Ali and Gino initially booked me for a wedding in May so imagine my surprise when I get a call from Ali asking if I would come with them to City Hall this past Tuesday … Unfortunately, the venue where the wedding was originally scheduled at changed owners and was no longer an option and the guys just did not have the heart (and the will) to start looking for a new venue all over again… Since they were planning to go visit their families in Wisconsin for the holidays they decided to surprise them and arrive married :).
Our original plan was to do a winter engagement session in the snowy and beautiful Catskill Mountains, where Gino has a small cabin and because I was looking forward to that workation day trip, when Ali suggested I substitute the engagement session for this City Hall session, I refused! So – most likely, these two are going to have to do things slightly backwards and do a post-marriage engagement session to please their photographer. And there might be a celebration dinner in May for family and friends, so you might be seeing these two quite a bit on my blog in the next few months.
Ali shocked me by being extremely brave and fairly comfortable wearing a mini-dress in 27 degree weather. Meanwhile, Gino and I were all bundled up and freezing!!! My wife thinks that Ali, like a true gutsy, fashionista New Yorker pulled off the mini-dress and boots look extremely well. I also loooved her boots … and her hat and her entire look, but being a guy I don’t have any fashion reasoning behind any of it :). We both agree that Ali looked awesome on her wedding day!
Special thanks goes to Ali’s sister Christine, who came as the witness for the ceremony and also got slightly abused by me, serving as a mobile coat rack and an occasional light stand :). Ali and Gino, I hope you guys are enjoying the Wisconsin cold… as you are aware, NYC is not exactly balmy with the blizzard and 20 inches of snow we just had. I really hope you enjoy the photos and want to thank you guys for making me a part of your special day. This was the first City Hall wedding I photographed and I can’t imagine doing it for a nicer couple. Its also nice to know I hold the proof that it really happened – in case there are friends or family that won’t believe you :)!