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Hotel on Rivington NYC wedding: Joyce and Nandish by Ryan Brenizer

Joyce and Nandish’s wedding reminds us that when you have the will to celebrate your love, nothing gets in your way.

In the photos below you will see Joyce and Nandish getting married before the impressive view from the roof of the Hotel on Rivington. You will also see them getting married inside the colorful reception area of the Hotel on Rivington. Do not call a script supervisor; there is no continuity error. They were married in both places, thanks to a sudden rainstorm that swept over the horizon and straight into us.

They simply had too much to celebrate. We always love doing weddings where the bride or groom have children already because it adds just another layer of love and connection to the day, and Joyce and Nandish's children were an integral part of the entire wedding, with sweet moments like Joyce's young son helping her get dressed … right after she helped him.

The Pierre Hotel wedding: Rachel and Brendon by Ryan Brenizer

Rachel and Brendon’s wedding was a thousand positive adjectives turned up to 11. Each one —- gorgeous, wild, elegant, emotional — needs their own exclamation point. Take the ingredients of a Pierre Hotel wedding, Central Park in fall*, and a couple bursting with excited energy for the day and for each other, and you have a recipe for an amazing day.

Rachel and Brendon not only have amazing positive energy, but a deep connection to their family and friends (whom they treat like family). It has been such a delight to see Rachel mark occasions both happy and sad on her Instagram with photos we took at her wedding, from Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day to new engagements. It reminds us of the lasting impact wedding images have!

We were happy to be helped by Jerry Ng and Tom Harmon to capture as many aspects of this wild-and-joyous-every-minute day as possible. And thank you to Dawn Celovsky at State of the Art Enterprises for planning such a beautiful event.

*Something so wonderful that Ferris Bueller sang about it on the top of a parade float … even though he was in Chicago.

Metropolitan Building wedding: Hans and Scott by Ryan Brenizer

Any time we see an inquiry for the Metropolitan Building come into our e-mail, we do a little happy dance and cross our fingers that we are available for the date. It is a playground for photographers, more or less literally … home not just to wonderful smaller weddings but countless editorial shoots and even music videos. It somehow combines a quaint Victorian aesthetic with a feeling that you are stumbling on the private property of a propmaster gone mad, and we love every bit of it.

But venues are just the backdrop, and weddings are about the people. Luckily our excitement grew and grew as we met and learned more about Hans and Scott. Frankly, it’s hard not to catch a bit of Hans’ ever-present excitement, which translated into his hands-on guidance in an East-meets-West theme that infused both the decor and the (amazing) catering, overseen by the fantastic work of Claire Stitzer at WeWedWell.

Things like this is why we can call weddings amazing after so long and really mean it. What else is there to say about a groom who would secretly learn to sing a song in Mandarin, and hide lyrics under the dinner plates so guests could join him in serenading his partner? Or about an evening where surprise Chinese Dragon performers start the proceedings? Or best yet, just getting to be close to people who love each other so much that they burst into tears?

Yeah, that’s amazing.

Planning: WeWedWell
Officiant: Sharon Simon
Catering: bonbite
Flowers: Gatherings Floral Design
DJ: Lindsey
Stylist: Styles on B
Tea Ceremony: Tea Drunk

Paper Factory Hotel wedding: Amadeo and Noelia by Ryan Brenizer

When a wedding day is rained out, forcing everyone to stay inside all day, there are a couple things you’d like to have. First, a venue as cool-looking as The Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City. Second, and more importantly, you want a couple as fun and awesome and in love and with smiles as giant as Amadeo and Noelia.

We both knew this wedding would be amazing from the engagement shoot we did with them, but Ryan was shooting another wedding this day, so these photos are Tatiana’s, assisted by Inku Yo, a talented guy who now uses his talents to feed NYC as the owner of the Goji Grill.

This wedding is long overdue for the site, and we are now happy to call Amadeo and Noelia not just amazing clients but also personal friends, We have delighted in their further adventures with their son Adrian (who made an appearance in the wedding as a smaller version than his current rambunctious, bike-riding self.)

Housing Works Cafe wedding: Evan and Nora by Ryan Brenizer

I think it says a lot about Nora and Evan that our first impulse isn’t to tell you about their wedding, but to tell you about them. Because they’re awesome. Funny, smart (congratulations on that dissertation, Dr. Nora!) and brimming with the sort of nice that you still feel after they’ve left the room.

The wedding was pretty great, too. We love everything about Housing Works … from their mission to their donations to photographing a wedding surrounded by amazing books. They took it to the next level by hand-crafting decorations, building time into the schedule to build their own chuppah and adding hundreds of paper cranes they and their friends had painstakingly crafted.

Oh, and they have great taste in neighborhoods. Not only are Nora and Evan sort of our neighbors (geeking out over all the same local haunts we do), Evan and his friends got ready in our studio!

On a gorgeous sunny day Evan and Nora met each other in the Brooklyn Heights promenade. A short jaunt across the bridge brought us to Housing Works and a ceremony officiated by three friends. The reception was catered by Pies ’n' Thighs (as good as they sound) and coordinated by Brittney at BLB Events.