Kayla and Kenneth opened my 2021 New York City wedding season in style – big time. From their ceremony in Central Park to their reception in Time Square, their day felt straight up from a movie; makes sense when you know they’re both actors^^ They actually met on stage a few years back playing each other’s love interests. How romantic is that?
A Central Park Wedding Ceremony
The two lovers decided to have their wedding ceremony at the Ladies Pavilion, a cute gazebo on the upper west side of Central Park. It was intimate with about 40 of their close friends and family members. The wedding was on the first weekend of May and the weather gods blessed us with a perfect sun. It almost felt like a summer wedding!
Their vows were both heartfelt and hilarious. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! The bride’s tears during the groom’s speech moved me deeply. It was hard not to shake behind the camera while capturing this special moment.
After the ceremony, everyone left for the reception. That’s when Kayla and Kenneth had their first dance. It’s always nice when the bride and groom can have a moment like that on wedding days, with no one around. Their song was “Knocks me off my feet” by Stevie Wonder. How fitting when you see the way these two look at each other.
Bride & Groom Portraits in the Theatre District of NYC
As their reception was in Time Square, we took most of their bride and groom photos in the theatre district. Not only do I like the design of these old buildings like the Lyceum theatre; but as they’re both Broadway actors, I also liked the fact that it was meaningful to them. Kayla plays Nala in the musical the Lion King, so it was only fitting to take a photo in front of the Minskoff theatre too. But the most unexpected photo award goes to the one with the famous Naked Cowboy; who really wanted to be seen with the couple haha.
Shooting in Time Square in broad day light on a Saturday afternoon was no easy feast, but I feel like we made it work! This New York City wedding was definitely one for the history books and I’m so glad Kayla and Kenneth picked me to capture it.