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 at Driftwood Farms. 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.
Margaux & Mike September 28, 2013 I literally left that evening saying “Wow” out loud, and still now the best word to describe this wedding is “Wow.” The details were spectacular for starters, and Margaux and Mike are…well, Wow. They make you want to just give them a big hug, and everyone around you for that matter. Real warm and fuzzy-like kind of couple, both beaming in one another’s reflections. Their wedding truly encapsulated timelessness with great taste & tradition. It was a classy affair with vibrant accents over antiqued neutrals. The bride was wearing her grandmother’s 1951 couture gown by Bonwit Teller, Boston 1951. The dress was also previously worn by Margaux’s mother and by her aunt, both married at this same church. The heirloom veil incorporated “something blue” with the couple’s embroidered initials and wedding date, a tradition passed down. The reception was held at Margaux’s childhood home in Fairfield, CT, and guests sipped cocktails as dusk decended over the lawn and flickered through the leaves of trees. At the start of cocktail hour, Margaux slipped into an equally as elegant party dress and fire engine red heels. Under the tent, long farm tables overflowed with candles and flowers, as friends and family rubbed shoulders and enjoyed a beautiful feast. And then the dancing! you guessed it…WOW!
Dawn & Dan September 7, 2013What an amazing wedding day. Dawn and Dan were married at a private home on the tip of Nassau Point, an especially sentimental place because it’s where Dan proposed. Now how sweet is this….they went for a walk along the beach and Dan strategically had Dawn stumble across a half buried cooler in the sand which he had planted earlier. She opened it up and found the ring inside, diamonds and sapphire.
So here we are, at the point, with pearls and blue gingham, the rings arrive by cooler and an intimate ceremony with immediate family follows. And possibly one of my all time favorite moments captured is when Dan greets his dog at the start of the ceremony. This wedding had a few of my all time favs though, like when Dawn sat down on the lawn surrounded by her four favorite little men, and when her mom got all choked up seeing her for the first time, and the way Dawn clasped her hands together with anticipation. Not to mention all the sweetness between those two lovebirds!
They borrowed their friend’s cherry red Chevy and drove to their party at Founder’s Landing in Southold. Friends and family greeted them when they arrived, and the laid back evening could not have been more perfect. After dark they set lanterns off over the bay and friends lingered through the night. Enjoy!
Alyssa & Meyer August 24, 2013…like a puff of heaven on earth. Salt Air Farm in New Suffolk is bursting with romance, as tremendous hydrangeas billow, wildflowers sway, and honeybees forage about. The ceremony was set beneath a gigantic willow tree that wept like a waterfall as Alyssa & Meyer exchanged their heartfelt vows. Meyer is from South Africa and Alyssa from Southold. Last year they went to city hall and made it “official” as husband and wife. But on this August day they would celebrate their own union with loved ones and unite their families for the first time. I feel blessed to have had the pleasure of photographing these two truly beautiful people and this spectacular event.
Ahhh, the details!!! I have to just start right off with some eye candy. An exciting palette of purples, tones of orange, chartreuse green, champagne & glitter. The bride’s mother put together the favors from her very own beach glass collection and topped each tiny vessel with lavender from her garden. The groom crafted the lovely elephant centerpieces. The flowers were, of course, provided by Salt Air Farm. A Sperry Tent created a perfect canopy of light, as always. South African wine was served with an incredible local cuisine by Creative Courses Catering…seriously amazing food. And the desserts were decadent (and undoubtedly delicious), kudos to Rachel Cronemeyer Cakes & Confections. Enjoy!