Liberty House Wedding: Elizabeth and Anthony

Dateline: 11/11/11 11:11:11

Elizabeth had elements of this day planned in her fancy three-ring binder for quite some time — some of them, I’m willing to bet, before she met Anthony. I don’t know if it said “Be fabulous” in there, but some things are just a given.

It’s been quite a journey for them, from playing Guess Who over cups of tea in the cafeteria to a fabulous fall day in Central Park. Weddings, of course, are not without challenges, which is something that keeps them interesting. The gods of the New Jersey Bridges and Tunnels were not kind, leaving the choice of either having the ceremony without 90 percent of the guests or having it in the pitch dark in the only place in Manhattan without lights. But it doesn’t say “problem solver” on the left-hand side for nothing. Under a canopy at night is too much for even my D3s or my eyeballs to see, but luckily I always travel with video lights. I used the help of the videographers (Peter Ferriero and team) to set up light in the corners of the gazebo, about 90 seconds before the processional had to start. Not only was there no disaster — they got to enjoy a stunning twilight ceremony with the lights of Southern Manhattan twinkling in the distance.

There’s nothing I can say about the emotion of the day, about their connection, about the fun that was had — both theirs and mine — that the images don’t say better. But it was a pleasure and honor to be there and to have my friend and phenomenal photographer John Edgar there to capture the day with me. John basically owns Canada. I hope there will be some more international team-ups in the coming year, because this was an amazing experience.

  • Dylan

    I thought the getting ready photos would be the standouts.. until I continued through this post.. of pure amazingness. Gorgeous couple.

  • ken kienow

    wow. absolutely nailed it.

  • Craig Cacchioli

    Some great images with great light… fab job

  • Jarg Woldhuis

    Especially the one to last photo is brilliant!

  • Paul Briscoe

    Wow, special. Looks like you’ve been freelensing in some of those! or is it classic brenizer method?

  • Jean

    Oh, man…these are BRILLIANT! I’m blown away, Ryan.

  • sam hurd

    you are the freakin’ master.

  • Ryan Brenizer

    @Paul: No freelensing this time around. Brenizered all over the place, and tilt-shift panos.

  • Joel C

    What a classy looking couple – and the photos, beautiful shots of the ceremony and some great angles of the preparations. All round awesome :)

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  • Luis Toledo

    great moments man. What a beautiful bride.

  • Andy Gaines

    Awesomely depressing – I just had to turn down a trip across the pond to shoot a British couple’s wedding in Central Park… Amazing work as usual – some of those stitched BM shots are killer!

  • Tara Colburn

    Simply incredible photography.

  • Paul Briscoe

    @Ryan excellent, I need to get into these t-s panos.

  • Laura Lea Haley

    Wow, these are amazing photos!

  • Jarg Rambo Woldhuis

    Especially the one to last photo is brilliant!

  • Nina M. Clark

    Amazing work Ryan. I aspire to be like you and be able to take amazing shots like these. Thanks for the insiration.

  • Ashley Mac Phee Photography

    INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNSANE! Just breathtaking. From the bride, to her dress to the awesome dancing photos. Love it!

  • Ademir Ribeiro

    The “problem-solver” therm is fantastic. Once I was shooting a birthday party and the DJ didn’t show up, guess who made music? Was a great job.

  • Emily

    Might be my favorite 2011 wedding of yours that I’ve seen… wow. Every photo posted is deliberate and perfect at telling the story of their day.

  • Nessa K

    So much goodness here. I am just soaking it all in; each photo is beautiful. And any bride that can rock red lipstick like this wins my heart automatically. :)

  • Vitaliy Piltser Photography

    I love how full of energy all these are! Even the tender moment of them sneaking in a kiss, there’s a girl with her arms up in the air and the biggest smile/laugh on her face =).

  • Danielle DeCosmo

    Beautiful! I love the one with the leaf that blew in her hair!

  • Peter Gibbons

    Great set, as always! Every photo posted is engaging — I bet they’re thrilled. No wonder you’re famous! :)

  • Nikole

    Your work always takes my breath away. So beautiful.

  • Kyle

    Ryan, I really don’t know what to say except, you just keep getting better.

  • Jonas Peterson

    Dude…so good.

  • Josh Gull

    Maybe my favorite wedding of yours Ryan, and that’s saying a lot. You outdid yourself on this one. Well done, sir. Well done.

  • Caroline

    Ryan, I am quite speechless after seeing these. You have an incredible eye, and my mind has officially been blown. Thank you for sharing these.

  • /mariahedengren

    you images are incredebly sharp, you have such a clear vision with ever single one. They are perfect. I am stunned.

  • Natalie

    This wedding is seriously incredible… AMAZING! I love the image of the groom picking up the bride and twirling her around! Such a fun moment captured!

  • Max

    Seriously… HOW DO YOU DO IT? These pics are crazy good! Love your style.

  • Heather

    AMAZING as always! I love that hairspray shot.

  • Shari DeAngelo

    Ryan, you are proof positive that any of us can continue to raise the bar on ourselves. Thisparticular story left me spellbound. xoxo

  • Shari DeAngelo

    Ryan, you are proof positive that any of us can continue to raise the bar on ourselves. This particular story left me spellbound. xoxo

  • Dale

    Absolutely Stunning. No words can describe these. Truly a master of the craft.

  • gabe aceves

    ryan, this is one of your best, which says a whole lot. beautifully done my man.

  • ed peers

    Superb work Ryan. Well and truly Brenizered.

  • Tanja

    Stunning series!!! This is so good!

  • derrys

    you are my idol!! amazing work. beautifully captured

  • Heather Curiel

    The tree photo at sunset and the wood arch photo are PERFECT.

  • coler

    unreal. my favourite “brenizer” wedding by a mile (not to discount the others at all because they’re killer as well)…..

  • Two Ring Studios

    STOP IT, Ryan! Too good. You always capture the best of people, both inner and outer beauty. Always inspiring to see your stuff.

  • Bec

    Stunning wedding! Gorgeous couple, that bride is just a knockout!
    I love the story, just goes to show they were lucky to have you.
    one of my faves is the image of the bride looking at the camera, with the other wedding in the background. classic! her face says it all.
    Great set of images.

  • Dan Potter

    Fantastic work, as always!

  • Jason

    Nice work buddy – full of class.

  • Mark Kegans

    Despite the stress of lighting the ceremony yourself, everything here is beautiful and carefree. Strong images throughout, Ryan.

  • Randall Murrow

    Great energy and variety throughout, fab!

  • Clark

    Very nice and fabulous shots with perfect lighting. All moments and expressions are well captured. Excellent!

  • Bruidsfotograaf Jarg Woldhuis

    Wow, a great wedding again. Love the forest feel on some of the pictures!

  • Elizabeth

    Every time I come back and look at this post… I’m equally, if not more, blown away and thrilled that we had you that day Ryan! :)

  • Ryan Brenizer

    Aww, thank you Elizabeth!

  • Derek

    Amazing work as always Ryan! So much awesomeness in this post but I love the shot of them under the wood walkway.

  • Anton Chia

    Rocking it as always and always!

  • Matt Ramage

    I’m blown away! Your images are timeless, yet still a touch of trendy. :) Perfect mix.

  • Shannon Wimberly

    she is absolutely gorgeous…. and you rocked this Ryan………..

  • Vivek Ojha

    this is like a vivid story, like a flowing water,, like blowing wind and what not…….

  • Vivek Ojha

    I must say dat I am watching a vivid life story….. wonderful…..

  • Blue Bend Photography

    wow. some awesome stuff here!!!

  • José Carrilho

    Did you guys kiss before the priest saying so ?
    How could you !?

    Wishes of a peaceful marriage with lots of kids running around the house ruining the furniture :-)

    Kind regards,


  • Bob Warren

    Have a Super Sunday and a Fantastic 4th of July Week!

  • Enrique Sabal F

    Very original….

  • Fotografia ślubna Płock

    great repo awesome!

  • Roland Hale

    Amazing! Well done, sir.

  • mike

    Lov lov your work i’m a nubie only 5 wedding under my belt

    can you give me some tips on lighting a reception
    like off camera flash or speed lights set up in the reception
    Hall, should i use a flash bracket like the paparazzi. I’ve tried so many
    different techniques. my last wedding i just used a high iso
    darker skin subjects seem to be more tricky in low light situations to flash or not to flash.

    wide open and was very disappointed in my results. canon 5 d mk 11.
    my old d200 work looks better. need help thanks


  • Joseph Maramba

    The shot under the wood walk way is sooo amazing. I cannot imagine how little we take the time to perfect this type of work, down here in Zimbabwe