Beth & Bryce | Elope in New York City | Fort Tryon Park

I had such a wonderful time with Beth and Bryce! They opted for my mini elopement package, which works out great for couples looking for just a ceremony and a few portraits in one location. I was also thrilled they decided to take me up on the idea of going somewhere a bit further afield! Don’t get me wrong, Central Park is lovely, but there are so many other awesome spaces in NYC, it’s fun to explore some new views.

I met up with them in the evening at Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan along with their officiant Judie, and we strolled around to find a perfect ceremony spot overlooking the river and the George Washington Bridge. After they were officially hitched, we had a fabulous time wandering through the park for loads of fun photos. This area made for gorgeous images, especially with the fresh spring blooms.

Congratulations guys! Best wishes to you both!
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Also, sidenote. See that tattoo on Beth’s foot? This lady is an ironman triathlete! How awesome is that? As a fellow (non-iron) triathlon runner, I was super impressed! :-) Wedding Photographer Northern Manhattan Elopement Photographer in NYC Elope in NY Cloisters Wedding NYC Spring Wedding NYC Cherry Blossom Wedding Photographer Garden Elopement Fort Tryon Park

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Maddie | Senior Pictures in New York City | Central Park Family Photographer

Back where I’m from in Minnesota, senior pictures are a big deal. I remember having a great time getting mine done a LONG time ago. However, as wedding photographer, I don’t get too much of a chance to do them in here in NYC, so I was thrilled when Maddie’s mom contacted me for her session on their vacation to New York. It was so much fun to work with Maddie and her family, a great change of pace for me from working with couples, and hello? Isn’t this girl gorgeous? She made my job easy.

We met up early in the am and strolled all through Central Park and then a bit on the highline as well. It was a perfect day and we also managed to capture a few family snaps along the way as well. Maddie’s a theater girl who’s looking to come back to the big city and I’m pretty sure this girl is going to do awesome things in her future! :-)

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Travel Tuesday: Tayrona National Park, Colombia | Destination Wedding Photographer

Travel Tuesday for 7.22.14: Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Traveled: February 2014 with Lindsay

Things are in full swing behind the scenes busy season at the moment. I’m not shooting a ton in July, but am playing major catch-up from all the awesome that was June, so this week I thought we could use some tranquil beaches. I haven’t shared any of Colombia photos from my trip in February, but not for lack of amazing scenery. I will get there!

Colombia was a spur of the moment travel purchase. I knew I wanted to go somewhere in slow season, and had been targeting Central America, but then, as often happens, a super cheap ticket popped up for Cartegena and the universe made the decision for me. Colombia bound! Lindsay and I spent just over a week frolicking along the coast, and you guys? Colombia is gorgeous. These particular images are from Tayrona National Park, where you take a bus, then hike for two hours through the jungle to rent a hammock in a thatched roof shelter on some of the most fantastic beaches you’ll ever see. Which, sounds crazy, but trust me. You must go. More soon! :-)

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Tonia & Charmaine | Elope in Central Park | Ladies Pavilion | Same Sex Wedding

I had such a lovely evening with Tonia and Charmaine. These two high school sweethearts from Texas came up to NYC for the 5 boro bike tour, and decided it would be a great weekend to get married as well! Their ceremony was officiated by the always wonderful Judie Guild in Central Park’s Ladies Pavilion. After the ceremony we wandered through the late spring cherry blossoms all around Shakespeare’s Garden, Turtle Pond and Conservatory Waters. We even managed to find a few bikes to commemorate the trip! :-)

Thanks ladies for having me! All the best to you both! Congratulations!

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Aimee & Jamie: Sneak Peek! | Get Married in NYC | Central Park Conservatory Gardens

It was a beautiful evening for a wedding! Aimee and Jamie were married in the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park tonight surrounded by family and friends. We had a fabulous time beforehand wandering through the park for loads of fun photos. :-)
More to come, congrats guys! Have a fantastic time in Bali!

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Diana & Shalev: Sneak Peek! | Brooklyn Engagement Photographer | Prospect Park

I always love anytime I can get out to Brooklyn and I had a wonderful evening last night with Diana and Shalev in Prospect Park. These two are getting married later in August at a summer camp in the Hudson Valley, so much fun!
Lots more to come from this lovely sunset session, congrats guys!

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Travel Tuesday: Kyoto, Japan | Destination Wedding Photographer

Travel Tuesday for 7.8.14: Kyoto, Japan

Traveled: September 2013 with Alex

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a Travel Tuesday post! My apologies, it’s been crazy town around these parts. I didn’t want another week to pass by without some fun travel photos for your summer enjoyment, so without further ado, I bring you Kyoto!

I STILL haven’t gotten through all my Japan photos from last September, (personal photos are always hard for me to get on the front burner), but here’s a quick glimpse of one of my favorite cities. Both Alex and I really enjoyed around time in Kyoto. Loads of temples, tiny lanes, and cool shops and cafes to soak up. Neither of us speak more then a hand full of Japanese combined, which made our dining experiences consist mainly of nodding, pointing, gestures and generally just a surprise of what we’d be eating each day, which made things all the more exciting. We rented bikes from our hostel and pedaled our way through town each day, a great way to explore the city!

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Please note the name of the cafe in the above right photo. Cafe Rhinebeck. We stumbled upon this while cycling through some quaint little back lanes. I did a double take. Rhinebeck? Like the little town in the Hudson Valley, NY? The one and only. Apparently the chef trained at the culinary institute there, and then came back to Kyoto to open this pancake house. Without question, the best pancakes I have ever eaten in my life. If you’re in Kyoto, you must go!

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Krina & Prat | New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Indian Wedding

I first met Krina and Prat nearly a year ago for their elopement in Central Park’s Shakespeare’s Garden. I had such a great time with them and mentioned that I would LOVE to shoot a full Indian wedding someday, should I ever get the chance. Well, fast forward to this summer, and I got the opportunity to hang out with these guys again as they made things officially official for their family and friends over in New Jersey. It was a fantastic day filled with amazing colors, music and dance.
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Intricate mendhi on both her hands and feet, gorgeous. As per tradition, the groom is hidden somewhere in the pattern.
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I couldn’t get over how incredible Krina looked, isn’t she the most gorgeous bride ever?  Bride Getting Ready Indian Bride Red Sari Getting Ready New Jersey Wedding Father Daughter Getting Ready Wedding Photographer

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After getting ready it was off the ceremony. Krina and Prat were kind enough to give me a rundown of the day so I’d have some idea what I’d be photographing as this was the first Indian ceremony I’ve been a part of. The first part of the day was the baraat, Prat’s procession into the wedding, full of music, dancing and so much color! That’s Prat’s mom above to the right, she was so much fun and quite the dancer! Groom Processional Indian Wedding Indian Weddings in New Jersey Baraat Indian Wedding Groom Baraat Wedding in New Jersey Indian Wedding Ceremony

On to the formal ceremony, their first reveal! Wreaths at Indian Wedding

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The reaction to the toasts may in fact be some of my favorite images of the night. To say we saw some hilarious photos and videos would be an understatement. :-) I believe the macarena played a large part… Dance at Indian Wedding

Krina also put on a dance as a surprise for Prat. This girl is SO talented! Bollywood Dancing Wedding Reception Dress Indian WeddingNewJerseyIndianWedding023 Reception Dancing New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Krina and Prat, thank you SO so much for having me! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you both, I had a fabulous time.

Best wishes and congratulations!

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Terri & Roger: Sneak Peek! | Manhattan City Hall Wedding | New York Elopement Photographer

I had a lovely morning at City Hall with Terri and Roger today. These two hail from the UK and flew off for a top secret elopement in New York City, so much fun!

Thanks so much for having me and congratulations and best wishes! More to come!

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Gemma & Jordan: Sneak Peek! | Elope in New York City | City Hall Wedding Photographer

Gemma and Jordan came all the way from Australia to elope in New York City! We had a great morning wandering through SoHo and Tribeca and then headed to City Hall for their ceremony.

Lots more to come, congratulations guys!

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