State Room Wedding: Karen + Phil Reception

Jun 11, 2010 | Weddings

The State Room really is an amazing place for a wedding reception.  The views are outstanding, the staff is professional and the food is spectacular.  Photographing a few details before dinner, I was once again blown away by Michele Bernard’s decor: gorgeous, vibrant oranges and pinks filled every space, from the cocktail area through the main dining room:


And just look at this reception room.  Gorgeous!  The colors really popped against the brown tablecloths (great choice, Karen!)  I also loved that the chuppah was transformed into a dinner canopy for the bride and groom.


After grabbing a couple of cocktail hour candids, it was time for the bridal party entrance.  Phil and Karen went straight into their first dance, and it was filled with beaming smiles:


The emotion during Karen’s dance with her father was wonderful … a photographer’s dream, for sure.  After dinner, things got started with some fun and emotional toasts (I especially loved Phil’s brother’s props!)


Post-dinner dancing kicked off with a short but wild hora, and continued with some fine MJ moves from one of Phil’s friends:


Thank you, Phil and Karen, for a beautiful and laughter-filled evening.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the teaser photos.  🙂


  1. Awesome pics and fabulous colors. How did you get the photo looking down on the cake?

  2. Thanks Laura! The cake photo I got using a wide angle lens (35mm) on auto-focus, and I just held it up over the cake and took a few shots until I got one with good focus and nice composition. Nice and easy, just takes a few moments. 🙂

  3. Kate, we couldn’t be happier with the pictures, and we’re so glad you were part of our day!


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