Jakky & Joe engagement session took place at their family’s cabin in Upstate NY, which was perfect for all the snowy weather we’ve been getting here in the past few months. They shared many memories in this cabin, and we were recently there to capture one of them. With Joe’s expertise in building campfires, and Jakky’s mastery of brewing the perfect cup of coffee, we were totally set for one of the coziest engagement sessions ever.

Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cozy and fun cabin engagement session  in Upstate NY. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

It was raining when I arrived at the bride’s suite that morning, a seemingly common occurrence for many of the weddings I’ve been shooting this past year. Despite this, I reassured the bride that everything was going to be a-ok: it always stops raining when it’s time for me to shoot outdoors. Wet grass on the other hand…that’s an entirely different matter :). Regardless, the bride was already on top of it by securing permission to shoot at the beautiful Vanvleck House for some of their wedding photos. Here’s a peek of their not-so-rainy wedding day!

Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wilshire Grand Hotel Wedding in West Orange, NJ captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Venue: Wilshire Grand Hotel // Hair & Make-up: Pink Comb Salon // Cinematography: Frank Ahn Films

As a writer-turned-photographer, I count my lucky stars everyday that I’m in a profession where amazing, unbelievable stories are happening all the time. After several years of documenting and retelling stories, I was convinced that I had a rather impressive collection of hilarious anecdotes and experiences. That was until I met Bracha and Jon (both of whom work in the medical field), and these two easily blew all my crazy wedding stories out of the water. These two lovebirds literally had me on my knees throughout their engagement session in Flushing Meadows, from laughing in utter disbelief (my one and only coping mechanism for pretty much everything) after listening to all their crazy work stories. Let’s just say that I’ve learned more about the human body in those few short hours with these two than I could ever hope to learn in a lifetime :).

Flushing Meadows Engagement Session in Queens, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Flushing Meadows Engagement Session in Queens, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Flushing Meadows Engagement Session in Queens, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Flushing Meadows Engagement Session in Queens, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Flushing Meadows Engagement Session in Queens, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Flushing Meadows Engagement Session in Queens, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Flushing Meadows Engagement Session in Queens, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Alina & Yuriy are a husband-and-wife photography duo based out of Baltimore, MD. Back when they were simply a fiance-and-fiancee photography duo, I knew we were going to have a blast documenting their wedding day. Because these two lovebirds were more accustomed to being behind their own cameras, they were different from most other couples; they didn’t want any fanfare or frills, nor any pomp and circumstance. As a fellow photographer who also prefers to be an observer/participant rather than the focal point of the universe, I knew exactly where they were coming from. They simply wanted to enjoy their day in the company of their closest family members and friends…and of course some good photos to go along with it :). Their day started hilariously at their friend’s salon (oh wait…how did my photobooth props find their way into morning prep?).

Details on the morning of Alina & Yuriy Bride gets ready on the morning of her Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Groom gets ready on the morning of his Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Groom gets ready on the morning of his Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Bride gets ready on the morning of her Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Bride puts on her dress on the morning of her Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wedding photos during a Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wedding photos during a Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wedding photos during a Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wedding photos during a Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Wedding photos during a Valley Mansion Wedding in Hunt Valley. Captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Venue: Valley Mansion // Hair: Julie at Amber Room Day Spa // Make-up: Ellen Georgalas // Dress: David’s Bridal // Groom’s attire: Men’s Warehouse // Jewelry: Family Gift // Entertainment: Jason Wallace of Event Pro // Stationery: David’s Bridal // Favors: DIY

Snow in the countryside is a beautiful thing: white, pristine and blanketed wonderfully across the landscape. Snow in the city, on the other hand, is an entirely different story: slushy, not-quite-white, and a walking hazard for anyone wearing anything taller than a 2-inch heel. While this would normally discourage most girls from doing their engagement session in the middle of winter, I can honestly say that our brides are a special bunch who would bravely defy the norm :). Josie & Vincent’s engagement session took us to the streets of Hoboken and Jersey City, with stops at some of the coziest, warmest locations I could find: a coffee shop and a train station. Sounds pretty good to me!

Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken & Jersey City Engagement Session captured by NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

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