Ak & Gabby's Fall Central Park Engagement Photography: NYC

I met Ak & Gabby bright and early in Central Park (because that is the only time you can take photos in the park with no tourists in the background) for their fall engagement session. Ak proposed last year in the park, so it made the perfect backdrop for their engagement session. We had incredible weather, beautiful light, and the park mostly to ourselves for a fun filled and romantic tour around the park.

The Proposal: It was August 13th 2016, we woke up one Saturday morning with no plans. We started googling things going on around Danbury, CT and in NYC/Philadelphia. We decided to go to the city and watch The Book of Mormon. After checking into our hotel AK had this brilliant idea of going to Central Park on a 99 degree day with no breeze to walk around and sightsee. One location after another and he was still determined to keep going.. I kept thinking man he's in a weird mood this is so out of character for him, but he's super determined to go see this fountain and this bridge. We finally made it to the fountain and he unenthusiastically shrugged his shoulders and decided we needed to go to the bridge while I was trying to take pictures of this "very important" fountain we just needed to sweat out 10lbs to see. I followed him over to Bow Bridge where we stopped about midway and began to overlook the water and the city skyline. He grabbed my hand and started going over every trip we have ever had to the city and all the great memories we have shared in a place so dear to our hearts. I felt his hand start to get even clammier than it should for the hot day, that's when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was completely shocked because he kept telling me he had this elaborately planned proposal and we literally made these plans that morning! We then sat on a bench nearby where I admired my ring as we called our family to share the news. We have been wedding planning ever since!

Mihir & Gopi's Maternity Session: Liberty State Park, NJ

The Laughton Family: Higgins Beach, ME

Another incredible visit to Higgins Beach Maine in the bag. I was invited by Debbie & Rodney of The Breakers Inn to photograph their family on their home beach. The fog rolled in and we met for a morning family portrait session on the beach. The kids left all wet and covered in sand, so I think the session was a success. :)

Melissa & Ivan's The William Vale Wedding Photography, Brooklyn, NY

Congratulations Melissa & Ivan! Wow, what an incredible wedding day. Melissa & Ivan said their vows on a rooftop in Brooklyn overlooking the NYC skyline during sunset. Their modern black tie wedding couldn't have been more picture perfect and I am so happy I was there to capture their union.

How We Met: 

The bride & groom first met through mutual friends at a 4th of July party in 2009. They became Facebook friends, but beyond that they didn't keep in touch. Then, 4 years later, they met again at the same mutual's friend's engagement party. That's when the fireworks sparked when they took a romantic moonlit walk around the property. Melissa lived in Wilmington, DE at the time & Ivan lived in Brooklyn, NY. They maintained their passionate relationship for 2 years long distance & then Melissa eventually moved to Brooklyn. In May of 2016 they attended a destination wedding in Santorini, Greece. After the wedding, Ivan proposed & they celebrated their engagement on a private catamaran sailing trip the next day. Since being engaged, they've enjoyed the wedding planning process and are looking forward to starting their family with a four legged, furry friend in the next few months! 

The Wedding Day Details:

The evening included signature drinks called The Ana Linette (named after the groom's sister) and Fly, Declan, Fly (named after the Bride's Brother). Both mothers per took in the rooftop ceremony and shared their wisdom with the couple and guests. The evening was full of special performances, including Melissa & Ivan entering the reception with a bang and breaking into a surprise salsa dance that was a magical performance for guests. Declan (Bride's brother) played the guitar during dinner with the band, and Fidias (Groom's Uncle) performed with his guitar during the reception as well. There was an incredible three tiered and marbled surprise cake (made by the Bride's sister's friend) for the Bride & Groom.

Melissa & Ivan's Wedding Planning Advice:

Relax, enjoy your engagement, stick to YOUR vision, & relish in your wedding day as a celebration of your love together! 

 

Venue: The William Vale

Wedding Planner: Gemelli Events

Florals: Event Decorations by Jany

Catering: The William Vale

Wedding Band: Posh Entertainment

Acoustic Music: Pat & Sean Kelly

Officiant: Joe Riotta

Videographer: Kiss The Bride Films

Invitations: Elephant Limbo

Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bride's Accessories: Dakota Y Lariat Backdrop Necklace & Green Amethyst Earrings from Carroll's Jewelers

Wedding Hair & Makeup by: Mariel Guay

Wedding Bands + Engagement Ring: Robert Cott JewelersHersteller Rings

Groom's Tuxedo: J Crew

Groom's Accessories: Shirt, socks, & watch: Hugo Boss

Shoes: Calvin Klein

Bowtie, Pocket Square, & Suspenders - The Tie Bar

Cake: Brides Sister -Victoria Benjamin Cakes

 

Anna Maria & Shawn's Fort Greene Wedding Photography: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

Anna Maria & Shawn celebrated their one year anniversary with wedding photos in Fort Greene Park Brooklyn, where they had an intimate ceremony a year ago. Their two dogs, favorite park, and home in Fort Greene created the perfect background for a wedding anniversary.

How They Met: The two met at the Brooklyn Bike Jumble, both looking for second hand bike parts, but met the love of their life.

What does the perfect weekend together look like? Mountain biking and camping! But most weekends we are happy to work together in the shop.

Honeymoon: Philippines 2018

 

Kate & Luke's Power Plant Productions Wedding Photography: Philadelphia, PA

Congratulations Kate and Luke! 

How We Met:

Luke was out with some friends at a bachelor party, and I was out celebrating a friend's engagement. We met, exchanged some witty banter, and talked every single day since then. The one thing that stood out to me was that Luke would call me on the phone instead of texting. He would call me almost every night and I always looked forward to it! Luke proposed in Central Park, New York. It was a very hot day and I, of course, was complaining that I was really hot and hungry. Luke stopped at a park bench to take some selfies, which he never ever does, so I knew that something was off. He proposed right then and there, and I said, "Of course! Can we eat now?" We then got a couple of hot dogs and cheese fries. It was perfect.

The Wedding Day:

We had an urban, but intimate, relaxed, no pressure, local wedding day. We both live in Philadelphia, where we are raising two dobermans together, Knox and Scarlet, who are very much like our children. They attended the wedding in spirit and cardboard cut outs that managed to make their way around the entire evening. Our wedding consisted of neutral colors and was timeless, but incorporated a natural feel (Luke grew up on a farm in a town of 800!). We had no formal sit-down dinner because we wanted everyone up, mingling, and dancing. We love being social, having fun, and have a hard time taking anything seriously. Family and friends made the day really special by Luke's sister singing a song during the ceremony and family members officiated the ceremony.

 

Kate's Wedding Planning Tip:

Start early! Stay calm! Remember to have fun with it, no matter what!

 

Venue: Power Plant Productions

Florist: Petals Lane

Catering: Power Plant Catering

Wedding DJ: Play Something Good

Officiant: Mike Poli

Wedding Planner: Natalie Diener & Dina Steiner

Invitations: Paper Tree Studio

Bridal Gown Designer: Watters from Lovely Bride

Bridal Hair by: Dina Alon Studio

Bridal Makeup by: Veronica Lopez from Rescue Spa

Wedding Bands and Engagement Ring by: Steven Singer Jewelers

Groom's Attire by: Indochino

Honeymoon: Iceland, Paris, Brussels, & Amsterdam.