Jen and Jason’s wedding was memorable for many reasons, least of which have anything to do with the fact that their reception venue just so happens to be only 5 minutes from my brother’s new house…as of two weeks before the wedding day! It was totally unplanned, and a welcome surprise – it saved us from having to drive through the night back to New Jersey! Secondly, Jen had a special photo request involving sparklers. And because I love sparklers, how could I possibly deny her that one, simple indulgence?

Sparklers spell words during a wedding at Herrington on the Bay in Chesapeake Beach, MD. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Sneak peek for now, more to come soon :).

Here’s to more memorable indulgences,

Ben & Karis

As I mentioned in a previous post, Rowie and Justin hail from my old stomping grounds of Baltimore. And if there’s one thing we Baltimore folks take seriously, it’s our Ravens! So when Rowie and Justin announced they would be holding their reception there, I thought that was just tremendously fantastic. Truth be told, I’m not much of a sports fan; I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to my channel surfing habits (Travel Channel anyone?). But the thought if shooting somewhere so iconic, grand and recognizable as M&T Bank Stadium, it just boggles the mind that you’re even there. So while I was soaking all of this, imagine the entire bridal party’s taking part in some overzealous horseplay from endzone to endzone :).

But first things first, our morning started at the Marriott in the Inner Harbor, where Rowie and Justin got an early start to their day with the rest of the bridal party.

Wedding rings for Rowie and Justin Bride laughs while getting her hair done on the morning of her wedding in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Groomsmen get ready for a wedding day at the Marriott in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Bridesmaids watch the bride as she gets ready for her wedding day at the Marriott in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Bride gets ready for her wedding day at the Marriott in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Groom looks at his phone on the morning of his wedding in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Groom smiles at the beginning of his wedding ceremony at Loyola in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Bride inside her limo at her wedding ceremony at Loyola in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Wedding ceremony at Loyola in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Wedding ceremony at Loyola in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Wedding ceremony at Loyola in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Bride and groom make grand exit at Loyola in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Bridal party photos in Federal Hill in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Groomsmens photos in Federal Hill in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Wedding cake at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Floral arrangement at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Bridal party pose during a wedding at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography.
First dance during wedding at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Father and daughter dance during wedding at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Mother and son dance during wedding at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Father of the bride makes a speech during a wedding at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Bride reacts during speeches at her wedding at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography.

Best man speech during a reception at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Matron of Honor speech during a reception at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography.

Bride reacts during speeches at her wedding at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography.

Bride smashes cake into the groom Cake cutting during wedding at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Live band during wedding at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Wedding reception at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Wedding reception at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Bride laughs during her wedding reception at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography. Ben and Karis with bride and groom wedding reception at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome Ben Lau Photography.

Justin and Rowie, it has certainly been a pleasure going back to our hometown together with you guys! Thank you for allowing us to capture such a spectacular day, but most of all thank you for your continued friendship even after all these years. Congrats on everything, and we wish you two the very best as you sail off to the sunset together :).

This party was made possible in part by these wonderful folks!

Reception : : Ravens Stadium
Ceremony : : Loyola
Planner : : Felicia Kettler/Carly Mistovich
Gown : : Galina – David’s
Shoes : : Vera Wang
Rings : : Bario Neal
Hair : : Lisa Kastellorizios – Studio 61
Make Up : : Erin Erb – E Marie Makeup
Groom’s Attire : : Vera Wang
DJ/Entertainment : : Nightlife
Catering : : Aramark
Cake : : Grauls Market
Floral : : Flowers and Fancies
Favors : : DIY
Stationery : : DIY

As for us, we have a wedding to shoot today in good ol Jersey City, NJ! Weather looks questionable, but I hope it holds up! If not, I’ve got polka dot umbrellas with the bride and groom’s names written all over them!

Have a great weekend!

Ben & Karis

Engagement session in Philadelphia, PA. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Jenny and Jeff hail from my old stomping grounds of Philadelphia, which also happens to be where my darling wife and I met many years ago. Needless to say, the city has a special place in our hearts, as it does for Jenny and Jeff! Though I’d worked and played throughout most of the usual watering holes throughout Philly, I was excited to explore some of the more unconventional nooks that Jenny and Jeff had planned for their engagement session. Furthermore, I was super-excited that I would be reuniting with another one of my fave hair/make-up professionals (Beauty by Loretta), who also made the trek down from NYC to help make Jenny and Jeff’s engagement session sensational :).

Dog watches as Jenny and Jeff share a kiss during their engagement session at a park near Philadelphia, PA. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Dog smiles and winks during an engagement session at a park near Philadelphia, PA. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Engagement session at the Magic Gardens in Philadelphia, PA. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Engagement session at the Fairmount Waterworks in Philadelphia, PA. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Engagement session at the Fairmount Waterworks in Philadelphia, PA. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Engagement session at the Fairmount Waterworks in Philadelphia, PA. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Big congrats to Jenny and Jeff (and Tank the Dog!) for surviving such a Summer-y engagement session in the City of Brotherly Love. Thank you for not only being exceptional subjects, but pretty awesome-tastic tour guides as well! We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them and we can’t wait to see you guys again in a few more months!

As for us here at BLP Headquarters, we’ve got plenty of work to do as we gear up for the 2nd leg of the 2012 wedding season. This means going to the doctor’s for the cough I’ve been nursing for the past 3 weeks. Turns out my airways were inflamed, probably from all the smoking I used to do in my younger days (I’ve been smoke-free since 2006!), which has been exacerbated by this awesome air quality we’ve been having here in the NYC area . I now serve as a walking (and semi-breathing) public service announcement as to why smoking is bad (not sure if I could ever leave the Big Apple though, or NJ for that matter). Got that? No smoking, kiddos!

Hooray for breathing :).

Ben & Karis

Bride Sarah poses along a wine cellar inside The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

…when magic happens at 90% inspiration and 10% perspiration, and not the other way around :).

Just got back from Maryland this morning and escaped a Wizard of Oz-like storm (craziness!).
Can’t wait to share what we captured this weekend :).

Happy Monday ya’ll!

Ben & Karis