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Emmy + Nicholas, Gramercy Park Hotel, New York wedding photographer

01new-york-wedding_bench-portThe weekend of October 10, 11 & 12, 2014 was an EPIC one for us here at McKay Imaging Photography! Not only was our wonderful associate photographer Sara photographing the Danyo wedding for us on the 11th but… on the 10th, Liz and I were photographing the Shinn wedding at Clarks Landing and then the McClelland wedding at Bayonet Farms on the 11th. So when our buddy Emmy Black ( we go way back ) : ) called us about photographing her wedding at The Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan on October 12th, my first reaction was “Ouch!” As much as we love Emmy, we couldn’t imagine photographing a 3rd wedding that weekend and doing it in The Big Apple to boot! It just sounded bruising! Emmy however said that she had complete confidence in us and it only took a little begging and crying, a few small bribes and some very sweet compliments to convince us that Liz and I were Supermen and that it would really no problem at all for us… and as it turned out, she was right!
We were so charged up when we arrived… happy to be working in the big city and in this beautiful hotel… happy to see our friend Emmy looking so beautiful and being so happy to be marrying the fabulously cool Nicholas Maximillion Luna on that very day! In fact, we can’t thank Emmy & Nicholas enough for bringing us in on their amazing wedding day. We feel really lucky to have been there to capture the spirit of it all in photos. Man, we really love our job!
Many thanks to the staff of GPH and to both families for treating us like guests (because we kind of were)! Thanks to Emmy’s Mom for making the whole thing possible and to the endlessly creative Kein Cross for being such an amazing decorator and friend to the family. Mostly, thanks to Emmy for not taking “Ouch” for an answer!
Yeah, I don’t use the work “epic” too often or too lightly but this weekend certainly was just that; and October 12th was like a giant cherry on the cake… with an exclamation point! Ahh, life is good…02gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_r03gramercy-park-hotel_mckay-104mckay_luna305gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_m06gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_h07gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_s08gramercy-park-hotel_flowers09gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_b10gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_c11gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_g12gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_t13gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_g (1)14gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_n15gramercy-park_first-look_mc16gramercy-park_shoes_mckay17new-york-city-wedding_brida18mckay_luna619new-york-wedding_mOH20new-york-wedding_brides-mai21mckay_luna522new-york-city_wedding_bus-s23new-york-city-wedding_groom24new-york-city-wedding_bride25new-york-wedding_street-por26new-york-wedding_park27new-york-wedding_detail28mckay_luna429mckay_luna130gramercy-park-hotel_mckay_f31mckay_gramercy-park-chetubah-232mckay_gramercy-park-chetubah-133mckay_gramercy-park-chetubah-334gramercy_ceremony-235gramercy_ceremony-336gramercy-park_ceremony-537gramercy-park_ceremony-438gramercy-park_ceremony-739gramercy-park_ceremony-840gramercy-park_details41gramercy_ceremony-142gramercy-park_party-443gramercy-park_party544gramercy-park_party345gramercy-park_party-246gramercy-park_party-1047gramercy-park_party-748gramercy-park_party-949gramercy-park_party-1150gramercy-park_party-851gramercy-park_party-1352gramercy-park_party-1453gramercy-park_party-1254gramercy-park_party-655gramercy-park_party-1556gramercy-park_party-157gramercy-park_skyline58mckay_luna2
Ceremony + Reception – Gramercy Park Hotel, New York
Event Design + Planning – Kein Cross
Flowers – Amy Lauren
Wedding Cake – Pink Cake Box
Entertainment – Lake City DJ’s
Wedding dress – Monique Lhullier
Groom’s Wear – Brooks Brothers

Monica + Patrick, Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank wedding photographer

01mckay_danyo3On October 11, 2014; the very same day that Liz and I were traipsing around the farm, cameras in hand, with The McClelland’s on their wedding day; Patrick Danyo was marrying Monica Kelly and our fine associate photographer Sara was there with her team at The Molly Pitcher Hotel to capture all the action!
Congratulations to the happy couple and their families and big thanks to all for allowing McKay Imaging Photography to capture many of those moments for you…
We wish you both the best of luck!02mckay_molly-getting-ready-203mckay_molly-getting-ready-404mckay_molly-getting-ready-305mckay_molly-getting-ready-106mckay_molly-rings-07mckay_molly-getting-ready-508mckay_danyo509mckay_molly-ready-110mckay_danyo111mckay_danyo412ckay_molly-ready-313mckay_molly-ready-214mckay_danyo215molly_first-look16mckay_molly_portrait-217mckay_molly_portrait-3-18mckay_molly-portriat-519mckay_molly-portriat-420mckay_molly_portraits-121mckay_molly-ceremony-222mckay_molly-ceremony-123mckay_molly_ceremony-724mckay_molly_ceremony-325mckay_molly_ceremony-426mckay_molly_ceremony-6-27mckay_molly_ceremony-528mckay_molly-portriat-629mckay_molly-details30mckay_mollypitcher-party-331mckay_danyo632mckay_mollypitcher-party-133mckay_mollypitcher-party-234mckay_mollypitcher-party-435mckay_mollypitcher-party-536mckay_mollypitcher-party-1337mckay_mollypitcher-party-1038mckay_mollypitcher-party-739mckay_mollypitcher-party-1140mckay_mollypitcher-party-941mckay_mollypitcher-party-8

Shamus + Caroline, Bayonet Farm, Holmdel, New Jersey


On October 11, 2014 Caroline McGeehan was married to Shamus McClelland at Bayonet Farms in Holmdel… or so the story goes. : ) Three hearts were in fact joined on that day (just ask their young daughter Rylee)!

In honor of this fine day, which began with music, love and good spirits and ended with the moon shining through the mist with a bright beauty the likes of which we’d never seen, we would like to offer the family this sweet merry Scottish blessing…

“Wherever you live in the world so wide,
We wish you a nook on the sunny side,
With much love and little care,
A little purse with money to spare,
Your own little hearth when day is spent,
In a little house with hearts content.”

Bob & Liz McKay
Ceremony + Reception – Bayonet Farm, Holmdel
Flowers –, Highlands
Wedding Invitation – Aprilink/Etsy
Catering + Wedding Cake – Mumfords
Ceremony Music – Bill Brennan
Cocktail Entertainment – Dark City Strings
Reception Entertainment – Erich the DJ Guy
Wedding Dress – Anna Campbell
Groom’s Wear – JCrew
Make-Up – Kelly McGee
Hair – Sebastian’s Hair EM
Lighting and Party Rentals – Paul David

Tara + Matt, Clarks Landing Yacht Club wedding photographer

01mckay_clarks-landing-dock-3Tara & Matt!
Tara Williams and Matt Shinn treated their friends and family to their amazingly beautiful, fun and elegant wedding at Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant, New Jersey! This venue is always a great choice as Don and the crew at Clarks are simply among the best at what they do and the ambiance and food are to die for… But it was not the only great choice that this couple made. To begin the day, Tara & Matt chose to have their first look and portraits done at Matt’s family home. Apparently, Matt’s father has been landscaping their property for years, paving slate and stone pathways through gardens around the entire perimeter of their land.. Just beautiful! You would think that he had been doing all of that work all along with this day in mind because the location was just perfect, as you will see.
Thanks so much to Ashley Dwyer for referring us to Tara & Matt. Thanks to the staff at Clarks Landing and to Mr. Shinn for making it so easy for us to make Tara & Matt’s photos look beautiful. Mostly, thanks to Mr. And Mrs. Matt & Tara Shinn for entrusting us with this important task and being so wonderful to us on the wedding day. We loved the day and love the photos and hope that you do too!
Best of luck to you both! We are looking forward to staying in touch… ; )02mckay_ring03mckay_dress-shoes04mckay_make-up05mckay_flowers06mckay_bride-getting-dressed07mckay_earrings08mckay_boutiennieres09mckay_groom-getting-ready10mckay_groom-ready-111mckay_grooms-men12mckay_groom13mckay_shinn114mckay_shinn415mckay_shoes16mckay_girls17mckay_leaving-house18mckay_shinn619mckay_first-look-120mckay_first-look-221mckay_bride-groom-1-22mckay_bride-groom-223mckay_bride-groom-324mckay-bridal-party-125mckay_bridal-party-126mckay_bride-groom-427mckay_shinn328mckay_bridesmaids-drinking29mckay_bridal-party-230mckay_bridal-part-331mckay_shinn532mckay_family-clarks-landing33mckay_clarks-landing-dock-234mckay_clarks-landing-dock-535mckay_clarks-landing-dock-136mckay_clarks-ceremony-137mckay_clarks-ceremony-338mckay_clarks-ceremony-239mckay_clarks-ceremony-540mckay_clarks-landing-ceremo41mckay_clarks-ceremony642mckay_clarks-ceremony743mckay_clarks-details44mckay_clarks-landing-245mckay_clarks-landing-346mckay_clarks-landing-647mckay_clarks-landing-448mckay_clarks-landing-149mckay_clarks-landing-550mckay_clarks-landing-951mckay_clarks-landing-752mckay_clarks-landing-853mckay_shinn254mckay_clarks-landing-1155mckay_clarks-landing-1056mckay_dock-night-shot
Ceremony + Reception – Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
Flowers – Barlows
Cinematography – Michael Simons
Officiant – Anthony Testa
Wedding Invitation – Couture Studio
Wedding Cake – Bovella’s
Entertainment – Elite
Wedding Dress – Allure, The Wedding Store by Liz Clinton
Bride’s Shoes – Jessica Simpson
Grooms Wear – Greywell Tailors
Make-Up – Make-Up by Denise
Hair – Salon CoCo Bond
Transportation – Long Branch Trolley

Marissa + Brian, Brielle Riverhouse and Allaire State Park wedding photographer

01mckay_allaire-state-park-5-Our first wedding in October of 2014 was that of Marissa Segarra to Brian Dreher. The little bit of rain that hit the ground early that morning did nothing to dampen spirits that day and instead made our surroundings glisten beautifully. The day started with a heartwarming First Look at the family home of the bride (once the groomsmen got their car fixed that is) : ) The ceremony and photos to follow took place at Allaire State Park, a venue so old-timey that the pictures can make you question not only the era but the place as well! “Is this really New Jersey?” you might ask yourself just before the ensuing beach photos ground you once again… Yes, this is certainly New Jersey! And what a beautiful day on the Jersey Shore it was; one that would culminate with a reception at a classic Jersey Shore venue, The Riverhouse in Brielle. The Riverhouse offers astonishing views of the Manasquan Inlet right out into the Atlantic Ocean and so was the perfect place to finish the day.
Thanks so much to Brian and Marissa for the opportunity to capture your day in photographs! Thanks to the Riverhouse for your outstanding hospitality. Mostly, thanks to Brian and the boys for getting that car fixed, a service without which none of this might have happened! : )
All the best to you both! Please keep in touch…02mckay_imaging_rings03mckay_imaging_shoes04mckaya-imaging_bride-ready05mckay_imaging_cufflinks06mckay_groom-ready07mckay_car-boys08mckay_grooms-men09mckay_first-look-110mckay_first-look-211mckay_bride-groom12mckay_flower-detail13mckay_allaire-stae-chapel14mckay_allaire-ceremony-115mckay_dreher316mckay_dreher217mckay_allaire-ceremony-218mckay_dreher519mckay_allaire-ceremony-320mckay_allaire-ceremony-421mckay_allaire-ceremony-522mckay_allaire-ceremony-623mckay_allaire-ceremony-724mckay_allaire-state-park-825mckay_allaire-state-park-4-26mckay_dreher627mckay_dreher128mckay_dreher429mckay_allaire-state-park-730mckay_allaire-state-park-631mckay_allaire-state-park-232mckay_allaire-state-park-333mckay_allaire-state-park-134mckay_beach-portraits-135mckay_beach-portraits-336mckay_beach-portraits-237mckay_river-house-details38mckay_river-house-party-139mckay_river-house-party-240mckay_river-house-party-3-41mckay_river-house-party-442mckay_river-house-party-743mckay_river-house-party-944mckay_river-house-party-8-45mckay_river-house-party-1146mckay_river-house-party-647mckay_river-house-party-1048mckay_river-house-party-5
Ceremony – Allaire Chapel
Reception – Brielle Riverhouse
Flowers – Purple Iris
Wedding Invitation – Carlson Craft
Wedding Cake – Chocolate Carousel
Entertainment – Mazz Entertainment
Wedding Dress – Bridal Garden
Bride’s Shoes – Clarks’s
Groom’s Wear – Mens Wearhouse
Make-Up and Hair – Christina DePascal
Transportation – Long Branch Trolley

Carol Sawicki - April 21, 2015 - 11:16 pm

I finally saw the wedding pictures .
beautiful simply beautiful I wish I could have been there.
lots of love