Situated in Fort Washington Park nearly underneath the George Washington Bridge, the Little Red Lighthouse is an absolutely fabulous place for a marriage ceremony, and I have lots of fun officiating weddings there…in nice, spring or early fall weather (versus the hot summer or cold winter).
However, it is a teeny pain to get here; it takes 20-30 minutes by foot. We walked from 158th Street to the equivalent of 178th Street. You can also enter via the long stairwell. Personally, I prefer walking alongside the Hudson River. Furthermore, no cover exists. So when raindrops began to fall during this couple marriage service, nearly every one of their 30-40 guests pulled out an umbrella. (Fortunately, rain does not bother me too much, unless I have another wedding ceremony to attend afterwards, which I did not in this case.)
I am not a photographer at all, let alone a wedding photography. I am solely an officiant. But I do know my trusty old Minolta SRT 100 adorned with a M Rokkor-x 50 f/1.4, which is an analog SLR 35mm camera with a stunning prime lens that has lived a longer life than myself. These old cameras are sturdier than digital, and I personally love the look of grainy, textured black and white film. Back in May 2012, I decided that for each day of the upcoming winter, I’d publish a photo or two from my past ceremonies (people, places, and/or things)—the good and bad, as a reminder that mistakes happen. These images are low-resolution scans of negatives. I generally used Ilford, mostly HP5, because I preferred its look and longevity. I never used a flash, but I love filters.