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Coco Title_key Anaïs

Styled Shoot
gallery Jan 17 2018
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Classic Hollywood Glamour

This styled shoot is super special because the night before the shoot, this real couple got engaged! The inspiration behind the shoot was simple: the creative team wanted to capture old Hollywood magic by incorporating vintage rentals, oyster shells dipped in gold, plenty of champagne, and some lush florals. 

From the couple...

Tell us how you met!

Erica and I met through mutual friends. Erica had a bet with her friend that she would be single for a while. Erica knew that she was going to lose from the moment we first started talking. From the first date, we both knew we loved each other. Shortly after dating, Erica was scheduled to study abroad in London. What seemed like the worst thing ever for a budding romance, actually turned into the best thing for our relationship because we learned how to really communicate. We spent every possible moment texting or face timing and really learned how to resolve conflicts verbally. We both have said I love you's in the past and been in long term relationships...but both of us knew that this was something different. I never thought I could be passionately in love and be treated like a Queen. I had this idea that I couldn't have it all in the past...until I met Erica. 

What about the proposal?

Erica proposed to me at the first place we said "I love you". It was very early on in our relationship, and very "lesbian" of us in that way, but we both knew. In terms of our proposal she had been planning it for months without my knowledge. She arranged my sister to come out from Minnesota to be there. My sister "made plans" Saturday night. I was pissed because I wanted to spend time with her and my nephew. Erica suggested we do a date night and told me we would go somewhere nice. I got dressed up thinking we were going to my favorite restaurant "Mr. Chows." As soon as we got in the car Erica told me we had a couple stops on our date. She was acting super weird, and would barely talk to me. She took me to Franklin Canyon and I figured we were going for a walk before our dinner reservation. "That's cute...an evening stroll",  I thought.

We then arrived at the place where we had first said I love you and there were flowers strategically placed. Before I could make sense of what was happening, Erica took my hands and told me how much she loved me. She stated that she promised my dad (while he was dying) that she would always love and take care of me. She then got down on one knee and asked me to be here wife. The ring was absolutely perfect.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

We both knew from our first date that this was it for both of us. We have been inseparable from the moment we met, and our passion, love, friendship, and excitement for each other has not changed since then. We are pretty lucky. We are so different in so many ways and we compliment each other. Erica is a planner, she likes order and organization. She thinks in terms of efficiency whether its the quickest route to get somewhere or the way the dishes are put into the dishwasher. She is also incredibly analytical, and has a mind that questions everything. Where Erica is very left-brained, I thrive more with communication, empathy, and intuition. We are a great team.

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David Title_key Ian

Real Wedding
gallery Jan 16 2018
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DUMBO Grooms

From the grooms...

Since we were both born in different countries and have very different backgrounds, we thought the idea of bridges would be a great way to represent all the different connections we have in our lives. We are fortunate to be able to see 3 bridges from our terrace, so it also feels like a very appropriate theme for a Brooklyn wedding.

We wanted to create a simple, warm and elegant feel that represents our lifestyle and our Brooklyn surroundings. Sharing food is so important to both of us (David having been born during a war with food shortages) so we spent most of time finding the right caterer that shares our values. And since Ian is now in the beverage industry we really wanted to feature English Sparkling wine which provides another bridge to his homeland.

From the Photographer...

David & Ian were married in an intimate ceremony at the ultra-hip, industrial event space, The Dumbo Loft, in Brooklyn, on a beautiful fall evening in October. Friends and family gathered for cocktails, dinner, and dancing, and we even got to hear a few sweet toasts to the couple’s happiness. David went to Wesleyan, like me, and had seen my work at another mutual college friend’s wedding a few years back, so I was thrilled when he contacted me about his own wedding photography. They weren’t sure they wanted any portraits at first but I was so glad I got time to do a few with them outside before the guests began to arrive. After helping each other get their bout’s on we did a batch of family shots and then it was on to the ceremony and reception. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to capture this sweet couple’s celebration of love! Congratulations to David & Ian!

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Sneak Peek
gallery Jan 16 2018
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Kellan Title_key Cassandra

Real Wedding
gallery Jan 15 2018
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New York Vows

Tell us your love story!

We met in Indiana doing one of the things we love, playing rugby. Cass, after almost a year hiatus from the sport, decided to come back to it while Kel was enjoying another usual Saturday playing their sport of choice. Both of us were not expecting much for that day except to have fun. Cass was set to leave Indiana to move to Boston, Massachusetts in 3 months, however, she met a charming and wonderful Kel on that day. After the game, she asked for his phone number and the next weekend was our first date. Every weekend after that one was filled with us visiting each other until the day came when Cass was Boston-bound. Kel helped Cass pack up her apartment and drove the truck from Indiana to Boston. The next year was difficult, filled with changes, late-night FaceTiming, and accruing A LOT of frequent flyer miles, however, we made it work. After a year of being apart, we packed up and were ready move in together in Brooklyn, New York, but first had to make a stop in Boston to help Cass pack up...again (moving has become a team sport, with Kel being an excellent packer and Cass doing an amazing job unpacking). It was a tough road getting to that point, but it was worth it in the end.

What about the proposal?

Kel is from the South and since we decided the wedding would be up North, Kel wanted a piece of home to be apart of our love story. Kel decided that he would propose someplace meaningful to him and share this with Cass, so he proposed at his family’s pond house. On June 10, 2016, Kel woke up unusually early with Cass, and their faithful pup-sidekick, Paisley, to walk out onto the dock of his family's pond house to watch the sun rise together. He dropped down on one knee and nervously asked Cass to be his wife. Cass was overjoyed, potentially with some tears in her eyes (which she will vehemently deny) and said, "yes!" It was as picturesque and as special as any proposal could be.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

It definitely was not one thing but many. From day one, we felt very comfortable with each other. We truly felt like we could be our authentic selves and felt a safety in our relationship like we had not experienced before. This helped created a strong connection that made us feel like we are great together. We also provide a good balance for each other, with each of us consistently challenging the other to be a better person and to continue to grow. We both felt that if we were going to choose a person to be with, the other one would be it for these reasons.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

We both definitely knew that we wanted a classic, outdoor wedding. We wanted to mix both of our styles, fun and simple with traditional and elegant. Additionally, since we had many family members and friends coming from out of town, we wanted them to be apart of our day without them sacrificing an arm and a leg to get there. Therefore, we knew being close to New York City where it is relatively easy to get to, would be key.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

We never thought we would hire a wedding planner and we are so happy we did! So many of our friends have done weddings on their own and we don’t know how we would have survived the process on our own. He helped us weed through all of the opinions and keep to what we wanted to make it our special day and made sure we did not go crazy and continued to have fun!

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

With so many people providing useful (and not such useful) advice throughout, it is hard to think about anything that we did not know while going through the planning process!

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? anything you would have done differently or anything you'd like to add?

The point of a wedding is to celebrate and have fun and there were moments when it felt that we lost that due to some of the stress we felt from others and ourselves. This was complicated at times by all of the advice going into the big day. Our wedding planner really made it clear to us to stick to what we wanted and ignore all else. We would then help each other throughout the process reminding us of this fact over and over again. We would advise to stay grounded and remember to have fun!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Besides the ceremony, our favorite parts of the wedding were the little moments throughout the day that made it special. Our photographer was great at being able to capture these moments without us even knowing it! 

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Weekend Snapshot
gallery Jan 12 2018
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