Preston Bailey and Theo Bleckmann’s Valentines Day Wedding at The Empire State Building
In my twenty-five years as a wedding photographer being asked to photograph Preston Bailey’s wedding is one of my most treasured honors. After all, Preston Bailey is the biggest wedding and event designer in the world. He truly is what all other wedding planners and designers aspire to be. When Preston asked me to photograph his Valentine’s Day nuptials in 2013 I was floored. I remember getting the call and barely being able to contain my excitement. When I hung up the phone a wave of emotions rushed in. I laughed, I cried, I freaked out, I was so taken aback.
I had first worked along side Preston and his team in the South of France a few months prior. It had been a long time goal of mine to photograph a Preston Bailey wedding and I achieved that goal just seven months prior. The ironic part was that I wasn’t hired by Preston himself, I was brought on by Michelle Rago Destinations the planner. Michelle Rago is an amazing destination wedding planner out of New York. There I was in St. Jean Cap Ferrat in the South of France working along side Preston Bailey. Technically I had achieved my goal, now however, I had a new one, to get Preston Bailey to hire me directly. Little did I expect for him to ask me to photograph his own wedding six months later in New York.
I think when we set goals for ourselves we have a vision of how we think they will unfold, but it never usually happens the way we picture it. The important lesson here is to set your goals high and don’t give up until you reach them….
Here are a few images I took of Preston as I had the pleasure of watching him look at the gift album I gave to he and Theo shortly after I photographed his wedding. He loved it! The smile says it all…. Time to set more goals!
Happy One Year Anniversary Preston and Theo!
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