Where do I even start with this wedding?! It was an ominous morning in NYC as rain spat across the windows of the Warwick Hotel, but man oh man did we luck out with GORGEOUS sunshine in the afternoon! Alana and Mike's sunny personalities lit up the day from start to finish, from the not-quite-a-first-look, to the gondola ride that delivered them to the Loeb Boathouse reception! I think we all felt like we were in a movie as we adventured through some of the most iconic Central Park scenes. I certainly felt a bit like a director while posing a 27-person wedding party at Bethesda Terrace with a hundred or so onlookers! The day ended with one EPIC dance floor that included two limbos and a spin-the-bottle style dance circle (where you dance-off with your partner instead of kiss haha)! Alana and Mike, you are beautiful inside and out and we wish you all the best!
When torn between wanting to remain traditional but also wanting to see your fella before the ceremony, do a "semi First Look." Mike and Alana read sweet notes from each other while holding hands around a corner. The excitement had built up so much I was sure one of them would jump around the corner out of impatience!
The Manhattan College chapel might just be my new favorite place! I'm swooning over the architecture!
We arrived to Central Park after a hilarious trolley ride from Manhattan College!
I am forever obsessed with Jenny Yoo! Literally the most beautiful bridesmaids' dresses!
The detailing on this Anna Campbell gown is divine!
One of my favorite moments was this champagne toast with the newlyweds on a gondola about to float across the water to the The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park!
When time allows, I LOVE doing a same-day slideshow of the wedding photos! Guests are always amazed to see photos so quickly and seeing their reactions gives me all the feels!
Congratulations Alana and Mike!!! <3
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Ceremony Venue: Manhattan College Chapel • Reception Venue: The Loeb Boathouse • Florist: Lenox Hill Florist & Events • Photography: Cassi Claire • Makeup: Makeup by Adria • The Dress: Anna Campbell • The Shoes: BHLDN • Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo • Guys' Tuxes: Indochino • Music: Live Music Pros • Cake: Empire Cake • Invitations: Alden Press • Table Numbers: Pineapple Street Designs • Video: Mesh Films • And a very special thank you to my AMAZING team Chris and Nadine!
Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!