Vashti and I had such a great weekend with our friends Jessie and Maxwell! We also decided we needed some fancy fall pictures while our fur children were together. Crazy dog ladies? Definitely, yes 😛
My family and I had such a great visit with our cousins who came up from Florida. Lindsay and Sam were on an east coast tour that included stops in DC, Philly, and with us in New Jersey. While they were here they wanted to see New York City, so we took a day trip up to The Big Apple.
Our first stop was lower Manhattan to visit the 9/11 memorial. It was my first time being at the site since they finished construction of the memorial pools and the museum. My first time ever visiting was either 2003 or 2004 when we had just moved to New Jersey from Florida. Back then it was still referred to as “Ground Zero” and was largely a construction zone. It remained that way for many of our visits to Manhattan. It still to this day makes me emotional to stand in a place where an event so violent occurred that resulted in so much suffering.
For our cousin Sam, it was a chance to see the site of the event that sent him to the Middle East on four different tours of duty. He received orders on September 13, 2001, two days after 9/11 at just 19 years old.
We didn’t have any set plans for the day other than the 9/11 memorial so after spending a little time at the World Trade Center, we took a walk over to Wall Street and made a quick stop at Trinity Church.
Trinity Church is a 300 year old Episcopal Church and historic landmark. It has been a place of worship for many notable parishioners throughout its history and is also the final resting place of many historical figures, including Alexander Hamilton (one of the seven Founding Fathers of this country) and many members of the famed Astor family. Some of the gravestones dated back to the early 1700’s!
With its gothic architecture and the fall mid-morning light, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of this beautiful church and cemetery.
After exploring a little more of Lower Manhattan, we crammed our group into a cab and made our way north to Central Park so we could work our way back to our starting point.
One of my favorite movies of all time is Breakfast At Tiffany’s, which stars one of my favorite actresses of all time, Audrey Hepburn. Luckily, it’s also my cousin Lindsay’s favorite movie so, we went to the famous Tiffany’s flagship store on West 57th and 5th Ave to do a little window shopping.
You can’t bring your cousins to Manhattan for the first time without hitting some of the cheesy tourist spots so, we made our way to Times Square. Personally, I do not like this area of the city but, everyone should see it at least once in their lives!
Once our visit with Times Square was over, we moved on to Bryant Park, one of my favorite spots in the city. It backs up to the beautiful New York Public Library and was home to New York Fashion Week for seventeen years. It’s a beautiful little refuge in the midst of the hectic hustle and bustle of Midtown, Manhattan.
The thing I love most about it is the trees that line the north and south sides of the park. They are the same trees that are in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. I also love the gothic art deco design of the Bryant Park Hotel (formerly the American Radiator Building) which overlooks it.
From here we made our way back towards The World Trade Center which took quite a while since we got stuck trying to catch a cab during rush hour. We finished our day with dinner at Liberty House Restaurant with the most beautiful view of the September sun setting on Lower Manhattan ❤
Now that my spring and summer classes are done, I finally found the time to share some photos from Kimmy and Evan’s beach engagement session. I had such a great time photographing these two in Ocean City, NJ back in May and can’t wait until they tie the knot this fall in Cape May. Wish you two all the best!
When my friend Rachel asked me to photograph her maternity session I felt so excited and honored to be able to capture such a special milestone in her life, especially after having gone all through high school together!
It’s really amazing to be able to witness so many friends getting married and becoming parents when you can remember all the fun times you had together when you were just kids yourselves.
Rachel and Julio are such a sweet couple and I can’t wait for baby Mia to make her debut this May! Wishing you guys nothing but love and the best of luck! ❤