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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 Whitby Castle

Wedding at Whitby Castle

Who? : Melissa + Matt

Where?  Whitby Castle, Rye, New York

When? : June 2019

When asked how they wanted their wedding to feel, Melissa and Matt told me “whimsical, romantic, meaningful.”  And their day was just that.  After a winter of cold, rainy, dark days it was a gorgeous, unusually cool summer day the day they got married.  Under the brightest of blue skies, Melissa and Matt said their vows surrounded by family, friends, and the sweet memories of those who were no longer with them.

It’s really impossible to convey the magic of Melissa and Matt without sounding like I’m exaggerating.  They’re kind.  They’re wildly funny.  They are exquisitely gentle with each other and honestly delight in simply being together.  They’re warm.  They’re witty.  They’re gorgeous inside and out.  To be a part of their day is to be one step closer to the sun : wrapped up in all that makes them the wonderful, true people that they are.  It was an honor to document their day, and an honor to know them both.

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

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Whitby Castle: A Fairytale Wedding Venue in Rye, New York

Whitby Castle, set in the charming town of Rye, New York, offers a majestic setting for a wedding that feels straight out of a fairytale. This grandiose castle, with its stunning Gothic architecture and sweeping views of Long Island Sound, provides an enchanting backdrop for couples seeking a wedding venue that combines historical elegance with modern sophistication.

The Grandeur of Whitby Castle

Upon approaching Whitby Castle, one is immediately struck by its imposing façade, reminiscent of ancient European castles. The castle’s architecture, featuring turrets, battlements, and expansive lawns, transports guests to a bygone era of royal grandeur. The meticulously landscaped grounds, with their lush gardens and scenic vistas, offer a picturesque setting for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.

The interior of the castle is equally impressive, boasting elegant rooms and halls adorned with opulent décor. The Grand Ballroom, with its high ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and rich tapestries, provides a regal setting for a lavish celebration. Smaller rooms and lounges in the castle offer more intimate spaces for gatherings, each exuding its own unique charm and sophistication.

Capturing the Essence of Elegance and Romance

The Whitby Castle presents an array of stunning photographic opportunities. The castle’s exterior, with its historic architecture and beautifully manicured grounds, creates a dramatic and romantic backdrop for wedding photos. The gardens, with their blooming flowers and manicured hedges, provide a serene and colorful setting for capturing the joy and beauty of the day.

Inside, the elegance of the rooms and halls lends itself to classic and timeless photography. The grand staircase, the ornate fireplaces, and the elegant windows overlooking the grounds are just a few of the captivating features that provide a perfect backdrop for memorable photos.

A Touch of Modern Luxury

Despite its historical charm, Whitby Castle offers all the modern amenities and services needed to ensure a seamless and luxurious wedding experience. The castle’s culinary team provides exquisite dining options, with menus that can be customized to suit any taste or preference. The attentive staff is dedicated to making every aspect of the wedding perfect, from the planning stages to the final farewell.

A Wedding Venue Like No Other

Choosing Whitby Castle for your wedding means stepping into a storybook setting where every detail is infused with elegance and romance. It’s a place where historical charm meets modern luxury, creating an unforgettable backdrop for a celebration of love. In the heart of Rye, Whitby Castle stands as a testament to timeless beauty and grandeur, offering couples a magical venue for a wedding that is as enchanting as it is unforgettable.

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