Amalia and AthanassiosJust shy of 30 weeks pregnant, Jeannine went into labor as Amalia and Athanassios decided it was time to enter into the world. They spent their early days in the hospital so we put off the newborn session, waiting until everyone settled in at home. The little bundles were 3 months old for their photo session (and about 7 lbs!). I walked in and the image below was one of the first…how sweet!?!? Then we went in to the nursery for some family pics and captured, apparently, my version of “American Gothic.” Love it.
It’s a day that so many girls dream about…when Prince Charming gets down on one knee and asks for her hand in marriage. Well Krista’s man, Joe, goes one step further and has the foresight to have this epic occasion photographed to give her the moment forever.
It really could not have been any more romantic…just look at this spot! I was “disguised” in plain sight as a photographer for the new winery, Kontokosta, obviously working on promotional images for the business..wink wink. I walked out to the bluff and waited for them to make their way. Joe cleverly asked me take a snap of them with his phone before I pretended to head back inside. They moseyed toward the bluffs and then…yay!! Krista gasps, burying her face in her hand from shock, then laughter, feeling her heartbeat as all of her sheer joy seems to beam & exit through her wildly blowing hair, and then everything rests in perfect peace as they pull close to one another for a kiss.
I am so grateful to be able to witness and really observe this truly amazing moment. It brings to mind a Chinese proverb that I love and shoot by…
Tara & Joe November 10, 2013For the past three years I have had the pleasure of being part of this truly wonderful and inspiring community event, hosted by Peconic Landing @ Brecknock Hall. Each year, a couple who has served or is currently serving in the U.S Armed Forces is selected to receive their entire wedding complimentary from an entourage of local vendors. It is our chance to give back to our veterans, to say “thank you” with deepest gratitude, and to celebrate love with them.
Tara and Joe graduated from Mattituck High School a year apart, but it wasn’t until years later that they would begin to know one another. Tara, a senior airman, was attending school at St. John’s University and working at a local North Fork restaurant. The two would talk when Joe came into the restaurant but he soon left for basic training and they parted ways. Time passed and then one day Joe, now a staff sergeant, walked right in and asked Tara out on their first date. ”I’ll never forget it, ” Tara tells, “He just got home from basic training in Texas wearing his military blues. He was trying to impress me. It worked!”
The couple was deployed to Afghanistan together last year with the mission to support helicopters flying casualty evacuations. Thanks to their efforts, 85 lives were saved. They have returned home together as full-time technicians at the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach.
May everyone take time this holiday season to appreciate and honor all of our country’s servicemen and women, home and overseas, and be reminded that this is “Land of the free because of the brave.”
Contributing vendors for 2013 The Veteran’s Day Wedding Giveback:
- Heron Suites – lodging
- Top Hat Entertainment – videography and entertainment
- Christopher Michael Catering – off premise catering
- Ivy League Flowers – floral design
- Flowers by Topaz – floral design and event planning
- Macari Vineyards – Long Island Wine
- Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. – micro brewery – beer
- Allison Pressler Professional Skincare – make-up (phone 631-722-4702)
- Grace and Grit – off premise catering
- Merry’s Cakes – special occasion cakes
- Caroline Rochetta Photography – wedding photography
- American Tent Company – Tents and party rentals
- The Greenporter – lodging
- Anna’s Salon – hair, make-up, manicures (631-749-4293)
- Chaps Corner – Formalwear for men
- Connie Cross Environmentals – décor
- Platinum Executive Security - Mattituck based valet and event security
- Christina D’Asaro Design – invitations and wedding stationery
- East End Expressions – hairstyling
- Farmhouse B&B – officiant and lodging
- Mattituck Environmental Services – waste removal
- Sterlington Deli – catering
- Ava Flora – floral design and custom jewelry
- 631 Restaurant – Catering
- McBurnie Tent – Tents and party rentals
- Mattituck Laundry – cleaning services (631-298-1963)
- J’aime Les Bonbons – special occasion cakes, cookies, cupcakes
- A Lure Chowder House & Oysteria – catering
- Rolling in Dough Pizza Truck – food truck catering
- NorthForkWeddings and SouthForkWeddings
A perfect blend of soft blue from sea to sky with the sound of geese gathering on the beach below. Together with their friends & family, Anna & Ben celebrated their marriage on the bluffs of a private estate in Orient Point. The sprawling green lawn behind them made for a dramatic processional as the bride entered with her father and a Spanish guitar accompaniment. This Brooklyn based couple discovered the magnificent Orient Point venue while exploring the North Fork, and it could not have been a more perfect fit. Anna is a west coast lady and Ben, a southern gentleman. Their eclectic taste made for an incredible and visually delicious wedding day rich with thoughtful details and loving sentiment. This was a truly inspired autumn barn wedding. Please enjoy and take a few minutes to watch their slideshow! Click on Anna & Ben in the right hand column under Links.
Bari & Blake ENGAGED! Novemeber 9, 2013Now this was exciting! I got a phone call from Bari’s father on Friday, asking me to go to Bedell on Saturday to capture Blake’s marriage proposal. I got to the vineyard and discovered that they were alone up in the loft, which is basically like a tiny little nest overlooking the tasting room with only point of access…not exactly easy to “spy” on them without being noticed! Nonetheless, I lingered nearby, peeking through small openings and appearing to everyone else in the tasting room to be some kind of strange stalker. But Holy Cow was it awesome to capture the moment as it went down! He got on one knee and I quickly hopped up the stairs a bit closer…I could have literally been 2 feet away from her at that point and she wouldn’t have noticed me. Crazy Exciting. They shared their moment before I made it known to her that I was photographing them, but then it got even even better…. as they stood at the top of their stairs, in a heaven of their own, their families began to make their way up the stairs to bring yet another surprise! It was such a wonderful celebration, shared with their families, and what an amazing honor to be there and capture such raw emotion. I can’t help but smile from ear to ear every time I look at these photos.
Libby & Dan October 6, 2013Get ready for the most unique wedding ever!!! Captain “Hurricane” Libby wouldn’t have it any other way…she and her man, Dan, would be married at sea! So she arrived at Hanff’s Boat Yard in Greenport, satin, pearls and fur, and made her way up to wheelhouse of the Plum Isle Ferry Boat. Friends and family piled on and Libby watched excitedly from above as her groom arrived and they prepared for departure from the dock. It was a cool and misty day, with winds threatening to keep us docked all together, but instead the champagne was popped, the keg was tapped, and everyone embarked on the adventure happily. Out of Stirling Harbor, and across Peconic Bay, the Capt. tucked the boat into a cozy little spot just off of Shelter Island, where the wind dropped out entirely and the scene defined serenity. Libby and her father walked hand in hand down the deck as Dan smiled and a salty raindrop fell from his ear. It’s a simply spectacular moment. They kiss and the foghorns sound, as the little black boat rejoices with cheers and tears. Afterwards, Libby and Dan switched over to her parents’ boat and arrived to their reception at The Orient Yacht Club. Everyone got toasty under the tent next to the Tequila Bar & Southold Fish Market’s Raw Bar. The evening was kicked off with a heartfelt toast by the Maid of Honor/Libby’s best friend/Dan’s sister, followed by their first dance to The Grateful Dead performed by the very talented Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks.
Kudos to Points East for the perfect acoustic accompaniment for this special day during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Also to North Fork BBQ Alternatives for comfort food at its best and to Libby’s Aunt for the gorgeous Bug Light Wedding Cake! I am also proud to say that my husband captured the amazing shots of the boat out at sea from land…awesome job! And if you’re wondering about the bride’s beautiful veil turned into cape, it’s a piece of her grandmother’s wedding dress. The bride’s actual dress is her grandmother’s honeymoon lingerie, a better fit for Libby’s spirit and style!
Lauren and Dan got engaged in Greenport, so for their portrait session together they decided to revisit the spot where he proposed…here at the base of 67 steps. They will be having a Raphael Vineyard Wedding this upcoming summer and I am so excited to photograph them again!
I love the purity in a simple glance between two lovebirds. We had a great session and I’ve included a small sample of images here to share with you. It was a gorgeous, very windy autumn day. The best was when Dan got silly and brought his lady to belly laughter, all with a gorgeous backdrop of driftwood and blue waves. We went back to their house on the bay side to get some snaps with their adorable dog who, I think, is actually a model.