Glasserie and The Box House Hotel Wedding // Lindsey + Ryan

When people slay like this, it’s very difficult to even come up with something to say, when the photos speak for themselves! Lindsey, I am obsessed with your look, and that cape!!! Damn!! Slay all day! Ryan, come on, just look at those dreamy eyes, and lumberjack beard. If this isn’t one for the books, I don’t know what is!! Like I’ve said, Brooklyn weddings are the best, and there is a new venue in town! The Box House Hotel has been around, but they have a new addition, to their rooftop with Glasserie Events, and it doesn’t get much better! Look at those views! I’m obsessed with everything about this wedding, and Shannon killed it shooting this one!

Wishing you all the best Lindsey and Ryan!

Venue: The Box House Hotel

Catering: Glasserie Events

Florist: Saffron Brooklyn

Stationary: Minted

Dress: Ra'mon-Lawrence Designs

Cape: Ramon Lawrence

Suit: Hugo Boss

Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

Jewelry: Borrowed By Grandmother

Hair: K.L.O Hair

MUA: Bethany Townes

 

Fort Tryon Park Japanese Wedding//Keiko + David

When Keiko reached out to us about her wedding, I was so delighted to hear from her! She is one of my past clients, who is part of a really amazing string quartet called Attacca Quartet. I’ve done several photo shoots for them, so we were already familiar with each other’s work! Unfortunately I wasn’t available for their date, but Carly was there to capture every moment, and the photos make me feel like I was there! When Keiko told me she was going to have a Japanese ceremony and would also be wearing a kimono, I was thrilled! I’ve never been part of a Japanese wedding ceremony, so I really didn’t know what to expect! I’m so happy that Carly captured it all in such great detail, and that even the fall colors matched her kimono! The whole event is so special, and I love all the little moments including the sake ceremony, and sake bottles dressed to look like them! Congrats Keiko and David! Thank you for sharing your special day with us!

 

xo

amber

Venue: Fort Tryon Park 

Reception: New Leaf Restaurant

Catering: New Leaf Restaurant

Florist: Columbia Florist

Kimono: Vintage

Suit: Bespoke Ensemble NYC

Hair: Andy Tseng

MUA: Anny Chow

 

 

 

Brooklyn Wedding at The Wythe Hotel Wedding// Alex + Kyle

This wedding just makes me so happy!! There is so much to love about this Brooklyn wedding, including one of our sweetest clients this year! I love all of the elements that brought this one together to give it that moody fall wedding vibe. Wythe Hotel weddings, are definitely some of our favorite for romantic but still modern feeling! Thank you so much for sharing your big day with us Alex and Kyle! All the best!

Venue: Wythe Hotel

Planner: DM Events & Design

Catering: Wythe Hotel

Cake: Wythe Hotel

Florist: Jardiniere Fine Flowers

Stationary: Fat Cat Paperie

Dress: Carol Hannah

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Suit: J.Crew

Hair: John Barrett Salon; Robbie Fuhrer

Photographed by Shannon and Kathleen

 

Brooklyn Wedding at Hotel Indigo and 501 Union// Erica + Harry

What can I say?? These two are gorgeous, magical, and were an utter delight to work with, and they threw one heck of a party! I can’t tell you how much I love working in Brooklyn, and working with such great clients is truly a blessing! Also, I’m not sure if I have ever met a more enthusiastic groom! Seriously, I think Harry was more excited about getting married than any other groom I have come across! He cracked me up the whole day, and Erica served all the beauty all day! Oh, and those shots at the end of the night are my fave! Love you both, and big congrats!

xoxo

amber

Venue: 501 Union

Hotel: Hotel Indigo

Planner: Ashley M. Chamblin 

Dress: Grace Loves Lace

Catering: Fig & Pig 

Cake: Milk Bar Store

Florist: Stems 

Stationary: Minted

Hair: Dough Hart

MUA: Amanda Shackleton

Brooklyn Wedding Photographer // Liberty Warehouse Wedding

I am absolutely delighted to share this wedding with you today! This was one of those weddings, that just seemed like an absolute dream looking back on the photos! Catherine and Arthur had a big church ceremony in Manhattan, and then invited all 350 of their guests to hop on a water taxi to Brooklyn, where they celebrated their big day in style at the Liberty Warehouse. There were so many special parts of the day, like the fact that Catherine wore a third generation wedding dress, which was first worn by her grandmother, then by her mother, and now by Catherine. Then they gave all of their friends and family a true New York experience by hoping on a water taxi, and taking a moment to pass by the Statue of Liberty for everyone to get a good look all during magic hour! I’m pretty pleased with how this came out, and Viva Max, did the best job putting this whole day celebration together! Thank you Catherine and Arthur, this one is truly for the books!

xo

amber

Thanks to my team Carly and Lara for shooting this one with me!

Venue: The Liberty WarehouseSt. Vartan Cathedral 

Planner: Viva Max Weddings

Baker: Madison Lee Cakes

Florist: Wildflowers

Hair & MUA: FaceTime Beauty

 

 

Blue Hill at Stone Barn Wedding // Lexi + John

This couple, this day, this venue! Blue Hill at Stone Barns is pretty much one of the greatest places you can get married in the Hudson Valley! I love the colorful florals and the whimsical styling of this wedding, and we couldn't have been happier to have our associate photographers Shannon and Carly on this one! Congrats to Lexi and John, we wish you all the best!!

Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Planner: Baton NYC

Stationery: Greenwich Letterpress

Cake: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

 

 

501 Union Wedding // Roni + Jake

Dear Roni and Jake, we heart you. Thank you for hosting a smashing party in the heart of Brooklyn with Leah at the helm! This party was nothing short of amazing, and we couldn’t be happier to work with you. We will remember this one forever, and wishing you all the best! This one shot, by Shannon and Carly for AGP. These ladies crushed it! So proud of our crew right now!

 

xoxo

Team AGP

Venue: 501 Union 

Planner: Color Pop Events 

Catering: Purslane Catering

Florist: Sachi Rose Floral Design

Stationary: Lion in the Sun

Dress: A La Robe

Suit: Suit Supply

Rings: Grace Lee

Hair: Styles on B

Makeup: Pre Dame

Pioneer Works Wedding//Meredith and Jason

Well, this wedding was such a special treat, as when Meredith reached out to me, she didn’t even have a date set, but she knew she wanted to work with me! Once her and Jason set the date and location, we marked it in the calendar, and I couldn’t be happier! The two of them chose Pioneer Works for the big day, and it was a truly gorgeous setting. They are two of the loveliest people I’ve worked with, and I loved hearing all about their very funny meeting, and how Jason left her a very long voicemail asking her out, after getting her number from his mom! You just never know how things are going to work out, and this is one of those special stories! I’m always a little sad once everything is over, because I’ve just spent a year getting to know people, and then I get attached, but it’s all done. I always hope I get to see my clients again the future, and it’s no different with these two! I’m wishing you all the best Meredith and Jason!

xoxo

amber

Venue: Pioneer Works

Floral Design: Lewis Miller Design

Catering: Olivier Cheng Catering & Events

Dress:  Carol Hannah ; Maria Lucia Hohan

Suit: Black Lapel

Shoes: Nina Shoes ; Nicholas Kirkwood

Hair: Nikki Avanzino

MUA: Virginia Linzee

Band: Baby Soda Jazz BandElan Artists

Portugal Travel Story Part 2

After wrapping up our last evening in Madrid, we flew to Faro on a small commuter plane the next morning, and arranged for a driver to pick us up and take us to our next destination in Lagos. A place where all my dreams are made of. We had a pretty packed itinerary from our landing point, so this, was our chance to rest. Alex and Avtar stayed behind for a couple of extra days, and Shawn and I jetted off to the land of chill.  Upon arrival to the Vila Graciosa, our host Susana welcomed us and made is feel instantly at home. Truly, the best part of Portugal, are the people. They are some of the truly kindest most lovely people I have come across. It felt like we made so many friends on our trip, and I’m excited to share with you, the little gems we came across.

After exploring Lagos, and finding a local Fado joint in town, we got a few tips from Susana about where to go. Our first day, we went to Praia do Mos, a beach nearby, but it was crazy packed, and the coldest ocean water I have ever set foot in. This is definitely something to be aware of if you don’t like cold water. The Algarve region is known for it’s stunning beaches, but they can be very crowded, and insanely cold. Luckily Susana pointed us towards a little beach about 30 minutes from where we were staying. We rented a car for the Portugal portion of our adventure, since, it’s the best way to get around if you are planning on going to multiple locations off the beaten path. We ended up at a little beach, just outside of Sagres, called Praia do Castelejo. It’s definitely a surfer beach, and there were quite a few surf classes happening that day, but it was by far way less crowded than the Praia do Mos. Sagres is also a really cute town, that I would definitely look into staying in the next time around.

Our last day in Lagos, we booked a trip to sail around the beautiful rock formations that are what the area is known for. Low and behold, they are also known for having rocky sea’s that you can’t actually sail in often, due to the conditions. Our tour was canceled, so we spoke to a woman on the dock, who told us, we could go on a smaller boat with a pirate, who knew the seas well, and of course, we said yes, that sounds like agreat idea! Francisco our pirate captain was an old school sea man, so we knew were in good hands. That did not mean, we did not think it was a bit insane once we were out there. We were on a tiny speed boat, in super choppy waters, surrounded by massive rock formations. At one point, he approached a very small opening in the rocks, as the sea rocked our boat back and forth, thinking he would not actually try to go through. He did, and we all couldn’t believe we came out alive. In the end, he was hilarious, and it was worth risking our lives for. Haha. I don’t think it was that dangerous, but it felt like it.

My biggest obsession in Lagos, was the light. It felt like we were in a movie every time we walked out at sunset. The thing about that area, is that there are not many high buildings, and there are light colors everywhere, and beaches for miles. That means the light is just bouncing off of everything around there, and creating an incredible visual. The time of year also meant it stayed light until almost 9 pm, it was completely magical. It also had this interesting quality of sort of flattening space, and making what would otherwise be a banal suburban setting, seam so much more than. These are some of the few images I caught before we left town.

Lagos Tips

Sleep: Vila Graciosa best place to relax ever. Say hi to Susana.

Eat: The Pintos humble eatery, off the beaten path, get the whole grilled fish. Find some seafood and rice somewhere else, that was one of the other best meals we had, but can't remember where. We also went a local shop, and stocked up on charcuterie, cheese, fruits, wine, olive oil, and bread. The spicy chorizo is amazing! The fruit there is lovely! The oranges were some of the best I have ever had. 

Beach: Praia do Castelejo

To Do: Find Francisco the pirate and go on a boat ride :)

Douro Valley

The next leg of our adventure was a road trip north up to the Douro Valley, which has been named a Unesco World Heritage site and is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. That means lots of wine tasting, and magical terrain. The drive alone from the south to north was amazing. The landscape really changes a lot from region to region, as the south is much more of a desert scape, while the further north you go, it becomes much more lush and verdant. The rolling hills in Pinhao, where we stayed were incredible. The hills form the valley, surrounding the Douro river. The history of the region alone is pretty incredible. Needless to say, we went on several wine and port tasting tours, a river cruise, and to some local joints in this incredibly quaint small town. We even did a day trip to a small town, that looked like time stood still, and nothing has changed for 100’s of years. 

Douro TipsWine Tourism in Portugal We had an agent book our hotel, tours, and boat ride to simplify things. This is the company we used.

Sleep: Quinta De La Rosa

Lisbon

Last but not least, is Lisbon. The oldest city in western Europe. Even though we planned this big trip, at the end of the day, none of us really knew that much about Portugal, so it became this mystery that unraveled during our trip. Of course we knew the basics of it’s history as a major colonizer, but nothing that related to present day life. Why was it the lesser known of Western Europe? Why are Italy, Spain, and France such bigger destinations, that were all places we could each name something about. I’m the type of person who likes to go on adventures not knowing much before hand, and getting the chance to discover some things along the way. Portugal, was a lovely place to do this. Lisbon is a quickly changing place, as tourism has boomed in the last few years, so I really hope for the sake of the Portuguese that they are able to hold onto the things that make it a special place, with kind and lovely people. By the time we got to Lisbon, we were going on week 3 of travel, so I did not get to experience as much as I liked, as I also got very sick the last couple of days I was there, but I still enjoyed my time there greatly, and can't wait to go back!

Lisbon Tips

Eat

Bairro do Avillez Delicious, trendy restaurant, with Michelin rated chef, at modest prices :)

Time Out Lisbon Kind of insane, and full of tourists, but worth a stop.

A Cevicheria We did not make it here, but also came highly recommended by many people

Coffee

The Mill Oddly enough, coffee is not great in Portugal, but things are staring to happen there, so if coffee is very important to you, this is the place to go. We made several friends here :)

Drink 

Park Trendy rooftop bar. Also a bit crazy, but a nice view, and if you get there early, you might get a seat.

Pensao Amor A local favorite. Everyone told us this was the best bar in Lisbon, but we went at an off time, so not much going on. I think it's more of a late night scene.

To Do

LX Factory Cool area with shops, restaurants, rooftop bar, and street art.

Amoieras Shopping Mall We went here because it's the highest point in Lisbon, and you can get a really nice overall view of the city. It's 5 Euro to go up.

Day Trip to Sintra/ We did not end up doing this, but everyone everywhere told us it was a must.

 

Thanks for reading friends! I hope you get a chance to go, and experience this beautiful country!

 

xo

amber

Spain Travel Story Part 1

Last year my friends and I talked about going to Portugal, but it never went down. At the beginning of this year we made a pact to make it happen, and put it in our calendars in January as part of our new year’s resolution! I always say, you gotta have it in the calendar if you want to make it happen! This trip ended up being a trip to both Spain and Portugal, so this is part one, where we started off in the Basque country of San Sebastian, Spain. 

To give you a little background on how this all began, two years ago, we got an insane deal for roundtrip tickets to Milan for $400 a person, so needless to say, we scooped those up real quick. We ended up turning that into an epic journey, that my boyfriend and I ended up taking both of our mom’s to Italy with us, and met up with our friends in Tuscany for wine tasting, day trips, and relaxation. This is all to say, the same friends we traveled with in Italy, are the same friends we traveled with to Spain and Portugal. Now known as the triple A club, plus Shawn, my person, partner in crime, romantic affiliate! Haha! I hate the word boyfriend, and I saw someone use that the other day, and I’m going with it. My friends Alex and Avtar are the triple A club members, as we are all A names. Our fifth parter in crime Alina, joined us along the way in Lisbon, which will come later. For now, I’ll share some meets about Spain, the Basque country, and some of the magic we found there. 

Our itinerary started off by flying into Bilbao, and arriving in the early evening. We bought tickets to the Guggenheim for the next morning and ended up spending 5 hours there. The building itself, is designed by Frank Gehry and is incredible in it of itself, and the Bill Viola retrospective was on display which held our attention for a very long time, while we waited for the rain to stop. I highly recommend getting tickets in advance, as you won’t have to wait in line in the rain if that should be the case, which apparently it rains all the time there. We had reservations for dinner that night at Martin Berasategui, so we hoped on a bus to San Sebastian to check into our Air bnb. The four of us headed out for a pretty insane dinner, that ended being a 4 hour long, 14 course dinner, that we all wanted to explode after! Haha! 

I did not photograph any of these things, as I like to start my trips off slowly, before diving into photo mania. I’m glad I did, since my photos of dinner, would be sort of boring for you, but it was definitely an experience worth having. San Sebastian is known for it’s very serious culinary scene, as it has more michelin rated restaurants per capita, than anywhere else in the world. This is all to say, you really can’t go wrong there. San Sebastian is known for its pintxos, which is the Basque take on tapas. We also learned that the regional wine they are known for is txakoli, which is very similar to vino verde from Portugal. Overall, it was extremely lovely, and if you tell anyone you are going there, they will be green with envy! It is the gold standard of European vacation destinations. I knew it was a well loved region, but did not realize how much love Europe feels for this little region. I think our favorite part of this trip, was hiking up the hillside, to the top of the Jesus statue, where you can get a really nice view of the city. Most of my photos are from that day. One thing I will say, is that there we quite a few older people out and about, dressed to the nines, and it was a very refreshing site to see so many seniors out living their best life. Below are links to things we enjoyed.

 

Bilbao To Do:

Guggenheim

Eat Drink San Sebastian:

Drinka Really cute restaurant/bar. Delicious hidden spot, not in the center of town, was my favorite, and close to our Air bnb.

Martin Berasategui Epic 14 course tasting menu, make reservations, months in advance.

La Cuchara de San Telmo Was crazy, but we enjoyed it.

La Cepa The best pintxo bar we went to!! The bar tender was a sweetheart!

Sleep:

Airbnb Link

 

MADRID

After our visit to San Sebastian, we took the train down to Madrid, for a couple of nights, and I have a few fun tips!

 We ended up staying in the Times Square of Madrid, which is not as bad as it sounds, hahaha! It makes me realize why everyone wants to go to Times Square now though. Essentially, when you only have a limited amount of time, centrality is key! It ended up being super convenient to everything we wanted to do. Pro tip, Madrid is EMPTY in August!! Most of Europe is on vacation in August, which means, some places are insanely overrun with tourists, while others empty out, and everything shuts down!! Luckily, we only spent two days there, but it was actually quite enjoyable. The weather was perfect, the scene was mellow, and it felt like we had the whole city to ourselves. We were lucky enough that both Alex and Avtar had some friends there that gave us some good tips on places to go, and things to do. It was also nice to feel like we had a bit of a social agenda, getting the chance to meet up with locals. We also did a great little wine and tapas tour, which ended up being the 4 of us, plus one gentleman from England! I have found that doing these types of culinary/wine tours is a great way to get the lay of the land when abroad, and learn a lot in the process. The people that give these types of tours are always amazing, incredibly informed, and super fun! I can’t speak highly enough about our guide Caroline! 

Eat Drink Madrid

Mercado de San Miguel A lovely indoor food market, with lots of nice food, and what places like Chelsea Market are modeled after. 

Casa Macareno  A really lovely tapas bar, with cute people, yummy food, and good vibes.

Jose Alfredo Lovely cocktail lounge.

Devour Food Tour Really fun wine and tapas tour we did.

To Do:

Palacio Real de Madrid Royal Palace of Madrid

Sleep:

Praktik Metropol In the city center, and convenient, but there are better options!

 

Deer Mountain Inn Wedding//Christen + Andrew

I’ve said it many times, but intimate weddings, are truly some of the best celebrations! When Christen contacted me about her 12 person wedding at Deer Mountain Inn, I was hooked! The location, the story, everything about it was perfect. She was such a relaxed bride, and it was so nice to arrive, and have everything all worked out, since it was only going to be 12 people, including the bride and groom. Everyone was in such good spirits, and when there are only 10 guests in attendance, everyone really gets to be a part of the big day! I’ve never seen so many impromptu speeches at a dinner table, but that’s what happens when you are with your closest friends and family at one long dinner table! Thank you Christen and Andrew, we loved capturing your beautiful celebration!

 

xo

amber

Venue: Deer Mountain Inn

Catering: Deer Mountain Inn

Baker: Becky Kempter 

Florist: Jarita's Flowers

Stationary: Minted

Dress: Schone Bride

Suit: Indochino

Shoes: Free People

Earrings: Avigail Adams

Flower Crown: Emily Rose Flower Crowns

Music: Eric Erickson

Dobbin St. Wedding// Kelsey + Samara

Some people are magic. These are two of them. I knew when we first chatted over the phone, that this was going to be fun!!!! From Kelsey’s belly laugh to Samara’s wit, it was clear they were an unstoppable pair. Their theme was “Golden Girls, meets Jurassic Park”, and anyone who can pull that off, is A OK in my book.  When people like this come my way, I know I’m doing the right thing! I’m here to help capture memories for people who want to celebrate LIFE, and truly have a blast on their big day. I adore these two so so much, and want to give them a big huge thank you, for inviting me to be a part of your special day!!! You are true blue ladies!!! To many more good years for you!!

 

xo

amber

Venue: Dobbin St.

Planner: Melissa McNeeley

Catering: Fig & Pig 

Baker: Petee's Pie Co.

Florist: Alexandra Abuza

Stationary: Lion in the Sun

Event Decor: Melissa McNeely

Dress: Rivini

Suit: Bindle & Keep

Hair:  Face Time Beauty

MUA: Jessa Blades