Old Westbury Gardens Wedding Photography – Congratulations Melissa & Oladele!

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.:)
Long Island New York Wedding Picture

Long Island New York Wedding PictureThe handsome groom:

Long Island New York Wedding Picture

Long Island New York Wedding PictureThe beautiful bride:

Long Island New York Wedding Picture
Long Island New York Wedding Picture

Long Island New York Wedding PictureCan you tell how happy they are to be married?

Long Island New York Wedding Picture
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury Gardens
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury Gardens
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury Gardens

Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury GardensOld Westbury Gardens, what a dramatic backdrop, I love it!

Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury Gardens

Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury GardensThe Temple of Love, how appropriate.:)

Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury Gardens

Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury GardensLove the little guard house in the walled garden.

Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Old Westbury Gardens
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Cedarmere in Roslyn Harbor
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Cedarmere in Roslyn Harbor
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Cedarmere in Roslyn Harbor

Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Cedarmere in Roslyn HarborDramatic fall colors!
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Cedarmere in Roslyn HarborThe mill with so many neat details. Historic and old is such a great combination.

Long Island New York Wedding Picture at Cedarmere in Roslyn Harbor
Long Island New York Wedding Picture in Roslyn HarborWe 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.
Long Island New York Wedding Picture in Roslyn Harbor
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at San Souci in Sea Cliff
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at San Souci in Sea CliffThe 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.
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at San Souci in Sea CliffMelissa 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
etween them!
Long Island New York Wedding Picture at San Souci in Sea CliffPortrait 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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