Same sex wedding at Robert restaurant in New York City

Ryan and Craig a fun wedding at Robert restaurant in New York City

New York City, Columbus Circle, Museum of Art and Design. It is such a dream for a modern and artistic couple to get married right in the heart of The Crossroads of the World at Robert restaurant inside of NYC’s MAD.

Ryan and Craig’s wedding took place in 2013, two years after gay marriage became legal in New York City. The incredibly happy spirit of the long-awaited change made the couple’s special celebration extra festive.

Ryan and Craig’s wedding took place in 2013, two years after gay marriage became legal in New York City. The incredibly happy spirit of the long-awaited change made the couple’s special celebration extra festive.

The couple’s wedding proposal was very simple and very true to their personalities. They are both in the entertainment industry and both lead very busy lives. They were both out of town for a bit and that day they were finally back home, in the same place, having one of those conversations when both parties are truly present and connecting. Ryan said, “What do you want to do for Valentine’s Day?” Craig said, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” Ryan just looked up and said, “Go to Tiffany’s with you and look for wedding rings.” Craig said, “Is this a proposal?’ And Ryan replied saying, “You know that we’re going to get married….so….let’s start planning.” It was very simple and very sweet!

What do you want to do for Valentine’s Day?” Craig said, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” Ryan just looked up and said, “Go to Tiffany’s with you and look for wedding rings.” Craig said, “Is this a proposal?’ And Ryan replied saying, “You know that we’re going to get married….so….let’s start planning.”

Their wedding day turned out a bit hectic. Ryan & Craig flew in their closest relatives to New York and their luggage got lost in flight! It meant that the couple’s moms, dads, and siblings had to purchase brand new outfits right before the wedding and our photo-session got pushed way back because of it. But I always plan every photo shoot and we managed to capture all the family formals in no time!

Ryan & Craig flew in their closest relatives to New York and their luggage got lost in flight! It meant that the couple’s moms, dads, and siblings had to purchase brand new outfits right before the wedding…

Once we were done with the formal part of the photo shoot, everyone seemed to become less tense. Robert restaurant’s staff was very helpful and accommodating, they brought in some wine and snacks to get our love birds and their families into a better mood. 

The reception was full of hugs, kisses, warmth and laughter . It was also a lot of fun! Some great entertainment options, such as a live band performance, a photo booth, and an exclusive MAD museum tour kept the guests entertained. It was definitely one of those couples and weddings that will stay in my heart forever.

 

Catherine and David. Carlton hotel, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, and Midtown Loft & Terrace

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” —Franklin P. Jones

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Life certainly can be one wild and unpredictable ride. It comes fully equipped with smooth and rough patches that nobody can seem to predict occurring no matter how much people emphasize planning ahead. But that’s one of the most beautiful things about life—how spontaneously it can shift with pleasant surprises, such as meeting the person you eventually marry (although when you meet that person, you aren’t going to know it’s your future spouse).

There’s probably no experiences in your life quite as amazing as your college years or your first day of newly wedded bliss. And when the two come together at once, with a mix of love and college you’ve got one great combination. Catherine, the Belgian bride, and her Greek-American groom David first encountered each other at Columbia University while both attended as graduate students. That first day they met left no indication that the two scholars would walk down the aisle; but thanks to fate’s intervention they are now together crossing the path into another first day together; the first one as newlyweds.

The immediate family of both the bride and groom chose the Carlton Hotel to stay at for the occasion, and the photography team started its professional coverage right on location at the hotel. My initial photography shots demonstrate some of the bride’s and groom’s soon-to-be worn accessories.

One of the most memorable snaps that took place during the getting ready stage is the groom’s quirky photo with his groomsmen, taken in the hotel’s signature Broadway Dive suite.

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The styles selected by the bride helped set the stage for the design of the festivities. The bride donned a lovely custom-made wedding dress from Belgium and went even more multi-cultural with her shoes, which were purchased in Paris, France. One of the more unforgettable accessories worn by the groomsmen were their colored socks, which coordinated to match the colors of their wives’ dresses.Carlton hotel, Midtown Loft & Terrace WeddingImplementing creative photography, photos snapped of the shoes, the rings, the bride’s dress, and the groom’s watch. Once that aspect of the shoot was done, the photography crew moved to focusing in on the getting ready photos.

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With a warm and sunny wedding day greeting all guests in attendance, the weather helped reflect the mood of utter happiness and love, allowing for many smiles to exchange and spread the good cheer. The wedding ceremony itself took place at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University. This beautiful chapel acts as a venue for hundreds of religious and campus events each year. Performed according to Greek tradition, during the wedding ceremony the couple exchanged Stephana crowns, to important cultural symbols that each had been handed down for generations.

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With the end of the ceremony and the reception, the newly married couple was cemented together forever as a single entity. As Friedrich Halm stated, “Two souls with but a single thought; two hearts that beat as one.”

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As the celebration wound down to a close, it ended in an unforgettable manner and mood, with the Greek folk custom of plate and glasses smashing, a tradition long known to apply to celebratory occasions.

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Photography: ArtVesta Studio
Floral Designs: FLO NY Events
Wedding planning & day-of coordination: Allie Levine Events
Getting ready: Carlton hotel
Ceremony: St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University
Reception: Midtown Loft & Terrace
Reverent: Mary-Rose Engle

Behind The Scenes of a Professional Wedding Photographer

Photography is my biggest passion and nothing can stand in my way when I see “the perfect shot” and attempt to capture it (getting the perfect shot is often strewn with hurdles!) Every successful effort and every beautiful photograph brings me a tingling feeling of joy and satisfaction that, I must admit, is addictive 🙂

I love great team work when the goal is to be not just efficient but also effective. It makes things run so much smoother and produces wonderful collateral benefits such as freed-up time or great behind-the-scenes photos!

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Thanks to my wonderful assistant Mariana for taking this amazing behind-the-scenes shot of me photographing a wedding dress at Metropolitan Building in Long Island City a couple of weeks ago.

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