Jess and Mike are engaged!
CATEGORY: Boston, Engagement, People
Okay, these two are adorable together. They’ve got just the right proportion of fun, flirty, and deep, genuine love for one another to create the perfect joyful afternoon photo shoot together (not to mention the perfect marriage!).
We started our shoot at Boston’s beautiful, historic Public Library in Copley Square, which (as I later learned), Jess was “a bit skeptical about” (see Jess…never fear!). There, we flitted from room to room, staking out the spots with the best light and the fewest people studying fervently (well, except for that one shot we got in the middle of the SILENT room! Ha! They never saw it coming!).
From there, we continued on (thanks to the generous help from their good friends Pete and Julie (thanks, you two!!) who acted as our personal chauffeurs for the day), to the Boston Public Garden where Jess and Mike: A.) Pretty much played back-up for a one-man-band, B.) narrowly avoided augmenting their outfits with goose droppings on the dock at Swan Lake (no, NOT swan droppings), and C.) practiced some of the moves that Mike does for his work with the world-renowned Smith Ballet Company.
We finished our journey at beautiful Acorn street on Beacon Hill where one of the local residents was kind enough to let us use the street out front and to either side of his house to make some beautiful portraits. Thank you sir, for your kindness and generosity! We could not have done it without you!
Mike, you are one heck of a big teddy bear with one heck of an aggressive smile on you. Jess, you’re just the perfect, delicate, sultry flower for Mike. Good job finding one another. I just can’t wait to capture the magic on your wedding day!
Alex and Ileana, New York City, August, 22nd, 2011
I discovered just what extraordinary human beings Alex and Ileana are during our engagement shoot last month, but even that didn’t prepare me for just how special their wedding would be.
Set at the southern tip of Manhattan in gorgeous Battery Park, facing New York Harbor, Alex and Ileana joined their lives together in an act so glorious that the sight, sound, and romance of it all stopped tourists in their tracks.
As Alex and Ileana declared their promises to one another I found myself swept away as well, thankful for great auto-focus functionality as I wouldn’t have been able to focus my camera through my tears without it.
Given his passion for music and drama, it came as no surprise that Alex created a living soundtrack to mark each new act of the ceremony — an explosion of music created by exquisitely talented vocalists and some of New York’s finest musicians.
And while every part of the setting of their wedding fit together perfectly to create a stunning visual and auditory spectacle, they were a mere backdrop to the smiles and the love that radiated across Alex and Ileana’s face as they stood across from one another and promised their lives to one another.
And their community of friends and family! Never could I imagine a more talented, authentic, joyful bunch of people gathered in one place at one time. Peppered with fiery first and second generation Cubans and some of the greatest theatrical and musical talent in all of New York, their party pulsated with dramatic jubilation, some of the hottest dance moves I’ve ever seen, and speeches that brought tears to my eyes and lit up the room with laughter.
Thank you, Alex and Ileana, for who you are in the world, for loving one another so well, and for allowing me to count you among my friends.