twilight lodge

This creative DIY wedding got a dashing spread on style Me pretty (to quote SMP: It’s a little bit country, a little bit city, and a whole lotta gorgeous! I’m loving the bushels of veggies, the warm richness of the long wooden linen-less farm tables, the hay bale ceremony seating, and the super sophisticated dress on the beautiful bride!)

It took place at the Twilight Lodge; the groom’s family owned B&B and was literally renovated by family and friends, from concept to creation.  A new (and ambitious, I’m told) wave of renovation was instigated especially for the wedding.

This was a great labor of love with lots of quirky details. A medley of deep warm color flowers were arranged in vintage food tins from the family’s antique store on the premises.

They designed the invite and save the date along with graphic designer friends into a series of whimsical postcards depicting food themes of Hudson valley/vintage/rustic warm feel. We loved it so much that we are planning a full blog post just on these gorgeous designs reminscent of timeless ephemera.

The bride Liron, worked on top events for Creative Edge & Attila, the groom, is a renowned Chef. The lodge is a quietly stunning inspired spot for weddings, events and tasting in the Hudson Valley – a great destination for a weekend getaway!

Photography: Raquel Reis / Venue: Twilight Lodge / Catering: Hugh Piney & Terrapin / / Flower Design: Marjeth Cummings / Design: Jenny Harkins / Makeup: Courtney Harge / Cake: Amanda Leigh / Lighting Designer: Linda Baldwin

housing works wedding

Meeting Jill & Abdul was love at first sight. Everything about this wedding is beautiful and generous and down to earth.  Plus Abdul’s speech was a hip hop love poem! 

Here’s what Jill wrote:

So where do I begin??!!

OFFICIANTS: Abdul is Muslim and I am Jewish.  We wanted to make sure that whoever married us knew us in and out. So what better people to marry us than my parents?  They have supported both of us in all of our struggles and in life.  They raised me.  We knew they would put together a ceremony that represented who we are and who we want to be in a marriage.

TILE IN THE PARK: My dad grew up across Tompkins Square Park, and my brother and Sis-in law dedicated that tile to my parents for their anniversary.

We chose Housing Works Bookstore Café because:

1. We wanted our money to go to something good, and with housing works it went right back into helping and advocating for homeless people with hiv/aids

2. We’re both super nerds and the idea of getting married in a bookstore just seemed right

3. Housing works was the first and last place we looked at, we just knew it was right

DYI: I found a wonderful place in Chicago called Woman Craft that employ women who have been out of work and teach them how to recycle paper (from local businesses) and make beautiful stationary to create our invitations.

The programs include a beaded flower for everyone to take home. I made almost all of these flowers for each of our guests. I tried to make them all unique as each of our friends and family are very special and all are so so so very important to us.

seven years later…

I photographed Kathy and Ricky’s wedding seven years ago and was delighted to get the call to do Kathy’s maternity pictures.  Serendipitously, our photo session was right on their 7th wedding anniversary.  It took place in their stunning New York apartment, sandwiched between Ricky running a marathon that morning and celebrating their anniversary later that afternoon.  A lot to celebrate.  I like being in the business of goodness this way…

Here are some pictures and a link to a few blog posts by wedding planner extraordinaire, Tzo Ai Ang






diet coke pop up store

The Diet Coke Pop Up kitchen in NY, opened the Style Series. We helped set up the photo booth, that was open to the public (you can see it in this youtube link of the web series, and the pictures below) and I covered all the events.

This was a weeklong of events, with special healthy food presentations by chef Tom Collichio and a private acoustic performance by Jewel (sadly i can’t show her pics here, she was amazing and you can see her cover of somewhere Over the Rainbow).

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summer portraits – a walk in the park!

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In response to all the calls we put together a summer special: $250 for a 30 minute photography session!! ($500 in value)

We are hosting this fun and special event in Central Park so bring your kids, parents, grandparents, (pets), lovers and friends – however you define family – it’s bound to be a wonderful experience.

It’s also a great opportunity to get those new head shots or splurge on beautiful dating photos!

Sessions are filling fast. We still have times available on 8/23, 8/24, 9/19 and 9/20 so please call (212) 995-1972 to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.   

Hair and makeup can be arranged if you like!!

Click here to view our gallery of family photos

Raquel Reis is one of New York Magazine’s favorite photographers, and was featured in Bride Magazine as Top NY Wedding Photographer in March 2009.

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Pop Up Chapel

Thanks to Darcy Miller who told me about the real weddings that took place at 303 Grand as part of the Martha Stewart Wedding and the Wedding Library’s Pop Up Chapel .    

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  Five lucky couples got to wedd (on very short notice ) in this transformed Williamsburg space .

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You can find all the amazing sponsors and artistswho donated their services along with fantastic, affordable decor ideas and the full story on Darcy’s blog and the wrap up story.   I donated photography for the wedding of Diana and Adam on Sunday. you can also check this clip from ABC News. 

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Putney Family

I photographed Tina and Jonathan’s wedding in 2004. You can see the gallery here. I was so glad to hear back from her mom regarding doing family photos with all the new grandchildren (Max, red hair, is Tina and Jonathan’s son).

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Hoopla

I got this email and links after a fantastic wedding I photographed in CT. Alexandra (MOB) writes,

“In case you missed any of the hoopla in the press etc, here are some of the links about Clelia and Blake’s wedding, from the proud mother of the bride – I mean, please, how gorgeous is the bride?:

The video vows story from the New York Times (also embedded in the Times link below):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SiFcBwrQSg

The “Gawker” rating (how weird is this?)
http://gawker.com/5282429/shot-through-the-heart

The story from the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/fashion/weddings/07PETERS.html?ref=weddings