weekend in the city

Brett and I are always thrilled when we have the opportunity to travel.  We have both visited New York City, but this past weekend was our first time to visit the Big Apple together!  My good friend Jessica moved out there years ago, and I had yet to have the opportunity to make it out there to see her.  Since moving there, she has met her husband, Tony (you may remember their wedding), and over the weekend they celebrated their 2 year anniversary together!

Jessica was so great at planning out loads of places to go, things to do, and great things to EAT.  As soon as we arrived we all went out for a nice walk and saw a beautiful sunset.  “Walk” became a familiar word on this trip, and by the end I was ok if the word was removed from my vocabulary. ;)

The next morning we had the most beautiful skies, the air was cool and crisp, and I silently gloated that we had chosen the most beautiful weekend to visit.;)

If you have seen our posts from Los Angeles in the past, then you know that FOOD is our favorite thing to explore while visiting places, and we often photograph where and what we eat.  For some reason in New York, the restaurants were very unwelcoming of cameras (unlike LA), so we were not able to take photos of the great restaurants. BUT MAN, were they GOOD.  So here we are outside of one, which will remain nameless, because they were not nice to my baby camera.

Now these guys didn’t care about photos.  This is one of the oldest (or Tony, is it the oldest?) bars in the city.  They have the chair inside where Abe Lincoln sat, and they have a firm policy of “drink or get kicked out.” They only began allowing women in the establishment in the 1970′s.

The original dust from over the years….I kid you not (followed by their excellent home brewed beer, the only kind for sale there,  and original table with original carvings).

That night we had two of our other friends who live in New York come over and hang with us on Jess and Tony’s amazing rooftop.

The next morning we went over to Governor’s Island, and we had such an amazing view of the city.  We were also very impressed by some of the city’s architecture (see Flat Iron below).  Brett got such GREAT shots, and I am just thrilled at the thought of making one a canvas someday.

We split up with Jessica and Tony to give them some alone time on their anniversary.  First we did a scheduled shoot (coming soon!) and then went to a great dinner.

That night we were a little blown away from this view from our floor to ceiling windows from the 17th floor of our hotel room.  If you follow Brett on his twitter, then you know all about it!  He was SO (overly) good at explaining everything we did all weekend. :)

This is Indy, Jess and Tony’s doggie.  I’m not a big dog person, but I adore this little guy.  He was so worth the Claritin I had to take. ;)  As I was packing, this is what he came over and did….

Special thanks to Brett who did the majority of shooting.  I found that I just wanted to soak things in through my eyes, in the moment, but he was so good about whipping out the camera, and I am so thankful he did. Also, BIG BIG thanks to Jess and Tony!  We had an incredible time, and they were positively the best hosts, in one of the most amazing cities.  It is so easy to see how this city wins over so many hearts.

More from NYC next week. :)

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September 10, 2010 - 9:27 am

Gail - Ahhhhh…LOVE this post Jess! Your visit sounds SO much like my May visit to NYC – great weather AND a trip to McSorley’s! (and were you as equally grossed out not just at the dust but that those are WISHBONES coated in them? Ewwwwwww…..I felt like I needed my neti pot after an hour in there, but so worth it!) And then, drinks on a NYC rooftop?! I think I could put up with the high rent and walk-up apartments for a view like that whenever I wanted a glass of wine ;)

Love your processing here too. Got a bit of an HDR vibe going on — perfect for the city! That Flatiron shot is amazing!

September 10, 2010 - 9:29 am

Shawna - Love these pics! Makes me want to visit the city!

September 10, 2010 - 10:41 am

Laure - Wonderful pictures!! Thanks for sharing!!! It makes me wanna be there!!! xoxo

September 10, 2010 - 10:44 am

Tony - WOW! Thanks for making our home look so beautiful. Having you guys up here reinforced the fact that we live in an amazing city and I love exploring the city with friends. I love the shot outside your hotel room, the pierogi guy, the flatiron (clouds are amazing), Jess Z standing on top of the stairs of the Wall St subway (love the 2 reflections of her on both sides), and all of the others.

You guys were excellent visitors and the invite is open in the future wherever we’ll be!

September 10, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Betsy - What an awesome post!!

First of all, you guys are an inspiration that you can still get out and do adult things, even with kids. Secondly, you look HOT!!! Thirdly, this trip and the photos are amazing.

You guys are some of the coolest cats I know! (and i’m a huge nerd for saying cool cat..) ;-)

September 10, 2010 - 3:07 pm

edie - love that you got some away time.
love the scenery.
but mostly love your outfits!
happy weekend.

September 11, 2010 - 1:01 am

wrecklessgirl - ahhhh .. so amazing. honestly, since i first got back to the states, i’ve been thinking about moving to new york; i don’t know what it is. something about the movement of the city, the quiet in unexpected places.

September 13, 2010 - 2:53 pm

jess - this is my 2nd fav city (next to toronto being #1!) and i love that i get to see it from your point of view. great shots!!

September 13, 2010 - 9:31 pm

shahroll photo - Hello guys! nice set photos and i am Shahrul from Malaysia, browsing the web for pre-wedding photos and got your web.

Cool web/blog! =D cheers..


September 17, 2010 - 12:33 am

Kylee - so, i’m in love with the photo of you at the top of the stairs. (your dress is great.) and the reflection of you holding hands. thanks for sharing your trip!!

September 18, 2010 - 2:21 pm

gina - great shots of what looks like a great trip!
we lived on governor’s island for 6 years…woke up to amazing views of the city everyday!

September 18, 2010 - 2:22 pm

gina - great shots of what looks like a great trip!
we lived on governor’s island for 6 years…woke up to amazing views of the city everyday!

September 20, 2010 - 8:16 am

two years later. | studio3z photography :: Cincinnati Wedding Photographers :: Destination Wedding Photographers - [...] good friends Jess and Tony jam packed our 3 1/3 days in the big city, and we had SUCH a fun time. (Click HERE if you didn’t see our full post.) During that weekend, they also celebrated their 2 year anniversary, so Brett and I made sure to [...]

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