The Wythe Hotel Wedding // Mandy + Morgan

These are two of the sweetest people I have ever met, and I’m so honored to have captured their vows and celebration together at the Wythe Hotel! They had an intimate ceremony in the private event space downstairs, with the dinner and celebration in the main hall, which I thought was super sweet! The intimate vibe of the ceremony was so beautiful, and it was a fun way to show their guests a different experience throughout the night. I had a blast photographing them, and I couldn’t be happier for them both!

xo

amber

Venue: The Wythe Hotel

Planner: Ashley M. Chamblin Events

Catering: The Wythe Hotel

Cake: The Wythe Hotel

Florist: Denise Fasanello Flowers

Stationary: Shine Wedding Invitations

Suits: Bindle & Keep

Shoes: Allen Edmonds & Cole Hann

MUA: Glamsquad

The Artists Way and How It Helped Me

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Have you guys ever heard of The Artists Way? I’ve been wanting to do a post about this for a while, and I’m finally doing it. It feels like it’s back in the zeitgeist, not that it ever left, but there are certainly ebbs and flows with how much you hear about it. My first foray into this book was winter of 2011. I was only 1 year into living in NYC and still trying to figure out how to make a living here. I was living off an incredibly meager amount for what it takes to live in NY. At the time I was waiting tables in the city and one of the girls I worked with was a dancer and choreographer, and she mentioned that she was doing The Artists Way. After having a very positive experience, she said that I should really give it a try, so I did, and it honestly changed my life. I had seen the book many times before, but I had never actually thought about doing it. I thought was some weird New Agey type of book that I might not be able to get into, but I’m glad my friend pushed me to do it. At the time I literally had nothing, barely any money, and no connections in my industry, so I got to work on the book. There is nothing more igniting than being a creative person with no money. All you have is yourself, and the tools you have picked up along the way. I had a website, but it was geared towards portrait work, which I realized I needed to create something new to book wedding clients. I scrapped my old site, and built it from the bottom up to create a whole new look and brand to attract different clients. During this time, I fully committed to doing The Artists Way as if it were my religion. It became my daily practice, and the one thing that I had to turn to when I needed guidance. After completing the book, many doors began to open for me, and I do not think it was magic. I think I honestly took the time, to create a space for myself that would eventually lead me onto the path that I am still on. My morning pages are something that I have kept with me throughout the years, on an on again off again basis. This year, I have recommitted to my morning pages as a daily practice, and I am so happy that I did, because it’s something I truly believe in, and believe that it can be valuable to anyone who wants to do the work.

An Important Note about the book: Some people really get caught up in the semantics of her God talk, but it’s not important. I’m not religious at all, but that does not mean that I don’t believe that there aren’t forces larger than me, and that is essentially all she is referring to. A type of surrender that helps you get out of your own ego. This is all to say, don’t let that stop you from doing it. The greatest tool this book gives you, is accountability. That’s all the book is really about, and how to set up parameters for you to do that on your own.  There are also some things that will make you cringe and make you maybe want to put the book down, but I assure you, it’s worth it. The last bit of advice is be gentle with yourself, and don’t feel like you have to do every single things she suggests. I honestly got the most out of my morning pages, and sometimes just went on walks as my artists date, since I really didn’t have any money at the time. Ok, just wanted to make sure you can do this without feeling like it’s so bad! 

P.S. This is not a sponsored post. I just love it, and wanted to share it with you too.


Best of luck on your journey, and I hope this book changes your life too!

xo

Amber

Brooklyn Engagement// Kerry + Bobby

I am so charmed by this session I did with Kerry and Bobby in Greenpoint. She has been following my work for years, and it’s been a total joy to see where she has taken her creative journey! She opened up an online shop full of gorgeous home decor and textiles that I highly recommend checking out! Calhoun and Co is based in Greenpoint, and available everywhere! Thanks so much Kerry and Bobby for having me, and helping to remind people that engagement sessions do not have to be cheesy! They can be beautiful time capsules of this moment in time! From their neighborhood, to home, and with their dog, I know they will cherish these forever!

xo

amber

Foxfire Mountain House Wedding//Norel + Tim

Is Foxfire Mountain House one of the best places to get married?? Me thinks yes! Just check out these two lovely souls! Such a simple and elegant wedding, that I adore so much! PS, was this the year of the ostrich feather or what?? I LOVE that feathered bolero she is rocking, and everything about their big day! I’m looking forward to coming back here soon, and capturing more beautiful moments like these! Happy New Year everyone!

xo

amber

Venue: Foxfire Mountain House

Cake: The Upstate Table

Florist: Sweet Thorn Flora

Stationary: Norel + Tim

Dress: Sarah Seven

Suit: Brooklyn Tailors

Jewelry: Nicholas Lundeen

Hair: Le Shag.

MUA: Lauren Weber Makeup

Wythe Hotel Wedding//Daina + Mike

Now that we have all had time to settle into holiday momentum, I’m bringing you one of the last weddings of the year from the Wythe Hotel! I can’t even begin to explain what kind of joy these kids brought me, and all I can hope for is to have my whole 2019 feel just like this day! These are two of the sweetest people I worked with all year, and I hope nothing but the best for you both!!

xo

amber

Venue: Wythe Hotel

Planner: Dawn Mauberret Events

Catering: Wythe Hotel

Cake: Lulu

Florist: Mimosa Floral Design

Stationary: Robinson Press

Dress: Schone Bride

Suit: Commonwealth Proper

Hair: Dre Donoghue

MUA: Jessa Blades

Pratt Mansions Wedding// Sonia + Nathan

I know I’ve told you many times, but fall just gets me. Yellow is one of my favorite colors, and the changing of the leaves is truly something special. Getting to photograph these two at peak fall in Central Park was definitely a special moment. I was so happy that they gave me plenty of time to make these images happen, and we had such a lovely stroll through the park on the way to their classic New York venue. I couldn’t be more please with how this came out, and wishing them both the best!

xo

amber

Venue: Pratt Mansions

Caterer: Creative Edge Parties

Cake: Creative Edge Parties

Florist: Bloominous

Stationary: Veronica Nieman

Dress: Marchesa

Suit: Black Tux

MUA + Hair: Miss Harlequin

Greenpoint Loft Wedding//Emily + Andrew

Another great Brooklyn wedding in the books at one of my favorite venues, Greenpoint Loft. I love all of the wild details from the Twin Peaks theme combined with bears in the forrest. The bride designed all of the paper goods and signs, and Andrew worked in his Scottish roots by having all the groomsmen wear kilts. As we come to the end of year, I’m loving looking back on all these great moments and looking forward to sharing more! Cheers to Emily+Andrew!

xo

amber

Venue: Greenpoint Loft

Planner: Dawn Mauberret Events

Catering: Hometown Bar b que

Cake: Ovenly

Florist: IndyFaso

Stationary: Emily Suber & Thomas-Printers

Dress: Louvienne

Jewelry: Catbird

Kilt: MacGregor & Macduff

Hair & MUA: Miss Harlequin

The Green Building Wedding//Katie + Matt

I’m super excited to share this sweet wedding with you today! I was so so excited for this wedding at The Green Building, with yet another babely redhead and cutest drummer boy of the band American Authors. They had such a sweet celebration with only 90 of their closest friends and family! Not only was the Brooklyn setting a win, but the mariachi’s, the pies, and the sing along glow stick exit at the end of the night just topped everything off! Thank you so much for including me you two! Wishing you so much love and success!

xo

amber

Venue: The Green Building

Planner: LVR Events

Catering: Roberta’s

Cake: Four & Twenty Blackbirds & Steves Authentic Key Lime Pies

Florist: Andromeda

Dress: Schone Bride

Suit: YSL & The Kooples

Shoes: YSL

Hair & MUA: Samantha Niedospial

Band: 74 Events

501 Union Wedding//Olympia + James

Another epic Brooklyn wedding for the books! I love love shooting at 501 Union, and I always have the honor of shooting a few here every year, and I couldn’t have been happier to work with this lovely couple! I love so many of the elegant understated details they chose for their day, including her ultra chic minimal bouquet by Mimosa Florals! Congrats Olympia and James, wishing you all the best!

Venue: 501 Union

Planner: Jove Meyer Events

Catering: Poppy’s

Cake: Lulu Cakes

Florist: Mimosa Floral Design

Stationary: Tied & Two

Dress: Karen Willis Holmes

Suit: Suit Supply

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Hair & MUA: Glamsquad

Waccabuc New York Wedding/Jade + William

There are some people you connect with right away, and Jade is one of those people. She is a true beauty inside and out, and her wedding day to William is one for the books! They literally got married in a small story book chapel, straight out of a fairy tale! William’s family has a place just down the road from this gorgeous chapel, and they knew this would be the best place for their dream nuptials. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone more showered with love before, and it was a true honor to document such a beautiful day! Congrats you two! 

xo

amber

Venue: Waccabuc Country Club

Cake: Milk Bar

Florist: Belle Fleur

Stationary: Paper Moss

Dress: Berta

MUA & Hair Stylist: Adam Broderick Salon

Hushed Commotion Look Book at Scribner's Lodge

Near the end of summer a few of my friends and I headed upstate to this gorgeous venue Scriberner’s Lodge in the Catskills for a photoshoot. Wow, seriously, if you have not been, do yourself a favor and check it out. Thea of Hushed Commotion put together this fun little shoot for her new Spring 2019 collection. She is a Brooklyn based bridal accessories designer, and she has some really special pieces in store for you all! Check out the full feature on Green Wedding Shoes today! 

xo

amber


Venue: Scriberner’s Lodge

Accessories and concept: Hushed Commotion

Hair: Styles on B

Makeup: Predame Bridal

Dresses: Gabriella New York Bridal Boutique

Model: Yesenia Linares

Florals: Mimosa Floral

City Winery Wedding//Bess + Dan

This is definitely a classic New York City wedding, and I adore these two! This was my first time shooting at City Winery, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more! The staff there are so incredibly sweet, and the live band on the stage made it feel like a really fun concert during the dance party. As you can see Bess and Dan had so much fun on the dance floor, and nothing makes me happier than a great dance party! Also, Cristina Lozito killed it on the florals, I always love shooting her gorgeous work! Cheers to these two! 

xo

amber

Venue: City Winery

Cake: Baked

Florist: Cristina Lozito

Dress: Shareen Bridal

Hair & MUA: Agata Helena

Band: Sound House

Rose's Brooklyn Wedding//Lila + Gizella

I can’t say enough about these two fabulous ladies! I absolutely adore them both, and they are the purveyors of some of the finest gourmet provisions Brooklyn has to offer. Gizella is a cheese monger at Foster Sundry, while Lila is the manager overall and overall boss lady there. They work behind the counter together, and always take such great care of me, and I’m delighted they asked me to shoot their local celebration. I’m wishing you two all the best!!

xo

amber

Venue: Rose’s

Catering: Rose’s

Florals: Brooklyn Grange

Jumpsuit: BHLDN

Suit: Wildfang

Jewelry: Studio Brooklyn

Hair: Maxwell’s For Hair

MUA: Lauren Caputi