Wedding Ceremony: St. Peter’s Church, Staten Island
Wedding Reception: Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
I shot Katie and Steve’s beautiful Staten Island wedding recently. They each got ready at their own parents’ houses and I was able to get some stunning photos of the bride in her childhood home. The shot of her coming down the staircase in her wedding finery is something that I think her parents will treasure forever (I wonder if they have a similar prom photo floating around somewhere!).
Rather than having a First Look before the ceremony, Steve waited to see his bride as she walked down the aisle. Katie looked amazing as her father escorted her to her place by Steve’s side and gave her away. Her dress reminded me of the iconic Kate Middleton wedding gown, and her ornate veil was actually worn by her mother years ago – a perfect “something borrowed” to bring her luck.
St. Peter’s Church weddings are absolutely wonderful thanks to the sprawling arched yellow stained glass windows! Their traditional Catholic wedding ceremony included beautiful harp music and vows that brought joy to everyone in attendance. As the couple left the church as husband and wife, there was a great balloon release outside on the church steps.
While most of the guests left for the cocktail hour before the reception, I followed the wedding party to the Meatpacking District and Highline Park for wedding portraits. It was a fun mixture of urban and whimsy, giving the party freedom to try an array of poses!
Eventually we made it to The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers for the reception. Katie and Steve got the party started with a first dance set to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascall Flats. They mingled with guests and unknowingly gave me opportunities to take exciting photos such as the cityscape bokeh shot before everyone dove into the wedding cupcakes. The evening carried on and other interesting wedding reception elements surfaced. A professional painter captured the reception scene on canvas from the sidelines!
The night ended with the newlyweds stealing away for a kiss outside under the stars and looking out at the city lights. It was a perfect moment.
Congratulations, Katie and Steve!