Monday, September 7, 2009

Samantha and Fabien's Wedding

This Saturday I had a day très magnifique shooting Samantha and Fabien's Wedding.

I arrived in Chappaqua in the morning to walk around and get a couple of shoots of the location, while Sam was having breakfast. I never knew Chappaqua was such a pleasant, very green, fresh air kind of place (so close to NYC too!). The venue was just the most gorgeous, quaint, full of character little place called the Crabtree's Kittle House. It was built in 1790 as a barn, reformed as a lavish home in 1825 and today it is a super-cute little hotel. I love the place! (If I don't go to another wedding there soon, I may find an excuse to drag my husband there for the day :-)).

After a very nice time outside, I met up with Samantha, her mom, step-mom and friend (who was also their witness) while they got ready. It was really great to hear French, English and a lot of joking around as they got ready, doubly fun, as they were making me laugh and I am a sucker for hearing foreign languages... and French just went perfectly with the vintage chic atmosphere of the place (at least in my mind it did :-)). Samantha didn't get nervous until the very end (she is a singer and she said she was getting the same feeling as stage-fright)... and even then she continued joking and laughing with everyone in the room. Samantha's step-mom did her hair (with her mom's help) and she did her own make up. They did a fantastic job: Samantha looked gorgeous!

Fabien and Sam got married outdoors in a beautiful, lush green yard at the Carbtree's Kittle House. It was a lovely happy ceremony which really seemed to suit them perfectly. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour outdoors, with a lot of hugs, kisses (the French kiss twice to greet, just like us Brazilians :-)) and happy conversations.

From there, everyone headed to the dining room for an afternoon filled with drinks, delicious food (I got to try it between shots, and it was amazing!) and a lot of laughs. The place was set up perfectly for them: simple, chique, beautiful, full of character. They took the traditions that they wanted to take and let go of whatever they didn't. Each seat included a cute picture of them with instructions on how to best consume the fois gras that Sam brought all the way from her hometown for her guests to take as favors. Amongst other things, I loved Samantha's dad speech which was both hilarious and really touching (as he talked about his "little monkey"). It was also great to see some of the guests and the newlyweds getting into some lively Austrian music (Fabien's family is from Austria and France).

Everyone was really fun and sweet. I even ended up getting some of those hugs, kisses in the cheek and nice conversations too... as well as the bride insisting on having a toast with me in the end. It was a fantastic fun day!

Congratulations, Samantha and Fabien! Meilleurs voeux! All the best in your life together.

Here are some initial preview shots...

*Well deserved vendor mentions to Gustavo Zuluaga and his tres sympathique crew at Crabtree's KittleHouse for excellent, warm organizing service... the rest was on the bride groom and family who did an awesome job. (These are genuine comments: I don't take commission or anything like that :-))


  1. Nice pictures! Great even light, and the B&W of the little girl is charming.

    I grew up in Chappaqua and used to caddy on the golf course right near the Kittle House. Your observations about the town echo my own memories.

    Dave Williams

  2. Thanks, Dave. It looks like a great place to grow up. It is really lovely in there!

  3. Ananda! And you said MY camera was good! Wow. Your pictures are stunning. I can't wait to see the rest. It was a total pleasure to meet you.

  4. Thanks so much, Mikko! What I stayed in the wedding still stands: feel free to be in touch if you want to talk photography (I always love doing that! :-))... including if you want tome tips on cool things you can do with your camera :-). It was so nice to meet you!!! Keep in touch!

  5. I love the shot of that adorable girl peeking into her bag for treats :) And the very cool LEG LAMP!!! Awesome :)

  6. wow ananda, stunning photos; you captured the vintage feel perfectly!


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