Sharing a personal assignment here … I recently shot the proposal of long-time childhood friend and now fiancé on their rooftop on the Upper East Side. I was honored to have witnessed this beautiful moment of pure joy.
Sarah and Julissa held a beautiful wedding at a campsite in Plymouth, MA. The intimate setting felt warm with those who truly knew the couple best. Their love radiated off the cool cape water and shined over the lake. After the ceremony we took a boat ride around the lake looking back on the guests at cocktail hour. Excitement turned into pure bliss as the couple retuned back outside for a moment alone at sunset. Congrats Sarah & Julissa!
Nora & Peter had a stunning wedding on Mother's Day weekend. A small gathering of 25 of their closest family and friends gathered at the Loyola Church on the UES. After the intimate ceremony, we walked to Central Park for portraits. Foot traffic in the park was pretty slow due to the earlier rainstorm; perfect for our family photoshoot. The group migrated to the West Village for a dinner in the carriage house at Palma. Surrounded by candles and fresh flowers, the couple glowed in newlywed bliss. Congrats Nora & Peter!
Props to Julissa and Sarah for braving the bitter cold with me in Boston. It was a high of 12 degrees and unbearable winds. You would never be able to tell from the images that they couldn't feel their hands and toes.
We started at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf for some indoor portraits before heading out into the cold. Of course we needed an image in Christopher Columbus Park which looks so pretty around Christmas time with the lights and by the docks. We headed to Modern Pastry, which was the location of one of their first dates, and I captured some images of them sharing a fruit tart and expresso to warm up.
These two had such an undeniable love for one another and was truly special to witness. I can't wait to photograph their wedding in September.
I was so excited to shoot my beautiful friend Risa and her now fiancé Jay's engagement photos. Living on the UES, Risa and Jay asked to meet at Central Park. Central Park is a challenging place to shoot with all the people, but an early call-time and remote location helped make this shoot intimate.
Congrats Risa & Jay, can't wait to celebrate!
A couple weekends ago I had the honor of shooting Katie and Dan's Wedding in Amagansett, NY. I arrived Friday night for the clambake at Indian Wells Beach with fresh lobster, clams and mussels. I met Beatrice, Katie and Dan's 4 month old daughter who is quite possibly the cutest baby I ever lay my eyes on (even more so when she wore her flower crown as she was carried down the aisle). Their dog Frank also had a little tux for the ceremony. He wore his longer than Beatrice did her outfit.
Appropriately the wedding was held at Amber Waves Farm, Katie and her Maid of Honor Amanda's farm right off of Main Street. After the ceremony guests were led to a small patch by the entrance where they were asked to help plant a tree. A symbolic measure of their love that began on the property that led to their engagement, their first born and now their wedding.
It was the perfect long table setting in the field with assigned "flower" or "fence" side seating. Outstanding in the Field catered and served a 5 course farm to table dinner. Everything was provided from the farm, from the flowers on the table to the colorful red and green heirloom tomatoes. The DJ played old 45 records till late. Dessert was provided by local Carissa's Bakery. She made not one, but 5 cakes and numerous pies for the guests. Per Katie's request, we ventured into the field for some photos in the flowers in her reception look, the most beautiful beading and champagne colored gown.
If you are ever in the Hamptons, I highly suggest you visit Amber Waves FArm. You are guaranteed to be greeted like family, leave with the most savory and sweet groceries and memories that make you never want to leave Amagansett.
This project is so near and dear to my heart. Jesse is my oldest friend. We grew up together and have been friends for 20+ years. I asked if she and her girlfriend Skarlyn would be interested in doing a collab with me and PUMA. Both girls were thrilled and totally on board. So we grabbed the new Clyde pride sneakers and jetted to Squarespace's office in NYC to start the shoot before the Pride Parade. It was almost like an engagement shoot. Kissing, dancing and laughing, Jesse and Skar were naturals in front of the camera.
I've known Greg and Elizabeth since college. The two have been together for 6 years and most recently engaged if you couldn't tell by the photos or the blog title. They picked the Conservatory Garden, which I had surprisingly never been to.
The greens were beautiful and the quiet space allowed us to truly maximize locations around the grounds. Just before sunset, we got some beautiful glow that was truly picturesque.
Growing up in New England and being a lover of museums, I was surprised to realize I had never been to the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. When Vicki told me she was having a small intimate ceremony there I was ecstatic.
The Jewish ceremony took place by the Two Hearts sculpture held by their Rabbi. Attendees included their two dogs, Lightening in the tiara and Zeke in the bow tie, two close friends and Vicki's parents. Vicki and Jerry exchanged personal vows expressing their love for each other over the 10+ years they have been together. I teared up being able to witness such a precious moment.
After the ceremony, we roamed the park gazing at the sculptures and art and taking some photos on the grounds. Congrats Vicki & Jerry, I wish you all the love and more adventures!
This was my first City Hall Wedding in NYC and I couldn't have asked for a better day. Vincent and James have been together for almost 10 years. "The Way You Make Me Feel" appropriately played in the Uber on our way to City Hall. James' mom and aunt met Vincent's mom and dad for the first time ever right outside City Hall, which was a special moment to witness on such an exciting day.
After the ceremony, we walked outside where the grooms were surprisingly greeted by their friends of their football league. Celebrations continued over wine and pasta at noon, which in my opinion is always the best way to celebrate.
They wanted to re-create some of their engagement and wedding photos but revisiting the places we shot. So we went back to Harvard Square, where it began. We also made sure to take some photos in the park where they exchanged their vows across from their home.
We finished the shoot in their home, which was completely transformed since last time I was there with Kristen shooting her getting ready photos. Baby John's bedroom had a adorable sign above the crib that said "Little boys should never be sent to bed, they always wake up a day older." Bringing the shoot, full circle we sat on the floor and read Jimmy Fallon's children's book "Dada." It was a small flashback to their engagement photo of reading "Eloise" (Kristen's favorite children's book) on the floor of Harvard's bookstore.
I always adore at-home shoots. They bring out an ease in the couple and you learn more about them seeing their space. I was able to capture the new baby room and photograph the couple with some of the baby items they have prepared for Baby John.
Charlotte and Daniel invited me into their home last week to take their engagement photos. After already being engaged for 10 or so months, the couple was comfortable in front of the camera and eagerly talked about their upcoming wedding.
When they booked me for their wedding last year, we discussed holding off on engagement photos until they moved into their new home in Waltham. I am so glad we did. Photographing in their new neighborhood felt warm and inviting. Something about shooting in someone's "space" brings a realness to the images. Makes them seem more genuine than a posted shot next to the swan boats. Don't get me wrong, I love those shots too.
Last couple shots, we had the dog and cats join in for a family photo. In true family fashion, it was hard to get everyone to pose still. Much like children, animals are hard to direct. I love the laughs in the photos as we try to keep the animals still and looking at the camera. They are real and true to Charlotte and Daniel's day to day life.
I can't wait to shoot their wedding in June and share the images from their intimate day.
Engagement shoots always make me happy, but this one especially. I have know Nick and Larissa for 4 years or so now. Larissa is a sorority sister of mine from Syracuse University, where she met and began dating Nick. Nick was an honorary sister in my book.
Since graduation, they both moved to Boston and I am grateful I get to spend more time with them both. They exhibit all the qualities of true love and romance wrapped into one. Anyone would be lucky to have a love like the two of them and I am forever thankful to have them as friends.
Amy and Kevin Flynn couldn't have asked for a more beautiful August day for a wedding.
The two tied the knot in the Rose Garden in Christopher Columbus Park with 37 of their friends and family gathered around the rose bushes. Their adorable daughter Charlotte was the flower girl and helped in the tradition of the Sand Ceremony during the vows.
After the ceremony we took portraits of the couple by the water and around the North End on the way to Tresca, where their family and friends were waiting.
The two stood out from the typical crowd on a Saturday afternoon by the waterfront. Boston tour buses drove by playing music begging the couple to kiss, people all around the North End gasped and many stopped to congratulated the couple.
At Tresca, the newlyweds joined their family and friends for an Italian meal, some dances, cannolis and the occasional emotional tear.
I'm honored to have shared this special day with them and their loved ones. Congrats Amy & Kevin! All my love and best wishes.
"Alyssa was amazing from start to finish!! Throughout the planning process she was very prompt in responding to any questions I had. The day of the wedding she took her time with us to make our pictures memorable! Our guests even commented on how wonderful and friendly she was! The pictures came out amazing, absolutely beautiful!! She captured every moment for us!! I highly recommend Alyssa!!" -Amy
Kristen & Chris had a mix of rustic with glam in their backyard wedding that is every bride's DIY Pinterest dream. The teacher and designer decorated their home and backyard for their small guest list of close family and friends.
The theme of "Pop, Click, Cheers" was featured in all aspects of the day from DIY coasters to the reoccurring rose gold glitter and shimmer seen in the mother of the bride's dress, bride's clutch and table cloths. Gold frames featured wedding photos of the bride's parents, broom's parents and grandparents. The backyard had a bar and handmade sign featuring the groom and bride's name.
After the ceremony in the park across the street from their apartment, the two hosted cocktails in their backyard before everyone went to Eastern Standard for dinner.
I hope to hire these two to decorate my wedding one day. Congrats Kristen & Chris!
"Working with Alyssa was our best wedding decision. She provided engagement and wedding day photos. Our engagement session began with pouring rain. Alyssa was super flexible offering both a rain date and creative ideas to make the rain work for us. In the end, we ended up with AMAZING rainy day photos. She made the whole day fun and full of laughter and I cannot express how much we treasure the images she captured. I tried not to be that girl who gets every photo framed but in the end I could not help myself, they were just too good. On our wedding day, when Alyssa showed up at our apartment, it felt like a friend had stopped by to share in the excitement and snap a few pictures. In all my bridal nerves, I hardly noticed her fluttering around the house and sneaking photos of every detail and touching moment. When we got our photos back (in WAY less time than we thought), I was blown away. I haven't shown our photos to a single friend or family member who hasn't cried and laughed looking over the images. Alyssa was a pleasure to work with. I adore our pictures. She got our style completely and her images are nothing but a gift." -Kristen
When Kristen emailed me an inspiration photo of Olivia Palermo in a black sleek dress and heels, I knew this shoot was going to be nothing short of stunning. The rain didn't effect the shoot at all. Chris and Kristen embraced the showers and adding in large bubble umbrellas added to the props.
We shot at the flower market where Chris bought sunflowers for Kristen the day of their proposal. The yellow sunflowers added a bold color nature to the overall grey day. After, we made our way to a bookstore local to Harvard Square. Kristen is an pre-school teacher, so I had a vision of the two of them reading in the children's section. Kristen pulled her favorite childhood book "Eloise." The photo with the focus on her engagement ring ended up being one of my favorites of the day.
I can't wait to photograph their upcoming wedding in June and capture more of their love.