Mary-Kate and Brent’s Senate Garage Wedding day was awesome. I had been looking forward to it for a while, especially because a Senate Garage Wedding is very unique, given the urban and contemporary space that is settled within one of the most historic places in New York State.

The couple rented a beautiful, historic house in Kingston for Mary-Kate to get ready. She was breathtaking with her makeup done by Alana Schmidt. As she privately dressed, her bridal party and family were so happy and ready for the great event of the day. At the same time, Brent was busy getting ready at the nearby Best Western with the help of all his guys, followed by a shot or two. 

It was raining cats and dogs just about all morning and afternoon, but everyone made it to the church on time. Mary-Kate and Brent were calm and quiet during most of the ceremony and then bursting with joy as soon as Father Rick pronounced them husband and wife. They made their way out of the church to a ton of bubbles and umbrellas, all by the impressive sounds of bagpipes. Definitely a goose-bump moment. 

At the Senate Garage, Mary-Kate and Brent were so good at contemporary pictures, which matched the flavor of the event space. By that time, the sun had broken through and provided us with amazing light, which I love (of course!). The reception was amazing as DJ Joey Garcia rocked the dance floor, as he usually does, and there was hardly any space left even if you wanted to join in. Gladly, the Senate Garage is a large enough space for everyone to enjoy the experience of talking and mingling without having to sit only at tables- there is plenty of room for everyone. And the food was incredible. 

Mary-Kate and Brent are an amazing couple, and I’m so happy for them. Here’s to their happily-ever-after! 

-Alisa

Mary-Kate is quiet and patient as she gets her makeup done in the beautiful window light. 


Mary-Kate gave gifts like these to both her mom and dad, and Brent’s mom, too. What a beautiful touch!

Nothing’s more special than these moments with Mom getting ready, it chokes me up every time. 

A wedding day would be incomplete without a toast to the groom with delicious whiskey.

Brent is careful with his bowtie, sure to make everything perfect. 

The joy Mary-Kate and Brent felt as they completed and left their ceremony shines through in their smiles. 

The rain finally let up and the evening sun was good to us as we looked for some “edgier” locations for pictures. 

This beautiful 2015 mural by Gaia Street Art , titled Pronkstilleven, sponsored by O+ Festival was part of the colorful backdrop for Mary-Kate and Brent. I wish there were more of these murals in the world. 

The Senate House adjacent to the Senate Garage is beautifully dated, and provides a wealth of amazing backdrops for portraits. I could shoot there for hours, if they’d let me. 

Something tells me they were so into the moment, they enjoyed one another without even noticing all the admiration from their friends and family. 

Senate Garage Wedding Details

Bride & Groom | Mary-Kate & Brent

Photographers | Alisa Stilwell & Alison Daniels

Florist | Petalos Floral Design, Kingston NY

Makeup | Alana Schmidt

Ceremony | St. Joseph’s Church, Kingston NY

Reception | Senate Garage, Kingston NY

Mural | Gaia, Gaia Street Art  sponsored by O+

Entertainment | Jade Entertainment, DJ Joey G