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alex + jen: engaged|new york city wedding photographer

so…alex and jen insist they cannot remember how they found me, BUT…if someone’s email says (in response to that question,) “I honestly can’t remember. Maybe we Googled “amazing wedding photography” and you popped up…” you’d have to love them, right? i mean, i definitely do.

they’re getting married in (less than 2 weeks! jen–3 more days till your wedding day is on the 10 day forecast!) in DUMBO, and i could not be more excited and inspired to capture their wedding day… the original plan was to do their engagement session the day before the wedding…revisiting the tulip garden in central park-where alex proposed! but they got to thinking and realized, “oh, hey, the day before our wedding might be just a LITTLE insane.”

so i made a whirlwind trip to the city that never sleeps and spent some time getting to know these two…and their delightful mountaineering cats, penny and portia.

i love both of these next two…the first one was shot with a long lens (100mm @ 2.8) and the second was shot closer with a wider angle, faster aperture lens (35 1.8). i love how different they are…when all i did was switch lenses and take a couple steps forward. i think the 2nd one is my favorite from the whole session…and that’s saying something! it is just MAGICAL to me.

it felt great to get out there and be shooting people in love…and to be blessed with such adorableness in such an inspiring city…it was well worth the whirlwind trip! see you again soon, guys!

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Gail6 April 2010 - 07:33

Ooooh..I love the warmth in these photos. You can just tell spring has arrived with the forsythia (LOVEEEE yellow!) I think your fave is my fave!

januarynewbanks6 April 2010 - 14:34

very sweet images. also, i adore the kitty photos. absolutely adorable. great work, gwyn!

Amanda7 April 2010 - 16:26

These are so cute!!! I love the pictures with the cats :) You can definitely tell its spring!

Kim K.9 April 2010 - 23:16

They look like such a fun couple! Love the locations too. Great work!

christy & houston: engaged|houston, tx wedding photographer

i went to houston for new year’s, and while i was there…i met up with my super cute clients christy & houston to shoot their engagement session in galveston.
i love everything about these two…and now that their wedding has already happened, i should probably go ahead and blog about their awesomeness. right? i thought so.

(this one might be my favorite from our time at the museum…)
houston used to volunteer at the lone star flight museum, so the location was extra meaningful to him. unfortunately, “his” plane…WHICH HE HAS ACTUALLY FLOWN! was in an area which was off-limits to us, so we were unable to utilize it for any photos.

after the museum, we headed toward downtown galveston for a few more images. christy was SUCH a trouper…she was in intense pain and was scheduled for a root canal the next day, but she persisted and smiled through her agony!


aaaannnndd….roll credits.

they started day 1 of their “happily ever after” last saturday, so their wedding will be up here before too long! it was a glorious day full of love and joy and community.

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Gail21 March 2010 - 23:18

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO fun! She has AMAZING hair for that awesome throw-back swoop! And that fella knows how to rock a fedora!

Robin Farris22 March 2010 - 22:10

I can’t wait to see the pictures! Your work is amazing! Thanks! Robin

kristel wyman29 March 2010 - 04:55

i love these! seriously wonderful, all the way from concept through execution!

[…] met their kitty…slept in their spare bedroom…i did christy’s hair for their engagement session…was there the morning she had to go see the seamstress about getting her dress altered. when […]

Bruce19 May 2010 - 12:09

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO fun! She has AMAZING hair for that awesome throw-back swoop! And that fella knows how to rock a fedora!

[…] may remember houston and christy from a few years back…first they had a retro styled engagement session in galveston (including WW2 planes!), and then they had a lovely southern wedding in […]

naomi & paul: engaged|kittery, maine wedding photographer

i’m still working on catching up on all the things i didn’t blog last year. plus…isn’t it nice to see warm, sunny, happy days in the throes of icy winter? i think it is. and it makes me feel better for being so far behind, so…go with it, ok?

naomi and paul are getting married down near boston, but they came up my way for their engagement session. we hit fort mcclary, which has become one of my favorite places to shoot…there is SO much variety.

you’ll see more of these two after their wedding in may! looking forward to seeing you guys, again!

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Rachel2 February 2010 - 01:09

What a pretty collection of images. Well done!

Gail2 February 2010 - 15:12

Oh girl, you KNOW I’m excited now!

naomi2 February 2010 - 21:33

gwyn, you were awesome! you captured that day PERFECTLY! we can’t wait till may!

erin Michelle6 February 2010 - 02:19

These are great! I love the second to last image!

Kim K.7 February 2010 - 16:52

Such a beautiful couple!! I love the first shot!

Steve22 February 2010 - 15:45

These are lovely, Gwyneth! What beautiful, soft light you had to work with!

Lisa Gratton22 February 2010 - 22:20

First. I love your logo! Second, I love the light and airiness in these photos! Third the sparkly tunnel rocks, and Fourth…your amazing!

Amanda24 February 2010 - 09:48

what a great session and couple! LOVE the tunnel picture!

Sarah4 March 2010 - 12:10

hi there! just discovered your blog…sweet logo, great session! :)

sarah k chen5 March 2010 - 01:01

wow, seriously… that 5th photo is AMAZING!!! can’t stop staring at it!

Brianna Phelan9 April 2010 - 16:55

Fifth photo down is just wow! That is all that needs to be said about that. Great session all around.

andrea11 April 2010 - 20:05

that sparkly tunnel shot is just incredible! gorgeous work gwyn :)

jonathan & caroline: married|brooklyn, ny wedding photographer

i’m going through and making sure i’m all caught up on blogging 2008 weddings…and i just discovered that i never showed any of the photos from jonathan & caroline’s wonderful prospect park wedding…in may 2008. that’s right…like…20 months ago. and i’m still gonna put ’em up here. it will make my dichotomous disorganized list-loving self feel good.

jonathan is jeff’s brother…so i first met jonathan & caroline at halida & jeff’s wedding in june 2007. (and of course, halida & jeff were at this shindig…it’s always great to catch up with past clients and see how they’re doing!)

anyway, jonathan and caroline had a casual and elegantly playful (can something be elegantly playful? i’m pretty sure it can) affair at the picnic house in brooklyn’s prospect park.


i loved the little name tags on each bouquet. the florist paid such wonderful attention to the little details.


this stuffed crab was given to caroline as a child by a very dear family friend, and it weathered lots of life’s ups and downs with her over the years…so of COURSE it had to be present on her wedding morning.




this shot of the bridal party and close friends so perfectly encapsulates the ESSENCE of who they are together, and how much fun they have…



caroline’s nephew was impossibly adorable…


caroline and her dad (who, if i recall correctly, is a high school principal) tore it UP on the dance floor.

i really enjoyed being a part of their celebration…it was beautiful and very representative of who they are as people…and, of course, it was a GREAT party!

florist: emily white
dress: wai ching
venue: prospect park picnic house

(please forgive the formatting errors; i’ve been fiddling with it for quite a while, and i can’t work out the kinks…soon we’ll be back to more recent weddings where the images are formatted for my current blog dimensions. :-D)

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Jen30 January 2010 - 05:51

Hey… you changed your watermark… or is that the old one?

gwyn30 January 2010 - 09:07

it’s the old one. 😀

Gail1 February 2010 - 08:37

Those first dance shots carry so much emotion with ’em. Just beautiful!

Kim K.1 February 2010 - 18:52

Great work! You did an awesome job telling their story! Love the first dance shots.