When a couple is as in love and adorable together as Chana and Motty are, it honestly makes my job easy. Just have a look at how beautiful those couple portraits are and you’ll see exactly what I mean! If a wedding venue does not have the nicest areas to take photos, I will usually encourage a bride and groom to take the photos at a nearby park. We definitely had no problem like that here as the wedding was at the Picnic House in the very beautiful Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Every little touch of personality and individuality in these photos makes me smile - from the lovely flowers to the unique handmade (by the bride!) gown, to the bowties and corsages. Let me know what you think of them!
I don’t think anyone could have prepared me for the roller coaster that is having three children. As our third son’s due date was drawing nearer, we assumed that we would have everything under control, and everything - including our presence on social media and with blogging - would stay as consistent as it had been. As you can guess, that is not exactly what happened! Three months later, though, we are back at it!
What better way to jump back into our blog then with this beautiful beach wedding! Talya and Michael took in the warmth and sunshine at the beach and you can see it in the glow on their faces. It’s no surprise that Spring, Summer and Fall weddings are favorites around here. Although there is a magic to a winter wonderland wedding, give me Spring flowers, Summer sunshine and Fall foliage any day and I’m a happy camper!
Sometimes it is the most unexpected photography jobs that are the loveliest. My friend Stan Weiss was hired to capture this beautiful Bat Mitzvah, but when he broke his collarbone he called me in as back up, and boy am I glad he did!
The event was run by Benay Events and as usual, Benay did an incredible job. She has a way of transforming a venue that always amazes me and this time was no exception. From the disco balls everywhere to the spot-on timing of the day to the awesome dance party, every aspect of this event was run to the T. Have a look at the photos, see for yourself and take a moment to wish we were back in the warm weather - I know that’s all I can think about!
There is something so romantic about a quiet beach. When there are no beach-goers enjoying the sunshine, all you hear is the crashing waves, the sounds of the seagulls and the calm ocean winds. When Danna and Eitan decided they wanted to do their first look on the beach, I couldn't be more excited about it! The sand did not scare them off, even though they were dressed in their wedding best. These two love adventure, so if this was all they could get on their wedding day itself, they were definitely going to take it! I am not shy about my obsession with first looks on the wedding day, and this one exceeded all expectations! Danna and Eitan are so in love, you can’t help but smile when looking at the photos.
There is so much about the two of them that is special, but one of the things that I am always awed to witness is the melding of two very different traditions. Eitan is from an Ashkenazi family and Danna is from a Sefardi Bucharian family. All differences were merged in the most beautiful way, and it always strikes me how for such a wonderful and happy thing as a wedding, people are able to embrace what makes them and their loved ones unique. See the beauty in it all for yourself!
There were so many details and moments of Abby and Miles’ wedding day that made me wonder if I had walked into a fairytale. From the way everything looked, to the absolute magnificence of Abby’s gown, and most importantly- though it may sound cliche- Abby and Miles’ adoration for each other was so blindingly clear, it just seemed like a storybook love! Then there was the venue! Nicotra’s Ballroom, on its own, is an absolutely beautiful location, with gardens and gazebos, and the most wonderful staff. What took it from beautiful to magical, though, was Varda Thurm and her incredible talent with the flowers from Jerusalem Florist. The ceremony room looked and felt like a garden, yet is in a permanent tent. It was decorated with magnificent flowers, and the Chuppah area was made to look like it was in middle of a forest, and it was all put together fresh that day! Varda was a powerhouse all through the day, keeping everything running smoothly and injecting everything with her incredibly creative mind. The entire wedding day, from the very first moment of preparation to the energetic dancing to the DJ at the very end, was an epic proclamation of Abby and Miles’ dedication and love for each other. It was an honor to be there to capture it!