It’s hard to know where to start when introducing A + B.
Alina and Brad are my good friends, over the years I’ve had the great privilege of getting to know them both very well. I was honored when they asked me to document their wedding day at the HILL in Hudson NY, but they also made it very clear that they wanted me to enjoy myself more than anything. This isn’t a surprise to anyone who knows them; they always put you first. I know that I speak on behalf of many of our friends, from the moment you walk into their home for one of their frequent dinner parties, you feel extremely fortunate that your path in life has crossed with these two beautiful souls.
There have been many moments where I’ve witnessed A + B’s love for each other, but for me, one moment stands out more than any other. On a cold winter night, I was helping A + B move from their old apartment, and Alina had turned on Saul Huenchul. Saul is a singer from Argentina, and I don’t know much more about him, but I do know that when his music is played, Alina gets as giddy as I’ve ever seen her. She was definitely wearing her cowboy hat, we were definitely bumping Saul through the streets of Brooklyn, and Alina was definitely losing her marbles. I didn’t understand the reaction at first, although I never questioned it; I was lost in the moment myself. Afterwards, Brad and I went to pick up more boxes without Alina, and while Saul was blessing us with his guitar, Brad gave me a shortened version of the connection to Saul from their first vacation together in Chile in the summer of 2004. Nine years ago, they arrived at some hotel in some desolate part of Chile, with very few other people around, just Saul playing on cassette. I’ll leave other details of their romantic getaway out of this post, but after knowing why Alina was reacting the way she was, based on the memory of their first trip together, I was truly touched. As stressful as it is to move, Saul had instantly transported Alina back to Chile, with Brad. And now, after 9 whole years, we all can see their love continue to travel beyond space and time.
I’d like to thank A + B for reminding me about the simple pleasures in life; whether it be a song, a beautiful backyard garden, a home-cooked meal from no real recipe, or an unplanned costume party. Often times all of this can be overlooked (or maybe it’s all wine fuzziness), but A + B remind us how important all this is, and how they’ve effortlessly tied this true love of life into their own relationship, and all of their relationships.
A few weeks ago I shot a wedding in Seville Spain. Ryan and Gonzalo had their wedding late 2012 in New York City, and the weather conditions were absolutely opposite of one another at each one. This was my first time in Spain, and I will not be forgetting this trip anytime soon. Although my Spanish isn’t that good, and I was communicating through my iPhone app, I felt a connection with all the guests and family members from both sides. A dance floor can truly break all language barriers.
A special thank you to both families for making me feel so welcome right from the start, and thank you to Ryan and Gonzalo for letting me capture these special moments. Below is a small collection of the Wedding at Hotel Alfonso XIII, in Seville Spain.