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It’s an honor to be a part of the top rated wedding professionals in NYC in The Knot’s New York Metro magazine! And I love that the featured review snippet highlights my specialty of photojournalism – unobtrusively capturing every moment of your wedding.
I posted a sneak-peek from this session a few weeks ago, and now it’s time for the full post! This session was a blast and I can’t wait for Melissa and Ray’s wedding this fall!
I love City Hall ceremonies! There is such an air of excitement and happiness there as couples are applying for and picking up their New York marriage licenses, and so many get married in their cute wedding chapels every day! It’s always so great to see, and such a joy to photograph. Melissa and Daniel had a lovely ceremony with their parents, and then a celebration dinner with friends and family at the amazingly delicious french restaurant Orsay the following day.
Dinner venue – Orsay Restaurant
Non-traditional weddings tend to be my favorite. It’s a more relaxed, chill atmosphere, there is less pressure on the bride and groom, and fewer time constraints. I was so excited when Ena and Stav told me the plan for the day – they would be getting ready in midtown, so we could take some fun photos around Times Square, and then hop in the subway and take more photos in Tribeca, where they were going to have an intimate ceremony and dinner with friends and family at Thalassa, followed by an awesomely energetic dance party that went well past midnight.
There was so much happiness and love at this wedding. And we had several hours with just the bride and groom, so there was plenty of time to capture some quintessential NYC images. It was difficult to narrow down my favorite images because I loved so many of them!
I love the Brooklyn Botanic Garden! It is so beautiful and such a great spot for engagement photos. And below is the very reason why I love photographing right before sunset – sometimes we get really lucky and get this amazing, warm, magical light that only lasts a few minutes.
Snow was a surprise this Saturday morning, but Tinisha and Wayne made the best of it and had a wonderful wedding day! This Brooklyn couple chose this venue when they fell in love with Giando’s Manhattan views, and the crazy weather definitely made for some cool foggy photos. The bridal suite at Giando is one of the largest and most natural-light-filled bridal suites I’ve had the pleasure of photographing, and Ellen and Elizabeth did a great job on everyone’s hair and makeup. The ceremony overlooked Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, with a romantic view of the city’s iconic bridges. And the reception was a blast! Enjoy some of my favorites from this awesome wedding.
This was such a great way to start off the 2013 wedding season! I traveled down to Mays Landing, NJ and even though it was a little bit chilly, Nicole and Dave had a beautiful sunny day at the Mays Landing Country Club. Before the wedding, Nicole shared this with me – “In some ways we couldn’t be more different, but I’ve never found myself to be more compatible with anyone. I think we complement each other perfectly. We are most looking forward to sharing our special day with both family and friends and dancing the night away with each other.” And they sure did!
Venue: Mays Landing Country Club
Transportation: Diamond Limousine
Hair and Makeup: Rebecca Gravenstine
Flowers: County Seat Florist
Bridal/Bridesmaids Attire: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: John Reed of Exceptional Entertainment
Wedding planning can be exhausting. A girls’ night out every now and again is an absolute must. A free girls’ night out? Even better. How would you like to go to an advanced screening of The Big Wedding? It will take place at NYC’s Regal Union Square Stadium 14 on Thursday, April 25th and I have TEN pairs of tickets to give away! Admission includes a post-screening reception at a fabulous wine and chocolate bar!
To enter, “like” Kamila Harris Photography on Facebook and leave a comment on the top status. There are 99 comments already! I’ll pick 10 random winners on Friday, and post instructions on how to claim your prize.
There will also be some cool prizes for attendees on the night of the event, including a NYC engagement session with me! So be sure to enter today!
Here’s the movie trailer –
Now that wedding season is upon me, (I’ll be blogging the first 3 weddings of the year soon!) I know I won’t have a chance to do a weekly round-up every Friday – so about once a month, I’ll post a few things that caught my eye. They may be random things that I am obsessed with, or photography-related things like photo session style tips and locations, or wedding-related things that may help you out in your wedding planning!
1. Gantry Plaza State Park. How did I never visit this place before?! It’s amazing. Very peaceful and quiet, and definitely one of my new engagement session spots!
2. Cute article on The Knot – 10 things no one tells you about being engaged
3. This is pretty interesting – Brides reveal what they would have done differently
Check out the spring issue of New York Weddings, on newsstands now!
4. Fab You Bliss blogger Stephanie shares her favorite bridal gowns – “My favorite bridal gowns from the current collections of several top designers”
My personal favorite from this group of designers is the Monique Lhuillier collection, especially this super cute short gown.
Each Friday, I post a few things that I like or that caught my eye that week.
1. Zombie Race. Yeah, it’s a real thing. You can register as a runner, as a zombie, or just go as a spectator. Also, you can camp there. I have been going back and forth about registering and this morning I see this Amazon Local Deal which makes it basically a crime NOT to register. What better motivation to get in shape this spring than to survive a mini zombie apocalypse?!? Or better yet BE the apocalypse…..
(photo courtesy of ZombieRace Facebook)
2. Ok, back to wedding-related things. If you’re looking for vintage items for your wedding or engagement shoot but don’t necessarily want to buy vintage suitcases or 150 mason jars – check out Little Vintage Rentals – they’re coming soon to NYC and they will be offering a Pre-Launch discount of 25% off!
(photo courtesy of Little Vintage Rentals Instagram)
3. The Unplugged Wedding. This is a really interesting article exploring both sides of the issue – should you ask your guests to turn off their phones? Personally, I don’t mind guests taking photos at weddings. I am a fan of asking people to turn off their phones during the ceremony – this prevents any temptation to jump into the aisle right before the first kiss, and you’ll be sure that someone’s awesome Black Sabbath ringtone won’t interrupt your vows. Another thing that I support 100% is kindly asking guests to leave their iPads and other tablets at home. They’re huge. They look silly. They can seriously block a shot. Please, don’t take pictures with your iPads at weddings.
(photo courtesy of weddinglovely)
4. 101 things to do with your husband rather than watch tv. Pretty good list. Especially for those of us who love TV shows and can easily rip through a season or two of Breaking Bad in a weekend. Especially in the winter when the desire to leave your home is nonexistent. This is great inspiration for spring, to get out there and DO stuff!
6. Grooms Night Out! The SCE Event Group is hosting an informative workshop geared to help all guys that are planning a wedding be a better groom. This groundbreaking and new concept is the first of its kind in the New Jersey area. This is for all grooms-to-be and your best men in the tri-state area. So if you are engaged or planning on popping the question anytime soon, this event is something that you do not want to miss. Experience a guys night out filled with tips, tricks, and information with the NJ based wedding experts of the SCE Event Group. http://sceeventgroup.com/groomsnightout/
This was an amazingly beautiful wedding I had the pleasure to second-shoot for Sara Wight Photography. When we arrived at the venue it just took our breath away. Lush green hills, fresh air, beautiful wildflowers, and an amazing event space made for a truly stunning wedding. Even the flash rainstorm in the middle of the day just made the whole place shine. If you’re looking to have a wedding in the Hudson Highlands, in a magical location hidden away in the mountains but just an hour from Manhattan – definitely look into Highlands Country Club. I would love to photograph there again!
I recently joined Instagram! It’s interesting because it makes me feel like I have a camera attached to my eyes and can share things that I see with really anyone in the world at the push of a button and a relevant hashtag. So, if you love photos of raindrops, snowflakes, my dog, cat, husband, our adventures around the city, and other random things that I get obsessed with, follow me at kamharrisphoto!
I decided to wander around the city when it snowed yesterday, and I brought my Canon 5D Mark II but I found myself taking a lot of photos with my phone. That instant gratification of being able to share something a moment after I took the picture – it’s dangerously addictive.
Each Friday, I post a few things that I like or that caught my eye that week. Last week I didn’t get to prepare a post, because I was very busy finalizing plans for something amazing that took place on Friday, March 1st.
Kris and I eloped! Well… we told our families about two weeks in advance and had a civil ceremony and were joined by 8 of our closest family and friends at City Hall in Manhattan, and had just an awesome and very “us” day from there.
We are now starting to plan a reception/celebration to share with all of our friends and family, which will be most likely in New Orleans, in the spring of 2014.
Since I’ve been on cloud nine for the past week, I thought I’d include some of our photos and favorite things from our day in this week’s round-up!
1. City Hall Ceremonies – it is an amazing experience if you’re looking for a small, low-key wedding. We arrived at about noon and hung out with our parents and best friends, the anticipation was ridiculous and the excitement of everyone else waiting to get married was infectious – it was just a very cool experience.
2. Taqueria Lower East Side – after our ceremony, we went here for an amazing lunch. If you enjoy Mexican food and love California style fish tacos and amazing guacamole – you should definitely check this place out. As a bonus, there is always a great movie playing, the music never disappoints, and there is no lack of things to marvel at and talk about while waiting for your food – the walls are covered in all kinds of pop culture items from the past few decades. It’s delicious and awesome and was perfection.
3. Prohibition Bakery – cupcakes with flavors like Hot Buttered Rum, Pretzels & Beer, For the Love of Bacon and Scotch & Cigar – this is definitely a Lower East Side gem that should not be missed.
4. Motor City Bar – this is where we went for drinks and spent a lot of money on quarters, playing Batman Pinball and Galaga. This place is very cool and I just read that after 18 years they lost their lease and are closing soon Check it out before it’s gone!
5. And of course, last but not least, a huge thank you to Studio Brooke for photographing us and generally being awesomesauce.
(photos by Studio Brooke)