clarissa & neema: saratoga national museum of dance

Beautiful.. Thats it gang. Clarissa & Neema wanted a simple and beautiful wedding that was also intimate at the same time. I’d say they sure pulled it off on a hot and humid Friday in July. Its been a while since we’ve shot a whole wedding at The Saratoga National Museum of Dance and I really did miss shooting at that place. Its probably the most perfect room for smaller weddings while keeping with that whole Saratoga feeling too…

Was this deja vu? Here we are arriving at the same hotel, for the same family for the second time in just 8 months. Only this time it wasn’t Mona’s wedding and it wasn’t 40 degrees outside, it was 90. No, this time it was her brother Neema and her now sister in law Clarissa’s big day. Back to arriving at the hotel… Clarissa was all smiles upon entering suite 527. She was getting finished being made fabulous. We shot some getting ready photos of this beautiful July bride and then it was off to the Museum of Dance for their first look. I just loved everything about their first look too. The light, the calmness of the couple but then capturing the emotion the time they laid eyes on each other. It was pretty darn cool. I saw something cool outside that happened to be red. It was an old vintage taxi cab. Neema’s father’s friend was kind enough to park this bad boy out front for some photo ops. After all those photos were done it was time to get married. This space is just spectacular for ceremonies. I think my favorite part was when Clarissa and Neema’s son Paul walked Clarissa down the aisle and they both were just beaming with pride. After the ceremony I wanted a little more of this red taxi and a few more couple shots in some softer light. Then it was time to head on in for their reception. Let me just say thank god for my iPhone. Neema had burned a few CD’s with their first dance song on it. Unfortunately those CD’s would not play for whatever reason. Have no fear, JP’s iPhone with the iTunes store is here! Without skipping a beat I downloaded the exact version of their first dance put my iPhone on airplane mode (because how embarrassing would it be if I got a call or text during their first dance?) and handed the phone off to the band. I felt like a hero (cue hero my enrique iglesias now). Anyway it was a wonderful evening and smooth sailing from then on out. It was truly an honor to be asked back to shoot another wedding for the Ghazi family and great to meet Clarissa’s family as well. We loved being surrounded by good people we consider friends before clients. Thank you again and congrats to Clarissa & Neema!


Here’s one happy bride…

Alayne’s right hand gal Sue from Make Me Fabulous (see t shirt) putting some finishing touches on Clarissa.

cool shoes..

a little closer..

oh hey mona! we all remember mona right? to my newer blog stalkers you can find out all about her here, here & here.

Everyone got all excited when Clarissa was dressed and ready.

Seriously? This is too easy.

Frist look!

here she comes..

Neema is somewhat of a more serious person. To see him lighting up like this is just great.

Back to our beautiful bride.

I love this b&w

Just one for now, but we’ll get back to this red cab..

8 months later.. Mona… and Andrew 😉

I don’t know who was more happy here? Paul or Clarissa?

This space is so awesome.

No matter what side/angle you shoot from.

Mr & Mrs..

Back outside..

Oh yeah! That red is screaming!

The facebook teaser

A little closer.

Too cool for school.

Fav shot of the day…

A couple more soft portraits..

Some details…

A great fist dance.

Lastly a great moment with their boy Paul… congrats guys!

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forth of july wedding with connie & peter