Cipriani is an upscale Italian restaurant with event locations across the globe, including five New York sites, as well ones in Miami, Mexico City, Abu Dhabi, and Venice.
Cipriani 42nd Street is located in the center of Manhattan and hosts sophisticated celebrations near Grand Central Station. Features include Italian Renaissance inspired art and marble columns, high ceilings, inlaid floors, and chandeliers.
Wayne and Natalia got married in New York City during the winter. They got ready at a private residence in Manhattan, which had exquisite decor and was a perfect backdrop for both bride and groom portraits and the first look (reveal).
Formals were photographed before the ceremony, so when everyone arrived at Cipriani we began with family and wedding party portraits under the chuppah.
After bedekin and the ketubah signing, the wedding ceremony began. Jewish wedding ceremonies are full of traditions, and we capture each one with a documentary style.
Once the glass is broken and the couple shares their first kiss, it's time for the celebration to begin! Guests enjoy cocktail hour and soon move into the ballroom, a winter wonderland with snowflakes projected on the walls.
Introductions lead to the first dance, where fake snow falls on the newlyweds and adds to the wonderland ambiance.
Everyone dances to the hora and raises the bride and groom above the crowd in chairs, and then does it with the parents. The hora celebration is full of excitement and rowdy dancing and is always a highlight of a Jewish wedding reception!
Following the blessing and breaking of the challah bread, guests enjoy their meals before more dancing ensues. Parent dances, cake cutting, and a speech by the groom also happen during the evening.
At the end of the night, as the guests move to an after party, I was able to get one last photo of the couple, in the empty ballroom after their grand event, sharing their first quiet moment together as husband and wife.
This album was designed to mimic the look of a polaroid photo, as you can see by the larger margin at the bottom. It won an award for best album design at an international photo conference in Las Vegas.
I hope you've enjoyed this album from a destination wedding we photographed in New York, if you are getting married anywhere in the world, reach out today and let's start talking about your big day!