Lauren and Tom are two high school sweethearts with the kind of story you only see in Hollywood tween movies: boy on the football team, girl on the cheerleading squad – boy gets distracted during a game and subsequently gets pummeled by the rival school BUT still manages to earn the affections of the leading lady. Or that one time he goes to cheer for her during one of her many basketball games, and specifically recalled the one where she drained a 3 from half-court to win the game in double-overtime. You know, those kinds of stories. Now of course, I can’t substantiate any of these claims because only 20% of the previous two sentences are completely true and I honestly did my best to fill in the blanks where I could :). But according to what I was told, they did hoist Lauren up into the air after she scored that winning shot, and the entire gymnasium started cheering her name…or something to that effect :).

10 years later, Lauren & Tom now call Hoboken their home. They also happen to be neighbors to another one of our awesome couples. They’ll be tying the knot this weekend at nearby Maritime Parc in Jersey City. I can honestly say that I absolutely can’t wait to get these two in front of our cameras again, and hopefully give them some new stories to tell :).

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The Gold Coast is one of my favorite destinations in Long Island; simply endless miles of beaches along Long Island’s North Shore and speckled with some of the most luxurious estates you’ve ever laid eyes upon. Terry & Bejoe were fortunate enough to make arrangements to take their photos at one such estate: the Welwyn Preserve in Glen Cove. Terry & Bejoe’s story of how they met is not an unfamiliar one, where they both share a mutual friend (whom I’ll have to seek out on the actual wedding day, and thank him for bringing together such a wonderful couple for our cameras!). We started this session in the semi-wilderness of the 204 acre property, until we found ourselves on an empty beach. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect backdrop for this perfect couple!

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It was hard to believe that it had been just about a year since I last saw these two, as we trudged around their home turf of Staten Island for their wonderfully light-hearted and fun engagement session. This time around however, they would be on my home turf; a mere 11 minutes away from my home at one of my favorite wedding venues at The Stone House at Stirling Ridge. In a year’s time, they’ve collectively planned a wedding, planned a honeymoon and still found time to get published in print (on topics that are well beyond my limited expertise). Their Spring(ish) wedding kicked off the “Spring” wedding season for us, and we couldn’t have asked for a more awesome couple to have that distinction. On Kimberly & Burak’s big day, we shared lots of laughs, sparklers, s’mores and an inordinate amount of air-diving (for lack of a better word) on the dance floor that I’ve seldom seen in my years as a wedding photographer. You know what? I’ll take it!

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Venue & Catering: Stone House at Stirling Ridge // Ceremony/Officiant: Father Joseph Ciccone // Hair & Make-up: Mia Passione Salon // Dress: Pronovias // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Joseph Abboud // Jewelry: Blue Nile // Floral/Décor: Clark’s House of Flowers // Stationery, Favors and Day-of Coordinator: Pumpkinly Prints Designs & Events // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios

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As a professional wedding photographer, I’ve seen my fair share of hotel rooms – but none, I surmise, quite look like the ones at the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City. Although winter had certainly overstayed its welcome this season, we kept ourselves plenty cozy for this fun, indoor engagement session (we did sneak out for a few outdoor shots, while trying our best not to catch pneumonia!). We helped ourselves to (several) Old Fashioned’s, some music to set the mood (Tupac, anyone?), and more natural light and decor any photographer could ever possibly ask for. Did I forget to mention: this hotel just absolutely rocks?

Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Long Island City engagement session at the Paper Factory Hotel, captured by LIC wedding photographer Ben Lau.