Friday, August 28, 2009

Rock'n'Roll Bride Approved!

This morning, I found a nice surprise on my inbox: the awesome Rock'n Roll Bride awarded me with an approved vendor badge:

I felt uber cool, because Rock n Roll Bride is just an awesome site, with some gorgeous photography in there!!! Thank you so much to the gorgeous Lela and Bubs for putting me in the RocknRoll radar!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back Photodrifting

I have briefly mentioned in passing here that I am part of a photography collective in NYC (initiated by the awesome John Paul Rodriguez), called Photodrifting. I have had a little break from PDing for a little, with so many things going on lately, but I am finally back to posting there! Checking out the site after my brief hiatus, I was super-impressed with the awesome stuff that the other guys have been posting.

I think it is definitely worth checking it out!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jen and Rick's Wedding

This sunny-beautiful-Summery past Saturday, I joined another lovely couple for their wedding.

I met with Jen and a very nice group of women while they were getting ready (her wedding planner, mother, bridesmaids and flower girls - including her gorgeous little baby girl) . It was such a great start for the day: everyone was calm and helping each other get ready and take care of three super-cute little kids. The atmosphere was really great, you could really tell everyone was really happy for Jen. Once everyone was ready, we headed to the Central Park to the Ceremony.

Jen and Rick got married at the Conservatory Gardens (such a gorgeous location!). Jen looked absolutely stunning. As Jen is an opera singer, the ceremony was filled with beautiful music (as well as beautiful words). Jen's sister played the violin, a friend played the guitar, and one of the bridesmaids (a soprano) sang during the unity Candle Lighting. Rick's dad officiated the ceremony and Jen and Rick wrote their own vows. They were so beautiful I had to work hard not to let a couple of tears escape! :-) (this reminds me of a fellow wedding photographer friend, Amanda Picone, who I remember telling me that happens to her when taking pictures of weddings). I love it how they incorporated their friends and family in the ceremony, making it really their own.

From there we headed to an awesome reception at Ill Campanello. The party was really great fun with some very lively guests, toddlers and babies included, kept dancing until the very end!

Congratulations, Jen and Rick and all the very best wishes for you and little Jaz in your life together!

Finally, here are a couple of preview shots...

P.s.: Well-deserved (I promise I don't take any commission :-)) vendor mentions: A big thanks to the awesome wedding planner Kristy Giardino from Milestone Events for doing such a fantastic job organizing the day! Thanks also the super cool Dj Gatsby for such great fun music (hence giving me the opportunity for me to get some fun happy shots).

Friday, August 14, 2009

Back from Brazil

I am back in New York! I had a fantastic time in Brazil and my borther's wedding was just beautiful. I am going to miss everyone a lot, but is very nice to be back all fresh, rested and excited to be photographying Jen and Rick's wedding tomorrow! While I wait for that, here are a couple of pics from the trip...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Flavia and Lucas's Wedding

As I mentioned on my previous post, I am back in Brazil for my brother's wedding. My little brother is married now!!!

The wedding was just lovely. They chose a beautiful space (Maison Mizuno in the vicinity of Brasilia, Brazil) and had an outdoor wedding on a very nice night (it is not uncommon to have night time weddings in Brazil. Many weddings start at 7 or 8:30 pm). I always thought my sister in-law, Flávia was gorgeous and she realy looked stunning as a bride. The ceremony was celebrated by two pastors - a husband and wife - who are very good friends of both Lucas and Flávia, so the ceremony was really personal to them. They decided to do spontaneous vows: not only did they create them themselves, but they also just said it all there and then rather than reading what they had written (brave of them, no?). They came out very beautiful, emotional and sincere and brought out a lot of tears on the crowd.

As I was a bridesmaid, Flávia and Lucas hired an awesome group of photographers (Studio Art Fotografia, by Antonio Leal and Gentil Magalhães) to officially cover the ceremony and formals (they were super nice and did a great job). Though we did organize for me to add some of pictures as well, covering Flávia's preparation shots* and some pictures during the wedding (we even set things up so that I would sit on the last chair so that I could escape to take some pictures during the ceremony :-) ). I ended up getting a lot of pictures to make them a nice little album... but just as well that I wasn't the sole photographer this time: I have a huge family and it was just great to spend some time catching up with my many cousins, uncles and ants (a really hillarious noisy bunch).

I am so happy for both my little brother and my new sister in law. Congratulations (parabéns) to Lucas and Flávia and all the best on their life together!

Here are some quick preview shots of the wedding.

*It was actually just me and Flávia when she was getting ready, as in Brazil it is not customary for the bride to necessarily get ready surrounded by all her bridesmaids. Bridesmaids are not color-coordinated either and there is less actvity surrounding groomsmen and bridesmaids than in American weddings. I actually only met all the other bridesmaids in the actual ceremony.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Flávia and Lucas's Wedding Rehearsal

My little brother is getting married!!!!! I am back in Brazil for the wedding (life's good :-)) and I super happy for my brother and his lovely fiancé, Flávia. They are so cute together and I am sure they will make each other very happy.

Here are some shots of their wedding rehearsal the other day. Although there is a rehearsal, there isn't a tradition of rehearsal dinners here in Brazil. So the two families just went over the details of the ceremony and had a lovely sunny afternoon together.

Parabéns, Flávia e Lucas!!!!!

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