Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY

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!

Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Ring invitation reception
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Prep Makeup
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Prep Makeup
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Prep Letter
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Prep Makeup Gown
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Prep Gown
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Portraits
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Portraits
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Portraits
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Groom Portraits
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Groom Portraits
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Groom Portraits
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits Couple
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa
Talya and Michael's Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at The Sands, Atlantic Beach, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride and Groom Portraits family ceremony reception chuppah chuppa

Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY

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!

Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride prep makeup hair
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride prep hair makeup
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom prep father
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom prep suit tux
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom portraits
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz couple portraits bride groom first look
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom first look portraits
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits drone
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom ceremony
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz family portrait bride groom
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz portraits mother of the groom
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom badeken
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom walking down isle
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groomsmen
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride walking down isle
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride walking down isle gown
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom ceremony chuppah
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom chuppah
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom ceremony chuppah
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom chuppah ceremony rings
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom chuppah ceremony smashing the glass break
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz chuppah bride groom
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom father of the groom
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride father of the bride
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom married chuppah
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing bride groom
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride dancing
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing groom
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom dancing
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz  dancing
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz wedding cake
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom cake
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Abby and Miles' Modern Jewish Wedding at Nicotra’s Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz

Wedding Team:

Venue - Nicotra’s Ballroom
Event Planner - Varda Thurm
Flowers - Jerusalem Florist
Music - Aaron Teitelbaum
Food - Michael Schick
Video - Creative Image Productions
Photo - Chaim Schvarcz, Yehuda Joffe, Lin Pernille

Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT

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!

 

Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride gown
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz chuppah prep family

The Chuppah was built right outside the front door by the bride’s sister and brother, directed by the groom’s mother.

Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz flowers prep family

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?

Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride prep makeup hair
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom prep
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom prep
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride prep gown
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portrait
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom portraits
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom portraits
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz

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?

Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz father of the groom bride
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz wedding band
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Ma'ayan and Mikey's Traditional Jewish Backyard Wedding in Fairfield, CT Photos by Chaim Schvarcz

Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY

It is not often that I manage to get a blog post out a few days after I have photographed a wedding, but I am so glad I managed with this one! Yoey and Aaron got married just a few days ago, on Memorial Day, at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. I have captured a bunch of weddings at this venue, and the beautiful ceremony area never ceases to amaze me! Anthony’s Pier 9 transformed part of their venue into a rainforest-jungle-gardenesque space with trees and waterfalls, it is really something special.  What I did not know about, until this wedding, was that there is a wonderful park called Plum Point Park right near the hall, and we thoroughly enjoyed taking some beautiful photos there!

Yoey and Aaron were the sweetest couple to capture, full of personality yet relaxed enough to go with the flow of the portraits, which allowed for some really spectacular moments captured! These two definitely enjoyed every moment of their special day, right up until the very end.  After all of the usual wedding moments, ceremony, eating and dancing, the evening ended off with an epic dance party. DJ Ben Black, who is married to Aaron’s mother, DJ’d this awesome part of the wedding, which included incredible music, a dancing robot-smoke machine, and amazing dancing.  What a way to end a really incredible wedding day!

Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Gown Dress Flowers Portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Bride Portraits flowers gown outdoors
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom suit portraits bowtie preparations
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom suit portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride portraits gown flowers outdoors
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Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride father of the bride portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom family portraits
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom family portraits
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Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz ketubah
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Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom badeken
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz groom bride badeken
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Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride walk down isle chuppah ceremony
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom chuppah ceremony
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Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz smashing the glass chuppah ceremony
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom entrance man and wife first time
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing groom
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz dancing loud music
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz mother son groom dance
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dance
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Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing
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Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Yoey and Aaron's Memorial Day Modern Jewish Wedding at Anthony's Pier 9, New Windsor, NY Photos by Chaim Schvarcz bride groom dancing

The Wedding Team:

Event Planner- Yoey Sacks - The bride!
Venue and Food- Anthony’s Pier 9
Photography - Chaim Schvarcz and David Zimand
Florist- Flowers by David Anthony
Musical Entertainment - Rhythm 5 with Avrami Cohen
Videography - Halo Studios
Hair Stylist - Katy Kelly
Makeup Artist - Alana Schmidt
Gown Designer - Maggie Sottero

First Look: To Do or Not To Do, That is The Question

Let’s just acknowledge my nod in the title to my English brother, Shakespeare, and we can move right along.  I do have some strong English pride that can’t be ignored!

It would be absolutely impossible for me to choose a moment of the wedding day that is my favorite.  Each wedding has its own ebb and flow, moving to a unique rhythm that is based solely on the people and the feelings that surround each individual day.  At one wedding, an emotional first dance may be my favorite part, and at another it might be the enthusiastic and fun portraits with the groom and his groomsmen. I can say, however, that I ALWAYS love when a couple does a first look.  Here are some of the reasons why:

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Privacy

I love the excitement of a bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day surrounded by family and friends. The first look, though, is normally done with just the two of them, and the closeness of that moment is always beautiful and striking. With no one around, the two can be intimate with each other in a way that is not usually done with everyone else around.

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Time

One of the toughest parts of photographing a wedding is the time restraints.  If I could, I would spend all day with the bride, groom and their family and friends, having fun and capturing their interactions and emotions together.  In fact, I think we should start having two separate days; The Wedding Day and The Wedding Portraits Day! Who’s with me?

When a couple chooses to do a first look, it usually happens early on in the day, leaving plenty of time for them to enjoy the moment, have portraits taken, loosen up and have fun! I have photographed couples in totally different locations than where the wedding is, all on the wedding day, because an early start allows us the opportunity to take couple portraits without the stress of time running out.

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Light

If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you’ll notice a theme. Lighting. Is. EVERYTHING!  As I mentioned above, the first look usually takes place early on the wedding day. The earlier the photos, the more of a chance we have of utilizing natural light! A lot of weddings go late into the night, and if couple portraits are left until halfway through the wedding, it is often at the tail end of daylight.  I have chased the light for photos before, and would do it again, yet all of that can be avoided when the bride and groom choose to do their portraits before all of the craziness of the day sets in.

 

So, to sum all of this up, my feelings are very clear- what is the question?! If circumstances allow the bride and groom to do a first look on their wedding day, then they should DO IT! For ideas for some awesome first look photos for your wedding, reach out and let’s chat!