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Judie officially declared Charlotte and Jay married. Jay took a sharp breath, looked around and seemed to hold that breath. And hold it. Charlotte grabbed his hand in glee but he was still holding that breath. The smile was plastered on his face but he was wandering aimlessly a bit. I asked him if he needed to sit down….he did. That old saying where love takes your breath away was actually happening. Jay kept looking at his new wife and then back to the ceremony site, then to his friend’s faces. He couldn’t say anything.

“Ok, Jay, deep breath now, feel the calm of Central Park.” I was trying to get him to level his breathing, no interest in passing out people, and he just kept beaming. Jay started to take deeper breaths. Charlotte had both his hands and was snuggled up beside him on a Central Park bench inside the Shakespeare Garden. We made some jokes and Jay felt he could sign the marriage certificate, his hands shaking a little bit.

That hookey line about “Ohhh, he took my breath away!” seemed like a bad romantic novel. But it was like a giant energy ray was just bursting out of Jay’s face the whole day. I could feel almost tactically the love Jay felt for Charlotte and vice versa. They had traveled from the UK to NYC to become legally married. Their friend’s joined for the trip, all as supportive as you could wish. And all the energy and love…well it just overwhelmed Jay for a few minutes. And he was just happy to be in the moment, be present and get married.

My chest tightens when I look at their photos. Or any of my couple’s photos. I just feel so much JOY getting to capture an elopement in Shakespeare Garden. Be there as a groom gets to hear he’s now legally married. Watch as Charlotte DIYs her flowers in the hotel room. Mazel Tov Jay and Charlotte!
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Kristin’s mother called me one morning. “We have to change the wedding date.” My brain began to run on overdrive. Uhoh. What was wrong? “Kristin’s pregnant and that’s her due date!”

With a new wedding date and having just given birth to Isa 7 weeks prior, Steven and Kristin got married in Kristin’s childhood backyard. Baby Isa watched as her mom sat to get her hair quickly braided up. Her tiny little white dress hung just below her mom’s wedding dress. Isa was passed from bridesmaid to grandmother to aunt, everyone taking turns getting ready themselves and giving kisses to the baby. Steven lit up when he saw both of them, already asking if Kristin needed anything. Nope. They just needed to sit down and relax together. In all honesty, I had never shot a pregnant bride or a bride who had literally just given birth. Isa was a newborn and I wanted her to feel just as loved and calm as any other day. So I just let the new family cuddle and enjoy themselves. No need to run all over the property. These two still had that “This is OUR baby!” wonderment on their faces. Photographing a wedding with a newborn might seem like it should be high stress, but it was nothing of the sort. Everyone had wedding excitement and happiness of new life all packed into one day.

A Cape Cod backyard wedding was an accidental blessing. Having a wedding at home can be a big stressor but in this case, it made everything so much easier. Kristin had a nice, quiet room to nurse in. The baby, once put to sleep, had a monitor on and was kept tabs on by some family. Steven could walk just a few steps to check on the baby. There were plenty of comfy couches to sit down, relax, and hold the baby for pictures. It was the ultimate convenience. Need a baby toy? You got em all.

Some small tips to getting married with a baby:

  • As Kristin said when we discussed timeline- “The timeline is up to Isa.” You have to make sure to add in lots of extra time and prepare to switch things up
  • Let other people know things can and will change at the last minute. They need to step up and be prepared to make things happen for you so that you can attend to the baby. I would recommend a planner or day of coordinator to make things go smoothly.
  • You’re wearing white. With a baby. It won’t stay white and that’s ok (let’s be real, a wedding dress is only ever pristine white in the bag and everyone’s dress will (not maybe) get a bit dirty). That’s why there are tide pens and oxiclean. Make a dress selection with cleaning ability in mind. So no silks.
  • Have a relaxed plan for pictures. A comfy place to sit. Somewhere with a good temperature and near natural light. Preferably, somewhere quiet.

Venue: Backyard // Caterer: Sumptuous Gourmet // DJ/Band: Matt Dunn // Cake: Dottie Lovely // Invitations: Byrd and Bleecker

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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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