June 29, 2007
Lucia & Massimo; June 22, NYC
The day started at the W Union Square- a beautiful space on a perfect day. Lucia got ready in a suite that overlooked Union Square while Massimo got ready at their apartment in Hell's Kitchen. My assistant Adam was with Massimo, capturing all the moments between him and his family while I stayed with Lucia at the W.
I navigated the room with Annabel from Belathee Photography, as we both took turns getting some close-ups of Lucia getting her make-up applied. I also took out my Super 8 camera to get some footage of Lucia in the well-lit bedroom. The Super 8 camera is a wonderful extra if you like the look and feel of vintage film.
The main drama in the bridal suite centered on the need for a steamer to de-wrinkle the bottom of the wedding dress. When the steamer finally arrived it did not work, but a couple of resourceful bridesmaids were finally able to figure it out and fix the dress!
The ceremony at Old St. Patrick's was beautiful and Lucia and Massimo made great use of the picturesque courtyard afterwards to take beautiful photos and to greet their guests as they exited the church. I also took some great Super 8 footage here, as the lighting and atmosphere were perfect.
After photos at the church, everyone headed uptown, back to the W Hotel for cocktail hour and the reception. Annabel and I took Massimo and Lucia on a quick walk alone through Union Square to make use of the excellent NYC backdrop.
A sweeping staircase took the wedding guests to the second floor where cocktail hour overlooking Park Avenue took place. The relaxed feel of cocktail hour was a nice way for the guests to relax and the bride and groom to mingle before the evening of festivities ahead. I was pleased to see Eric from A Starry Night providing the music once we entered the main room for the reception. I had recommended Eric to Lucia during our initial meeting and did not realize that she had hired him.
The highlights of the reception included the diverse music- both Italian and American hits along with a beautiful first dance to Coldplay's 'Yellow', spirited dancing by Massimo's friends and a touching speech by the maid of honor.