New York Botanical Garden Wedding: Jubilee + John

As many of you know, I'll be expecting my first child in a few short months. It goes without saying that while I'm both nervous and thrilled about this, I'm also going to not be traveling for weddings for a while. Destination weddings have been one of the highlights of my past few years, and while they can be tiring, I wouldn't have traded the opportunity to shoot so many beautiful weddings all over the country for anything!

So needless to say, I was very happy to squeeze in one last out-of-town wedding for 2013: Jubilee and John's nuptials in NYC. I started the day off with the bride at The Empire Hotel in Lincoln Center, while second shooter Joe went to the groom's. We had scrambled up until the last day trying to decide where in the city (on St. Paddy's, no less) we could find a spot for a first look, and my walk the previous day had led me to a charming iron bridge on the southeast corner of Central Park; it turned out to be the perfect place: isolated, romantic, dusted with freshly-fallen snow for the bride and groom to see each for the first time on their wedding day. Some of my favorite shots of the day--though there were many--were taken here.

The ceremony and reception were both held at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx. John and Jubilee (along with their cheerful bridal party) braved the cold for portraits--the gardens had a quiet feel to them because of the weather, giving us a sense of intimacy and privacy. It was very special! But indoors, all was warmth and love and fun, with bright details that paid homage to one of the couple's favorite movies: Pixar's Up. Jubilee and John are one of those couples that really make their wedding day not just about them, but about all their family and friends joining and having a blast--whether it was the cocktail reception that boasted of dozens of dishes, including dim sum and a raw bar, all the way to the live band that rocked through the night. (If you check out the reception pictures, you'll know they succeeded!)

Congratulations, Jubilee and John--your love was easy to see and a joy to capture!