Top Images of 2016!

The Yellow House family took on the task of selecting our favorite photos of 2016. Together we chose images that showed the widest range of emotion, the joy of celebration, the beauty of landscape, and the love shared between the bride and groom. We hope that after viewing the images below you agree that we achieved our goal.

Looking forward to a joyous season ahead!

-The Yellow House Team

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December 12, 2013 Brooklyn, NY, USA: (Robert Stolarik for The New York Times)

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Check out our 2016 press features!

The Knot-Yellow House Featured in
The Knot NY Fall 2016

 

In 2016 some of our hard work has been recognized by popular wedding blogs and magazines around the web.

Here is a list of all the write-ups and features we have been honored to receive in 2016:

 

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Celebration of Love: Matt & Karen. Outre bride
“An NYC couple choose to have their wedding day celebration in Charleston, NC as a destination wedding with beautiful NYE details.”

 

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Fresh Fête at Saltaire Yacht Club: Kate and Connor. Borrowed and Blue

BorrowedandBlue.com featured our photos of Kate and Connor’s wedding in their Hamptons and North Fork featured weddings section

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Allison and Tom’s Proposal Featured on HowHeAsked!
Tom convinced Allison that they were just taking family photos, and he had all their family in on the New York Botanical Garden proposal plan!

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Elegant Celebration at the Old field Club: Lisa and Jason. Borrowed and Blue
Also featured in the Hamptons and North Fork section on BorrowedandBlue.com was the Serapiglia wedding at the Old Field club in Setauket.

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Heather and Timmy’s Surprise Proposal on HowHeAsked!
Timmy surprised Heather with a romantic and sweet proposal at the dog park with their new pup! It was such a thoughtful way to pop the question.

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A Sentimental, Thoughtful and Beautiful “Backyard” Long Island Schoolhouse Wedding: Katie + Phil. Bitchlessbride.
“…the compromise was to make it a big ‘backyard party.’ I think we were successful in doing that”

 

 

Introducing Teddy

Like many professions that stem from curiosity and passion, Ted Wollmers enjoyed photography initially as a steady hobby, taking classes in black and white photography throughout high school and college. It was the relationships he later developed, though, that led to his pursuing a career in photography. “Being close friends with Andrew provided me with the opportunity to have the access to learn and explore photography on a whole other level,” he explains. “He truly has taken me under his wing and mentored me in a way that I feel like I have been able to grow along with Yellow House Images.”

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Ted and Andrew’s daughter make a wish before blowing out the birthday candles.

Through working with Andrew, Ted has developed his skills in wedding photography, capturing the authenticity of the moment, raw, unfiltered emotion, and the minutia oftentimes overlooked amidst the chaos of a typical wedding day.
“Naturally, I’ve really embraced and adopted Andrew’s style of shooting, which we refer to as journalistic style. We try to emphasize capturing emotions and moments,” he states. “We generally prefer candid moments and do a lot of shooting from a distance with longer lenses to be able to get those moments.”
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Recently, Ted photographed a wedding at Benner’s Farm, where he was able to pursue his style and document an ethereal evening flooded with love. Ted grew up on the north shore of Long Island, and Benner’s Farm in particular is a place near and dear to his heart.
Having partnered with Yellow House Images previously on many shoots, this was his first solo wedding gig and a memorable experience. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented individuals who work with us. With each wedding comes challenges to overcome and experiences to learn from and that’s one of things I like most about it. Every couple, every ceremony, every venue is different.”

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This shoot also allowed him to focus on the bride and groom: “Obviously, there is a time and place for posing,” according to Ted, “but even in those circumstances we try to let people act and feel as naturally as possible instead of providing too much direction. I believe it’s very important to make the bride and groom as comfortable as possible and creating that level of comfort.”


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Being exposed to wedding shoots has also allowed his passion to flourish: “I really enjoy getting all the detail shots at a wedding. So much time and effort is put into the smallest of details, and it’s really important to capture all that. From flowers to place settings to signs, so much of that can escape the bride and groom’s appreciation the day of amongst the whirlwind of the day.”
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Ted’s passion for photography complements his affable personality and ability to connect with the bride and groom, making them feel comfortable, happy, and at ease: “It still surprises me how much of a bond you can develop throughout just a day of working with a couple,” he says. “They were so fun and easy and trusted us to do our thing, and I believe that comes through in the pictures.”

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Kerry + Andrew

On June 4, 2016, Kerry and Andrew said “I do”. It was a gorgeous day, saturated with sun and love, friends and family.

The Preparation: Danfords Hotel & Marina

The stunning bride got ready at the Danfords Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson, New York. With her bridesmaids by her side, she began her day of preparations in the harbor-side hotel, with the sea as her backdrop: no better place to feel both calm, excited, and ready to begin her next adventure with her partner-in-life.
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The Wedding: Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church

The wedding took place at Infant Jesus Church—a quaint, intimate, and optimal setting for the bride and groom to declare their love.

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The Memories: Old Field Point Light 

After the wedding, the newlyweds had a photo shoot at the local lighthouse, a prime location rich in history that served as an elegant backdrop on a gorgeous day. It was the perfect place for the bridal parties to celebrate the day.

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New Beginnings: The Cabanas, Old Field Club

The final shoot was at The Cabanas in west meadow beach. The Old Field Club owns these cabanas, but this particular location is quarter-hour from the actual venue. The happy couple embraced their day with the sea, sand, and future beside them.

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7 Best Locations for NYC Engagement Photos

When it comes to selecting a location for engagement photos, New York is hands-down one of the best place to be: whether you want to capture your moments among beautiful scenery, with skyline views, or even in the daily hustle and bustle, NYC offers the most romantic and dynamic places to start your wedding off right.

  1. Hoboken
    Cheating a little and starting off the list outside of New York, New Jersey is a stone’s throw away. Hoboken is its own hidden gem, with distinct landmarks, trendy bars, and amazing skyline views.

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2. Bronx Parks
Though NYC is more commonly known as a concrete jungle, a lot of beauty can be found in its parks in and around the city. While the Cloisters Museum/Tryon Park offers simple, natural beauty, from medieval doorways with climbing ivy to stone steps and endless trees, it’s one of the best places to photograph your fairytale.

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Of course, New York is also known for the adage: go big, or go home. Grand Army Plaza, with its historic arch near the entrance of Prospect Park, is one of the most memorable places to be swept off your feet amidst the location that truly encompasses New York’s past, present, and future.
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4. Favorite Local Spots
From dive bars to coffee shops, every neighborhood has its own quirky, unique spots that make for perfect captured memories.

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5. Dumbo
Some would argue it’s one of the most scenic places in Brooklyn. Dumbo offers some of the best views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. From historic cobblestone roads and buildings to gorgeous street art, Dumbo is the perfect backdrop to any photo shoot.

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6. Brooklyn Heights
With a mix of gorgeous architecture and historic buildings, leafy sidewalks and trees that flank the streets, Brooklyn Heights has the best of both worlds.

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7. The Subway

From local stops to Grand Central station, the subway is every New Yorker’s necessity.

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A somewhat lesser known beauty, LIC offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Even better, it has amazing views all on its own, such as the iconic neon Pepsi-Cola sign and the gorgeous Gantry Park.

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Rachel + Joe

On a gorgeous spring day, May 7, 2016, Rachel Pannullo and Joseph Schepis celebrated their marriage in an elegant ceremony among family and friends, with the Montauk Yacht club as their backdrop—a place both have grown to cherish. While Joe spent his summers growing up in Montauk, the bride and groom have developed a special fondness and appreciation for the town as their own relationship grew: Aside from the breathtaking views, cozy autumns, and perfect beach days in the height of summer, Rachel noted that “perhaps more than anything else there is an energy there—the people, the ocean, the fishing, the forests—that make us feel like we’re lucky to be there every day.” Reuniting with loved ones year after year, discovering favorite local spots, and, ultimately, creating a nostalgic home away from home made for the ideal location to commit their lives to one another, forever.

With live music and dancing until the morning, their wedding night was a mixture of rowdiness and love in abundance, from husband to wife, mother to daughter, and everything in between: the couple wrote a personalized note on each placecard to every guest, commemorating those relationships and celebrating them as they enter their next adventure as husband and wife. In addition to traditional favors, the couple made a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in support of the bride’s mother, who had leukemia and a bone marrow transplant almost four years ago.

Witnessing such an intimate, emotional event and capturing those sacred, raw, and vulnerable moments throughout the night, demonstrate, as Rachel eloquently states, that “…it was a day full of laughter, Coors Lights, stolen touches, champagne, small smiles, dancing, and unequivocal LOVE all around.”

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navigating newborn photography

DSC_1811-2There’s nothing quite like newborn photography—stilled moments that never fail to tug at your heart. It establishes an intimate connection with the viewer that is both vulnerable and bold: new life captured in an instant and remembered forever.

In the newborn environment, Andrew goes beyond that initial capture. Not drawn to awkward or unnatural baby poses for effect, Andrew instead opts to use props and interactions to tell a story: in one of his shoots, a baby lies blissfully in a mixing pan because the mother loves to bake, while in another photo a baby nestles comfortably in a fishing basket because of his father’s love of fishing. Each photograph not only welcomes the newborn into the world, it also solidifies the baby’s relationship with his or her parents.

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Most of all, Andrew enjoys shooting candidly of the whole family: mom, dad, and baby—playing, interacting, and experiencing life, together.

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While Andrew photographs weddings, engagements, and other milestone life events, he grew to love newborn photography through having children of his own: “I didn’t see myself in a million years photographing new born babies. But as I’ve grown in my life and raised two babies of my own, it only seems natural.”

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music by Erik

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When it comes to weddings, finding the right music means finding the right ambience and energy to complement your wedding. Weddings connect people, and the right musician enhances that relationship, bringing people together through shared joy and festivities.

Musician Erik Mccormack is a funny, humble, and passionate singer with a talent for any occasion. As an entertainer, he is drawn toward the euphoria of celebration, and he uses his music to elevate it even further. “Weddings are fun; you’re rarely going to see a wedding party that’s not in the best of moods. Everyone is super happy, super excited…and you get to cater your music [to that mood].” Tailoring music to the couple’s request gives him flexibility to interact with the crowd and build off their energy.

What sets him apart from other musicians is his voice: Erik is a trained singer. “Most people you see are guitar/singers and I’m a singer/guitarist,” he says. With a background in Broadway—performing in both 1776 and Tom Sawyer—Erik draws from his skills and experience to entertain the wedding crowd.

He also uses looping during his sets, utilizing software to record music and playback in real time, allowing him to sing harmony with his own voice, guitar, and piano. Combined with a unique song selection that fits the bride and groom, Erik’s musical artistry makes any song special for each couple.

Being flexible and knowing what song from the brides and groom’s selection would best fit each moment is his forte. Typically, a couple of weeks before the wedding, he meets with the couple and listens to tracks and tailors his set based off the selection. While couples have over 250/300 songs to choose from, he gets a lot of requests from the same popular tracks. “Over the Rainbow”, “Marry Me”, “Collide’’ are some of the staple requests that brides love.

Most of all though, he uses his music to create joy. “I like doing fun stuff, making people happy and watching people enjoying themselves, tapping their feet—they don’t even realize they’re doing it, and that’s a good feeling.”

Check him out on Facebook/erikmccormackmusic and soundcloud.com/erikmccormack — “Don’t worry be happy”

 

Yellow House Family Update: EASTER

This year, we celebrated Easter at Brenner’s Farm: Charlotte, 6, Amelia, 3, and Kathy welcomed Sunday in style.

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Easter morning and the girls are ready: decked in bunny ears, slippers, and smiles.

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Peek-a-boo! Our own bright eyed and bushy tail is ready for the day.

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Celebrating Easter morning in style.

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Charlotte and Amelia in perfect pastels and some M&Ms.

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Ready, go! Egg and basket in hand, Amelia owns the Easter egg hunt.

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Full of love and kisses and chicks.

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Amelia, contemplating the meaning of life with her new friend at Brenner’s Farm.

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Hands holding tiny heartbeats.

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A day of cuddling: Kathy posing with the Easter bunny.

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Charlotte, basking in sunshine and stares.

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Spring in glorious bloom.

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Amelia engrossed in her search for candy…or a watering can?

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Matching in their Sunday best, from pearls to the picket fence.