Blog ~ wedding photography
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.
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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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Shantal and Brian eloped on September 29th, with a first look in Long Island City followed by a ceremony at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.
The couple met at LIC Bar on a Saturday afternoon in a totally random chance encounter. Shantal traditionally had not gone to bars, and certainly not alone. But, for some reason, that was the case on the day she saw Brian with his head down eating a sandwich. A friend of his started chatting with her and pointed Brian out to her. Although it took a few tries to get his attention, Brian and Shantal eventually got to talking—about food.
They share a passion for food, and once Brian mentioned that he had gone to CIA (the Culinary Institute of America) after Shantal brought up her culinary adventure in Ireland, she was instantly smitten. She asked him how someone who went to CIA could eat such a sad-looking sandwich. He laughed and said that he simply needed something in his stomach. Once again, Shantal was smitten, this time with his smile.
Brian and Shantal talked for hours and didn’t want the night to end, so they headed to a pizza place nearby. That’s where Brian asked if he could kiss Shantal. According to Brian, there was “such a spark I’m surprised the pizza place didn’t catch fire.” After dinner, they went to a creperie, even though neither of them like dessert. But they both wanted the night to keep going and going. They closed the place down, and Brian asked when he could see her again.
They made plans for the next day, and then the next. The two have been inseparable ever since.
The couple got engaged over coffee on May 28. Brian told Shantal how much he loved her and how happy they were before presenting her with a ring with a diamond from his own grandmother’s ring. He worked with a jeweler to design it. Shantal knew instantly how meaningful it was because of how much he loved his grandmother. Brian often spoke fondly of the love she had with his grandfather.
They had “it,” he said. Growing up and seeing the way his grandmother and grandfather were so in love was how he knew he and Shantal also had “it.”
On the day these two eloped, I met up with Brian first on the rooftop of their building in Long Island City. We were able to stage a first look there, with beautiful photographs of the rooftop view before the wedding.
After the first look, we hopped into a classic NYC Checker cab for the ride down to City Hall. I love working with Peter at Film Cars—they are always a great addition to a wedding day. They were married at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, and after that, it was just a matter of celebrating the day together.
Brian & Shantal, thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer. I loved spending time with you and hearing your amazing love story.
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.