Sep 29, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy Rosh Hashana! To a sweet New Year. I shot this Honey still life using my 4x5 camera, with stylist Jeila Gueramian. The apples images was made in the kitchen of my Aunt Julie Riven's house in Boston, while I was "looking for something to do" between dishes/shots for her cookbook, "The Way We Cook".

Sep 26, 2008

Laura and Phil: Picnic House on Pier 40

I photographed Laura and Phil's wedding at the Picnic House on Pier 40 a couple of months ago..It was a busy summer, but I finally posted my favorites from this beautiful wedding. Laura Kaiserman (whose interiors I've photographed and featured here) married Philip Berent on July 26th in Manhattan under a beautifully decorated chuppah with views of downtown Manhattan and New Jersey. Laura, who is also a painter, painted the green mural on the side of the Picnic House wall (featured above). Phil, and his friends who accompanied him, sang a song to and about Laura. Two long tables were set up inside with great earthy brown runners and purple and orange floral arrangements.. What a great city wedding! A special thanks to my intern Maddy Gray for helping out with the 3 large grids : )

Sep 25, 2008

Chandler and Karen in Italia, Continued

More photos of our trip to Italy in May....Please click on the Italy link at right to see more images of our trip to Orvieto, Firenze, Santa Margherita and Roma. Ci vediamo!

Shining to Karl in Manhattan on 8/8/08 and 8/9/08

Shining married Karl on the lucky weekend of August 8th, 2008 (8/8/08). The rehearsal dinner (a Chinese banquet) was at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown, NYC and the ceremony and reception were on the following day at Banchet Flowers in the West Village. A special appearance was made by Whiskey, their dog, who carried the rings to the altar in a pouch on his collar. Beautiful wedding. While Shining was having her hair done, she explained the significance of the number eight to me: "The significance of the number eight in Chinese is that "eight" (pronounced "ba" in Mandarin and "baht" in Cantonese) rhymes with the word "prosperity" (pronounced "fa" in Mandarin and "faht" in Cantonese"). The number nine ("jiu") also has significance because it sounds like the word for "wine" and also similar to the word for 'lengthy.' " Not only did the Olympics begin in Bejing on 8/8/08 but many weddings were planned for that weekend too, when they visited City Hall on that date, it was FULL of Chinese couples! Having their wedding at a flower shop in the West Village was a purposeful choice, the couple tried to make it a green wedding as much as possible (no additional flowers had to be purchased, as they were already there). Also, they strove to have the event be more of an intimate gathering rather than a wedding with the traditional pomp. A special thanks to my intern Shiva Zanganeh for helping to make these grids : )

Ashley and Jack's November Wedding: Westside Loft

Ashley and Jack were married last November at the Westside Loft in Manhattan. The couple got ready at the Essex House and we shot portraits separately at Central Park South before the ceremony so that the groom would see his bride for the first time walking down the aisle. Ashley and Jack's emphasis was on having amazing food (and it was!) as they both work in the food world. Ashley worked at Prune and now is at the Food Network. While Jack works with chocolate! Gabrielle Hamilton, executive chef of Prune Restaurant in the East Village, catered the event. She made a special appearance to serve the couple their main dishes and stayed to hand-make the canoli for the guests after dinner. Lindsay Landman Events planned this party. Thanks to my intern Daniela for helping to make these grids with me : )

Sep 22, 2008

Dana and Ron's Purple and White Wedding

Dana and Ron's beautiful wedding took place at The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saddle River and was also celebrated at The Mezzanine, a neo-classical historic building in Newark's Four-Corners Historic district. Dana chose pretty purples and blues in silk and chiffon for her maids to wear, offered bubbles to the guests to blow upon their exit of the church. Dana held onto her grandmother's lace hankerchief (which also acted as a sweat-absorber during this hot hot day) and as she danced the night away in her gorgeous Nicole Miller dress. White orchids and callas decorated Ron and his brother's lapels, laced the bouquets and joined the blue hydrangeas at each of the tables. Thanks to Maddy Gray, my new intern, for helping to create these grids!