Lauren and Michael’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens wedding

A little 105-degree-heat didn’t stop Lauren and Michael’s wedding from being a fantastic celebration unique to them, a celebration of their love, their faith … and yes, their geekiness. As a proud geek myself, I was delighted to see table numbers not in a simple order, but with math-and-science-laden figured such as π, 6.02 x 10^23, 42, c, and √2 (a rather important number in photography).

The heat kept us out of most of the grounds of the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, but the atrium made a cool, fantastic venue for the wedding. The rabbi said that she had never, in her entire history of couples’ counseling, had a pair as devoted and interested to every last word of their ketubah. Their faith was evident throughout, and the day ended with their family and friends gathering with them to read the Torah.

Sam Hurd added his talents to this wedding, and there are some of his photos in the mix because a) he rocked it and b) he uses the same cameras and lenses as I do, and actually borrowed one of my cameras for a while, so they’re indivisible at this point.

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Kim and Dinesh’s Gotham Hall Wedding

When Kim and Dinesh told me about the spectacle they had planned, I knew right away that this was not a story for black and white. When you combine the intense, colorful, time-honored and raucous traditions of Chinese and Indian weddings with the incredibly sumptuous space of New York’s Gotham Hall, you have a colorful day in every sense of the word.

It more than lived up to all of our expectations. The ceremony and reception were absolutely stunning, and Kim knew how to mix the traditional and the modern, offsetting her Chinese dress with some Louboutins so fantastic that she needs to win some sort of award for being able to walk on grass in them.

But what really stands out is their tenderness at every moment in a day that brought us from midtown to the Bronx and back again, through door games and groomsmen wearing lipstick and tea ceremonies and horses in the streets of Manhattan and so much more. Always tender, between themselves and to others. Congratulations.

(A few photos by Erica Camille)

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