Paige and TJ – A Beautiful Long Island Wedding

Adirondack chairs, beach views and the elegance of this North Shore made Paige and TJ’s wedding perfect.  Paige grew up with fond memories of boating and playing tennis at the Head of the Bay Club in Huntington and with TJ being an avid tennis player as well, they knew this was the perfect location for their wedding.  Even though Paige lives away from Long Island, coming home for her wedding was the only choice!  Her mom wanted to help and was instrumental in pulling everything together, from booking a photographer to planning and coordination all the details.  She did a wonderful job.

As a Long Island wedding photographer, I’ve photographed at many pretty locations and this was my first time at Head of the Bay Club.  I knew the views would be amazing but more importantly was the history of what the location meant to Paige. I really wanted her to have photos that would tie together the good memories of the past with the beautiful and unforgettable moments of her marriage to TJ.

Please leave a comment…  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Thanks!

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Who we are NOT

I always find it hard to describe who we are, so I thought it might be fun (and easier) to describe who were are not.  This is the first of a weekly series of cartoons showing who we are not.  I hope you enjoy.

I think I can get closer.

I think I can get closer.

 

What are your thoughts on how close your wedding photographer should be to you as you exchange your vows?  I think a long lens makes it so easy to stay out of the way, quietly get some pretty photos and allow your family and friends to SEE and hear you exchange your vows.  Cheers!  Keep an eye out for next week’s – who we are NOT cartoon.

Bellport Country Club Wedding | Katie and Patrick

Fireworks flew between Katie and Patrick on their Fourth of July wedding!  Held at the elegant and always beautiful, Bellport Country Club ( a favorite of mine), Katie and Patrick were sure to have a perfect wedding day.  I could try to explain to you who Katie and Patrick are, but since the wedding photos capture that, I won’t bore you with the descriptions… except for this….  They are amazing and I loved spending the day with them.  Be sure to check out the photo of Katie showing us how she feels about her mom and dad kissing – hilarious.

I know this is going to sound crazy, but I also love the photos of Patrick (and Kaylie – their daughter) and then Katie and her dad, entering St. Patrick’s of Bay Shore with the rain pouring down.  This is why I love this couple, look at their faces and they are still smiling away, despite the rain.

Please leave a comment at the end of the wedding photographs.

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Venetian Yacht Club Wedding | Gina + Dean

GOODBYE – Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye at the end of the night.  This was especially the case for Gina and Dean’s wedding.  They were married at The Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon, NY and we did a reveal at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum.  This was one of the most emotional and heartfelt weddings I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph.  Gina wore a vintage Allure dress that was incredible and Dean kept with his style and wore some low-cut Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers.

Here is a little from the Dean on how they met, why the Venetian, their hands on planning and advice for other couples:

Gina and I were introduced through a mutual friend, in December of 2009. The first time we met, was at John Harvard’s Brewery in Lake Grove. We immediately fell in love, started dating 11 days later, and moved in together in March 2010.

Gina, her mother and her grandmother share a love of butterflies. When we were looking for a venue, the Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon had many great pictures, and one special video. In the video, there was an animated butterfly, guiding the viewer through the entire venue. We immediately took this as a sign, and contacted the Venetian.

When planning our wedding, we had one theme in our minds from the beginning. That theme revolved around our grandparents, whom have be deceased for years. We wanted our wedding to reflect the types of weddings that they had. Almost everything was handmade. Seating chart made from an old pallet, card case out of an old suit case, wine that we made with our own hands. We didn’t want flash. We wanted simple. Something that reminded us of our grandparents.

As for advice for other brides, Gina says “Make the wedding your own. Do what’s in your heart. Do what you love, not what other people love. If you do that you’ll be sure to never look back and regret anything. Start early, because time moves more quickly then you could ever imagine. Most importantly, don’t stress yourself out. Although you may want every detail to be perfect, when the day finally arrives, the details will be the furthest thing from your mind. All that matters, is the two of you and your celebration of love.

Please feel free to leave a comment. – John Lennon

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Sherwood House Vineyard Wedding | Ashley and Justin

This is one of my most favorite weddings of all time.  The unforgettable moment for me, was when Ashley put on her dress and it finally hit her.  She was about to get married.  I’m not sure if that was her favorite wedding photo, but for me, I could see how important of a moment it was.  Ashley and Justin worked hard to treat their family and guests to most amazing weekend ever.  They put little thought into themselves and that is why I love that moment so much.  With all the hustle and bustle, fun and happiness, Ashley was just doing what she does best…  make people happy.  She did not focus on herself or on her marriage to Justin, instead she was so thoughtfully concerned about others and this moment was ultimately hers.  She looked so beautiful and she was about to marry the love of her life.   

Ashley and Justin’s dream was to have a small, intimate and elegant wedding on the North Fork of Long Island. They absolutely adored the North Folk of Long Island and they found the perfect venue, The Sherwood House Vineyard.  It had just the right amount of charm and personal touch.  They prepared the perfect sized guest list with 35 of their closest friends and family.  They looked hard for vendors who would compliment their vision.  They hired the amazing talents of Anthony at Moriches Catering and Moriches Main Street Flowers dressed the tablescapes with sunflowers, yellow roses and yellow daisies.  Their vision included a warm welcome for guests to stay a long weekend at the Harborfront Inn at Greenpoint and the weekend was sprinkled with small events for everyone to meet up and enjoy wine and atmosphere, something the North Folk has plenty of.

Thank you Ashley and Justin for leaving me with incredible memories of your wedding day.  I will always cherish them.

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Fashion Styled Engagement Session in NYC

It’s been a while since I blogged.  As soon as I started to edit this engagement session, I knew that I wanted to show this body of work to the world.  Kristine was pretty clear about the look she wanted for her engagement session.  The word she used was “edgy”.  Edgy is a word that is not something I would associate with an engagement session.  The words that popped into my mind were provocative, original, forward thinking, tense, dramatic, and contrast(y).  Not words that I would normally think of with an engagement session and I will come clean right now and tell you that I don’t think I delivered on her request.  However, I do think we got an urban fashion styled engagement session, which was a ton of fun.  So to Kristine, even though I don’t think this is exactly what you wanted, I do think it fits who you and Chris are and I can’t thank you enough for pushing me to get out of my comfort zone and try something different.  I love these and I will always be proud of these photos.  Thank you!

The photos from this engagement session were taken in and around the Meat Packing District in NYC.  I would love some feedback, but since I’m fragile, I would only like nice comments.

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December 28, 2013 - 11:14 am

Louis R Toval Jr - tastefully done

December 27, 2013 - 2:18 am

Donna Frederick - Beautiful pictures!

December 24, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Kristine Rosener - Thank you so much for the amazing photos. They are what I had visioned for that day and you did deliver on my request! We love looking at them. We can’t wait for you to do our wedding photos!

Mad Men Themed Engagement Photos

Sebastian and Anna told me about their idea for a Mad Men themed engagement session and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  Seriously, this is going to be a blast.  We met at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Long Island and the site was the perfect setting.  The adirondack chairs, the carriage house and the river walkway only made half the day perfect.  Anna and Sebastian arrived in full 1960′s attire and they were styled to the hilt.  Enter… second half of the perfect day!  Red lipstick, martini and scotch glasses, sunglasses, tea length flower patterned dress… and the list goes on.  They are huge fans of the show, but they actually just wanted to have a little fun!

Check out these photos and leave me a comment about this session!  I’d love to hear from you.

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