Blog ~ Weddings
Faye and Ian were married on October 15th, with a ceremony and reception at the Forest Lake Camp.
These two met through the online dating site OkCupid after Ian sent Faye a message. They started talking about patriotism at the Olympics (her favorite topic) and city planning (her second favorite topic). They hit it off so well that they decided to meet up at the Wayland in Alphabet City, just a few blocks from where Ian used to live. It was a break in Faye’s “no first dates on weekends” rule, but clearly, it was worth it in the end.
They decided together that they would get engaged on September 7th, 2015, which would be exactly three years to the day since they started dating. It just so happened to fall on Labor Day, so they were able to take a trip to Breakneck Bridge on Monday morning.
On the train out to Breakneck Ridge, Ian gave Faye the Impossible Engagement Crossword. Even though she found most of it impossible to solve, she did get the all-important “Marry me Faye” clue on the second guess—which Ian had thought would be the last one she would solve.
After that, they climbed Breakneck Ridge with other Labor Day hikers but ultimately decided not to have their proposal at the summit because their hands and clothes were so dirty. So, they went back down and washed up in a brook. Ian then proposed to Fay with a vintage ring, and Faye proposed to Ian after lunch with a Max Bill automatic watch he had wanted for years.
Faye and Ian had told me prior to their wedding that they truly wanted everyone involved to have a good time, and that much was apparent even before the wedding started. In fact, Faye and Ian had told me that they had a lot of “friendors” involved in their wedding and wanted me to enjoy myself and consider myself a friend-vendor too—they are simply some of the most welcoming and loving people I have had the chance to work with. They held a welcome night around the campfire for all the guests, and there were camp activities like climbing, archery, and canoeing for everyone to enjoy before we even got around to the ceremony.
As for the wedding itself, the day reflected their amazingly laid-back and charming styles. We held their first look on the mountaintop before going to the hillside ceremony, and from there, it was down to the reception in the camp hall, where I was able to get plenty of candid photographs that I think truly showcase how much fun everyone around Faye and Ian had.
Ian & Faye, thank you for asking me to be part of your celebrations—and more than that, thank you for asking me to be a “friendor” and for giving me the chance to really get to know you both and have a good time.
These two met at a pre-game for the Governor’s Ball Music Festival and ended up spending the whole day hanging out with each other. At the time, Nick was living in DC, so he was up in New York for the weekend. He later invited Michele to fly down to spend a weekend in DC with him, so she basically flew all the way down there just for a first date! The two of them hit all the tourist hot spots like the National Mall and the monuments, went paddle boarding in the Potomac, and enjoyed some great food on U Street.
They got engaged on New Year’s Eve, as 2015 turned into 2016. Nick had already planned for them to stay in a little cottage in the woods in Woodstock, NY, for two nights so that they could start out the new year in nature. Then, on New Year’s Eve, they hiked to the top of Overlook Mountain, where to Nick’s surprise, he was able to get the whole thing documented when they came upon 3 nice women at the top of the mountain. He asked the women to take their picture, and as the woman held up the camera, he proposed!
On New Year’s Day, both of their families surprised Michele by greeting the two of them at their apartment when they got back home. Her parents had come from Nashville and his from New Jersey to be there for them. Nick told Michelle that they would all be going out to brunch at the Upright Brew House as a family, but when they arrived, all their best friends were there for a day of, as Nick called it, “surprises on surprises on surprises.”
I met up with these two for a classic church ceremony on a beautiful October day, and I was sure to get as many wide photos as I could. They wanted to show off the locations of the day, and with the beautiful Catholic Church as well as the intense rooftop party, there certainly were plenty to photograph.
Before the reception, Michele and Nick asked their dog walker to meet with them so that they could spend a few minutes with their dog, Doogie Howzer, MD. He is a big bear of a dog: a Bernese Mountain and poodle mix, and the bride and groom absolutely love their little doctor/son. It wouldn’t be right to not include him in their wedding photographs, so took some family photographs of the three of them celebrating together.
Once they’d said “hello” to Doogie Howzer MD, we headed over to the Hotel Hugo for their rooftop reception. With dramatic views of the Hudson River, Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty, the Hotel Hugo rooftop bar is an amazing high-rise retreat. The party was intense, with everyone on their feet and on the dance floor; the perfect complement to their classic, timeless church ceremony. Festivities flowed out onto the Hotel Hugo’s Azul Rooftop where you can tell from the photographs, everyone had a blast.
Nick & Michele, thank you for letting me be part of your celebrations. I loved hearing your story and getting to be part of the epic party.
Hannah and Brian had an amazing Cradle of Aviation wedding in Garden City, NY that followed a ceremony at the Garden City Community Church.
These two actually started out their relationship with a marriage—a destination wedding of their friends in Puerto Rico, where they first met. Since Brian was in New York City at the time, he had to fly down to Chicago for their first day, but after Hannah picked him up at the airport and they had deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s, their beautiful love story began.
Hannah and Brian got engaged on November 11th (11/11), which is called Pepero/Pocky Day in Korea and is a celebration similar to Valentine’s Day. But originally, Brian had intended to propose on the 13th after a dinner with the couple who introduced them. He just wasn’t able to wait that long, though. They went out to dinner and a speakeasy in the East Village—and once they got back to his Long Island apartment, they ended up chatting until he proposed right then and there.
The two of them love to support the performing arts and will often attend Broadway shows, performances of the New York Philharmonic, operas, heavy metal shows, and jazz clubs. They eat out at different pizza joints around the city, never eating at the same place twice, and they are looking forward to continuing their life of adventures together as husband and wife.
On the day of the wedding, after the classic ceremony at the Garden City Community Church, we captured some photographs of the family and wedding party all together before the reception. Brian in particular was excited about getting those formal photographs of his family, because there were a few family members he had not seen in some time, and he wanted to capture those rare moments.
But my favorite photographs were the series of portraits outside the museum itself with Hannah and Brian. They looked simply timeless together—but admittedly, I was head-over-heels for the venue. I was a huge aviation nerd as a kid, so walking into the museum to see the dance floor set up right under a Blue Angel fighter jet was so crazy.
Brian & Hannah, thank you for asking me to be part of your amazing wedding. I loved being part of your day—and I especially loved hanging out with you all at the aviation museum.