When asked about her engagement session plans, Alex had just one request: sunflowers…and tons of them. Ironically enough, David comes from a long line of green thumbs and knew exactly where to find them. We trekked all the way to David’s old stomping grounds of Sussex, NJ in search of these giant yellow blooms. The good thing about sunflower hunting? You can spot a field of these 8-foot blooms from a mile away :).

Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

  • Puja Cunningham Mitchell - Amazing as usual – especially the individual pictures in the sunflowers. ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Mierop - I’m not surprised, but just love these pictures and Alex, you look gorgeous!ReplyCancel

Music played a huge role in my childhood (I played piano and violin, mostly – as every good Asian kid should), so I was immediately fascinated when Thomas revealed to us that Olivia was utterly, devestatingly enamored with his spellbinding trombone-playing abilities (not precisely verbatim, but it’s how I remember the story). Since our first meeting, we I strongly suggested to Thomas that we I needed to photograph him playing the trombone for Olivia again, and I literally used every passive-aggressive, sweet-talking approach in my arsenal. I tried and tried, but to no avail; something about them being “precision musical instruments” and whatnot :).

When I arrived at Olivia’s home on the morning of their big day, it had been almost two years since I’d met these two love birds, and almost a year since I last had them in front of my cameras. I was elated. So where does a girl from Queens and a fella from Brooklyn celebrate their wedding? In Long Island, of course.

White wedding flowers for a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Breakfast at home before a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Dog sits on a couch on the morning of a wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Dress and shoe shots for a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride gets ready on the morning of her wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sister of the groom looks on as the bride prepares on the morning of a wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom prep on the morning of a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Grandmother of the bride prepares on the morning of a wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Detail and candid shots for a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride gets ready on the morning of her wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride gets into her dress on the morning of her wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Solo portraits for a bride and groom on the morning of their wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride
Bride en route to St. Andrew Avellino Church on her wedding day. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
St. Andrew Avellino Church. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride walks down the aisle at St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom cries during his wedding ceremony at St. Andrew Avellino Church. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom share a kiss at St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom
Bride and groom share a kiss at St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding menu for a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception details at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom
Toasts during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Toasts during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom plays the trombone for his bride during his wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Cake cutting during a wedding reception  at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride

And of course, some photobooth fun (it’s been a while!)

Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Venue: The Inn at New Hyde Park // Church: St. Andrew Avellino // Hair: Anna Gangone // Make-up: Christina Amador // Dress: Casablanca Bridal // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s attire: Vera Wang // Jewelry: Nick’s Jewelry // Floral/Décor: A & S Florist // Cake: Dortoni Bakery // Entertainment: Satisfaction Guaranteed // Stationery: Invitations by Jillianne // Favors: You’re Invited to Celebrate // Cinematography: Rob Adams Films

The sun had barely risen above the George Washington Bridge when Maggie and Le made their way to an empty salon that morning. The orange glow from the salon’s large windows spilled into the quiet and empty streets of Fort Lee; an unusual occurrence for any commuter city around early morning rush hour. By the time I had arrived, with a camera in hand and a large cup of coffee in the other, these two lovebirds were ready to take New York City by storm.

New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
New York City Hall wedding photography captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

I remember meeting Jay for the first time during their engagement session last spring. He’d just come off a red eye flight from Texas earlier that morning, with the sole mission of tackling their ever-looming wedding-day checklist – least of which was an engagement session with yours truly (which ironically involved the consumption of copious amounts of Red Eyes). As the local half of this dynamic duo, Diana was tasked with a monumental load of wedding planning due to Jay’s work obligations in Texas. Jay, like most soon-to-be-married men, simply wanted his future-wife to be happy (smart man!). He had only one request: he did NOT want to do a first look. I smiled to myself and watched this lover’s quarrel unfold in my rear view mirror. I smiled, because I’m a married man who already knew how this was going to end :).

One year later, Diana & Jay’s wedding day at the Liberty House started nearby in a cozy suite at the Double Tree  in Jersey City overlooking the Hudson River. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

NYC skyline view from NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding invitations. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Ring and shoe shot for a Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom prepares on the morning of his wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride gets airbrush make up on the morning of her wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding guests take pictures of the bride on the morning of her wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding dress and wedding shoes detail shots in a hotel room. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom prepares on the morning of his wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride preps on the morning of her Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom looks at his reflection in the mirror on the morning of his wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride inspects her dress on the morning of her wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Mother of the bride helps her daughter with her dress on the morning of her wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride slips into her wedding dress on the morning of her Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bouquet and groom poses by the window for a Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groomsmen prepare for a wedding at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom solo portraits on the morning of their Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom
Groom and groomsmen pose for a group portrait on the morning of a Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom wedding photos at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Father of the bride thinking quietly to himself, while waiting inside the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride walks down the aisle with her father during her wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Father of the bride walks his daughter down the aisle during a wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride makes a face at the groom during her wedding reception at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom walk down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Room and cake shot for a Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Stationery and wedding flowers for a Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Cocktail food at the Liberty House. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom wedding photos at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding details for a wedding reception at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding reception at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Toasts during a wedding reception at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding reception at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding reception at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests make smores over a fire pit during a wedding reception at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception at the LIberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Venue: Liberty House | Hair/Make-up: Pink Comb Studios | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones from Kleinfeld | Shoes: INC | Groom’s attire: Black by Vera Wang | Necklace: Ellen Hunter | Headband and Earrings – Perfect Accent | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters from Hollywood Bridal | Floral/Décor: Vintage and Nouveau | Entertainment: Starlyte Music | Stationery: Favor-it Shop | Cinematography: Live Picture Studio

  • Celia Milton - beautiful and one of my favorite venues. Why no credit for the officiant? ReplyCancel