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Ali & Gino | Wedding | NY City Hall

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 :)!

  • Ali

    We could not be happier with how the pictures turned out! Thank you, Alex, for capturing our day for us, especially so early in the morning on such short notice. We had so much fun. You are fantastic to work with, and we can’t wait for our next shoot with you.ReplyCancel

  • Cimarron

    Wow!! Congrats to both of you!! You guys make such a cute couple! The pictures are so cute!!! Ali, you were a gorgeous bride!! I LOVED the hat. Just having gone through the process of planning a wedding, you are the smartest couple I know ;)!!! You got to skip all the stress and get to the fun part…just enjoying each other and being married. Matt and I can’t wait to see you guys! xoxo, CimarronReplyCancel

  • Audrey and Russ Hodel

    We are so happy for you and Gino. We were quite surprised but not shocked by the news on Christmas Eve. You are a wonderful example of true love. It is plain to see how happy you are as a married couple. Alex has captured your happiness and your special day beautifully. We love the pictures and the story they tell of your wedding day. We love you both. Mom and DadReplyCancel

  • Russ Hodel

    Ali and Gino…. Congratulations ! ! !

    Your pictures are phenomenal… my favorites are those on the bridge and in front of the “Red Icon”. The photographer is terrific !

  • Paula Lombardo

    Im still trying to catch my breath!!! I laughed but will admit I got very emotional….. yes I did. I’m so happy for both of you.. my heart is jumping of joy. I woke up the girls as my computer spazed out as I tried to open the files to view the photos.. so I made them log onto theirs and we all shared the beautiful moments with you..

    The photographer did an awesome job capturing the skipping and jumping of your hearts beating together. May you always be as happy as your are right this moment. Congratulations to you and your families as I’m sure they’re all still on cloud 9.

    A BIG HUG!! PaulaReplyCancel

  • Paula Lombardo

    PS… The Brooklyn Bridge photos are BREATH TAKING!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Cozort

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i couldn’t be any more excited and happy for you guys! Ali, you looked gorgeous in all of them(: i can’t wait to celebrate next time i see you!ReplyCancel

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