Once upon a time, long before big cities, planes and automobiles, humans beings lived in small villages where neighbors, friends and family made up the core of what most humans considered “home”. These communities lived, worked, and played together, simply because that’s what you did. When one of your own is about to celebrate a momentous milestone, it’s not just a celebration for the individual, but a celebration for the entire community. In this particular story, our village is a quiet street in the Bronx. As Antonia and her entourage of bridesmaids walked down the streets of her childhood home, the entire neighborhood came out with an outpouring of love and support. That little girl of yesteryear wasn’t so little anymore; and she was well on her way to the neighborhood church to marry her future husband. And of course, what fairy tale wedding would be complete without a castle? Antonia & Kevin kicked off this next chapter of their lives with a fabulous celebration at the Glen Island Harbour Club (the castle located nearby isn’t technically included, but we’ll take it!).

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Venue: Glen Island Harbour Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Church of St. Theresa // Hair: Salon Camaj // Make-up: Stephanie Barr and Jay Alvear // Dress: Matthew Christopher // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: Ike Behar/ Ridge Squire Tuxedo // Jewelry: Elephant’s Trunk, Mount Kisco // Floral/Décor: Arcadia Floral // Entertainment: Pure Entertainment // Stationery: Dancing Pen & Press // Favors: Bacaro Pinot Grigio Rose/ Bacchanal Wine Imports // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios

Who doesn’t love going to the Hamptons on a beautiful summer weekend? A wedding celebration full of sunshine, surf and sand? You certainly don’t have to ask us twice :). Maria & Alan’s wedding at Westhampton Bath & Tennis’ Oceanbleu was the perfect venue for their beach wedding. Although there was a summer storm brewing overhead, mixed in together with some technical difficulties, our ever-positive groom welcomed his guests to his (now) abbreviated jazz wedding….which leaves everyone with more time for partying (at least in my book!). We loved many of the details of this wedding, from the groom’s awesome card to his soon-to-be wife, down to their jewelry and decor. The aforementioned storm came and went, giving their guests the wonderful opportunity to enjoy and evening bonfire with some s’mores, surf and sand – in my opinion, probably the best way to end a wonderful celebration!

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Venue: Oceanbleu at Westhampton Bath and Tennis Beach Club // Catering: Robbins Wolfe Events // Officiant: Our Wedding Officiant NYC // Hair & Make-Up: Fox & Jane Salon // Dress: Alfred Angelo Custom Design // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Jewerly: Wedding Rings by Catbird; Earrings and Necklace by Elizabeth & James // Groom’s attire: Vera Wang // Floral/Décor: Wildflower Florist & Events
// Cinematography: Tweed Video

Much to everyone’s chagrin…it’s been raining almost every weekend this past wedding season, officially ending my unofficial 6 year streak of fair-weathered wedding days. After all these years of uncanny good luck, I knew my days were eventually numbered. But luckily for us, Courtney & Dave’s wedding day at the Venetian offered up some of the most beautiful indoor photo locations a bride & groom (and wedding photographer!) could ever ask for. We loved all the unique details of their day, from the custom broach bouquet (which doubled as a fancy, bling-y medieval weapon!), to their floral centerpieces and the magnificently gorgeous dress. This beautiful wedding at the Venetian in Garfield was the perfect beginning of the next chapter of their lives together.

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Venue & Catering: Venetian Catering // Ceremony: Most Blessed Sacrament // Hair: Salon Chez Nous Carmen Malleo // Makeup: Makeup by Nikkii Kasak // Dress: Jim Hjelm // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Men’s Warehouse // Jewlery: Jewelry by Grace in Allendale // Floral: Yumila Weddings and Events Floral Design // Entertainment: DJ Express // Stationary: The Delgen Press // Cinematography: Studio94

On the Jersey side of the universe (the universe of course, being the Hudson River), if Hoboken’s at the top of my favorite locations to photograph, Jersey City will come a close second. While the waterfront views of the NYC skyline are pretty awesome for your typical summer engagement session, that much-welcomed summer breeze coming off the Hudson is where the money’s at :).  Though we got lost somewhere in Hoboken, this happy little accident left us on top of a secluded hilltop with views of the city. I’ll take it!

Fun engagement session in Hoboken, captured by contemporary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Fun engagement session in Hoboken, captured by contemporary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Fun engagement session in Hoboken, captured by contemporary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Fun engagement session in Hoboken, captured by contemporary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Fun engagement session in Hoboken, captured by contemporary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Fun engagement session in Hoboken, captured by contemporary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Fun engagement session in Hoboken, captured by contemporary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.