Leila and Sam: New Leaf Cafe Wedding

Leila and Sam’s wedding at the New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park was marked by incredible taste, simple but elegant, and a welcoming, low-key attitude that permeated the entire day. I don’t usually go nuts over details, as the true beating heart of weddings for me are people and the way they connect to each other, but her individualized centerpieces went straight into my “take note for future wedding” brain compartment.

It was a gorgeous day, with twilight coming in over the Hudson river. One thing I love about word-of-mouth referrals is seeing some of the same crazy, awesome guests from previous weddings, and there were hams aplenty in the crowd.

Fantastic day.

Johanna Hietanen - Great photos, I especially love all the little details. And the emotions. Lovely!

Elissa - Oh my goodness… that second shot with the bride’s face in focus in the mirror, and the buildings in the background in focus in the background… it is amazing. (Tilt-shift?) The details you caught in this wedding are awesome too.

Joshua Gull - Easily well worth a set of pants.

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Ben Godkin - Awesome shots! Love to see some detail shots from you! ;)

Becca Dilley - I love those two photos from the first look – those are photos that their grandchildren will really enjoy seeing. A lot of connection and warmth comes through.

Kyle - ARe you doing something different to your b/w’s R. Brenz? I like these, they look more dramatic than normal!

And glad you are ok. Not as glad that there’s no video of it :)

Joseph Yarrow - Sorry to hear about your fall Ryan, but kudos all round for getting up and kicking some ass as usual. Some of my favorite images from you right here on this post!

Well done.

Tracy Morter - Ooh so lovely! You have a great eye for those special moment and details.

Amanda Basteen - Lovely job Ryan. It’s been fun to watch your style transform.

Nora Devai - Glad that fall wasn’t too nasty. Nice work! Looks like and awesome wedding.

Trey Petty - Really love all of these Ryan! Hope you are feeling okay. Your receptions all seem to be lots of fun.

Justin Phillips - Your detail photos are awesome! I love the photo of the ceremony in silhouette ! very creative.

David Robertson - farout!! such AMAZING details and beautiful portraits!

Nick - Love it! Reception looks like it was a blast.

George L Koroneos - Ryan, your detail shots are simply stunning. I envy you plenty. But your photos of the couple are breathtaking. Great work.

Jessie Cadenas - Love these. I adore the first look ones!

Mark Kalkwarf - I love how you frame your subjects using different elements. That shot of the old man holding the phone to his ear is brilliant. I think that is one of the main reasons I admire your work, you don’t just shoot beautiful images, you tell stories. Each image flows to the next like the chapters of a masterpiece novel.

Jaimzh - Fantastic work Ryan, and what a cute bride!

Gemma - These are lovely pictures! Love the silhouette.

Jason Lloyd - I’m still in awe of the second shot – it’s magical in a Harry Potter kinda way.

Larissa Smith - What a cute wedding, love the details! First look is awesome!

sam hurd - nicely done as usual, ryan. love the colors in the silhouette of the bride and groom

Tall - Love your use of silhouettes throughout the day – some really creative work and nice consistency.

Michelle Guzman - Love the details!!!

Paul Rowland - Ryan – the black and white image where she is looking in the mirror, and the city skyline is in focus is just incredible. One of my favorite images ever.

Brian Kraft - Wow! So many wonderful photos. I love your use of T/S in some of them.

Jason Burns - They look amazing! I love what they did with there center pieces on the tables.

Heather - I adore that last shot, and you really worked those silhouettes there! Awesome!

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - Love that mirror shot with the city in the background. You captured so many emotions here that I’m sure your clients will cherish for years to come. Awesome job like usual!

Sarah McGee - Definitely taking a mental note about those gorgeous centerpieces. Lovely! Also, I think those shoes are the most popular ones of 2010. I saw them often!

Bill Millios - Gorgeous work, Ryan. I’ve always loved your black and whites. Timeless and classic.

Brooke - that last shot is INCREDIBLE!