We loved working with Sarah and Ed, two of the most laid-back, fun-loving, everything-goes kinda couple that every wedding photographer wants knocking on their doorstep. They tied the knot at The Manor in West Orange, one of my favorite NJ wedding venues. And even better, they were getting ready at a hotel that was literally across the parking lot. Not only were they great to work with, they were uber-efficient! Win-win! Ka-chow!

Here are some sneak peeks of their day.

Bride Sarah puts on her veil on her wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom Ed ties his tie on the morning of his wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom Ed poses for a portrait on the morning of his wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Sarah laughs during portraits on the morning of her wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Sarah laughs during her wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Hope you guys enjoy these. Stay tuned for more!

As for us here (well just me, actually), I’ll be in the Charm City until Sunday with a double header of engagement sessions greeting me until Monday night. No rest till Tuesday! These next few days are going to be a doozy, but at least the leaves are nice outside!

Have a great weekend everyone :).

Ben & Karis

 

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When we arrived at Negar and Jason’s hotel in Jersey City that morning, we knew it was going to be an awesome day. The weather was mild, with a few clouds crawling slowly across the late summer sky. As I moved between the bride and groom’s rooms, I found it hilarious that they were both watching the same program while getting ready: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off…with a side of Chinese food to boot. What better way to kick off a celebration of happily ever? It was appropriate, to say the least. After all, these two were playing hooky while the residents of San Francisco were wondering where the two most awesome chiropractors in the world were hiding :).

Groom gets ready for his wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Negar

Most brides these days have a pair of ceremony shoes, and dancing shoes. Good idea!

Wedding rings on Negar and Jason

Flowers for Negar and Jason

Bride gets ready for her wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride puts on her shoes on her wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

These would be the other pair :).

Groom gets a few words of wisdom from his father on his wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom Jason Groom Jason Bride Negar poses for portraits on her wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

View of the Manhattan skyline during an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Whoever thought of putting a giant grassy field (and the Manhattan skyline) behind a wedding venue is genius, I tell you :).

Groom smiles during his wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom hold hands during their wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Negar laughs during her outdoor wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Father of the bride during an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Flower girls laugh during an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Cocktail hour for Negar and Jason Wedding cake for Negar and Jason Bride and groom share a first dance at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mother of the bride gives a speech during a wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride cries during speeches at Negar and Jason Bride and groom dance on their wedding night at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Dancing at Negar and Jason Dancing at Negar and Jason Knife dance for Negar and Jason Boy blows at a marshmallow during Negar and Jason

Which evil genius brought marshmallows to the party?!?

Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Negar and Jason, 1,000,000 x’s congrats to the both of you! We were so absolutely thrilled to capture your special day back here in NJ and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We hope you guys enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them, and we can’t wait to see you guys again! Let’s also give a round of applause to the following folks who made this day possible:
Ceremony : : Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ
Reception : : Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ
Gown : : Allure Bridal
Jewelry : : Custom-made in Iran
Hair : : Viva Glam Salon
Make Up : : Viva Glam Salon
Grooms Attire : : Vera Wang
Catering : : Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ
Cake : : Carlos’ Bakery
Floral : : Brandy Wine Floral Designs
Favors : : DIY from Iran
Stationery : : magnetstreet.com
Secondary Photography : : Benson Lau Photography

Bride and groom pose for portraits near the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau.

As for us here at HQ, I’ll be trading my chilly weekend up here in NJ for a chilly weekend down in MD…starting this afternoon! I’m going to be a road warrior from now till Tuesday, whilst Karis resumes her role as mommy-extraordinaire. I swear the kids will be in college by the time I get home. Our wedding season still has 7 more weeks to go, and we’re loving every single minute of it :).

See you guys on the flip side!

Ben & Karis

Well, he’ll be a month old tomorrow anyway :).

This entire month has been a blur, more so professionally than personally. On all fronts, I’m afraid the kiddo won’t be getting a monthly hat like his older brother (at the time of writing this, that seems to be the case).

Baby Aiden is 2 Months Old | Ben Lau Photography

I’m sure 2.0’s probably relieved :).

In truth, this second round of parenting is a little bit easier 1-on-1. This is probably because we’ve learned many of the shortcuts and we exercise them (very) liberally. Baby bath time doesn’t take nearly as long (and he’s just as clean!), and we’ve become quite adept at doing most normal everyday stuff with only one hand, which includes but is not limited to: eating cold leftovers, responding to emails, and of course blogging (though at this very moment while writing this, I am baby-free). At this point, we can pretty much change a diaper in the dark while still halfway-sleeping, and still wake up the next morning semi-conscious and ready to tackle the day. It’s the 2-on-1 and 2-on-2 that’s become a challenge. Now imagine doing everything I just mentioned above, and throw in a two year old little monster who apparently escaped from his bathtub and is now running around the house…while naked…and totally wet.

Yah, it’s only mildly amusing as an afterthought.

Our living/work situation has changed quite a bit since Lil Monster 1.0 was born, as we now both work from home. We’re no longer burning our respective candles from both ends, so our schedules are a little bit more flexible and we can sleep in if we need to. This makes being parents and photographer extraordinaires a little bit easier, I suppose. Right now, our priorities are making sure the big one doesn’t eat the little one when we’re not looking, and of course making sure we make all of our deliveries on time. It’s not so much the bridezillas or groomzillas that we worry about (because it’s a proven fact that all of our brides and grooms are pretty awesome-sauce, to say the least!), it’s the fire-breathing momzillas that give us the heebie-jeebies :).

That squirmy bundle of meat you see before you does not taste like kimchi, tic-tacs, watermelon, pork belly or any of your favorite foods!

It’s difficult to fathom how we got to where we are today, but we certainly acknowledge all these blessings and we’re thankful for all the wonderful love and support we’ve received from our family, friends and clients alike. We realize there will be challenging roads ahead, but something tells me that we’re going to be just fine.

Happy Month-a-versary kiddo. We’ve managed to keep you alive this past month, and your older brother hasn’t eaten you yet. In my book, everybody wins :).

Ben & Karis

Ahhh, Audrey Zapp Drive – the crown jewel of Jersey City, NJ and a favorite shooting location for many wedding photographers in the area. Why? It features one (of only six, so we’re told) of the original cobblestone streets of historic Jersey City, a magnificent view of the New York City skyline, and not to mention, two of the hottest wedding venues on this side of the Hudson: the Liberty House and the Maritime Parc. So when Negar and Jason told us they were getting married at The Liberty House, we knew we were going to make some magic :).

Here are some sneak peaks of their day.

Bride Negar covers half her face during prep for her wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Negar poses on a bed during prep for her wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. First look between bride and groom Negar and Jason on their wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Negar and Jason pose for their bridal portraits on their wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Hope you guys enjoyed these sneak peaks.

Stay tuned for more!

Ben & Karis

Have you ever encountered people whose lives just make you wonder, “There’s no frigg’n way! That stuff only happens in movies!”? You know, the kinda off-the-script, color-outside-the-lines and habitual rule-breakers whose stories can entertain you for hours on end? Erin and Tim are those rule breakers :). Karis and I spent our first meeting with this couple laughing our socks off as they told us about how they met and all the adventures they’d been through together. When Erin told us that she stopped at mile 9 of her half marathon to grab a margarita with her friends, we were instantly hooked. It’s not often that you meet these kinds of awesome folks in your lives. You just have to take ’em by the ears, make a run for it, and enjoy the company.

Erin and Tim’s engagement session started in Central Park on an early, rainy Saturday morning. We like it like that because there’s nobody at the park that early in the morning, and even the dog walkers scramble at the first sight of rain. There’s a common misconception that engagement sessions need to be outdoors, much less with open blue skies overhead. I spent my first year as a wedding photographer shooting in the rain, so I’m no stranger to the whims of the weather-gods. Erin and Tim showed up that morning with a few heavy bags that slipped off their shoulders and landed on the ground with a loud *thunk*.

“Shoes?” I asked, pointing to the bags.

“Nope.” Tim replies. “Beer!”

Let the record show that I actually do encourage this kinda approach to everything in life, both on and off camera. Beer does make everything better :).

Erin and Tim pose with an umbrella by a fountain during their rainy engagement session in Central Park with Ben Lau Photography.

Erin smiles at Tim during their engagement session in Central Park with Ben Lau Photography.

Erin poses in the archway during her engagement session in Central Park with Ben Lau Photography. Tim poses against an archway during a rainy engagement session in Central Park with Ben Lau Photography.

Erin and Tim pose in the archway during her engagement session in Central Park with Ben Lau Photography. Tim and Erin pose in the mall with their umbrella during a rainy engagement session in Central Park with Ben Lau Photography.After about an hour of getting soaked with the rain coming down sideways, we decided it was time to take our rainy engagement shoot indoors. Thank goodness for weather-sealing on my equipment, and thank goodness Tim works at a bar that doesn’t open this early in the morning :). Round 2 of our engagement session took place at Bravest where Tim moonlights as a bartender extraordinaire.

Empty bar during Erin and Tim
Tim and Erin pose inside an empty bar in the Upper East Side during their rainy engagement session with Ben Lau Photography.

Tim and Erin share a laugh inside an empty bar in the Upper East Side during their rainy engagement session with Ben Lau Photography.

Tim and Erin share a laugh inside an empty bar in the Upper East Side during their rainy engagement session with Ben Lau Photography.

And of course, some sport’s team love from our fun (and now, dry!) couple :).

Erin and Tim pose for their engagement session wearing Jets and Yankees Jerseys. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.
Erin and Tim, we had so much fun splashing puddles with you guys during your rainy engagement session. We had a blast, and we hope you did too. We simply can’t wait to see you guys next year!
As for us here at Ben Lau Photography headquarters, we seemed to have encountered a medical emergency: I have a chipped tooth! Thankfully, it’s a molar so there will be no toothless smiling or lisps for my wedding this weekend :). Appointment is set for tomorrow, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed!
Ben & Karis
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