Julie & Rebecca were referred to me by Housing Works Bookstore, where I've become one of their regular recommended vendors... I love getting to see how different couples utilize the interesting and beautiful spaces of this bookstore to bring their celebrations to life! Since the sun was setting so early (4:30pm, if you can beleive that) I met them for a portrait-walk around SOHO before we were going to go in and get set up for the ceremony... we had just enough time for a really fun round of shots in the blocks surrounding Housing Works-- but you know me, I can shoot portraits of couples for hours so I was sad when it started getting dark-- Julie and Rebecca have such a totally relaxed and close chemistry together, so they were absolute naturals at having their picture taken! We went inside and did some family group portraits and a Ketubah ceremony with their officiant, Rabbi Diana Miller. Then the guests started streaming in and taking their seats for the main event. It was very moving-- it always is-- but this was the first full-scale-reception-included event I've shot for a same sex couple since New York legalized same sex marriage, and as you can imagine, the emotions were strong and the joy in that room was palpable. After the ceremony there were cocktails and a righteous first dance followed by the Hora. The dancing was fantastic at this event, as was the music... great DJ'ing by Cat of Two Hearts Beat-- I think you might be my new favorite wedding DJ! Congratulations, Julie & Rebecca-- you two are perfect together!