Destination Photographer - Yvette and Nathan in New York

October 22, 2014

As you may know, I am originally from Long Island. I hadn't been there in over five years so planning for a wedding was akin to a foreign destination for me.  Much has changed, new hotels, new reception locations. Also of note, I wasn't a photographer when I lived there over twenty years ago. I now see it with new eyes.

 

I travel quite a bit for the weddings I photograph and most often they are to locations I have never been. This requires plenty of online research and arriving at the location a bit early to decide where formal portraits will be taken and the layout of the ceremony site. Being primarily a candid photographer, I am very good and planning on the spot.

 

Yvette and I met in high school. The last time I saw her was ten years ago at my wedding. She lives in Hawaii now, in fact she has lived around the globe since high school. I met up with her in Kyoto in 2000 during one of my vacations. We had a wonderful time wandering the city and dressing up as Geisha.

 
 
I share this memory with you now because I did not get a chance to say it during the reception. It was a pleasure meeting Yvette's friends, from every stage of her life. What a wonderful life it has been and I am sure will continue to be. I knew we had similar taste, but I was still floored by the gorgeous wedding gown with a red sash (my favorite color) and the song list played during the ceremony. We are similar indeed. Congratulations Yvette and Nathan! I am so glad we were able to connect again after to many years and so much distance! Here is a small sampling from the wedding day (and yes, I snuck into their room before they got back from the reception).
 
 
 

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