Connecticut & NYC Gay Wedding Photographer

Last winter, I got to finally take out and shoot a couple ice skating! I have been hoping to have fun on the ice for awhile (I even gave a shout out and asked if anyone was interested 4 years ago!)

A Wollman Rink engagement session is lot more fun and less crowded than trying to squeeze into the Rockefeller Center with a million other people. Hidden away in Central Park, it attracts mostly New Yorkers who want to try their hand at ice skating, and less tourists. Which was what Nicole and Christie wanted. They had actually found me through Clara and Sarah, who posted their wedding photos on Facebook. And that’s how we all connected.

Winter hats, ice skates, Christmas lights are all found in this winter central park engagement session. As they got ready for the ice rink, they both needed an extra hand. Christie made sure Nicole’s knitted hat was on snug and looked good for photos. Nicole checked Christie’s laces were on tight. But going on the rink was where they really giggled and held on tight. They grabbed the wall…and each other…and anything else they good as they first skated on. There were some false starts. But each patiently waited for the other, held hands, and enjoyed the New York City skyline that serves as Wollman Rink’s backdrop.
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There’s something about a NYC black tie wedding that just says classic. The city somehow lends itself to the glitter and glam, with Kelly turning on the vintage bridal look with her liquid eyeliner and red lipstick. Old photos and memorabilia line the walls at the Yale Club. New Haven 1912. Trophies from 1945. The walls are literally covered with only inches between the frames. Living in New Haven, I loved seeing my city and how it looked 100 years ago. Doing a Yale Club wedding was way more special since I got a peek at dozens of photos of New Haven from way back when. How many places can you go and look at your city’s history framed and ready to enjoy?

As Kelly and Nick’s closest family and friends stood up to give speeches, the grand ballroom seemed to get smaller. All of Kelly and Nick’s family had been sat with them at a large, round table. So as one chair emptied for the person giving the toast, the others listened and laughed. Glasses clinked with cheers and good wishes. And the room became large again with a live band and plenty of dancing. Not todays pop songs, but classic songs that had every generation up on the dance floor. The warmth of the live singing called everyone to get up and dance. This was the time to enjoy a good song with your partner.

This was the wedding where even couple’s with anniversaries going 30,40, 50+ years got up to enjoy themselves. They were dressed up. They were surrounded by loved ones. They were celebrating Kelly and Nick. And the newly married couple made sure everyone felt welcome and loved. All the small things and all the large things.

Florist: Stefan Event Decor // Caterer: Yale Club // Dress Shop: Kleinfeld’s // Dress Designer: Alita Graham // Veil: Bridal Veil Falls // Second Shooter: Lindsay Taryn

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“Engage your core!!!” I was sweating, miserable, and definitely done with the workout. It seemed even more unfair that I was holding a wall sit for 45 seconds because my cat was watching me from my yoga mat. And Stacey was watching her iphone timer. 10 seconds left. I hated her. I hated this wall. I hated this stupid stupid stupid workout. “Done.”

Stacey had been kicking my butt for 2 years as my personal trainer. And when she got engaged, she hired me as her wedding photographer.
So guess what I yelled at her every time she slouched? “Engage your core!!” Which is easy for her, since, she’s got a billion muscles. And a billion multi-colored sneakers to go with her to the gym or her wedding. Either way.

Now sometimes you really can’t see where I’m going with something on a shoot. Like, why is Kelly having me run 1/4 a mile away from my venue? Why are we running because the light is perfect? Won’t it stay perfect even if we walk? But I knew Stacey and Megan. They trusted me. So when I said run, they ran. When I said let’s cross this weird gravel road because the light is epic in this random field in Connecticut? They did it. Amber, my second shooter, had her eyes bugging out from the light. The videographer was giving me high fives. I was dancing in the field as we were getting their couple shots. I mean, this was light I dream of in weird photographer dreams.

And we were able to get it because the vendors and the couple trusted me to lead them on this weird journey. Stacey was always like, “You’re the expert, do what you think is right.” And it made me feel so loved. Yes, loved. My trainer, turned really good friend, was being her. She was enjoying her wedding day and getting married to her wife and letting the vendors do their job. Cause she wanted to concentrate on her wife’s amazing dress (I always want to hug brides with dresses that have straps…sooooo classic and pretty and not worn enough anymore) and her wife’s special handshake at the end of the ceremony that surprised everyone and had us all laughing. Not on making sure the centerpieces were within the inch diameter in her spreadsheets…she just let the wedding professionals do their jobs. That’s love to me.

So yes, the Connecticut barn wedding had fields of gold for these two brides to dance in. And, being them, joke around in.

Venue Coordinator: The Pavilion on Crystal Lake // Florist: Terri Krisavage Floral Designs // DJ/Band: Rob Alberti’s Event Services // Hair: Captiva Salon
Videographer: Max Valverde // Cake: JCakes // Second Shooter: Amber Marlow // Makeup: Candace Spinelli Gebbia // Dresses: David’s Bridal and Mariellas

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