Last month, I photographed Valeria and Geo’s multi-cultural wedding at the New Leaf Cafe in New York City. Between their diverse backgrounds (Valeria is of Argentinian descent, and Geo is from Ghana), their joyful families, and the deep love they clearly felt for one another, I knew this wedding would be extra special.
The day started off at one of Valeria’s bridesmaid’s apartment with hair and makeup. Valeria had a stunning pale pink Monique Lhuillier gown, which begged to be photographed again and again – it was so gorgeous and unique! Her details were also some of my favorites of the year and I couldn’t get enough of her invitations, flowers, and ring.
After we finished shooting a few bridal portraits on the roof, we headed uptown to the New Leaf Cafe where I met Geo and his family. His groomsmen were his brothers and they were so fun to be around. Everyone was so happy and full of smiles! No one smiled as much as Geo’s mother, though. She flew all the way from Ghana for the wedding and was glowing the entire day. Her joy was absolutely contagious!
After a few family photos, we jumped right into a first look and couple photos. We walked all over Fort Tyron Park, finding perfect location shots every few steps. I loved all the greenery and I especially loved the George Washington Bridge rising above the trees in the distance.
Before we knew it, it was time for their ceremony. I loved that it was in the Park and having the bridge in the background was icing on the cake for these two! The ceremony was short and sweet and then it was time to party!
I’ve been to a lot of weddings this year, and I have to say – New Leaf Cafe is a perfect spot for a summer wedding. The open tent provided a gorgeous backdrop to the celebration, and the decor was picture perfect. The best part was the nonstop dance party that lasted late into the night. Valeria and Geo even had Brazilian dancers perform after dinner, much to the surprise and delight of the guests!
I am so excited to share these images with everyone!