rehearsal dinner: Lotos Club, NYC
ceremony: Temple Emanu-el, NYC
reception: Central Park Boathouse, NYC
dress: Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC
florist: Lenox Hill Florist, NYC
band: Charles St. Paul, NJ
videographer: Vic Vanzo
cupcakes: Buttercup Bake Shop, NYC
photographers: Emilie and Dasha
honeymoon: Santorini and Athens
To protect their privacy I won't divulge too much information about this amazingly sweet, intelligent couple. But suffice it to say that this Thursday evening Manhattan wedding was one of the most elaborate evenings I have had the pleasure of photographing and I wanted to share at least a few images.
I did not have access to photograph the ceremony up close, so I came in a day early to photograph the rehearsal. I was moved to tears when I walked inside Temple Emanu-el. What a stunning building!
Rachel's friend Nancy made the chuppah. The little buttons around the center are from the wedding dresses worn by Mark's mother and grandmother, and the kippah worn by his grandfather. The turtle is a nickname for Mark. The cupcake is because Mark placed the ring in a cupcake when he proposed. And they go on many bike rides together. What a thoughtful wedding canopy!
The rehearsal dinner was at the exclusive Lotos Club just around the corner. Spectacular!
So this is Rachel. For months before meeting Rachel, she would detail how unphotogenic she is over the phone. Seriously, yes, this stunning woman! Rachel is anything but unphotogenic. She had a beautiful glow about her all day long.
It never ceases to amaze me just how much make-up a make-up artist travels with!
Asking her friends' (not seen) opinion about her eye make-up. Love it!
Rachel and her girls got ready in the basement of the temple. With no refrigerator available, they got creative about chilling their champagne.
Signing the ketubah. What gorgeous reflections, shadows and emotion.
Mark is very shy about being photographed. Every once in a while, almost like a wise little child, he would flash me this look during our brief formals in Central Park in between rain storms. Cracked me up!
And lastly, a beautiful capture by Dasha after Rachel's father's welcome toast. Rachel has a very special bond with her father expressed perfectly here as Rachel gazes at her father and he looks toward her groom. Brilliant.
You did it! So happy everything went off without a hitch (minus that thunderstorm!). Many thanks to Olivia, the maid of honor and my dear friend from USA Today, for introducing me to Rachel and Mark. It was such a treat to get to know you, Rachel, from our seemingly weekly phone calls since booking in January. I look forward to our continued chats as we work together to make your album!