Usually when you consider taking full advantage of Autumn light and colors for your Fall New York wedding, outdoor wedding venues in upstate New York like the Catskills or Hudson Valley come to mind. A city location like Brooklyn, most likely, isn’t where you think you could pull this off, but Emi & Shota’s showed that you very much can. Searching for Brooklyn restaurant wedding venues, they landed on Frankies 457 Spuntino, an incredible Italian restaurant (I didn’t want to leave and just eat all night while taking photos) with a beautifully Brooklyn courtyard for their ceremony. It was quintessential BK.
But, back to taking full advantage of the Fall in a city environment. First stop, Prospect Park. It’s always pretty amazing to me when a huge natural setting can be found in the middle of a bustling cityscape and Prospect Park has delivered for me time and time again. As you’ll see, the light, the trees, the everything was downright magical from Emi & Shota’s first look and beyond. There are so many nooks and crannies in this park that I feel like I see it anew every single time I shoot there. With an early sunset, we made our way to one of the finest Brooklyn restaurant wedding venues, Frankies 457. It was a glorious land of cured meats, cheeses and lots of Italian wine that as a responsible business owner, I simply observed from afar. It was a great evening so please start scrolling.
Calli & Pierce’s wedding was so summer you can feel it through the screen. The lush greens, the warm hues of the summer sun, it’s what you hope for when planning a summer wedding and they got it. Which is real nice because they’re real nice so it was well deserved. Personally, what I love about Westchester wedding venues is the space to roam when telling these wedding stories. With so much open space, it really opens up my creativity to not only capture honest and real moments, but the ability to give them a feeling in terms of space and environment. I really believe it adds to the gravity of the day. Callie & Pierce certainly wanted to embrace all of that openness and that’s exactly what we did.
I tell every couple I speak to that you will get out of your photos what you give. I’m not there for you to be an actor for me or to be a wedding version of yourself. I want you to be the real deal, have fun because that’s why we’re here and celebrate with your closest friends and family. Callie & Pierce took that advice and ran with it and what they got out of it was endless in-between moments of real laughs, hugs, tears and fist-pumps. Westchester wedding venues are perfect for this and I loved capturing every minute of it.
Allow me to tell you about a little thing called Fall weddings in the Catskills. It’s basically heaven. You take one of the most beautiful, mountain areas in New York State and get married while the trees are bursting in color and win at life. That’s it. The formula is simple. If you want to complicate things ever so slightly but reap huge rewards, you can purchase your own property and convert your barn into a wedding reception, get married on your own majestic lawn with mountains surrounding you and REALLY win at life. That’s exactly what Meagan and Emilio did for their Catskills barn wedding. Yeah, this wasn’t a Catskills wedding venue until they turned it into one and I was truly blown away.
As a Catskill wedding photographer, I’ve been so fortunate to capture wedding stories on all sorts of properties. Some are rustic Catskill wedding venues and some are backyard weddings. They all have their own allure but it’s hard to beat a backyard wedding that looks like a mountain venue location. The huge benefit that Meagan and Emilio got out of all their hard work in crafting their own Catskills barn wedding was the ability to allow their day to flow naturally and without a super strict timeline.
Witnessing this first hand really allowed for so many real, organic moments to occur without the worry things were falling behind or having to cater their every move to a clock. It was basically a perfect situation for me as a wedding photographer who focuses on unstaged and honest moments. My creativity felt free and the story I was telling just wrote itself. This Catskills wedding was a pure joy to document and I feel very lucky to have been a part of it. Here is Meagan and Emilio’s Autumn wedding in Upstate New York.
Nature! It’s really good on it’s own. It’s also really good with a couple of married people traipsing around in fancy clothes. Just like Kayla & Curtis here. Their Stonewall Estate wedding up in Delhi, New York in the Catskills was a perfect example of never having too many trees or mountains or barns or views. But, before all of this hiking and climbing and standing in ferns situation, these two did something I really enjoyed witnessing and photographing.
Instead of reading their vows infront of all their guests, they decided to read them to each other right after their first look. It was intimate and a perfect way to have that moment privately without having everyone you invited watch you. This is exactly why I say you have to do things that are right for you as a couple, not just because it’s what other people do. It’s your wedding and there are no rules. Be your own people.
Aside from that, you have to applaud these two for getting their shoes dirty. Literally. I’m fortunate to work with a lot of couples who love nature and love to hike so they made sure to set aside plenty of time to explore the huge property for their Stonewall Estate wedding. It gave us a lot of relaxed time before they did the whole marriage thing to get a ton of variety of backdrops and simply spend one-on-one time with each other. Another thing that’s pretty important when it comes to marriage. Here’s their Catskills wedding story in picture form.
A party so crazy, everyone lost their shirts. That will make sense at the end of this post but let’s start at the beginning. Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, Connecticut is one beautiful place to do marriage as Charlotte and Patrick can attest. It’s always a good sign when you can just point in any direction blindly, walk that way and inevitably find something beautiful or interesting. That describes the property at Lion Rock Farm perfectly. Corn fields, silos, fields of wheat and just general nature-filled awesomeness makes being Connecticut wedding photographers not too challenging of a task here, which is pretty sweet if you ask me.
There was an interesting twist on this mid-summer day. Guests filed in, took their seats and while we all waited for the ceremony to begin, the clouds above decided to drop some rain minutes before it was about to start. Everyone scrambled for cover and guests retreated to a barn on the property until the weather cleared. A lesson in patience. Charlotte & Patrick decided to absorb a 15 minute delay in order to say I do exactly where they originally planned, which I’d say worked out for the best. And the shirt thing? That’s kind of tradition among their friends when Madonna hits the speakers at a wedding. So yeah, shirts come off and people lose their minds. It was fun.
New York backyard weddings. Sign me up every single time. As much as I love all of the incredible wedding venues in Upstate New York, there’s something special about turning your own home and property into something that has all of the features a great venue would have. A beautiful ceremony location. Gorgeous tented reception. Epic locations for couple photos. As Upstate NY wedding photographers, these are all of the characteristics of stunning wedding locations I’ve been fortunate enough to be accustomed to. Well, Ali and her family packaged all of that in their own backyard.
I think the best part about throwing a backyard wedding is that it inevitably takes any possible stuffiness out of the equation. As a couple it’s easier to just let the day unfold how it may. As a guest, you know that the wedding is all about the important stuff and just having a good time. Guards come down. People are more relaxed. The overall vibe is what every couple strives for no matter where they get married. Job well done, Ali & Matt.