It has been several years since I last set foot on the beautiful grounds of the Mallard Island Yacht Club. With it’s quaint little chapel overlooking one of the most gorgeous views that the Jersey Shore has to offer, it’s hard not to love this place. For weeks prior to their wedding, everyone was keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts, as Lauren & Mike nearly found themselves (and their wedding day) smack dab in the middle of one of the most ferocious hurricane seasons the mid-Atlantic had ever seen. Although a torrential downpour certainly wouldn’t have put a damper on this particular celebration, a stroke of good luck brought us one of the most perfect days for a wedding. This wedding featured some snazzy dance moves, literally every 90s hit from my adolescence, and some of the most amusing speeches I’ve heard in a while. We’re so happy for these two, and we wish them both a lifetime of love, laughter and Springsteen :).

Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding on the Jersey Shore, captured by photo-documentary Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Venue/Catering: Mallard Island Yacht Club

“How about Watchung Reservation?” they asked, as they were sitting in our living room brainstorming for engagement session location ideas. “As in…the Watchung Reservation that’s down the street from here?” I replied, looking up from my notes. As it turned out, Sarah and Kristin were not interested in anything/anywhere fancy or over-the-top; they simply wanted the session to be about them (and possibly their dog), and their life and love they share with each other. And as a wedding photographer, I couldn’t agree more with this approach. We started their session at home (along with the awesomest dog in the world Cooper!), and went around the corner to Watchung Reservation to wrap up this amazingly warm and fuzzy engagement session.

Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Watchung Reservation engagement session captured by North Jersey LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

It was a windy fall day when I met up with Deanna & Helena for their engagement session at Divine Park. It was so windy in fact, that after 30 minutes of being blown to smithereens, we wisely found ourselves a quiet cozy coffee shop along the main street for a quick break. When we finally decided to brave the elements once more, we wrapped up this incredibly fun engagement session with some trademark wall art along Asbury Park’s famous boardwalk. We can’t wait to get these two beautiful ladies in front of our cameras again!

Asbury Park engagement session in Central Jersey captured by Central Jersey LGBTQ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session in Central Jersey captured by Central Jersey LGBTQ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session in Central Jersey captured by Central Jersey LGBTQ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session in Central Jersey captured by Central Jersey LGBTQ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session in Central Jersey captured by Central Jersey LGBTQ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session in Central Jersey captured by Central Jersey LGBTQ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session in Central Jersey captured by Central Jersey LGBTQ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session in Central Jersey captured by Central Jersey LGBTQ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

When we’re in “work-mode” on a typical wedding day, taking care of our clients (by taking pretty pictures of them!) is our number one priority. On the totem pole of all the important concerns that any reasonable person should have on any given wedding day, the wedding photographer’s personal preferences/needs/wants/desires rank pretty low – and quite honestly, that’s the way it really should be :). But when Rimma & Danny managed to check off every single box off the list of “Things to Make a Wedding Photographer’s Life Easy” (a list that I pretty much just made up right now), it’s no surprise they managed to yield some of our most beautiful images to date. In no particular order, they (1) celebrated their wedding at the wonderfully amazing Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua, NY, complete with its rustic charm and legendary menu and service, (2) kept their bridal party minimal (and on time!), (3) kept it 100% real. That last one is especially important because as photographers who were privileged to document the evening’s festivities, we observed genuine love and joy in the room. All the camera magic and photoshop wizardry in the world can’t reproduce those kinds of feelings, and we were just so lucky to have been swimming in an abundance of it. As Rimma & Danny forge ahead on their new adventures on the West Coast, based on everything we’ve seen through their engagement to their wedding day, we know they have a bright future ahead together!

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Venue & Catering: Crabtree’s Kittle House // Ceremony/Officiant: Harris Bloom // Hair & Make-up: Beautini // Dress: Romona Keveza // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss // Jewelry: Tiffany & Co, Brian Gavin // Floral/Décor: August, Sage, and Violet // Entertainment: Rob Kelly @ 74 Events // Stationery: Wedding Divas