A Love Grows in Brooklyn: Lina & Challie

Williamsburg has been home to Lina since she was a child, she grew up right around the corner from where the couple now lives. And it's also the neighborhood where they had their first date – they went to neighborhood hot-spot Marlow & Sons (apparently it still is a hot spot because we saw Adrian Grenier waiting for a table when we shot there!). Because the neighborhood is such an important place for the couple, we decided to center the engagement shoot around all the important places in their corner of Brooklyn. We started off at their house, which is filled with nods to Lina's Columbia heritage and testiments to Challie's love of design, we swung by the site of their first date (where they had a glass of champagne), and ended with a walk over the bridge, where Challie goes running a few times of week. And of course, we had to include their Vespa – the best way to get around Brooklyn! (Oh and the other member of the family is sweet Tomasito!) If the laughs we shared at their engagement shoot were any indication, the wedding is going to be a blast!

A rustic Connecticut engagement shoot with Heidi & Scott

Whenever possible, I love the opportunity to bring the engagement story into the engagement shoot. It adds another layer of meaning when we can be at special place or incorporate things that are unique to a couple. In this case, we had to include the Vespa that Scott gifted Heidi the same day he proposed. A teal Vespa had been on the top of Heidi's wish list for years – ever since she lived across from a Vespa store. Scott likes to say that the Vespa was the other carat. And when they were tallying up their list of important things, the couple's rescue dog Homer topped the list. So of course, he had to make an appearance. I enlisted my favorite stylist Amy Azzarito fromDesign*Sponge to bring along some cool props and help me style the whole shoot. She brought along paper props by Michelle Bablo and the perfect dress from one of my favorite bridal shops, Lovely. We met, bride, groom, Vespa, bike and dog at the Nathan Hale Homestead. The trees didn't seem to realize that it was already April, but even though there wasn't a leaf in sight, the red barn, setting sun and open meadow made up for it. 

Vanessa & Jason engagement shoot

Vanessa and Jason wanted to commemorate their special day with a photo shoot this fall. Vanessa wanted photos that were sweet, romantic and fun. I thought Central Park was a great idea, so one beautiful October weekend day, I raced around the park with this fun and loving couple, discovering new places as we shot. They were both troopers – climbing up stairs, scrambling over fences and on top of rocks – we all had a blast – And I got to see first-hand their love for each other. It made my job easy.