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May 4, 2015

We are Family: I Have All my Brothers and Me

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, like weddings, are another family milestone we love to cover, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to feel like we’re members! Like with the Spensers. Over 8 years, we’ve shot all the sons; celebrations, while little sister Julia waited in the wings. Now that the angelic toddler has grown to a 13-year-old stunner, the wait’s over. Mazel tov, Julia! It’s these connections that, professionally and personally, bring us pleasure and joy.
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Kristin and Bryan

May 3, 2015

Stormy Weather to Sunny Skies

Candlelit rooms are usually an indulgence, not a necessity, but it worked for Kristin and Bryan. That was their backdrop during Hurricane Sandy, when Bryan was left without power. Just two days after meeting, their meals came from Kristin’s coolers instead of restaurants, their movies from her laptop instead of the multiplex. When the electricity returned, theirs was already flowing! The power surged this past Christmas Eve with Bryan’s proposal, and sparks will be flying this fall at their wedding in Montauk.


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Noelle and Ronald

September 24, 2014

Biology is Destiny, Final Round    

Nine months ago, we were there for Round 1, their engagement shoot, but time hasn’t dampened Noelle and Ronald’s passion. I guess we shouldn’t have been surprised they’ve been together since college, when their passion was science before it was each other. A shared biology lab led to a dorm-kitchen spaghetti dinner, and love was next on the menu. The final course: a sumptuous wedding at Scarsdale’s St. Pius Church and New Rochelle’s Glen Island Country Club, with a side of sunny skies and crystalline Sound waters.


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Hila & Gil

September 19, 2014

Promised land to promised love

After Hila’s family made their own exodus out of Israel to New York, Gil made his own in 2010, trusty guitar in hand. And they’d be traveling a lot more, Hila with a date to see Gil’s new band, Gil running to find her after the show not knowing they’d left early. Next stop: Brooklyn, finally connecting at a friend’s party, where a blizzard left them stranded for 3 days. The adventure continued with Hila’s move to Bushwick and her need for a handyman. Trading guitar for toolbox, Gil rushed over and never left. Their next journey would be a move to Jersey City, and in August, a trip down the aisle at Bedford’s Temple Shaaray Tefilah. See full gallery here.


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Jackie & Derek

June 19, 2014

Playing to Win

Games are Jackie and Derek’s passion– but not the teary kind. All that stress and strategy is strictly on-screen, the dirty work done by Super Smash Brothers or in Final Fantasy. Off-screen, calm and kindness reign for this couple, who met in the quiet of the Tarrytown library and who work as artists (Derek) and stuffed-animal and doll designers (Jackie). We took their engagement photos surrounded by wildflowers in a sun-kissed meadow: a definite fantasy, but not the final one: their wedding is set for this coming June.


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Megan & James

May 12, 2014

Back, and Forth, to the Future

Forget the romantic first meal– Megan and James’ was in the high school lunchroom. They’d hung out a bit in middle school, partied a little and been in the drama club, but any offstage drama was not on the program. Fast forward to some casual dating in the college years, when Megan recalls finding him “more attractive and worldly.” It was apparently mutual, and in April, school lunch was traded in for wedding reception at Briarcliff Manor’s All Saints’ Episcopal Church. James rang the church bell, marking the years of their history, and there was even some of our own: our daughter was one of the bridesmaids! See the full gallery here.


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Molly and Zach

August 20, 2013

Beauty and Brains

Young couples in love are always beautiful, but was this engagement party doubling as a Tommy Hilfiger shoot? The women slender, hair flowing; the men in navy blazers and pastel button-downs; the backdrop the rippling Long Island Sound. Anna Wintour was nowhere to be found, but she wasn’t missed among the 120 guests at Rye’s American Yacht Club swaying to Latin rhythms on a balmy summer’s eve. That’s the beauty part; the brains part began 3 1/2 years ago at Oxford, where the bride- and groom-to-be met while studying. Yup, we thought, guess it is possible to have it all!



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Babs and Betsy

October 30, 2012

In the Spotlight

These brides may have met at Manhattan’s feminist-empowering WOW Cafe Theatre, but in October they had starring roles in their own production  The stage was set at Orient,  Long Island’s, Poquatuck Hall with verdant lawns and sprawling trees as backdrop. And the costumes! Elegant custom-designed satin suits, Babs in cream and Betsy in seafoam.  Bab’s colleague from the renowned 5 Lesbian Brothers theatre group played a supporting role, as did ring bearer Eli and flower girls Eva and Rose.  Our review is in:  it’s going to be a much loved, long running show!


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Evelyn and Joel

October 28, 2012

Kiss, then Tell

Most couples can hold out until after the I Do’s to “kiss the bride,” but not this one! Maybe it was the idyllic setting at Chappaqua’s Crabtree’s Kittle House, but their wedded bliss certainly got an early start. Or maybe, since they met on J-Date, they couldn’t wait to prove the online-dating skeptics wrong. One thing’s for sure: this couple doesn’t waste any time; their first date was in a near-empty restaurant the day before Thanksgiving, an ideal get-to-know-you opportunity. We got plenty of our own thanks for being “kind and patient with amazing energy,” in Evelyn’s post-wedding note. You’re so welcome!


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Carolyn and Brian

August 10, 2012

Palazzo on the Hudson

Though it wasn’t Venice’s Grand Canal in the background but Tarrytown’s Hudson, Carolyn and Brian’s 20th Anniversary dinner was just as romantic. Venice was where they met, and where Brian proposed, and that city’s magic was just as evident at The Castle’s hilltop garden. From the Terrace perch, the toasts flowed as gracefully as Carolyn’s bridal veil (we got our own toast of “Wow, the photos are awesome!” soon after), and we could have sworn we saw a gondola gliding past on the river below.


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