Emily and Alex’s smARTspace wedding at 78th Street Studios was everything you’d want an art gallery wedding to be: intimate, raw, artistic, unique, and steeped in love. From the kilts, to the orange cottage roses, to the looks on their parents’ faces, Emily and Alex’s smARTspace wedding gave new meaning to beautiful.
When I slipped into Emily’s hotel room, ready to capture some shots of her wedding day preparations, I’ll admit I was wearing brand new eye shadow and liner. And I had tried very hard to make it look just like the guy at the make up counter did when he put it on me. But as I was standing in the doorway to the bathroom, camera plastered to my face, I was not prepared for Emily to point at me and say, “You! Your make up looks good! Can you help us?”
I almost dropped my camera. I almost said no. I’m supposed to be an unobtrusive observer. I don’t interfere, especially when the bride is getting ready to put on some gorgeous dress. I’m just there to capture what’s going on. Who would take pictures if I put my camera down ? There would be five whole minutes of undocumented wedding day!
I do so love make up, though.
She saw me wavering on the point of indecision, and said, “We’re not into make up. At all. Please?”
I thought of my mother, who doesn’t go to the grocery store without lipstick. I knew what she would do. I grabbed some brushes and went to work. Not that there was much to do; Emily has lovely skin with the lightest sprinkle of freckles, gorgeous green-blue eyes fringed with dark lashes, and a sincere smile that makes you want to smile back.
Did I mention she’s a midwife and two of her bridesmaids were very, very pregnant? And that we went up onto the roof of the Cleveland Hostel for photos?
It was an amazing wedding, filled with love, family, happiness, hope. I want to describe it, but you just had to be there. Maybe the photos will give you some idea of how special this art gallery wedding was…
Congratulations Emily and Alex! Happy wedding 🙂