AN ARCHIVE OF love stories

Being invited into the the lives of extraordinary people is an incredible privilege. The stories I adorn through my imagery capture the true essence of the human spirit and the art of being in love.

Euree & Daniel..NYC

As you all might have figured out by now, I am not a writer.  I am a photographer.  Therefore, I communicate much better with imagery than my words. However, the experience I encountered with this amazing couple in New York City deserves to be told.  Now, if your like me, when I go to my favorite photographers blogs, I skip right over the words and look at the images.  Feel free to scroll down, take a peek, but come back and read about this special day. Then, look at them again.  {{insert big grin here}}

When Euree contacted me back in January to discuss the potential of flying me out to document her August NYC wedding, I pretty much wet myself.  ME??  She wants ME to shoot her wedding?  WHY?  LOL  There are hundreds of phenomenal artists in NY!  The first thing I read on her questionnaire was how she found me.

” I saw in a wedding blog (Style Me Pretty) your engagement photo shoot for Eric and Danielle. It captured everything that I wanted. The lighting, the softness, the natural background, the love between them, the attire, their poses. It was very romantic, elegant, simple, and just full of so much love.”

Wow.  I was humbled and frankly, stunned that she felt a connection with me.  She went on to share what her vision was for her wedding day, and I could not have been more excited. My family celebrated with me when we signed the contract, and I popped open my favorite bottle of Almond Champagne. (you can’t celebrate without champagne!)

Fast forward to Wednesday, August 25th.  As I was starting to pack for my flight to NYC, I am very disturbed to hear that hurricane Irene was heading inland on the ONE WEEKEND OF THE YEAR that I am flying in.  {{insert PANIC stricken face here}}.  I had already encountered a pretty horrendous travel experience the previous MAY, covering a wedding in Puerto Vallarta!  Shouldn’t that count for SOMETHING?!? Seriously?!? I couldn’t believe it.  Should I still go?? Would I be trapped in NYC for day’s?? I called my second shooter Elizabeth to make sure she was still in, then I called Euree.  She calmed my fears, and I was set to go.

Euree and Daniel met me at the Newark Airport Thursday night with a huge slice of authentic NYC pizza. {{they wanted to make sure I wasn’t kidnapped or worse}} How thoughtful of them huh!  I settle into my hotel room, and woke up Friday to the most gorgeous day!  I met up with Elizabeth and her friend Jill and we walked and walked and walked the city. I fell in love that day with NYC.

As we finished our day with a fabulous meal, we started hearing about the subways being shut down in preparation for the flooding that Irene was supposed to bring.  New Jersey was being evacuated, and all the airlines were canceling flights in and out of every major airport near the city.  I received a call that evening from Daniel.  They might have to CANCEL the wedding!!  I felt HORRIBlE for them!  The hurricane was supposed to hit by the next evening ON THERE WEDDING DAY.  Daniel called all the vendors and miraculously everyone was able and willing to move everything up 4 hours.  This would ensure that their guests and vendors would make it home before the city wide curfew that was established.  They were going for it!

The early morning of August 27th looked VERY different than the morning prior.  It was eerily dark and windy.  There were hardly any people around.  Elizabeth and I arrived to the venue feeling excited and nervous at the same time.  The Metropolitan Building was like no other venue I have ever shot in.  It was a photographers dream.

Now, as most seasoned photographers know, it’s all about being inspired.  It’s amazing how many ideas can start swirling around in your head when you are faced with an amazing location, a stunning bride, and an atmosphere of love and joy.  It was phenomenal. As soon as the festivities began, no one was aware of the looming storms outside.  Euree, Daniel, their families and their guests were in a world of their own that day.  God’s favor was ever present upon them.

My favorite moments of the day:

Euree’s first look with her Dad.

Seeing Euree transform into a goddess of a bride. (TWO designer dresses)

Listening to them read their vows. Wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

Witnessing Euree, her brother, and her parents have an impromptu last “family hug”.  It was so heart warming.

Needless to say, I was inspired in every way.  I am forever grateful to this special couple for allowing me the great honor of documenting their life and love.  I didn’t feel worthy of this privilege, I will never forget this amazing adventure.

Obviously, I made it home safe and sound. (1 day later than scheduled) Euree and Daniel were still able to fly out for their honeymoon and reception in San Diego, Ca. God is good.

Feel free to check out their wedding video by Kiss The Bride Films. It’s awesome.

Euree & Daniel

A Divine Romance

August 27, 2011

New York City

  1. Liz Leighton says:

    One of the most elegant and beautifully photographed weddings I’ve seen in a long time. Wonderful work, Amanda!!

  2. mikaela says:

    This is SO sweet! I love the ice cream cones for dessert. Such a cute idea!

  3. Ashley says:

    I have been waiting to see this wedding!!! Everything about it was STUNNING!

  4. Jana says:

    Oh my goodness, this was soooo SOOOO beautiful Amanda! *tears*…yes this blog got me all emotional! Stunningly gorgeous work! One of my favorites to date! xoxo!

  5. i agree with liz. this wedding is stunning. your imagery is breathtaking. just gorgeous and beautiful – the location is perfect and the light and details = perfection. irene has nothing on you!

  6. Ingrid says:

    I second what Liz says. Gorgeous!!! Wow! =)

  7. Oh Amanda!! what an amazing story! Just gorgeous!! Fabulous images! Congrats Euree and Daniel!!

  8. Rosie says:

    Oh this is amazing!! So elegant! And that location is unreal! Wonderful work my friend!

  9. Melissa says:

    All I can say is wow!! Love them all! The angles, the subjects, the light… gorgeous! 🙂

  10. Ara says:

    WOW. So elegant. Such lovely light. So soft and romantic. I was privileged to be there, and these pictures captured the day so perfectly.

  11. Amanda says:

    these are

  12. Rose Dykstra says:

    Incredible! This is probably the most unique and beautiful venue I have seen in a very long time. And it looks like you truly enjoyed it. Wonderful wedding, beautiful pictures!

  13. Danielle says:

    Oh my. These are so stunning. There is a calm, romantic, elegance in every image. And that venue!!!! Just Incredible. BEAUTIFULLY captured!

  14. Marcie Lynn says:

    I am drooling over this location and all of these amazing pictures! Every single one of them – stunning! Great job and I’m so happy they were able to have their wedding despite the ugly storm.

  15. Wow…. I can’t even think of a comment that would begin to convey the beauty you just did through photographs. Quite a love story. Beautiful capture Amanda.

  16. lexi says:

    This was beautiful, your words and your images. You know love is strong when you can completely put aside what is going on around you, and the east coast, to vow to spend the rest of your life with someone you love. Amanda you truly captured this in every way!

  17. You blew this one OUT of the water! Absolutely stunning. So editorial! Beyond Lovely! Gorgeous!!

  18. Simply AMAZING Amanda!!! I would totally hire you to photograph my wedding if I were to do it over. Your portrait work transitions so beautifully into wedding. You are a very talented gal indeed 🙂 God bless!!!!!

  19. Love all of these!! Absolutely beautiful!

  20. Nicky Stone says:

    Beautiful, beautiful wedding and images, Amanda. No wonder you have people following your blog from around the world – including here in Australia! 🙂

  21. What a story! They seem like such a sweet couple, meeting you at the airport with pizza… ha! Adorable. Breathtaking images

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  23. Rebecca says:

    wow. This is so stunning. I have followed your work for quite a while now, and I’m floored by this wedding,. This is hands down the best wedding I have seen in a LONG time. from anyone. You captured the timeless romance, elegance and charm so so well. Congratulations Amanda, it’s amazing. and that location…. i just mental notes for my next house…. 😉

  24. Jose Anzueto says:

    when i saw this images i felt the emotion you captured on your camera..your work is extraordinary… i hope that someday i can connect with my audience the same level you connect with your audience.. you are truly an inspiration to me…

  25. Linda says:

    Well, I realize I am biased. I typically love all pics you shoot. However, occasionally I am overcome by the depth of your talent. This wedding shoot did it again for me. When the people in the photos are complete strangers, and the emotion speaks so loudly that it completely overcomes you, then something truly profound and rare has transpired. It took me some time before I was composed enough to write this. I love you. Mom Linda

  26. Erica Ann says:

    Wow, these are absolutely stunning images. I’m sure it was a beautiful day, but girl, you GOT IT!

  27. julianna says:

    Amanda this wedding is a true testament to your talent. The venue was spectacular of course buy what strands out most to me is a sense of quiet and calm beauty.There is such a feeling of relaxed anticipation and living each precious moment of the day , and that is incredible when we know the surrounding circumstances. You should be very proud.

  28. katie zaboy says:

    The images you made of this beautiful wedding took my breath away! You captured this wedding with such style and such an eye for sweet moments, these mages will definitely be a timeless heirloom for this family! Amazing job!

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