posted by Joseph Gidjunis on January 4, 2013 Return to Weddings

Rochelle & Russell at Royalton Mansion on Long Island, NY

A wedding can be something of a reunion: take a bunch of friends and family who haven’t seen each other in a long time, add some autumn color, some great dancing, and a lot of love. Mix it all up and take it to Long Island, New York, and you’ll have Rochelle and Russell’s wedding.

Even though Rochelle had family coming from more than fifteen different countries, she chose to have only her immediate family with her while she was getting ready; this made for some intimate but fun moments with them. Outside The Royalton, the gorgeous fall colors were in full swing and we got some shots of Rochelle’s dress hanging in the orange and yellow trees.

At the reception, we saw her crazier side when she and her dad did a choreographed dance to a mash-up of “Butterfly Kisses,” “Apache (Jump On It),” and “Rock Around the Clock.” They were great together, and we could clearly see where they got their moves; Rochelle’s Canadian relatives really knew how to dance!

This couple was careful to include lots of details that were uniquely theirs. Russ owns the Village Chess Shop in NYC, a 24-7 chess spot offering lessons and clubs. We took a shot with Rochelle and Russell’s rings on a pair of hand-carved wooden chess pieces. It made us reminisce about a few months earlier, when we did their engagement shoot of them playing chess together.

We finished off the night with a moonlight run through the autumn leaves, followed by JPG’s first ever road sign shot in front of one that said “New York.” What a fantastic way to end the day for this NYC-loving couple.

Rochelle and Russ, thanks for choosing JPG to capture your laughter, tears, and everything in between. We wish you many more days of joy…and chess tournaments!

Best,
Joe G.

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