New York City is a great backdrop for photography any day of the week. Throw in a bride and groom and some happy family and friends and you’ve got something really special. Dana and Drew were married on a lovely August Sunday in none other than NYC, but more specifically, steps away from their apartment in the West Village. I love that everything took place pretty much along the same street. How many couples can say that they walked from their preparation to their ceremony and then to the reception on foot? Dana and Drew sought out locations in their neighborhood and the result was a beautiful local celebration.
Dana and her gals got gussied up at a friend’s light-filled apartment, while Drew and the guys readied themselves at the Washington Square Hotel. We assembled for a sweet first look and some bridal party and family shots on a nearby tree-lined street. As things ran a bit late, we didn’t get a chance to create some more photographs in a couple of the local parks and on other quaint cobblestone streets, although Dana and Drew got to spend loads of time with their family and friends which is what weddings should be about anyway!
The ceremony was held in a beautiful high-ceilinged parlor in Greenwich Village. Prior to the ceremony there was a traditional (and packed) signing of the Ketubah and marriage license. In fact it was so packed that there was no surface to sign the marriage license and they had to use each other’s backs! Cute! Dana and Drew’s ceremony had many personal touches and involved the participation of a number of family members and friends. Once the knot was tied, we strolled over to Bobo Restaurant for an extended cocktail hour and lively dancing. As delicious appetizers and drinks were served, the newly married couple shared a first dance and was honored with several very heartfelt and touching toasts. With tunes provided by DJ Jimmy Lutz, Dana, Drew and their guests danced the night away!