Steven and Ray’s Wedding Ceremony

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I often mention my friend and mentor Steven Rosen on this blog. I write about the times I assist him and second shoot for him at weddings. He taught me much of what I know about wedding photography, and he always inspires my work, both creatively and on the business side. I was surprised and delighted when he asked me to photograph his wedding ceremony.

There’s an interesting history here. Steven and Ray were married 10 years ago in New Paltz, NY, when same-sex marriages were being performed there as a form of social disobedience. They were the first of 25 couples who were illegally married. Now that it’s finally legal in New York, they decided to legitimately tie the know on the 10th anniversary of that illegal ceremony. There will eventually be a big wedding with a grand ceremony and reception for friends and family, but for now they had a small ceremony attended by Steven’s father, Ray’s mother and father, a friend who officiated, and me.

What made it even more special is that for their venue they chose the arcade at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights, one of my oldest and best clients. I know the space well, and I was able to take advantage of the architecture and the gorgeous daylight streaming through the windows.

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