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Ganservoort, New York City, NY
What a beautiful day for a wedding. 80 degrees and sunny for a June wedding!! I'll take it. Dan and I arrived at Ganservoort in the meatpacking district of Manhattan. This instantly became a favorite hotel of mine. Even if it was raining outside we had more than enough places to get amazing images. And that's not even to mention the area surrounding the hotel. Photo ops everywhere. Enough about my excitement of the location. :)
We headed up to meet Ashleigh and James in the PH suite. WOW!!!!!!!!!! I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Two incredible floors of views of the city. After their emotional reveal we hit the streets for some time just with Ashleigh and James. We did the bridal party back at the hotel. And then, I think this is a first. Ashleigh and James led the bridal party to the church…together. Honestly I thought it was so great. They truly enjoyed every aspect of the day. Together!!! Such a great couple. After the ceremony they then led everyone back to the Ganservoort for a rooftop party with some great friends from near and far. Also want to give a huge thanks to Peter and his awesome crew from PF Films. One of my favorite cinematographers to work with. Thanks for a great evening Ashleigh & James
And now, here is their story:
How We Met:
James and I met while he was on “holiday” in New York City with a best friend of his, coming a long distance from his home in London. After being dragged to a nightclub by a friend of mine, we had our first encounter inside a dimly lit dive club in the city. After a few dances, words were exchanged, and after hearing his accent, “her ears perked up,” as James always tells the story.
James and I maintained our international and long-distance relationship for two years, traveling between New York City and London monthly.
While I was visiting Ashleigh in December, she had wanted to visit NYC’s High Line. When we reached the High Line, we walked along the scenic attraction for a while, until I felt ready to pop the question. She would not stop walking, distracted on her cell phone. Behind her, I began to bend down on one knee while she carried on forward. This happened several times, until we reached a bridge where she finally stopped. I wrapped my arms around her, showed her the ring, and the rest is history.
A routine of ours is to make wishes at every 11:11 on the clock, both AM and PM. Unbeknownst to James, since becoming engaged two years prior, every wish of mine was dedicated to “Please don’t rain on my wedding day!” Someone was working in our favor, because that day there was not a cloud in the sky.
120 people moved fluidly through our rooftop venue at the Gansevoort Meatpacking, a largely celebrated hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Our guests, forty of whom flew from London, enjoyed the area; lively music, backed with a sunset over the Hudson and towering showcases of orchids filled the space beautifully. It was truly our guests that made the celebration as special as it was.
Being surrounded by love on the best day of our lives is a feeling we will not soon forget.
Ashleigh & James
Ashleigh's rocking blue shoes. Brides, add a touch of color. No one says you have to have white shoes all the time.
I had some fun with my ring shots at this one.
I captured this one as the woman was tightroping across the building next door. She needed their rings for balance. It was amazing to watch. ;)
Great capture by Dan of Ashleigh and her mom having a fun moment while getting ready.
The story behind this one is there is a 'somewhat' famous hotel called "The Standard" where people go to show everyone what 'they got'. Basically they walk around naked and do other 'things' for all the world to see. This was Asheligh and her sister, Gabriella's reaction to another naked man walking by. Only in NYC!!
Dad's first reveal with his beautiful daughter. Such a great reaction.
Just a fun happy image. Such a great afternoon.
To say Ashleigh looked absolutely incredible is an understatement. She rocked her portrait session!!
And here was James's reaction when he first saw his wife to be. I don't care what anyone says. You will 'almost never' get this reaction unless you do a reveal together.
One of my favorite bridal portraits to date., Love this image!
This hotel had it all!!
The great thing about NYC besides the photo ops are the people. Here's some random dude who happen too be sitting there so I thought I'd include him.
Classic bar 'Hogs & Heifers' that Tyra Banks made famous in her movie 'Coyote Ugly'.
Another but with James.
Love finding shadows and light.
Some fun on the street.
My "Where's Waldo" image. They're down there. Keep looking. :)
Not something you see often. Ashleigh and James leading their bridal party to the ceremony. So great!
Dan captured Dad leading Ashleigh up the aisle.
Let the celebration begin!
Love this image. Such a classic NYC moment. Especially the happiness on the people in the background. Check out the people in the car applauding as they drive by.
Their first dance.
I just loved the flower girls reaction.
This was a special moment. The ring bearer was getting ready to leave for the night but not before he had one dance with the bride. He went up to her and asked her to dance with him. So sweet.
Daddy daughter dance.
James and mom having their turn.
Ashleigh tearing up during James and his mom's dance.
I love the feeling in this one. The formalities were done and the DJ announced "let's get the evening started" and everyone went cray!
A shot from the PH. Ending to a beautiful night.
Here are some favorites from a recent E Session with Jackie & Dave who's wedding I look forward to capturing next May. Wondering if Dave will wear his hat to the wedding? (JK Dave) Enjoy...
Love doing this kind of stuff with the pics.
Downtown Club, Philadelphia, PA.
Nicole and Nick had a beautiful day for their wedding in Philadelphia. Dan & I met Nicole had one of my favorite hotels in Philly. The Hotel Monaco. Love when I hear a bride is getting ready here. Friendly staff and a funky lobby, cool rooms, great architecture. What's not to love. We headed up to Nicole's room and were war my greeted by her and her bridesmaids. We set up the reveal before the ceremony and did some shots of just Nicole & Nick around the area. All while being 'gent ally harassed' by the National Park Service. Note to photographers: Get a permit in Philly. Lot's of historical things going on. When we were through we jumped into the limo with Nick and his boys and headed to Old St. Mary's Church built in 1763!! So great to be inside such a historic building. After a beautiful ceremony we headed to The Downtown Club for a night of dancing and partying.
Their story is coming soon...
Love this detail of the shoes and Nicole's ring.
Fun shot of Nicole getting ready for the day.
Nicole looking beautiful.
Love 'finding' these type of shots. The shadows appeared and disappeared within 10 minutes.
Her awesome girls. Great group!!
Nick and his boys.
And the whole group.
This is Carter the ring bearer walking, no, sprinting up the aisle.
Dan caught this one from above.
Nicole & her grand mom walking up the aisle together.
Love Nick's expressions on these during the ring exchange.
And after Carter's sprint up the aisle he passed out. :)
Loved the lighting on this one.
I caught their exit from the back...
Dan caught it from the front.
A few details.
Their first dance.
Nicole had so many great expressions and emotions I wanted to show them all. :)
Nicole's sister got very emotional during her speech.
If it's 'too loud your too young'… ;)
I wanted to somehow get a skyline shot of the two them with Philadelphia. Unfortunately there is no access to the roof. So I thought of this. Problem solved. :)