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We were so honored when proud parents Will and Lee asked us to photograph their new adorable baby Liam. When we did this newborn session Liam was nearly a month old. Once he fell asleep, we started taking photos of this beautiful baby. In addition to Liam, we took photos of the entire family, including their adorable older daughter, Lori.

After we finished taking photos of Liam, Lori took center stage. She is such a cute, well behaved girl and a total natural in front of the camera!

The remainder of the session was for various photos of the family.

Will and Lee, thank you for choosing us to photograph your precious new addition to the world.  Liam is absolutely adorable and Lori is already well on her way to being a loving big sister. Congratulations to you both!

Your family photographers,

– Stellar Year Photography

When Stephen came to us and said he wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Katie, we could not have been more excited. A Central Park proposal with gorgeous fall foliage? Yes, please! They have been dating for over four years and we met them in 2015 at Lauren and Michael’s wedding (Stephen was Michael’s best man) and saw them again at Elizabeth and Kevin’s wedding a few months later!

Stephen told Katie they were going to see the opera (the perfect excuse to dress up!) and told her they were meeting his sister for dinner first and that they had to walk through the park. That little fib worked perfectly, so Katie never questioned why they were meandering through Central Park on a rainy, 50-degree day in October! We were camped out by the spot Stephen had chosen trying to blend in (not so easy to do with a big tripod and a huge lens) and waited for them to come through the park. Thankfully, the rain held off and the spot we’d be using was totally deserted. Stephen and Katie walked to the edge of the water (where he cleverly found an excuse to take her bag and umbrella from her to make sure her hands were free) and then knelt to ask the girl of his dreams to be his wife. To say that Katie was shocked would be a huge understatement – you’ll see it all over her face in these images – and we could not have asked for a more joyous moment!

When Stephen got down on one knee, Katie couldn’t quite fathom what was happening. You can see her initial reaction – disbelief and shock – in the first few images below.

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While Stephen was kneeling, a few passerby had stopped. Katie immediately said yes and the couple shared a kiss to a round of applause before Stephen pointed us out to Katie who recognized us once we put our cameras down.

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We spent a little while with Stephen and Katie walking through Central Park.  These two were rocking it with the outfits and color choices!

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You can’t go to Central Park and not take some photos on the Bow Bridge!

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Congratulations again, Stephen and Katie! It was an absolute honor to be there on Saturday to share in that amazing moment with you. We hope you guys had a great night at dinner and with your friends. We are so happy for you!

– Stellar Year Photography

One of the best parts of our job is encountering and learning about new cultures. When we had the chance to photograph an Indian wedding, we jumped at the chance! Sheena and Eric got married over Labor Day weekend at the Darbe Mehr Zoroastrian Temple in Pomona, NY and we had so much fun with them and their families! The colors, the food, the music, and the people made for a perfect night. Sheena and Eric had a more Western ceremony and reception in Atlanta last month and this was their Indian reception. Let’s get to the photos!

Sheena wore a beautiful white sari for her Darbe Mehr wedding and she and her new cousins looked stunning!

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Eric and his family got ready at the Darbe Mehr before the party.

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The happy couple before the evening began!

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The Darbe Mehr is a brand new facility and is absolutely awesome.  The temple was funded largely through donations by its members and they’ve ended up with a great venue.

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Darbe Mehr means “Fire Temple” in Persian and fire and pure water are the agents of spiritual purity in Zoroastrianism.  Temples are built to house sacred fires.

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Sheena and Eric had set up some great decorations and favors to go along with the Temple.

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Eric’s mother blessed the couple before two priests did the same.

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Time for their first dance!

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Eric’s mother put together a surprise for the couple to kick off the party.  She had friends and cousins get up and surround the couple while the DJ switched music to something much more upbeat. Sheena and Eric were caught completely off-guard, as you can see from their expressions!

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Several very touching toasts followed from Eric’s parents, Eric’s best friends, and the couple themselves.

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Needless to say, with an Indian wedding comes spectacular food!

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Eric stole the first forkful…

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Sheena’s grandmother came all the way from the Middle East to celebrate.  She was at the Darbe Mehr last week, she was in Atlanta last month, and she was in India in December when these two had an engagement party!

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The rest of the evening was spent on the dance floor with everyone enjoying the music and the company!

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A family portrait to end the evening.

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Congrats again, Sheena and Eric!  It was a pleasure being there on your big day and an honor to meet your families and be part of the festivities.

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– Stellar Year Photograpy