Battery Gardens Wedding: Kim and Korbinian

I was boarding a plane to Munich this past December when I saw a couple out of the corner of my eye. The first thing that registered was “Man, that’s a good-looking couple.” It took about three more seconds before I actually fully saw them and realized — wait a second — I’m shooting their wedding! Only I would bump into one of my couples in Munich.

But it’s not as unlikely as it seems. Kim is American by birth and Korbinian is German, and they both live in Munich. With so many of Kim’s friends and family here, I can only imagine the frequent flier miles they rack up. Due to their schedule, we’d done their engagement shoot the year before at mid-day on one of the hottest Manhattan days in years, and perhaps to make up for it the weather for their wedding was nice and cool, threatening rain at first but opening up into a partly cloudy day that made for another spectacular Battery Gardens sunset.

I know a lot of photographers think that the reception isn’t as integral a part of the day as the ceremony and portraits, but it’s weddings like this that remind me that the party is every bit as important. Before the ceremony, there’s still so much to worry about, from eyeing the weather to making sure about the timing and a thousand other things, and the ceremony at the gorgeous Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Steon is so personal and intimate, but to then see a couple get to unwind, laugh, cry, and dance, dance, dance with people they love and haven’t seen together in so long is a beautiful process. And boy, could they dance.

Jashim Jalal - This is story-telling at it’s best!

Mandy - Man, as always, your photos are incredible! I always look forward to these amazing posts. Thanks for the inspiration!

Elissa - Ryan! That shot with them under that bridge/archway thing (I’m so articulate, I know… #73) is spectacular. Thank you for continuing to inspire :)

Heather Parker - Hey Ryan, I randomly pop on your site to see what cool photos you’ve taken and in this post I really enjoy the silhouette shot. I think the reason it stands out to me is that its of no one particular persona and while everyone’s identity is hidden you can really get a feel for the mood of the moment. The party shots are almost as fascinating. You really have a knack for catching the moments. You are a moment junkie for sure. Thanks for being an inspiration.

Ariana - Wow, absolutely incredible, as always. Wow!!

Aberdeen - I love how you have taken these photos, sometimes breaking the rules of composition and using a fisheye lens really gives you a unique style.

Poradnik fotograficzny - Perfect dance conception and emotions.

Rebecca - awesome awesome awesome. I love this wedding, Love the way you told their story.

Trevor - Just gorgeous! Ryan do you smoke? You definitely have an eye for classic cigarette elegance.

Arthur Taper - If everybody can tell a story like your photos do, this world will have more exciting lives to share. These pictures are wonderful – you captured the solemnity and craziness of the celebration.

Jill Harth - Hi Ryan, ITs Jill Harth. I am the makeup artist who did Kim’s makeup. The pictures are fabulous! I just was able to see them. Just gorgeous! Can I get some for my website and blog, pretty please?