Gossip Girl-Inspired New York City Engagement Shoot
I like to plan ridiculously awesome photoshoots and make them come to fruition.
In July of 2021 — I saw that Moulin Rouge was coming back onto Broadway after a long pause during the pandemic. Moulin Rouge is both mine and my mom’s absolute favorite movie.
Literally. I dressed up as the Absinthe Fairy one Halloween.
Since we hadn’t properly celebrated her last birthday in 2020…I tossed around the idea of what if we flew to New York to see Moulin Rouge?
Here’s where it gets a little more interesting: my mom and I are both professional photographers and thought it might be kind of fun to do an engagement shoot in New York City.
I happen to be a diehard Gossip Girl fan and wanted to incorporate that into the shoot, so I mapped out a list of iconic places Serena and Blair once waltzed…And then to got to finding an outfit fit for the occasion.
Shout-out to Etsy designer, Needle Meets Threads, who made this insane gown in a custom color.
Once in New York, as we wandered the streets of Manhattan, we realized how much time we would waste if we had to wait for an Uber or hail a taxi, so we hired a private driver.
10/10 would recommend doing this as it feels very ritzy, and takes much of the stress out of the day so you can enjoy.
A big thank you to my mom, Gayle Dawn, who was behind the camera!
Of course there are so many other locations but we were able to cover a majority of this ground in 4 hours and by that time.