Do you know the feeling when you are dealt an amazing hand of cards in poker, and you can barely contain your excitement at the serendipity? Well, when we got the opportunity to shoot Roger and Shannon's epic New York elopement alongside Pat and Charissa Magno, some of our favorite photographers in the world, it was like being handed a royal flush! Not only were Shannon and Roger were so genuine, so vulnerable, and willing to open up that it made telling their love story like a breeze, but we always do some of our absolute best work with Pat and Charissa. If that weren't enough, add the fact that we had the entirety of New York as a playground to capture the urban imagery of our dreams!
Take a look at Roger and Shannon's AMAZING pictures from Charissa Magno Photography! We are always blown away at the passion and hard work these two bring to the table every time. A huge thank you for all the hard work you did to scout out these amazing locations in advance before we could arrive! We couldn't have imagined a better group of people to work with to shoot in New York for the first time!
We did not take it lightly that we were brought from all the way across the country to document this occasion. New York, though being a first-time adventure for At Last, was a trip down memory lane for Shannon and Roger. The city held special memories as a favorite place they have visited in the past, but the Los Angeles natives never imagined they would be coming back to get married on their 10th anniversary of dating!
Shannon describes herself as "Disney obsessed" and describes Roger as her "Prince Charming." The morning of their wedding day Roger donned a silver Mickey tie bar to express his mutual love of Disney. Shannon wore some very special jewelry of her own including earrings that belonged to Roger's mother. Her wedding ring also features a stone from one of Roger's mother's old jewelry pieces.
Over the years the two have shared many travels together, but there is far more than just wanderlust and Mickey ears that bonds these two. When they first met, they found they had some common ground on a deep personal level. Both of their mothers passed away when Shannon and Roger were young, and in the early stages of getting to know one another, they already had the mutual understanding of what it was to love and lose a mother. Both Roger and Shannon gushed at how they believed the other would be the most amazing parent, and talked about how they would take the loving spirit of their parents with them in building a family of their own one day.
The couple got ready at the sophisticated and chic Grand Hyatt New York before their epic sunrise to sunset wedding adventure. Shannon's dress from JJ's House had a beautiful all lace bodice and full-length sleeves with an intricately beaded belt. Her perfect winter blooms from Scott's Flowers NYC were a mix of white calla lilies and roses, dusty miller, and silver brunia.
We arrived at 6am for their first look at Grand Central Terminal. We made our best effort to beat the crowd, but the hustle and bustle of busy train goers only enhanced the fact that time seemed to stop for Roger as he turned to see his bride for the first time.
Amazingly, Grand Central would be the last indoor location of the day, despite the 25° weather. It was then time to see if west coast natives could stand up to the bitter cold of New York winter. To say Shannon and Roger were "good sports" is a vast understatement; they were soldiers.
The next stop was Central Park at the most stunning frozen lake. Shannon and Roger got to sit and enjoy the view on the cutest park bench, which must have reminded them of when Roger proposed to Shannon sitting on a bench at Disneyland Shanghai! We also spent some time on the beautiful Bow Bridge.
From there we headed midtown to Rockefeller Center and Top of The Rock Observation Deck. The chill of the air seemed to be amplified at 70 floors above the New York cityscape. There was a moment where we thought we would skip this location because of the freezing weather. Shannon was determined to tough out the cold, and it ended up being the place they loved the most! Seeing them so in love, at the top of the world with the breathtaking city below, it was like they were the king and queen of New York for a day! What cold weather?
After that, it was time to make things official. We met Mirelle of Honeybreak Officiants at the beautiful Bethesda Terrace & Fountain. We could not imagine a more romantic setting to seal their vows than under the grandiose terrace arcade below the breathtaking Minton Tile Ceiling. The couple also enjoyed their first dance to the most amazing live performance of John Legend's "All of Me" by a talented street singer who happened to be busking that day! It was so sweet, unique, and authentically New York!
WATCH THIS SNIPPET OF THEIR FIRST DANCE THAT INCLUDES THE STREET SINGER'S LIVE VOCALS!
(Also, if anyone knows his name please comment!)
We topped off the New York portrait session of our dreams in Brooklyn, shooting at Dumbo Park and the beautiful abandoned freight rails that lined the cobblestone paved Plymouth Street. To end the best day of their lives Shannon and Roger walked along the Brooklyn Bridge and watched the sunset.
Cinematography // At Last Wedding Films
Photography // Charissa Magno Photography
Getting Ready Venue // Grand Hyatt New York
Bride's Dress // JJ's House
Hair & Makeup // Lucy of Miss Harlequin
Floral // Scotts Flowers NYC
First Look Location // Grand Central Terminal
Ceremony Location // Bethesda Terrace & Fountain
Officiant // Mirelle of Honeybreak Officiants
Portrait Locations // Central Park (The Lake, Bow Bridge), Top of The Rock, Brooklyn (Dumbo Park, Plymouth Street, Brooklyn Bridge)