I had the privilege of photo-documenting Ebony and Shawn’s vow renewal ceremony at the gorgeous Grand Cascades Resort in Hamburg, NJ. I was super excited about the day, except for one thing: I had to drive through Manhattan to get there. Living in NYC, I don’t have much need for a car so I rarely drive these days. And that’s fine with me because a). I don’t like driving, and b). I prefer greener methods of transport, i.e. train or bike. The mere thought of driving through the city shakes me! But there was no way around it today, so I bit the bullet and dove right in. And I dare say it was kind of fun! :)
Even more fun was getting to photograph this beautiful event. Ebony and Shawn have a colorful and tight-knit family, and they renewed their vows in front of all their loved ones. The day was as much about celebrating their family as it was about renewing their marriage. There was such an outpouring of love during the toasts, it was so touching to witness.
Congrats to the happy couple and their fabulous family!
Literally 2 seconds after I took this shot ^^, it started to downpour. How’s that for timing?
Right after the ceremony, I found all the kids hanging out in the game room while the adults mingled in the lobby. Too cute!
All of the table decorations came from Ebony’s home collection. So pretty!
I kicked off a very busy month of June with Naeema and Ron’s wedding. They got married at the Flushing Town Hall (in Queens, NYC) on a ridiculously hot and humid day, but the weather didn’t spoil anyone’s spirits. The wedding party walked down the aisle to a Method Man & Mary J. Blige song, a great change of pace from the traditional wedding processional and indicative of the fun-loving, laidback nature of the bride & groom and their loved ones.
The day began at the Marco Hotel, where Naeema and her bridal party got ready:
The ceremony took place in the gardens at the Flushing Town Hall:
Ron and his groomsmen were so much fun to photograph!
Here he broke out some freestyling action after I instructed them to strike a non-serious pose. It was pretty amazing, and I wish I had caught it on video but alas.
Naeema and Ron had a Caribbean theme going on at their wedding (she’s Puerto Rican and he’s Haitian), so the tables were adorned with shells and tropical-looking flowers.
Congratulations, guys! :)
On Saturday, I got to photograph Naeema and Ron’s wedding at the Flushing Town Hall. The wedding party
walked danced down the aisle to Method Man & Mary J. Blige’s “You’re All I Need To Get By”, and it was nothing short of awesome :) More to come soon!
This batch of photos is the last in a series I did for a prominent NYC nonprofit organization. I visited soup kitchens and a senior center and photographed clients utlilizing services there. My photos are going to be published in the organization’s annual report, which I am eagerly waiting to see! I’ll be sure to post photos of the report once I have it in my hands :)
As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed these assignments because they were different from my usual wedding and event photography, yet still allowed me to practice photojournalism and capture the essence of people. I’d love to do more of this sort of work! This particular shoot at the ENCORE senior center was especially enjoyable because all the folks were so nice and funny. Lots of jokesters at the senior center, that’s for sure!
Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regular scheduled programming soon! I know I’ve been posting a seemingly random array of photos lately, but the month of June is stock full of weddings, events, and engagement shoots for me. I’m excited to officially kick off this wedding season!
Last weekend I went to Connecticut for my uncle’s 50th birthday party. My family has spent their entire lives in CT, so inevitably whenever I see them they ask me a billion questions about how “life in the big city” is. I’m pretty sure I always tell them it’s awesome. My grandma still can’t get over the fact that I live in Brooklyn, buuuuuut I think she secretly loves it because that’s where my grandpa was from :D
Without further adu, here is my fabulous family. FYI – I shoot all special occasions! Not only weddings, but also birthday parties, engagement parties, bridal showers, mitzvahs, you name it – if something important is happening, I want to be there to document it! Contact me if interested!
Oh, I need to preface the next 2 shots by saying that my sisters and I are the masters at making funny faces. For real.
Shan is the master of whipping up homemade birthday cards at 1am the day of someone’s b-day: