Irene & Marty’s January Wedding

The crisp cool air on red cheeks. The low and fleeting light at sundown. Colorful lights decorating Rockefeller Center. We wear layers upon layers. The view of the Brooklyn Bridge through foggy glass. This is Winter in Manhattan.



It’s not easy to plan a winter wedding in NYC. No one knows what the weather will be like. Layering in a beautiful way is tricky, and impending snowstorms are definite considerations. On Jan 3rd, Irene Vallye and Quinn Martin Jr. lucked out. Situated in the heart of the historic South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan, the sun set beautifully over their venue: the beautiful glass enclosed Bridgewaters


The talented graphic designer, Irene Vallye, designed and planned her wedding from scratch. She created her invites, monograms, coasters, menus, maps and more stationery for her guests. She designed the program and favors on paper and had them all printed professionally, while everything else she letterpress printed herself. The plan was to letterpress everything, but she ran out of time and had to outsource. I was still really impressed!

A melange of top of the line vendors assisted in the making of the couple’s wedding day:

Location, food and cake: Bridgewaters

Stationery (invitations, favors, menus, coasters, programs and save the dates): Irene, the bride herself.
Veil: designed by Anna Vallye, her sister
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman for the ceremony + 1st dance.
Christian Louboutin for the Reception.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor CELEBRATIONS line in Crimson and Grape.
Bouquets: Irene and her bridesmaid Nadya bunched calla lillies for she and her maids. Boutonnieres, corsages, cocktail hr. and reception centerpieces: Ali Barone of Diana Gould Ltd. Make Up: Her bridesmaid Suzy Gerstein who normally does make up for fashion shoots.
Band: East Village Exchange
Ceremony Musicians: Juniper String Trio
Marty’s Suit: Calvin Klein
Irene’s Fur: Vintage
Broach: M& J Trimming (Manhattan).
Inspiration: Irene found me and a lot of other inspiration on the fabulous Style Me Pretty blog!

Jade & Chris on Brooklyn Bride

I’m happy to see Jade & Chris’ beautiful Bridgehampton wedding on Brooklyn Bride blog! Vane Broussard mentioned that she is not a beach wedding kind of gal, haha, but I guess she could not resist!

I love Jade’s simple peachy pink roses for her bouquet. Jade also worked with the talented designer Gina Pedone (owner of Adrienne’s Bridal Salon in NYC) to create her dress and veil. The veil was adorned with the same lacy fabric that made up the dress. I just love it… it will definitely inspires my own wedding dress!!


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Featured in Elegant Bride Magazine

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“For her September wedding to Chris Cunningham, Jade Holdaway envisioned a simple, elegant event. Their search for a venue led them to the chic beach town of Bridgehampton, NY, where they spend their summers. They visited the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club one rainy day, and in spite of the inclement weather, they knew it was the perfect spot for them. Jade worked with the designer Gina Pedone to create her dress. After six fittings, the result was an airy, crocheted gown with cap sleeves, an open back and a sweeping train. Jade kept her accessories simple: diamond drop earrings (a gift from Chris) and a veil adorned with the same lacy fabric that made up her dress. Before the big day, Jade was most excited for the reception, so she was a it surprised at how much she loved the ceremony. “The atmosphere on the beach when we took our vows was breathtaking,” she says. “With the light and the waves crashing. It was magical.” – Elegant Bride

Thanks decor8!

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Thank you Holly for such a nice feature on your blog today. Check out Holly’s incredibly inspiring blog called “decor8” and my interview here. Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth and John’s November Wedding

I’m almost home from San Fran! I’m making these grids right now on the airplane home. Is the flight ever going by quickly!

John and Elizabeth were married at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Both are incredibly creative: John is a puppet fabricator, special effects artist and sculptor and Elizabeth is a floral designer (she actually designed her flowers and her friends acted as freelances to execute them). They met at Curious Pictures working on a stop motion animation series called “A Little Curious” on HBO. They were building sets and characters. How cute is that? I absolutely love Elizabeth’s style of dress, their wedding purples and greens, and their arrangements too. Stunning wedding.

Central Park Engagement on Style Me Pretty

Hello from warmer than usual San Francisco! Chandler and I walked around in t-shirts today. It’s January. How amazing is that?
I’m here for a wedding shoot on Saturday, and then I’m traveling around for a few days to Big Sur and possibly wine country. I’m psyched!

When I turned on my laptop today, I was pleased to see a little writeup and a feature on Style Me Pretty‘s Little Black Book blog, of one of my Central Park engagement sessions.
Please check it out here (you must scroll down to the bottom of the page to see my pics and interview ).



Sneak Preview: Elizabeth and John

Here is a preview of one of my favorite Fall weddings in the history of Karen Wise Photography! Elizabeth Geddes, a floral designer from Park Slope, designed look of her Metropolitan Pavilion wedding and created her arrangements, her bouquet (with artichokes in it!) and all of the floral pieces too. How stunning are those flowers and colors!?

Heeki and Sue in Central Park

We found a warm-ish weekend in November to shoot these Fall engagement photos in Central Park. The sky was like a giant soft-box in that the light was soft, sometimes overcast light can really be the prettiest for portraits… I'll be photographing Heeki and Sue's wedding in April. What a cute couple, eh?


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