Soho Grand Wedding: Valentina and Pedro

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.

Ceremony: The Oratory Church of Saint Boniface, Brooklyn | Reception: Soho Grand | Flowers: Villaneuva Designs

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