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

Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-092Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-091Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-090Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-089Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-088Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-087Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-086Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-085Venetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club Wedding-063Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-062Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-061Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-060Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-059Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-058Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-057Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-056Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-055Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-054Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-053Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-052Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-051Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-050Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-049Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-048Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-047Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-046Venetian Yacht Club Wedding-045Venetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club WeddingVenetian Yacht Club Wedding

 

 

 

 

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.

Sherwood House Vineyard-000Sherwood House Vineyard-001Sherwood House Vineyard-002Sherwood House Vineyard-004Sherwood House Vineyard-005Sherwood House Vineyard-003Sherwood House Vineyard-010Sherwood House Vineyard-007Sherwood House Vineyard-008Sherwood House Vineyard-011Sherwood House Vineyard-016Sherwood House Vineyard-012Sherwood House Vineyard-013Sherwood House Vineyard-015Sherwood House Vineyard-030Sherwood House Vineyard-017Sherwood House Vineyard-018Sherwood House Vineyard-019Sherwood House Vineyard-020Sherwood House Vineyard-021Sherwood House Vineyard-022Sherwood House Vineyard-024Sherwood House Vineyard-025Sherwood House Vineyard-026Sherwood House Vineyard-027Sherwood House Vineyard-028Sherwood House Vineyard-029Sherwood House Vineyard-035Sherwood House Vineyard-031Sherwood House Vineyard-032Sherwood House Vineyard-033Sherwood House Vineyard-034Sherwood House Vineyard-036Sherwood House Vineyard-065Sherwood House Vineyard-041Sherwood House Vineyard-042Sherwood House Vineyard-043Sherwood House Vineyard-044Sherwood House Vineyard-045Sherwood House Vineyard-046Sherwood House Vineyard-047Sherwood House Vineyard-048Sherwood House Vineyard-049Sherwood House Vineyard-050Sherwood House Vineyard-051Sherwood House Vineyard-052Sherwood House Vineyard-053Sherwood House Vineyard-054Sherwood House Vineyard-055Sherwood House Vineyard-056Sherwood House Vineyard-057Sherwood House Vineyard-058Sherwood House Vineyard-059Sherwood House Vineyard-060Sherwood House Vineyard-061Sherwood House Vineyard-062Sherwood House Vineyard-063Sherwood House Vineyard-064Sherwood House Vineyard-039Sherwood House Vineyard-040Sherwood House Vineyard-038Sherwood House Vineyard-066Sherwood House Vineyard-067Sherwood House Vineyard-104Sherwood House Vineyard-105Sherwood House Vineyard-069Sherwood House Vineyard-070Sherwood House Vineyard-071Sherwood House Vineyard-072Sherwood House Vineyard-073Sherwood House Vineyard-074Sherwood House Vineyard-075Sherwood House Vineyard-076Sherwood House Vineyard-077Sherwood House Vineyard-078Sherwood House Vineyard-079Sherwood House Vineyard-080Sherwood House Vineyard-081Sherwood House Vineyard-082Sherwood House Vineyard-084Sherwood House Vineyard-085Sherwood House Vineyard-086Sherwood House Vineyard-087Sherwood House Vineyard-088Sherwood House Vineyard-089Sherwood House Vineyard-090Sherwood House Vineyard-091Sherwood House Vineyard-093Sherwood House Vineyard-094Sherwood House Vineyard-096Sherwood House Vineyard-097Sherwood House Vineyard-098Sherwood House Vineyard-099Sherwood House Vineyard-100Sherwood House Vineyard-101Sherwood House Vineyard-103

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.

Kristine and Chris - Esession-0045Kristine and Chris - Esession-0010Kristine and Chris - Esession-0046Kristine and Chris - Esession-0044Kristine and Chris - Esession-0064Kristine and Chris - Esession-0062Kristine and Chris - Esession-0067Kristine and Chris - Esession-0074Kristine and Chris - Esession-0078Kristine and Chris - Esession-0058Kristine and Chris - Esession-0053Kristine and Chris - Esession-0048Kristine and Chris - Esession-0042Kristine and Chris - Esession-0040Kristine and Chris - Esession-0038Kristine and Chris - Esession-0030Kristine and Chris - Esession-0032Kristine and Chris - Esession-0021Kristine and Chris - Esession-0024Kristine and Chris - Esession-0017Kristine and Chris - Esession-0004NYC Edgy Engagement SessionMeat Packing District Engagement Session NYCKristine and Chris - Esession-0102

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.

Med Men Engagement Session 010Med Men Engagement Session 011Med Men Engagement SessionMed Men Engagement SessionMed Men Engagement SessionMed Men Engagement SessionMed Men Engagement SessionMed Men Engagement SessionMed Men Engagement SessionMed Men Engagement SessionMed Men Engagement SessionMed Men Themed PhotosMed Men Themed PhotosMed Men Themed PhotosMed Men Themed PhotosMed Men Themed PhotosMed Men Themed PhotosMed Men Engagement Session 001Med Men Engagement Session 008

Rustic Long Island Photo Booth | Danielle and Sal

Our version of the Rustic Long Island Photo Booth was a huge success at Danielle and Sal’s wedding at Villa Lombardi’s.  We created the chalkboard art for the backdrop based on Sal’s love for cars (and Danielle!) and from their special first date memories.  Then we added in the vintage prop package with empty frames and masquerade masks.  Everyone looked great and they loved that Danielle and Sal had treated them to such a fun photo booth.

Enjoy the Photos.   More at the DANIELLE AND SAL GALLERY.

Captain Bills Wedding in Bay Shore NY | Sara + Rick

Hurricane Sandy hit smack dab in the middle of what should have been Rick and Sara’s wedding at The Bayview House at Captain Bill’s.  The venue had 6 feet of water and Rick and Sara quickly postponed the wedding until April 12, 2013.  What strikes me most about hearing the news from Sara and Rick was the resilience in their voice.  They didn’t complain, nor did they sulk, instead they took what life dealt them and they moved forward with spirit and character.

… then, two inches of rain poured down on their NEW wedding day.  Enough was enough!  Sara and Rick have always loved the water and boating and beaches are part of their life style.  They love the water so much that they had a maritime wedding theme, but let’s face it… this was just cruel.

I called the West Sayville Maritime Museum and they were so nice to open their boat museum warehouse and we stayed (mostly) dry for the afternoon.  It was also the perfect backdrop for this maritime themed day.  Then, just as we were leaving the museum, the rain let up just long enough for us to get a few outdoor photos with Sara and Rick.  Those photos are some of my all time favorites.

I wish Sara and Rick all the best in life.  They are people who respect each other, love to be with each other and most of all they don’t sweat the small stuff!

Please leave your comments.  I would love to hear your thoughts on their wedding day photos.

Captain BillMaritine Themed WeddingMaritime themed wedding photos and shoesBayview House Wedding PhotosLong Island Wedding PhotographerSpring Wedding On Long IslandSouth Shore Long Island Wedding PhotosCaptain Bills Wedding Photo_0063 (14)Captain BillLong Island Wedding Bridal PortraitsCaptain BillCandid Bridal Portraits on Long IslandBrideWedding Reveal on Long IslandWest Sayville Maritime Museum RevealWest Sayville Maritime Museum Wedding PhotosWest Sayville Maritime Museum Wedding PhotographsReveal at West Sayville Maritime MuseumReveal at West Sayville Maritime MuseumGroomGroomBrideBrideBrideBride and Groom at West Sayville Maritime MuseumCaptain Bills Wedding Photo_0063 (31)Full Bridal Party at West Sayville Maritime MuseumFull Bridal Party fun at West Sayville Maritime MuseumBridal Portraits at West Sayville Maritime MuseumBridal Portraits at West Sayville Maritime MuseumBridal Portraits at West Sayville Maritime MuseumBridal Portraits at West Sayville Maritime MuseumHolding Hands at Wedding on Long IslandRain Wedding Photos on Long IslandCaptain BillCaptain BillRainy Day Wedding Photos on Long IslandRainy Day Wedding Photography on Long IslandGifts for Wedding Guests at Captain BillTable Decor at Captain BillCeremony at Captain BillCeremony at Bayview House at Captain BillCaptain BillWedding Map for guest signaturesCaptain Bills Wedding Photo_0063 (72)Captain Bills Wedding Photo_0063 (73)Captain Bills Good Luck WishesCaptain BillCaptain BillCaptain BillCaptain BillCaptain BillCaptain BillCaptain BillCaptain Bills Weddign SpeechesCaptain Bills Weddign SpeechesCaptain Bills Wedding Photo Father Daughter DanceCaptain Bills Wedding Photo Father Daughter DanceCaptain Bills Wedding Photo Mother Son DanceCaptain Bills Wedding Photo Mother Son Dance

April 29, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Paulette Calamia - What beautiful wedding photos!

Fearrington Village Inn Wedding Photos | Anna and Chris

This brings me home.  Most of the weddings I photograph are located on Long Island and they have the most amazing beauty and character, but when I was asked to travel to The Fearrington Village Inn located just outside of Chapel Hill, NC, I could not wait.  The Fearrington Village Inn is one of the nations most sought after wedding locations.  Forbes magazine ranks this historic dairy farm and village as number one in the country for destination weddings.  Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine as well as Unveiled and Destination Weddings all recognize the Fearrington as a “top pick” wedding location.   Some of the top wedding photographers in the world have photographed here and now it was my turn.

When I arrived, I immediately felt like I was home.  I grew up in Michigan and the rolling fields and quaint village immediately brought me back to those charming little towns that I’ve seen my whole life.  The personality of my clients, Anna and Chris, fit in perfectly here.  They are polite, thoughtful, intelligent, witty and fun to be around, and they were about to treat their guests to a marvelous wedding (or as they would put it a party!).

There is also a really cool story about Chris’ custom designed suit on The Man Registry.

Enjoy the wedding photos at the Fearrington Village Inn and please leave me a comment at the end to let me know what you think.

Fearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding PhotosFearrington Village Wedding Photos

 

April 6, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Karen Campbell Fee - Beautiful pictures!!

April 6, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Virginia Caruana - John, as usual, your photos continue to take my breath away…especially these! You are a gifted photographer and a truly kind man! Thank you again…Proud Mom of the Groom :)

April 3, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Class it up With a Custom Designed Suit for Your Wedding. | GroomsAdvice.com - [...] times are changing for the better.  I recently photographed a small wedding at the Fearrington Village Inn, just outside of Chapel Hill, NC.  The venue is simple and elegant, [...]

April 3, 2013 - 2:06 am

Nancy Blum Soldano - Great photos of a beautiful day.

April 2, 2013 - 11:44 pm

Lynn Calo - Absolutely love all the shots you captured! Great job!

April 2, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Barbara Maurici Affelt - John–the pictures are fabulous!
You always manage to capture the essence of a moment and communicate the emotion behind it.