This Manhattan Wedding was full of joy, love, dance, glamour and strong family bonding.   Natalie and Brian make a wonderful gorgeous couple. They are fun, bubbly and full of life.

Before the big day came in, there was a lot of preparation for it. Including a big rehearsal dinner with both large families who came from all over New York

From the witty and emotional speeches of family members I learned that Natalie is considered to be princess Jasmine by the little kids. Just like in a fairy tale story Natalie and Brian fell in love at first sight and as the story unfolded further – Brian proposed to her within a year.

The location for the wedding was chosen to be at the University Club of New York. It is a very old classy and incredibly charming place that is so perfect for this Manhattan wedding.

I really loved the arrangement of colors coming in together as a luxurious blend of old and new styles. It made the whole ceremony, ketubah signing and reception look unique.

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Natalie had beautiful details in the morning. I especially enjoyed the view of the yellow taxis behind the wedding dress.

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Okay, so, they proposed. Maybe it was magical and elaborate in a gourmet restaurant on your birthday, or maybe he slipped into your popcorn at the movie theatre – sidenote: has anyone ever done this because I swear people would still ‘shush’ you – now you have to figure out your wedding planning. As photographers, people sometimes forget we’re around at weddings, and we get to witness all the awkward issues that come up. There are a few things that have become more relevant in the past few years that make wedding planning more difficult for the modern bride, and I’m here to help you slip by them as painless as possible.


As a gluten-free vegan myself, I understand how much extra stress it can put on a couple to accommodate the diets of 200 of your closest friends and family. What used to be as simple as ‘check here for steak, check here for fish,’ has now evolved into a mess of endless questions. My solution for the modern bride? Have an allergen-free vegan meal as an option at dinner – get them all in one swipe. Even if that means people who live to eat meat but can’t have the gravy have to live without it, remember that your wedding is about a lot more than the food. For the wedding cake you have a couple options – either make an allergen free cake (like the ones they offer at Petit Lapin), or special cupcakes! Having cupcakes for your vegan, gluten-free friends is a wedding planning dream – seriously who doesn’t love cupcakes.


Okay, so we can all agree that technology has made some amazing strides that make so many delicious wedding aspects come to life, but it’s not always reliable. In order for you to be confident and avoid making your loved ones roast in the sun while the audio gets set up, make sure to do multiple tests before the wedding. Ask your wedding planner or bridesmaid to keep a close relation with the people in charge of technical aspects, and have a checklist so that nothing gets overlooked.


If you’re on board with everyone at your ceremony taking pictures for Instagram, then more power to you. Personally, I think it’s always a good idea to trust that your wedding photographer will capture the important moments (I mean that’s why you choose them right?), and encourage everyone else to be present and in the moment. I’ve been to ceremonies where no one had phones out, and some where everyone did. I couldn’t help feeling bad for the couple’s future wedding album that would be missing beautiful reaction shots from their loved ones, because they’re face is hidden behind a screen.

Create a friendly sign encouraging people to turn off their phones, or you can ask your officiant to do so (you can even make a joke of it, like it’s a movie theatre). As long as you remind them there is a professional photographer there to capture everything, they should feel comfortable putting the phone away.


We love traditional weddings as much as the contemporary, but sometimes brides have trouble sharing with their families that they may not have the wedding they’ve envisioned for them. I once met a bride who was forcing herself to wear a dress she hated because it was her grandmother’s, and could see how much happier she was when she finally told them the truth. The best thing to do is always be honest from the very beginning, and make sure you and your future hubby are on the same page, because that’s the most important thing. Never put yourself in a position where your wedding planning becomes more stressful than it has to be.

I say it all the time, but your wedding day is about your happiness first and foremost. Your family and friends will be happiest when you’re happiest, I promise.

 

 

 

When a wedding proposal happens at the Grand Canyon while you and your fiancé are watching the sunrise, you can imagine that you’ve got to take it up a level for the wedding (if that’s even possible). That’s exactly what happened for Mandy and Homan’s gorgeous rooftop wedding in Montreal.

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Two Ceremonies, Two Looks

Mandy’s favorite part of the wedding? “The tea ceremony in the morning, and moments we got to spend with our family visiting from overseas.” Oh, did we mention that this wedding day involved two different ceremonies? The couple chose to stay close to their culture and have a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Mandy wore a gorgeous fiery red gown, and switched accessories when she went to their rooftop celebration. Their day was planned by the incredibly talented Maryse Noel who made sure everything went flawlessly.

Their pink and white balloons were the perfect addition to the industrial look of the roof, and the veiled archway they got married under was truly gorgeous blowing in the wind. Mandy’s bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their pink dresses that matched the boutonnieres on the groomsmen.
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The Love Story

One of our favorite aspects of shooting a wedding is finding out what makes the couple unique and finding out how they found each other. This couple met at church twenty years before they got married – needless to say they were ready when the time came. When we checked back in with Mandy she let us know that they had their son Ethan this April and plan on moving to a new house this June! We’re so happy we got to be a part of their gorgeous day.

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