When I am loosely planning my blogging schedule, it is normally in order of when the events or sessions were photographed. Sometimes, like right now, things get really out of order and I look at an engagement session that I photographed 10 months ago and wonder how I could have possibly not gotten around to sharing it yet! Now that Rebecca and Adam’s wedding is just a few days away, I knew I could delay no longer! So here you have the most adorable couples engagement session, photographed in the always beautiful Central Park in Manhattan. I hope you enjoy the photos, these two were a real pleasure to hang out with and capture and I can not wait to photograph their wedding!
I am usually a stickler for posting event blog posts in the order that they happen. That does mean that things can run a little behind over here on the blog (read: a few months behind). I am always excited to share the events I have captured - going over the photos to choose the best of the best to post here brings me back to the day of the event or session and I love that feeling! Once in a while, every aspect of a session lines up so perfectly - from the weather to the mood to the timing - that I just can’t wait the normal few months to share it!
So here we have Nina and Gilad’s engagement session in Dumbo!
Nina has been a friend and fan of my work for years now, and when she got engaged, I knew I wanted to be the one to capture it all for her. I was not surprised in the slightest that we had the most relaxed and fun time capturing these photos. I know you will be smiling by the end of this post - I break into a grin every time I look at these amazing memories captured. I can not wait for their wedding day, it is sure to be amazing!
As I was going through the photos of Ben and Sarit’s engagement session, trying to decide which ones I would post to social media, I realized there were just too many amazing ones to choose from-which brings us to this blog post! I loved every moment of capturing the love that these two share, and I could not get enough of their love of adventure and their ability to be so purely themselves with each other. There were romantic moments and there were goofy moments, and all throughout the session, there was pure adoration and love. Have a look for yourself, you will no doubt see exactly what I was lucky enough to see!
When I think back on Ma’ayan and Mikey’s wedding day, I honestly get giddy just remembering how wonderful it was. The theme of the day was family and it was beyond special to witness and be a part of.
Ma’ayan and Mikey’s wedding was planned and booked to be in Israel, where they live. Due to some medical complications with Mikey’s father, he was not able to travel to Israel to be at the wedding, so Ma’ayan and Mikey simply brought the wedding to him. That in itself should tell you the kind of people Ma’ayan and Mikey are. They brought an Israeli style wedding to Fairfield, Connecticut, and created a beautiful and meaningful venue in and around Mikey’s family home. Ma’ayan’s family from Israel stayed together with Mikey’s family at their home, and on the wedding day, everyone present chipped in and helped bring the day together. The camaraderie and the love felt on that day was more than just evident, it was palpable.
As much as I deeply appreciate the efforts and talents of all wedding vendors, there was something so wonderfully relaxing and special about how this wedding did not have any of that. The entire family took the place of all of the vendors, and while that certainly does not work all of the time, with this simplistic yet meaningful wedding, it was exactly right. The family fed off of the wonderful bride and groom, as did we! Ma’ayan and Mikey were so in sync, so relaxed and calm about everything. The wedding day just flowed so beautifully, and that was in no small way because of them. Their personalities would not be silenced, and I absolutely loved that about them! Ma’ayan had brought heels to wear for her special day, but decided comfort was key, and resorted to wearing her comfortable and worn in work boots all day. That did nothing to lessen how beautiful she looked in the heirloom gown that her grandmother, aunt and mother all wore on their wedding days. Each wore the same dress in a different configuration and each made it their own.
I will not apologize for going on endlessly about how amazing this wedding was, but I will take a breath while you look through the photos and see exactly what I was feeling on this perfect wedding day!
The Chuppah was built right outside the front door by the bride’s sister and brother, directed by the groom’s mother.
The father and sister of the bride bought flowers from a florist and created the arrangements themselves, the very morning of the wedding, and Mikey and his best friend Jeremy even built a ramp from the front door so his father could come out of the house easily. How special is that?
Having only just met Ma’ayan and Mikey, the connection we formed was a surprise but a blessing. The two of them even honored me by asking me to be a witness to the signing of their Ketubah. How many wedding photographers can say that?
The day after Sam and Yishai’s wedding, we spent a few relaxed hours on Fire Island taking couple portraits that we did not have time to take on the wedding day. Knowing there would not be the time, we had planned this session, and boy am I glad we did. After some time taking photos in wedding garb, Sam and Yishai changed into more casual clothes to enjoy some newlywed time on the beach. If I could do this for every bride and groom, I absolutely would. There is no time restraint, no ogling guests or family, and no worries about the rest of the wedding day, not that these two had any problem being relaxed and acting themselves on either day!
Wardrobe change...in the car.