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    Congrats on your upcoming celebration, and thanks for considering my work <3

    If I were to ask you, Why is it important to choose the right wedding photographer?, you might mention the importance of capturing memories to look back on decades from now, and that would be a perfectly valid answer…

    A family member carries a framed vintage wedding portrait of his parents during a reception in Long Island NY. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2022.
    A family member carries a framed vintage wedding portrait of his parents during a reception in Long Island NY. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2022.

    BUT:

    There is another reason why choosing the RIGHT wedding photographer is so important, and it's one that many couples don't realize until it's (sadly) too late: your choice of wedding photographer will have a HUGE impact on the flow, tone, and emotional experience of your wedding day itself.

    As a candid documentary wedding photographer I am different, and my different approach allows you to celebrate your day more fully. Here's why couples like you choose to work with me: 

    I free you up to enjoy real candid moments with your loved ones. Other wedding photographers may pull you away from the action to stage fake poses and recreate Pinterest shots; but I don't do that. I photograph your story as it unfolds (laughter, tears, the flower-girl picking her nose), and I never recreate some other couple's photos. This is YOUR wedding. I photograph YOU, as you truly are <3

    A BIPOC bride gets ready for her wedding day while her mother wipes her tears.
    A BIPOC bride gets ready for her wedding day while her mother wipes her tears. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2019.

    I am kind, easy to work with, and a clear communicator. For couples who DO want a few formal group portraits, I expedite these shots quickly and with a smile, so everyone can get back to the party. Other photographers often turn your wedding day into “picture day” with hours of stiff family formals that leave your relatives cold, cranky, and HANGRY as they miss cocktail hour…

    A bridesmaid holds the family dog during a group wedding portrait at a Connecticut campground.
    A bridesmaid holds the family dog during a group wedding portrait at a Connecticut campground. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2018.

    Most importantly: I am ethical and inclusive, documenting the truth of who you are, creating a safe and affirming container for your authentic selves with every click of my shutter. Come as you are, one and all.

    A Philly couple celebrates their Civil Union with loved ones at a backyard reception in Long Island NY.
    A Philly couple celebrates their Civil Union with loved ones at a backyard reception in Long Island NY. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2023.

    SO: if you're a cool couple who wants to truly experience the emotions of your wedding day without stiff posing, boring group shots, or generic shot lists, let's connect! All you've gotta do is be yourselves, laugh and cry with your guests, while I capture it all artistically, authentically, and affordably.

    Documentary photograph of a young cyclist checking his phone and riding by a bride and groom on the boardwalk in Long Beach NY.
    Documentary wedding photography of an multiracial wedding couple walking along the Long Beach NY boardwalk as a cyclist passes by. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2021.

    How I cater to offbeat weddings

    Back in 2017, I had my own DIY Offbeat Wedding: I wore a black wedding dress, my hubby grew an epic beard and handlebar mustache, and we hired a singing vampire whose set list spanned from Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra (early reception) to Rammstein and Type-O Negative (after the older relatives left). I also made all our wedding centerpieces myself with hot glue and fake flowers from Dollar Tree, hand-lettered all our wedding envelopes while also adjusting to a new medication (white ink on matte black envelopes, and Lexapro), and managed to keep our total wedding budget under 14K. Including venue, food, booze, photography, entertainment, my wedding dress, everything…

    Yes, all under 14K.

    Yes, on Long Island.

    But enough about me; let’s talk about YOUR epic Offbeat Wedding, because the story of your Big Day is WAY too important to entrust to your cousin with a “good camera”, or your guests’ blurry iPhone photos  (good call!)

    Here are some bullet points about my Offbeat approach to wedding photography. Because this section is already getting too long, and bullet-points are efficient. And a little bit fancy 😉

    • I am not your typical Long Island wedding photographer: I focus on authentic, candid, storytelling images to capture real moments of your day (think: the flower-girl picking her nose), instead of spending hours posing people or recreating shots from Pinterest (think: stiff formal wedding portraits, or generic trendy stuff…we’re too cool for that, right?).
    • I photograph weddings with a documentary, candid, “reportage” approach. These images will help you remember your WEDDING DAY, not “picture day”.
    • I am ethical and inclusive: I celebrate marriage equality and welcome couples from all communities including LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, persons with neurodivergence, persons with disabilities, persons of all races and religions (including “none-s”; I’m an atheist too!). I believe in safety, dignity, and JOY for all couples. If you do too, let’s work together <3
    LGBTQIA+ couple laugh and embrace at a DIY wedding on Long Island NY.
    LGBTQIA+ couple laugh and embrace while attending a DIY wedding on Long Island NY. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2023.

    Oh, and a quick note about bodies (you know, the meat suits we are all walking around in)…

    Portrait of a fat bride with purple hair on her wedding day.
    Portrait of A.G. on her wedding day at a Connecticut campsite. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2018.

    I live in a fat body, and one of my core values as a person and a photographer is that ALL bodies are worthy, beautiful, and deserving of great photography. Whether we’re talking about wedding photography, or family photos, or goofy selfies with the squad: YOU DESERVE TO BE IN THE PHOTOS, right now, just as you are today. Do not hide from cameras. Do not crash diet for your wedding. You do not have to shrink yourself to be worthy of being seen. When our grandkids (or grand-cats, for my fellow childfree peeps) look at our wedding photos decades from now, they will not be looking at the size of our arms, or counting our wrinkles and folds. The wedding day JOY, chaos, and happy tears are all that will remain in our memories and in our photos.

    A multiracial couple celebrates their wedding in Tarrytown NY.
    A multiracial couple celebrates their wedding in Tarrytown NY. Photographed by Adrienne Catanese 2019.

    If my approach to photography, inclusivity, and body acceptance resonate for you, I’d love to work together <3

    "How could I possibly describe how amazing of a photographer Adrienne is?!?!?! Our photos are incredible, she was an absolute joy to work with, and the price was so reasonable. We are a low key, informal couple and she listened and adjusted to our style. {...] She got us sneak-peaks super fast so we could immediately start enjoying. The final galleries are priceless. [...] Thanks again Adrienne! 10 stars!!!!!!" -J+A 2023

    All couples who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ receive a 10% discount off my current wedding package rates. Pricing can be found on my website at https://www.weddingsbyadrienne.com/rates/

    For LGBTQIA+ couples curious to learn more about me: I am a cisgender ( she / her ) photographer who supports marriage equality. I work continually to build more representation in my portfolio; I want all couples to see themselves celebrated in my work.

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