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Wedding: Justine and Walter – A Bronx Tale – Long Island Wedding Photographer

So, I get a frantic call last Wednesday afternoon from Walter’s mom asking if I was available for a Saturday wedding. I grab my calendar and asked her, “Which Saturday are we looking at?”

Her reply: “THIS Saturday!”


After doing a little juggling with the schedule, I was able to accommodate them. As you can see, this was a very spur-of-the-moment affair. When I spoke to Justine Wednesday evening to go over the details, there really wasn’t much to go over as they were still planning. In other words, there were no details. Not only had they not chosen a reception location, she wasn’t even shopping for her dress until the day before. Some people would be unnerved by all of this, but for some reason, I found the late planning and lack of details exciting. There was no time to overthink and no time to anticipate what was going to happen. This was all about reacting to the moment and capturing it. Since I shoot in a manner that is based on capturing events as they unfold, this was right up my alley. Plans? Bah! We don’t need no stinkin’ plans! Being spontaneous, doing crazy things, and flying by the seat of your pants is what “young love” is all about. It’s both refreshing and exciting to see. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut…. those are usually the times when things just seem to work out.

Justine and Walter live in the Bronx, NY, so it was fitting that their day started in their hometown. I spent the first 13 years of my life there, so it was good to go back to the place I grew up.

Best of luck to you guys. If you can handle the pressure of putting together a wedding in less than a week’s time, there’s no doubt you can handle anything life throws your way…

What do guys do when they’re getting ready for the big day? Eat cereal!

©Alan Abrams Photography – Long Island Wedding Photographer – Specializing in Wedding, Portrait, and Lifestyle Photography

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Ingrid -

These are great pictures of a beautiful couple and their family. You certainly captured the essence of the day – real nice job Alan!


Lolly Stancati -

This is a truly great web-site – creative shots and great commentary – lots of talent here!!!!

Sandrine -

Wow, beautifully done! That ring shot is just WICKED!!! And the little flower girl holding the bouquet walking towards the door is so precious! Love it!

Justine & Walter – Backyard Wedding Reception | Long Island Wedding Photographer - Alan Abrams -

[…] Justine & Walter made their debut on these pages when I captured their wedding back in November of last year. It was a small wedding with only close family and friends in attendance, so this past weekend they decided to have a big reception event to share their love with as many people as possible. The forecast called for heavy rain which loomed as a threat to ruin the festivities. Luckily, it turned out to be nothing more than a passing shower. That was just enough to provide some cooling on what had been a hot summer day. All in all, it ended up being a wonderful afternoon to celebrate a wedding. […]

Lauren & Russell - Kings Point, New York WeddingLong Island Wedding Photographer -

[…] gotten to know them and their families. We shot Russell’s older brother Walter’s wedding in the Fall of 2009 and backyard reception last Spring. We’ve also had the pleasure of being […]

USMMA Class of 2010 Ring Dance

This past Friday, August 21st, 2009, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2010 held their annual Ring Dance at the fabulous Gotham Hall in New York City.

The Merchant Marine Academy is an institution that is steeped in tradition and the Ring Dance is one of the most interesting of those traditions. Thi Ring Dance is where the graduation class celebrates the beginning of their senior year.

The “ring dipping” ceremony involves the class ring being dipped into a bowl of special water representing waters of each of the Seven Seas. Each Midshipman is accompanied by a date who wears the ring on a strip of ribbon around their neck. Prior to dipping, the date removes the ring, which is dipped into the water, and then placed on the right ring finger of the Midshipmen.

To make things even more interesting, there is another ring involved in the ceremony. This is no ordinary ring… is a HUGE replica of the class ring. It’s big enough that it takes at least 10 people just to move half of it. The big ring is set up at the site of the ring dipping ceremony and makes for a wonderful backdrop for this very special event.

And of course, there’s the party (afterall, this is a dance). Although Kings Point may not be known as a party school, nobody (and I do mean nobody!) parties like Kings Pointers party.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

You can view all of the Class of 2010 Ring Dance photos by clicking the KINGS POINT PHOTOS link on the menu bar at the top of this page.

The Ring Arrives…

The Venue – Gotham Hall, NYC

Midshipmen and Dates Arrive

Class President, Commandant of Midshipment, and Academy Superintendent Address Class of 2010

The Toast

Ring Dipping

Academy Superintendent Allen Worley and Mrs. Worley

Let the party begin!

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

You can view all of the Class of 2010 Ring Dance photos by clicking the KINGS POINT PHOTOS link on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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LIHCC “Cigar Night” – Long Island Wedding Photographer

I shot another Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event earlier in the week. This one was the LIHCC’s “Cigar Night”. Another fine event that featured a great group of people, good music, and good food.

The centerpiece on each table consisted of a rose arrangement placed beautifully inside an empty cigar box. Designed and assembled by events coordinator Karen Cerna, they were the talk of the night. My begging paid off when she decided to give me one to take home.

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