Deborah and Jack – Stonington, Connecticut

Deborah and Jack tied the knot on Sept. 13th at Deb’s family’s home in Stonington, CT. The reception was at the Wadawanuck Club, a few miles down the road.
I absolutely loved their Connecticut wedding location(s) and the wedding details. Here are a selection of my favourite photos from that weekend:






Here are the terrific vendors who helped make Deb and Jack’s wedding so great!: 

Flowers: Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design

Catering: Primetime Cafe of Westerly, RI (affiliated with the Wadawanuck Club)

Dress: Veka bridal salon in NY,

Designer: Palazzo.
Deb wrote about her dress-finding process: “It was literally the 2nd dress I tried on, but I went through the whole elaborate Kleinfeld, Vera Wang process anyway, mostly for fun. I kept coming back to my dress, and as my mother said, I did a little dance every time I put it on, so that seemed like a good sign!”

Deb’s great green shoes!: J Crew.
Deb said: “…I actually searched long and hard for shoes, and was delighted to end up with an easy inexpensive choice (after a somewhat obsessive search for a specific pair of Pradas, and an interim pair of metallic hot pink sandals that I decided didn’t work). I wanted something with a burst of color, and that I might wear again. 
Green bridesmaids dresses: J Crew actually did the bridesmaid dresses too-not to be matchy matchy with the shoes, but I didn’t want them to have to spend a lot of money on dresses, and it worked out because Ashley needed to change her size a bunch! 
The awesome music on Saturday was by 747 Orchestra.

Music on Friday: Deb’s brother Elliott actually made a great ipod mix for Friday night. 
Invitations: by Delphine Press, and ordered through Village Invites in NY.

Cake: Toria Dolce in Ashaway, RI. Deb writes: “…honestly I can’t even remember all the flavors, because I was only interested in chocolate with vanilla icing! I think we had choc/choc, vanilla/choc, and a lemon maybe?” (Deb, I can say that I tried a choc/choc cupcake, to keep me going at about 10pm, and it was delectable!)

Tent: Rented and assembled by Sperry Tent

Deb and Jack’s most memorable wedding moments: “Definitely the fireworks! And walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing everyone in the backyard for the wedding. Dancing was definitely another one of my favorite parts. And the candy bar with brown paper bags was meant to ‘recreate’ an old candy store from Stonington, Camacho’s, that I loved as a kid. I still love candy! I just had a fantastic time at the whole thing, and I’m so glad I have your photos to remind me of some of the details!”



How they met, from Deb: “Jack & I knew each other from growing up in Stonington, but he was younger so we had different sets of friends. He eventually went to business school with one of my best friend’s husbands, so we started crossing paths again, then we had a really fun summer of staying up late on the dock talking, and eventually started dating. He proposed on a run in Brooklyn Bridge park-we were on our way to Jacques Torres on a dreary February morning, and he totally surprised me-even had the ring with him!”

Interviewed for Vogue India!

Exciting news!
I was interviewed by Vogue India about my experience in shooting Indian weddings. The published article titled, “How to get your WOW wedding,” is currently featured in Vogue India’s November issue!

I’ve been trying all week to get my hands on a copy. The issue hit newsstands last week in the major cities around India, but the editors are away for their national holiday, the festival of Diwali.
One of my Indian brides who is now in Mumbai will be bringing me back a copy. As soon as I receive it, I will post the feature!

Project Wedding – Real Wedding of the Week

 Project Wedding – Real Wedding of the Week: Priti and Jaouad in Udaipur, India.






Thank you, Margaret, for the interview and for the feature at the front of your Real Weddings page on Project Wedding. Project Wedding is a wedding resource where brides find everything they need to plan their wedding.

Janice and Chris at Angel Orensanz




Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts is a former synagogue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, it’s absolutely stunning at every angle.
You may already know that Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick were married here.
It’s definitely a photographic challenge to shoot at Angel Orensanz, considering the dark wood and high ceilings with little if no daylight coming through the stained glass windows. However the lighting designers who work for AO are incredible. Notice the beautiful color-scrolling theatrical lighting inside of it…When I shoot there, I use this colored light as ambient, and some strobes that I bring as fill-light. The colors changed from orange to red to yellow to blue…
We started off the day photographing Janice in her changing room downstairs at Angel O. We took a walk around the Lower East Side after the ceremony, and then shot formal portraits on the altar. Cocktail hour was upstairs on the balcony overlooking the venue. It was a great party, lots of dancing and tons of fun. Here were some of their vendors…
Caterer: Season’s Distinctive Catering (they did the cake too)
Dress designer: Amy Michelson
Planner: Christine Viola: Exquisite Affairs Productions
DJ: Dave Swirsky, Expressway Music
Videographer: Movements Film Production by Shar Adrias

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I'm pleased to say that my wedding photographs from Diana and Osman's wedding at the Foundry are featured on Snippet & Ink: daily wedding inspiration.

Please click here for the whole feature.
Thanks, Kathryn!


The Boat House in Central Park






When I asked Lara how Josh and she met she told me:
“I met Josh’s older brother at a wedding in August ’05– and he and his girlfriend both said, ‘you’ve got to meet my younger brother!’ As you will remember, Caroline’s wedding was in September ’05, so we had to delay our blind date until October ’05. Once we finally met, that was it! Josh met my Mom and Caroline on our third date, and we were engaged 4 months later and married in May ’07. I always say I figured I’d get married one day, but I never figured I’d get swept off my feet (cheesy I know ;~)”
I had the honor of photographing Lara and Josh’s wedding at The Boat House in Central Park, on this sunny May day. I had photographed Lara’s sister Caroline’s wedding a couple of years prior to this day, and so it was wonderful to see and photograph Lara and her family again.
Lara got into her dress in a beautiful room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Columbus Circle and her ceremony was indoors under a chuppah of cherry blossoms. Her stylishly jeweled shoes were designed by René Caovilla. and her beautiful lacy dress was designed by Selia Yang. Josh wore a tux by Armani. The band named Vali had every one of the guests on the dance floor.
Apart from my photographing a lot of candids of dancing, the couple was quite interested in having a photo-booth type set-up on grey, which I achieved by setting up in the corner of The Boat House across from the bar. (The perfect place to get many great subjects for my photos ;-)

Lara also said:
“We both think we have some of the best and most creative wedding photos we’ve ever seen, and we are so happy with the work you and your group did. And to this day I think the photo booth idea is awesome. Our friend’s pictures are so much fun, and it was such a good way to get great candids.”

Thank you Shiva, one of my interns, for helping me with the design of these grids.

Happy New Year!



Happy Rosh Hashana!

To a sweet New Year.

I shot this Honey still life using my 4×5 camera, with stylist Jeila Gueramian.
The apples images was made in the kitchen of my Aunt Julie Riven's house in Boston, while I was "looking for something to do" between dishes/shots for her cookbook, "The Way We Cook".

Laura and Phil: Picnic House on Pier 40



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I photographed Laura and Phil's wedding at the Picnic House on Pier 40 a couple of months ago..It was a busy summer, but I finally posted my favorites from this beautiful wedding.

Laura Kaiserman (whose interiors I've photographed and featured here) married Philip Berent on July 26th in Manhattan under a beautifully decorated chuppah with views of downtown Manhattan and New Jersey.
Laura, who is also a painter, painted the green mural on the side of the Picnic House wall (featured above).

Phil, and his friends who accompanied him, sang a song to and about Laura.
Two long tables were set up inside with great earthy brown runners and purple and orange floral arrangements..
What a great city wedding!

A special thanks to my intern Maddy Gray for helping out with the 3 large grids : )


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