Wedding: Cydny & Marc (Paterson NJ, Backyard and Art Factory)

I fell in love with a little creation named “Tucker” while shooting this wedding. It was his scraggly look that stole my heart, along with his absolute dedication for the groom.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

But let’s get back to the beginning of the wedding, actually before it started. Cydny (whose engagement session I shot in Liberty State Park in NJ on a very sunny day has a business in the Art Factory in Paterson NJ where she wanted the grungy walls to be the backgrounds for her pre-wedding shots. Two thumbs up for grunge : ). Here she is standing with the 3 groomsmen. The couple opted not to see each other before the ceremony, so we had to hide the blushing bride.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Marc, the groom, stands on the far left next to his groomsmen (and his brother… I think you can tell which one that is).
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Cydny gets her makeup touched up. The flower girls were a lot of fun to work with and VERY cooperative. I seriously want to know which behavior manual their parents used.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

As I said before, Cydny and Marc wanted to see each other during the ceremony for the first time, but they WERE willing to hold each other’s hands without actually seeing each other. The door exhibit allowed us just that. I have the give the creativity credit to Cydny for this one.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Cydny was not only a gorgeous bride, but super laid back. I would have definitely complained walked around that art factory in a heavy dress. It was a HOT day and air conditioning there was not. Yes, and check out her brooch bouquet.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Back at the door exhibit with her bridesmaids and flower girls. I will again let you guess which one her sister is. (And I have to say I love it when the bridesmaid dresses are slightly different).
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

How much do you love their shoes!
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Some photojournalism.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Cydny’s sister stands around with the groomsmen.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Net = awesome.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

So here is the fun part. The wedding was in the bride’s mom’s back yard! It was perfect. They even had big weddingy things floating in the pool. (No, no one fell in. Even towards the end of the night).
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Behind the scene shots with the flower girls.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Oh Tucker. How I love that bottom jaw of yours.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

The wedding was intimate and the backyard was the right size.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Some eye-candy decorations from the wedding.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

All the men (including Tucker) are waiting as Cydny’s dad walks her down the grassy aisle.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

I think lying down between the bride and groom during the ceremony is as good as place as any to cool off.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Some men were facing the wrong way, unfortunately. I know I talk a lot about the dog, but the ceremony itself was definitely emotional, even for me. The justice of peace was their friend whose booklet cover said something like “How to be a justice of peace – for Dummies”.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Cydny waits to put on a ring on Marc’s finger.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

After the ceremony was over we did family shots right against the curtain that served as the ceremony background.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

The couple photos came after all the family photos. It’s good to dismiss family members ASAP because usually they want to get back to their drinks : )
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

I usually try to find a constant shade, but in this case I got out of my comfort zone and snapped some fun shadow pics.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Don’t know if I mentioned this, but Cydny is a professional dancer. I think we stole into an excited neighbor’s backyard for these pics. It’s easier to get away from the guests, who will otherwise attack with good wishes.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

The food was served in a really nice tent right near the bride’s mom’s home.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Introducing the wedding party.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

A bird’s eye view from the upstairs porch.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Bride and father dance!
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Cydny… look at your cute smile.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

The speeches of the “best sister” and “best brother”.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Listening to the toasts.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

The dancing started while the sun was still up.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Lighting is tricky when you are outside and it’s totally dark. For this I used two off-camera flashes… one on a tripod as a hair light, and another as the main light which I had my wonderful assistant (Sophie) hold with a collapsible soft box on it.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

There were a LOT of dancing shots, so I figured a collage would be the best way to represent that.
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

You guys are just so cute!
Backyard Wedding in Paterson NJ

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Cydny and Marc – Engagement Session

Cydny and Marc are the cutest couple whose wedding I just shot last month and am almost done editing. I wanted to put these engagement pictures up before they have grandbabies : )
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OK, it was actually a really nice sunny day… so last somber picture. Promise.
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A Baptism Story

Anessa sits on her daddy’s lap in a full white dress, waiting to greet all the guests that have come to celebrate. To see (and purchase) all the photos from this event, please click HERE.
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She shares her spacious bedroom with her twin sister, Aliana.
RitaRosePhotography Christening in Belmont MA

The two munchkins are held by their God parents, and waiting for the Christening to begin. I’m super excited whenever my photography clients merge. In this case, I also had the joy of photographing this couple’s wedding, which you can see HERE.
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Polina explains the intricate bonnet on her baby.
RitaRosePhotography Christening in Belmont MA

Some amazing light from the huge living room window.
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Wedding: Adam and Pete (Four Seasons, Manhattan)

After being together for more than a decade, Adam and Pete decided to seal the deal with a lovely wedding at the Four Seasons in Manhattan. (I was referred to them by Fran, an amazing past bride of mine whose wedding I shot a while ago and whom I was psyched to see at the wedding.
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Their very adorable dog was… (you guessed it) the ring bearer.
RitaRosePhotography Wedding Four Seasons Manhattan NY

If I were a dog I would probably like to be Adam and Pete’s dog. They are amazing and loving (although maybe slightly obsessed =) owners.
RitaRosePhotography Wedding Four Seasons Manhattan NY

The grooms wanted a photojournalistic approach, which is very lucky because that is the kind of photographer I happen to be : )
RitaRosePhotography Wedding Four Seasons Manhattan NY

Both work in finance, so we were all excited when we realized there are huge bills plastered all over the lobby of the Four Season (at least in one section of the first floor).
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Wedding: Yvette and Greg (Kaaterskill Inn, Catskill NY)

Here is one amazing couple who (and I’ll steal this next phrase from a toast) gaze into each other’s eyes like two teenagers in love. And it’s NOT coz they just met. No. Yvette and Greg have been together for eight years.
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Drumroll…

… I’ve also compiled a video with music of this gorgeous couple. Wedding guests – you might see yourself here!

But I’m jumping ahead… first there was the getting ready. The mother of the bride is helping Yvette with some intricate buttons in the back of the wedding gown.
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Meanwhile Greg chills out in some amazingly decorated rooms of the Kaaterskill Inn.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

This is my third time shooting at this amazing place (which has farm animals!) and every time I am there I see new little details (like the bird candle holders).
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Bridesmaids (pre-gown) watch as Yvette gets ready. JCrew ad anyone?
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I love the little white couch that faces the huge sliding door to the back yard. And yes, there were formal shots as well :)
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The bridesmaids block Yvette as Greg gets prepared for the first look. A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony for photos. It gives the couple time for those clean, daylight photos and makes the actual wedding WAY less stressful (since the bulk of the photos are completed by the time the guests arrive).
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First look.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

First kiss.
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Grooms gone wild.
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Somehow (I actually know why) I always have more time with the grooms than I do with the bridesmaids. As you can probably guess, the reason is the time it takes to get ready.
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The eclectic decor of the Kaaterskill Inn with the lovely couple.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Back on the white couch.
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Yes, the groomsmen are preparing to do something cool here. Also, at this point I was very excited because the sun went behind the clouds, creating a gorgeously diffused light source.
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Yvette rocks some black rubber boots with her wedding dress.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Bridesmaids help hide Yvette from the guests who have just started to arrive.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Mmmm, a fairytale. My favorite kind of shots.
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Let’s get a little more traditional.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Love the way Greg looks at his bride.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

And of course, the way Yvette looks at her groom.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

The wedding party. A lot of times the horses can be seen in the back when I take these photos. I cannot imagine a more pristine landscape as a background.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Guests at the red barn.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Two groomsmen volunteer to detangle the flowers on the canopy.
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Pretty explanatory : )
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And here they are.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Yvette – you look gorgeous. How did you get the sun to soften and for the wind to blow at your hair at just the right angle?!
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

I won’t point any fingers, but there was one groomsmen who might have gotten a little emotional.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Bridesmaids stifling sniffles.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Married!!
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My kind of shot.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

After the ceremony we pulled some family members for a few quick pictures. The whole process probably took around 10 minutes.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Guests and decor. How cute do people from NY dress!
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Here come some shots of the decor and general outside area of Kaaterskill Inn that I so know and love.
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Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

The place cards were polaroids that were hung on clotheslines on trees.
Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

The guests were very excited and surprised to see their photos.
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Entrance.
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Toasts.
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Party time!
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Salsa (a passion of mine, actually).
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Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Wedding Photography Catskill NY Kaaterskill Inn - RitaRosePhotography

Yvette and Greg’s love is palpable and rare. It will be imprinted in my memory for a long time to come :)
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Why imperfect pictures are awesome.

Meet Simon the baby. I totally melt when I see him… how could you not?
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I knew David and Maya when they were still young and dating… wait, they are still really young. They are definitely one of my favorite families.
Family Photography Long Island NY - by RitaRosePhotography

Here is why I love slightly imperfect pictures. They convey a mood that traditional and posed pictures don’t.
Family Photography Long Island NY - by RitaRosePhotography

Interaction photos are the best.
Family Photography Long Island NY - by RitaRosePhotography

Family Photography Long Island NY - by RitaRosePhotography

Family Photography Long Island NY - by RitaRosePhotography

Family Photography Long Island NY - by RitaRosePhotography

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