Just before I start this blog post, I’d like to state for the record that if you’re looking for the person to thank for the bats on the website, IT’S SARAH. She’s my bat designer extraordinaire even though and clearly excels at drawing really, really cute ones.
Sarah and Paul are our wedding clients from a few years back whom we love and cherish and have maintained a friendship with while bonding over our mutual love of guacamole, mid century modern furnishings, mountaineering disasters, and complaining about Game of Thrones. They had been living in Durham and we were quite thankful to have them here. Then they lived in London for a bit for Paul’s work, and we visited them on our way back from Italy! Then they came back to Durham for a bit, but when the opportunity came for them to move to NYC for another bit for Paul’s work, we encouraged them to go even though we were sad because living in NYC is, we feel, an important cultural experience to have… and since Sarah and Paul are so good at jet-setting and cultivating travel and new experiences, we know they’d get along great, and so they have!
And now we visit them in NYC! And take their pictures! They were so gracious to let us stay with them in Brooklyn and introduced us to literally the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had. We were happy to roam around the area quiteeee early in the morning (sorry guyssss) to take pictures of them, and they were patient while Geoff and I gazed lovingly into the cat cafe (Sarah’s afraid of cats but it’s okay, we’re still friends). We’re so happy for them to have this experience of living in NYC and even though we miss them, they’re only a text message about people dying on Everest away.
Geoff and I were so thrilled to finally have our first wedding in NYC! We’ve shot sessions there a few times, but we’re glad that we’re able to end our last year as wedding photographers with an actual NYC wedding under our belts thanks to Diana and Long. We’ve always felt like they might be logistical travel challenges (do we take the subway? do we take an Uber? what about traffic?), but the truth is that we’ve had many local Durham weddings that were significantly harder to navigate, and it actually ended up being a breeze. We got outside Diana’s hotel early enough for Geoff to grab a Central Park hot dog (a requirement), and we were on our way.
One of my favorite parts of Central Park is the pond area, where it’s green and watery but you can see all the reflections of the 5th Ave buildings in the water and in the background, and we were lucky enough that Diana was getting ready right in The Pierre. So we took photos directly in that area on one of the nicest weather days and it was lovely. Then we hopped on over to Queens for Diana and Long’s wedding ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image which was incredible! A movie theater about movies, there are a lot of phenomenal displays in there, including a permanent Jim Henson exhibit where I got to take a selfie with the original Emmet Otter puppet, sad Christmas movie legend. Chewbacca’s head also resides there, as well as a ton of vintage toys and old computer and video game systems. If you’re ever in Queens you should check it out.
Diana and Long were surrounded by their families and friends as they got married in the awesome blue theater, some family members coming from as far away as China, and it was a heart-felt event. They celebrated their reception catching up with loved ones and doing a phenomenally choreographed first dance. Their wedding was music themed, and they had great table cards shaped like cassettes, and different records identifying each table. A lot of time and thought went into their decor, and it was sweet to see what music brought them together. They are super kind and fun-loving people, and we were so happy to work with them on their wedding. It was a big deal for us to have a wedding in NYC, and we’re happy it got to be with them.
Date: May 18, 2019 Ceremony+Reception Venue: Museum of the Moving Image // Queens, NY Officiant: Friend Florist: Bride Dessert: Bibble & Sip Caterer: Eventfull Hair/Makeup: Red Image Videographer: WeCinema
Doing at-home lifestyle family documentation is normally a very fun thing to do, but it becomes even more fun when the family is British and have fun accents, and when their 3-year-old daughter makes you tea. Clare and Dan live in a phenomenal old neighborhood in Durham that reminds me a bit of my old ‘hood in Pittsburgh. And their house is adorable, bright, fun, and 100% complete with KISS Mr. Potato Head dolls. They moved from the UK to America several years ago and first landed in Los Angeles, and then hopped across the US to land in Durham. From across the pond they bring with them their wonderful senses of humor but also the knowledge of this British kid’s television show involving a cute monster-looking guy whose name currently escapes me but was reminiscent in the best ways of My Pet Monster (which was brilliant). Harper likes this monster, but also Daniel Tiger and Peppa Pig, and also occasionally snacking on goldfish crackers straight off the pond on top of the dollhouse that Clare painstakingly made her. Baby Lyla is happy and sleepy, and not yet appreciative of all of Clare’s household crafts (of which there are many fabulous ones!). I had a great time hanging out with this family and learning such phrases like being “duffed up on the nugget.”