Yale Club Wedding: Jessica and Doug

This wedding freaked me out — nothing went wrong. Nothing.

That doesn’t happen. How can I be a problem-solver if there are no problems to solve? Everything ran an hour-and-a-half ahead of schedule. The weather was amazing, the Yale Club gorgeous as always (and the church of Saint Vincent Ferrer isn’t too shabby either), and Jessica and Brian are warm, loving, and absolutely hilarious. I mean, her office printed giant cardboard heads for them, so naturally they used them for the reception entrance.

In one of my favorite moments, as we were going down the elevator to the first look, it stopped on a middle floor, opening up on Jessica’s family. I’d been talking to her about set-up, not in photo-taking mode, but I managed to throw my camera up and get their priceless reaction.

Thanks to Eileen Roche for helping out and doing great work!

The Eye of Gotham is Watching You

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Perhaps because I’ve shot three weddings and an engagement shoot in the past four days in New York and D.C. and thus have redefined my sleep schedule, I’m going all trippy for today’s image. This is a two-image panorama from a tilt-shift of the awesome (in the true sense of the world) ceiling at Saturday’s wedding at Gotham Hall.

And also a happy note about humanity — I was lying flat on my back to do this panorama, and my phone fell out of my pocket during it. I can’t live without a phone for a second, so I bought a new one, and I got a call on it yesterday that a worker had found it! Honesty prevails, and this is why it’s a good idea to have your contact information on your phone’s lock screen.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II (rented for novelty from my pals at Adorama)
Lens: Canon 45mm T/S

Karen and Ajay’s Ritz-Carlton Wedding

How do you get more awesome than a gorgeous, intimate wedding marrying Indian and German traditions at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park?. Well, technically Karen and Ajay’s first dance was to “99 Luftbalons,” which I think is amazing.

It’s a good thing that Karen has a gorgeous laugh, because in almost 200 wedding I have never seen a bride spend so much time in utter, delighted hysterics. It helps that the speech jointly delivered by her brothers was absolutely hilarious.

All of Karen’s side had to come all the way from Germany for this wedding, and they did, which shows the fantastic connections to friends and family this couple has.