Manhattan Rehearsal Dinner at The Milling Room | Barbara + Shayan

Barbara and Shayan chose to have me photograph their Manhattan engagement session, rehearsal dinner and wedding throughout 2022! Barbara and Shayan had their Rehearsal Dinner at The Milling Room, located at 446 Columbus Ave, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York. I met up with them at the end of their dinner with their immediate family, and we took a few family pictures. Then, Barbara, Shayan and I walked up Central Park West to The Milling Room for their Welcome Party. While walking to their Welcome Party, we did some fun New York City street pictures. When we arrived to The Milling Room there were about 75 people. It was a mix of family and friends, waiting for them! It was a casual bar setting where people had the chance to meet and mingle before the wedding day.

Having your rehearsal dinner captured by a professional photographer can put you at ease that evening. There is a lot going on, people are constantly coming up to you, hugging you, and asking a million questions. So, you may very well forget to take out your phone and take a picture. A photographer is going to capture all of your guests and candid moments. We also get group pictures that may not be on your “wedding day shot-list” and more!

Another perk is that photographers have the ability to properly light a photo. At many of the rehearsal dinner locations, like a bar or restaurant, they are dark. iPhone photos are great, but they definitely don’t do a picture justice in a dark room. Another thing I love about photographing a rehearsal dinner is that as the photographer, I get to meet the family, bridal party, and some close friends. This helps me on the wedding day, because I already know who everyone is!

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