It was a complete honor to be asked to shoot a wedding in lovely Northern California. But it was even more of an honor to spend a weekend getting to know the incredibly amazing family and friends of Sawyer & Kyra (known from here on out as “Sawyra”). The lovely little touches added to their wedding day by both Sawyra and their community of family and friends, made it a truly personal and unique celebration. It was amazing to witness and become part of their community.
I wish you two the best and hope to see you both on the East Coast real soon!
Venue: Sova Gardens
Florist: Anneka Imkamp, Ecfloro
Officiant: Lili Goodman Freitas, Weddings of Heart
Cupcakes: Sweet Bar Bakery
DJ: Vadim Vozmitsel
Catering: Oui Cater
Makeup: Marisa Lopez
Ceremony vocals and guitar: Gina Pensiero
Say hello to Tim and Lee and their incredibly amazing family and friends! The two were married at The Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope, NJ and I was pretty much in love with every single detail of their day. The color choices… Lee’s dress… their adorable favors.. I could go on and on, but I will stop here and let the photographs do the talking for me. I’m pretty certain you’ll be in love too! A giant thank you to Lee & Tim for choosing me to capture their wedding and to all their family and friends for being so much fun to be around. Enjoy!
Music: DJ Gaza, 74 Events
Florist: Peggy Patton, The Flower Mill (Hope, NJ)
Hair Stylist: Jenny, My Makeup Artist Victoria
Make Up Artist: Kelsey Makofsky, KelseyMak MakeUp
Dress Maker: Watters Wtoo
Bridesmaids: Lela Rose
Officiant: Michael Boyd
Cake/Caterer: Frungillo Caterers
Lighting: Barbara Woodruff/The Floral Design Group
Farm Table: LoHo Living
We’re so glad you and Vince could be there, Jody! Susan, thank you for noticing all the details…after all the planning that went into them, it really means so much. We are so happy to have chosen Kristina to capture all the moments of what turned out to be a pretty fabulous wedding :)
These images ROCK! Amazing work once again Kristina Hill! And to the Bride and Groom…..a beautiful venue, amazing dress (noticed the circular repeating details), totally fun event with loads of incredible details (love the window pane seating charts!)and guests that evidently love you both and, a good party! Wedding Congrats to the Bride & Groom and kudos for choosing such a talented photographer to document your day!
Lee and Timmy,
These are gorgeous, we are honored to have been included in your big day. I “think” I see myself in the background of one of these pictures! (just where I like to be) haha
Jody and Vince
Update: The SPLC Teams Up With Us To Demand That Delgaudio Stop Using Brian & Tom’s Engagement Photo
I’ve been bombarded with e-mails and comments regarding this situation – it’s so nice to have the support of so many wonderful people and photographers! It’s been a really busy and stressful time for all of us, but we are so excited with where we are at right now. I am sharing with you, below, the press release from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Again, thank you for your continued support. While I might not answer everyone’s e-mails, each one helps fuel this fight further. Brian, Tom and I really do appreciate all of the love!!!
I’m not going to post all of the news outlets that have picked up our story, but I do want to share Brian & Tom’s appearance on ABC Local Channel 7 last night (at end of post). To keep up, you can check out my Facebook page, my twitter or Brian’s Blog – we’ve been sharing coverage as we are made aware.
* SPLC Press Release *
SPLC demands hate group stop misusing gay couple’s engagement photo
It was supposed to be a reminder of one of the most special days shared by Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere – their engagement photo.
The black-and-white photograph shows the two men kissing with the New York City skyline in the background. The picture was one of several that Edwards posted on his blog to allow friends and family unable to attend the couple’s wedding to share their joy. But what was supposed to be a symbol of the life-long commitment between two people in love was hijacked by an anti-gay hate group.
Recently, the men discovered their photo had been taken from the Internet and used in an anti-gay mailer to attack a political candidate in Colorado. The city skyline had been removed from the background and replaced with snow-covered trees one might find in Colorado. Bold words, on a red background, were added: “State Senator Jean White’s idea of ‘Family Values?’” White supported Colorado’s civil union legislation. “This photo represented our love and commitment and the many challenges we have overcome in order to share our lives together,” Edwards said. “When I first saw how our photo had been publicly destroyed and used against gay and lesbian families, I was shocked, heartbroken and livid. I don’t want this to happen to another gay or lesbian couple.”
Neither the couple, nor the photographer, knew about the doctored photo until a friend of the couple informed them. The mailer was the work of Public Advocate of the United States, a Falls Church, Va., organization the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as an anti-gay hate group.
Today, the SPLC sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group and Eugene Delgaudio, its president. The letter, sent on behalf of the couple and photographer Kristina Hill, warns that the SPLC is investigating the unauthorized use of the copyrighted photo and demands that Delgaudio, Public Advocate and anyone acting on their behalf immediately stop using the photo. It asks Delgaudio to confirm within 10 days that he and Public Advocate have stopped using the photo.
“Delgaudio’s use of Brian and Tom’s personal photo is morally reprehensible,” said Christine P. Sun, deputy legal director for the SPLC. “For years, Delgaudio and Public Advocate have led a crusade against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This latest attack is the most vicious yet and should serve as a warning that your personal photos are not safe from anyone willing to stoop to the vilest level of harassment.”
Hill, the photographer, said the doctored image twists the original meaning of the image.
“When I took this photo, I was capturing the love that Brian and Tom share,” she said. “When I saw how my image was used, I was sad for Brian and Tom. I was angry that someone would take my work, distort it and use it to reflect the opposite of what it was meant to express.”
Public Advocate has a history of attacking the LGBT community. The letter notes that Public Advocate “has spread lies and vitriol about LGBT people to raise funds, impede progress toward greater equality and to deny LGBT people basic dignity and respect.” It also describes other anti-gay activities by the group, including:
•Provoking readers through a fundraising letter to “imagine a world where the police allow homosexual adults to rape young boys in the streets”;
•Comparing marriage equality to bestiality through production of a “Man-Donkey Mock Wedding Ceremony”;
•Defamation of gay people as pedophiles and rapists to be feared. For instance, permitting gay men to be Boy Scout leaders, Public Advocate said, is “the same as being an accessory to the rape of hundreds of boys”; and
•Mischaracterizing national legislation to address an epidemic of anti-LGBT harassment at schools as “requir[ing] schools to teach appalling homosexual acts… force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual agenda… ram through their entire perverted vision for a homosexual America…. create a new America based on sexual promiscuity.” The thought that Public Advocate has used a symbol of the couple’s love and commitment for an attack cuts deep for the men.
“Knowing our image had been used to spread lies, hate and fear, contradicts the original meaning of the picture,” Privitere said. “It was used to attack what Brian and I hold dear – our lives together, our family, and marriage equality.”
The SPLC is dedicated to defending the rights of the LGBT community. It has worked to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students – including LGBT students – through educational campaigns and legal action. And it has taken action to protect the rights of LGBT adults.
* Brian & Tom on ABC Local News *
I just wanted to send a little message of support from a wedding photographer in England. I imagine you must have been very angry at having your picture not only stolen but used by ‘hate people’. Sue them, get paid and take the free publicity.
Your clients too have suffered but I believe this will make them stronger. To support each other and to see millions of people prepared to fight for their equality rights is a good thing. It is surely painful for you all right now but please know that you will be alright, that the situation will be resolved and what’s his name (The hate bloke) will be paying for this for years.
Best wishes and love
Please share with Brian and Tom that there is some good to come out of this. Despite the hate groups using their photo, now their beautiful day has been shared with millions of people whom DO support gay marriage. I love the original photo and while I don’t like how it was used, I am glad to be able to see it and appreciate the beautiful picture it is – setting, lighting and subjects! My best wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime of joy!
I was wondering if we could see the original picture without the hate message. They look like a beautiful couple and I’d like to look at them without the words :) Thank you for standing up for the LGBT community.
I had the pleasure of shooting Erica and Michael’s wedding at the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Gardens just a few weeks ago. After their engagement shoot, I knew working with them on their wedding day would be a complete pleasure (and I was right!). It was my first time working at the Palm House and I loved every second of it! There are so many stunning backgrounds and beautiful spots and everything on their day went just perfectly. Congratulations to Erica and Michael! Enjoy!!!
Planner: Leigh Kamioner
Florist: Denise Fasanello
Hair Stylist: Lisa, Cocorro
Make Up Artist: Anni Bruno
Dress Maker: Pronovias
Officiate: Bettina Yiannakourou
Ceremony Music: Gainsborough Trio
Cocktail Hour: Baby Soda
Reception: DJ – Play Something Good
Cake: Charles Sally Charles (Palm House caterers)
Caterer: Charles Sally Charles (Palm House caterers)