Traditional Jewish Wedding Photos: Ilana + Avi

This amazing wedding at the Nyack Seaport had it all!  The bride was glowing as we walked in the hotel room, and never lost her smile.  Her face had to be hurting by the end of the day.  The groom was same way: fun, outgoing, and boosting with excitement.  I can go on and on how great this couple is…  but let’s get to the hits. For this wedding, we had all the Jewish traditions: a Tisch, the Bedeken, and a Ketubah signing- as well as the smashing of the glass and the Hora dance, but we’ve all seen that.  With all this happening and minimal time to do so, it meant we ALL had to be on point to make the day work, and we are very proud to that myself, Natalie, and Taylor on video nailed it! For those of you who are not sure of what these traditions mean, I’ll give you a quick break:  the Tisch is where all the women are in one room, with the bride sitting and family all around her.  The women come up to her, give advice, and talk amongst each other.  The men are in another room or area, usually […]

The Powelton Club Wedding Photos: Jillian + David

So many people have been waiting for this day- especially us!  Everyone involved for this day could NOT be more happy for this amazing bride and groom and their wedding at The Powelton Club!  We have been  looking forward to this day since we all met in our studio months ago, and it certainly held up to our expectations.  Jill’s mom was the one planning the wedding for the most part, and she did a great job.  From the moment we walked into The Powelton, the vibe was fun, laid back, and just happy faces everywhere you turn.  Right after the first look, we went out on a golf cart to shoot portraits, and we couldn’t ask for better weather.  Rebecca from The Powelton Club kept everything on time, and totally smooth- she’s the best!  I’ve never seen that room so packed, and the dance floor was nonstop all night.  Congratulations to Jillian and David, thanks so much for having us there to capture your amazing day!!

Locust Grove Wedding Photos: Selena + Edison

Selena and Ed had a perfect day for their wedding at Locust Grove.  The majority of their wedding was DIY, so much so that at one point Selena, in her wedding dress, was helping to set up the reception room!  Her laid back attitude set the tone for the whole day, and the two of them were very much “go with the flow.”  We did a first look, and we were so glad we did because that light was perfect, and the grounds were at their peak!  Everyone had a great time celebrating the love between Selena and Ed, and we were so happy to be a part of it!  

Dutchess Manor Wedding Photos: Sylvia + Jake

Not much time to write about this great wedding at The Dutchess Manor- the bride and groom are very anxious!  I’ve known Sylvia and her family for years now, and I was so excited to shoot her wedding- nothing but smiles all day!  Shout out to Main St Cutters in Cornwall, and of course Desiree!

Mohonk Elopement Photos: Christina + Chris

  Well, this was not quite an elopement, and not quite a wedding either: more like a bride and groom portrait session.  It was a perfect fall day at Mohonk for this session, and I’m so glad it was.  Christina and Chris were married the previous week in Long Island, but always wanted to have portraits at Mohonk.  After finding me on our Instagram page, she was hooked!  Congrats to these two and thank you Mohonk, for always looking the best they can.

Hudson Valley Wedding Photos: Jessica + Rob

The entire wedding day with the amazing bride Jessica Lynn and her new husband Rob was all smiles and laughs, and I’m not kidding.  The day started at a friend’s house with the normal craziness of prep, but nothing too bad.  Jessica did a first look with her bridesmaids, which was really great and different to capture.  After the church ceremony, we all took the trek up to the Cornwall reservoir (which I haven’t been to in years) to do bridal party photos and some of the bride and groom.  From there, we went to the Laborers Local 17 Pavilion in Newburgh.  This location was surprisingly great for a wedding!  Very open, private, more space than you need, and something different from the norm.  The rest of the night was such a party, it’s a shame we weren’t guests!  Shout out to Jay from Spinners Entertainment for keeping everyone on their feet all night and adding to this already great party.

Orange County Choppers Wedding Photos: Nicole + Andrew

Who knew you can have a wedding at Orange County Choppers?!  Well, this bride and groom did, and I’m so glad they decided to so.  The day started locally for us here in Cornwall at Bella Donna salon, which looks amazing inside, which is just down the road from our studio.  Then for even more Cornwall hits, they had the ceremony down by the river (go ahead, do the voice) at the Landing.  The whole day was anything but traditional, and when that happens, it’s very refreshing.  We shot some portraits at the Landing, then headed up to OCC.  Besides the Cafe, they have a loft area upstairs that they use for private events.  This was the first wedding we’ve shot there, and certainly hope to come back for more.  Nicole had a couple dress changes for the night, and debuted her first one with their very epic first dance, which no one saw coming- it was a flawless performance! Now for the main event:  the couple comes out out with a bat and a stick in sync with “Wrecking Ball” playing.  Nicole timed it perfectly with the first chorus and smashed the cake that was disguised as a piñata! […]

Hudson Valley Proposal Photos at Bear Mountain

I can’t wait any longer to post these photos from the flawless proposal from Mike to his long time girlfriend Shelly!  We met at Perkins Memorial Tower at the top of Bear Mountain, NY which is really nice up there.  They waked around, I found them and did my normal routine which works 100% of the time.  Congrats to these two, and I certainly hope I’ll get to photograph them again!

West Point Wedding Photos: Antonia + James

The weather called for nothing but rain ALL day for the bride and groom for their West Point wedding- but JUST after the ceremony, the sky magically cleared up and we couldn’t ask for better weather.  Totally meant to be!  We had a great time at this wedding, these people know how to party.  The ceremony and reception was at the West Point Club and what a room it is: super high ceiling, rounded wall of windows overlooking the river, and plenty of dancing area.  We sat at a table with a few other couples, and totally felt like a guest which only made them open up to us more in the photos.  Big shout out to DJ Mnyce who rocked the night!  We’re so glad for this couple it all worked out as planned.

Arrow Park Wedding Photography in the Hudson Valley

Natalie and I were back again at the hidden gem that is Arrow Park Lake and Lodge for another amazing wedding!  I like to say that we booked this wedding partially because of my awesome guacamole making skills- I promised the couple that if they go with us for their wedding, I’ll make a batch of guac just for them… and I did, and they still talk about it! Anyway, we had so much fun with this bride and groom- they’re funny, laid back, and he should start a career as a stand up comic.  The day started with prep coverage, then onto a first look and portraits and fun with a golf cart- letting Jimi drive is always an adventure.  Ceremony was in the garden which is the perfect location, and the weather could not have been better.  Afterwards, we witnessed some German traditions: sawing of a log, cutting a heart out of a tapestry, and carrying the bride over a stick.  This was all new to us, and quite interesting.  Props again to Love + Rosemary who did all the catering, and we can’t wait to return to Arrow Park!

NYC Elopement Photos: Manhattan + DUMBO Park

The groom and I were back and forth for months with this small NYC wedding regarding dates and locations.  I did not think it was going to happen- but it did, and we ended up having a great day!  Konstantinos and his bride Frida are so sweet and I’m very happy for them.  The day started with a small ceremony at the Hotel Giraffe on the rooftop and then off in a limo to the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Park.  Occasionally brides show us photos they like from Pinterest or random websites, and to be honest- we’re not big fans of that, only because it locks in someone else’s style in our brain.  However, when the bride shows me photos that are ALL shot by me or Natalie, then fine!  So part of the day was recreating our own images, but mostly creating new ones.  Here are the hits.

Mohonk Wedding Photos: Cindy + Ralph

For anyone that knows this bride Cindy, they will contest that she LOVE photos!  I think it was the first thing she said to me at the meeting, and the last thing, and everything in between.  We’re so happy her wedding day at Mohonk was flawless.  Her preparation was in the very cool Rock Reading room there, with plenty of space, great window light, and a balcony view of the lake.  For their first look, they decided to declare their vows to each other which was really nice.  Ceremony was in the garden, which is what everyone hopes for, and the bride rode in on a horse and carriage!  After some group photo cocktail hour, we all headed up to the Pavilion where we never saw it look so good: string lights, candles, and custom decor by Cindy.  Thanks of course to Aimee, Frank and the rest of Mohonk’s staff for making the day run smooth.  Congrats to the very sweet couple!

Crystal Springs Wedding Photos: Kathryn + Pat

5 years ago Natalie and I had the honor of photographing Kathryn and Pat’s wedding at Crystal Springs– and what a place!  It was such a good day, with plenty of champagne flowing for prep, a bridal party that had fun every step of the way, and a reception I bet everyone still remembers well.  Happy anniversary you two!

Arrow Park Wedding Photos: Megan + Mark

We say this all the time: a wedding at Arrow Park Lake and Lodge is unlike any other wedding: if you’re a future bride or groom and are looking for something different, check them out.  You’ll love it!  Megan and Mark’s day was just as everyone expected: fun, laid back, and super friendly. Natalie and I were talking to some of the guests as if we were guests.  WE had a great day capturing their wedding, so you know that everyone had even a better time.  I think that’s just the vibe Arrow Park gives….  Props to Love + Rosemary who did all the catering, and wow what a great job they did.  What a great day!

The Garrison Wedding Photos: Kristen + Rich

Natalie and I were back again at The Garrison for Kristen and Rich’s wedding, and what an amazing day!  Make up was on point by JK Flashy, and the bride’s Maggie Sottero dress was perfect for her- Natalie was very jealous…  She did a first look with her dad, which was really sweet.  Ceremony was outside at The Garrison, and it was wonderfully performed by Rich’s grandmother.  There were funny toasts, great dancing, a killer sunset, and lots of fun at the reception with entertainment by the never failing Dave Nazario from A Perfect Blend.  Dave, you rock.  We felt more like guests then vendors, and when that happens, that barrier between photographer and subject disappears.  I love it when that happens, and when it does, you get this:

The Grandview Wedding Photos: Rita + Alex

Rita and Alex’s wedding at The Grandview was nothing short of one amazing day!  When we met the bride and her mom in studio a while ago, we knew that this wedding was going to stand out- and did it ever.  Rita was relaxed, had fun, couldn’t care less about the rain that threw us for a loop, and was one big smile.  It goes to show you how much the attitude of the bride sets the tone of the day.  Just as we pulled  up to FDR the rain started.  We were only there minutes, then headed to the Poughkeepsie train station (3rd time this year so far there) and waited out the storm.  From there, headed to the Grandview ballroom where the rest of the night was great live music by Sound Image Entertainment who kept everyone on their feet.  When I talked to Rita today, she’s exhausted from their honeymoon in Barcelona, and could not wait to see these pics… So, here you go, and for every future bride out there, remember to just let the day unfold!

Mohonk Mountain House Wedding Photos: Morgan + Max

We had an absolutely gorgeous day at Mohonk Mountain House for Morgan and Max’s wedding.  They are so laid back and fun together- they were one of the easiest couples we’ve ever photographed.  Their ceremony was in the garden, and the reception was in the pavilion, which was a nice change!  It’s completely private from the main house, all open, and has a vibe unlike any other location.  We just love shooting at Mohonk, we’ve been there countless times, and it is always good to be back there.  Congrats to this very sweet couple!

Wedding Photography for Red Maple Vineyard: Megan + Damian

Red Maple Vineyard is such a great location for a wedding!  We’ve been there quite a few times, and look forward to going every time.  The grounds are beautiful, and the building and tent are great, especially with the trees and string lights in the tent.  We started off at a hotel in Poughkeepsie for prep, and then headed over to the venue for everything else.  The weather wasn’t looking too good, but that didn’t dampen Megan or Damian’s moods!  Megan had an emotional first look with her dad, which was very sweet.  After a little shower earlier in the day, the rain held off and we got to do the ceremony on the hill, which is epic up there.  The party was rockin’ all night thanks to The Ronald Reagans.  Natalie had an idea to take the couple out at night in the vineyard and nailed that shot!  Congrats to the happy couple, and thanks for having us be a part of your day!

Grandview Wedding Photography: Alicia + George

We say this all the time- The Grandview is like home to us, even though there are far more venues closer to our home and studio, but it’s just one of those great locations for any wedding that consistently provides premium service to everyone involved in the wedding- especially the bride and groom.  The day started at their parents’ friend’s house, which was amazing.  We ended up doing the first look there because of the backyard being so nice.  Alicia’s makeup was done by Nina from Hello Gorgeous, and her purple eyeshadow really popped!  From there we shot over to the Poughkeepsie Train Station for some more portraits and some group shots.  Then to The Grandview for an outdoor patio ceremony, and the weather was perfect.  Alicia and George were so sweet at the alter, and by being themselves, it set the mood for the rest of the night.  Natalie helped dress Alicia, which is not a first, but George fed Jimi cake, which absolutely WAS a first!!  Props to the guys at Vargas Productions for keeping the party going, and congrats to this great couple!  

Destination Wedding Photography in Aruba: Liz + Shane

It was 5 years ago when Natalie and I went to Aruba at the Stellaris Resort for Liz and Shane’s destination wedding.  We were so excited to go, and the whole trip was amazing!  The night before started out at the infamous Papiamento restaurant where the family opened gifts, gave some toasts, and indulged in really good food.  The wedding day started off very relaxed with everyone in a great mood, followed by ceremony on the beach, and perfect weather for the reception.  You couldn’t ask for better weather.  After the party, we convinced the remaining guests and bridal party to do a  jump in the pool- fully clothed.  One of the best things about this trip was that we met Liz’s sister Melissa.  Her and her fiancé Elias took us to the Dominican Republic last year for their destination wedding, where we also photographed a sunrise shoot for the first time.  Happy 5 year anniversary! est