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  • Welcome to my Blog

    Hello, I'm Kathi Littwin a New York and Brooklyn based wedding and event photographer. I love what I do and I love sharing it with everyone. It's so nice to have a forum where I can post new samples of the wonderful weddings, events and portraits that come my way. It's also a great place to let you in on some of my favorite vendors.

    I've been shooting weddings and events in New York City and points beyond for over 15 years now. I have been a photographer for more years than I care to say. I was always one of the art kids back in the day and if I could turn a term paper into an art project I did.  The School of Visual Arts actually accepted me as an illustration major but I switched over to photography, preferring the immediacy and storytelling qualities of the medium.

    Please enjoy your visit. I hope to hear from you soon.

Maggie & Greg chose an August day for their summer wedding at the Wainwright House. Everyone knows I love this venue and you can see why. The atmosphere combines a lovely waterfront location with a gorgeous Chateau, and the light is to die for. There is also a wonderful mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. I think this wedding shows the true beauty of a summer event in Rye, NY. Maggie’s lace Monique L’huillier dress looks truly amazing on her as does Greg in his Theory tux. The Bridesmaids dresses are from Anthropology. The Flowers are by Jenny Seok of Green Wood Flowers. Invitations were from the Paper Source. the music at cocktail hour was from Maura Music and the reception tunes were from the DJs at Remixologists. And of course the delicious food and wedding cake was by Cornerstone Catering. Miana Jun was my wonderful second shooter.

Now let’s talk about photography. I admit I had a lot on my side already with the space, the day and the beautiful couple. But great photos are more than just a record of what’s there.  I want my couples to be themselves and see themselves in the photos. The formal pictures start with some standard poses and then there is room to have some fun. With the day as it flows, I’m seeking the emotions, to catch an expression, a laugh or the love and joy in the faces of everybody. I think the images collected together create a cinematic flow that pulls you in and brings the day back, over and over again, each time you look at your wedding pictures.

Greg’s Tux is from Theory

Maggie’s dress is by Monique L’huillier

Flowers are from Jenny Seok of Green Wood Flowers

Bridesmaids dresses are from Anthropologie

Cocktail Hour Music was provided by Maura Music

Centerpieces are from Jenny Seok of Green Wood Flowers

Catering was by Cornerstone Catering

the DJ was from Remixologists

Cake was from Cornerstone Catering

I’m partial to April weddings as it’s also the month that I chose for my own. The trees are getting their leaves back and the flowers are starting to bloom. Winter is fading into the background and the season of new beginnings is under way. There might be no place better to feel the best of early spring than the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Palm House. The cherry esplanade is exceptionally gorgeous and we caught it at peak for Will Hunt & Justin’s wedding. While April showers moved the ceremony indoors, we still had a break in the rain to catch some blooms for portrait time.  Soraya Jollon of Soraya Weddings brought together a fabulous team for this event.  Putnam & Putnam floral designers were at the top of the list, but fabulous didn’t stop there. Music and a great party were also important to the grooms, and so, Meadow Lark Quartet provided the beautiful ceremony music, while Kinky Spigot & the Welders blew it out of the park for the reception. L&M Sound and Light created a wonderful party environment and shot off a confetti cannon during one of the groom’s favorite songs. King David Tacos supplied the late night treat before guests headed out to the after party. Beside the month of April we also shared an officiant, Bettina Yiannakouru, loved her then, love her now. If you were lucky enough to be a guest, this event will be on your list of all time favorite weddings. Thanks guys, for an amazing day to photograph and another big thanks and shout out to my second shooter, David Willems.

 

Getting ready at the Conrad NY Hotel

Putnam & Putnam florals

Putnam & Putnam Florals

Formals at the Cherry Blossom Esplanade

Formals at the Cherry Blossom Esplanade

Formals at the Cherry Blossom Esplanade

Bridal Party shots at the Lily Pool Terrace

Bridal Party shots at the Lily Pool Terrace

Signing the Katubah in the Conservatory

The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Cocktails in the Conservatory

Cocktails in the Conservatory

Putnam & Putnam Florals

Music by Kinky Spigot & the Welders

Music by Kinky Spigot & the Welders and Confetti Cannon by L&M Sound & Light

Music by Kinky Spigot & the Welders

 

 

 

  • August 27, 2017 - 7:02 pm

    Maria - Big thumbs up for the photographer.

This past February I met up with my bff Linda for a three week visit to Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. Both of us had never been to Asia and this was an easy choice for our first trip. Many people claim it as a favorite destination and it’s not hard to see why. The cities will keep you on your toes with sensory overload on top of whizzing motorbikes and cars. The written language uses arabic letters, so much less confusing than signage in characters. The food is delicious and crazy cheap most of the time. It’s possible to stay in the most amazing hotels and resorts without breaking the bank and there are just so many things to check out. We searched for cinnamon and kitchen tools in the food markets, shopped for the ingredients we used in our private cooking class, had some custom tailoring done in Saigon, became Vietnamese coffee fanatics, had our fortunes told by a monk at Angkor Wat, and were sad that the lanterns of Hoi An were too big and fragile to bring home safely.

We will return for sure. Next time we’ll add the Northern part of Vietnam to the itinerary. I hope you enjoy the photos. leave a comment and let me know which ones you like the best. Happy trails!

 

Saigon – HoChi Minh City 
Vietnam  ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Saigon – HoChi Minh City 
Vietnam  ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Maison Marou Chocolate – Saigon – HoChi Minh City 
Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Caramelized Pork Salad – L’Usine – Saigon – HoChi Minh City 
Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

The Workshop Coffee House – Saigon – HoChi Minh City 
Vietnam  ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

the Night Market and Bitexco Financial Tower – Saigon – HoChi Minh City 
Vietnam  ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Noodle Factory near Can Thon – Mekong Delta  Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

 

Food stall in the forest near Can Thon – Mekong Delta – Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Food Stall near Can Thon – Mekong Delta – Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Angkor Wat – Cambodia ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Angkor Thom – Cambodia ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm – Cambodia ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

The Imperial Enclosures in Hue – Vietnam©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Boat on the Perfume River and fish at the Palace – Hue – Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Locksmith or doorknob sales cart – Hue – Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Street Scenes – Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

The foods we ate in Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

The foods we ate in Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

The foods we ate in Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

Cooking class at the Vedana Resort and Spa outside Hue – Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

The lanterns of Hoi An –
Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

The lanterns of Hoi An –
Vietnam ©Kathi Littwin Photography

 

  • April 16, 2017 - 1:14 pm

    Ben - Hey Kathi, I was here! Lovely photos. Thanks for reminding me I am stuck in front of my computer doing taxes !

  • April 10, 2017 - 6:54 pm

    Therese Wagner - LOVE!! You need to photograph a cookbook 🙂

  • April 10, 2017 - 4:12 pm

    Linda impastato - Oh it’s so nice to travel and wonderful to look back at the photos, but I would have liked to be able to jump into one of the pictures for just a moment to be there again. There is a lifetime of emotions captured here in your images and I am proud to have shared the experience with you.
    P. S . Today sadly I finished the last of Mr. Son’s coffee beans from Dalat.

The Wainwright House is a beautiful wedding venue and if you don’t already know it, one of my favorites. The location is close to Manhattan but feels like it’s worlds away.

For their summer wedding day, Kristen chose an incredible Oscar De La Renta gown with a fishtail train and had her bridesmaids choose their own unique dresses in shades of grey. Jeremy’s suit was Vera Wang

“Jeremy and I are not the type to “over theme” anything- he wanted a great band, Hank Lane Music and I wanted amazing flowers, Ariella Chezar. Given that we met in Manhattan and both love nature, we thought the Wainwright House would be the perfect venue to reflect our love for city culture as well as the outdoors. We wanted to focus around local and seasonal- everything from the vendors we used to the summer themed menu and floral varietals. The most important part of the day was for our guests to feel at home and to enjoy an evening together with a delicious summer themed menu, by Cornerstone Catering, and great music in a warm, inviting ambiance. Having our families all together made for the most perfect wedding day. We truly felt so blessed to have everyone together for our special day!”

It also rained that day. Not a big downpour but enough so that we couldn’t have the ceremony on the lawn by the water. I wanted you to see how lovely the site is even if the weather isn’t totally on your side. To fill out the list of credits the invitations were by Lion in the Sun, Markup Artist Meredith Hayman and hair by Melissa Scorfani. And my great thanks to Miana Jun, my second shooter. This wedding was also featured on Style me Pretty!

 

What is a wedding about and what makes for great wedding photographs?  As much as we love to gush about all the lovely details and personal touches, a wedding is about people. It’s about family and friends coming together to celebrate the beginning of a new family and to share some joy. Great photographs can, bring you back to the day, run the movie in your head and hopefully bring a smile to your face. That said, the details are what make wedding planning so much fun. They make up the canvas for this story to play out on. The best images strike a balance between these two elements. The details and scenics give you a sense of style and place while the candid photos show who these people are. Add some formals, because we know how important they are, and you have a wedding story. The photos below tell you a lot about this beautiful day last May. It was elegant and lovely without being fussy. The weather was perfect, the setting sublime but most importantly you can see the love and happiness in the faces of  Maddie & Hawkins and all of the their guests.

And because a blog about a wedding is very much about the details, here are the credits: The ceremony venue was Good Shepard Catholic Church in Rhinebeck, NY.  The reception venue was The Mashomack Preserve Club in Pine Plains, NY. The Event Planners were Every Little Detail, thank you Danielle, Kayla and Matthew. David Thieringer at Mashomack was the florist, Stortz Lighting lit the place up. Music was by the Band of New York. 1st Student Bus Company provided the little yellow school bus for the bridesmaids. Wheels of Time furnished the gorgeous baby blue vintage Pontiac for the bride & groom. Maureen Pedala on Make-up. Claudia Pedala and Jennifer Hetherington on hair. Last but certainly not least my wonderful second shooter, Miana Jun.

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