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Unique & Seku | Pelham Bay Wedding | Bronx, NY

Unique and Seku were married on July 15 with a ceremony and reception at the Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Courses. The venue is actually located in New York City’s largest public park, Pelham Bay, in the Bronx.

The couple had an evening wedding, and I met up with Unique and her bridesmaids and spent some time with them as they finished getting ready. I connected with Seku and his groomsmen for some portraits as well. Then, Unique and Seku chose to have a quick first-look shoot before the festivies began.

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The ceremony was held outdoors under the venue’s gorgeous gazebo. I loved the incredibly sweet moment of Seku walking his mom to her seat, followed by Unique escorted by her parents down the aisle.

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Unique and Seku incorporated traditional touches into their wedding day and paid homage to their African-American background by jumping the broom at the end of the ceremony.

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From the ceremony, we all moved right into the reception.

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My favorite part of the evening was capturing the truly emotional moment when Seku got all choked up during his reception speech. There was not a dry eye in the house!

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I loved watching the happy couple having some fun dancing together at their reception. In fact, I got some really great reception party shots. Unique and Seku had such a fun group of guests who were a blast on the dance floor.

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Thank you so much Unique and Seku for sharing your special day with me! I love remembering this beautiful summer wedding.

The first look, saying our own personal vows, the toasts from our family, and of course the dancing,” Akeita sum it up in a few sentences exactly why marrying her best friend and the emotional rollercoaster of organizing the event made the moment so special. “Our overall experience was wonderful and magical. We had such an amazing day!”

Planning for the wedding wasn’t an easy feat, but Akeita and Andrew felt the support of their loved ones and could not imagine a better way to be husband and wife than by sharing a big day with them. Their advice? "Get a wedding planner...Stay organized and never forget why you are doing this...You won't regret personalizing your ceremony."

Most will admit, getting up there and reading personal vows to one another takes a lot of courage. Akeita and Andrew were both nervous to read their our own vows, but managed just fine. A first look was passed between the two prior the ceremony "...it was so nice to have that intimate moment together before the wedding officially began." Having friends there, family, and a wedding planner to make the entire experience go smoothly was the icing on the cake.

We can't wait to see what other once-in-a-lifetime moments Akeita and Andrew have to share with us in the future!

At Rob Allen Photography, we live for the story behind the photos—whether that's the story of how the bride got her outfit, our celebrant's favorite photo, or the big reveal! Photography is about capturing the beauty and the emotion of each moment... whether that's a 'first look', bride's walk down the aisle, a marriage proposal, or the excitement of the reception, we want to know how it all went down and in our opinion, the best way to tell that story is through our photographs.

"I see weddings as the first step on an incredible, lifelong journey — and I want to capture every connection and every awesome moment and new experience along the way."

It’s a great honor to be part of one of the most important days of your life. You deserve to have someone who will go to every length to ensure that you have the best day ever. It's about working with you closely throughout the entire process, getting to know your vision — then bringing it to life in the most meaningful way possible. What's more is that we are there to capture the moments that you might otherwise miss — through the big gestures, the emotional ones, the belly laughs, and all the wedding magic that makes your special day, unforgettable! We're honored that so many loves share with us the stories that made their wedding day unforgettable, so keep it coming!

When it comes to preparations, don't be afraid to be as specific as possible. Focus on what you want from your day to help your photographer and wedding planner ensure that your special day is just right!

Big gestures, small gestures, getting the timing right, these are all things that we at Rob Allen Photography are well aware of and are open to discuss early in the planning process. These are the things that make great wedding photographs. Creating a natural, and aesthetically pleasing engagement/wedding portrait is very important to us. A simple, yet effective engagement pose can work wonders for the viewer, as well as for the couple themselves, and we look forward to your input.

Knowing your preferences will also help us when it comes to pose selection and formulating ideas on your big day, so we can assist in creating an unforgettable image in which you both feel your most comfortable and look your most beautiful. We look forward to working with you and your family, friends and guests to create the wedding portraits that you have always dreamed of!

In preparing to take engagement/wedding photos, be sure to do some research on style and pose. Pinterest has tons of great resources for you to draw inspiration from, and trust us, you will find yourself coming back to them time and time again!

Photography is a visual journey — and we are beyond grateful to have the chance to be that person for our friends and loved ones -- we love capturing the moment when that beautiful, special connection is happening!

It’s been an honor to be a part of so many amazing moments, and it's always great to hear the story behind the photos. Whether it’s from the shots we’ve captured of you and your sweet family — from the special engagement portrait that you shared with us — or from the beautiful photos of your special moment in the sun as the sun sets over the lake where you said your vows, we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved and to share in one of the most meaningful events of your life! The story of your photos is important to us and a testament to your love, and we hope to continue to capture many more special moments for you and your family!

Photography has become an essential part of our lives; it brings us joy, celebrates our memories, and gives us that priceless gift of photos to share with the ones we love forever. As professional photographers, we work hard to capture the magic and spontaneity of your special day in photos and ensure that the entire team is able to effortlessly work together and pull off a spectacular image. We believe that the photography experience is of utmost importance to the memory of your wedding and our goal is to make sure that you are able to relive every moment in your photos and beyond.

Creative and expressive, we have taken a deep dive into the world of weddings and gained valuable experience that has given us an endless appreciation for the concept of love and the many ways of expressing it, capturing it, and, as much as possible, curating the emotion behind it.

We want you to be able to look back at your wedding photos years down the road and remember exactly how you felt that day. We want the most meaningful pictures of your day to be given the proper treatment that will really capture your wedding and how you saw your love come together.

We love nothing more than to capture the magic of the ceremony — to be there when it all begins and to have that one camera angle that captures the bride and groom in their most beautiful moments. The ritual that occurs in the service and during the reception — to put it simply, everything beautiful and celebratory happens because of and around love.

The lessons we have learned from each and every wedding, from the best moments to the worst, have helped us to better ourselves. Our love for photography and the need to improve have led us to learn a lot about ourselves and what we love and how we want to express it. We are constantly working on improving our photography skills, and each step in the learning process is an exciting journey to be shared with our clients. We want to create those lasting memories for them in the moments that matter.

How we work is very different than the way many other wedding photographers do. We have found ourselves out of the "typical wedding photographer" box and have created a more intimate approach to creating one-of-a-kind wedding photos. Our approach is a little more unconventional and personalized, something more like storytelling. We try to integrate the stories of the couple into our wedding photos and want to capture the magic and emotions behind their lives.

Creating beautiful, meaningful pictures takes time and a lot of preparation. It's important to us to make sure we get our shots and that they are not rushed. We are able to make an impact in the lives of our couples by sharing in the happiest moments in their lives, and it's our responsibility to not let that moment pass us by.

The photos that we take are a representation of the love of our clients — the idea that the photos are the tangible representation of that love is what we live for. And our job is to keep that love alive through our photos. So for us, a wedding is not just a job, it's also a celebration, and we would not have it any other way!

As much as we want to help our couples create magical moments, we also need to make sure they feel comfortable enough to let their hair down. We want the photos to showcase the energy and happiness of the couple, so we like to take the time to learn as much about our couples as possible, asking them what they want to see, listening to their ideas and trying to incorporate as much of their personal style and personality as possible.

Shooting a wedding is exciting in the sense that there are endless possibilities. But the responsibility that comes with shooting such a special day is immense. You have to create amazing images that represent their story in such a way that makes the bride and groom feel as if they are the only ones in the room. We always look to create something timeless, a genuine reflection of the moment and of their lives together.

Our focus is on capturing the story behind that moment. This can often times mean hours of wandering around the castle trying to find the perfect location for it. Finding the best way to present the moment and how to catch the look on their face.

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