Wedding Prep at the Box House Hotel, Brooklyn
An old friend from my restaurant days referred Chelsea to me, and I am so glad he did!! The first zoom call I had with Chelsea and Kerel, I knew we were gonna have a blast. She had so many great ideas, she knew what she wanted and she was super organized. Ahhh the perfect Bride!
I showed up with my 2nd shooter Chris at the Box House Hotel and we grabbed a bite to eat (one dude running all the tables and killing it, and delish breakfast!) while we discussed the plan for the day. The Box House is amazing. I can only hope to shoot a full wedding here one day. So many little awesome spots for photos, including an old-school NYC Yellow Cab out front.
I went up to Chelsea’s Bridal Suite. It was obviously beautiful and overflowing with light. Chelsea was there with her MOH and I got started doing what I love! Chris went down to join Kerel and his boys. Besides the very colorful conversation, I loved watching Chelsea read Kerels note and opening her gift. Apparently she has a thing for Gnomes and he found her a Bride & Groom set. It was fucking adorable!
Ceremony & Reception at Greenpoint Loft-Brooklyn Wedding-NYC
We headed to Greenpoint Loft, another first for me. (2nd coming later this year) What an amazing venue. Big open space, lots of windows. Very rustic/industrial, with lots of old barn-like wood and brick and sliding metal doors. There is a 2nd level that looks down on the first floor and a large outside with great views of Manhattan. The staff here was flawless! We did a first look with Chelsea’s bros and Dad, banged out the family formals and were able to get a few shots of the B+G, although I wish I’d had more time with the two of them, sooo many good spots to shoot in this space and outside (this is the min reason I always suggest a 1st look for B+G Pre-Ceremony)
The ceremony was genuine and funny and just very heartfelt. I watched Chelsea’s Mom go from laughter to tears in a matter of what seemed like seconds. The vows were so wonderful and they topped it off a Broom Jump, always fun to photograph!
…and then there was an epic party!!!
I really do love all my weddings, big or small, but this one was a standout. It was my 1st wedding of the year at two great venues with a couple I genuinely enjoyed. It seems like maybe we are coming out of Covid-times and you could feel a bit of that nervous excitement. But I think what I really enjoyed seeing was a zero-tension union of an interracial couple. These two families were largely meeting for the 1st time and it was seamless. Let’s be honest it could have been bad. It isn’t great all the time right now out in the world, but inside the walls of the Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, New York on 3.13.22, it was a beautiful fucking night!!
Thanks Chelsea & Kerel!
Check out the rest of my faves from the night and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a list of vendors!
Planner: Nico Ramirez
Flowers: Brooklyn Blooms @brooklynbloomsnyc
Hair: Megan Hazard @makeup_by_mae_
Dress: Kleinfeld @kleinfeldbridal & Rivini-@ritavinieris
Jewelry: Oscar de la Renta @oscardelarenta
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman @stuartweitzman
DJ:Jon Klaft @jonklaft
Caterer: Bassett Caterers @bassettcaterers
Tux:My Suit @my.suit
Venues: The Box House Hotel @theboxhousehotel & Greenpoint Loft @greenpoint_loft