liz’s brother had attended three weddings that i had photographed over the last few years, so when liz reached out to me, i knew i was talking to ‘good people’.  for those of you who may be new to my blog, i only work with ‘good people’ because being a wedding photographer that truly cares about their client’s images and experience is stressful enough, i don’t need to add people who suck into the mix. so a sister of a three- time wedding guest and friends of three of my past and one of my future grooms was a good indication that i would like liz and if i liked liz, i’d like tom, but i digress… the setting was a new york city wedding at the tribeca rooftop on a lovely springtime day. w hotel couple portrait wedding day

i love bright and airy hotel rooms… bride having makeup applied w hotel downtown bridesmaids looking in mirror bride bracelet earrings necklace

the final spritz to seal the look… bride being sprayed make-up

louboutins… christian louboutin bridal shoes

louboutins…again… christian louboutin shoes flower girl getting ready

love the look on the ring bearer’s face… groom and ring bearer groom getting ready w hotel downtown

secret handshake… groom and brother secret handshake wedding day

 secret handshake? secret handshake grandfather and grandson tuxedo getting ready w hotel groomsmen bowtie

what makes this shot for me is not just the composition and godfather-esque feel, but it incorporates both liz and tom’s dads… father of the groom and father of the bride in godfather type photo

liz’s feet awaiting her dress… bride maid of honor helping bride get in dress louboutin shoes and reflection of bride getting ready

joy and jacquelyn of evj wedding co doing their thing… EVJ wedding co helping bride get dressed mother and bride bracelet

moms looking on… mom and mother-in-law looking at bride

a couple of slightly different bridal portraits… bride portrait chandelier bride portrait reflection

i loved this expression out of tom just before their first look… groom laughing before first look wedding couple kiss

stroll on a chilly rooftop… bride groom W hotel rooftop

wedding couple portrait

photobomb by the empire state building… bride and groom with empire state building laughing bride and groom w rooftop

love the texture of liz’s dress… liz santoro tom yes wedding day

simple and beautiful… bride groom debrosses street bride groom portrait

tom looks on as liz approaches the aisle… groom watching bride come down the aisle

love how liz’s dad is looking at her… bride and dad walking down aisle tribeca rooftop

and here he does it again. meanwhile, tom is just beaming and thinking, ‘hell yeah, let me have my bride’… dad giving bride away groom laughing at altar

caught! i wasn’t ninja enough for this little guy! wedding ceremony nyc

love laughter during a first dance… bride groom first dance mother son and father daughter dance

i don’t know if tom missed this, but hopefully he doesn’t get pissed when he sees another man holding his bride!  bride picked up in arms by guest on dance floor laughing bride

i always have some space on my blog for sweet grandmas… grandma at wedding

four time michelle arlotta photography wedding attendees…

leaves you wondering who chris had hanging from his back on the dance floor… front of conga line

i’m not gonna lie, my main reason for posting this pic is because liz’s butt looks so good! (sorry for drawing the interwebs attention to your wife’s butt, tom) dancing butt shot nyc wedding dance floor

liz and one of her new brothers… laughing groom on dance floor tribeca rooftop bride groom dancing

it is only proper that i post the evolution of the ‘santoro wedding fist bump’..

2013

2014

2015 and 2016…. santoro wedding fist bump tribeca rooftop dance floor

it was my pleasure to work with liz and tom on a beautiful wedding day. always so much fun seeing familiar faces again! thank you to kelsey davis for assisting me.

i have a sweet spot in my heart for couples that are willing to get married around the swing time between true winter and true spring… probably because i did the same thing myself. it takes some guts to choose this time since it can mean a major snowstorm or eighty degree weather. when i first spoke with keri and matt they were so chill, i knew they’d be able to handle whatever weather came their way on their early april wedding day. they’d been together a long time, originally meeting in high school, and i’m sure had weathered many storms together… see what i did there? it turned out that keri and matt’s wedding day was much like mine… a lot of clouds with the sun peeking out every once in awhile, a bit of wind and a temperature that seemed not so bad at first, but was quite cold after awhile. i don’t have a word for that kind of weather. i just call it ‘my wedding day weather’.

keri and matt had their ceremony an reception at the rock island lake club bridemaids rock island lake club

the wedding dress just chilling among the chaos of the bride’s arrival… wedding dress hanging in window

bride getting ready

a moment for the badgley mischkas… bride putting on shoes

love this shot… totally candid and slightly sexy… bride putting on shoes

i love the two expressions here, keri’s mom watching on as keri gets ready for some bridal portraits and keri’s maid-of-honor looking on at keri’s mom… mother of bride bride getting ready

although i love a beautiful shot of the back of the dress, i truly love the candid shots that happen before it… bride getting ready at rock island lake club bride

love, love, love this neckline… bridal portrait at rock island lake club

matt’s expression right before he saw keri for the first time on their wedding day was a mix of excitement and nerves… first look on dock at rock island lake club

the bridal party was all smiles! bridal party watching first look

love the laughter… bride and groom laughing

bride and groom at rock island lake club new jersey bride and groom on dock at rock island lake club

love the quiet moments… bride and groom veil bride and groom walking on dock at rock island lake club bride and groom walking keri and matt walking

it’s really great when the sun works with you on a wedding day. for what wasn’t even a whole minute, clouds parted a bit to reveal beautiful blue skies and sun peeked out to present this unreal light… bride and groom blue skies bride and groom blue skies at rock island lake club

family photo photobomb… family photo bomb

a bit too chilly for an outside ceremony, keri and matt had a heartfelt ceremony inside the rock island lake club… wedding ceremony bridesmaids watching ceremony

tie inspection… father of the groom and ring bearer looking at ties groom during ceremony guest crying at wedding

keri’s eyes welling up… bride tears wedding ceremony maid of honor watching ceremony rock island lake club reader during ceremony bride groom laughing during ceremony at rock island lake club mother of the bride watching ceremony

she laughed… she cried… bride laughing and crying during ceremony

uncle kurt kicked some serious ceremony butt… uncle kurt officiating matt and keri

love this moment. usually when the officiant doesn’t move out of the way for the kiss they end up as this creeper in the background peering between the two, but uncle kurt did not just stand there quietly, he put some oompf into the whole ‘kiss the bride’ moment… bride and groom kiss groom and bride first dance

lifelong friends… maid of honor speech

bride crying during maid of honor speech bride and groom laughing during best man toast

party time! i don’t think keri missed a song! rock island lake club reception rock island lake club dancing bride spinning on dance floor at rock island lake club rock island lake club reception dancing matt on the mic… rock island lake club groom has the microphone

little known secret: if the dj thinks your voice is good, he will actually turn the mic volume up so people can hear you. if not, no one will hear you, but you will look cool. in this case, the mic was on!

if this bridesmaid dress designer had some good marketing skills, they’d be selling this dress as a multipurpose bridesmaid dress/limbo stick… guest using bridesmaid dress for limbo at rock island lake club wedding last dance at rock island lake club

while i knew keri and matt had met in high school,  i really enjoyed uncle kurt’s more detailed story of how they came to be. it really set the tone for a great wedding. thanks to keri, matt and all of their friends and family so being so awesome to work with. thanks to kelsey davis for assisting me.

at first contact with shannon, i knew we were a good fit for one another for many reasons. one of them being that she is an absolute animal lover! when i had a chance to sit down and chat with her, i learned that her and her fiancé have quite a history in the sports industry. they both currently work in the golf industry, he was a minor league baseball player now turned pro golfer, she was an nfl cheerleader and dance teacher and both of their dads are golf pros. i figured they must have met at some golf tournament, but that’s not how it all went down. in fact, shannon’s family was saying there were enough golfers in their family… so a golfer is not what she was looking for, but she found one anyway! i guess some things are meant to be…

on our third attempt to schedule an engagement session, the weather finally held up!

shannon has a great smile!

brandon’s list of favorite things to do does not include being photographed. i fully understand and respect this, so i tried to make it as painless as possible for him. he was a really great sport about it all.

love this…

making use of the one blossom tree that wasn’t quite full yet…

don’t let brandon fool you with his dislike of being photographed… he has swag.

love!

i love all the laughter and big smiles, but i also enjoy the more quiet, intimate moments…

rescheduling their shoot a few times paid off… we had wind, we had sun, we had clouds, we had some blossoms to make for a great shoot. looking forward to shooting shannon and brandon’s ryland inn wedding in january of 2017!

for my fourth and final winter wedding, it was an amazingly beautiful and warm day at nanina’s in the park! with janice’s schedule being hectic due to her residency, much of the planning fell into edward’s hands. it’s much more common for the bride to handle most of the wedding details, but edward may just have a future in wedding planning. his efforts resulted in a beautifully put together day with lovely, yet not overwhelming details, a heartfelt ceremony and a great party at a great venue.

love this!

tiffany blue…

lots of babies on the way in janice’s bridal party…

beautiful valentino shoes….

getting edward’s hair just right… no pressure!

all set!

that first glimpse of the final look…

janice looked stunning in her nicole miller wedding gown… edward rocked a hugo boss tuxedo…

doesn’t look much like a late february day!

love the laughter…

ceremony time!

janice arrives at the altar…

i don’t usually take pictures during moments of prayer because i’m not a selfish photographer. sometimes the experience is more important than the image. i took this shot because i had an angle that i don’t normally have that allowed me to be discreet, but also because i know how important janice and eddie’s faith is to them. they even met at church. so this moment felt emotional and worthy of an image…

sometimes i’m so focused on the image, i don’t quite hear what is going on, but janice and edward’s pastor was such a dynamic speaker that i found myself listening to his message…

the parents watch on…

love this moment with janice’s mom as she watches her daughter and husband dance together…

love this moment of edward with his mom…

i love good parent speeches. it gives me hope when parents have so much great stuff to say about their children… a touching moment during janice’s dad’s speech…

adorable…

a toast!

a great party with dj simon taiga from the remixologists...

hah…

this guy. all night.

i like this photo because it makes danny look like a superhero….

this little guy took a break from rockin’ the dance floor with this brother…

love all the energy and genuine smiles of these ladies…

i’m pretty sure the little guy has a future as a party motivator…

all night, hah.

thanks to edward and janice for being such a pleasure to work with from start to finish and to their friends and family for being so great to work with. thanks to edward’s best men for recommending me and giving me the thumbs up! and thanks to my assistant brian leong for helping me out.