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I capture the unspoken — the glances, the silences — drawing from New York's pulse and the richness of global cultures. Every wedding is its own intricate narrative. Rooted in theatre and life's everyday rhythms, I document moments both transient and timeless. 

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Wedding at Battery Gardens

Wedding at Battery Gardens

Who? : Sara + Michael

What? : Preparations at the W New York Downtown, a first look and portraits at Brooklyn Bridge Park, ceremony and reception at a restaurant venue overlooking Battery Park.

Where?  Battery Gardens, New York

When? : November 2018

While compiling the details of Sara and Michael’s wedding day, I asked them something I often ask my clients : How did you meet?

Sara’s answer:  We met online. I recently requested our original texts back and forth from the dating app we used (The League) and it turns out they were pretty boring – just a few exchanges and then an offer to meet for brunch. Good thing the first date was much more interesting! We couldn’t say goodbye after brunch, so Michael invited me to walk over a few blocks and see his grandfather’s butcher shop…Then we hit up a street fair…Then, I politely tried to excuse myself because I had a housewarming party to go to. I told Michael that he was “more than welcome to come”, expecting him to turn down the offer. But he didn’t! So he came with me and met a bunch of my friends, and some new people I had never met before. People kept asking how long we’d been dating and I had to awkwardly explain we met that morning…. Even all that time wasn’t quite enough, so we went to dinner that evening. 13 hour marathon date, and now 3 years later we’re getting married!

Thank goodness that epic first date didn’t end, because it brought Sara and Michael to an amazingly crisp, gorgeous fall day in New York, saying I do while the sun set over Battery Park.   It was the kind of day you see online when you google “perfect fall day in Manhattan,” orange leaves scattered on sidewalks, winter in the air, and a sunset that spiraled into a bright orange blaze.  It was another flawless marathon day in their history of marathon days, and it surely won’t be their last!

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

I’ve been asked before if I bring a styling kit or detail kit with me to weddings.  The answer is no, I love to work with what I find in my environment.  That will help me tell a story in a way that details that I brought myself never could.  This is Michael’s ring, laid on a “diamond” from the hotel decor! Michael is WONDERFUL.  Warm and kind, and loves Sara with a strength that’s immediately visible.  He’s a Crossfitter, a New York bike rider, and has a smile that could light up the city at night.  He got ready surrounded by his hilarious groomsmen, just a few floors below where Sara was getting ready with her family and bridesmaids. Sara is gorgeous, inside and out, and not just because she’s an avid yogi.  She’s a beautiful writer and speaker, chooses her words with clarity and precision, and loves with a ferocity that’s brilliant to see. After getting ready at the W Downtown, we hailed a series of Ubers and made the trek over the bridge to Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Hidden away on a fourth floor overlook, Sara and Michael saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. Instead of exchanging gifts separately, before seeing each other, Sara and Michael opted to exchange their gifts at their first look. It made this time even more meaningful, and I hope this is a tradition that catches on!  I love that they got to see each other’s faces when they opened their gifts and read their cards. After the first look, we had a bit of time to wander Brooklyn Bridge Park.  We’d been anticipating terrible weather and torrential rain, so this brilliantly bright day was an incredibly welcome surprise.  Since most New Yorkers had also expected awful weather, the park was even less crowded than usual.  Win, win! After a brief time taking very serious (and not so serious!) wedding party images, it was time to head back to Battery Gardens for some family portraits, a quick break, and the ceremony.
The moments before a ceremony are so special.  Whether you’re polishing your rings or greeting your grandmother, every second practically quivers with anticipation.  It’s one of my favorite parts of the day! This ceremony!  OH, this ceremony.  There was debate all morning about whether or not the crazy high winds near Battery Park would push the ceremony indoors.  Sara and Michael made the difficult decision to move it inside, and it was a great choice.  The sun set right through the windows, turning the whole ceremony golden. As the couple were huge fans of the outside area, and as we didn’t get to have the ceremony there, I felt it only fitting to take some late sunset images outdoors.  Cheers to these two for braving the insane winds for a few extra portraits! After cocktail hour, a few more portraits, and some detail images of the room, it was time to PARTY.  Sara and Michael exploded into the room, ready to start the dinner-and-dancing part of the night! I love the written word.  I love public speaking.  I love public speaking of the written word.  In short, I love toasts.  I love it when people stand up and speak from the heart, saying words they spent time lovingly crafted about people they adore.  After some of the most meaningful, gorgeous speeches I’ve ever heard (and a pretty rad dinner, too!) Sara and Michael took to the floor for their first official dance as husband and wife. The rest of the night was filled with dancing, more hugs, more love, and more laughter.  The kind of laughter that comes from things like locking your friends out of the reception and rubbing your butt on the door while they pretend to spank you.  You know, stuff like that.

Battery Gardens: A Waterfront Oasis for a Dreamy Manhattan Wedding

Battery Gardens, situated in the heart of New York City’s Battery Park, offers a serene waterfront setting for weddings. This exclusive venue combines the hustle and bustle of Manhattan with the tranquil beauty of its waterfront location, providing a unique and picturesque setting for couples seeking a blend of urban energy and natural charm in their wedding venue.

Stunning Waterfront Views in the Heart of the City

Battery Gardens stands out with its breathtaking views of New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This unparalleled backdrop adds a touch of majesty and historical significance to wedding celebrations. The venue’s outdoor areas, including its expansive terrace, provide a magnificent setting for outdoor ceremonies and receptions, allowing couples and their guests to enjoy the beauty of the waterfront and the surrounding gardens.

Elegant Interiors with Panoramic Views

Inside Battery Gardens, the elegantly designed restaurant and event space offer a sophisticated and comfortable setting for receptions. The venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame the stunning harbor views, filling the space with natural light and offering a scenic backdrop for every moment of the celebration. The interior décor is a blend of modern elegance and classic comfort, providing a versatile canvas for a variety of wedding themes and styles.

Photographic Opportunities Amidst Nature and Skyline

Battery Gardens provides a variety of captivating backdrops for wedding photography. The lush greenery of Battery Park, the panoramic waterfront, and the iconic New York City skyline create a diverse and dynamic setting for photographs. The contrast between the natural beauty of the park and the urban landscape of the city offers a unique and memorable photographic experience.

A Personalized and Intimate Wedding Experience

Battery Gardens is known for its personalized service and commitment to creating intimate and memorable wedding experiences. The venue’s culinary team offers customized menus featuring gourmet cuisine, tailored to reflect each couple’s taste and style. The attentive staff ensures that every aspect of the wedding, from the planning stages to the final moments of the celebration, is executed with care and precision.

Embracing the Energy of Manhattan

Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, Battery Gardens offers a tranquil escape from the city’s hustle while still being enveloped in its vibrant energy. The venue’s proximity to some of New York City’s most famous landmarks, including Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Freedom Tower, provides additional opportunities for exploration and enjoyment for wedding guests.

A Waterfront Wedding Like No Other

Choosing Battery Gardens for a wedding means experiencing the best of both worlds – the excitement of a Manhattan celebration and the serene beauty of a waterfront setting. It’s a place where urban elegance meets natural splendor, creating a perfect backdrop for a wedding that is as breathtaking as it is unforgettable. In the heart of New York City, Battery Gardens stands as a unique and enchanting venue for a truly magical wedding day.

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