bohemian collective retreats wedding

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this is a bohemian collective retreats wedding. and this was one for the books, people. i am seriously so in awe of alisa’s eye for detail and how she turned this island in new york city to a bohemian retreat! when ryan and alisa inquired with me back last winter i couldn’t even believe it! i had never heard of collective retreat on govenors island before. i immediately started googling and was like omg, i need this wedding no matter what. after talking with alisa and ryan, it was an instant connection! and just like that, they hired us to photograph their bohemian collective retreats wedding!

alisa and ryan are so incredibly perfect for each other. their personalities shined through the entire day, and it radiated off of their loved ones. it was obvious they were quite loved. when we got to the speeches, i actually cried. so did freeman. and you’ll see by the expressions of alisa and ryan and they enjoyed the speeches as well. they were so well thought out. so unique. so specific to to ryan and alisa.

i am so thankful for alisa and ryan trusting us with their bohemian collective retreats wedding. you know, when you hire a wedding photographer, you should be able to fully trust them and know that their going to take your vision and focus on all of the aspects of us. i’m SO thankful that alisa and ryan let us do just that. it felt so great to know that someone so artistic, give up the reigns to us means so much.

also, i must note, the light we had that day was impeccable. i cannot even believe how breathtaking it was for this bohemian collective retreats wedding. the mixture of new york city lights with the hudson river plus the party lights of collective retreat was just so freaking cool. who would have thought that you could have the best of both worlds on an island beside new york city.

and lastly, you may notice that they saw each other for a lunch before the actual ceremony. and yes, you are correct about that. the way ryan and alisa did it was that they wanted everyone to celebrate beforehand so they did a lunch with toasts and it was seriously such a cool alternative to a normal wedding day schedule. we loved it!

thank you again alisa and ryan. YOU ROCK!

the team that made it possible:

 venue: collective retreat govenors island

day of coordination: days desk

flowers: fern botanica

hair and makeup: she said yes beauty

lunch dress: reformation

wedding dress: BHLDN

and the arch, their friend james made! let’s hear a shout out!


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  1. Emily says:

    Ah, ookkkk! This wedding is incredible!! Excellent job!

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