After living in DC for 13 years, I finally made it up to New York! And what better excuse than Melissa and Oladele’s beautiful fall Long Island wedding! Melissa is a cousin and bridesmaid from Anne and Chris’s wedding two years ago, so I was thrilled and honored when she called and asked me to come up to photograph her own wedding!
Melissa and Oladele are so in love (you may recall their sweet engagement pictures); it was such a joy to be part of their wedding day! They were a photographer’s dream, allowing time in between the ceremony and reception for pictures at the magnificent Old Westbury Gardens. What an incredible opportunity, I just wish we’d had a few more hours there.
We also stopped by an amazing find, the Cedarmere property with a stone bridge and an old Gothic Revival style decorative mill. Cedarmere was home to prominent 19th-century poet, newspaper editor and civic leader, William Cullen Bryant, in the mid 1800’s and the house (currently undergoing restoration) is designated part of the Underground Railroad. Again, a few more hours of daylight was needed to here! Many thanks to Melissa and Oladele for literally running around these properties so we could make the most of our time! I think it was worth it for these amazing wedding portraits.
We wanted a picture by the water, but the clouds were rolling in, it was getting dark and the wind was whipping up even stronger, it was hard to stand up, but it made for a really dramatic picture. Again, Melissa was such a great sport and sacrificed her her hair getting blown to pieces for the shot.
The flash didn’t fire, but the available light is dramatic and the slow shutter speed showed the movement of Melissa’s great dancing dress, so I thought this image was worth saving. It looks kind of like old grainy black and white film.
Melissa and Oladele thoroughly enjoyed every minute of their wedding day, and danced and danced at their reception. I love the connection you can see b
Portrait Locations: Old Westbury Gardens, Cedarmere
Reception: San Souci of Sea Cliff
Assistant Photographer: Kathleeen MacArthur of Candid Like Life in Bellport, NY. Thanks Kathleen!
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