Nora + Gerard: Valentine's Day Elopement at Lafayette

With the holiday season upon us, I thought revisiting a wintery session from earlier this year was in order. Nora and Gerard were married last Valentine's Day in the back room of the classic NoHo restaurant Lafayette. The day was snowy and strange: New York on a Saturday cloaked in a tranquil white blanket made of fat white snowflakes. These two braved the weather for a quick, romantic walk in the oncoming blizzard before the small ceremony with their 9 closest family members in attendance. 

In a fit of inspiration and propelled by an impending deadline, I sent a few jpegs to the editors at New York Magazine to see if they'd consider it for their winter 2016 issue and despite all my doubts-- they ACCEPTED IT! Nora and Gerard's wedding is now featured among some of the sweetest events of the year in the album section of New York Weddings Winter 2016. It's never really anything personal- these kinds of achievements- I think Nora and Gerard had a sweet wedding, that was like a very swank New York affair in miniature. It's nice for everyone to see they have options besides a 100K blowout. These two met in Rwanda and circled the globe once or twice before they finally tied the knot- their families coming in from Cleveland and Ireland to celebrate somewhere in the middle. And I'm so glad they did!

Jo + Dave at The Players Club NYC

The Players Club is a sweet, historical venue right on Gramercy Park. It was founded by a 19th-century Shakespearean actor named Edwin Booth...also the younger brother of the guy who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. This place served as a clubhouse for society people and the great "players" of the time. They seem to have "lost" the key to the park over the years-- as tends to happen with valuable New York City property like a key to the secret garden of Manhattan-- but no matter. The sidewalk outside did just fine for these two. Veterans of the show biz industry- Jo and Dave appreciated the walls that were lined with painted portraits of famous actors- even making sure we got a portrait of the two of them under the great Martin Short. After a lighting-fast ceremony, we walked around on the mysteriously quiet sidewalks surrounding the park and, once they were warmed up aka forgot about me, got some great stuff. We did the rest of the portraits on the second floor of the Players Club in their grand library room-- see below for the warmth of shelves and shelves of old books, red leather couches and some charming chandeliers.