I met Nicole and Ryan on their wedding day when I was asked by Dan (a fellow photographer) to help cover the event. Dan and I joined Nicole, her mother, and the bridesmaids in the bridal suite to capture some details (shoes, dress, hair & make-up, etc.). Nicole seemed so at ease as she sat for the finishing touches on her hair. Being surrounded by such close friends and family helped, I'm sure. One of the favorites from the morning was this one of her making sure all was good through her compact mirror.
I only stayed for a few minutes with the girls then drove to get some time with the groom for his preparations. Once I rounded the corner to the grooms parents' house, I knew I was in trouble because I noticed the party bus had already arrived. My first thought is that I had very limited time to get what I needed. As I entered the house, I said hello to Ryan and asked how much time we had. He said, "About 10 minutes. Is that enough?'" Sure :-) We can make that happen. We set up a couple scenarios. Snap, snap, snap and they were on their way.
When I got to the church, I had a quick look around and saw great opportunities to get some interesting perspectives during the ceremony. They had a balcony in the back and on either side of the church. I was able to roam about to get images from unexpected vantage points.
Next, we're off to Jersey City for the reception at The Liberty House. I quickly moved around to capture the setup of the food and decor. Here are a couple of my favorites...
This day was one of the hottest of the summer, so we were fortunate that most of our shooting was indoors; however, we did get outside for some of the formals. With such a nice backdrop of the NYC skyline, we took the opportunity to work it into the shot. The girls were particularly silly which I loved.
The rest of the night was focused on capturing people having fun. No problem at this wedding! They had a great band called Night Moves which were fantastic, especially when the bride joined in toward the end of the evening to lead a Billy Joel cover.