Valentina and Pedro's wedding in October was full of so much laughter and love. There were also beautiful flowers by Villaneuva Designs including an all red rose bouquet, just like I had at my own wedding. After getting ready at the Soho Grand Hotel and a bridal portrait session, we headed to Brooklyn for the ceremony at St. Boniface Catholic Church. I had no idea that such a beautiful church existed in downtown Brooklyn! Following the ceremony I rode with the couple and their parents in a limo back to Soho. Though I don't speak much Spanish, I didn't need a translator to know how much fun was had and affection shared by all present. I have a soft spot for seeing families simply enjoying being together!
On arriving back at the hotel, we headed-up to the penthouse for the reception. I'd previously scouted a perfect location to for family portraits on the terrace only to find a band now set-up there. (Surprise!) Since just about everyone attending the wedding was on the terrace and the music was loud, we decided to do the portraits in a room inside. It was a bit tight and I had to stand on a bed to get the shots but luckily I had a lighting assistant to help me out. The reason I've mentioning all of this is to set-up the scene for one of the funniest moments I've had at a wedding. I had taken off my shoes to get on the bed and somehow one had attached itself to the bride's wedding dress and on discovering it, launched everyone into hysterics! I was so embarrassed but at the same time it was just too funny. You can see the photo below.
Towards the end of the evening, a carnival like atmosphere reigned and guests donned masks and glow necklaces. It is a Latin wedding tradition called "la hora loca", or the crazy hour. It was fun and reminded me of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
I want to thank my friend Virginia for referring me to the couple. She specializes in family portraiture in Brooklyn.