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Working in New York City you get to see weddings that challenge stereotypes and still look perfectly normal. The word “multicultural” says it all.
The wedding of Kenneth and Hanako is an example of a wonderful celebration of two traditions, the Jewish and the Japanese which, in a way, share the same values regarding the respect for traditions and family.
It was a lovely evening, full of dance and delicious treats. All the invitees looked so pleased as well as the great couple who couldn’t have been nicer to us.
Congratulations guys! Mazal Tov! ご結婚おめでとうございます
Today I would like to talk a little bit about very important for the pictures which is the wedding ring. The ring somehow works as a catalyst of emotions and it’s the visible proof of engagement.
Although there are a variety of stones, cuts, and settings, finding a unique ring that is personal and meaningful to you and your bride-to-be can be a complicated mission. The engagement ring isn’t just a symbol of the unity and bond of marriage, it’s a piece of jewelry that will rarely be taken off; therefore, the ideal ring should represent the personality of the woman wearing it.
Ring customization has become prevalent in the engagement ring business with the popularity of online jewelers who offer made-to-order rings. So what’s the best way to go about creating that original engagement ring? Here are a few tips to guide you through the process of designing a remarkable, custom ring.
Since your soon-to-be wife will be wearing her engagement ring until death do you part, it’s important to get a sense of her style when it comes to jewelry. Determine if she’s prone to sport a specific type of metal, if she’s into flamboyant, ornate jewelry or simple, timeless pieces, and if she’s fond of a particular gem or cut of diamond. Also, remember to keep the wedding band in mind. If it seems she’d be prone to wear her wedding band with her engagement ring at all times, go with a subdued ring that will partner well with the band. However, if you think she’d be more likely to wear the engagement ring on its own, then look for more pronounced, stunning engagement rings .
A major part of creating a custom engagement ring is finding a distinctive stone and unconvential setting. Recent engagement ring trends suggest that today’s brides-to-be are shying away from classics, such as the solitaire, and going for bolder options like the double halo. Colorful diamonds and gems are also gaining popularity among modern brides-to-be. Paired with a vintage setting, gems such as garnet, amethyst, and sapphire give an air of antiquated elegance, while vibrantly-colored diamonds with a pave setting produce a fresh, contemporary look.
After choosing the right stone and setting, the cut of the jewel is the final element needed to craft your custom engagement ring. If your future spouse is more traditional, go with classic cuts like the dainty pear cut or the refined cushion cut. For trendier brides-to-be consider a dazzling round cut or squared princess cut.
All pictures by Leila Jacue - llstylephoto.com
Christmas season is here, and parties and celebrations get really special. I really love speakeasy parties which recreate the style of the 20’s and 30’s. A perfect venue for that was the Bunker Club on the Meatpacking District, one of the trendiest nightclubbing locations around.
This birthday party was really fun, gorgeous girls and boys and lots of dancing!!
Raelynn and Greg decided to tie the knot at one of the most charming locations in Central Park, the Wagner’s cove. They came all the way from Alberta, Canada, to get married on exciting New York where they gathered good friends and family for a fabulous weekend in the city.
The bride and groom seemed to perfectly fit in the gorgeous colors and light of the Park this time of the year.
As we usually do we toured them over the best shooting spots in the area according to their likes and wishes. It was a wonderful evening; sunny and a bit chilly: so November, so New York.
Christine and John got married last October in Staten Island, not too long before the devastation that Sandy caused in the area. David and I were happy to hear that they weren’t too affected by the storm.
The pictures I took from them capture the essence of a wonderful family who support each other and make things with love. Their wedding was traditional, yet innovative and really exciting. A beautiful preparation session at home, followed by an emotive ceremony at the church and then we all traveled to an amazing venue on the countryside.
What a perfect night and what a perfect couple!
We sincerely wish all the happiness for these gorgeous newlyweds.
Angie and Sandy contacted me to take some pictures of their wedding dinner in Manhattan.The dinner was at the end of October in a cozy restaurant in the center of the city.
It was a very enjoyable evening in company of these newlyweds.
A couple of weeks before Halloween I shot a wedding on Williamsburg, one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city, but that’s for a reason. Amazing venues and beautiful young people in the streets everyday, and I think that’s wonderful.
Shannon and Michael are a stunning couple whose gentleness made me feel very comfortable working with them. David and I took them for a walk shooting on different locations around the neighborhood, which we know well since we used to live in the area. They are so natural and gorgeous that made every picture shine with an indelible magic. It was so much fun, a great night full of details which you will be able to see in the pictures. Thank you guys, we wish you all the best!!
A few days ago I had a meeting with Jenna and Brad at the Morgan stop on the L train in Brooklyn. They were looking for some graffiti and industrial backgrounds for their engagement session pics and I thought in this place immediately; actually, it is becoming a very interesting area, a community of artists and charming places.
We spent a very enjoyable afternoon around the neighborhood talking, laughing and admiring beautiful and colorful street art.
Jessica and Carlsen came all the way from Canada to have an engagement session in New York City and they brought some of the much appreciated calmness and an easygoing attitude we really like. I had a great time working with this young couple, they were very open to my advice and very kind asking for the shots they wanted. As always, David and I tried to get the most from the two hour session which we believe depicts a wonderful evening in the city of our dreams.
Gemma and Liz traveled from London to get married in New York City but they brought all their British style – which we love- with them. The evening started with a relaxed early preparation with the make up and hair styling while the tables where getting ready at the suite. As soon as the make up and style ended I could take some pictures to the breathtaking views from the private rooftop where the wedding ceremony would take place.
The two brides showed up wearing amazing electric and dark blue dresses fitting their beautiful blue and green eyes. The ceremony was perfectly orchestrated by the officiant and the guests were polite and charming with emotive words by the closest friends and family.
A huge full moon night from the penthouse in Manhattan was a remarkable background for the wedding reception. The sky was clear and the temperature just right. We had a wonderful night and I am very happy with the pictures.
Fatimah contacted me through my blog a few months ago and we had a meeting in a cafe prior to the wedding. She told me her idea for the wedding, a traditional Nigerian wedding combined with a modern wedding style. In my mind I imagined all of the colors from traditional African (Yoruba) attire and loved the idea immediately.
The day of the wedding David and I arrived to Brooklyn at a very charming inn where the bride and groom dressed and prepared in company of the wedding party, talking and laughing and making of it a very enjoyable afternoon, followed by an exciting ceremony and reception.
Fatimah and Jay are a very gentle and successful young couple and this was a shooting I enjoyed very much.
I love working with artists and creative people and exploring the newest emerging art spots in the city. This session took place in Bushwick, East of Williamsburg, an area with plenty of old storage spaces transformed into artist lofts and studios. Great coffee shops and indie stores and the trendiest people in NY, who are starting to move there where the art emerges.
The day was amazing and this couple is so lovely that makes every picture look wonderful with their very presence. Thank you guys, hope to see you around when we visit the neighborhood!
The Harold Pratt house is a wondeful landmark, home of the Council on Foreign Relations and one of the best wedding venues in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Last August we shot there the wedding of Rochel and Joel, an awesome young couple who got married following the Jewish tradition.
All the different scenarios and highlighs of the wedding (tisch, badeken, chuppah, kidusshin, kesubah…) were beautifully arranged in different rooms of the house and the result was simply spectacular. As you can see in the pictures, bride and groom were shining in joy in a day I am sure they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Mazal Tov Rochel and Joel!
A wedding is one of the most special moments in our lives and that is made clear in every picture that I have shot. Every wedding at City Hall has a special touch which is defined by very specific emotions. I’ve done many different weddings at Manhattan’s City Hall and love them all.
Etem and Ryan got married this August, and they did it with style, as the young and awesome couple they are. They looked shy at the camera in the beginning but pretty soon they got comfortable with me shooting them and we had a wonderful time together taking pictures around the City Hall area.