If there’s one thing I love about NJ, it’s the quaint main-street towns the sprout out from the landscape; where the locals are super nice, and car drivers always give pedestrians the right of way, even when they’re jay-walking. Red Bank is certainly such a town, where the nice folks at The Red Bicycle even lent us a bike to use for this engagement session….for free! Even the workers in the marina gave us full access to their piers, which is a tremendous deviation from my usual trespassing ways :). Everything was pretty much perfect for Sarah & Vince’s sunset engagement session in Red Bank. Here’s a little peek of their adventure.

Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sunset engagement session in Red Bank, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Liz & Neil’s wedding took place on my old stomping grounds of Northern Virginia. This wedding featured all sorts of delightful colors, elements and a cast of wonderful characters that helped us create such a unique narrative of their lives. Their days started quietly at home, with their reception held at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA. Here’s a peek of their day.

Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Bride gets ready for her wedding day. Westfields Marriott wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony in Northern VA.  Westfields Marriott wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and her flower girls and ring bearer. Westfields Marriott wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
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Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Westfields Marriott Indian wedding in Chantilly, VA - captured by Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Venue: Westfields Marriott in Chantily // Catering: IndAroma // Church: St. Charles Borromeo // Hair: Up Do’s for I Do’s // Make-up: Studio Sano / Ayesha’ s Beauty Salon and Spa // Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner // Shoes: Alfani // Jewelry: Global Bridal Gallery // Floral/Décor: Royal Floral Design / As U Wish // Entertainment: Planet DJ Productions // Stationery: Raniti International // Favors: Raniti International // Planner/Coordinator: Michelle Kurian // Cinematographer Retouch Relive

According to a study (that I just made up right now), there’s always less than 2 degrees of separation between any two New Yorkers, despite being a metropolitan area of more than 10 million people. Between two Asian people? Even less. You could imagine my surprise when I arrived to the reception venue only to discover that members of my own family had taken up an entire table for themselves. Auntie? Uncle? What are you guys doing here? While I had previous knowledge that the groom and I both had relatives from the same village, it never occurred to us that we could possibly be related. Well…now we knew. What are the chances, right?

Amy & Jackson got ready at their respective homes in Brooklyn that morning. My favorite thing about Chinese weddings? The games, of course! More on that later :).

Bride prepares for her Chinese wedding in Brooklyn, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding rings and wedding shoes. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride prepares for her Chinese wedding in Brooklyn, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride prepares for her Chinese wedding in Brooklyn, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Chinese wedding door games in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Twister for a Chinese wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Chinese wedding door games in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Chinese tea ceremony in Brooklyn, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Chinese tea ceremony in Brooklyn, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding dress and groom. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride prepares for her Chinese wedding in Brooklyn, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride & groom play with confetti during their portrait time. Chinese wedding in Brooklyn, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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Wedding at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Venue & Catering: East Harbour Seafood Palace // Wedding Cake: Silk Cakes // Hair and Make-up: Red Weddings – Jing // Wedding Dress by Oleg Cassini & Custom Made Chinese Kwa // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Dante Zeller Tuxedos // Jewelry: Vintage Necklace and Earring and Chinese 24K Gold Jewelry // Floral/Décor: Melissa’s Creations and Silk Flowers by Mally // Stationery: C & S Printing // Favors: Oriental Trading and DIY

Laura & Jason currently hail from Vancouver, and will be tying the knot in my old stomping grounds of Northern Virginia. They first met a number of years ago at the School of Visual Arts (Karis’ alma mater!) here in NYC, which would eventually serve as the backdrop for not only their lovely engagement session, but a romantic trip down memory lane as well. Their engagement session started late that afternoon on the quiet side streets of Chelsea and the Flat Iron District, and wrapping up in DUMBO Brooklyn with the sun setting behind the Manhattan skyline.

Laura & Jason pose against a wall during their engagement session in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Laura & Jason during their engagement session in DUMBO Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Laura & Jason play on the grass during their engagement session in DUMBO Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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Laura & Jason lay on the grass during their engagement session in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Laura & Jason sit on steps during their engagement session in DUMBO Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Laura & Jason during their engagement session in DUMBO Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Laura & Jason during their engagement session in DUMBO Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Laura & Jason sit on steps during their engagement session in DUMBO Brooklyn. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.