When we were first scouting for engagement session locations in Jersey City, this couple wanted to do something a little bit different from the more popular locales along the Jersey City waterfront. When Carolyn & Mike suggested a very special pizza restaurant (think pizzaria…but several notches fancier with delicious drinks and an open rooftop!), we needed to look no further. After devouring their menu for the first 30 minutes of our session (which is seriously how I think most sessions should start) we played with some gorgeous afternoon light on the rooftop before taking to the streets in front of Jersey City’s City Hall. It still amazes me, after all these years as a North Jersey wedding photographer, that I still manage to discover all these gorgeous little nooks and crannies right here in my own backyard! Carolyn & Mike come from a long line of previous brides and grooms whom we’ve photographed over the years, and we’re so excited to be a part of their celebrations once again!
Jon’s brother, his best man, summarized it best during his toast that evening: “[Lauryn & Jon] had been dating for eight years. There’s a certain sequence of events that’s supposed to happen when you date someone for eight years. One of which is engagement. The other is murder.” *ba-da-bump* On a side note – do you know how hard it is to balance several pounds of camera gear on your face while you’re giggling uncontrollably? It ain’t easy!
Lauryn & Jon’s late fall wedding down the Jersey Shore couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s not every wedding I get the chance to photograph portraits at three different locations, without a first look, and still manage to stay on schedule! Jon’s big day started with a quick stop at Swagger & Blade with the fellas, while Lauryn and the ladies prettied themselves up at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Although we were well on our way into winter, you wouldn’t have been able to tell with all those big smiles on their faces! We wrapped up their wedding celebration at the always-gorgeous Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant, one of our favorite wedding venues on the Jersey Shore.
Venue & Catering: Clarks Landing Yacht Club // Ceremony/Officiant: St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church // Hair: A Louer by Elan // Make-up: Make Me Up Eva // Dress: Pronovias // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s attire: Robbie & Co Men’s Shop // Jewelry: Headiece // Veil: Headpiece.com // Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Library // Floral/Décor: Narcissus Floral
Entertainment: Sid Miller Dance Band – BVT Live // Stationery: Perfectly Invited // Favors: Judicke’s Bakery // Cake: Bovellas // Groom’s Confections of a Rock$tar // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios
Katie & Joe are high school sweethearts who’ve been together for as long as most people can remember. People knew that she had found the one when out of the blue, she got herself some running shorts so she could join her future-husband-to-be on the road – because you know, couples who pound the pavement together, stay together (or something like that). It was a rainy day in Morristown when we arrived at Katie & Joe’s suite that morning, but everyone was in good spirits; it’s not everyday your Matron of Honor’s due date is the same as the bride & groom’s wedding date – so this family certainly had all kinds of reasons to celebrate! Combined with some colorful umbrellas, some sick dance moves to go along with an awesome band, this was certainly one wedding night we won’t soon forget!
Venue & Catering: Lake Valhalla Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Reverend Elizabeth Anne Bansavage // Hair: Sarah Wexler // Make-up: Margarita Spatola // Dress: Demetrios // Shoes: Elegant Park // Groom’s attire: The Black Tux // Jewelry: Bourghol Brothers Jewelers // Floral/Décor: Bernice’s Floral Creations
// Entertainment: Paul Maddison Band // Wedding Cake: Palermo’s Bakery // Stationery: Marisa June Designs // Favors: Sip Hip Hooray
Most wedding photographers will tell you: it’s not everyday you get a bride who’s willing to frolic on the grass in front of strangers, in one of the most flowy wedding dresses the western hemisphere has ever seen. But then again, it’s not everyday you get a bride like Vy. Paired with Charlie, nearly her polar opposite in every way imaginable, it was an absolute delight to document their week-long wedding festivities. Their celebration started with several traditional Vietnamese wedding formalities, complete with symbolic treats, a tea ceremony, and one delicious roast pig (you can’t have a wedding without one!). The second leg of the festivities brought us to Queens Botanical Garden, where we found ourselves surrounded by piles of colorful leaves, Halloween decor and a bench full of elderly Asian ladies who were desperately trying to stifle their giggling (I’ve endearingly named them Florence, Mildred, Edith and Marjorie – I sincerely hope I’ll see them again). We concluded their celebration atop the Terrace on the Park, with views overlooking Citifield and NYC – quite possibly the best view in all of Queens. We had so much fun documenting this wedding, and everything was just perfect: from their beautiful portrait session, to all of the moments in between. We couldn’t have asked for a more awesome couple :).
Venue & Catering: Terrace on the Park // Ceremony/Officiant: Cristina Gleicher // Hair & Make-up: Lucille Liu // Dress: Danielle Caprese // Shoes: DIY embellished Sam Edelman // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Jewelry: Vietnamese traditional jewelries // Floral/Décor: DIY // Entertainment: Platinum Party // Stationery: thiepcuoimythuat.com // Favors: Baileys Irish Cream liqueur and Ferrero Roche // Cinematography: Matt Koza
When planning a wedding in NJ, you really can’t go wrong with a lakefront wedding in the Fall – which is precisely what Melissa & Colin did, when they hosted their celebration this past October at the newly-renovated Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, NJ. It was late enough in the season to be relatively bug-free, but early enough in the season to enjoy all the wonderful colors that Mother Nature had to offer. And of course, the perfect weather doesn’t hurt either :).
Venue & Catering: Indian Trail Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Holy Trinity Church – Hackensack, NJ // Hair & Make-up: Mariel Guay // Dress: Paloma Blanca // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss // Floral/Décor: Allure Floral // Entertainment: Almost Easy Entertainment // Stationery: Salt and Paperie // Cinematography: Ambiance Video