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Liberty House Wedding: Regina and Jerry

Whenever my fantastic wedding photographer friends fly in to New York to help me shoot a wedding, I like to give them days that might be well outside their norm. It’s an old magazine photo editor trick to bring a fresh sort of vision to a given story, and gives a different sort of accent to my standard “work my butt off and tell the big story” style. For example, when Sara K Byrne came in fresh from her open-air, rural, hipster Idaho weddings, I had her help with a quintessential high-class Manhattan wedding in the opulent cavern that is the Metropolitan Club.

But what could be fresh to my friend (and fellow Moment Junkie co-founder) Kyle Hepp? She’s based in Chile but spends most of her time in or around airplanes, shooting and traveling all over the world. What can be fresh to someone who was in her third hemisphere that week?

“OK, Kyle, this wedding is going to be fantastic. The couple is extremely nice, I love the Liberty House, the day ends at 4…”

“Four a.m.? Cool! That’s pretty standard in Chile, though I don’t always stay the whole time…”

“No … four p.m.”

That did it. Of course the biggest challenges of daytime weddings are that sometimes it’s hard for people to feel the same sort energy at tea time that they would at mid-night, but with Jerry and Regina’s friends and family there was no need to worry about that. A cold mist turned the dramatic NYC skyline view into an impressionistic panorama, and inside the Liberty House the day was marked by deep convictions — convictions to friends, family, religion, and each other.

While the day was almost entirely culturally Western, the energy was helped further by the deep sense of fun of Asian-style reception games. I am sure Jerry has forgiven Regina by now for mistaking the arm of a female guest for that of her new husband.

Thank you both for letting me share in this day, and thanks to Kyle for doing a great job more than 5,000 miles from home.


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Tara and Ramin’s Hyatt Regency wedding

Sometimes the things that makes a wedding day special aren’t what you expect. We’d all suspected a fantastic outdoor ceremony at the Hyatt Regency, with its fantastic view of the New York Skyline, but the weather did not agree with those expectations. So why did I have such a hard time narrowing down this post, wincing at every image I adored just a little bit less? Primarily Tara and Ramin themselves — fun, smart, and incredibly kind, not to mention (for the time being) my neighbors. And Tara has the sense of natural grace that wedding dress designers picture in their cloudy thought bubbles as they make their designs. And then there’s that skyline.

But it all comes down to the emotions. A lot of hankies were used that day, and there were so many deep bouts of laughter, the kind you can’t help but share in. I could fill half a wedding album with just the varied emotions of Tara and Ramin as they listened to speeches from her father, the best man, and the maid-of-honor. Congratulations, you two.

(I’m bringing back slideshows for the public until I change my mind again; in this case I’ve started to think about which images are best in layout format and which are best standing alone in a slideshow, so for the completeists just a note that there are lots of pictures that are in one but not the other, in both directions)

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Gianna and Sebastian’s Liberty House Wedding

None of the the chill and 60-mile-per-hour winds that a New York February could throw at Gianna and Sebastian could keep their wedding from being any less than a phenomenal experience. With a group of friends and family ready to truly live up to the name “wedding party,” they kept up to the energy of an eardrum-splitting party bus taking them from a gorgeous Catholic ceremony in Queens to the ceremony in New Jersey at the Liberty House, which has one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline anywhere.

The day was a cross of classical style and incredible energy, from a dress with gorgeous lace picked out in part by the bride’s grandmother, to the throngs letting it out on the dance floor. And at every moment, Sebastian and Gianna’s connection for each other was stronger than numb fingers and the February chill. Congratulations to a fantastic couple.

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