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:Engaged: Meet Alyssa + Stephen

New Jersey Engagement Session- Alyssa and Stephen have been married for about a little under a year but they never got the opportunity for an engagement session, so she came to me requesting a creative, fun love session. Alyssa and Stephen love the outdoors and wanted the session to epitomize a summer day out with lots of nature, sunshine, and fresh air. They are also avid tea drinkers (well Alyssa is and Stephen does the good hubby thing and drinks it with her ^.^) so we combined the two for a really awesome, fun outdoor tea party. Oh, I so love it when couples incorporate their interests and personalities into their photos! Michael and I had such a lovely afternoon exploring Ringwood Manor with Alyssa and Stephen. Check out some of my favorites from the day!

Ringwood Manor is such a pretty place, perfect for a romantic picnic!  I saw this deer on the way out and I made Michael stop the car so I could lean out and capture him spying on me.

Look how amazing the light was in the next few images!!!!engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical, photography, photographer

They brought these colorful delicious looking cupcakes to have at their tea-party. Yum!

Look how classy and sophisticated Stephen is while drinking his tea.  Alyssa taught him well, right?!engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical

I so enjoyed photographing them together.  They had the most amazing chemistry!engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical

Alyssa bought this adorable teapot just for the session.  She initially saw it at Target, but when she went back to purchase it, the teapot was sold out! She liked it so much though, she went hunting for it online and finally found it on ebay. I totally don’t blame her and to be honest I have stalked items online all the time myself. Gotta love ebay!engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical, bay areaengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical

Such a cute couple!!

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Love this one of their feet. ^.^engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical

This is how the two responded when I asked them to write something about the other person. Alyssa, he is definitely a keeper!engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical, talking bubbles

Love their playfulness and how passionate they are about each other.engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical, chalkboard, bubbles!engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical, chalkboard, bubblesengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsicalengagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakes, reeds, beautiful light, whimsical

I’m gonna end with this image…. Hotness! Thanks so much to Alyssa and Stephen for being awesome and letting us capture your love! ^.^

June 1, 2011 - 8:09 am

astami - such a sweet engagement shoot. all the details are so awesome… the blanket, the picnic basket… delightful. but that teapot… man, oh man i love that teapot!

June 1, 2011 - 8:33 am

Jasmine E. - I love the details here! You can tell the couple really took the time to work with you on planning the style and theme because these images are amazing!!

June 1, 2011 - 9:25 am

Spring Noel - I couldn’t pick a favorite if i tried, they are all so amazing!!

June 1, 2011 - 10:58 am

Mary - Gorgeous couple and AMAZING location! I love love love that shot on the blanket with his head in her lap while she looks away!

June 1, 2011 - 11:13 am

Kristen Driscoll - Very inspiring, love these images :)

June 1, 2011 - 1:28 pm

Kristy Omelianuk - so very sweet! great use of a theme with minimal props. beautiful light and beautiful couple. alyssa-love your nail polish ;)

June 1, 2011 - 2:12 pm

judy pak - beautiful, sweet and romantic! love the nail polish!

June 1, 2011 - 9:46 pm

Alyssa Viscito - Thank you, Erika, for such a lovely session. These photos are exactly what we had in mind when we were planning for it! You captured the beauty of the day perfectly and really exceeded our expectations. Also, the nail polish I had on is called Turquoise and Caicos by Essie :)

June 2, 2011 - 12:14 am

Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair - First, I love that you posted the whole session! Yay! Secondly, I was going to say my favorite part was the cupcakes dancing in all that lovely light, but man oh man as hungry of a girl as I am (I think I might be the original “Hungry Girl”) that tea party is just too cute and charming!! I LOVE the pink elephant (Is there a pink elephant in the room?) teapot (I have always wanted to start a teapot collection- that would have been such a good starter pot for me!!!) but I really love and adore the tea cups! They are so delicate and I love the petally ripples in it. So lovely! You had some wonderful light too Erika!

June 4, 2011 - 11:26 pm

rain - what a great location! i love that the sweetness is balanced with the voyeuristic shots– that one with his hand on her leg is just the right amount of sexy!

this set should definitely be submitted to style me pretty or 100 layer cake!

and i’m on board with the turquoise & caicos essie polish. : )

June 5, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Jasmine - The lighting is PURE magic in these, Erika! Really love the soft tones in this. You caught their emotions so well. Great job Erika!

June 6, 2011 - 7:01 pm

Ariane Hunter - great great great! I loved every single image of this awesome couple. I can truly see their personality come through in each photograph. How awesome that they wanted to do a fun shoot even though their already married :) . Amazing work as always Erika :) !!

September 9, 2013 - 8:39 am

Marianne - I love the feel of these images. They make me happy :)

:Sneak Peek: Alyssa + Stephen

engagement session, picnic, tea party, romantic, vintage, modern, park, captured by erika, nyc, san francisco, new jersey, new york city, tea, cupcakesMore to come soon!

 

May 26, 2011 - 12:43 pm

Bibi H - beautiful Erika!

May 26, 2011 - 1:40 pm

astami - ooh, i love the softness. so pretty! can’t wait to see the rest!

May 26, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Julia Azcona - This is so pretty! I love it! Gorgeous frame Erika!

May 26, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Spring Noel - Oooh my goodness, i love this!!!

May 26, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Alyssa Viscito - Ah! I love it! :) Can’t wait to see the rest! Oh my gosh you are amazing, Erika. Thank you!

May 27, 2011 - 12:56 am

Elaine - aaaahhhh! this is so cute, Erika!!! <3 it!!! cannot wait to see more! :)

May 27, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Jasmine - Aww, Erika! This is ADORABLE! Love the soft colors and relaxed atmosphere. Looking forward to seeing the rest :)

:Wedding: Meet Valentina + Chris Part II

In case you missed it, here is Part I of Valentina and Chris’s wedding. After the ceremony, we made our way to the loft on top of Studio 450 for the B&G photos…. 4 words- city views and amazing light! :gush:

Valentina looks so in love and secure on his shoulder. This is one of my favorites of the day. Love the way Chris is gazing down on her. These two are so in love…
Beautiful light bathing them and everything in sight with lovely warm hues!Cute!Michael took this shot while I was photographing the bride … hehe can you tell who is who? I love chandeliers so the details on their cake were right up my alley… and look at the adorable mini cakes!Valentina and Chris also had a roulette table set up for their guests to partake in some friendly gambling.
Pretty details…
Congrats to the lovely couple. Thank so much for allowing us to be a part of such a special day!

May 19, 2011 - 11:34 pm

Valentina - I can’t believe this was my wedding, gorgeous pictures. Wow.

May 20, 2011 - 7:43 am

feuza - love it, very creative, stair shot rocks! and great use of night light

May 20, 2011 - 8:16 am

astami - love it erika! you did such an amazing job!

May 23, 2011 - 1:25 pm

Susan - Randomly thought of you and thought I’d send some love!! Hope you’re well!! :)

May 27, 2011 - 5:50 pm

Mary - Love it! Especially that first shot at the steps!

June 6, 2011 - 3:53 pm

vivian - THESE PICS ARE AMAZING
VERY ORIGINAL AND VERY CREATIVE
WOW!

November 1, 2011 - 7:47 am

doğum fotoğrafçısı - dramatic, gorgeus photographs. never been in n.y but it looks amazing!! i also like the firs shot at steps! well done work.

:Wedding: Meet Valentina + Chris Part I

New York Wedding- Valentina and Chris first contacted me while they were living in San Antonio, Texas. Both of them are originally from New Jersey where most of their family and friends still reside, so their wish was to come up and celebrate their love and commitment surrounded by the people closest to them.  They chose an amazing venue, Studio 450,  only blocks away from where Valentina graduated college, F.I.T.  As an invitation designer and photographer herself, our bride has a really great eye for details, which you will see more of in Part II of the post.  But for now I am so excited to share the images from the first half of their stylish, love-filled day!

 

Chris and Valentina got ready at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel located a few blocks from the venue.

The views from the hotel were amazing as you can see!

Chris texting his future bride. The two opted to not have a first look so we had to work out a schedule so they wouldn’t run into each other on the way to the venue. Success!

Love this touching moment that Michael captured of Chris and his family.

Valentina and her sister admiring her beautiful gown.

I loved Valentina’s shoes and the fuchsia color of her wedding! So modern and stylish!

Her gown looked gorgeous on her.  The details on the bodice were soo pretty!

The future Mr. & Mrs. B!

The two flower girls are Chris’s nieces. I loved the image of the two sisters on the right and of course I am such a sucker for incredible city views!

Look at how happy Valentina and Chris look. ^.^ Tune back for the rest of this wonderful couple…  Part II coming soon!

May 18, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Meridith - Love these images- especially the Empire State Building one. Can’t wait to see the rest.

May 18, 2011 - 3:03 pm

Julia Azcona - What a pretty wedding! :)

May 18, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Valentina - I can’t wait to see them all!!! I love them so far!!! My groom is so handsome! Thanks Erika. Very artistic- just what i wanted!

May 20, 2011 - 11:29 am

Spring Noel - These are all so beautiful! I love her shoes, and the ring photo with them, so creative:)

January 5, 2012 - 11:57 am

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