I have been to NYC just a couple of times, but never had the opportunity to photograph a wedding there. The opportunity for this wedding arose when my previous clients Diana and Danny, whose wedding I photographed in Paris, recommended me to their good friends Michelle and Drit. The wedding happened to coincide with a workshop I was doing in Dallas and so for me this was the chance of a lifetime. I arrived in NYC via Florida, and it was freezing, snow was forecast and just weeks earlier the city had been shut down by a storm and so I hoped that the weather would be kind to us, and it was. It was still cold but it was dry and sunny, perfect for a winter wedding.
Michelle’s preparations were in a penthouse suite overlooking Ground Zero, which provided such a fabulous backdrop and she was surrounded by her best friends and later on , her dog. American weddings are quite different from weddings in the UK, the groom gets to see the bride before the wedding for the “first look” and then its a couple of hours of portraits before the ceremony. I love change, and so it was really inspiring to change up my normal wedding routine. To be allowed 2 hours with the couple is something Ive never experienced before and I have to say it really was a relaxing start to the day and the shoot.
The ceremony and reception was across from Manhattan in a river side restaurant in Long Island, the couple their family and friends ate, drank and partied the night away until the late hours. For me this was just the end to a great 4 weeks in America, meeting new friends, old friends and generally having a trip of a lifetime.
Thanks to Danny and Diana for recommending me and Gulnara for second shooting for me.