Stellar Year Wedding Photography » New York Wedding Photography Blog

It’s always an honor and pleasure when we are able to photograph all the major moments for a client. For Jeanne and Alex, we had photographed their engagement, their wedding, and their beautiful daughter Julianna’s baptism. Now that Julianna is approaching 2 (how did the time go by so fast!), they contacted us to do a family portrait session.

Prior to the session, we coordinated with Jeanne and Alex to isolate a good spot in their house to have the photo session. We discussed whether the spot worked best with or without a backdrop and they opted not to use one. We happily setup an on-location studio at their home since we get to bust out some serious lighting gear which we don’t always get to use at weddings. For this particular shoot, we used a large reflector, a pair of strobes for the background, and another pair of strobes with umbrellas for the family. julianna_photo1 julianna_photo2

We have photographed many children over the years and they are all very different in how they respond to the photographer. It is extremely important to establish a connection and to have the child feel comfortable. Before any part of the studio was even set up, Pak spent some time goofing around with Julianna and getting her to laugh at his silly impersonations. Once this connection was established, we found that Julianna was extremely easy to photograph and to keep smiling and laughing throughout the entire session. julianna_photo3 julianna_photo4 Jeanne and Alex, thanks again for asking us to make wonderful photographs for you. You both really hit a home run when you had Julianna. She is so well-behaved and so easy to photograph! This was an extremely fun session and we suspect you both enjoyed the show Pak put on to make Julianna laugh (the robot moves are not just for kids!). We look forward to the next photo session (Pak is preparing new impersonations as we speak).

Your life long photographers,

- Stellar Year Photography

Sara and Max’s love story began the moment Max noticed Sara on a flight while she was a flight attendant with JetBlue. Max mustered up the courage to talk to her at the gate after the plane landed and the rest is history. Sara’s worldly and easy-going personality blends perfectly with Max’s contagious sense of humor and this was evident throughout their wedding day.

We started out working with the beautiful bride and bridesmaids getting ready in a lovely hotel room at the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City.

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The groom was getting ready in a nearby room with his son Christopher. The genuine bond between father and son is so strong and is not something that can be posed.

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After the bride was ready, Sara’s father came in for a father’s first look.  It was truly a touching moment.


After all the preparation was completed, it was time for this couple to get married!

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The groom finally gets to see his lovely bride for the first time.

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The reception took place at Ravel as well and the party was spectacular.

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After the couple’s grand entrance, it was time for their first dance followed by the matron of honor’s speech and the best man’s speech.

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Sara’s dance with her father and Max’ dance with his mother were extremely moving and emotional.

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The entire evening was just pure fun, especially with the majestic Queensboro Bridge as the backdrop.

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There was a wonderful impromptu moment near the end of the party when everyone grabbed a candle and celebrated with the couple on the dance floor.  The evening concluded with a sparkler send-off for the ages.

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Sara and Max – We extend one final hearty congratulations to you on the beginning of your wonderful journey together.  It was a real pleasure to be able to be your photographer on your wedding day.  Enjoy your honeymoon in Japan and Thailand and we wish nothing but the best for you and your family.

- Stellar Year Photography

This wedding was always going to be incredible.  Michelle and Rob are absolutely amazing together and their willingness to put all of their trust into our creative process made working with them so incredibly easy from the first day.  Michelle was the Maid of Honor for Kristin and Vinny’s wedding last year and she and Rob booked us just a few weeks afterwards.  We did Michelle and Rob’s engagement shoot last summer and Michelle was totally down for any crazy idea we had (including climbing a tree)!  This couple is a joy to work with and their wedding last weekend at the beautiful Paramount Country Club in New York was nothing short of spectacular.

Let’s get right to the images – we can’t wait to share these!  Keep scrolling to the bottom for a fun photo/video fusion slideshow we put together for the newlyweds!

Antonis went to Paramount for Michelle’s bride prep and got an early look at the amazing location.  Here’s our gorgeous bride, Michelle!


The prep suite was full of little knick-knacks and mementos – we love when brides personalize their day like this! walczak_02 walczak_03

The dress went on and Michelle was nothing short of stunning. walczak_04 walczak_05 walczak_06 walczak_07 walczak_08

Pak was at Rob’s groom prep down the road and got to spend some time with the guys before the ceremony. Here’s our dashing groom, Rob! walczak_09 walczak_10 walczak_11

The ceremony took place at St. Magaret’s Church in Pearl River, NY and was officiated by Monseigneur O’Keefe who gave a beautiful homily. walczak_12 walczak_13

Michelle’s big entrance! walczak_14 walczak_15 walczak_16 walczak_17

Officially married and walking down the aisle as husband and wife! walczak_18

Michelle and Rob had bubbles for their big exit rather than the traditional rice and it was awesome! walczak_19 walczak_20

After the ceremony we zipped back to Paramount for some formal shots before the cocktail hour.  With family shots all done, we got the couple (and their bridal) party to ourselves for a little while.  Pak went for his signature “flying veil” shot (Michelle having the longest veil we’ve ever seen certainly helped)! walczak_21

Here’s the couple with their awesome, fun bridal party!

Paramount Country Club has one of the best photo spots we’ve ever seen.  Doug, the manager, took us out to the 6th green just after sunset and we spent almost 40 minutes with Michelle and Rob. walczak_23 walczak_24

As it got darker, the artificial light had to come out – just look at the results!  This is our favorite image from the whole day. walczak_25 walczak_26 walczak_27

Erica was helping us out for this event and she was in the reception hall taking images before the guests arrived and the party began. walczak_28 walczak_29 walczak_30 walczak_31 walczak_32 walczak_33

Michelle and Rob each had a signature drink at the wedding.  Michelle went for a fruity cocktail while Rob chose a spiked sweet tea. walczak_34


Michelle and Rob got the party started with their first dance.  The reception was MC’ed by A Perfect Blend Entertainment and they did an absolutely incredible job making sure everyone had a blast and playing great music all night! walczak_36

Here is the happy couple with Kristin and Vinny, our bride and groom from April 2013.  We love having our former couples celebrating with our new ones! walczak_37 walczak_38

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Time to cut the beautiful cake and throw the bouquet!
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Then it was time to party!!
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For more, check out this video/photo slideshow we put together telling the story of Michelle and Rob’s wedding.  Their friends and family were all there to celebrate with them and everyone had a great time.

Michelle and Rob – Congratulations again to you  guys!  We wish you nothing but health and happiness together.  Thank you both so much for making our job so easy.  We had a great time and are so incredibly honored to have been able to document your big day!  We hope you had an amazing time in St. Lucia!  Here’s one final, awesome image showing how happy you two were last weekend- we are certain this incredible love and joy will continue for the rest of your lives. walczak_48

- Antonis and Pak