Hayley and Paul had a simple, elegant, nontraditional wedding this past Labor Day weekend. It was a two-part wedding: cocktail hour, ceremony, and lunch at Bouley, a fantastic restaurant in Downtown NYC; followed by a cocktail reception later that night at Jadis Wine Bar in the Lower East Side. Congrats to these two lawyers in love!
Hayley and Paul got married in NYC this past Labor Day weekend at the elegant Bouley restaurant downtown. Here’s a sneak peek of their TriBeCa wedding; more to come!
Sarah and Mitch came all the way from Australia last fall to elope in New York City. This fact alone was enough to make me love them, but they also happen to be super sweet. Also, they may even love NYC more than I do! (which says a lot, mind you)
From their City Hall elopement to Times Square portraits, here are the highlights from Sarah and Mitch’s wedding day:
I met up with Nicole and Will this past summer for a pre-wedding shoot, spanning both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge. I am SO EXCITED to share these images with the world because I think they may be my best set to-date.
Then I started thinking about WHY this was some of my best work and realized it had little to do with me and much to do with Nicole and Will. They helped make these images so great by:
So thank you, Nicole and Will, for all your preparation and enthusiasm for this shoot. I’m thrilled with the images we created! :)
Then later in the week, I photographed their wedding ceremony at Scottadito Osteria Toscana, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I love that they put so much thought into every detail – the restaurant looked incredible. It was such a pleasure to be a part of such an intimate ceremony.
Alright, alright – I’ll admit it. Like with most fads and popular things, I was skeptical of mason jars. Perhaps even avoidant. In my neck of the woods, mason jars scream HIPSTER. I can’t be ruining my street cred by drinking out of these things or adorning my apartment with them, ya heard?
(I know, I’m so silly – I claim to be super rational, but sometimes my logic is beyond absurd. Case in point, right here.)
However, sometimes I actually DO give in to the trend when it makes sense to. But always on my own time (i.e. well after the fact). Last weekend, when I was visiting my sister in Boston, we were making glogg and I went into her cabinet to fetch some spices and – lo and behold – they were stored in cute little mason jars, labeled in chalk on a little strip she painted with blackboard paint. And at that moment, I said to HELL with my street cred. I knew that as soon as I returned home, I had a new project on my hands.
First of all, how amazing is the idea of chalkboard paint?! I would paint my whole wall with it if I could (in fact, I probably WILL someday, when I’m living somewhere more permanent). And second, you don’t even KNOW the annoyance I’ve experienced over my extensive spice collection. We have SO MANY bottles of spices, but nowhere to put them so they just sit in a cluster taking over half of our countertop. All of the bottles are different, and many won’t fit in spice racks. The walls around the counter are tiled, so installing a shelf isn’t even an option. Simply put, it’s a big tacky mess:
Gross, right? ENTER THE MASON JAR PROJECT. Thanks to google, I had a pretty good idea of how to go about doing this. Last week, I scrambled to get a few materials before the weekend:
- a dozen 4 oz mason jars (@ Fishs Eddy)
- blackboard spray paint (@ Home Depot)
- painter’s tape (@ a local dollar store)
- chalk (@ Duane Reade)
I went a little spray-crazy and it looked like this:
And here’s what our counter looks like now!:
I didn’t have enough mason jars to house all of our spices, so there may be a Part 2 soon to come. Still, this is such an improvement from before, right?
And you might be wondering – what place does this cute little arts & crafts project have on a professional wedding photography blog? Easy – MASON JARS AT WEDDINGS!! Mason jars have become super prevalent as wedding decor. How awesome would it be to do a similar project for place settings at your wedding? Just buy a bunch of 12 oz jars, paint a strip (or some other shape) with chalkboard paint, and write each guest’s name on a jar. A quick search on pinterest (another trend I’m avoiding, by the way) yields countless possibilities. DO IT!!
(grabbed this from Pinterest, linked from Style Me Pretty)