Our Best of 2016

2016 has been an amazing year for us, here at Craig Paulson Photography! We were lucky enough to be able to be apart of some of the most beautiful, and heartwarming weddings. From the lovely brides and grooms, the extravagant parties, to the breathtaking venues, we're thankful to have been able to witness it all.

Each wedding this past year has been special and unique in it's own way. The most intimate moments, from the first look, to a walk down the aisle, and the couple's portraits, have been captured by us, with great pleasure. 

We have put together some of our favorite moments captured during each wedding, for the year of 2016. Each moment was special, and reminded us of how much we love to be apart of these beautiful occasions. We are looking forward to an even more special 2017!


Lauren & Kyle’s Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

We couldn’t wait to share this one with you all, Lauren and Kyle were giddy and laughing the entire day and it made our job so much fun! With everything in one location, the stunning Mandarin Oriental, their day went by smoothly. Lauren prepped with her ladies while Kyle got ready at their apartment. They met in Central Park (where Kyle proposed to Lauren) for their first look and his expression when he turned around was priceless! Their bridal party awaited eagerly just down the path (with their best friend and officiant Vincent ever so kindly holding everyone’s jackets) before joining in the fun for pictures. The ceremony was sweet, touching on the lives of both Lauren and Kyle individually and as a couple, ending with a ceremonial wine glass for them to share as newlyweds! At the cocktail hour immediately following, Kyle’s dad serenaded them on the piano while everyone listened and cheered. The ballroom was turned into a stunning night time beauty complete with table markers signifying each place in the world these two travel bugs have been. We had so much fun capturing the dancing, listening to the hilarious and touching speeches, and witnessing an overall amazing party (these people know how to have a good time!).

Flowers by Floralies, Inc and Music by Hank Lane.

Photographed by Kim Espinosa and Caleb with Lorraine Ciccarelli.

Julie & Lee’s Wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau

It was a wonderful evening for everyone who congratulated Julie and Lee’s wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau. Julie and Lee both got ready with their family and friends at the chateau. After prepping, they saw each other for the first time in the atrium by the swimming pool. The couple loved having their wedding photos taken at gorgeous places in and outside the Chateau. Bridal party and family also joined them shortly after for more pictures. After a fun Tish and Bedeken, Lee was brought to his bride to sign the ketubah and move straight into a sweet ceremony. While it rained outside when the two were taking photos before the dance party, Julie and Lee enjoyed themselves with umbrellas in hand and the rain made the night more special. Julie and Lee’s parents looked so happy during Mezinka at the end of the night. With lots of toasts and delicious food, it was a memorable day for the couple and everyone invited.

Makeup and Hair by Expert Makeup Artistry
Flowers by Crest Florist
Music by Hank Lane

Photographed by Craig Paulson with Kim Espinosa.

Lauren & Evan’s Wedding at The Village Club

With blessings from all the family and friends present at their wedding, Lauren & Evan had a lovely evening at The Village Club of Lake Success in Long Island. Both the bride and the groom got ready at The Inn at Great Neck without seeing each other. After prepping, they both saw each other for the first time walking along the golf course at the club. Soon after the couple’s sweet photo shoots on the golf course, friends and family joined together for more photos. Everyone happily watched and congratulated as the couple signed the Ketubah shortly after. Their candlelit ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt as the two officially tied the knot. Later in the evening The Original Faze 4 Band provided great music for the night and everyone had a great time with lots of delicious food and dancing.

Flowers by United Floral.

Photographed by Craig Paulson with Kim Espinosa.

Emily & Matthew’s Wedding at Tribeca Rooftop

Emily and Matthew had such a beautiful wedding in January at St.Francis Church. Emily chose to prep at her parents’ home with her family and ladies while Matthew got ready at The Conrad with his gents. The couple did not see each other until the actual ceremony! After prepping, Emily and Matthew headed over to the church where everyone was waiting. Matthew looked so happy when he saw Emily for the first time. Sarah (Bridesmaid) performed a solo during the ceremony to congratulate the newlyweds. Soon after the ceremony, the couple hopped on the party bus with all their family and friends. After taking lots of photos, everyone headed to the Tribeca Rooftop. The rain outside couldn’t stop the happy couple and people from smiling. With umbrellas in hand, we took some of the most romantic photos of the night! Everyone enjoyed the party with amazing food, toasts, and dancing. Music by Creations Band, flowers by Laura Clare, hair by Le Grand Salon, makeup by Alexandra Gregorek, and gown by Lela Rose.

Photographed by Courtney Dudley with Caleb.

Siobhan & Kevin’s Wedding at Manhattan Penthouse

Every year we get a few of those classic New York weddings that just make you fall in love with the city all over again-Siobhan and Kevin’s was one of those! NYC born and raised, Siobhan wanted the view to be a part of it. The Manhattan Penthouse offered an intimate environment with amazing views of both uptown and downtown. After prepping for the day separately, they both saw each other for the first time walking down the aisle at the nearby St. Francis Xavier. Soon after the ceremony and some family formals, the entire bridal party hopped into the party bus and off we went! Grand Central was the perfect timeless backdrop for portraits. The rain outside couldn’t stop these two and their giggles of happiness. With umbrellas in hand, we went outside for a bit-making for some pretty awesome New York City moments! Cocktail hour was soon underway back at the penthouse with dinner, dancing and toasts on into the night. The party was pretty epic and we have to say-everyone was such a great dancer!

Photographed by Kim Espinosa and Caleb.