Haven's Kitchen New York City Wedding

A rustic elegant loft style wedding in Chelsea

Venue - Haven’s Kitchen
Flowers - Sprout Home
Cake - Momofuku Milk bar
Hair and Make-up - Izzy Ruiz
Dress - Nicole Miller
Shoes - Kate Spade
Music -Riley Muhaker Jazz Trio and DJ Scribe

 

Gramercy Park Hotel
Love the suite decor, but when I arrived the make-up was still everywhere and we were running short on time. I pushed a table out of the way and we drew the curtains to hide the make-up artists stuff.  Thank goodness for those curtains, they really saved the day and made for a dramatic background for the first look!

Haven’s Kitchen

Haven’s Kitchen was a fantastic place to shoot. (and the also sell my favorite tea Bellocq in the cafe) I love the layout and the white walls make it easy to shoot in. (The light bounces around and illuminates subjects nicely) The food looked amazing and the staff seemed very responsive and were killer cocktail makers! The venue it set on 2 levels but the music is piped downstairs which is a nice touch. Is a great space for guests looking to sit or relax without feeling too far from the party. The decor was beautiful and made it easy to find vignette to shoot details on. All of that comes with the venue, including the mirrors at the ceremony site. The reception was cocktail style for about 100 guests. I think that was a perfect number for the venue, though they can accommodate up to 150 for cocktails and 80 seated.

DJ Scribe kept the party going with a nice variety of excellent dance music from Michael Jackson to the Killers to 80s hits.

When I met with the couple at the venue about a month before the wedding, they asked me about lighting during the reception. The DJ didn’t do lights, so they were wondering about adding some lights on their own to change the room once dancing started, but were concerned that they might be in the way during the ceremony. I suggested they order led DIY uplights. I had seen uprights transform rooms at events before and they are an inexpensive cordless way to alter the atmosphere of a room and in my opinion, were worth every penny. After the first dance they were turned on and the room glowed a lovely light blue and kicked the party into high gear.  Had the walls not been white, it would have been more difficult and might have required a lighting pro. But for a relatively small space, DIY uplights are an excellent way to instantly change a room.

It was a pleasure documenting this wedding, so many excellent dancing photos I can’t post here. :) But it was truly a well done event and I wish the couple many happy years together! They are blessed with wonderful families and friends who were all kind and cooperative with me and I appreciate that!
 

 

Brooklyn Historical Society Library Wedding: Eric and Amanda

On their very windy, yet still gorgeous fall wedding day, Eric and Amanda met their family on the Brooklyn Promenade in Brooklyn Heights for a first look and family photos. The location offers stunning views of Lower Manhattan and the Rivers. After some group and couple shots we all ventured over to the Brooklyn Historical Society to prepare for the nuptials. The wedding ceremony was held in the library and then it was converted for cocktail hour. What a special place, with all the books and beautiful two story atrium! I had fun getting to shoot from the second level. Dinner and dancing were served on the main floor which also has an exhibition space guests can peruse. A very historic venue but with all the modern elements to create any kind of reception setting you like. Eric and Amanda added to the fun by having a special photo booth set-up run by Eric's colleagues.

  • Ceremony and Reception: Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Bride Attire: J. Crew
  • Paper: Chop Shop Studio and Boxcar Press
  • Groom Attire: Suit Supply and Beau Ties of Vermont
  • Catering: Melody of Eventful Catering
  • Flowers: Etsy

New Orleans City Park Rose Garden Wedding: Adrienne and Jack

As it is still cold here in New York, signs of Spring are a welcome sight! Jack and Adrienne's wedding in New Orleans is full of flowers, a ceremony in a rose garden and a cocktail hour in a botanic garden, as well as floral details in her shoes and even his socks, nothing could be more Spring! Getting ready was held at the Renaissance Arts Hotel. One of the bride's sisters gifted hankerchiefs of their late grandmother's monogrammed sheets. Not a dry eye in the room! The bridesmaids wore a different shade of blue or green and we took photos in City Park near the Parkview Terrace before the ceremony.

After the ceremony in the beautiful Rose Garden and a cocktail hour around the reflecting ponds of City Park's Botanic Garden, everyone secondlined to the Parkview Terrace. In usual New Orleans style, it was already in the mid 80s and quite humid but still comfortable enough to enjoy the terrace and a few cigars. Inside the venue everyone danced and dined on some of the most beautiful looking shrimp I ahve ever seen. (I love Gulf Shrimp!) As guests exited, they were treated to a take home bag of beignets from Morning Call, which is below the venue. Perfect late night snack for the ride home!

  • Bride Dress: Watters
  • Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
  • Invitations: William Arthur (invitation)
  • Hair and Make-up: Sean Gispert
  • Favors: Beignets from Morning Call City Park
  • Hotel: Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel - Marriott
  • Ceremony: Rose Garden in New Orleans City Park
  • Reception: Parkview Terrace in New Orleans City Park
  • Flowers: Arbor House Floral
  • Cake: Simply Sweet Shop
  • DJ: Kevin with Omega Sound and Entertainment