Erin & Chris’ Wedding {Dutchess Manor Beacon Wedding Photography}

It was a beautiful start to the 2014 wedding season with my Love Gives Way couple, Erin and Chris!!

Erin and Chris had a beautiful, intimate affair at Dutchess Manor in Beacon.  Their day was family and Christ-centered, and their intimate details were so them!  Erin fell in love with the theme “key to my heart,” so she had details throughout the wedding day with keys, from Chris’ boutonniere, to the seating chart, to the her and the bridesmaids’ necklaces.  As soon as I got to Dutchess Manor, I knew it was the perfect location for them.  I instantly fell in love with the bridal suite and it’s chandelier, mirrors, and vintage inspired decor!

Before the ceremony, Erin and Chris wanted to pray together, but they didn’t want to see one another until she walked down the aisle.  So we set up “first look” shots with them behind a door.  Those moments were so sweet and tender, and you could just feel their anticipation as they got ready to see one another!

They had a beautiful ceremony performed by Chris’ relative, and he even got a little teary as he married them.  Erin and Chris’ fathers prayed over their marriage, even before they said “I Do.”

Afterward, we took family pictures and Erin’s bridesmaids bustled her dress, and the bridal party prepared to take photographs outside!  It was raining lightly so we were ready for whatever came our way.  We took beautiful portraits on the porch of Dutchess Manor, and by the time Chris carried his beautiful wife to a view in front of the sunset, the rain let up for us!  We took fun bridal party photos, and then captured beautiful intimate moments between Erin and Chris.  You can just see how much love they have for each other in those moments!

Their reception was intimate and fun – they definitely had fun on the dance floor!  One of my favorite moments was when Erin and Chris dedicated a song to her parents, as they have been an example to Erin about what a Godly marriage should look like.  It was sweet to see the newly married couple admire her parents’ marriage.

At the end of the night, we captured one bit of magic outside in the rain!  If you ever fear rain on your wedding day, just look at the moment we captured!!

I hope you enjoy the story of Erin and Chris’ beautiful wedding day!

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This dress shot!  Ahh!

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Erin, you’re radiant!

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They took a moment to pray together before their ceremony – SUCH sweet moments between these two!!

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SO beautiful!

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Woo hoo!  Married!

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Oh, these tender moments…

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The bridal party cheered them on to walk in the rain to our next location!  And then our groom got creative…

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Instead of tossing her bouquet, Erin gave hers to her mom, and dedicated this song to her parents, whose marriage is an inspiration to them.

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Rain never has to ruin a wedding day!!  Pure magic:)

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A special thank you to all of the vendors who made Erin and Chris’ beautiful day possible:

Venue: Dutchess Manor

Photographer: Kerri Lynne Photography

DJ / Ceremony Music: DJ Domenic Entertainment

Officiant: Todd Condell

Florist: Sabellico Florist

Wedding Dress Boutique: Majesty Bridal

Hair Stylist: Rachael Miller

Makeup Artist: Eileen Pignataro

Catering: Dutchess Manor

Cake: Pastry Garden

 

And a special thank you to my talented second photographer Aaron Berger!

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A Cherry Blossom Birthday Celebration in DC! {Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival}

Last weekend, I took a day to celebrate my birthday with a few of my girlfriends, and just had the BEST time!

One of my friends (who is SUCH a traveler) mentioned to me how we should go see the Cherry Blossoms in DC.  Little did she know how much I LOVE flowers, and have been to the Cherry Blossom Festival for several years in a row.  I would go down with my camera and capture TONS of floral images, and make pretty greeting cards with them.  So of course, I was totally on board for a girls trip!

What we didn’t  know is that the blossoms were a little late this year!  Because of the cold weather this year, the blossoms were about 3-4 days behind schedule.  I had NO idea that the trees blossom so fast – I really thought it was more gradual.  But we decided to be beauty-hunters and find every tree that WAS in blossom.

When we got into DC, we found some blossoming trees near the Smithsonian Castle, so we went there to take some pictures.  The Magnolia trees were in full bloom, pink and beautiful!!  We then walked to the Tidal Basin, where 3 cherry blossom trees were in bloom.  We ate some lunch, took a walk in the sunshine, and made sure to stop at every tree we saw that was in bloom:) Then, we went to the Smithsonian Museum and sat in the sun, and my best friend from college and her boyfriend joined us!  It was such a blessing that she made the trip down!   We took some more photos on the Mall and at the Castle, and then all of us went to a Mexican Restaurant in a quieter neighborhood in DC to eat.  (I LOVE Mexican food, so it was perfect!!)

It was a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine, and some beautiful blossoms; but the bigger blessing was being with wonderful friends who gave their weekend to celebrate me.  Great conversations, laughs, food and photos – what more can a girl ask for?!   My heart was full, friends!

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The Magnolia blossoms at the Smithsonian were stunning!!

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These little blossoms were so cute!!  Danielle had to investigate:)

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We found a blossoming white tree!  Love them!

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Jumping pictures are harder to do than it looks!  This took us like 1000 takes!  Haha.

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Love these friends so much!!

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LOVE this and her!  My college roomie drove 8 hours to see me!:)

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Faye & Saif’s Wedding {Long Island Islamic Wedding Photography}

I was so excited for this day!

Faye and Saif were married last year, and I photographed their wedding at City Hall in Brooklyn.  Remember this post?!  They had such a natural joy and you could just tell how head over heels they were for each other!

For their anniversary, they decided to get married again, but this time, to do a traditional Islamic ceremony.  Saif is originally from Pakistan, and chose to marry Faye at the same church his brother was married, at the Islamic Cultural Center of Long Island.  I had never photographed an Islamic ceremony, so I had NO idea what to expect!!  I spoke to Faye before the wedding, and I learned that it would be very relaxed for an Islamic ceremony, and they were only asking their immediate family there to be there to celebrate.

I was so excited because I KNEW she was going to look stunning in the traditional garments, jewelry and colors!!   She warned me that Saif would look like Aladdin – so I couldn’t wait to see this price and princess together!!

At the end of the ceremony, it was tradition to have cakes / desserts and for the bride and groom to feed each other.  (I loved that!)

Then, we all went to Eisenhower Park to photograph formal pictures of the bridal party, and of course tons of the bride and groom!!  I just oohed and ahhed over the COLORS and adornment – it was totally photographer heaven.  But the best part was seeing the love between Faye & Saif on their one year anniversary, and how happy they were together!

I’m so excited for these two and their journey, and was blessed to be a part of this day.  Enjoy their story!

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This joy!  These colors!!

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Aren’t their SHOES amazing?!

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Faye, you’re absolutely stunning!!!

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They’re both just radiant!

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Mohammad Yasir

it looks such a lovely event…my best wishes to newly married couple.saifi u rock… when you r coming to pakistan we ll plan some get together prestonians

My First Visit to the Restore Safehouse! {Love Gives Way}

I am spilling over with joy to post this today!

Last week, I made my first visit to the safe house for Restore NYC, where women who are rescued from sex trafficking rebuild their lives.

I started my partnership with Love Gives Way and Restore NYC this year, as a way to invite my clients to have their wedding day be a part of something so much bigger.  Their love can now spill over onto the lives of these women who are rebuilding their lives and learning to trust again.

Restore asked me to capture portraits of a few of their women, which will be showcased in their annual gala this May!  I knew it would be challenging to capture portraits in a way that concealed their identity, but I was overjoyed to have this opportunity.

In February, I worked at an event for Reveal NYC, where I photographed portraits of women from shelters throughout the city, who were treated to a day of makeovers to reveal their beauty (more on that soon!)  So, when I visited Restore’s safe house, I was reunited with several women I had photographed before!

I wasn’t prepared for how quickly these women would take to me.

A few of them had said they didn’t feel comfortable being photographed.  When they saw how much fun I was having with my first model, one of them stepped forward and said “I want to do this now.”  That just melted my heart!

Several women I captured had modeled before, and they loved being in front of the camera and the object of my attention.  We captured a lot of silhouette type shots, or shots with objects that were important to them.  We then walked to a nearby park, and on the way we were able to chat, they asked me about my work, and we laughed (a lot).  When we got to the park, I captured some model type shots just for them.  I loved how they smiled at me, how much they loved being photographed!  It was cold, so we stopped for some more shots after sunset, and headed back.  I stayed for dinner with them, and I really felt at home!  I can’t describe how I felt being there, except that it felt so right, and so fulfilling.

When I processed their images, I struggled for a little while with the fact that what I really saw in these women was their joy, which they shared with me so effortlessly; and their hope.  Is it right, I thought, to keep these women in the shadows, when the shadows is the very thing that they are trying to emerge from?

Then I had a photographer “a-ha” moment: I realized that the shadows do not diminish the light, nor the light diminish the shadows.  It is all one story; and that is true for all of us.  We are all made of light and shadows; that is a completely human experience.  We can heal from our shadows only when we bring them to the light.

And these women are emerging into the light; they have so much potential; and my time with them filled me with so much hope.  I already can’t wait to see them again.

I am excited to reveal more photographs from my visit at Restore’s Gala this year; and don’t want to spoil them.  But here are just a few!!

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