Oheka Castle Wedding of Nicole + Brian – Part 2

Here are some more images of the beautiful wedding of Nicole and Brian at Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY. I was one lucky wedding photographer with the winds of Long Island assisting me with some perfect veil shots. Sometimes you just get lucky!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Oheka Castle, Huntington, NY

Décor and Floral Design:  Matthew Lynch of Atlas Floral Design

   Bridal Gown: Designed by Bride

Bridesmaids gowns: Aidan Mattox

Hair: Elin Nyerg

Makeup: Wendi M

Invitations and Monogram: William Arthur

 
    

Oheka Castle Wedding of Nicole + Brian -Part 1

Though there was still a little “nip” in the air and nothing was budding on the trees, there could have not been a more beautiful location for Nicole and Brian’s early Spring wedding. The Bride actually designed her own wedding gown fashioned after a runway inspired gown that she has seen. It was one of a kind and just perfect for her. Family and friends gathered around the grand staircase at Oheka Castle for the “reveal”, prior to the couple strolling the grounds of the Estate for some portraits. We started with the front of the estate …… check back tomorrow for the “backyard” portraits!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Oheka Castle, Huntington, NY

Décor and Floral Design:  Matthew Lynch of Atlas Floral Design

   Bridal Gown: Designed by Bride

Bridesmaids gowns: Aidan Mattox

Hair: Elin Nyerg

Makeup: Wendi M

Invitations and Monogram: William Arthur

    

Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding Editorial

I am so over winter. I thought I share some images that I did awhile back at Mallard Island Yacht Club. Oh please, bring back the days of summer!

 

Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club , Manahawkin, NJ

Floral and Décor: Michelle Indorato- Santanello of MDS Floral Design, Manahawkin, NJ

Model: Ana Maria Lawson of Click Models

Makeup: Beke Beau

Hair: Brittany Cunningham of Architeqt Salon

Bridal Gowns: Bridal Garden, Marlton, NJ

Invitations: Stephanie Somodi, Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Headpiece:  Maria Eleina Headpieces

 
    

Crystal Tea Room Wedding of Mary + Nick

In honor of the LAST snow of Winter ’14 I thought I’d share Mary and Nick’s delightful snowy wedding day! Yes, a snowy can be beautiful but I’m definitely ready for some green!

Event Planner: Kristin Barse of Bel Momento Weddings and Special Events

Décor and Floral Design:  Mum’s the Word

Bridal Preparations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown

Ceremony: Saint Nicholas of Tolentine

Reception Venue: Crystal Tea Room

   Bridal Gown: Watters from The Bridal Garden

Shoes: Ann Taylor

Hair: Bonnie Principato of Spice Salon

Makeup: Face the Occasion

Cake: Termini’s

   Music: Center Stage Entertainment

Invitations and Monogram: Papel Custom Design

Videographer: Walsh Video

    

Philadelphia Wedding of Mary + Nick

Mary and Nick came all the way from sunny California (and I came back from Hawaii) for their Philadelphia wedding. We were all hoping for a light snow to capture that winter in Philadelphia feel. When the day started it was rain, but what a lucky pair….. when we left the church, after their “I Do’s”, the rain had changed to a light fluffy flurry. Just the kind of snow photographers hope for on a wedding day. It was so great to again work with Kristin Barse and her team of Bel Momento Weddings and Special Events . The day went as smooth as a sunny spring day (which I hope will come sometime).  Check back for their snowy portraits around Philadelphia and their grand reception at the Crystal Tea Room.

Event Planner: Kristin Barse of Bel Momento Weddings and Special Events

Décor and Floral Design:  Mum’s the Word

Bridal Preparations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown

Ceremony: Saint Nicholas of Tolentine

Reception Venue: Crystal Tea Room

   Bridal Gown: Watters from The Bridal Garden

Shoes: Ann Taylor

Hair: Bonnie Principato of Spice Salon

Makeup: Face the Occasion

Cake: Termini’s

   Music: Center Stage Entertainment

Invitations and Monogram: Papel Custom Design

Videographer: Walsh Video

    

Bumpe’s Hawaiian Adventure

I once had a friend that had a job that took him all over the world. For company, he used to bring a Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant doll with him. He used to photograph him everywhere he went from the pyramids to the Amazon rain forests. I just adored the idea. This winter I went to Hawaii for an entire month and I thought it would be a great idea to bring my “friend” Bumpe, the Swedish bull.  On my trip I shared all his adventures (and misadventures) with my Facebook friends. I thought I’d share some of the images on my blog for my other followers.   Can’t wait to bring him along again!

After a very long flight to Hawaii, Bumpe decided on a morning yoga session at the beach. Great way to start his vacation!

I’ve been dumped! Bumpe made fast friends with this bird named Kekipi and they left me somewhere on the North Shore! Do you think he’ll return?

So I was walking the windward beaches of Oahu when I heard a muffled cry, “I…I….I…I….” It was Bumpe, buried in the sand and burned to a crisp!!!!! I found him just in time. I’m taking him to the doctor now.

Back from the doctors, though he is badly burned, the doctor said there should be little scarring. Bumpe said it was an important lesson learned: never go off with strangers…. no matter how beautiful their feathers may be.

Inspired by his brothers miraculous recovery Bumpe decided to go to church too!

It’s A Miracle! Bumpe has made a complete and speedy recovery

Bumpe decided to circle the island of Oahu

Running low on cash after buying a vintage Hawaiian shirt, Bumpe joined a Reggae street band to pick up a little cash. I didn’t know he sang so well!

When I was young my family used to tell my stories of our Swedish Viking ancestors who set sail for the South Seas? Well maybe he was telling the truth. Check out this photo I found in a museum?!?!?!

I went to another museum yesterday. I think I understand why there are no Swedish bulls in Polynesia today. Headhunters!

Bumpe was schedules for hula lessons but he cancelled when he heard the big waves were here. When did he learn to surf?

Bumpe got lei’d!!!!! And he also got a little kiss. He is one lucky bull! Now if he could only find a hula skirt!

I was crowned the pineapple king last night at the farmers market! They thought I had a butt that most resembled a pineapple!

Bumpe is acting like a cow again. Has he been in Hawaii too long?

Hey bro, I volunteered to help with the sea turtle rescue. Wow, the sea turtles move slower than us! I did not think it possible.

Bro, it’s been a disaster here in Hawaii!!! 48 hours of wind and rain and temperatures have plummeted to the 70′s!!!!! It’s been very rough Finally I am catching up on my tan! How is the weather back home?

Don’t be jealous of my Hawaiian adventure. I bought you this very fine t-shit to remind you of my trip! Can’t wait to give it to you!

My first hula lesson!

After his first hula lesson Bumpe wanted to REALLY impress his dance teacher. He jumped onstage at a luau and joined a group of dancers from Tonga performing a ceremonial war dance. I was so embarrassed!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! How long have I been here anyway?

Aloha Hawaii! It’s been the most amazing month but I am so ready to be going home. I miss everyone so much and look forward to getting together with my bros when we are all back home. Aloha Hawaii and Mahalo nui loa!

I flew home in a snow storm. Do you think it was karma for all those beach pictures I shared? Anyway, it’s good to be home!

I want a dog!! Look what Marie Labbancz got me instead, stuffed animals! What good are stuffed animals!

 

    

Old Artist, New Trick – Off Camera Flash

Like many artistic style wedding photographers I know I excel at available light photography. From getting ready, to ceremonies to portraits; I can see the light and I know how to work with it. If I had a weakness I would say it was using flash in very dark venues.  There were instances where available light and flash were very “flat”. I knew some photographers were using multiple remote flashes in the reception and it looked beautiful. As an artist though I thought it was just too technical and would take away from me reacting in the “moment”. Well in 2013 I decided to give it a try. I am so proud. Yes, you can teach an artist new tricks! We can perfect remote flash! I’ve been photographing weddings since 1999 and it goes to show there is always something to learn. The most important trick is knowing when to shut the flash off. The final 2 images are flash off. I’m so happy as I feel I’ve gained more control over those big dark ballrooms. Now, what will I learn in 2014.

Knowing when to shut the flash off is probably the most important trick!

    

lena - The image of that couple walking down the aisle at the University Chapel is one of the loveliest I’ve seen!