A Magical, Golden Hour Lakeside Wedding
Nathalie and Hugo’s lakeside Jewish wedding ceremony at the Cedar Lakes Estate took place by a gorgeous, shimmering lake on a serene, natural camping preserve which by the late afternoon of each summer day, transforms itself into truly a magical place. Nestled about an hour and a half from Manhattan along the border of New York and New Jersey, Cedar Lakes Estate is the perfect venue if you want your wedding to include sweeping, mountaintop views. We certainly took advantage of the grounds for portraits of Nathalie and Hugo, and a found a perfectly picturesque location for the signing of the ketubah.
Details From A Fairy Tale
The details and decor at Nathalie and Hugo’s wedding, from flower crowns to oversized balloons to a flower and string light garden feeling at dinner lended an elegant, dreamy feel to the whole day. Their wedding portraits by the lake, and atop the mountain right as the light turned perfectly golden, have a timeless, editorial feel.
When Love Stops Time
Nathalie and Hugo’s traditional Jewish ceremony was held at the golden hour on a summer day. The beauty of the moment and the location transfixed their friends and family for a few moments, and the rest of the world crept silently away. Their chuppah: asymmetrical with pinks, whites, a wrap of tulle, and plenty of green, matched perfectly with the natural summer palette. It was pure magic when they said, “I will. I do. With all my love,” and then the party began. And what a party it was! In the end, it doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you – isn’t it? So much joy at this wedding!
Planner: Social Life Wedding and Event Planning http://www.socialifenj.com
Florist: Faye and Renee http://www.fayeandrenee.com
Videographer: NY Film Works http://nyfilmworks.com/
Cake: Lucky Bird Bakery http://luckybirdbakes.com
Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate http://cedarlakesestate.com
Wedding Gown: Ines DiSanto http://inesdisanto.com
Music: Hank Lane http://www.hanklane.com
Stationery: Wide Eyes Paper Co http://www.wideeyespaperco.com
Wedding Gallery: Jewish Lakeside Sunset Ceremony
Bonus Shot: it’s me, Karen, at work!
A Magical Seaside Montauk Wedding
Fortunately, I was available for a last minute booking this past September: Kate and Josh’s seaside Montauk wedding at the bride’s mom’s private home. Montauk is the end of Long Island’s south shore and is known endearingly by locals as “The End”. Kate’s mom’s newly built home was a true architectural beauty! The day of the ceremony, once I arrived, I could not stop taking pictures, because so many of the sweet, modern, minimal details were DIY or meaningfully provided by friends of the family or local vendors.It added a special touch to the day. Everything was light and bright, truly a photographers dream. Also, the minimal design of the home and decor added a fresh, elegant feel to the wedding, which was gorgeous against the palette of the seaside: pale blues, greens, white, yellow, and gold.
Keeping It Casual
Kate and Josh wanted their day to be relaxed and stress-free, so they asked me to please keep the photography casual. Basically, they didn’t want a lot a posed photos. Ok, I said, but we will need a few couple and family portraits, is that ok? They agreed, but to just a few. The trees, sky, and sea behind gorgeous, sun soaked ditch plains created a magical backdrop. We kept it casual and just continued shooting everything as the day went on, all the happiness, nerves and smiles, the shy dog, the gorgeous wedding party and the breath-taking surroundings, all day long, even as a little rain shower sprinkled down during dinner, which was held outside under the stars. Finally, after a long day of shooting, we headed home.
A Perfect Day By The Sea
I think in The End, (no pun intended), the photos are a perfect description of the day and the couples wishes. Kinda cool, don’t you think? I shot this wedding with a mix of vintage film and digital cameras. I personally love the Lihi Hod gown, it’s perfection on Kate. Please take a look and let me know what you think. I love how the photos turned out and hope you do as well. Let me know, leave a comment below.
PHOTOGRAPHY: KAREN HILL PHOTOGRAPHY http://karenhill.com/
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: PRIVATE HOME
FLORIST: FAMILY FRIEND
CAKE: LOCAL BAKERY
STATIONERY: GREENWICH LETTERPRESS https://greenwichletterpress.com/
BAND: GIG MASTERS, TWISTER REGGAE https://www.gigmasters.com/coverband/twister/
BRIDE’S GOWN: LIHI HOD http://www.lihihod.com
BRIDE’S SHOES: LOEFFLER RANDALL https://www.loefflerrandall.com/
VIDEOGRAPHER: SETH COHEN http://www.sethdavidcohen.com/portfolio.htm
Seaside Wedding Gallery: Private Home, Montauk
An Art Deco Wedding at the Top Of the World
Jessie and Brendan’s Art Deco Rainbow Room wedding was epic. Not epic in the epic sense, as much as epic in the EPIC sense! The Rainbow Room is an epic venue and perfect for a jaw dropping first look against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York City skyline. Furthermore, everything about this couple’s special day shined with happiness, from the golden and white details, to the sparkle in their eyes as they giggled and smiled together through the night. Even their names glowed brightly thanks to the beautiful neon art created by Marcus Conrad Poston. The timeless luxury of the Rainbow Room along with the classic Art Deco styling made this truly an exquisite affair.
Good Job, Pierre!
In addition to the epic venue, Jessie and Brendan have an epically important guest. Probably the most important part of the story is Pierre. He’s an adorable French Bulldog who worked his magic and pulled his Cupid bow, striking at just the right moment to bring this sweet, happy couple together. It was only natural that Pierre took center stage at their incredible wedding on top of the world at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. He looked just as handsome as his parents as they posed for portraits at The Top Of The Rock. Good job, Pierre!
Golden, Lux Styling for the Elegant Rainbow Room
There’s very few things I love as much as the classics. If you can imagine a wedding day that’s glamorous, Jessie and Brendan’s choices from stationery to dress to decor to jewelry was tasteful and chosen to reflect the timeless, elegant quality of the Rockefeller Center in New York City. The photographs seem timeless due to a soft romance in the vintage design elements and details in white, gold, and black. Also, the crystal decor and unique architecture of the Rainbow Room lended an upscale feel. Finally, the sweet white chuppah was a perfect symbol for the day.
Because Jessie and Brendan set their date for spring, they also took advantage of the beautiful seasonal blooms and drenched the place in cherry blossoms. For so many of us, cherry blossoms symbolize the start of something new, something great, therefore it was another great example of ways that the details of this Art Deco wedding reflected Jessie and Brendan’s love. In conclusion, we wrapped up the night with an EPIC kiss under the iconic neon Rainbow Room sign on the busy street of New York City. Check out the photo and let me know what you think in the comments.
PHOTOGRAPHY: KAREN HILL PHOTOGRAPHY http://karenhill.com/
WEDDING PLANNER: CLASSIC EVENTS, DANIELLE ELDER https://www.classiceventsnyc.com/
RECEPTION: RAINBOW ROOM https://rainbowroom.com/
VENUE COORDINATOR: JOHN BENKE
FLORIST: BELLE FLEUR https://www.bellefleurny.com/
CAKE: MADISON LEE CAKES https://www.madisonleescakes.com/
STATIONERY: ATELIER ISABEY http://atelierisabey.com/
BAND: ELEMENT MUSIC https://www.elementmusic.com/
BRIDE’S GOWN: JENNY PACKMAN
BRIDE’S SHOES: JIMMY CHOO http://us.jimmychoo.com/en/home
TUXEDO: PAUL SMITH https://www.paulsmith.com
PHOTO BOOTH: THE BOSCO https://www.thebosco.com/
NEON SIGN: MARCUS CONRAD POSTON https://www.marcusconradposton.com/
Art Deco Wedding Gallery: Rainbow Room, NYC
A Meaningful Celebration
Danielle and Brendan’s wedding is the definition of a meaningful celebration. In the midst of planning, Danielle’s father was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and the couple reoriented their wedding to what mattered most – her father’s attendance. On their big day, “My father was well enough to walk me down the aisle,” said Danielle. “And I was met by the most patient, supportive, and loving groom. It was perfect.”. Danielle, Brendan, her father, and the rest of their family gathered together to celebrate not just their wedding but her father being there. The wedding truly united families and friends. I’m so glad I got to be apart of this amazing day to celebrate love and life.
This wonderful couple planned everything with care and love. This wedding was not only heartwarming, it was absolutely gorgeous. Danielle looked stunning! However, with all the care from the amazing venue to the beautiful stationery – every detail was planned perfectly. This beautiful location in Locust Valley, New York complimented the entire wedding beautifully. The blues and golds looked great and gave a modern yet classic feel to the wedding. These colors also helped enhance the beautiful nature of this venue as well. This celebration of love and life was not just complete with the vendors or planning – the gorgeous family and friends truly bonded this wedding together!
It was such a pleasure to work with all of these vendors who helped put together Danielle and Brendan’s special day! Thank you and I hope to work with you all again!
Florist, In Full Bloom
Jin and Christopher’s Wedding
Bridgeview Yacht Club
Island Park, New York