MET Engagement Session, NYC Engagement Photos, Museum Engagement Session

Their love story began on a Valentine’s Day first date scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Naked at the Met” was the evening’s theme and after wandering the famous New York City museum’s gallery halls together, Jon invited a friend to join the pair for dinner, not wanting to put too much pressure on Kat on their first night out as more than friends. So it wasn’t the most romantic end to their evening… but Jon gave Kat an even better Valentine’s Day memory by using the holiday to propose last year. So after the anniversary of their engagement last week, I joined these two for their first trip back to the Met to photograph their New York City engagement session. We wandered the same halls where they spent that first date and even managed to brave the biting cold weather to capture a few shots in Central Park.

Kat and Jon, I had so much fun exploring such an iconic city landmark together with you both and I’m so excited to celebrate your wedding together in May! Enjoy my favorite photographs from your Metropolitan Museum of Art engagement session!

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The museum is full of gorgeous archways, open galleries, reflecting pools and walls of windows…

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You’d never know it was sub-freezing temperatures outside with the sun pouring in!

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I love the architecture of the museum’s halls..

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Love this one!!

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  • Kat Vecomnskie - Hi Jessica,

    These are absolutely amazing! We had such an awesome time with you last Friday! You really are amazingly talented and so easy to work with, you managed to make every side look like our “good side” haha. So pumped for May now, can’t wait! Thanks again!

    -KatReplyCancel

    • Jessica - Thanks Kat!! You guys made it easy! I can’t wait to celebrate with you in May :)ReplyCancel

  • Jon Wong - Love these photos! Thanks Jessica!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Hearl - Beautiful pics of the beautiful couple.ReplyCancel

  • Nora - I love it when scientists get historical :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - Amazing shots!! Congrats you guys. Kat you look so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia Sartain - absolutely incredible photographs capturing a truly beautiful couple!! we are so happy for you both! Jon, you really could not have chosen a more perfect partner to share your life with! And Kat, may God help you as you “officially” join our crazy family!! Gary, the boys, and I can’t wait for May!!! xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • micolzk - WOW!!!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - Adorable, beautiful photographs!ReplyCancel

  • abdel - Beautiful couple,best to you both!ReplyCancel

  • diana - Love these! You guys are the cutest!!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - love it!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - What amazing pictures! You guys are a beautiful couple! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Maryam - So beautiful guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Blake - You guys look amazing and so happy!!! I love these so much!! xxReplyCancel

  • Hannah - Wow! Love the artistry!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - These pictures are amazing!! Congratulations guys!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Congratulations!!!! Beautiful pictures. Wishing you both the best of everything.ReplyCancel

  • Mark - These look great!ReplyCancel

  • Graham - The couple is beautiful and the photos are really well crafted. Great composition and framing.ReplyCancel

  • Tom - These are really fantastic!!! And congratulations to you two crazy kids!ReplyCancel

  • Yasamin - Love love love the pictures!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - What a beautiful collection!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy - Love the photos. Beautiful sceneries and a beautiful loving couple. I love that red dress!ReplyCancel

  • sheri - These picturesare awsome.
    I love your idea of the Museum. You guys look beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • David - lovely and classy!ReplyCancel

  • kathy pitura - Fun, loving, pictures show happiness and excitement for the future.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Merkel - These are great and I normally hate engagement photos! Congrats Kat and Jon!!!! <3 <3 <3 Love, JillReplyCancel

  • Ron - These pictures are fantastic , makes you feel that you are thereReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I LOVE that you did your photoshoot at the met! Looking gorgeous as ever Kat!ReplyCancel

  • AJ - Great pictures! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Rydz - You guys are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    These pictures are beautiful!!!! What’s even more beautiful is how amazing you both are.ReplyCancel

  • leslie - Wonderful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Kwan - Amazing shots and stunning couple, I cannot wait for the party!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - Brautiful! The outsides shots were well worth braving the cold- they are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Jorge Mosquera - Everything about your pictures is perfect… Love the location you guys pickedReplyCancel

  • Dennis - You 2 really are perfect for each other!ReplyCancel

  • Thea - Congratulations, Kat! These pictures are really amazing, and I expect the wedding pictures will be beyond amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Scotland - these are beautiful! You guys look great!ReplyCancel

  • Freddie - Wow what a gorgeous couple!!ReplyCancel

  • nicole - You 2 look amazing!! Love themReplyCancel

  • LizBish - Gorgeous photos! Even more gorgeous couple!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - what a beauitful couple inside and out!ReplyCancel

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Sleepless nights and sweet little cuddles have consumed my world for the past 14 days… I can’t believe 2 weeks have already passed since we welcomed Katherine Anne into the world! Baby Kate is the newest addition to our clan! After a couple weeks of recovery it’s time to introduce her to the blog!!

Dave and I pulled into Roosevelt Hospital in New York City during the wee hours of Monday morning, January 26th, just in time for the snowflakes to start falling and the blizzard about to descend on the city. Since Cameron’s delivery was a weekend long labor marathon ending with a “failure to progress” diagnoses and ultimately a c-section, we opted to schedule Kate’s delivery via c-section and avoid all of that trauma the second time around. Luckily we timed the procedure ahead of the massive storm! I have to say, the first time around was truly terrifying and I wouldn’t wish a cesarean on anybody, but the second time, while still scary, was so much easier to cope with and recover from!

Little Kate weighed in at 7 pounds and 3 ounces… only one ounce smaller than Cam on his birthday and looking nearly identical to him, except for her dark hair. I’m not-so-secretly hoping it turns blonde in the next few months but I’ll be ok if she stays brunette… ha ha. She is super sweet and even her big brother is excited to have her home! I promise I’ll try not to turn my social media feed into a baby bonanza but it will be tough!

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Growing up, I harbored a not-so-secret obsession with scrapbooking and creating annual albums. So naturally, now that I photograph weddings, I am thrilled when my client’s images are printed and bound in a gorgeous heirloom wedding album. (I’m kind of an album snob) I just love having a complete story of the wedding day unfolding in my hands to revisit again and again – and to show off on my coffee table!

Ellen & Tim’s  book arrived straight from Queensberry’s press in New Zealand just in time for Christmas delivery. I captured a few images of the final album… a 10 x 14″ flushmount book with a stone silk cover and smaller parent duplicate copy before delivery. I’m so happy with the way the final piece turned out. To see the full design… scroll down for the slideshow at the bottom!

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Did you get engaged over the holidays? Congratulations!!! I hope you’re enjoying every second of this exciting time! For all the newly engaged brides-to-be… here are my top 10 next steps to kick off your wedding planning!

1) Enjoy it! Don’t rush so quickly into the whirlwind of planning the wedding that you don’t stop to soak up the engagement itself. Trust me, your groom will appreciate it! He has probably been stressing out planning the perfect proposal for so long that he hasn’t processed the fact that his betrothed will soon consume his life with choices about colors, venues, napkin folds, etc… give him some breathing room before you dive in!

2) Consider the Location and Time of Year – where do you see yourself getting married!?! What time of year? Tradition dictates that the bride’s hometown hosts the nuptials but these days, there are no rules! Do you see yourself saying I Do where you grew up or is there a location common to you and the groom that makes more sense now. Or is an island getaway the right way to celebrate… destination weddings can be a great way to include all your closest friends and family on an amazing vacation celebration!

3) Decide on a Budget – this isn’t fun but knowing who’s contributing what in advance will allow you to make smart decisions about choosing vendors and deciding what kind of wedding to have from the beginning so there are no uncomfortable surprises along the way.

4) Start Creating a Guest List – I debated making this my 3rd tip because the headcount goes hand-in-hand with the budget. The amount of people attending your event will directly correlate to the final cost. Knowing who you MUST invite versus who you’d LIKE to invite if you can and who’s on the EXTRAS list will help you pick the right venue for your wedding. I wrote an article about this awhile ago on my blog and how the guest list played a huge role in deciding where to hold my own wedding and how we picked our venue.

5) Start Exploring Venues and Gathering Information – This goes without saying, knowing what’s available where and on what day is critical to choosing a date and a venue for the event. The more you know the better! This would also be the time to hire a wedding planning if you’re choosing to go that route. Even if you only hire a day-of coordinator – I recommend hiring one well in advance so they are privy to all the important details all along the way.

6) Prioritize! What are your most important wedding items? Is it the food? Decor? Photography? What is most important to your Groom. Is it the music? The season? Figure out what matters most to the two of you so you can allocate funds accordingly as you make decisions.

7) Book Key Vendors – Once you finalize your venue and wedding date – it’s time to start booking the critical vendors. Planners, Photographers, Bands, etc… these vendors can only work at one wedding on any given date and typically book up months to a year in advance so if you have your heart set on someone specific, make sure you lock them up right away!

8) Create Inspiration Boards – Websites like Pinterest, the Knot, and Loverly are great sites for gathering all of those pretty images you’ve been seeing on wedding blogs and magazines to create the beginning of your design vision. Once all the big things are locked up… it’s time to start dreaming and designing your perfect day! Don’t rush this process… enjoy it!

9) Choose your Bridal Party – Who are the guys and gals that will be standing beside you as you say your vows?! There are no rules when it comes to who can stand up on either side of the aisle so choose the friends and family who you want in the bridal suite getting ready with you on the morning of your wedding.

10) Start Dress Shopping – This is the fun part!! Start lining up dress appointments at local bridal shops, once you’ve picked a venue, that will dictate what kind of celebration you’re having. I recommend taking a couple key people to join you in this process… too many opinions can be detrimental to your ability to make a decision on YOUR dream dress. This is all about you and how you see yourself marrying your fiancé. Come to the shops with some vision of what you’re looking for but be open to suggestions from the consultants… they might have a gorgeous option up their sleeve that you would never have considered otherwise… you never know!

Happy Planning!!

 

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Since the beginning of January, I’ve buried myself in planning for the new year. This time on the calendar is always full of new year’s resolutions, big dreams and goal setting… but for us this year, with a second baby only days away, setting myself up on the right foot is even more critical than ever! What is it about a looming deadline that always provides an extra jolt of last minute energy?

As I’ve frantically organized and strategized over the past week, I’ve narrowed down my top 3 priorities for the 2015 and beyond. And what better what to hold myself accountable than to put them out there, scary as that may be… here goes…

1) Get Systematized! This is something I’ve had big intentions of doing for years in my business but haven’t ever quite nailed down to a science. The constant tweaking of things here and there as I go along has worked but isn’t the most efficient process going forward as my business grows. This is my biggest pre-baby priority! I’ll be sharing more of the tools and tricks I’ve been implementing in this process over the next few weeks!

2) Get Relational! Is that the right word? What I mean by that is to really focus on building my local network of wedding professionals and partners and to be an active contributor to my fellow wedding pros around here. One thing that’s tough about running a wedding business in this part of the country is the lack of a real “local market” …. the “local” territory for anyone operating around the tri-state area can literally run from Cape Cod all the way down to the Jersey Shore and hundreds of miles in all directions in between. Our new home in Rye is a great hub for covering a lot of territory between Connecticut, New York and out to the Hamptons and Long Island… but it makes it tough to really connect to the hundreds of vendors who are running great businesses around me. Sometimes I’m jealous of the smaller market wedding pros who get to see familiar faces wedding after wedding. Figuring out where I “fit” in this massive market has been one of my biggest struggles building my business so far and one thing I want to tackle head on this year!

3) Get Intentional! By this I mean, I want to put more of myself out there, share more of my story, and be more focused on helping and sharing what I’ve learned and where I’m going along this journey and to be more strategic from my blog posting to my social media presence to my client service and my vendor friends. Sometime’s it’s easy as solo-preneurs to bury ourselves in our own little world and forget to be present with the world around us. This is something I’m constantly striving to get better at and one of my biggest areas for improvement this year!

Here’s to an amazing 2015! My business is getting whipped into shape… Unfortunately, the nursery is still not finished but we’re making progress… I finally settled on a paint color for the walls! I’m just hoping this baby stays put until everything’s ready!

What are your big dreams and goals for the calendar ahead? Here’s to holding each other accountable! Happy Tuesday friends!

 

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