Jackie & Dwayne | Intimate New York City Nuptials

I knew from the moment Jackie first emailed me that we were going to be fast friends! She and Dwayne are some of the kindest, warmest people I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph, and today they got married! Surrounded by a small group of their loved ones, Jackie and Dwayne became husband and wife. What an honor it was to capture their day.

The day started early, when I met the couple downtown at the marriage bureau. We made our way through the process until landing in the famous hands of Edwina, an institution of the marriage bureau and one of the officiants. The ceremony went quickly as they exchanged rings and a kiss! We then ventured outside into the arctic temperatures to head to their next destination and to capture some sweet moments along the way.


Although their lunch spot was only about a half of a mile away, after a few minutes in the freeing cold, we ducked into Woops! on Worth Street to warm up with some coffee and hot coco! This pit stop actually proved to be a perfect location for some portraits and cute moments between Jackie and Dwayne. Once we had thawed out and felt like we could make the rest of the journey to The Odeon we proceeded. Arriving finally around 11 – just in time for their brunch reservation!


Last night, while confirming last minute details, she shared, “we chose NYC to get married in because we love the energy and the diversity and try to take advantage of all it has to offer, from the arts to the restaurants! It’s the greatest city in the world!” I couldn’t agree more. There is something so electric about New York City, and something so special about saying “We do!” here.


I am so thrilled to have been a part of Jackie and Dwayne’s special (and very cold) day!

Photographer: Taylor Lauren Barker
Venue: The NYC Marriage Bureau
Dress: Cynthia Rowley
Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Florals: Flowers by Maria (New Jersey)
Brunch Venue: The Odeon


Kayla & Bryan: A Sweet, Hershey Proposal

So this weekend was pretty special and pretty spectacular. One of my dearest friends, Kayla, was proposed to and I got to capture the moment she said “Yes!” Bryan, her now fiancé, reached out to me a few weeks ago asking if I would be there to photograph the big moment. My immediate and sincere response was “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

I woke up early Saturday morning and made the trip down to Hershey, Pennsylvania. I got there early and sipped on a sweet, hot chocolate while I waited for them to make their way from lunch to the spot in the gardens of The Hotel Hershey.

There, under one of the garden’s gazebos, Bryan showed Kayla a short video detailing all of the ways she has changed his life. He then dropped to one knee and presented Kayla with a marriage proposal, accompanied by a beautiful, heirloom ring!


I ugly cried through the entire thing. And I will ugly cry through their entire wedding. Just look at them! So precious! And seriously, the best friends ever.


After the proposal, we headed back to Kayla’s home where she was surprised by family and friends! The entire weekend was a delightful celebration of love and friendship. I really can’t wait for these two to tie the knot!