If you recognize this fella, it’s probably because you’ve seen that face a few dozen times via our random behind-the-scenes posts on Facebook this past year or so. That’s right folks! Steve is one of our associate photographers at Pearl Paper Studio, and he finally got a taste of what it was like to be on the other side of the camera with yours truly!

If you are one of our clients, or work with me on a regular basis, you’ll know that much of the laughter and smiles come naturally as a result of my 10-15 minute comedy routine (which really hasn’t changed in the past 3-4 years). But when you’ve heard these jokes several hundred times already (ie. Karis…or Steve), those 10-15 minutes could quite possibly feel like an eternity. Lucky for us, Melissa’s never heard any of my jokes…so I convinced myself that I was pretty much halfway there. And of course, I’d like to think of myself as a glass-is-half-full kinda guy :).

We first met Steve & Melissa at another wedding in 2013. We haven’t been able to shake them off ever since :).  In the past year or so, Steve has been one of our associate photographers at Pearl Paper Studio, and we’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow as a photographer. You guys will definitely be seeing more of this guy in the future!

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Despite being a city of 20 million people, the odds of Sophia & Dave ever finding each other while in college 200 miles away from NYC would be a pretty awesome feat by any measure. And despite being members of an Asian community of merely 1 million people in the NYC metropolitan area, the odds that Sophia & Dave would ever cross paths with yours truly would be rather slim as well. So when we learned that our fathers both worked at the same hole-in-the-wall restaurant 35ish years ago – well, that just crazy talk right there :).

When we first got Sophia & Dave in front of our cameras for their “Old Shangai” photo shoot at the Metropolitan Building last summer, we knew we were in for a treat.  Sophia & Dave recently celebrated their nuptials with a wedding reception at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ. Here’s a peak of their day.

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And just like that, we wrap up our last wedding of 2014 with the best team anyone could ask for!

Sophia and David Wedding Highlight at the Venetian, NJ from Live Picture Studios on Vimeo.

Venue & Catering: The Venetian // Hair & Make-up: Coco Liu // Dress: Birnbaum & Bullock // Shoes: Miu Miu // Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Jewelry: Custom // Floral/Décor: Petals Premier // Wedding Cake : Palermo’s // Entertainment: Current Affair Music // Uplighting: Magic Moments // Stationery & Favors: Wedding Hills // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios // Church: St. Luke Church // Transportation : LimoRide

Many couples get married outdoors, but it takes a very special (and brave) couple to get married outdoors…in the winter! Thankfully, there were certainly no shortages of heat lamps for Julia & Josh’s wedding at the Stone House in Stirling Ridge, which boasts a semi-outdoor wedding space featuring a beautiful wall of candles (which doubled as a gorgeous backdrop as well as a very much-appreciated secondary heat source for their wedding ceremony!).

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Venue & Catering: The Stone House at Stirling Ridge // Hair: Eden Fabbo  // Make-up: Kira Zlotnik // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: Custom Tux // Floral/Décor: Touch of Elegance Decor // Entertainment: Hank Lane – The Russ Bennett Band // Stationery: Minted.com