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Justine Ungaro and Gary Kordan – The UnBride Wedding Part II

This is the second of two articles from Justine Ungaro and Gary Kordan’s wedding. Yesterday I posted images from the getting ready, first meeting and portraits. Today I am posting images from the ceremony and reception. Please see the preceding post for more information about the wedding.

Justine wipes a tear from her Dad’s eye before walking down the aisle.


Gary greets everyone as he arrives for the ceremony.


As I mentioned yesterday, we had a great team in place for the event and for the processional, team work really paid off. Kurstin took a high angle and made this great overall of Justine and her dad walking down the aisle. I hung in the back with the two of them to catch those last bits of emotion. You can see Charlie down in the center aisle getting the head on view.
0031Here’s Charlie’s view of from the head on spot:


Here’s my view from behind showing Gary’s face as Justine walks toward him.


Justine has to be one of the luckiest people I know. She and Gary had some of the most beautiful light I’ve ever seen at a wedding. Just after she walked down the aisle, the sun gave her veil the most beautiful soft backlight.

Lisa Loeb sang during the ceremony. How cool is that!

Again, talk about beautiful light. Just as Lisa started singing the sun dropped just below the tree line and illuminated Justine and Gary’s faces with this gorgeous warm, late afternoon glow. I love this picture because you can see the tears forming in their eyes. Lisa sang “First Day of My Life” and it was very emotional for everyone.
Even flower girl Zoe was emotional during Lisa’s song.

Justine’s sister Lauren was probably the most emotional of all.
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Halcyon House in Georgetown made for a dramatic backdrop.

Jubilant ending. The party is about to start.

I love this little two picture sequence. You get a real feel for the rush of emotion that happens after a wedding. The emotional weight and magnitude of the event is quickly followed by defiant joy.

As I said, Justine is one of the luckiest people I know. Just after the ceremony we found a little sliver of beautiful light. We used this last remnant of a spectacular day to make one final set of gorgeous portraits.
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John Farr Lighting bathed the reception room in this spectacular pink wash of light.

I believe the dog belonged to Kara DiGuardi, who was also a guest at the wedding. Kara is the new judge on American Idol. Justine used the back alley at Halcyon for an outdoor cocktail area at the reception. The moon made for a nice twilight image along with John Farr’s uplighting on the walls.
Justine’s mom was having a great time.

The father-daughter dance.


Justine and her mom shared a nice moment after all the parents jumped into the honors dances.

Loved this beautiful found moment that shows off Justine’s dress.

Another sequence I liked that shows the roller coaster of emotions. This was during a song played by a couple of guys that work with Gary. They aren’t professional musicians but learned the play the ukulele specifically for the wedding so they could sing this song. It was a really special moment in the evening.

Justine and Gary give Josh and Shane some love after the ukelele performance.

Justine and her mom were blowing kisses at me from the dance floor.

One of my favorite detail images. Justine and Gary made a cool wedding logo that was a replica of the old CBGB logo.

Cake cutting. Justine had a beautiful cake from Fancy Cakes by Leslie.
Sharing a very intimate dance late in the reception.

This is one of my favorite images of the day. Celebration at the end of a very emotional dance.
032A collage of some of my wedding industry friends at the wedding. Going down the left column, Steve Dunn, Well Dunn Catering, Laura Weatherly (L) of Engaging Affairs dances with Catherine Johns from the Park Hyatt Hotel, Nicole Canning (center) dancing with Catherine Johns (L) and Beth Fisher (R) from Blue Sky Films, Laura Weatherly dancing with her husband and photographer Juan Carlos Briceno.

Going down the right column, Sara Muchnick of Engaging Affairs and new fiancé Levi Brandriss in the photobooth, photographer Steve Canning with wife Nicole, Martin Andrews (R) and Beth Fisher of Blue Sky Films, and of course Justine’s mom, photographer Diana Adams.

The grand finale. You Shook Me All Night Long led by Gonzo’s Nose band and new American Idol Judge Kara DiGuardi.

The big finish.


The UnBride and I butting heads.

  • January 10, 2009 - 12:50 am

    Charlotte Geary - Absolutely fantastic, Greg! The photos are brilliant, and Justine must be thrilled. Justine, what a spectacular wedding! I used to dance to Gonzo’s Nose in my Clarendon days. How fun!

  • January 12, 2009 - 7:22 am

    greg - Hey Charlotte – thanks for the note. Gonzo’s Nose was awesome. A great non-Motown type band for a wedding.

  • January 12, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Christopher Record - Amazing work Greg! Beautiful people and an incredible event. Fantastic!

  • January 12, 2009 - 1:12 pm

    Christopher Elston - Beautiful images! And Lisa Loeb!

  • January 12, 2009 - 7:23 pm

    ben chrisman - i don’t think anyone could have done a better job at this wedding. what an epic. every wedding photographer wishes they could get a wedding like this once in their lives. congrats to you and your team, Double G. (i love the one BW portrait where you can see both eye highlights perfectly in the spaces of her veil.)

  • January 12, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    Phyllis - Thank you for sharing these amazing images with us. Your work is so beautiful.

  • January 12, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    James Day - I rarely comment on blogs.. but I just had to after seeing these images. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing!


  • January 14, 2009 - 10:52 pm

    Vicky J - Phenomenal!

  • January 22, 2009 - 2:26 am

    Jenny Sun - Greg!! these are fantastic! I came by your site via DWF, and I swear my jaw just dropped. Of course, now your images have totally made me feel like I am a crappy photographer hahaha… nah, seriously, these images are incredible… they just ooze so much emotion and storytelling. I love it. Will definitely be watching your blog, so do update! I’ve noticed several comments telling you to ‘come back’ from time to time haha 🙂 Much love and admiration from down under! 😀

  • January 22, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Tasha | dolce - I think I’ve said it a hundred times already, but these images are so incredible! Justine, you looked stunning… the details, decorations, & accessories – amazing… and the photography – phenomenal!!! How wonderful for everyone to have these images that truly tell the story of their day!

  • January 22, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Jesus Tirso - Amazingly beautiful images. Two of my favorite photographers – one on either end of the camera. It doesn’t get better than that!

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    ruby rideout - greg, LOVED the slideshow at your seminar in vegas!

    stunning couple, gorgeous images & processing!

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