I shot this wedding nearly a year ago with Elyse Bouvier and it still ranks up there as one of my favorites. The coolest thing about it was that the ceremony took place in my neighborhood park! Of all the parks in NYC, Erin and Evan chose the unassuming McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a mere 1.5 blocks away from my apartment. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything but Polish birthday parties and hipster picnics take place here, so I was beyond excited to help Elyse out at this wedding.
Here are some of my favorite photos!:
Though I’ve only lived in Greenpoint for a month, I’ve been familiar with it ever since I moved to Brooklyn two years ago. It’s pretty much synonymous with being a Polish neighborhood, though being on the fringe of Williamsburg it also has its fair share of hipsters and young people. Its establishments are equally diverse. Today, I ventured to the other side of the ‘hood to Franklin Ave and perused a few of the shops. Mostly, I just walked/biked around because it was too nice of a winter day (blue skies!) not to be outside. That’s all it usually takes to make me happy – what can I say, it’s the little things in life :)
I’ve had a pretty flaky relationship with snow throughout my life. When I was little, of course I loved it – the snow days, the sledding, the hot chocolate… I mean, what’s not to love? But then once I got older, I began to hate it. Snow was ruining my plans, not to mention it completely terrified me to have to drive in it. It became an inconvenience, an annoyance.
But now… I like snow again! I can still get wherever I want to go in NYC when it snows, I don’t have to drive in it, and it doesn’t ruin my plans. I can frolic to my heart’s content without a worry. And that’s exactly what I did on the first official snow day this winter. I wandered around the new neighborhood (yes, I moved again, to Greenpoint, Brooklyn) and got distracted by all the Christmas decorations. It was pretty fantastic.
And then I finally finished my gingerbread house! I’ve always wanted to build one from scratch, so since I seem to have oodles of free time this year (ya know, not having a job helps), I finally decided to do it. I followed this recipe and ended up making it in about 6 separate parts: the dough-making, the piece-making, the putting-together of the walls, roof, and chimney (3 separate endeavors), and the decorating of the house. It took an exorbitant amount of time, but was so much fun and oh-so-gratifying to make from scratch. I’m pretty happy with how it came out – and surprisingly, we had no collapses! :)
Then later on, I dragged Lauren down to Prospect Heights, where I met someone to buy their Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens – of all the lenses that were stolen from me on halloween night, I’ve missed this one the most. So excited to get it back! After that, we wandered around the area so I could take pictures for the Brokelyn blog. We stopped at Washington Commons and I made Lauren get a beer so I could photograph it (har har), and we had dinner at a cute French cafe called Le Gamin, which served the most delicious bread! And the waitress kept refilling it even though I don’t think she was supposed to. My veggie sandwich was pretty spectacular as well. All in all, a good night – nay, a good day.
My favorite favorite (i.e. my BFF, a term I happen to dislike) turned 25 this year. To celebrate the occasion, she held a birthday gathering at Wreck Room, our favorite neighborhood bar (not like we have many other options in Bushwick!), where we bad a mini-photoshoot in the bathrooms and enjoyed some rainbow birthday cake. Then on her actual birthday, we frolicked around Greenpoint and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather.