When I think back on Karen and Arcadio’s wedding, one thing comes to mind: killer dance moves. As in, bride and groom had some serious fun on the dance floor (and I had some serious fun photographing it!).
We started the day with photos by the Brooklyn Bridge on a clear blue sky day, then used the most fetching rooftop view as a backdrop for more portraits. The ceremony and reception took place at ReBar, a ridiculously cool venue in Dumbo that I’d describe as *visually stunning* – which, of course, excites us wedding photographers beyond words!
Yeah, I’d say it was a pretty great day :)
I don’t normally showcase wedding formals on the blog, but I’m particularly excited about the shots I got at Saturday’s wedding. We were gifted with snow before Halloween (I know, I’m still not over it), which translated into an all-day storm of snow/sleet/rain. Not an ideal situation to say the least.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “What happens if it rains on our wedding day?” – and the answer depends entirely on the couple. If they’re not keen to get wet, then, well, we may end up with a few less photos in the end. But if they’re anything like Cora and Matt, then we get a little adventurous and I’m forced to think on the fly and push my creativity. Here’s what we came up with:
LOCATION 1: Manhattan Bridge underpass
This is one of my favorite spots because it’s so sheltered and has this magical light that’ll make anyone look like a rockstar. Throw in some cobblestone and an archway and you’ve got a stellar scene.
LOCATION 2: A gallery
Dumbo is stacked with cafes and galleries, but I wanted to utilize a space that actually had room for a big group, and preferably nice lighting. I did some googling beforehand and found a gallery that looked like it’d do the trick. I wasn’t sure if we’d be allowed to take photos, but when we walked inside there seemed to be no one around. Only after we got our shots did someone show up and tell us to leave (lest we be charged the $4000 rental fee). At this point, I think we were all just jazzed to have gotten away with it that we were ok with being kicked out of the gallery.
LOCATION 3: Sidewalk under scaffolding
Any blog reader and/or friend of mine knows I am fond of the grit and graffiti of NYC. I knew of a graffitied block in the neighborhood that’s been covered with scaffolding for years, and I had the wedding party stand on the sidewalk beneath it so they stayed dry. I, on the other hand, stood on the street in the sleet, umbrella in one hand and camera in the other, stuck between the poles that held up the scaffolding. Easy? Definitely not. Fun? Extremely.
I’d also like to add that I did this entire shoot wearing snow boots. Between that and the whole getting-kicked-out-of-a-gallery thing, I’m considering adopting “badass wedding photographer” as a tagline :D
But see? Rain on your wedding day aint so bad. If anything, it makes it more exciting!
I absolutely LOVE the concept of elopement. Love, adventure, travel, and a wee bit o’ secrecy – that’s all pretty much right up my alley (sorry, Mom!).
Lauren and Dave eloped to NYC from Detroit this summer, and I got to be the lucky one who photographed their New York adventures! Peter of Film Cars drove us around the city in a checker cab (yep, the same one I had the pleasure of jetting around in this spring at Alison & Stephen’s wedding!), from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge. Looking back on it three months later, the thing I remember the most is how jazzed we were – all 4 of us. There was so much good energy between us all that made the day that much more enjoyable :)
I left my apartment very early on a Tuesday morning last month, embarking on the usual 13-minute walk to the subway station (I know, not cool). I’m pretty sure I was rocking out to Lady Gaga on my ipod as per usual, likely spacing out to whatever random thought had popped into my head at the time. One second I was walking down the sidewalk, about to step onto the road, and the next second I was on the ground, having taken the oddest fall of my life. There was nothing that had tripped me, and nothing that could have distracted me from the seemingly simple task of crossing the street… yet somehow, I’d managed to slice my knee, rip my pants, and sprain my ankle/foot (I still don’t know which it was). How did this happen?!
In true Lindsay fashion, I picked myself up and continued walking as if nothing happened, occasionally glancing down at my knee which was dripping blood. I mean, I was en route to the City Clerk’s office to witness and photograph Lauren & Preston’s civil marriage ceremony, I had no time for injuries!
All injuries aside, I had so much fun with Lauren and Preston on their wedding day. They completely choreographed their post-wedding shoot themselves! After their city hall ceremony, we cruised around Manhattan in a 1937 Rolls Royce and went up to the Meatpacking District to shoot near some cool graffiti they liked. From there, we walked down 5th Ave, stopped at The Plaza (hello, Home Alone 2!), grabbed some hotdogs at a stand, and wandered around Central Park. Their wedding photos were very New York and very Lauren & Preston, and I’m especially proud of them given the fact that I was limping around the entire time :)
L & P, you were beyond amazing to work with. Thank you for being a testament to why I do what I do!
I have no shame in admitting that I was a girl scout back in the day. I have fond memories of girl scout camporees and selling cookies door-to-door. AND, I was totally that overzealous girl scout who spent her free time earning extra badges, just for fun. There is literally nothing else that would make me ask my dad (who’s an auto mechanic) how to change a tire, check fluids, or distinguish between all the different parts under the hood… all in the name of earning a badge to add to my sash! :P
Given this, I was more than a little excited to be shooting a wedding on Lake Frederick, location of many a boy/girl scout camporee. Rosemarie and Jean’s ceremony was outdoors on the lake, surrounded by cabins, pavilions, and swimming docks utilized by the scouts. It was pure awesome.
One shot for now; many more to come!