Milena and Nikhil – Manhattan Wedding Photography

Why have one wedding when you can have two? Milena and Nikhil had an intimate wedding in Manhattan, followed by a much larger wedding in India a few days later. They flew me out to New York City to capture the first part of their grand adventure over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. We managed to dodge some nasty weather and instead had relatively clear skies…although it was pretty cold!


I love this idea: Milena and Nikhil sent out their NYC wedding invitations using vintage stamps (see vendor list at the end for details).



The bride and groom got ready at the St. Regis Hotel near Central Park.


This is the invitation for the Indian part of their wedding.


Milena’s mom does her hair.



Milena’s dress was originally her Maid of Honor’s mother’s wedding dress. It has been given a modern makeover but retains its vintage beauty.


Milena’s mom, a hair stylist, also did Nikhil’s hair.


Milena, just before their first look on the sidewalk outside the St. Regis Hotel.


They got married at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, which was right across from the St. Regis Hotel. We even had a view of it out the window.


Milena’s father, a Presbyterian minister, presided over the ceremony.


Portraits of the bride and groom at ‘The Pond’ in Central Park.


Milena is part Russian, so they decided to have the reception at Mari Vanna restaurant, one of the best Russian-cuisine restaurants in the city.


The couple had a brilliant idea: instead of getting single-use cameras to place on the guests’ tables, they bought old Polaroid cameras off eBay for next to nothing. Then purchased Impossible Project film for the cameras (since actual Polaroid film has long been discontinued). The guests had a blast getting ‘instant’ results from the cameras.


Ceremony venue: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
Reception venue: Mari Vanna
Getting ready location: St. Regis New York
Bouquets and boutonnieres: City Blossoms
Dress updating: Madame Paulette
Programs, Invitations, Favors: Paper Presentation
Vintage stamps: Champion Stamp
Assistant Photographer: Wendy G. (couldn’t have done it without her!)

Technical details:

I photographed Their wedding with a Mamiya 645AF, Nikon F100 and a Fuji X-Pro 1. For the film cameras, I used Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Tri-X film (pushed two stops).


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