For almost a year now, I’ve been wanting to share with the world that I was shooting Richard and Kristin’s wedding, but to protect their privacy and to ensure that their wedding wouldn’t be a circus, I kept it quiet. Now, the time has come to share with the world of Howard Stern fans, and even crazier, the Richard Christy fans, pictures of the big day.
Mike C. and I left our studio with a two hour cushion in anticipation of traffic and getting lost. I plugged the address of the W hotel into my GPS and hit the road. I HATE GPS! According to the GPS, we has arrived at the destination but we were under a bridge in Brooklyn! I put the same address into my iPhone and saw that we were close but on the wrong side of the river. 30 minutes later, we drove past the little pin on the GPS, but no hotel. Finally, we called the hotel and they told us to plug in a completely different address than the one on their Web site. Good thing I left over 2hrs of extra time!
The first thing I noticed when I walked into the room was how awesome it was and how cool the girls looked in their bright colored dresses. While we were on time, we were still on a tight schedule so Mike and I got right into shooting. A few moments later, it became very obvious that Kristin does not like getting her picture taken (which is crazy as she’s stunning!)
I didn’t consider that the drive from the W hotel to the South Street Sea Port would be difficult and the venue told me I would be able to park at the loading dock. So, I left Mike to ride in the limo and headed over to Sequoia at Peck Slip. Well… There was a huge concert on the peer (no loading dock access) and all the lots were full. I used a little lesson that my father taught me many years ago: money talks. I told the parking attendant I’d give him $20 and then suddenly, the lot had capacity. It was then that I realized that I would have to carry all the gear by myself. Some would say “Whaaa” before they consider that I have about 150lbs of gear and light stands; it was 90 degrees; and I had to walk about 100 yards through 5,000 drunk concert goers.
The wedding planner at Sequoia was awesome! The second I walked in he grabbed half of my gear and helped me to the bridal sweet and told a waiter to get me water. Awesome!
My good friend Rich Rochlin arrived early to get some getting ready shots of Richard and his best man, comedian Sal Governale. All I can say about this is it looked like fun.
This was the coolest ceremony I’ve ever experienced. The owner of Richard and Kristin’s favorite restaurant officiated the wedding and he had been recently ordained by the Dudest Church (from The Big Lebowski). As Richard began walking down the aisle, everyone began to cheer. Then the doors at the end of the aisle opened and Kristin (escorted by her father) stepped out. The cheers and the standing ovation were overwhelming.
In traditional ceremonies, the minister typically mentions family members that have died. In this non-traditional ceremony, all of the pet fish that Richard and Kristin had lost were remembered (We love you Ernie!). Richards vows were fun but heartfelt and Kristin’s vows were read by the minister because she was too nervous to read them herself. Her vows were really sweet and funny and were made funnier because they were being read by a soft-spoken man of Asian heritage.
This post could go on and on with all the funny and amazing things that happened at this wedding but just look at the pictures and listen to the Howard Stern show on Sirius channel 100 and 101 for the story.
Congratulations Richard and Kristin and thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding!
Specials Thanks to Rich Rochlin for shooting when he should have been partying and even bigger thanks to his lovely girlfriend Sarah for dealing with us.
Photography By: Matt Branscombe and Mike Ciarleglio