I love proposals! They’re such a fun moment to be a part of!

In between studying for her exams to become a nurse practitioner, Samantha had been planning to go out for brunch for Desmond’s upcoming birthday. What she didn’t know was he had another plan, a Brooklyn Bridge Park marriage proposal! On a rainy Saturday morning he managed to convince her to take a stroll down to the park before their brunch.The rain actually played to their advantage as they had the whole boardwalk to themselves. As they got down to the waterfront he got down on one knee to propose!

Samantha’s reaction was perfect and then as an added surprise? Both of their families ran down to meet them… Samantha’s mom literally almost tackled her in a hug. It was adorable. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen two moms more excited.:-)Their families have been friends for years and it was so cool to have them all be part of the moment.

After a few photos with family, they went off to get their table for brunch and I spent some time walking along Brooklyn Bridge Park with just Desmond and Samantha for some fun newly engaged photos. These guys were so goofy and fun I had a great time hanging out and sharing travel stories from their adventures together.

Congratulations to Desmond and Samantha!
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I had a wonderful morning with Andy and Bella who eloped to NYC from the UK. They had their ceremony at the City Clerk and then we headed up to wander the West Village with a final stop for treats at The Doughnut Project, because wedding day doughnuts are always a good idea. :-)

Congratulations Andy and Bella! More photos on the way soon!

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I love sunrise elopements! David and Pauline were married at dawn this morning in Central Park’s Wagner Cove. It’s been forever since I’ve photographed a wedding here, so it was lovely to get back now that it’s been rebuilt.

The light this morning was amazing and these two were so happy to be married; my job couldn’t have been more fun.

Lots more on the way soon. Congratulations to you both!
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Travel Tuesday for 4.19.16: Little Corn Island, Nicargua

Traveled: April 2016 with Amber 

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I can’t quite remember the first time I read about the Corn Islands in Nicaragua. I have a habit of constantly reading Lonely Planet guidebooks, always scheming my next adventure. I’m fairly certain I was planing some adventure in the region a number of years ago when I came across the description of these magical islands, basically a forgotten paradise sitting off the coast of Central America.

This year I was looking for a dive destination. Something not too far afield. I was originally hoping to line something up that would allow me to see whale sharks, but alas the timing wasn’t right. Then I remembered reading about Little Corn as a excellent diving spot. No whale sharks, but the diving was still supposed to be great. The more I read, the more it sounded like exactly my kind of place. Completely off the normal tourist track, no big resorts, and super affordable accommodations and diving. Sold.

We spent about 4 days on Little Corn, and I easily could have stayed for weeks. This place was magic. I’ve been to a lot of beaches and fantastic destinations in my life, but this tiny island was just perfection. There are no cars or roads, no electricity from 6am-1pm, and it goes without saying, the pace of life is relaxed. We had huge stretches of beach all to ourselves, without a soul in sight for whole afternoons. The water is pure turquoise and the coconut palms sway in the breeze. This is paradise.

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Lobster traps, piled up everywhere we looked.

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Yes, that IS a nurse shark hanging out right next to the shore in the above photo. I couldn’t believe we spotted it and on the same day I saw my first reef sharks on a dive earlier that morning!

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Travel Details:

We stayed at Las Palmeras Boutique Hotel. It’s one of the newer hotels on the island and we had a great stay. It was very clean and located in the local village on the more populated side of the island. It’s also painted bright pink with beautiful hammocks on its own little private beach deck. Palmeras a good mid-range option if you don’t want to go for the bargain beach shacks right on the water on the east side of the island.

Diving: I dove with Dolphin Dive and had a positive experience. The equipment was good, the dive masters were super friendly and knowledgable and most importantly the diving was great! Lots of larger life, I saw my first sharks, big rays, grouper, huge lobster, and great barracuda along with loads of smaller fish as well.

How do I get there?

This is the adventure. The reason no one is here is because it’s a bit of an trek to arrive. We flew into Managua, took another small flight to Big Corn Island, and then you take a smaller wooden speedboat across to Little Corn.

Is Little Corn Island a good spot for a destination wedding or destination elopement?

I spoke to a few folks on the island regarding weddings. From what they said, it’s not very common here yet, but they had seen one or two smaller events. That said, if you’re up for a something different and totally unique, I think it would be an AMAZING spot to get married, especially for an intimate elopement. I don’t think there are the facilities for a larger catered gathering, but for a handful intrepid guests and a couple? Absolutely! Just keep in mind you have to carry everything you need with you on the boat, so the lighter you pack the better.

I would love to photograph your destination elopement on Little Corn Island!

I’ll be there in a heartbeat, just tell me when!

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