It’s a total cliche, but we absolutely adore New York City. We sometimes fantasize of a time when the weather is perfect, money is no object, and we have ever-lasting battery power and memory cards in which to explore, shoot, and live in the fairest city on the Hudson River for all of eternity. Alas, this isn’t the case (yet), but when we do visit – especially to shoot a beautiful Liberty Warehouse wedding in Brooklyn on a sunny day in early autumn – we’re on our toes and jazzed to shoot.
We arrived in New York rather early, grabbed a staple bagel sandwich and a big American coffee and got to it. David & Renee, our couple of honor, were gracious from our arrival in Brooklyn where we (Justyna and I) parted ways to cover the prep at two separate locations; Justyna with the guys, at a loft overlooking the Hudson River, and I, in Red Hook at the Liberty Warehouse with Renee and entourage. After an hour or so, David made his way to the Liberty Warehouse to meet Renee for their first look.
It’s such a gift when we have a bride and groom who are excited to be photographed and collaborate with us in the process of wedding photography. Renee had lots of great ideas for background locations along the Hudson River, and we certainly took her suggestions to heart when setting up their reveal to include some of the waterfront as a background. Despite the blindingly bright day, we managed to find a shady spot on an upper landing where David got to see Renee for the first time in her wedding gown by Martina Liana.
As the guests arrived and the delightful, traditional Jewish ceremony began, it was truly evident that the bride and groom were ever-so present with each other, not losing focus from their vows, despite the sometimes noisy boat tours and helicopters that passed behind. With the Statue of Liberty acting as a pseudo-honorary officiant herself, Renee and David ended the ceremony with a bang, with David breaking the glass under foot and embracing his lovely bride.
After lots of family photos, a memorable cocktail hour, and a quick portrait session, it was back upstairs to start the reception. A Liberty Warehouse wedding is something to experience, and with the great service, beautiful decor, and friendly guests, our time making wedding photos for the bride and groom was truly an event not soon to be forgotten.
Once the dancefloor opened, a choreographed routine to Poison by Bel Biv Devoe proved to be a real highlight, as was the adjacent gelato station and moped were proved real conversation starters (though the open bar probably did more to help with the loquaciousness!). A big thank you to our bride and groom and to the Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn for allowing us to be a part of this beautiful autumn wedding.
Oh, we have a few photos below too that you may want to check out.
For more Jewish wedding inspiration, check out Daniel & Stephanie’s wedding in Playa Del Carmen;