This wedding just makes me so light and dreamy; I feel as if I have escaped back in time to a version of New York City I have only known in classic black and white movies. Ryan Brenizer Photography did a stunning job of capturing Nicole and Dave’s natural elegance in traditional portraits at the glamorous Yale Club in NYC as well as candid reception photos full of hugs, kisses, laughs and joyful tears. This wedding is so full of heart, it might even make you a bit teary-eyed; the best ones usually do!
The Newlyweds: Nicole and Dave
The Wedding: 6.9.2012 – Yale Club, New York, NY
Junebug: What were your most important goals in planning your wedding?
Nicole and Dave: I didnt want a very large wedding so it was very important for me to create an intimate romantic evening for my guests.
Junebug: How would you describe your personal wedding style?
Nicole and Dave: Elegant & Romantic
Junebug: Where did you hold your wedding and reception, and why?
Nicole and Dave: The Yale Club, NYC. I fell in love with the venue immediately upon viewing. It has the old world – NYC Vibe and the architecture is beyond magnificent (the building is 100 yrs old) and the room was perfect for what I envisioned.
Junebug: What three adjectives describe your wedding best?
Nicole and Dave: Romantic, Elegant, Timeless
Junebug: Could you tell us a bit more about your love story?
Nicole and Dave: Dave and I dated in our early 20s. We broke up but always remained friendly; keeping in touch on holidays, birthdays, etc. I lived in New York City and he in New Jersey. Over 10 years, our paths never crossed until March 2011 when I was visiting my family down in New Jersey. Over ten years had passed and when our eyes met – we both could not look back. We always had a special place in our hearts for each other but this time we werent going to let it get away. Shortly thereafter we got engaged and the rest is history. It was definitely worth the wait to marry the love of my life!
Junebug: What were you looking for in a photographer?
Nicole and Dave: We wanted a photographer that had a photo-journalistic approach.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Ryan Brenizer Photography and his imagery?
Nicole and Dave: As you can imagine, there are so many photographers to chose from in NYC. I instantly fell in love with Ryans work because he captures something so intimate. He captures emotion and that special moment that you just would never expect anyone to capture.
Junebug: What did you enjoy most about working with Ryan Brenizer?
Nicole and Dave: Ryan is the sweetest kindest person I have ever met. There was no fuss when we worked together. I have to be honest with you, after the bridal prep and ceremony, I never saw Ryan again until the end of the evening. That wasnt because he wasnt shooting our wedding, it’s because he blended in with our guests to capture everything you see in these photos.
The Photographer: Ryan Brenizer Photography
Junebug: How did you approach this particular wedding and what did you most want to capture during shooting?
Ryan Brenizer: Nicole is the best friend of wedding cinematographer Sharrone Fiore of Fiore Films. Its always an honor to do a wedding for a wedding professional or to get those recommendations that really count — sisters, best friends, etc. I knew that between Sharrones experienced input and Nicoles meticulousness, they would put together a beautiful day. The Yale Club is an absolutely gorgeous space, the kind of venue where it could be raining or snowing outside and youd still have a hundred great options to take photos. Of course, with that end-run around Murphys Law, the weather was absolutely gorgeous (it only rains for me when I really dont want it to). I wanted to highlight both their distinguished class and also the tremendous emotion of the day — Id been warned to expect some tears, and we got them.
Junebug: Were there any special photographic requests from the couple that made this wedding especially exciting creatively or personally?
Ryan: As you may imagine, Sharrones team wanted to do a really great job for her best friend, so there was a lot of cooperation between us, the video team, and the venue in a deep way. I would shoot a lot with continuous lighting when Im creating portraits indoors, and a side benefit of that is that video teams love it, because it works for their imagery as well. We managed to create images that would show off the unique strengths of still and motion pictures without taking much time away from the wedding day — in the end, its not about us, so I want to keep every aspect of the day as enjoyable as possible.
Junebug: What was the most fun part of this wedding for you to photograph?
Ryan: First, while we were shooting in Bryant Park, a gigantic flash mob proposal went off behind us, giving us dancers and marching bands out of nowhere. We could have really gone crazy with that, but I didnt want to interrupt the other couples moment. Also, the band, the Hudson Music Project, was perhaps the best band Ive heard in 250+ weddings. I want to hire them just to hang around my apartment and sing.
Junebug: How did the locations available to you affect the type of images you shot and how you shot them? Were there any special locations you were able to choose that made for really great images? (Great light, amazing backgrounds, interesting contrasts, etc)?
Ryan: Even with a gorgeous location like the Yale Club, indoor weddings can be trickier to make look really memorable and majestic than, say, something on the side of a cliff or in a hidden temple in Laos. I try to get to know my subjects well enough to match the photography to the feel of the day, and I got this strong sense of dignity and class from Nicole and Dave, so I aimed for more of a classic touch to the imagery, especially the portraiture.
Junebug: What kind of equipment did you use while shooting this wedding?
Ryan: Nikon D3s and D800, primarily with the 35mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, 70-200, and the 45mm tilt shift and SIgma 12-24 around the edges for flavor.