“Glam New York with a touch of disco and super hero flair”; from their glitzy Manhattan rehearsal dinner to their stunning ceremony and reception at The Foundry, Glennis’ description of their wedding style is just so fabulously accurate! With top Denver photographers Heidi and Daniel Chowen on-hand to document all the wedding events, Glennis and Matt treated their guests to a spectacular NYC experience and the Chowen’s gorgeous photojournalistic style was just the perfect fit for this couple’s spontaneity and flair!
The Newlyweds: Glennis and Matt
Junebug: What were your most important goals in planning your wedding?
Glennis and Matt: We really wanted our wedding to be the event of the season. Go big or go home, right? We just wanted it to feel like a decadent vacation for our guests. We already found each other so this was just an added bonus.
Junebug: How would you describe your personal wedding style?
Glennis and Matt: Glam New York with a touch of disco and super hero flair.
Junebug: Where did you hold your wedding and reception, and why?
Glennis and Matt: We fell in love with The Foundry’s exposed brick and arched design inside. Glennis has always been in love with ivy climbing the side of walls so this was a perfect marriage (!) of everything we loved.
Junebug: What three adjectives describe your wedding best?
Glennis and Matt: Glamorous, Hilarious, Heartfelt
Junebug: Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your wedding, your love story or your lives?
Glennis and Matt: Our wedding had so many special touches from people we love and hold dear. Our caterers, are amazing people. When Monica brought my bouquet up to the bridal suite we both cried. They were so invested and cared so much about every detail it meant the world to us. They were the first tasting we went to and hired them on the spot. I’d also like to give a shout out to my friend and wedding planner Tez Bois who is the amazing event coordinator at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in Manhattan. She hooked us up throughout the planning process and kept us completely sane! Matt is a huge comic book fan so our officiant included the Green Lantern oath in our vows and our cake toppers were Dazzler and Spider Man. Our officiant, Katina, was a friend of both Matt and Glennis – Glennis called her, after months of pining after Matt, to see if Matt would be interested and Katina set it up. Matt wrote his vows on the piece of paper that he’d first written my number down on. Everyone in the place was in tears about 10 minutes into the ceremony. Our friend Marcy wrote us a beautiful song and she and Glennis’ two friends Kate and Sara Jo sang her down the aisle to the song that she used to listen to in Colorado while she’d dream about New York, Tom Petty’s Wildflowers. The speeches from Matt’s brother and Glennis’ sister are still being talked about today. Glennis’ sister Kelsey even used visual aids – charts and a pointer!
Junebug: What were you looking for in a photographer?
Glennis and Matt: Photography was the most important part of the wedding for us. We knew we wanted photos that were not just capturing moments, but were true works of art. Glennis and Heidi went to high school together and took many art classes so Glennis knew Heidi had that special quality. Heidi and Dan’s work is breathtaking – every frame is frame-able!
Junebug: What did you enjoy most about working with the Chowen’s?
Glennis and Matt: Heidi and Dan, though friends, were completely, 100% professional. We hardly noticed they were there and yet they were able to capture every single moment we would have asked them to capture. They were amazingly kind and patient with our family, they have great senses of humor and they’re just all around great people.
The Photographers: Heidi and Daniel Chowen
Junebug: How did you approach this particular wedding and what did you most want to capture during shooting?
Heidi and Daniel: The bride and groom are comedians/actors and so we knew the rehearsal dinner and wedding would not be short on fun people, but we also wanted to catch their more serious sides as well. We mainly wanted to just capture their personalities during the wedding weekend…They are spontaneous, fun, hilarious and even surprisingly serious, so to get that full range of emotions and personality was quite fun for us as artists.
Junebug: Were there any special photographic requests from the couple that made this wedding especially exciting creatively or personally?
Heidi and Daniel: They were so wonderful to work with and just let us do what we do best which is document the wedding and celebration as it happened. We photographed the rehearsal dinner and the trip to get the marriage license the two days prior the wedding, so we were able to document those special moments as well as do couple’s photos before the wedding day as they just wanted for us to really just approach the wedding day in a photojournalism format.
Junebug: What was the most fun part of this wedding for you to photograph?
Heidi and Daniel: For Heidi it was the getting ready as she loves photographing the moments of anticipation before they say their vows. For Daniel it was the celebration and dancing as the people were quite energetic and he loves documenting the party atmosphere.
Junebug: How did the locations available to you affect the type of images you shot and how you shot them?
Heidi and Daniel: The space in the Foundry is quite tight, but the brick, alcoves and vine covered walls made for a beautiful backdrop. The bride and bridal party got ready at the Standard hotel which was quite the opposite of the ceremony and reception look, so it was really great artistically to go from modern to a darker romantic backdrop.
Junebug: Were there any special locations you were able to choose that made for really great images?
Heidi and Daniel: NYC and Brooklyn always make for a unique backdrop…you never know what you are going to get. During the rehearsal dinner (at Bobby Vans Steakhouse in the financial district), we took a stroll outside and of course, the bride and groom being improv comedians, they just started acting and we happen to see a police officer standing by himself, so we took advantage of that and he didn’t even move to or care that he was in the photo. We love being creative on the fly and working with actors is a great compliment to other artistic mediums as they are game for anything. The rehearsal dinner was in an old safe, so it was super dark and interesting to be inside. The Foundry itself (ceremony and reception) was just unique, intimate and fun to be in as so many great events, artist receptions, exhibits, etc. have been there and you can see why as it was an amazing space.
Junebug: What kind of equipment did you use while shooting this wedding?
Heidi and Daniel: We used Nikon d3s cameras, Quantum on and off camera flashes & lighting and various prime lenses.
Thank you so much Glennis and Matt for sharing your incredible wedding with us all!
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