I’ll always remember one of my most recent meetings with Maricar and Izaak because I had just gotten some dental procedures done that afternoon and my speech was still slurred from all the meds. Despite the fact I had no function/control over my tongue, cheek or lips (and therefore, coherent speech was wishful thinking), we laughed about it like old friends as I attempted in earnest to dine on a tuna sandwich. But the real story here is that Maricar and Izaak have known each other since elementary school, and fate decided to send them on their separate ways for almost 20 years before reuniting them again. It was only appropriate to take their session back to where it all began, back to their childhood stomping grounds in Northern Virginia.

Maricar and Izaak share a moment outside the principals office during their engagement session with Northern Virginia wedding photographer Ben Lau. Maricar and Izaak pose in a school hallway during their engagement session with Northern Virginia wedding photographer Ben Lau. Maricar and Izaak share a in library during their engagement session with Northern Virginia wedding photographer Ben Lau. Maricar and Izaak pose in a parking lot during their engagement session with Northern Virginia wedding photographer Ben Lau. Maricar rides on Izaak Maricar and Izaak pose during their engagement session with Northern Virginia wedding photographer Ben Lau. Maricar and Izaak sit on a bench during their engagement session with Northern Virginia wedding photographer Ben Lau. Maricar and Izaak do a jumping pose during their engagement session with Northern Virginia wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Towards the end of their session, I was plagued with a serious case of the hiccups. I was nearly on my knees when I snapped that last image. While holding my breath, I motioned to them that the show had to go on and that my lungs would (probably) forgive me later. Thankfully, they nailed it on two quick takes and we continued on our quest to find me some water. Maricar and Izaak, thank you so much for showing us your old stomping grounds and we look forward to seeing you guys again in a few months! I’ll make sure to bring plenty of water just in case :).

Much love, friends!

Ben

On the evening prior to their session, they approached me with a few confessions: there was an incident involving kickboxing and an exposed-body-part-that-shall-not-be-named, along with some other minor issues. Hilarious. I know :). But I told them not to worry, because they picked one of the most awesome days this Spring for their engagement session. Even though I’m a born-and-bred Brooklynite, these folks showed me some hidden gems in Brooklyn that even I didn’t know about (and they’re from Queens and Manhattan!). Shame on me, seriously. But first, off to Vinegar Hill!

Yumi and Alan pose during their engagement session in Brooklyn, NY with awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

There’s actually a secret in this photo above. Does anyone know what it is?

Yumi and Alan pose along a wall in Vinegar Hill during their engagement session with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Yumi and Alan pose inside a bar in Brooklyn NY during their engagement session.

A library inside a bar…with a bocce court. That’s what I call amazing!

Yumi and Alan pose inside a bocce ball bar in Brooklyn NY during their engagement session.

Yumi and Alan pose inside a bocce ball bar in Brooklyn NY during their engagement session.

Yumi and Alan pose inside a library in Brooklyn NY during their engagement session. Yumi and Alan pose inside a library in Brooklyn NY during their engagement session.

Silhouette of kissing couple at Dekalb Market during their engagement session with awesome NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

After some liquid inspiration (the ones that involve hops and barley), we chased some colors around at Dekalb Market.

Yumi Alan

Sunset silhouette of couple holding hands at Dekalb Market during their engagement session with awesome NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Not as many colors as we initially thought, but the lighting was marvelous! And judging by the length of those shadows, we were about to make some magic!

Yumi and Alan pose inside an abandoned train during their engagement session in Red Hook. Captured by awesome NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

I call this the “Nameless Love Story On An Abandoned Train Movie Poster” – Written, directed and produced by Ben Lau, of course.

Yumi and Alan pose inside the windows of an abandoned train during their engagement session in Red Hook. Captured by awesome NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Adorable :).

Yumi and Alan pose alongside an abandoned train during their engagement session in Red Hook. Captured by awesome NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

I told you magic was about to happen!

This session was the perfect storm of ingredients which made it absolutely amazing. When impeccable lighting, awesome weather, gorgeous backdrops and an adventurous couple converges in front of my lens, you’d probably see me shooting and bawling my eyes out at the same time – because it’s just that beautiful. Yumi and Alan, congratulations again on your engagement and thank you so much for inviting us along for the ride. We can’t wait to see you guys again in a few more months, and we hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them!

Here’s to more perfect storms :)

Ben

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Sometimes, there are weddings we were just meant to capture. Despite finding me during the early stages of their wedding planning, Magi and Sam took the scenic route into my calendar. And just like “that”, everything just fell into place like magic. They snatched up one of the last available dates I had on my Spring calendar and the rest was simply history. After our engagement session adventure in Jersey City shortly thereafter, we were practically an old married couple when their wedding day finally rolled around. By then, we understood each other’s quirks and personalities (and by quirks and personalities, I meant mine, because I have many…of both), and it was this connection between photographer and subject which made for some awesome-tastic images.

Bride Magi gets ready at her home in Little Falls for her wedding day in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome New Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groom Sam gets ready in front of a mirror on his wedding day in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome New Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and groom stand in a field for portraits on their wedding day in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome New Jersey Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Flower girl looks at the camera during a wedding ceremony in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Aaaaand, there’s more where that came from, folks!

Stay tuned for more :).

In other news, I’ve got three non-shooting days this week, which is the most office days I’ve had since April. As if shooting marathons weren’t hard enough, try doing it in 105 degree heat! On that note, I will be happily working in the comfort of air conditioning these next three days…in gym shorts and a muscle shirt! Yah, who’s going to stop me!?

Happy Monday ya’ll,

Ben

Shoes and dress for Yulan and Herbert

Holy moly, what a crazy two months this has been! We’re tremendously blessed to have such a packed shooting schedule, but that means hardly anything else ever gets done :). Throw in a bun in the oven (we promise this may be the last one…for now) and suddenly we’re like Lucy and Ethel working the conveyor belt at the chocolate factory. But nevertheless, back to the real main characters of today’s post – our awesome couple Yulan and Herbert, who hosted one of the most fabulous weddings we’ve ever captured. Located in the heart of Princeton, NJ, the Mountain Lakes House sits on a sprawling 90 acre nature preserve; the perfect setting for our perfect couple!

Yulan gets ready at the Westin Hotel in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

  Yulan gets ready at the Westin Hotel in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and her dress on her wedding day at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

A bride is helped into her dress on her wedding day at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

And meanwhile…

A green tie on a hotel couch. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Herbert the groom puts on his tie in his hotel room at the Westin in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride Yulan sits by the window before here wedding ceremony at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride poses by the window at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride sits with her bouquet at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and groom posing on a country road. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groom looks at his best man at his wedding at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride walks down the aisle with her father at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and groom share their first kiss at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Boy running around at a wedding at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

First dance between bride and groom at the Mountain Lakes house in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Best man

Wedding rings captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Wedding cupcake tower at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride gets cupcake icing on her face. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Guest at a wedding at the Mountain Lakes House. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and groom dance the night away at the Mountain Lakes House in NJ.

Dinner menu at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ.

Ahh, but the fun’s not over yet!

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

Photobooth at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton, NJ wedding. Ben Lau Photography

What a party! Mucho congrats to Yulan and Herbert for hosting such a lovely wedding. We hope everyone enjoyed these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them. Thank you to everyone who made this night possible :). On that note, I’m off to another 3 day shooting spree. Have a great weekend and see you guys on Monday!

Cheers,

Ben & Karis

Lil Monster visits the Carnival, captured by Ben Lau Photography.

Aside from the colorful lights, whimsical sounds and the scent of fresh zeppoles, there are many other things that would strike the fancy of an almost-two year old visiting your typical NJ carnival. For one, everything is just so gigantic to an almost-two year old: the towering ferris wheel and its neighboring 5 story-tall swing carousel, just to name a few. And because I’m your typical fun-sucker, I believe carnivals offer a great opportunity to teach some important lessons to the kids. For starters, calling it a “mandatory donation” of $3 for admission won’t make people feel more charitable – it just sounds plain silly, if you ask me. But the most important life lesson an almost-two year old can learn at a carnival is that you’ll always be a dollar short, a day late or a few inches too short to attain your life’s dreams (for that moment anyway). As Lil Monster’s grandpa always taught me, when you don’t have enough for a lobster feast, a crab feast ain’t half bad either. There’s always something for everyone.

Lil Monster visits the Carnival. Captured by Ben Lau Photography.

For this Lil Monster – it was the high-speed spinning Teacups. We can save the Runaway Train for later :).

Here’s to always finding the silver lining in life,

Ben & Karis