This has been the summer of hot wedding days. Although it was near 90 degrees and Carol & Tom were troopers. We started in Carol's home and childhood bedroom. It was really special for grandma as you'll see in the pictures. Very emotional. They had a great reception at Holly Hedge Estate. Definitely one of my favorite venues. The photo opportunities are endless!! Of course it help when you have one of the best wedding planners in the biz, Mary Harris of Mary Harris Events had the day go perfectly. Here is their story:
Getting married in late June, Tom and I knew that the weather could be wet. Or extremely hot. Or both. It was looking like it would be wet, especially with all of the rain that month. Yet as we left the rehearsal dinner, a rainbow over the restaurant hinted that Saturday would be perfect. And it was.
I had always envisioned a beautiful summer evening, with a warm breeze blowing through the trees.
Guests are mingling outside enjoying the scents and tastes of the delicious food served. Smiles are seen everywhere, and laughs heard all around. Everyone is relaxed and catching up with family and friends that had not been seen for some time. And that is exactly what it was. The rainbow foretold more than the perfect weather, but a perfect ceremony and reception, as well. “Yes, what a cliché word this bride is using to describe her wedding,” you may be thinking. But, take a look at these photos! Don’t you agree?
Carol & Tom-
Love this shot from Carol's childhood room and now her wedding dress is hanging in it.
Her childhood friend Curious George still sits in her bed.
Not everyday you get a mirrored dresser. :)
Carol receiving and reading her gift from Tom.
Love the light in this one.
Grandma and Carol are very close and Grandma was waiting for this moment for a long time. As Carol walked down the stairs Grandma was overtaken with emotion.
By the look on this guys face I'd say he's never seen a floating ring before... :) (Carol & Tom are HUGE Packer fans)
This was a really fun ceremony!!
Love this one. During the receiving line Grandma pulled out "pop pop's" photo and told Carol he was "with us today". Moments like this are what the day is about.
Such a great dress. It had such a flow to it.
Something they do different at Holly Hedge is the bouquet toss before the reception from the outside balcony.
HA!This was on the back of their program from the ceremony.
Although we had a hot day Larissa & Doug were troopers through all the photos we did before the ceremony. We had their reveal at the hotel and then traveled to Kips Castle for shots of the two of them. It's always nice when a couple gets some time just for themselves to enjoy each other before all the craziness begins. We then met the bridal party and family at The One and Only Westmount Country Club to finish up all the photos. By the time the ceremony started the heat had gone away and the had a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The party followed with DJ Paul at the controls from SCE Event Group. By far one of the best DJ companies out there.
Here is their story:
Doug and I were lucky enough to meet when we were in high school. It all started when we were juniors and we were assigned seats right next to each other in pre- calc class. Although we hung out with different crowds, we became friends instantly and Doug started carrying my books for me because at the time I was on crutches. He also started driving me to and from school and little did I know it was because he liked me. After being friends and doing all our homework together, I eventually told him that I liked him! We started dating from that point on and were together ever since!
Fastforward through all of college and grad school and we bought our first house after 10 years together. One day when we were painting the new house the entire afternoon, all dirty and covered in paint, Doug had the audacity to ask me to clean out the brushes! When I came back upstairs, he told me he had something for me. he then pulled out a photobook similar to the kind we always make after every trip we go on. However, this book was different in that it included pictures of us from high school, college, and all of the amazing holidays and vacations we've spent together throughout our 10 year journey. At the end of the book was a passage he wrote about how much he loved me and us spending the rest of our lives together. then when i turned to the last page, there was a picture of doug in a tux on one knee in front of our house with a ring! I started freaking out and when I turned around, Doug was on his knee with the ring!
June 28th came and went so fast and it was the best day of our lives! We got married at the One and Only Westmount Country Club and although the forecast said rain and thunderstorms all week, everything turned out perfect. Everyone was great especially Jeff capturing the most beautiful pictures of us! The cloudy skies ended up making for some great shots and thanks so much to Jeff for imagining incredible shots that we would've never dreamed of!
Larissa & Doug
And now some favorites from the day...
Some of the details.
Love this image captured by my assistant Dan.
Remember to always add personalized details to your day. Great image.
Doug getting ready for the day.
His bro's lending a hand.
Yes my brides are beautiful!! :)
Love this one of Larissa.
The one good thing about all the heat and thunderstorms were the amazing skies.
Can't get enough of this light!!
The adorable flower girl.
You can almost feel the love of Larissa's mom as she hug's Doug after walking Larissa down the aisle.
The ceremony at The Westmount
Waiting for the answer...
Love this one!
The room decor looked great.
Phew!! Lucky I got the shot but if not I'm sure one of my seven shooters would have captured it!:)
Like I said above DJ Paul had the place ROCKIN'!!!
End it with my classic "Tisman" configuration...
The Yale Club
New York City, NY
Jenny & Jeremy had a great day for a wedding. Thinking about it now with all the rain we've had on the East Coast it was maybe the last time there wasn't threat of rain in the forecast. We first met Jenny & her girls at The Waldorf Astoria. Jeremy met us there for the reveal and then we were off to hit the streets of NY. Two spots Jenny wanted especially were Bryant Park and Grand Central Station.We got some great images and then walked on over to The Yale Club for the ceremony and reception. They had a rooftop cocktail hour overlooking the city that was great.
Here is their story
"Sometimes things are simply meant to be. I was meant to be a "Jeff Tisman bride." Jeremy and I were meant to be husband and wife. We've traveled the world together, visiting six countries and nine states in three years, all on separate trips. I read somewhere that in order to have a lasting relationship, you need three major things in common... well with us, it's love of travel, great food, and concerts. We've probably seen over thirty bands together, some repeatedly. We have so much fun! He's a real romantic when it counts. Nobody is better at surprises than Jeremy!
I moved to New York City in February of 2010 to my first real apartment after a few months crashing on a friend's futon. On my first weekend out in my new neighborhood (the historic Financial District), low and behold, there was Jeremy, across a crowded bar on a busy Saturday night at Ulysses Ale House. We just kept talking about our favorite music and there was a real spark. Neither of us could look away. He called the very next day and asked me on our first date to a romantic sushi place. Sometimes chemistry just takes over... and we were in love in a matter of days.... After a year and a half of traveling the world together every chance we got, Jeremy chose the perfect destination to propose: Paris. A mutual friend knew that the trip was planned around Jeremy's birthday, and Jeremy used her help to make the proppsal happen. She emailed us both, and offered to include us in her Conde Nast ad campaign for a well-known jewelry designer. The (fake) campaign was called "Love Around the World," and she said that they needed real life couples in each major city to be photographed by their fashion photographer. Without hesitation, I accepted and begged Jeremy to be a part of these pictures in Paris. A fool till the end, I wandered around Paris with Jeremy and our photographer that HE had actually hired. At our final destination, on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, overlooking a lit-up Eiffel Tower, Jeremy whispered "You wanna hear something funny? This isn't a Conde Nast photo shoot..." I asked what in God's name he was talking about... and he dropped to one knee, proclaimed his love, and asked me to be his wife. Iget butterflies just thinking about that moment.... I think we both blacked out, because I don't remember what he said and he doesn't remember what he said, but it was a perfect moment, and all captured on camera. This proposal couldn't have been more specified for me, whose love of photography, love of Paris, and love for Jeremy had all been combined one untilmate day. I was quite literally a dream come true. Also, I used to work in the jewelry industry, so I was floored by Jeremy's perfect choice of ring, which he took such care to design himself. The surprises continued! After the photo shoot was over, Jeremy told me he has cancelled my dinner reservation and that he was bringing me to (what we both believe is) the most romantic restaurant in the world, Epicure, at the Bristol Hotel! It was drowning in Christmas lights. We dined in front of a fire place while looking onto the decorated courtyard, and everything in site seemed to be covered in rose petals. It was so special, I just don't know how to arranged all of it from thousands of miles away before we left for our trip!
I am quite the romantic girl, and I wanted to continue that experience and extend it to our guests, by creating the most romantic wedding setting that our friends and family had ever encountered. Come June 15th, the ballroom was douced in soft pink uplighting and hundreds of candles, and the aroma of fresh cut pink peonies filled the air. Every detail had been thought out. I fretted over this day and planned it my entire life... so I was thrilled that it all actually came together! We wrote our own incredibly personal wedding vows, and I really think that our personal style was splashed all over the place, from the choice in food, to the old-school New York skyline ice sculpture, to the lucite table numbers (Jeremy runs his own lucite and crystal Deal Toy company), to the shimmering gold wedding cake. I really wanted everyone to remember what a fabulous time they had for the rest of their lives, and for all our friends and family to really feel the love in the room. My patient groom spent all day in pre-wedding photos with me, but these are the sacrifices we make for the one we love, right? My bridesmaids and I loved every minute of the mimosas, makeup, and quality time together. It was such a special morning. When my dad arrived, there was a little bit of a tear-fest (we are SUCH an emotional family)! Jeff has probably never had a bride crazier than I am about little details. I wanted poctures of every tiny thing! I made him a list that went on for pages.... At one point, Jeff called me and said "I just don't think I've had a bride do this before. I don't know if we can get it all, but we'll try." "I tust you!" I said. I was especially interested in artfully capturing our wedding rings, which we had designed ourselves. Jeremy's rock n' roll style was definitely reflected in his black titanium band, and my victorian-era ring perfectly portrayed my romantic nature.
Combining the traditional Jewish customs with other Roman Catholic ones wasn't easy, but we did i! There was a sense of compromise and spirituality to their Ketubah signing and ceremony. We sought a lot of compromise to make both of our families feel included, while also learning about the other's religious customs. In the end, the ceremony is what we were complimented on the most.Jeremy and I wanted this day to be really different from other weddings they had been to. My favorite thing about wedding ceremonies is all the emotion in the room. I knew when it was my turn up there, I would be a mess. I cry at every wedding we go to! Our first dance (to Eddie Vedder's "Longing to Belong"- Jeremy is a die-hard fan) caused the us to break out in laughter at the clearly underestimted size of my dress, as we navigated our choreography. Everyone shared in those funny moments- it ended up being great. As the evening came to a close, Jeff and his team caught a lot of happy tears while the best man, Dennis, gave his speech, addressing how important love is, how important Jeremy is to him, and how I had instantly embraced him, showing Dennis that he was always going to be important to me. It was such a beautiful thing to say. My shaking maid of honor, Emily, delivered her words with so much love, and it was clear how much those words resonated with those present. We were really moved by what our best friends had said! So many tears and so much laughter was captured throughout this special day! I'm really looking forward to seeing all the moments we probably missed, and seeing pictures of our guests having the time of their lives.
Jeff, I just want you to know that when I saw your photos of a friend's wedding four years ago, I knew I NEEDED you as my wedding photographer. I wouldn't even book a venue without knowing one hundred percent for sure that you were free on our date- Hell, I would have MOVED my date just to work with you! Jeremy is so rock and roll, so alternative and different from every other guy. I could tell from your write up, your background in rock photography, and by talking to you, that you had that same "edge." I knew he would love working with you and that with his artistic background, that Jeremy would instantly love your work as much as I did. Our wedding day wouldn't have been what it was without you! Your energy is contagious. You kept us on schedule, helped us make memories (like kissing in the middle of Grand Central Station!), and helped us tell the story of our love and those who love us the most. The whole day went so smoothly... and I feel like I have only you to thank for that- for finding all those moments that only you see the opportunity to capture on film. I adore you and I think hiring you was the best decision I've ever made, second to marrying my husband! When Jeremy suggested a bunch of photographers as soon as we got engaged, I said "baby, I've got this." I sent him your website and it was a done deal. You're the BEST! Thank you a thousand times!"
Jenny & Jeremy
And now introducing Jenny & Jeremy....
Love this image of Jenny getting ready for the day.
Jenny & mom getting ready for the day.
Jenny got all of her girls amazing robes as a gift.
In the dress!!
Dad's first reveal at his beautiful daughter.
Jenny & Jeremy's first reveal.
Jenny looked absolutely gorgeous.
One of my favorites from the day.
The cool thing about the Waldorf is that it is a famous hotel. Along the walls they have photos of all the celebrities that have stayed there. There was something about the photos on the wall and the "classic" bride walking through those same halls that I love in this image.
Some last minute touches in the limo.
Part of the challenge in photography is making it feel like there was no one else around and it was just Jenny & Jeremy, their bridal party and us. This is in Bryant Park on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in June. People everywhere. To all my photographer friends- It's all about composition and lens selection!
The famous Bryant Park Carousel.
And of course the classic Grand Central Station shot!
Rooftop of the Yale Club.
One of the cute flower girls.
Some great captures by Suzanne.
A few details from the day.
They had a great choreographed first dance that was so much fun complete with dips, twirls, lifts and laughter. Captured perfectly by Suzanne.
Love this one of the whole room as Jeremy was dipping Jenny.
The hora. A great Jewish tradition.
Kristen & Alex's wedding took place at one of my favorite venues in New Jersey. Crossed Keys Inn. A beautiful venue tucked away in the mountains of Jersey. You really feel like you could be somewhere in Vermont. It was a little warm but that didn't stop any of the fun. It was all orchestrated perfectly by Tina and her team from Oh So Fab Event Planning. The flowers were created by Mary Mazzone at Bella Floral Style and her calligraphy was done by Laura Hooper. Of course Katherine who owns Crossed Keys Inn and her team were amazing to work with as always. Like I said. One of my favorite venues!
Here is their story:
My grandparents and my parents met each other on the 4th of July. So every 4th, my mom would remind me to “keep your eyes open, you never know who you’re going to meet!”. On July 4th, 2003, my friends and I hosted a party at our shore house in Manasquan. A group of guys we didn’t know showed up -- and one of them asked me if they could move our dining room table outside to play flip cup. That guy was Alex. We talked a little that day, but didn’t see each other again until a Christmas party that winter -- where we chatted in the kitchen all night and discovered we’d be in the same shore house the following summer. We hung out together with groups of friends several times that spring, and by the third week of the summer we were a couple.
Fast forward seven-and-a-half years later... December 3rd, 2011 was a normal Saturday where Alex and I ran errands during the day and had plans to do dinner with friends later that night. We returned home from the errands and had a few hours to relax before dinner, so I threw my PJs back on and plopped myself on the couch to watch TV. Alex came into our living room (also in his PJs) and said, “I have a surprise for you...” My thought -- oh great, what did he buy me at Target? Then he got down on one knee and I saw the ring box in his hand. During my hysteria of yelling “No way, no way, no way!!!”, I ripped the box out of his hand, opened it, saw the ring, quickly closed it and threw it back at him, and shouted “Ok, go!”. We giggled throughout the entire proposal, and of course I said YES! And our friends and family reaction??? “ABOUT TIME!!!”
Our wedding day was pure perfection. I know all brides say that -- but ours truly was! It was a toasty (some may say hot) 90 degrees, Crossed Keys was beautiful, the flowers and decor were gorgeous, the bands were spectacular, and we just had the time of our lives! We wish we could relive it every day. But at the very least, we’re grateful to have these amazing photographs to remember the BEST. DAY. EVER.
Love this image. Remember always have different "props" to make the photos unique. Kristen is one of the first brides to add her husband to the hanger.
Nice moment between Kristen & mom.
Dad's first time seeing his beautiful daughter.
Love this image.
And Alex's first reveal with Kristen. Great reaction.
Kristen was so much fun to capture.
The bridal party.
I don't know what it is but the light all around Crossed Keys Inn is like magic!!
Tina from Oh So Fab had the details laid out perfectly for the guests arrival.
Love capturing kids at weddings.
Kristen getting a little emotional before the ceremony.
As did her bridesmaids during the ceremony.
Love Alex's reaction after he steps on the glass and it becomes official.
More amazing details by Tina.
They had a Mariachi band greeting the guests as they entered the tent for cocktails.
Some great ones from their first dance together.
This was my fav from their first dance. I was laying on the ground to put the focus just on them and the moment.
I have to say this years "season" has been great. Awesome couples and amazing weather. Carla & Aaron certainly fit that. I really got to know them from our E Session in Brooklyn NY. I knew from spending a few hours with them their day was going to be great. Over the year Carla and I become good "Facebook" buds. Anyway as with pretty much all my couples I felt like I was photographing a friends wedding.
We met at the hotel as they were both preparing for the day. After one of the best first revel's ever we headed out to an abandoned old house Carla & Aaron found and then out to Kips Castle. We met up with the rest of the bridal party here also. Then we all headed to the Richfield Regency for a beautiful traditional Jewish Ceremony and of course dancing & partying the night away. I also want to thank TJ & Austin from Blush Events for the "day of" co-ordinating and keeping us all on time throughout the day! Thanks guys!
Here is their story.
We met in 2009 when we both worked as Assistant District Attorneys at the Brooklyn DA's Office. We became fast friends, bonding over the New York Yankees and delicious, cold, domestic, light beer. After we watched the Yankees become the 2009 World Series Champions together, we stayed good, platonic friends for a year and a half before Aaron wised up and hit on me. We knew it was right, and then things moved quickly...
Just seven months later, on the fourth night of Hanukkah, we had plans to take the train from NYC to Aaron's parents' house in NJ to make potato latkes before driving to the Jersey Shore to spend Christmas weekend with my family.
I gave Aaron his Hanukkah present -- a Yankees key chain / nail clipper / bottle opener -- and we left the apartment. While he was wowed and impressed by such a versatile tool, Aaron would not be outdone by that incredible gift. Directing me to walk down West 45th Street to "catch a cab to Penn Station," Aaron pointed to the street where a limo was parked. The limo driver was holding a sign that said "The Future Mrs. Carla Karp." Aaron got down on one knee on the sidewalk and beautifully proposed. I'm not crazy or stupid, so of course I said YES! After we popped a bottle of Dom, the limo whisked us away to Aaron's parents' house where we made delicious latkes. Then we drove down the shore to Carla's parents' house, blasting Jimmy Eat World on the Garden State Parkway.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. After four days of rain and temperatures in the 40s, we were greeted by sunny skies and warm weather for our special day. It was by far the best day of our lives and exceeded every expectation that we had. In fact, Aaron claims he was so overwhelmed with happiness all day that he "couldn't eat or breathe." Now we're looking forward to overwhelming each other with happiness for the rest of our lives!
Carla & Aaron
Here are a few favorites from the day.
Love the Jersey pride logo.
It takes a lot of friends to get a bride into a dress. :)
Love the feel of this one. That's Carla's sister.
Great series of dad's first look at his beautiful daughter.
"Love in an elevator"... (lame I know. ;)
Love beautiful light!
Another great moment between Carla & dad.
There were so many great traditions at their wedding. This one was called the seven circles.
The custom of the bride circling the groom seven times is rich with symbolism. The following is a sampling of the meaningful interpretations that have been ascribed to this custom :
1) This parallels the seven days of creation, and symbolizes the fact that the bride and groom are about to create their own “new world” together.
2) Seven circles correspond to the seven times in the Torah where it is written “…and when a man takes a wife.”
3) When Joshua led the Children of Israel in the battle for the city of Jericho, he was instructed to circle the city seven times, resulting in the walls of the city crumbling. As two people enter into marriage, they face the challenge of breaking down the “walls” that may exist between them.
Their first dance.
A great Jewish tradition called the Horah.The Horah is the name given to the circle dance that is often done at weddings. A well known Horah dance song is Hava Nagillah.
The toasts had the happy couple laughing.
You can just feel the love between Carla & her dad as they finish their dance together.
This is a Jewish tradition. It's called the Mizinke.The Mezinka is a dance of celebration reserved for parents who have just married off their last child. The happy parents are seated in the center of the dance floor, encircled by dancing guests. Often times a crown of flowers will be placed on the parents’ heads.
Love these comps. I want to make a post at the end of the year of all my couples doing this!!