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Mel & Kate | The Foundry Wedding | Long Island City, NY

Spring has finally arrived in New York City. When the weather is gorgeous like this, I am reminded of some of my favorite warm weather weddings! Mel and Kate were wed on July 3, 2013 at The Foundry in Long Island City, New York. I love shooting at The Foundry because it is such a unique space with an equally unique history. For Mel and Kate, it provided the perfect backdrop for them to begin their life together.

My wife became great friends with Mel when they attended NYU Wagner. I’d actually been fortunate enough to spend time with both Kate and Mel before their wedding. When asked to be their photographer, I was honored. They are such great people and waited a long time for this moment. To capture their wedding was a privilege.

The Foundry is an especially unique place for a wedding. What was once an abandoned space, housing a mountain of debris has been transformed into a stunning and unique venue to reflect its original industrial character. Even though in 1906 it was one of many steel foundries, now it is the only one still standing in the Long Island City area. For Mel and Kate, this was the perfect venue for their marriage. They are two with such visions in life that make them amazing people.

Everything about the day was very intimate and personal. The ceremony started off with Mel’s Dad playing the bagpipes for the wedding processional. If you’ve never had the experience to see someone play the bagpipes live—it is so cool. Mel and Kate’s friend performed a beautiful and touching service. Everything about the ceremony was warm, tender and moving. At one point, during the vows, Mel got just a little tongue-tied and looked out to everyone in the audience and chuckled. I’m pleased I was able to capture that moment.

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The intimate personal details of the day continued with the reception. The tables commemorated lesbian authors, poets, comedians and activists with pictures displayed within the flower pots. Kate’s sister, Jessie, prepared the food. It transitioned from the ceremony with a beautiful speech given by Mel’s brother, Alain. It was a magical celebration for two amazing women who are truly in love.


Mel and Kate are a beautiful couple, inside and out. The love they have for one another is evident in their pictures and the way they exchange looks. They have been very much involved in making positive changes in the world and have been actively involved with Students for a Free Tibet. Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence.  I have been a part of the non-profit world and feel it is such a gratifying experience to give back in a way that positively impacts the lives of others. I admire the work that they do and I am truly blessed to have been able to be a part of their special day