One of the favorite things I love about my job are the familiar faces I see throughout the wedding season, by way of previous brides/grooms who’ve graced the other side of our cameras over the years. Evita & Paul would be one such couple, whom we met almost three years ago! We loved all the DIY details the bride incorporated into her day, and we especially loved her wedding venue in Brooklyn: none other than the spacious Green Point Loft. This made for perfect acoustics of course, which was apropros for the live music performed by none other than the musician groom himself, during the wedding procession of his soon-to-be-wife coming down the aisle. With amazing views for Brooklyn and Manhattan, along with all that space (and cafe lights galore!), this was every bride & groom’s (and photographer’s!) dream wedding come true!

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After our amazing engagement session with Crystal & Mark earlier last year, I was seriously looking forward to their wedding celebrations at The Loft at Jack’s Barn. As other professional photographers will tell you, it takes a special kind of couple to get such a tremendous yield in such a short amount of time. It’s almost like getting a Sims character with max stats from the get-to; you have no idea how it happened, but you’d be foolish not to take it and run! Crystal & Mark’s wedding at The Loft at Jack’s Barn would be no different – which is officially now one of my favorite wedding venues in New Jersey. Simple, rustic, cozy, and with character bursting at the seams, this venue was a true reflection of the couple themselves. From a wedding photographer’s standpoint, JUST LOOK AT ALL THOSE CAFE LIGHTS!!! There aren’t enough heart-eye emojis in the world to convey our level of excitement while shooting at this venue!

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Venue: The Loft at Jack’s Barn // Catering: David’s Country Inn // Ceremony/Officiant: Jonathan Almanzar // Hair: Alex Quici // Make-up: Rachel Lynn // Dress: Bijou Bridal // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren // Jewelry: Walter Ackner // Floral/Décor: A Cottage Gardner // Entertainment: Allure One Entertainment // Stationery: 4lovepolkadots.com // Planner/Coordinator: Kim Bakke

When I received a surprise email from Nicole a year-and-a-half ago, I was utterly speechless. Never mind the fact that she’s surrounded by all that photography talent down there in the DC/Baltimore Metro area, or the fact I still managed to have people on my friends list whom I’ve yet to officially photograph (honestly, I thought I got all of you already!). In all seriousness though, the most touching thing about her email was that she’d been a fan of our work since the very beginning. So unless you’re my mother, there are very few people in the universe who’ve been fans of my work for longer than Nicole. That realization, as a photographer who literally started from nothing, to have someone supporting you from the very beginning, to say to themselves “When it’s my turn, I’m going to reach out to Ben.” – receiving her touching email was one of the biggest compliments I’d ever received in my career.

But back to the main character of this story :).

We arrived at Nicole & Joe’s respective hotel suites that morning at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Baltimore. It was late Fall, the air was brisk, and it was quite clear everyone was ready to celebrate a wedding, halloween and the Ravens – though not necessarily at the same time, nor in that order. I personally loved seeing all the familiar faces from my high school and college days, but one of my favorite parts of this wedding was the gorgeous-ness of EVERYTHING. You really could not ask for a more beautiful church, nor could you ask for a more amazing reception space. The George Peabody Library had been on my bucket list of awesome wedding venues in Baltimore for quite some time now, and I was simply more than elated to share that experience with this equally amazing couple. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish you two the very, very best on this next chapter of your journey together – and we can’t thank you enough for sharing your day with us!

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Venue: George Peabody Library // Catering: Classic Catering // Ceremony: Corpus Christi Catholic Church // Hair: Tina Apicella // Make-up: Susan Lim // Dress: Maggie Sottero, Betsy Robinson Bridal Collection // Veil: Fabulous Frocks // Shoes: Jessica Simpson // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Jewelry: Sackowitz Jewelers // Floral: My Flower Box // Lighting: Event Pro // Entertainment: Jason Wallace // Stationery: Minted // Day of Coordination: Bird of Paradise Events