I was incredibly flattered and immediately nervous as soon as Eric and Jess asked me to document their wedding this past November. You see, the ultimate compliment for a wedding photojournalist is to have a fellow photographer ask you to tell the story of their big day. In this particular case, not only is Eric a photographer I look up to and a fellow Syracuse alumnus, but many of his guests were other photographer friends and mentors I love, I have grown with and who have supported me and taught me how to do what I do today. I enjoyed every second of this day and being able to see all of my people was a beautiful gift. In the years since graduating, I have moved away from many of these friends and I’ve missed out on the day-to-day of their lives as well as on big, defining life steps. However, as it is with good and patient friends, being with them on this special occasion felt like no time had passed and like it was only yesterday that I was renting that third bedroom in Eric’s north Jersey apartment while I took my first big newspaper internship. As a friend, I am thrilled for Eric that he met someone as wonderful as Jess. She is gorgeous on the outside, but she is even more impressive when you spend time in her presence. Not only does she take the cake for most zen bride ever (she also wore the highest heels I have seen a mama-to-be who is six months pregnant wear, ever. She is officially my hero.), but she exudes passion and love, two things I hope fill the lives of my friends. Eric and Jess celebrated their wedding at Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, New Jersey. The autumn light was spectacular and both of them radiated with their love for each other and for the people surrounding them. This was also my first Jewish wedding and I loved everything, from the Ketubah signing, the ceremony rich with meaningful traditions and, of course, the hora. My wishes for a long and thoroughly happy life together go out to Jess and Eric and congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!
As you all know, I love shooting a good restaurant review. There’s nothing like spending a few hours making pictures of a chef’s creations and a new dining space, complete with fresh and unique decor in an old Richmond building. Pasture is located on Grace Street in that part of downtown Richmond that is just starting to show signs of life again. I never eat when shooting a review, but after smelling everything from the olde salt clams to the brussels sprouts, and salivating over a handmade nutella candy bar, I left hungry and made sure to get back as soon as possible to try it all out. Well, my taste buds were as happy as my trigger finger, so I am excited to share some of my photos with you. Following are my favorites from the shoot. The dishes shown are: olde salt clams with cabbage, bacon, butter and lemon; sweet tea smoked trout with apple, bacon and benne seeds; steak tartare, with jalapeno, chili ketchup and quail egg; lamb sausage with navy beans and basil; brussels sprouts with winter squash, preserved lemon and pecan; and a homemade candy bar, with hazelnut crunch, nutella and chocolate. I also photographed the Deltaville, with house made cranberry jam, vodka, fresh lemon and soda over ice. To hear about Pasture in co-owner Jason Alley’s (from Richmond’s own Comfort) words you can find the audio slideshow *here* and for Dana Craig’s review for the RTD click *here*.
Photos by Eva Russo
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