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Over 60 Same-Sex Couples Married at Puerto Rico Wedding

Over 60 couples from around the region gathered in Puerto Rico’s capital Sunday to exchange vows at a same-sex marriage ceremony while a crowd of supporters snapped photos and cheered.

The mass ceremony at a promenade in San Juan’s colonial district took the same-sex couples through the traditional marriage vows and exchange of rings.

The event follows the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in late June requiring every state to recognize same-sex marriages. The U.S. island’s governor signed an executive order soon after that ruling to comply.

Organizer Ada Conde, an attorney who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have her same-sex marriage recognized in Puerto Rico prior to the Supreme Court decision, said Sunday’s ceremony was a “celebration of the triumph of love.”

Most of the couples were Puerto Ricans, but others from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela also participated in the event.

Carrying an umbrella emblazoned with the colors of the rainbow, Puerto Rican gay rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano described the ceremony as “a historic moment for our community.”

“After so many years, we are finally able to marry here in Puerto Rico,” he said from the promenade in Old San Juan as the couples gathered in wedding dresses and suits.

The ceremony was criticized by the Roman Catholic bishop of Arecibo, Monsignor Daniel Fernandez Torres. Citing the church’s catechism, which defines marriage as a sacrament, he said that a marital union can be shared only by a man and woman and that same-sex marriages are “contrary to natural law.”

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New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms.

Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms!New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms

New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms.

New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms.

New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms.

New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms.

New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms.

It was so much fun to photograph two toddler sessions at the BBG last week! My son Henry joined in on the fun, while I photographed his friends Emilia and Mila being photographed with their families! Akiko's bubbles that stole the show, as we wrangled toddlers back to the blanket... but there goes a truck, and another stroller and a kid on a scooter with a cool shiny helmet!

I could shoot families all day there, it's so beautiful....

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New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms.

Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms!New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry BlossomsNew York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms. New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms. New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms. New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms. New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms. It was so much fun to photograph two toddler sessions at the BBG last week! My son Henry joined in on the fun, while I photographed his friends Emilia and Mila being photographed with their families! Akiko's bubbles that stole the show, as we wrangled toddlers back to the blanket... but there goes a truck, and another stroller and a kid on a scooter with a cool shiny helmet! I could shoot families all day there, it's so beautiful....

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Park Slope Maternity Session

This Park Slope maternity session is one of my favorites of last summer. Shooting maternity sessions and family portrait sessions now that I have a child of my own is so different that it ever was before. I can remember the excitement and nervousness the mother feels as she counts down the weeks until she meets her new little bundle! From photographing my own son and his many first year milestones, I understand which feats are important to the family. I also know how it feels to be so large you can't see your own feet! So I understand the urgency in booking a maternity session at the right time (and the same thing goes for newborn and child portrait sessions).

In my experience, maternity sessions are best done when you are in the earlier part of the 3rd trimester. You're not too big to move, and still look good in your cute maternity outfits! You may be unable to walk more than five blocks without severe pelvic pain late in the 3rd, which doesn't make it ideal for sessions with a few locations. However, any time before 24 weeks may be too early for some big bump pictures.

I had the pleasure of photographing Meg, her husband, and their toddler daughter at their home and in the park when Meg's baby was 36 weeks gestation. She was starting to feel heavy and a little more tired than the first time around, this time she had a 2 year old toddler to chase while trying to get enough rest for the baby!

Meg's background as a dancer shone through in the portraits I did of her solo. She exuded calm and grace, posed with her bump in the bedroom, and in Prospect Park with her family. Her bags weren't packed, but she didn't seem to worry! She had a laissez-faire attitude. I really admire this quality in a mom-to-be!

Park Slope Maternity

Park Slope Maternity

Park Slope Maternity Session

 

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Park Slope Maternity Session

This Park Slope maternity session is one of my favorites of last summer. Shooting maternity sessions and family portrait sessions now that I have a child of my own is so different that it ever was before. I can remember the excitement and nervousness the mother feels as she counts down the weeks until she meets her new little bundle! From photographing my own son and his many first year milestones, I understand which feats are important to the family. I also know how it feels to be so large you can't see your own feet! So I understand the urgency in booking a maternity session at the right time (and the same thing goes for newborn and child portrait sessions). In my experience, maternity sessions are best done when you are in the earlier part of the 3rd trimester. You're not too big to move, and still look good in your cute maternity outfits! You may be unable to walk more than five blocks without severe pelvic pain late in the 3rd, which doesn't make it ideal for sessions with a few locations. However, any time before 24 weeks may be too early for some big bump pictures. I had the pleasure of photographing Meg, her husband, and their toddler daughter at their home and in the park when Meg's baby was 36 weeks gestation. She was starting to feel heavy and a little more tired than the first time around, this time she had a 2 year old toddler to chase while trying to get enough rest for the baby! Meg's background as a dancer shone through in the portraits I did of her solo. She exuded calm and grace, posed with her bump in the bedroom, and in Prospect Park with her family. Her bags weren't packed, but she didn't seem to worry! She had a laissez-faire attitude. I really admire this quality in a mom-to-be! Park Slope MaternityPark Slope MaternityPark Slope Maternity Session  

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In my 15 years of photographing weddings, I'm seen many New York venues. I have such a fondness for Foundry Weddings! I love the juxtaposition of urban and garden at The Foundry. Even in the colder months, the leafy walls surrounding the venue and open air on the terrace offer a feeling of lushness and serenity.

From the Foundry in Long Island City, the guests are looking at the skyline of Manhattan from a good distance. This skyline lends itself to some beautiful backdrops for photos of the bride and groom.Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 1

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Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 13

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In my 15 years of photographing weddings, I'm seen many New York venues. I have such a fondness for Foundry Weddings! I love the juxtaposition of urban and garden at The Foundry. Even in the colder months, the leafy walls surrounding the venue and open air on the terrace offer a feeling of lushness and serenity. From the Foundry in Long Island City, the guests are looking at the skyline of Manhattan from a good distance. This skyline lends itself to some beautiful backdrops for photos of the bride and groom.Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 1Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 2Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 3Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 6Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 7Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 8Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 9Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 10Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 12Karen Wise Photography - Foundry Weddings 13

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Mia + Sean's Paris Wedding

I'm so honored to have been invited to France to photograph Mia and Sean's Paris wedding. The stylish couple were wed at Le Pavilion Etoile across from the Arc de Triomphe! Mia's joie de vivre was captured in and around Palais Royal in the premier arrondissement, at Laduree's patisserie, and on Coco Chanel's historic mirrored staircase... It was a really beautiful affair, and a great week spent in France!

Please follow me on Instagram at @karenwisephoto

Mia + Sean's Paris Wedding

Mia + Sean's Paris Wedding

Mia + Sean Paris Wedding

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Mia + Sean's Paris Wedding

I'm so honored to have been invited to France to photograph Mia and Sean's Paris wedding. The stylish couple were wed at Le Pavilion Etoile across from the Arc de Triomphe! Mia's joie de vivre was captured in and around Palais Royal in the premier arrondissement, at Laduree's patisserie, and on Coco Chanel's historic mirrored staircase... It was a really beautiful affair, and a great week spent in France!

Please follow me on Instagram at @karenwisephoto

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Flush + Matted Queensberry Wedding Albums

Here is a beautiful example of a matted Queensberry wedding album in a blueberry genuine leather cover, designed for a very important client. There were two albums made, one for the wedding and another for the rehearsal dinner + Sunday brunch.

Flush + Matted Queensberry Wedding Albums

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Flush + Matted Queensberry Wedding Albums

Here is a beautiful example of a matted Queensberry wedding album in a blueberry genuine leather cover, designed for a very important client. There were two albums made, one for the wedding and another for the rehearsal dinner + Sunday brunch. Flush + Matted Queensberry Wedding Albums

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Karen Wise Wedding Albums

Here are a couple of newly made Iris Book wedding albums that I designed for two of my clients with Cypress Albums. They were made in English Linen and in Irish Linen, two incredibly gorgeous fabric selections!

"The Iris Book is created with thick, heirloom pages and true photographic prints.  The design and feel of this book with your beautiful images is simply breathtaking! Enjoy!" - Cypress

Karen Wise Wedding Albums

Karen Wise Wedding Albums

Karen Wise Wedding Albums

Karen Wise Wedding Albums

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Karen Wise Wedding Albums

Here are a couple of newly made Iris Book wedding albums that I designed for two of my clients with Cypress Albums. They were made in English Linen and in Irish Linen, two incredibly gorgeous fabric selections! "The Iris Book is created with thick, heirloom pages and true photographic prints.  The design and feel of this book with your beautiful images is simply breathtaking! Enjoy!" - Cypress Karen Wise Wedding AlbumsKaren Wise Wedding AlbumsKaren Wise Wedding AlbumsKaren Wise Wedding Albums

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Karen Wise Stella Maxwell Met Gala

Karen Wise Stella Maxwell Met GalaThis Spring I had the pleasure of photographing model Stella Maxwell for H&M at her Met Gala dress fitting. The designers created an intricate low cut beaded gown which swayed as Stella walked down the red carpet and nine of my portraits ended up being featured in Teen Vogue!

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Karen Wise Stella Maxwell Met Gala

Karen Wise Stella Maxwell Met GalaThis Spring I had the pleasure of photographing model Stella Maxwell for H&M at her Met Gala dress fitting. The designers created an intricate low cut beaded gown which swayed as Stella walked down the red carpet and nine of my portraits ended up being featured in Teen Vogue!

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Karen Wise - New York City Hall WeddingIt was so much fun to shoot Mia + Sean's super cool New York City Hall wedding in January. How sweet and joyful are these two? Mia + Sean's unique post-ceremony photo session was set in the cobblestone streets of the meatpacking district near Hotel Gansevoort. The fashionable bride wore a silk flowing gown and a faux fur stole, to complete her wintery classic NYC look. After a chilly and brisk walk outside, the couple warmed up by jumping and cuddling on the bed with their pup.

Karen Wise - Hotel Gansevoort

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Karen Wise - New York City Hall WeddingIt was so much fun to shoot Mia + Sean's super cool New York City Hall wedding in January. How sweet and joyful are these two? Mia + Sean's unique post-ceremony photo session was set in the cobblestone streets of the meatpacking district near Hotel Gansevoort. The fashionable bride wore a silk flowing gown and a faux fur stole, to complete her wintery classic NYC look. After a chilly and brisk walk outside, the couple warmed up by jumping and cuddling on the bed with their pup. Karen Wise - Hotel Gansevoort

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Karen Wise - baby Henry Nathaniel

Karen Wise - baby Henry NathanielHenry at 5 months old. Not quite sitting up on his own yet, but with a little bit of support. His gummy smile makes me melt! XO

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Karen Wise - baby Henry Nathaniel

Karen Wise - baby Henry NathanielHenry at 5 months old. Not quite sitting up on his own yet, but with a little bit of support. His gummy smile makes me melt! XO

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