I didn’t get to meet Seiko and Mark until the day of their wedding. They live in Korea, and they were flying back to the States to celebrate their nuptials at West Point, Mark’s alma mater. Between the famous Hudson River views, the uber-polite men and women in uniform, and the breathtaking buildings, I love photographing at West Point. And the Cadet’s Chapel has to be one of the most beautiful churches around. I even love the requirements that photographers stay behind the last row of guests and use no flash during the ceremony because that challenge makes for unique pictures.
Being a military family, these two really knew how to call in the troops for a fantastic wedding day! The dress was made by a friend of mom’s back in Japan, and it was exquisite, with a detachable pin-tucked train that snapped on around Seiko’s teeny, tiny waist. When the train was removed, the dress had an elegant, smooth skirt, perfect for dancing. Seiko’s sister-in-law, a professional hair-dresser, did her hair. And they rode off in Mark’s brother’s vintage car, which was sweetly decked out for the occasion. The flowers were by another of mom’s friend in Westchester. Seiko and Mark were all about their team, and they showed how much they appreciated their beloved friends and family in several ways. First, they coordinated lots of posed pictures with various groups during the party. And it was so great to have a daytime reception to do it! The West Point Club party room is surrounded by huge, picture windows on three sides so we could use lots of available light. Then Seiko and Mark also arranged for a special slideshow presentation of old photos of Seiko and Mark as well as a special video commentary by one of the newscasters Seiko works with. And finally, a speech by Seiko honoring her mothers and all the mothers there. It was really a beautiful reception.
Seiko and Mark, it was just fantastic to meet you!