Lara and Justin are a super stylish couple from New York, and they had one of the most memorable weddings on one of the most memorable days, 11-11-11. We hit it off from our first phone conversation, and I really enjoyed getting to know them. They are one of those types of couples that you immediately fall in love with because they are so warm and genuine. They are both opera singers and met on the set of an opera. How cool is that! They decided in the end not to sing at their wedding, so the next time I’m in New York, I’ll definitely have to catch one of their shows!
They had a 50s themed wedding, which was totally them, and everything was really reflective of the 1950s, from their attire to having a photo booth that only printed pictures in black and white, and using carnations, which was popular in the 50s (something I learned from Lara!). I loved absolutely every detail of their wedding!
I just love these glitter shoes from Kate Spade!
Christine Copeland did an amazing job with her hair and makeup and transforming her into a 1950s bride! And isn’t her lace bolero the cutest?!
I could photograph Lara all day!
Justin looking dapper with his blue velvet suit.
You can totally feel the love at this wedding! Many of the guests also dressed up in the 1950s theme too! The dress by Dolly Couture was just the cutest dress I’ve ever seen!
Lara and Justin had a 50s jazz quartet during the ceremony and they sounded amazing. Lara and Justin had old pictures of all their respective family members. After the unity candle, they started moving the frames from the two tables to the main table, symbolizing the joining of the two families. It was very touching.
There is an incredible modern bar at the Platinum Hotel with very moody blue lighting, perfect for my stylish couple!
This is one of my favorite bridal portraits. Lara really likes photography from the 1950s, and so I experimented and tried something new by lighting her in a more old Hollywood glamour style.
Lara’s family was just adorable and presented the couple with bread and salt and some other things, each with a special symbolic meaning.
Freed’s Bakery created a 50s era buttercream cake, topped off with a vintage cake topper!
Lara and Justin surprised their guests by hiring a Frank Sinatra impersonator! What a memorable way to have your first dance!
Justin meticulously picked out all songs from the 1950s for their reception. Everyone had such a fun time and Lara’s parents (on the right) were so cute and even got out on the dance floor.
The Platinum Hotel rooftop has an amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip. What a great way to end the night!
The wedding coordinator, Marie at The Platinum Hotel, was amazing and super nice! I can’t say enough good things about her and how hard she worked to make their wedding a success.
Venue: Platinum Hotel
Dress: Dolly Couture
Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom’s jacket: Halston Heritage
Officiant: Phil Larimore
Hair and makeup: Christine Copeland
Cake: Freed’s Bakery
Flowers: Roxi Floral
DJ: All Night Long
Frank Sinatra: Gary Anthony
Photo Booth: LV Photo Party
About Emily Ku Photography: Emily is a wedding photographer in Rochester, NY who is passionate about shooting couples, whether it’s wedding, elopements, or engagement sessions. She also loves to travel for weddings.