joy + michael: the wedding

joy and michael’s wedding day was PHOTOLICIOUS! it was truly a lot of fun; and they are an adorable and incredibly kind couple.

joy and michael were married at smack mellon, an art gallery in brooklyn. both joy and michael are very creative and put together most of the wedding details themselves, from the dried lavender and cotton branches to napkins with random typewritten facts about the couple. homemade cookies made by the bride and her bridesmaids served as guest favors. michael shared a surprise slideshow of images he had taken around new york of various friends, family members and strangers wishing the couple good luck on whiteboard speech bubbles. joy’s dad is an alaskan fisherman (featured on discovery’s deadliest catch) and provided crab he had caught himself for the reception. he also wrote and performed an original song on the harmonica for the couple.

with their creativity and ours combined, we created some really beautiful images.

we started out at gramercy park hotel.

and then took a cab over to smack melon.

this has to be one of my favorite venues – if only because the surrounding neighborhood is so fantastic for cityscape portraits:

the space is flooded with light from windows looking out on the east river and manhattan bridge.

lindsay thorne shot with me. here are a few of her spectacular images:

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ADVENTURE QUEST

After hitching a ride from the Giant Winged Toad, our Hero arrives at the gates of Perilton. He discovers that an evil wizard has seized control of the town and the Mayor’s Daughter has been kidnapped. What’s a hero to do?

In the town square of Perilton, our Hero stumbles upon the Beggar…

…and the Merchant…

…and meets the beautiful Peasant Girl.

Our Hero happens upon a strange man in the cemetery. The man looks untrustworthy.

Eventually he figures a few things out.

Hide behind plant.

[points music]

Will our Hero save the Mayor’s Daughter? Will he defeat the evil wizard? You’ll have to see Adventure Quest to find out.

New York Press review
New York Theater review

Tickets are $15 and available at The Brick‘s website.

Sat Jun 6 @ 5:30pm SOLD OUT
Wed Jun 17 @ 8pm SOLD OUT
Thu Jun 25 @ 7pm
Sat Jul 4 @ 5pm

Extended dates with Game Play:

Fri July 10th at 8pm
Sat July 11th at 8pm
Mon July 20th at 8pm
Fri July 24th at 8pm
Sat July 25 at 8pm

Featuring…
Danny Bowes
Anne Carlisle
Sarah Engelke
Richard Lovejoy
Kent Meister
Timothy Reynolds
Alley Scott
Jesse Wilson

Written by Richard Lovejoy
Directed by Adam Swiderski
Stage Management by Kimberly Craven
Original Music and Sound Design by Chris Chappell
Graphic Design by Jamie Marshall
Costume Design by Marc Borders and Jim Hammer
Lighting Design by Ian W. Hill

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bozo block party

A good friend of mine was instrumental in initiating and perpetuating what became known as the Battle of the Bozos. You can read about how the whole thing started and progressed here:

Bozo Blog
New York Magazine coverage

The back and forth of the Bozo the Clown bop bags came to a halt with this culminating event. Proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House.

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joy + michael

i don’t know if i already mentioned how adorable joy and michael are… it’s hard to be around the two of them together without smiling. how lucky they are to have found each other – and to have made it work!

i met them at city hall and snapped some shots of their quick ceremony:

so happy to be married!

then we took a stroll around the neighborhood, stopping to play wherever we felt so inclined. here, for your enjoyment, are some of the shots we ended up with:

my favorite:

look familiar? i adore this storefront.

these two kind of belong in a magazine, don’t you think?

mustache kisses!

what a fantastic shoot! thank you, joy and michael, for sharing your love with me. i can’t wait for the wedding day!

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joy + michael – preview

joy and michael got married at city hall today!!

it was the first time i’d been there to shoot and i must say, it was madness. the place was full of energy, and EVERYONE (at least everyone I saw) was smiling and happy. what a great way to start my day!

it was really strange to see everyone lined up and waiting for their names to be called, waiting to get into one of these two tiny rooms and get married. the place is a long hallway full of beautiful chandeliers and warm light, couches and computer terminals (where you sign in and/or register for a license, i guess). it’s an experience!

after the quick ceremony, joy and michael and i ran around tribeca to take some pictures. it was FREEZING, but they were good sports. here’s a sneak peek…. more to come 🙂

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goto’s crystal ball – 2009 winter gala and casino night

I recently met a group of young professionals I’ve been very impressed and inspired by. They’ve part of a charity organization called The GoTo Group and their mission is to enrich the lives of promising, underprivileged middle school students by immersing them in art and music.

I helped out by shooting their winter gala and casino night at Capitale. It was an amazing venue… and a fantastically fun event!

Unfortunately I lost all my chips on the roulette table 🙂

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leo + simon

leo and simon held their ceremony in a suite at the ritz carlton at battery park surrounded by their close friends and family. they welcomed me with open arms. even though none of them had met me before, i was made to feel like part of the family. days like these make me so happy to be doing what i do.

leo got ready in the ginormous bathroom with fabulous mirrors.

the kids were a special part of the day – adding to the joy and fun 🙂

and after a few shared vows, a poem read by leo’s beautiful daughter and exchanging of rings – leo and simon became a family.

thanks for letting me be a part of your day!

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