Blog ~ Long Island wedding photographer
Kayte is a studio manager for a fine lighting company, and Kevin is a marketing associate for a New York-based guitar effects pedal manufacturer. They met online through OKCupid and decided to meet up in person after having a week’s worth of conversations online and over the phone. They wanted to go to a restaurant neither of them had been to before, which was no easy task. Eventually, they found a cool beer bar, where Kayte impressed Kevin when he saw her at the bar enjoying a dark, strong beer. They ended up talking for 6 hours and almost forgot about food entirely as they enjoyed each other’s company. When they finally left, they found their matching Subaru Outbacks were the only cars in the parking lot.
Toward the end of 2015, Kevin told Kayte, “I don’t think it’s going to happen this year, honey,” about getting engaged. But then, the more he thought about it and asked himself “why not?”, the more he realized that he didn’t have a good answer to that question. So, he quickly started to pull together a New Year’s Eve proposal with just under a month to make it all come together.
So, on New Year’s Eve itself, they were celebrating at Kevin’s brother’s house with some of their closest friends. Just after midnight, as everyone was trying to get a rousing game of Taboo together, Kevin took Kayte off to the side to sing her a song: “Offering,” by the Avett Brothers, which is one of their favorite bands. By the time the song was over, Kevin was sweaty and nervous as he stashed his guitar and got down on one knee. He was at a loss for words, but no worries—Kayte helped him right along, and then she said yes. After a cheer erupted from the group, the game continued after everyone caught their breath.
Several months later, I was honored to photograph the two of them for their offbeat and fun wedding. It was obvious to me this couple was focused simply on having fun and on enjoying the time with their closest friends and family. I tried to reflect that in the photographs I took of the day.
It was so easy to get caught up in the love that Kayte and Kevin have for each other. Laughter and smiles come easy to them and their affection is both genuine and so easy to photograph.
Verde Kitchen Wedding
Kevin & Kayte, thank you for asking me to be part of your beautiful day. I loved hearing your story and getting to spend the day with you both.
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Bayshore wedding venue – Verde Kitchen
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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.