Ryan and Jenni in Central Park, Captured for Flytographer by Kate Lord

Ryan and Jenni left the kiddos at home and headed to New York City for a romantic weekend together! This was the first time to the city for both of them, and I'm so glad I was able to capture some romantic moments for them!

This shoot was booked through Flytographer, a company that connects travelers to local professional photographers to capture their experiences.

"Kate was so much fun. We enjoyed her as much as we did our pictures. She made us feel comfortable right away. We had a blast!" - Ryan

Abner and Eva's NYC Honeymoon, Captured for Flytographer by Kate Lord

Abner and Eva, delightful Brazilian newly-weds, booked a photo session through Flytographer during their honeymoon in New York City! Flytographer is a company that connects travelers to local professional photographers to capture their experiences and avoid returning home with only selfies!

It was Eva's first trip to NYC and it was so much fun to see my own city through her eyes. We went all over Central Park, through the zoo, up the promenade, through Bethesda Fountain, over the Bow Bridge - and she even met her first squirrel! (It never occurred to me that squirrels are interesting wildlife!) It was a lovely day with a lovely couple -- here's to many years of travels together in their future!

 Throwing a coin in Bethesda Fountain.

Throwing a coin in Bethesda Fountain.

 Meeting a squirrel on the Bow Bridge!

Meeting a squirrel on the Bow Bridge!

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Nikki and Evan's New York City Wedding by Kate Lord

I'm so excited to share Nikki and Evan's New York City wedding! I had so much fun romping around Brooklyn Bridge Park with them! I'm so glad they decided to do their first look there -- we had ample time to shoot all around the park (in FRIGID weather -- Nikki is a CHAMP for staying outside in that beautiful strapless dress!), to ride Jane's Carousel, and to make it to their ceremony and reception site in Manhattan for some skyline portraits before their ceremony!

It was a delight to share in Nikki and Evan's wedding day - many congrats to them, and good luck with their new puppy! Mazel tov!

 First look!

First look!

 They had each other laughing the whole time! So much fun!

They had each other laughing the whole time! So much fun!

 Carousel time!

Carousel time!

 Evan and Nikki had their ceremony and reception at 230 Fifth, a rooftop restaurant with an amazing view of the Empire State Building!

Evan and Nikki had their ceremony and reception at 230 Fifth, a rooftop restaurant with an amazing view of the Empire State Building!

 Listening to toasts!

Listening to toasts!

 First dance.

First dance.

 The Hora!

The Hora!

Congratulations, Nikki and Evan! See more photos from their wedding in their gallery!

Edythe + Matt's Toronto Wedding! by Kate Lord

I was beyond excited when my friend Edythe McNamee called and asked if I would shoot her wedding! Edythe and I studied photojournalism together at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and worked together for two months in Shanghai after graduation, on assignment for Special Olympics International to teach Chinese college students how to shoot and edit video in order to cover the 2007 World Summer Games. Since then, she's worked all over the world, most recently as a producer for CNN. She's an amazing journalist, a killer videographer and a delightful travel buddy! 

After our gig in China, Edythe moved to Abu Dhabi to work for The National, an English language newspaper -- where she met the incomparable Matt. I'd seen photos on Facebook and heard stories from Edythe and our mutual friends about him, but I didn't have the opportunity to meet him until his wedding day! I'm so glad my friend found such a joyful, funny and clearly loving person to spend her life with -- my time photographing their Toronto wedding was full of laughter and smiles!

Many congratulations to Edythe and Matt, and thank you for having me be a small part of your big day!

 The couple honored Matt's Chinese heritage with a traditional tea ceremony -- and Edythe changed dresses to a traditional Chinese wedding dress!

The couple honored Matt's Chinese heritage with a traditional tea ceremony -- and Edythe changed dresses to a traditional Chinese wedding dress!

 Edythe's sister leads the bridesmaids in a twirl-off!

Edythe's sister leads the bridesmaids in a twirl-off!

Congrats Edythe and Matt! See more images from their wedding in their gallery!

Kristen and Brittany's NYC Wedding by Kate Lord

Brittany and Kristen in Central Park on their first wedding day!
Brittany and Kristen in Central Park on their first wedding day!

Kristen and I have been friends since we were Brownie Girl Scouts. We've grown up together, sharing secrets and struggles and triumphs. We've traveled, camped, and survived middle school together; we played varsity lacrosse together in high school, and we made sure to catch up every Christmas when we were each back in our hometown of Matthews, NC, every year after. It was during one of these visits home that I first met Brittany, and I knew - just in that few hours - that she was perfect for Kristen. They light each other up, get each other intuitively, and their relationship brings joy to everyone around them.

I can't express how honored and happy I was to be able to witness their New York City wedding! Kristen and Brittany got married in my new hometown of NYC in September at city hall and I was thrilled to photograph it (more photos below!), and today, I'm so happy to celebrate with them again at their second wedding celebration in North Carolina!

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Waiting for their turn!
Waiting for their turn!
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Married!!
Kristen and Brittany's families came up for the celebration and we all went out to lunch.
Kristen and Brittany's families came up for the celebration and we all went out to lunch.
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Family portrait in Central Park.

I love you two! Today is going to be even more beautiful, and I wish you so many years of happiness together!

Megan and Alison's Wedding by Kate Lord

I met Megan at Girl Scout camp when we were in high school; we were counselors-in-training together, and were later lacrosse teammates. I was so honored when she contacted me ten years later to shoot her wedding to Alison in Washington, D.C., where they hosted family and friends at a cozy backyard wedding! They are such an adorable couple and so visibly in love -- they made my job easy!

Alison and Megan posing after their first look!
Alison and Megan posing after their first look!
 Megan gets into her dress with help from her mom and bridesmaid Kristen (who's wedding I'm shooting later this year!)

Megan gets into her dress with help from her mom and bridesmaid Kristen (who's wedding I'm shooting later this year!)

Buttoning up with crochet hooks - genius!
Buttoning up with crochet hooks - genius!
Megan and Alison had a First Look on the front porch before their ceremony.
Megan and Alison had a First Look on the front porch before their ceremony.
Megan's nephew was the ringbearer.
Megan's nephew was the ringbearer.
The kiss!
The kiss!
Married!
Married!
All of the guests came out front for a group photo!
All of the guests came out front for a group photo!
Megan is a Duke fan, but she put a UNC logo inside her dress because Alison loves the Tar Heels!
Megan is a Duke fan, but she put a UNC logo inside her dress because Alison loves the Tar Heels!
First dance
First dance
 The cupcake line quickly turned into a dance-off!

The cupcake line quickly turned into a dance-off!

Love this gorgeous image by my second shooter, Emma Kate. Thanks so much, Emma!
Love this gorgeous image by my second shooter, Emma Kate. Thanks so much, Emma!

Congratulations, Megan and Alison! I wish you many years of happiness together!

Thanks to Emma Kate for second shooting with me! You can see more photos of Megan and Alison's big day in their gallery!

Maternity Session with Melissa + Ryan by Kate Lord

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Melissa and her husband Ryan came up to New York for their Babymoon, and I had the pleasure of shooting some maternity portraits for them! I've been friends with Melissa since our senior year of college when we were assigned to do a project together in one of our photojournalism classes; we were sent to Dublin, Ireland, by the Special Olympics to produce a story about Aisling, an awesome athlete who later competed in the World Games in China (where Melissa and I worked together too!) After college, we lead twin-job lives, working at the same North Carolina newspaper (where she met Ryan!), and then working together at NBC in New York before she and her hubs moved to Georgia. They've since relocated to the Washington, DC, area, where Melissa is an AMAZING wedding and portrait photographer (she's shooting my wedding in October!)

Needless to say, she is a very special person to me, and I'm SO happy I got to work with them!

Mel and Ryan got engaged while they lived in New York, near one of the ponds in Central Park, so that's where we headed for our shoot! 

I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to meet their beautiful baby girl! I know Melissa and Ryan will be AMAZING parents!

Aditi and Matt's Raas Garba by Kate Lord

The happy couple!
The happy couple!

Aditi and Matt had a major dance party in Princeton, NJ, the night before their wedding. The first night of a weekend of festivities, their families and friends got to know each other quickly as they busted a move! I had a great time shooting this one - and I got to wear a dress I bought last year in India (no black fade-into-the-background outfits here!) CONGRATULATIONS, Aditi and Matt!

Aditi getting the dancing started
Aditi getting the dancing started
Matt and Aditi light the candles at the center of the dancefloor for the Garba portion of the night.
Matt and Aditi light the candles at the center of the dancefloor for the Garba portion of the night.
Aditi had BEAUTIFUL henna - and the party had henna stations where the guests could get temporarily inked, too!
Aditi had BEAUTIFUL henna - and the party had henna stations where the guests could get temporarily inked, too!
 Aditi and her dad.

Aditi and her dad.

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Aditi and Matt during the Raas portion of the evening
Aditi and Matt during the Raas portion of the evening
After a long night of dancing, these little girls were worn out!
After a long night of dancing, these little girls were worn out!

Rosaleen and Dan's Wedding - in Puerto Rico! by Kate Lord

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I had such an amazing time in Puerto Rico shooting Rosaleen and Dan's wedding in January! I met Dan in 2009 while we were both working at NBC as evening web editors. He and Rosaleen are such an adorable couple, and their wedding weekend on the island of Vieques reflected their fun personalities!

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View more images from Rosaleen and Daniel's wedding in their gallery!

Maria and Michelle's Wedding by Kate Lord

I've known Maria since I was in middle school - she and my older sister have been best friends since they were in high school, working together as baristas. Maria is one of those people who brightens a room with her presence - she sees the fun in every situation and I've been so lucky to have her in my life for so long! (Also, she was one of my sister's bridesmaids and made my maid of honor duties so much easier!) Obviously, I was honored when Maria and Michelle chose me to shoot their wedding in Milton, Massachusetts! I haven't known Michelle as long as I've known Maria, but she shares Maria's zest for life and ability to make everyone smile. They were both gorgeous and were serenely happy on their wedding day, and I had an AMAZING time shooting it. I wish many years of happiness to them!

 Michelle getting ready with her little sister.

Michelle getting ready with her little sister.

 First look!

First look!

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 Married!

Married!

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 First dance!

First dance!

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 Michelle dancing with her dad.

Michelle dancing with her dad.

 I am in LOVE with these cake toppers! :)

I am in LOVE with these cake toppers! :)

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View more photos from Maria and Michelle's wedding in their gallery!

Rae and Will's Wedding by Kate Lord

I had the pleasure of shooting Rae and Will's wedding back in May. They are such a sweet couple and their families were clearly having a great time! The ceremony took place at St. Phillips the Apostle Church in Saddle Brook, NJ, and the reception was at Pantagi Reniassance in Scotch Plains. It was a fantastic day and I had so much fun shooting it! Many, many congratulations to you two!

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