Leah & Chris’ Modern Industrial Wedding, Bronx NYC.
I had such a great time photographing Leah & Chris’ modern industrial wedding in the Bronx last September. Leah & Chris are musicians, and they have a band together called With Watson. Some of my favorite aspects of their wedding include: The focus is emotion, the love they have for one another and their friends. The live band, because really what beats live music? The unplugged sign! (more on that later). The naked cakes, they may be trendy, but some things are trendy for a reason! The food truck, not only is it unique and fun to have a food truck cater the wedding, the food also tasted amazing. Leah and Chris’ first dance, nothing boring happening here this truly reflects their awesome personalities. And, last but not least, Leah getting on stage and rocking Spiderwebs by No Doubt.
I’m now friends with them on facebook, and this morning saw the sweetest post. So I’m sharing it, because this kind of love is inspirational
“I don’t think you fall in love with someone in just one moment, at just one time. Like the time we went on that vacation, or the first time we kissed. Not just those times. You fall in love lots of times, big and small, memorable and passing. And when it’s really good, you fall in love more and more each day. Saying goodbye to this apartment is tough because we fell in love a lot here, living, growing. It was way good to us. This was my last view of it, and it’ll be someone else’s first. Hopefully they will find so much love here too.” – Written by Chris, in 2015, with an image of their empty apartment.
Have an unplugged wedding!
I am a huge fan of unplugged weddings. There are so many reasons to have an unplugged wedding. However most importantly is that each guest invited is to share the experience with you. How can they be fully present and simultaneously be taking pictures with their phones, cameras and iPads? Or worse, checking their Facebook notifications, and posting on Instagram and snapchat. I’m not making this up, I have seen all of this done during the wedding ceremony! Ouch. So now your guests have missed out on the most important moment of the day, then they proceed to snap photos of you, which of course will wind up on Facebook before the professional shots. So the reveal of your beautiful wedding day will be a blurry grainy image where somehow one eye closed and you look waisted even though you haven’t touched a drink yet. Must I go on?
Do yourself and your guests a favor, ask them to be unplugged. Ask them to celebrate the day with you, without their smartphones. Fun fact – recent studies have shown that not looking at your screens for a day improves overall mood. Ok, now that should give you plenty of ammunition to go unplugged!
About the venue, Pier 132
If you are looking for a modern industrial wedding venue near NYC, look no further than Pier 132! This space has state of the art lighting, is subway accessible, and parking is easy to find. Say what!? easy parking in NYC!? yes it actually is possible. The space is great for late summer nights, when the garage doors can open and your guests can spill out onto the street. There are plenty of beautiful and interesting backdrops on the surrounding streets for family photos.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
Ok, enough writing, enjoy and be inspired by the photos!
Did you spot the familiar faces of Aubrey and Jake? I photographed their wedding the previous year, check out their photos here.
The Vendors for Leah & Chris’s Modern Industrial Wedding
Photography: Ella Sophie – Oakland California
Venue: Pier 132, Bronx NYC
Catering: Taim mobile
Cakes: Ally Bo
Sunflower pops: Dessert Ladies
Hair: Brandi Veretto from Aveda
Makeup: Glam Squad NYC
Wedding Dress: Theia Bridal Couture
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