I was asked to shoot a wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn, NY this fall and it was the most charming thing I’ve ever seen. There were fairy lights strung around the entire place and an outdoor patio with a bar for the cocktail hour. The ceremony space had exposed brick and the couple, Natalie and Andrew, were absolutely lovely. They enjoyed their special day to the fullest, and they made photographing the wedding an absolute blast!
Check out the photos below for a full recap of their wedding (including a delicious cake from Milk Bar and some awesome reception dance shots!) and if you know someone who is getting married soon, hit me up and let’s talk about how we can capture your incredible day together! 🙂
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Bonney and David are a fun couple from Tacoma. I was excited to use their wedding as an excuse to take a vacation to Seattle! I had fun exploring Mount Rainier and downtown, and I shot their wedding in Tacoma. Fun fact, it’s where 10 Things I Hate About You was filmed!
The morning started off really relaxed as she got ready in one of the rooms of the church, which was historic and absolutely stunning. I love this candid I captured of her putting on her jewelry before the dress, which was her mother’s wedding dress.
Once she had her dress on, it was time to do the first look! They decided to do it in between the columns of the church, which created such a timeless look. I love the layers of her dress and how cute they look together.
This was one of my favorite parts. The planner helped them go up the steps of the church to the balcony so I could snap a few shots. It reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, so elegant and timeless.
This is when the day started speeding up. We had to shoot the wedding party photos, the details, and then the ceremony! I loved the pop of color in her flowers and how adorable the flower girls looked.
The ceremony went seamlessly and then it was time to head to their friend’s farm for the stunning reception. They made their getaway in a vintage red car, which was super cute and added to the elegant theme of the wedding.
Growing up as a farm girl, I love when I get to shoot farm or outdoor weddings. This one was no exception, and I loved the rustic feel with flowers picked from the garden and wooden logs placed as decor.
My favorite part of the night is by far when we got to go into a field around sunset and do this balloon portrait shoot! Their fun loving personality really shone through during this part, and we had a blast taking photos with their dogs.
Her dogs! Too cute, right?
I pulled Bonney aside to snap a few solo shots of her, because her dress was too stunning not to. I especially loved the added touch of flowers in her hair. The lighting was absolutely perfect.
Fairy lights strung around added to the mood of the reception as the sun set. We did one last shoot of the two of them before I left them to enjoy dancing and drinks. They started a bonfire for everyone to circle around, and it made for the best silhouette shots. Overall it was a wonderful wedding in Seattle and I had a blast shooting it. I can’t wait until I get to go back and shoot another!
If you like these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂
I met my good friend Stanley when I first moved to NYC. He’s the sweetest guy in the entire world, and his wife is even more adorable! Stanley and I are both photographers, and through some of the wedding shoots we did together, he told me that he didn’t hire a professional photographer for his wedding!
As a photographer, I was like, “Dude, you’re crazy!” A photographer not getting high quality pictures at his own wedding?! I knew we had to remedy this. So when we got the opportunity to shoot some new Hayley Paige dresses in NYC, I thought, THIS IS IT!
I pretty much insisted (and wouldn’t take no for an option) that he and his lovely wife model the looks, and get some much needed gorgeous wedding photos. We decided to shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise. It was a substantial undertaking, because we knew that to be *at* the BKB by 5am, we’d have to get ready, do makeup, etc. wayyy before that.
We ended up meeting around 3am to start the project (Stanley was late per usual). There were some very sleepy eyes and tired brains involved. But everything was worth it once we got to the bridge. There was nobody on the bridge, besides a few cyclists here and there. It was the perfect setting, and the sun was just about to rise.
And they turned out to be the MOST gorgeous photos I’ve ever taken there. Stanley and his wife looked absolutely stunning, and the backdrop of the city was even better than I could have hoped for. They were so natural together, and the intricate detail of the dress matched perfectly.
The second we started shooting, we knew that waking up in the middle of the night had totally been worth it for the shots. We shot everything in about 45 minutes, and just like that, the sun had risen and people started to wake up. Tourists began walking on the bridge, and we headed home for a nice nap.
To this day, they are still some of my all-time wedding photos I’ve taken EVER. Because, look at how adorable they are! When I do styled shoots, I almost always like to use real couples as the models, because you can tell how authentic their love is in the shot.
Tips For Shooting On The Brooklyn Bridge: Go for sunrise. Hardly anyone will be there, which will mean you can grab the perfect shot, and get the gorgeous golden hour tones. Walk over from the Manhattan side, I’ve found that the lighting is better this way.
Check out the rest of my favorites from the shoot:
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and exhausting. I’ve shot a wedding or two–or fifty– and I wanted to share a few tips from a photographers perspective to help create some ease on the wedding day. Here are some things I have noticed that can really make the day go a lot smoother:
1. Scheduling. As wedding photographers, we know that your special day is going to be really busy, and trying to fit everything in can get kinda crazy. What most people don’t realize is that the wedding photographer is going to be with you all day long, so scheduling is very important. Most weddings fall into this general schedule: getting ready, portraits, wedding, reception. But things can be tailored and adjusted depending on the details of your wedding. For example, do you want to do a first look? If so, the wedding party photos can all be done before the actual ceremony. That will save time later so you can relax and freshen up before the reception. Talking with your photographer in detail about the schedule can clear up any confusion and help decide the right schedule for your wedding.
2. Hotel Decor. Drab rooms with dark curtains letting in no natural light will be the death of your getting ready pictures. Make sure that the room you choose to get ready with your bridesmaids has windows for a lot of natural light. Also make sure that it’s big enough. There’s nothing worse for a wedding photog than falling over everyone getting ready in a tiny room while trying to stay out of the way, and get the pictures you need. Photos of the bride getting her hair done, spending the morning with her bridesmaids, and putting on her gown will set the tone for the entire day, so make sure there’s enough space and light!
3. Guests. Your family and friends are excited, and want to capture this special moment for you. But a huge problem nowadays is having every guest standing during the wedding holding out their iPhones to take photos. Nothing ruins a gorgeous first kiss photo more than all the aunts and uncles trying to take photos and videos from their phones. I promise the quality of those will be terrible, and you hired a photographer to get that perfect shot for you! Let us do our job of capturing your day and kindly ask your guests to limit the technology if possible.
These are just a few common issues I see often while shooting weddings. The key is to keep your photographer informed and communicate so you can work together to capture such an important day in your life!
Brides magazine recently published a truly terribly misinformed article advising brides not to feed their wedding photographers, stating that photographers should pack a lunch themselves or make sure it’s in the contract. As a professional wedding photographer, I can tell you from personal experience that not feeding your photographer is a huge mistake. Wedding photographers are there from the very beginning of the day, usually starting with the bride’s hair and makeup early in the morning. A typical day is anywhere from 6-12 hours, and we are on our feet shooting and working our hardest the entire day to make sure we get everything. We don’t get breaks. Most of the time, we don’t even get lunch. So, brides, not only should you feed your wedding photographer, but you should save a spot for them at your reception to eat dinner.
A lot of brides choose to give a vendor meal to the wedding photographer along with the DJ and other people who are working on the wedding day because it is less expensive than the meal that the guests will be eating. That vendor meal typically consists of a cold sandwich and a side, like chips. I am here to tell you that a vendor meal and ushering the photographer out to sit in a small room outside of the reception area to eat will not lead to a happy photographer. And brides, the last thing you want on your wedding day is a disgruntled photographer.
Your wedding photographer is the person who will be with you the entire day. We are working hard and taking literally thousands of photos to document this special day of your life. We are the only ones who are there the entire time, following you from getting ready to the first look through the “I do’s” and late into the night, usually until you leave. It’s more than just a business agreement. We are experiencing some of the most previous and intimate moments of your life, and we are capturing it. Giving us a hot meal and a place to sit for a few minutes at the reception is a small, well deserved token of appreciation that you can do for your photographer, and I promise that it will go a long way.
Too often, wedding photographers are treated like they are just another an employee. But we have a unique position on the day of the wedding. We are artists, creating images that will document this important day for you, and that you will treasure for years to come. We want you to have photographs that capture great memories from the day. You are letting us into your life, and in exchange, we are putting our heart and soul into these images.
The cost of a few more dollars and a seat at a table will have a huge impact: getting a short break from all day of standing, getting some hot food for nourishment and a cold glass of water for hydration will leave us energized and ready to photograph all of the dancing that is sure to follow dinner. Not to mention the appreciation we will have for the bride and groom. The extra effort you give will be reciprocated by the extra effort we will put into your photographs, guaranteed.