Sometimes a set of images come along too magnificent to fit into one post. So we’re taking up two today to showcase what one can only describe as perfection. And that perfection is at the hands of Carmen Santorelli. I truly believe that art is a reflection of the hand that creates it. If that hand is lovely and effervescent with a rockin good hairdo, then you best believe her art is going to reflect beauty and style too. So meet Carmen’s latest creation, an engagement of a soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. that were a long time in the making. Twelve years to be exact. Their loves include good wine and each other and they have a whole engagement gallery to prove it. Click here for so much more.

We’re going from engagement pics right through to I Do. We’ll have the full wedding behind this couple up in a bit, but for now we leave you with a few getting ready shots. They’re classic, elegant, all those things you want to be when dreaming up your big day. This Bride nailed it and just wait until you see the full affair. Or you can grab a sneak peek right here.


From the Bride… The day of our October engagement shoot felt more like a gorgeous July afternoon. When we arrived at City Winery, Carmen was already there, snapping some shots of the barrels and art. It was only the second time we had met her, but it felt like we were catching up with an old friend. She took the first few photos of Nate, while makeup artist Erica Ogawa added the final touches to my makeup. Nate seemed so relaxed, as my stomach began to churn–what if we didn’t smile enough, or too much?! Carmen told us to act like we were on our first date, which was 12 years ago. We were a little rusty, but I think it worked.

The next three hours flew by, from the streets around the Seaport, to Pier 17, to the Brooklyn Bridge. Staring into Nate’s eyes for so long, I remembered why I fell in love with him, and why he has been my best friend since I was 16. Carmen guided us through every pose, and was dedicated to capturing each shot perfectly. The only hitch was when my heels kept getting stuck between the deck boards on the pier! It was a better day than we could have imagined, and resulted in such fun memories that will last forever.

For the Engagement – Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography / Hair + Makeup: Erica Ogawa and for the Wedding - Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography / Second Photography: Falcon Photography / Day-of Wedding Coordination: Sara Kate Events / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Kleinfeld  / Bride’s Shoes: Anne Klein via Macy’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: lifefavors / Hair + Makeup: Erica Ogawa

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