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February snow showers … bring spring wedding flowers?

Well, that might not be the most interesting rhyme ever created, but after the second big NYC snowstorm this year, I’m itching to see some spring. I took a look through my archives and decided to bring out some wedding flowers from last year’s spring weddings to push the season along.

Perhaps you need some final inspiration for your wedding bouquet this year, or you’re just a guy or gal who loves flowers (like me!). Either way, I hope you find something here that you love!

You gotta love the bright color of these gerbera daisy centerpieces from Annie & Bryan’s April wedding at Battery Gardens in New York City. Not to mention the way-cool vintage New York postcards. These replaced table numbers, and this table had a Chrysler Building theme. I love it!

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I think the peony is my favorite wedding flower. They smell like heaven! This peony bouquet from Kristen and Brad’s May wedding at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, NJ, had varying shades of pink which complemented every aspect of the wedding.

Kristen’s bridesmaids also carried varying shades of pink in their delicate rose bouquets, all done by Stem & Co. at Smith’s Flowers in Montclair, NJ.

Pink peonies made another appearance at this May wedding at The View on the Hudson in Piermont, NY, with the addition of miniature roses, white gerbera daisies and delicate green and rose fill flowers. I loved the vintage look of this bouquet!

Clean, fresh, white peonies were absolutely perfect for Yaeko and Eric’s May wedding at the Linden Terrace and New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan.

By the way, peonies are typically in season April-June, so florists have an easier time finding them, and you save a little by purchasing an in-season flower for your spring wedding! Yaeko’s bouquets were done by Opalia Flowers in Brooklyn, NY.

Yaeko’s bridesmaids wore these fragrant gardenias in their hair, which I loved!

And her bridesmaids carried incredibly sweet bouquets made predominantly of white roses and muscari (grape hyacinth).

At Amanda and John’s May wedding at Valenzano Winery in Shamong, NJ, Amanda carried an amazing array of white and pink roses, with accents of purple chamelaucium (also known as wax flower), and red hypericum berries. There was also a hint of paper-white hydrangeas along the base of the bouquet. Gorgeous!

Centerpieces at Amanda’s wedding continued the beautiful mix of colors with purple daisies, white and pink roses, varying hydrangeas, purple chamelaucium, and pink Peruvian lilies.

Later, at this May wedding, a delicate pink peony surrounded by white anemone flowers made for a perfect cake topper. Anemones are really becoming popular this year too, and I wonder how many bouquets I’ll see featuring these flowers in 2010 and 2011. I love the delicate, vintage look of these flowers.

Another May wedding featured a blue bouquet full of delphinium, stephanotis, and lobelia. And I loved these escort cards which also doubled as a sweet floral favor.

At Christine and Drew’s June wedding (the very end of spring!) at the Mansion at Farleigh Dickinson University, Christine carried a bouquet of light and dark pink roses, white and pink peonies and creamy white anemones. Christine’s flowers were done by Beth Noonan of Sycamore Designs.

Christine’s centerpieces were cut roses and carnations, sweetly and delicately floating in a round vase.

Finally, I wanted to highlight this boutonniere with its miniature roses, accented by some unopend white freesia buds. I love it when the groom wears pink!

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Scenes from New York City - February 17-20

During the winter months I spend most of my time collaborating with other photographers, honing my craft, and meeting with new clients for consultations. Over the past few days, much of this work has been taking place in New York City. Every time I have a meeting in the city, I try to do some shooting while I’m there. A week ago, there was snow. Then, this weekend the skies cleared and I found myself looking up much of the time and shooting architectural images.

Often, when I’m toting my camera around with a load of other things, I choose just one lens for the entire day. It’s as much of a personal challenge to shoot at only one focal length as it is simply for practicality. Depending on the day, these photos were shot with either of my little Canon 50mm f1.4 or 28mm f1.8 lenses. Both are great small lenses for fun stuff like this!

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Winter Wonderland!

This morning I woke up to a light dusting of snow. Yay! For some reason, I feel like my winter has seriously been lacking in the snow department. I guess North Jersey and NYC have been slightly out of range for the big snowstorms that hit the rest of the east coast this winter. A little more snow might come our way on Saturday, so I’m going to try to take advantage of it!

And that brings me to the title of this post…

A Winter Wonderland Shoot - for all of my past, present, and future brides & grooms!

Saturday, February 6, 2010
2pm - 5pm

Why this Saturday?
Because snow is hard to predict and the forecast looks good for it right now!

Meet at my place in Rutherford, NJ at 2pm.
Then, we’ll carpool over to Hoboken to do the shoot in/near Frank Sinatra Park. We’ll have (hopefully) snowy park spaces, the view of NYC, and some nice wintry trees/branches to work with.

Who is invited?
Anyone who wants a super-fun, wintry photo of themselves, their friends, or their significant other. If you have a group of friends who want to join you and simply wear their favorite fabulous outfit, they are definitely invited! This doesn’t have to be all wedding dresses!

How will I stay warm?
Well, since this isn’t your real wedding day, bring along your warmest boots, coat, hat (or earmuffs that won’t mess up your hair; I won’t judge!), and mittens. I’ll attempt to get us close to a restaurant or coffee shop where we can make warm-up stops, and we’ll also have at least one car nearby to warm up in. Hot cocoa and coffee will be on hand as well!

How much?
This event is completely FREE. I simply wanted a reason to go shoot in the snow! And you’ll also get some cool swag in the form of one 8×10 (or 2 5×7s) and a web-ready disc of your images, delivered about a week after the shoot.

What about my makeup?
Wear makeup that suits you. Just a little extra mascara, blush and lipstick go a long way to making you look extra fabulous in photos. (Photography usually shows less makeup than you actually have on, so feel free to do it up a bit more than normal.)

Should I rent a tux for my man?
That’s completely up to you. Your man can dress however you choose, whether that’s his favorite suit, a vintage jacket and pants from a thrift store, or jeans and a t-shirt. I’m all for creativity here!

Want to join us?
E-mail me at sarah@sarahpostma.com to let me know you’ll be joining us! Questions? E-mail me there as well!

And to get you in the spirit of a wintry shoot, here are a few images I shot a few days ago at a get-together with a bunch of fab New York/New Jersey photographers and models.

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Aimee & Eric - A New Jersey wedding at The Tides Estate

Beautiful dress? Check. Perfect flowers? Check. Amazing couple in love? Check, check, check. I can’t say enough good things about how sweet and in love Aimee and Eric are. I could tell, even back at their engagement session this summer, that they were seriously meant to be together. I was so honored to photograph their wedding this weekend, and can’t wait to share some images. Here we go!

The shoes:

Aimee was so happy with her amazing bouquet, done by Vesna’s Blooming Boutique in Bloomfield, NJ. That meant I got to give the flowers a lot of attention in photos. I don’t know what it is; I always love photographing bouquets! Her earrings were gorgeous too, don’t you think?

Seriously, the room Aimee got ready in was amazing. And doesn’t her makeup look amazing as well? It was done by the super-talented (and past bride of mine!), Amanda Mathes. Her company, Fetch Beauty will be launching a new website soon too, so definitely check it out if you’re in the market for some true makeup artistry!

Wow, Aimee was a gorgeous bride:

Oh, what’s that? You’d like to see another photo of the bouquet? Well, OK!

I love this first look moment and how happy Eric is!

St. Joseph’s in Bogota, NJ, was such a gorgeous church for their wedding:

This was such a perfect, tender moment. Grandma looks so proud! I absolutely love it:

Did I mention Aimee loved the bouquets? :) Here’s another one:

Gotta love a bridal party with a little excitement:

Their reception took place at The Tides Estate, which just has so many great spots for photos:

The Manchester Room of The Tides Estate was the perfect place for these perfect details. Carmel apples for favors? Yes, please! And the red rose theme continued on the cake:

There’s just something about these moments. The chandelier, the couple, the smiles. I just can’t get enough:

The kids totally knew how to bust a move to music played by Premier Entertainment. I love this guy on the right; he was such a serious dancer! So cute:

I also love animated dancers. This is what the party is all about!

Aimee changed into this fabulous party gown half-way through the reception. Check out this awesome back:

Finally, here’s a nice moment in the courtyard area. I love it when I get an opportunity to work with soft lighting to create an emotional image:

Wow, wow, wow. I just loved this wedding. Thank you so much for an amazing time, Aimee and Eric! I hope you find a little moment on the internet while you’re in Thailand so you can see these!


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Nancy + Mike - A Long Branch Wedding at Avenue

Nancy and Mike were married last weekend at a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the rooftop of Avenue in Long Branch, NJ. I’m so excited to share my favorite images from their wedding. The whole day felt care-free and fun, and the details were incredible. I won’t babble anymore; just look at these! I’m in love!

The dress and the detail on Nancy’s bouquet was delicious:

Her simple and elegant Jimmy Choo shoes:

Nancy’s beautiful sister helped with her dress:

I love her eyelashes!

Wow. Seriously, wow!

Once again I am so thankful for a bride and groom who wanted to do a “First Look” moment before their ceremony:

This was so sweet. Mike totally had to check out every detail when he first saw Nancy. Here he his admiring her veil:

I loved the way this gazebo-like structure framed the gorgeous blue sky of their wedding day:

A big thanks goes out to Peter Miller for assisting me at this wedding and capturing this gorgeous shot:

Chance of rain? Nah.

All the flowers were expertly arranged by Floral Fantasy, the owner of which also happens to be a very good friend of the bride and groom. They looked absolutely stunning.

As the sun began to set, they said their vows:

I love capturing the, “We’re married!” moment. It’s a true joy.

Some gorgeous, yummy light and a perfect wedding couple:

We took a few minutes to do some wedding photos down by the beach, which I adore:

Avenue is a super chic, trendy, colorful space that was perfect for the party atmosphere Nancy and Mike wanted to create. When I first met them, they excitedly told me that their reception was to have the feel of a hip, modern club. They wanted their guests to have a great time and not worry about the traditions of a typical wedding reception. If the rooftop pool and colors in this image are any indication, I think they pulled it off:

Behind the pool was a great fireplace area and I caught these bridesmaids posing in front of it:

Inside, the dance floor seriously rocked thanks to DJ Unique. He’s ridiculously good and NOT your typical wedding DJ. He’s really an A-lister and has been DJing for years at seriously popular NYC and NJ clubs. Nerio Matheus, an amazing percussionist, also enhanced the music with his mad skills. It was so cool to hear the DJ’s music and the drums work so well together. I was floored by how cool the sound was!

Meanwhile, out in front of the dancing, guests were lining up near the TV to watch the Yankees in extra innings against the Twins:

This proves that you CAN dance with grandma and still manage to watch the Yankees game!

And here’s what it’s like to be at a wedding reception when the Yankees win:


The party went late into the night with the guests joining in on the percussion. A little more cowbell, perhaps? :)

Nancy and Mike, thank you so much for an awesome time … I was right out there dancing too, and this wedding was one of the best parties I’ve seen! I hope you’re having an amazing time on your honeymoon, and enjoy this preview of your photos!


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