I noticed early in my wedding photography career that when you asked a couple to talk about themselves, they would talk about their work, their interests, their hobbies … unless they were from Brooklyn. Those people would talk about Brooklyn. Despite any protestations, I have fully become one of those people. Tatiana and I have fallen in love with it, and made ourselves a blazing beacon of happiness that emanates out from our apartment. So you can imagine how excited we get when a beautiful, elegant, crazy wedding lands itself right at our doorstop, especially at a venue like the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens at the Palm House. Coincidentally, both Tatiana and I shot our first for-hire weddings at the gardens (I’d shot one before as part of a documentary), so it’s always a sort of homecoming for us both.
And what an amazing homecoming Elyse and Anthony’s wedding was. I could have filled an entire album with nothing but people bowled over in full-throated laughter, a reflection on the raucous fun. But the Gardens immediately bring to mind an incredible beauty, and they had a strong sense of exactly how to achieve that vision. After the ceremony we left the helpful staff behind in a madcap dash from one beautiful place to the other, zipping through portraits and back just in time to join the mariachi band serenading the cocktail hour. The gorgeous outdoor ceremony was conducted by Anthony’s father, a well-known judge who relished the opportunity, and the whole day.
With days like this it’s a pleasure just to be there, let alone have an opportunity to tell a great story. And as always it is an extra pleasure to document it along with Tatiana.