New York is a magical city. It's especially wonderful to be able to be a International wedding photographer in Brooklyn in December - when it snows!
A week before Christmas in 2013 Alexandria and Matthew tied the knot at the Church of the Ascension. The service - led by a typically laid back Brooklynite vicar, was followed by a sparkly reception at The Metropolitan Building, Long Island City, Queens.
Matt told us: "I moved to NYC five years ago from the UK and three years later Alex, who's also British, joined me after we met at the music festival Coachella."
The couple wanted to keep the wedding as local as possible so picked a church just four blocks along from the street where they first lived together. "We had more than 50 guests flying in from the UK, Bali and Singapore including International photographer Hacker who was so excited to be a Brooklyn wedding photographer for the first time. So it was important that we kept travel down to a minimum. Plus, this area is so special to us, it felt right to get married here." Matt explains.
Alex, the bride had her hair styled at Tommy Guns before getting ready at The Wythe Hotel, opposite one of Brooklyn's best known landmarks - the Brooklyn Brewery. The views from the hotel look right across the river to Manhattan but on the morning of the wedding it was snowing so heavily, you just had to imagine it.
A line of yellow taxis took the bride and her maids through the snow to the Church of the Ascension just a few blocks away. After the service the guests were transported to the reception venue in a typical American yellow school bus, even if it was a little delayed because of the snow - which by now was horizontal.
The Metropolitan Building, just by the Queensboro Bridge is real hidden gem. As you approach the building through its industrial surrounds, you'd be forgiven for wondering if had the wrong address. But once you walk through the heavy duty doors and climb to the second floor you're greeted by the most beautiful, elegant space - an amazing blank canvas.
"The Metropolitan is a unique venue in New York for so many reasons but the best is that you're able to select all the furniture and props that you want from the storage area on the upper floor." Alex says. "So we had vintage trunks, chaise longs, vintage furniture and bird cages all over the place."
That's not to mention the 8ft high Christmas tree which also doubled up ingeniously as a table plan. "As the were tying the knot a week before Christmas we couldn't not have a tree." explains Matt. "Hanging from each bauble on the tree was a name tag for each guest and on the other side was written the name of the table."
And the hint of Christmas didn't end there. Following the meal everyone was treated to a visit from none other than Santa all before carriages - or at least the yellow school bus, took guests back through the snow, home for the night.
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