"We want you to shoot our wedding, but if our budget is too low for you, we have a friend with a nice camera who can shoot it for us instead..."
Like so many working couples, R&C planned their wedding on a budget. Great photography was very important to them (the groom C is a visual artist), and they wanted me to shoot their wedding, but they weren't sure of my rates. When they reached out to me through a mutual friend, I was so excited to shoot their wedding that I created a custom package just for them: fewer hours of coverage, no bells and whistles, just exactly what they needed (and could afford) to document all the best moments of their intimate elopement.
No way was I gonna let this amazing couple entrust their wedding day to a "friend with a nice camera"; we talked openly about their budget, and found a way to make it work <3
R&C chose Biddle Mansion, a venue at the Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson as the setting for their intimate DIY elopement.
Attendees included family members from both sides, and a handful of close friends. All in all, R&C had about 20-25 guests: a perfect, relaxed, comfortable micro wedding. The February weather was a little chilly up in Tarrytown NY, but the bride and groom were surrounded by the warmth of their guests' love, and love for one another <3
After the ceremony, everyone dried their happy tears, and recessed to a small cozy restaurant called Cellar 49 located inside Biddle Mansion.
Sadly, Cellar 49 has closed since the pandemic (R&C got married back in February 2019), but it was a lovely space and I'm so glad we got to celebrate there. The ambiance was kind of cave-like, with stone walls and dark wood. Not easy to light as a photographer, but me and my trusty bounced flash made it work. I always come prepared for all lighting conditions; even if you get married underground in an actual cave, I can make it work :)
Who needs a DJ?! After the reception, the happy couple and their friends threw an impromptu dance party in the lobby of Biddle Mansion...
The bride and groom slow danced to their song (playing on a friend's iPhone). The older relatives gathered the leftover cake to take home, put on their coats, and shuffled toward the doors.