Blog ~ wedding photographer
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.
Kika and Brian eloped on September 15th, with a ceremony at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.
These two came to New York all the way from Berlin, where Kika works as an artist doing large-scale drawings and Brian works as a director of design for Blacklane.com, a startup transportation company. They wanted their wedding to have a vintage, relaxed sort of feeling to it, and that was reflected in the photographs we were able to take around New York City. This city is a setting that definitely fits both of their personalities and the modern-yet-timeless style that they were looking for.
Kika and Brian met as they were both flying through Newark Airport (EWR). He had just finished a conference in Portland, and she was headed back to Berlin from San Francisco. Brian noticed that Kika had her cat, Penny Lane, on a leash. He approached her to ask how she had managed to train her cat to do that, since his own cat, Sushi, definitely didn’t cooperate when he tried to train her to do the same. The ended up chatting about cats for a while before boarding their flight, and they met up again at the baggage claim to talk some more.
During their conversation, Kika found out that Brian had just moved to Berlin from her hometown of San Francisco. So, to welcome him to town, she invited him to a galactic-themed Halloween party. According to Kika, he spent months after that only able to refer to her friends by the costumes they had worn at the party: “Oh… that was the girl dressed as Nebula? Was that the guy dressed up like Darth Maul?”
Brian proposed to Kika in June of 2016, after they had talked for months about getting married. They had picked out a ring together in May, so a month later, when they were out on a walk, they stopped by the edge of their favorite canal by their house—which is also one of their favorite places to read and relax under the trees. Right after Brian proposed, one of the rare Berlin beavers swam by, which they took as a sign of good things to come.
Brian & Kika: thank you for letting me be part of your intimate and beautiful wedding day. I loved hearing your story and photographing you around New York City. I sincerely hope that you enjoy your images and the memories of your beautiful day for years to come.
Un and Steven eloped on December 10th, with a ceremony and reception at Freemans Restaurant.
Un is the director of development for a beauty association, and Steven owns his own landscape architecture studio. The two of them met on Tinder and had their first date the day after Thanksgiving in 2014. It was actually Steven’s very first Tinder date, and he came all the way to Brooklyn Heights from his home in Harlem—which Un thought was incredibly sweet of him. After their first date, they built up a good friendship but didn’t really date, simply getting to know one another and texting on occasion. But when that started to shift to texting every day, they decided to meet up again and finally realized that their friendship had grown into something more.
Then, last July, they had just moved into their first apartment together when Steven suggested that they take their dog, Ella, to Brooklyn Bridge Park for their early morning walk that weekend. They walked in St. Ann’s Warehouse and sat down for a bit, and as they talked, Steven started to choke up. Un didn’t realize what was happening until he pulled out a ring!
On the day of their elopement, I met up with Un and Steve in Brooklyn Bridge Park for some photos before the ceremony. Both of them had told me that they felt they were not photogenic, but nothing could be further from the truth for these two. Their excitement and pure joy bled through in every single photo I captured of them, especially in the park where they got engaged. I think it definitely helped that they were in a place that had such a special meaning to them.
After that, we migrated to Freemans Restaurant to meet up with their families. They held a simple ceremony and then sat down for an intimate celebratory dinner in one of the private dining rooms.
Steven & Un, thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer for your elopement. I know that your future kids will look back on these photos and know how much you love each other—it was obvious for me to see, too.