You might recognize these two. Alex and Andrea were here on January 1st and we had an early morning shoot in Central Park. Well they came back to NYC for another visit before the baby is born. This time we shot in Dumbo and even though it was too early to ride the Carousel, we had loads of great spots to use as a Brooklyn backdrop. The light that morning gave a beautiful soft glow to many of the pictures.
Just this April I had the pleasure of shooting Isobel & Brian’s wedding in Washington DC. It was planned for the day which is usually the height of cherry blossom season, however because of this year’s cold spell it ended up being a week before peak. It didn’t really matter because the weather was beautiful, the couple had smiles all day long, the ceremony was intimate and the party was a blast. As I scroll through the photos the feelings of love, connection and joy all come back to me.
The ceremony took place at The Friends Meeting House of Washington DC. The space is the simplest of venues. Without distractions the couple and their guests became the focus. The room was enhanced by white pillows on the benches and candles lined up in front. A single guitarist provided the music. At one point of the service everyone joined hands. It created a real feeling of connection.
The reception was held at The Metropolitan Club where the style moved from simple to elegant. The floral arrangements by Petals Edge were white with soft pink accents. The centerpieces were cherry blossom branches. Sara Muchnick was the planner who with her team did a fabulous job. Miana Jun was my always wonderful second shooter.
As I look through all these photos I love how they weave together to tell the story. The energy builds and really connects you to the celebration even if you just know them from my blog. Thanks to everyone who made this a most wonderful wedding.
Some of the other vendors:
Invitations- Michelle’s Memos
Hair- Thania Trieu
Make up- Beauty N the Bride
Transportation- Linder and Associates
Lighting- Digital Lightning
Rentals- Party Rental LTD
As the weather finally warms, and spring is in the air, we know that wedding season is just around around the corner. I thought I’d get things started here on the blog with a sunny engagement shoot we did awhile back for Kathleen & Patrick’s wedding. We chose a few locations as backdrops and then had some fun. For me an engagement or portrait shoot starts with a lovely setting and light that also flatters the subjects. When these two elements are in place I can then focus on the couple, their expressions and the connection they have together. I love the results we got and look forward to shooting their wedding this summer.
Two years ago my husband and I visited Puerto Morelos, Mexico and I discovered the Little Mexican Cooking School, on Avenida Rojo Gomez . Puerto Morelos is a great home base for exploring the Yucatan Peninsula and only 20 minutes south of Cancun. We came back to visit this year and it was fun all over again. The town has a laid back vibe and a coral reef just off shore. I finally tried snorkeling and it was amazing. But back to the school, last time the chef at the school was Chef Pablo Lopez Espinosa de los Monteros. Chef Pablo has since opened a fabulous place for breakfast and lunch in town called El Nicho. We ate there twice and it was perfection, just what Puerto Morelos needed. It already has a slew of excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.
This year the chef in residence is Chef Alfonso Lopez De Anda and I had the pleasure of sitting in for his lesson in Mexican cooking. After a coffee and small bite the class began. We had a tour of chiles both fresh and dried. Everyone had a chance to try their noses at identifying them by smell alone. Then we created a few different salsas by mixing up the base ingredients and came up with our own unique combinations. I don’t think I’ll be buying salsa in a jar anymore. After that we all moved into the kitchen to prepare a tasty Mexican meal. I like meeting other travelers while learning some new recipes. The guacamole that I learned last time is now the only one I use. My husband loves it.
I’m sorry to say I only shot the first course. I got so involved with mealtime chatter and the very delicious food that it slipped my mind. I think you get the picture anyway. Let me know if you have a chance to take a class there. The school is located inside the Casa Caribe Bed & Breakfast. They also have a wonderful Sunday brunch. Tell the owner Catriona that I sent you.
Here’s a breath of fresh air and sunshine to brighten up your cold day this winter. Megan & Bill had a stunning event at the Wainwright House. If you follow my blog you’ll know it’s a venue I’ve photographed often. When I shoot at a familiar venue I challenge myself to see things fresh. For this posting I mixed together the portraits of the couple, the key moments that tell the story and all the lovely details. It’s my way of covering a wedding in a nutshell.
Megan and Bill had special touches everywhere from the compass escort table to the family made jars of honey. The details and decor had nautical touches like the monkey knots and anchors. The color scheme was a range of blues mixed with whites and pops of color in the bouquet. So fitting for the waterfront location.
And now for some credits: the Wedding Gown is Monique Lhuillier, Hair and Make-Up by Once Upon a Bride, Ceremony music by Maura & Co., Floral Design by Lee Vazquez, Catering by Cornerstone Catering. Last but not least my very wonderful second shooter was Miana Jun.