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New York City Wedding Photography - Martine and Nicola NYC Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photography – Martine and Nicola NYC Wedding Photos

Normally, I don’t work backwards. What do I mean? Well, I mean, after I photograph a wedding, I process all the photos; I selected some of my favorite moments and blog about the wedding; I may upload some photos to FB -depending on the privacy we had discussed, and then some weddings are featured in the press.

Martine and Nicola’s wedding was different. If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that things were posted backwards. The very first day after the wedding, I grabbed some of my favorites pictures, processed them and uploaded them to FB, then I continue to process all the pictures, their wedding story was featured in ABC news, I blogged about their wedding making news, and now, I’m finally blogging about the wedding. See what I mean.

Martine and Nicola were supposed to get married on August 28, you know that was the day when Hurricane Irene was said to hit New Jersey. Days before the wedding, the Governor declared state of emergency and one of the mayor highways was shut down. The situation looked dire, and it was clear the wedding was simply not going to happen, at least as planned. For scheduling reasons, their wedding couldn’t be postponed beyond a few days because Martine was leaving NYC to join her husband in another state. Many guests had already traveled from out of town, and even transportation in NYC was shut down forcing many business to close. The possibilities were very limited. Luckily, Martine had hired Fouzia Elidrissi as day-off wedding coordinator, but considering the circumstances, Fouzia Elidrissi happily took charge as a full wedding planner, and re-planned the wedding in less than 24 hours. We communicated back and forth and luckily the wedding took place.

Unfortunately, not all guests could make it, and among those guests were Nicola’s parents. As we drove to the reception, the sun set right behind the New Jersey skyline while Nicola talked to his parents on the phone and talked a little bit about the wedding.  I took a photo, and that image stayed in my mind all night. I kept thinking about this picture. I knew it would be grainy and maybe blurry; after all I took it under terrible lighting conditions: inside a car, after sunset, backlit and no flash, but the meaning of that picture was profound, at least through my viewfinder. I wondered how I would feel if Isabella got married, and I was not there to see her walking down the aisle. I wondered how Martine felt after planning this wedding for so long and not being able to have all her friends or family.

So I did what any romantic photographer would do. I bypassed my own workflow, grabbed about 30-40 pictures and uploaded them on FB for Martine. She was looking at those pictures as I was tagging her, and she cried.

Martine and Nicola, it was an absolute honor to me to have been part of your wedding day.

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

Bride and groom at the altar - NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

After the ceremony we headed to Union Square park. The Park was crowded and dark, so I used as much available light as possible.

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

Martine and Nicola, thank you for following me up during our crazy portrait session in Union Square Park, and for being so gracious as hundreds of people watched and cheered for you.

New York City Wedding Photography - Martine and Nicola NYC Wedding Photos

New York City Wedding Photography - Martine and Nicola NYC Wedding Photos

New York City Wedding Photography - Martine and Nicola NYC Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

NYC Wedding Photos - Martine and Nicola Wedding Photos

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Featured Wedding – ABC Eyewitness news – Martine and Nicola

Just this week, I blogged about a wedding that I photographed one day before hurricane Irene was scheduled to hit NYC. For us, the story of being affected by hurricane Irene didn’t end with that wedding. As I mentioned before, I was glued to the TV for days before the wedding, some will say I was paranoid, but I had good reason to be concerned. We actually had two weddings that weekend, and the second one was scheduled to take place in New Jersey, the same morning hurricane Irene was going to touch land. As soon as the Governor declared state of emergency on New Jersey, I panicked not because of me, but I thought of my bride. How would she feel? For three days, Fouzia Elidrissi, the wedding coordinator and owner of My Bridal Budget, and I emailed back and forth, and I mean every couple of minutes. We discussed several back-up plans and everything else from changing the date, availability, to changing location and time of day. We went from a morning wedding in a beautiful New Jersey ballroom, to a New York City wedding at a church and reception in a hip restaurant, Scarpina, with a portrait session in a beautiful but crowded Union Square park after sunset. Did I mention it was at night? Everything was re-planned in less than 24 hours thanks to the tenacity of Fouzia, the wedding coordinator, and the willingness to help of Scarpina‘s owner, Albana, and of its executive chef.

In the end, Martine and Nicola married, and they had the wedding that she had always dreamed of, marrying the man that she loves. Martine and Nicola’s story was picked up by ABC news, and we are honored to learned that they featured the wedding photos Danny and I took. Click Here to view Martine and Nicola’s news story

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