Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Who says love at first sight doesn’t last? Not only did these high school sweethearts survive a 13-year relationship, they chose to celebrate their engagement with a bridal portrait shoot in New York City.

The bride-to-be is currently based in Houston, Texas engaged a photographer from Denver, Redden Wood, captured these shots at some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Bethesda Terrace of Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, and of course, the The Top of The Rock overlooking Empire State Building. “My heart did a little dance when we finally decided to have our pre-wedding shoot in New York City,” shared Ella. “It is a beautiful city that is charming, sparkling, and inspiring.”

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Here, she shares some of her tips for getting a photographer and makeup artist in the Big Apple. A local photographer has the advantage of being familiar with the city, and you won’t have to fly in your vendors. On the other hand, the services that the locals offer might be limited, and some might argue that it’s better to have a fresh pair of eyes. As always, there are pros and cons to both sides.

1. We preferred to hire a local photographer for two reasons: price and shooting style. Most photographers here in New York City are more familiar with the term “engagement photoshoot” instead of “pre-wedding photoshoot”. When making your enquiries, do mention your outfits, as the typical engagement shoot here is more like a casual couple photography session. Sessions are usually offered in terms of hours, and the duration and price will vary depending on whom you hire.

2. Photography sessions here generally come with colour-adjusted images in soft copies. Prints and albums are not included. You will usually be able to add those on as extras but it will get pricey. I am still looking for a vendor back home to work on our album.

3. You will have to find a makeup artist on your own. Photographers here might have makeup artists that they often work with and will recommend, but it is separate from the photography service. Do note also that makeup and hair services are once-off, which means you will have to cross your fingers that your hair and makeup stay intact all day.

4. Once you have finalised your photographer and makeup artist, communicate with them ahead of time about the photos and looks that you want to achieve. I found my inspiration, as well as my awesome photographer and makeup artist, through Instagram, Pinterest, and keyword searches on Google.

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Redden Wood. www.theweddingnotebook.com

ELLA & THOMAS {United States}

Photography by Redden Wood / Location New York City