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Top Five: Places to Take Wedding Portraits

Cappy Hotchkiss, Cappy Hotchkiss Photography

1 The Old Field Vineyards, Southold, New York: “This is my new, absolute favorite place to shoot. They have it all: a vineyard, a beach, and a gorgeous gray-cedar-shingle house that screams old-school Hamptons. Everywhere I looked there was a great little vignette to photograph.”

2 Loft Eleven: “Lofts like this one are the Old Field Vineyards of Manhattan: views to die for, brick walls, white walls, mantels, chandeliers, arches, groovy furniture, and tons and tons of streaming light—a photographer’s dream.”

3 The Central Park Boathouse: “I love the ceiling and the wood floor and the big windows on the water. Plus you can’t beat being in the middle of Central Park with all those wonderful locations for the group portraits.”

4 The Harold Pratt Mansion: “It really gives an Old New York feeling to small weddings, and the staff is very professional. There’s a great, dramatic staircase, precious little jewel-box rooms, and the light seems to bounce around the room, making everyone look even more beautiful.”

5 The Italian Academy: “The reception room has a nice terrace off to the side and a lovely stage that all the guests end up dancing on. It has a beautiful and elegant but cool feel. I love this place.”

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