ONE MORE DAY to submit to Brenizer method contest

Just a reminder that there is only one more day to submit to the Brenizer method contest (read more about it and submission rules here). Since I was too busy shooting to include an earlier reminder and don’t want to end a contest on a weekend anyway, I will nudge the deadline of last accepted entry to 5 p.m. EST on Monday, July 2.

I want to see your entries!

Metropolitan Club Wedding: Ariana and Eric

Ariana and Eric’s wedding was just … more. Yes, the Metropolitan Club is what you’d expect from a place J.P. Morgan built when he really wanted to impress people. Yes, Ariana bought her amazing dress in Paris and few to Italy for a private fitting at the invitation of the designer. But that’s just what made the wedding fancy. What made the wedding amazing was how warm, funny, and self-effacing the bride and groom were, and the deep family connections. It’s not often that you see heartfelt tear-jerking speeches between the groom and the bride’s father, to say nothing of the connections between their own parents.

Every aspect of the day was designed to the smallest degree, but at all times it was clear that what really mattered was the people and the connections between them.

Speaking of amazing people, Sara K Byrne flew in from Boise to second-shoot, and she was fantastic as always. Ariana and Eric made us feel like family as well. Thank you for having us tell this story.

New York Botanical Gardens Stone Mill Wedding: Eric and Lea

The Stone Mill at the New York Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite spots for intimate weddings. It feels like the most awesome bed and breakfast sitting on top of an amazing catering company, plunked down in the middle of the Garden of Eden. Hard to go wrong.

It also has a lot of connection to Fordham alumni like Lea (and myself) for whom the NYBG was an oasis amid tests and theses and countless late nights. Lea and Eric actually commissioned a map for their guests of the long and winding road their relationship had taken, from the Bronx to LA to Canada and back again.

It was a great experience to share in this part of their journey.