Studio 450 Wedding: Mila and Igor

When I’m not shooting wedding photography, I’m usually thinking about or discussing wedding photography. Yes, it’s true. The other day I had a discussion about whether and how much wedding photography imposes overly dramatic forms on love. I was asked: “Do people dip-and-kiss in real life? Do they just feel like jumping into each other’s arms naturally?”

My first thought was “Well … I do (sometimes.)” But, of course, maybe that’s why I’m a wedding photographer.

My second that was “Mila and Igor. They do.”

Dramatic, lively, and ballroom-trained? You bet they do. It was a wet, grey day in NYC when they got married at Studio 450, but that didn’t slow them or their wedding party one bit, especially their equally fun-loving and dramatic parents. Mila’s dad had me cracking up most of the day (and, as you can see below, he has some impressive hang time on his jumps.) When they reached a puddle? Yes, without prompting, Mila just jumped into his arms and he carried her across.

I’m including a few photos from their engagement shoot because they show their personality well — visiting their old haunts like his favorite chess shop — and because they used the photos for a big part of their reception design, and I’d rather show the photos than photos of photos.

Congratulations, Mila and Igor — no imposed drama necessary.

Caroline Ghetes - Amazing PJ coverage, Ryan. I am seriously -SERIOUSLY- in love with that shot of the little girl with the white paned window. Like, wow.

Michelle Edmonds - I love, love the car shot. They look so comfortable and loving!

Alyssa Schroeder - I’m in love with that second car shot, Ryan. The shot with the path of trees is gorgeous too. Awesome work!

Maximiliano Barros - First three pics are stunning!

Jashim - Amazing! All the images are just so beautiful. There’s something about these set of images that has a little extra ‘mph’ but I cant put my finger on it. Still, lovely.

Matt Stanton - superb Ryan, the very essence of PJ with amazing lighting!

Leah Kua - These images have so much life. I love the one of the chess piece falling over.

Marie Lloyd - Truly inspiring RB, as always! Love that first silhouette against the wall and is that a flash composite under the arches?? Beautiful work.

Julianne Markow - Beautiful as always. Love the “you method” shot in Central Park :-)

Daniel Krieger - Excellent shots as usual Ryan.. Studio 450 is a great venue to work with and you did some great stuff there!

tobiah - awesome! love the shots in central park! i’d love to shoot there one day!

Becca Dilley - Love the intimacy of that last B&W dancing shot. What an amazing moment for them to share with future generations.

sarah der - I also love the Brenizer method shot. But my most favorites are the chess set (love her knocking off his king!), and her face when she is scooped up and carried over the puddle, and his enthusiasm and her joy as they walk down the aisle as husband and wife!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jason - Beautiful style as always. Love the shots involving the cars, and of course the Brenizer amongst the trees – genius.

Amanda Basteen - love the shot of him whispering in her ear!

Two Ring Studios - The little girl in the window shot is adorable. Great coverage, you’ve done it again! (and again and again)

Kat Forsyth - I don’t know how, but every shot you do seems to have some kind of awesomeness to it. A little something different or unexpected or fab. I guess that’s why you’re “the” Ryan Brenizer.

Caitlin McWeeney - Famazing. My favorites are definitely the chess set (set?), the two of them in Central Park (?) and the group of them hopping over the rain puddle! Looks like a movie; so great!

alexbee - love the shot of the little girls & man on the floor. beautiful

Andreas Holm - Great Ryan! You’ve managed to capture lots of small moments ! Lots of feelings in this one!