Jean & Arnold Married

Taste. It's something that's being recovered in the wedding industry as of late, but is still is in short supply. It's really no one's fault though. For an event as big and important as a wedding, there's a huge temptation to march the path of least resistance. You can then find yourself in a world where everything is a parallel universe of every other wedding you've seen.  I've tried my best not to drink from the same well that the industry drinks from,  but draw from as many different places as possible.

That's why photographing Jean and Arnold's wedding was so refreshing. Every detail was so thought out and tasteful.  It's a daunting task and have to work constraints of opinions and budget, but they succeeded and I couldn't help but love every part of their wedding. From the beautiful yet unconventional wedding dress, to Jean and her Father's dance routine, this wedding was filled with personality, beauty, and love.

Autumn & Ian Married

The timing of their wedding is up for debate. For an American girl it may have been a long time coming, but for an Irish man (who Autumn told me never their feelings, let alone telling a girl that he loves her and wants to marry her) it was just the right amount of time. Whoever wins that argument, there is no doubt that tAutumn and Ian, although born in different countries were made for each other. 

As far as how amazing their wedding was, it could be summed up by what happened at the end of the night: a parade. Autumn surprised Ian with a second line parade to accompany them from Union Square to their after party in the Lower East side. A parade, is what ended their wedding. No. Big. Deal.

Dan Proposes to Helen

When we met up to plan for the proposal first thing Dan said to me was, "I'm so nervous I think I'm going to throw up." It was more than a week away till he'd ask her.  We made a plan A location and a plan B location. On the day of I'd text him (he would change my name to Frankie Park, his cousin, on his phone) "It's sunny out" if it was going to be plan A, and "it's raining" if it was going to be plan B. A couple hours before he'd bring her to the spot, he asked me whether he should bend on his left or right knee. He called me after he parked "Yo Frankie, we just parked man. Should we meet you at the place we talked about?" 

And after all the preparation and thought that went into the proposal, the moment only lasted a few seconds. A question that was on his mind for a while was asked, and the answer came after a gasp, confusion, and much laughter.  Helen said yes as gracefully as she could being caught so off guard. She told me she asked him "do I take the ring out now?" after she said yes. 

To their credit, this was their first time they did anything like this before.

Congratulations to the newly engaged couple. I hope the reality has sunk in: you're getting married! 

Dyan & Dong Engagement Shoot

I'm convinced after 7 years of photographing couples that the reason some don't like to have their photograph taken is not because they come out bad in photographs, but because they've had bad experiences with their photo being taken. 

It takes a crazy thing like getting married for them to willingly step into that fear of being photographed. I'm always happy to take on that challenge and show them just how great they look as they pose with the person they are in love with. With Dyan and Dong, I hope I was convincing enough of how beautiful they are together. Even in the heat and the early call time, Dyan and Dong were so great to get to know and photograph. 

Stella & Andrew Married

Stella & Andrew Married

After knowing Stella & Andrew for the past couple years, this photo captures for me the essence of why their relationship is so endearing.  Everyone knows those moments where an unabashed, unashamed Andrew is just being himself, and Stella reacting either by laughing at/with him or face-palming herself in embarrassment. 

Leading up to their wedding there were, as with so many other weddings, there were last minute changes and arguments. And when you are in the thick of the stress of wedding planning it feels like everything is just about that one day and nothing else.

But during their ceremony, these words were read aloud to Stella and Andrew:

Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness Lord, unto me

The reasons that deepened their love into vows and united them, can't ever be fully explained or quantified, nor should it be. Because there are graces and mercies that are provided for us and all we can do is try our best to live humbly and gratefully as we receive those blessings.

I see this true in both Stella and Andrew's life, and it was an honor to capture that for them on their wedding day.