I should let you know, Aleah is one of my very best friends. I wasn’t going to ask about her photography plans until being absolutely certain there wasn’t going to be a traditional bridal party. Once my bridesmaid’s obligations were confirmed null and void, I finally asked. We were on a subway heading out to Brooklyn, to visit their venue, The Dumbo Loft. I said, “So, who is gonna shoot this?” I’m not certain on the exact dialog, but my response went something like, “Absolutely not, I’m shooting your wedding!” I couldn’t think of a better way to be by her side all day, and to capture it exactly how I know her and Chris would want it done! They were both worried I wouldn’t get to enjoy myself, so I made a promise to jump into the party as a guest from time to time. I’m pretty good at dancing with a camera. It was a done deal.
I started the day in an awesome apartment a few blocks away from the venue, where Aleah and her family got ready. The ladies were prancing around like giddy school girls while the men, PopPop and Dad, were comfortably admiring the process from behind their newspapers on the couch. Being that Chris was getting ready only a few blocks from the apartment, I was able to go back and forth between the two. I love doing that… it’s like keeping a juicy, love triangle secret all to myself! We turned Chris’ room in a GQ magazine shoot. I seriously had a hard time choosing photos to post, because he looked so damn handsome in all of them! He was smiling the whole time; I couldn’t wait for them to see each other and get this love fest rolling! And a love fest it was! Every moment, every detail, down to the string on the favors, were so personal and intimate. One of my favorite spots was a wooden heart constructed of salvaged boardwalk from hurricane Sandy! All of it, truly, represented Chris and Aleah. Two special people who exude respect, love, self expression, and freedom, as they make their own rules in life. I love you both. Congratulations to two of my favorite people. It’s hard being behind the camera with fuzzy eyes, but I pulled it off. Here’s their day!