Andrew & Scott's Wedding in the Catskills: The First Look


When we were choosing a wedding photographer, one of the first people we considered was Emilio Madrid-Kuser. He’s a frequent sight on opening nights and the theater community events as the in-house photographer for, and he’s photographed Scott and I on the red carpet a bunch of times. His photos always stand out as the best — in part because it’s hard to shoot two guys who are such different sizes! To be honest, I didn’t even realize he photographed weddings until my longtime friend and manager, Jen Namoff, recommended him.


As soon as we saw Emilio’s portfolio, we knew he’d have the perfect eye to capture our weekend. His shots never feel forced, and he has more than a few tricks up his sleeve, experimenting with light leaks, lens flares, and positioning objects like crystals and brass rings in front of the lens to create one-of-a-kind effects. 


Most importantly, we also just dug his vibe as a person. You end up spending a ton of time with your photographer, especially on your wedding day, and working with someone who is super laid back and already friends with a lot of our guests was a huge perk.


One of the favorite features from our venue, The North Branch Inn, is that it’s home to a bowling alley from the 1800s. The pins are all manually set up and the ball return ramp is an impressive feat of physics for something built more than 100 years ago. Clearly, we had to snap a picture.

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Right before our ceremony, there was a freak sun shower that cut through the blue skies. Rather than duck indoors, Emilio encouraged us to snap a couple quick photos. I love what he did with the shutter speed, capturing two of our favorite photos from the weekend.


The quick burst of rain also gave way to a surprise rainbow, just in time to walk down the aisle. Rainbows have a special meaning to me, and if ever there was a sign that I was marrying the right person, this was it.


Photography: Emilio Madrid-Kuser

Wedding Venue: The North Branch Inn

Suits: Samuelsohn