Guastavino’s wedding: Yelena and Ben

I’ve had a lot of challenges thrown in the way of my wedding coverage this year, from hurricanes to closed NYC tunnels to rescheduled weddings, but every once in a while, my couples aren’t just lucky in love, but on the day itself. Yelena and Ben’s wedding missed a giant freak snowstorm by a few hours and a few miles, and by the end of the night, when I was lying on the street in the middle of traffic to get a shot (long story), the snow was all but gone.

There are a lot worse places to be snowed in than Guastavino’s, though, a restaurant and event space with gorgeous architecture and style. The entire day from getting ready to the last moments of the reception was in the building, which eliminates about nine of the top 10 potential stressors on a wedding day.

Take Manhattan chic, add embarrassing and fun stories from family, a father rocking out on the mic with the band, belly dancers, rambunctious kids, and a kind, warm couple who couldn’t stop looking at each other all night, and you have a heck of a wedding.



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Ryan Brenizer

I take pictures.

42 thoughts on “Guastavino’s wedding: Yelena and Ben”

  1. Absolutely stunning images – brilliant use of light as ever!! What a gorgeous bride but my favourite shot has to be the flower girl.
    Awesome colours and shadows.

  2. Absolutely beautiful work, Ryan! Great work at capturing such beautiful moments of the bride. You have a wonderful touch! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. You seriously take my breath away sometimes. The colors in this are amazing. Add in your talent of lighting and composition and capturing emotion. You rock. Hands down some of the best reception photos I have ever seen.

  4. Stumbled on your site while looking for info about Nikkor tilt-shifts… what can I say, amazing work, I love the shot of the couple sitting on the leather couch.

    Happy new year

  5. wow…. just wow! you are already amazing but I swear you just outdid yourself! chills… tingles… just amazing…

  6. Wow!! Amazing pics! The first dance photo is so vibrant. Love the ceremony wide angle shot with the blue walls. And still trying to figure out how you got the shoe shadow next to the shoe. Such a gorgeous wedding!

  7. Jen,
    I think the shoes are on a glass shelf with the shoe casting the shadow laying on its side with the heel pointing towards the toe of the shoe stood up in the foreground.
    Then an off-camera flash is held above and to the left of camera (probably slightly forward of camera) casts the shadow of the shoe(s) giving the illusion of an inverted shadow.
    If you look right at the bottom of the shot you can just about make out the shadow of the shoe that is stood up.
    Love the trickery here Ryan. It’s astounding that you can be thinking of a shot like this in the midst of a wedding!

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