1, I figure I should post them! Here is 1 of 2 : Carolyn and Erik's engagement session.
I've known Carolyn and Erik for several months so I knew their engagement session would be relaxed and fun. I had no idea that Carolyn had some creative props in store! Those pictures will be excluded since she wants to use them for a save-the-date but trust that they were pretty clever and took more time to make than any props I've seen previously :)
We trekked around Williamsburg and found some great spots despite the sub-zero temperatures (at least that's what it felt like!). It was SO windy and we were all freezing but hopefully that doesn't show in the photos! These are some of my favorites.
My girls whisked me back to NYC after the beautiful shower in PA. This was a surprise so I was so excited to be going home and OUT with my best friends. Some of them haven't been to New York in over a decade so it was especially exciting to go out with them!
The night started off in the hotel room where the girls had "decorated nicely". My favorite cupcakes awaited me from Sugar Sweet Sunshine, the absolute best cupcake bakery in the city hands down. We had champagne there for awhile and then ventured out into the city for dinner at a place called Bhatti. Indian is by far my favorite cuisine and this was a new place in Curry Hill that I hadn't been to. Dinner was so much fun and after a few bottles of wine there, we went to a champagne bar which was my favorite spot of the night. I wish I could remember the name :( We ended the night with some dancing on the Lower East Side but there won't be many pictures from there :)
Thank you so much to my amazing friends for such a wonderful day and evening!
A few weeks ago, my bridesmaids and family threw me the most beautiful bridal shower I have ever experienced. I haven't been to many but I can safely say that no detail went unplanned for and the day could not have been more perfectly planned and executed. The girls did such a good job coordinating (some of them had never met until the day of) and keeping everything a surprise that by the time the day of the shower came, I was going crazy with anticipation. I had been trying to decode all of the secret phone calls my mom was taking and trying to get information out of my tight-lipped bridesmaids. In the end, I'm glad everything was a surprise. It made it that much more special.
First check out the CAKE. This was the most amazing cake I have ever seen. It was a big shoe box with a beautiful icing and rhinestone shoe on top. I couldn't get enough of it.
They chose to have the shower at the 1803 House which is actually a museum in our town. They rarely open it up for events and this was the very first bridal shower they ever hosted. As you can see from the photo, it is a beautiful old stone house and it was the perfect location for the occasion. The girls organized a brunch which I thought was a great and unique idea. Everyone made quiches and brought muffins, salads, fruit, potatoes, and LOTS of other stuff. There was SO much food (note the chocolate covered strawberries made by my Uncle Jim!). The favors were those adorable wedding cake shortbread cookies. They were not only beautiful but incredibly delicious. Thanks to Amylooz for supplying the favors! Check her out, she can ship anywhere! I had wanted to use these cookies for wedding favors, can I still do that? I thought we could do a New York taxi or something to bring a little taste of home to Pennsylvania.
The gold handbag above was a gift that my mom passed down to me to use for my wedding. She always carried it on special occasions and I've always loved it. It was a very special gift :)
Thanks to my girls for most of these pics! Bachelorette party pics to come...