New York City based Professional Photographer


Ten Years in the Making

A few days ago I was hired by the restaurant, Aquavit, to capture a sit down dinner for their client. I was very excited to shoot this event since Aquavit is a two Michelin star restaurant. I'd never been but since many of my good friends are chefs, it's been on my radar. 

When I got there, I was a little surprised and confused. I originally had thought the event was an engagement party with a sit down dinner. Little did I know that it was actually just the happy couple who just got engaged doing a very intimate celebratory dinner at their favorite restaurant. 

I'm always up for something different so I politely interrupted them, introduced myself, and started shooting. I wanted to keep it as intimate as possible so I opted for no flash for a good portion of the time. I didn't want to distract them or take away from their special day by big flashing lights in their face every few minutes. 

You could feel the love in the air. The two of them would sit and stare into each others eyes and just hold hands as if still in awe that they were engaged. I always am honored to be part of these moments. You're getting to be the one that immortalizes that special day for them. 

After a few courses, I asked if they'd like to do some posed photos together and they happily accepted. I think after about 6 courses (and 4 more on the way) they needed a little break and were definitely looking forward to moving around a bit.

Frank and Chris were such nice guys. It was their big day and all they did was ask about me. You don't see that too often. It turns out that Frank was Cuban and we started talking about my project that I've been setting up for the past few months. I'm even going to meet his grandmother down in Miami in January!

The food and wine was constantly flowing. Towards the final courses though, there was a secret surprise for Chris that I was in on. Frank had bought a very unique watch that was part of a collection made the year the two of them met. He had fought tooth and nail to get this watch because it was supposed to be part of a show in a museum.

Ladies and gentlemen, it does not get more romantic than this!

The look on both of their faces as the watch came out was something to see. Emotions were running rampant. I typically am not a very emotional guy but I won't lie, I got a little teary eyed. Frank began to explain the whole process of him trying to acquire the watch and battling for days to talk them into selling it to him. Until, finally he spoke to the designer who loved his story and eventually sold him the watch with his blessing.

The watch was absolutely beautiful. Elegant and delicate but not too gaudy. And of course Chris was in complete awe by the whole situation. He was at a loss for words, and who wouldn't be!?

The night was coming to a close and the food and wine finally stopped coming out. We talked a bit more and I shot a bit longer than I had anticipated but in the end, I had a great time. 

I wish these two the best! They really love each other with all their hearts and hope they have a happy and long life together. Best of luck guys!

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