Amanda + Scott {Portraits at the Waldorf Astoria / New York City Lifestyle Photographer}

I don’t tend to gush a whole lot, especially about personal things. Maybe its all the stoic English blood running through my veins. Yet this past weekend, Steve and I had the pleasure of hosting my brother and sister-in-law here in New York as they got ready to attend the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards at the Waldorf Astoria. And it was a pretty special reason they were attending. My brother-the-architect and his firm (Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C.) won a prestigious Diamond Award in the Building/Technology Systems category. The 26 Diamond Award winners are then eligible for the coveted Empire Award. Effectively, my older brother designed and led a building project (the Alternative School for Math and Science School Expansion in Corning, NY) that was up for an award with some other pretty prestigious projects including One World Trade Center. He tried to downplay the whole affair (after all, he has the same stoic English blood running through his veins as well) but this was a pretty big deal. Even though the Empire Award went to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens’ new visitor center (which is a pretty cool project as well), I am so proud of him and his accomplishments!

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Of course, it also meant they got to play dress up. This was in fact a black-tie affair! Before Amanda could even tell me that she was a little nervous about attending something so fancy-schmancy, I had already reached out to a few makeup and hair artists to lend us a hand :) Tena, an assistant for Daniela Rodriguez NYC was amazing, as you can see from the next series of image…

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

Drumroll please…..

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

I love how 1920’s they look here in the lobby of the Waldorf. I had to show at least one image in color so you could get a sense of her fantastic red lips, but I really love the whole series in classic black & white…

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

Amanda’s clutch went perfectly with her jewelry that her aunt made with Swarovski gems. It just happens to be my mom’s from her senior prom! Love that she had some family love for the occasion!Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

Pinterest-inspired updo :)

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

Love this stolen moment..Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

After they headed off to the gala, Steve met me at the bar and we had a tasty steak dinner at the Bull & Bear. We had some time to kill before meeting back up with the group so we decided to visit The Cigar Inn. It felt right for the occasion :) Of course when we met back up with everyone at the Waldorf, Scott snuck us upstairs to see The Grand Ballroom. Just wow…

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

Love this guy, says the proud sister ;)Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

The gang is all here! Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

A James Bond kind of moment…

Portrait session at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City Lifestyle Photographer

 

Here’s a rendering of the expansion project, melding the old with the new is something Scott does very well ;)

Rendering of TASMS - Corning, NY

You can learn more about the school at their website, http://www.tasms.com. Seriously couldn’t have been happier for Scott and Amanda this weekend, getting a well-deserved grown-ups weekend on top of it all :)

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