Hello, I’m Petronella, creative director and one of the lead photographers at Petronella Photography, a wedding and marriage proposal studio based out of the New York – New Jersey area. Before becoming a full-time wedding photographer 5 years ago, I was a chemical engineer and worked in marketing.

As a Ugandan – American, I personally understand the struggle that most multicultural couples face: how to celebrate their cultural heritage, honor their parents, traditions and do it all in a modern way, which is partly WHY my studio specializes in helping multicultural couples celebrate their love in a modern way.

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“I believe that what makes you different makes you beautiful. But I didn’t always believe this was true.”

I was born in a tiny African village in Uganda (despite what my accent may suggest) and grew up in Zimbabwe. When I was 10 years old, I arrived in Birmingham, Alabama together with my mother, sister and 2 suitcases, excited to join my father and start a new life in America.

As a blossoming teenager, I struggled with how to stay true to my parent’s traditions and/or assimilate to my new Southern American environment.  Because I never saw or experienced people of different cultures being celebrated and negative talk about foreigners, I believed my cultural identity wasn’t worthy of being celebrated and learned to hide parts of myself. I hid my last name “Lugemwa,” wore Birkenstocks gifted to me by my parents for Christmas so I could be like my classmates, adopted a Southern-ish accent and rarely mentioned my birthplace. That habit stayed with me for many years until a good friend called me out that I began to slowly celebrate my cultural identity. Thus began the transformation to where I am now, comfortable celebrating all of who I am.

New York multicultural wedding photography studio Petronella Photography


If you’re looking for simply beautiful, vibrant photography that authentically tells your love story and celebrates ALL of who you are including your heritage in a way that’s modern, you’re in the right place.


The Petronella Photography team strives to create meaningful photos that you’ll want to display in your home for years to come and pass along for generations to come.

  1. Schedule a Phone Consult
  2. Review Your Online Booking Proposal
  3. Finalize Booking
  4. Planning for Your Big Day
  5. The Big Day
  6. Album Consult

Wedding albums from Petronella Photography


One of our favorite things to do is to bring to life a couple’s love story in an album.

We believe that printing your images in a high quality heirloom wedding album brings to life your story in a way that viewing your digital images on a laptop or in an online gallery cannot replicate.

Your images are meant to be seen, touched and hung up on your walls as powerful reminders of your love, family and life story.  Interested in learning more? Let’s chat.


Wedding album consult with Petronella Photography