In the depths of Tarrytown (which sounds like something really cozy) a really beautiful and special event occurred – Ahuva and Isaiah’s wedding. I had the joy of photographing it.
Feel free to browse some of my favorites below, or check out the entire gallery from the wedding here!
At a “crossroads”. Note that this is only visual, because in reality, I know that there were absolutely no doubts from either side.
The bride had the sort of breathtaking beauty that radiates the room – no gown needed (which is, by the way, peaking out on the right of the photo).
The hotel had a very graceful yard with stone walls, porches, pine trees, fields, and a great majestic ivy. On the right side, I have my Canon 580EX II set up on a tripod with a shoot through umbrella. I typically use two of these to light up formal portraits (see next photo). For Ahuva’s solo shots, I used natural light, occasionally turning on my fill flash.
On the right is Isaiah’s sister with her family. They were a beautiful, wonderful family with a lot of zest – as you can see. This is an example of a family formal that isn’t so formal… which I love. The only time I can get a little loud is in the 15 minutes during the formal photos of family, since you have to make sure people are lining up quickly and are totally relaxed.
The bond between two sisters was powerful and special. Here Ahuva’s younger sister is blessing her right before the Chuppah. There were tears to be wiped.
Some more of Ahuva’s beauty.
The breaking of the glass… Mazel Tov!
Ah, a little bit of alone time after the ceremony. I try my hardest to be least intrusive and make sure that the couple is comfortable in front of me – an engagement photoshoot pre-wedding can totally help with that, but if not, then it’s my job to make sure everyone is relaxed.
Pink and yellow wonder.
The entire shoot for the couple took about 15 minutes. I walked around the hotel with them and would ask them to stop by at different points that I thought had potential. This part of the wedding (what I call the “couple shots”) can be tricky because you are trying to do it in the least amount of time possible and you will ALWAYS bump into those few stray guests who can’t believe their luck when they bump into the bride and groom – shmoozing time! These are hurdles that you have to handle with the utmost calm and ease so that everyone stays relaxed and happy.
Last kiss before getting back to the guests.
I guess it’s scary being up on a chair over everyone’s head… since every time the newlyweds look like they are about to take a grand tumble and hurt themselves.
Going crazy in front of the bride and groom. One goal of the guests at a religious Jewish wedding is to entertain the newlyweds as much as possible.
Toasting with a few friends. I love the life in Ahuva’s facial expression.
Truly, Ahuva and Isaiah feel so well suited for each other. They had not seen each other for a week before the wedding (as part of the Jewish tradition), and you could see they missed each other like crazy. I love the purple/pink shadows on the curtains behind Isaiah, as well as their interaction with each other.
The flying fish named Isaiah. The men took a long table cloth which they used to repeatedly hurl Isaiah up in the air over their heads. Isaiah used this opportunity to somehow turn around his own axis, which sort of seems impossible.
Please feel free to view the entire gallery from the wedding here!