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This was such a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.  So easy and so enjoyable.  I LOVE shooting families.  Love love love it!!

Grant contacted me back in September about shooting his engagement session.  It’s not common for the guy to be the one to contact me about wedding related photography, but I just chalked it up him having more knowledge about photography than his lady friend did.  It wasn’t until just a few short weeks before our shoot date that he let me in on the fact that he was actually surprising his girlfriend Andrea with a trip to NYC, and that he would be proposing to her the night before our shoot.  Ahhhhhh!!! I LOVE(D) IT!!! Now I was even more excited!
Not only did he propose to her the night before our shoot at Rockefeller Center in front of the big Christmas Tree . . . I know, I know!  . . . he also surprised her by secretly having key members of both of their families come to NYC as well to share in their joy.  I actually got to meet everybody, and it was clear they both come from loving and supportive families that are so so happy for them both.
Andrea wasn’t the first person and certainly won’t be the last to “warn” me that she is very awkward in photographs.  Umm, do you guys think she looks awkward here?  Super cute and beautiful is more like it!  We had so much fun hitting up some classic New York spots.  We could not have asked for a better day. Grant and Andrea – it was such a pleasure to meet you and to work with you.  Congratulations!!

Arielle and Leor were married at the Double Tree Inn in Tarrytown, NY.  The couple and their 400 or so guests enjoyed a day full day of tradition, laughter, food, drink, and DANCING!!  Oh my gosh, the dancing!  I swear literally everyone was on their feet sweating their tooshies off and having a blast doing it.
Arielle looked INCREDIBLE in her dress.  I’ve gotten to know Arielle a little more than some of my other brides because she is the sister of a bride we shot the videography for back in June.  So I feel like I can be at liberty to say that this was the perfect dress for her.  A perfect fit, and a perfect mix of simple elegance and glamour.  Leor wasn’t looking too shabby either.  This was yet another couple that was just so great to be around.  Not only because you could tell what a great friendship the relationship was rooted in, but also because of how connected we felt to them, we all just clicked.  I always say that there are two great parts of this job.  Getting to make beautiful pictures of such genuine moments, and developing wonderful relationships with the people in those pictures.  Sometimes shooting a big jewish wedding can be a bit overwhelming, as there are about twice as many traditions and moments to capture in the same amount of time.  But they are also sometimes the most fun!!  And this one certainly did not disappoint.  We loved every minute of it, and wish Arielle and Leor all the best!!
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