Francesca & Jake come from an extraordinarily long line of couples who’ve invited us to document their respective wedding days. So much so, when I attempted to retrieve my meeting notes prior to their engagement session at the NJ Botanical Garden, I couldn’t find any; that’s because Francesca (and Jake) already decided early on that I would be the one (with or without my notes). If only all my other bookings came this easily :). Francesca & Jake wanted a warm-weather session with tons of color and warmth – and I believe we nailed it with their fun, romantic engagement session at the NJ Botanical Garden.

NJ Botanical Garden engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. NJ Botanical Garden engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. NJ Botanical Garden engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. NJ Botanical Garden engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. NJ Botanical Garden engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. NJ Botanical Garden engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. NJ Botanical Garden engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. NJ Botanical Garden engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Seeing familiar faces is one of the favoritest things we love about our jobs. We had the pleasure of documenting Joe’s sister’s wedding a few years ago, and we were simply over the moon when Joy & Joe reached out to us to photograph their wedding day. For their engagement session, they basically drew a giant circle on a map of NJ which included most of our neighboring states, in search of a space that was as green as it was unique. Ultimately, we didn’t have to travel too far, when we finally settled on their photographing their summer engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.  After powering through a hot midday session among all the sculptures and artwork on the grounds, we wrapped up their day in nearby Princeton.

Central NJ engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central NJ engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central NJ engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central NJ engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central NJ engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central NJ engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central NJ engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central NJ engagement session at the Grounds for Sculpture, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Did you know that Hoboken had a beach? Me neither :). I’ve been photographing along its waterfront for as long as I can remember, but it would take these locals, Grace & Sean, to show me some of the nooks and crannies hidden within their charming neighborhood. We started their cute Hoboken engagement session in their cozy apartment accompanied with some music, wine, and some pretty hilarious stories of Sean’s previous life on a horse farm. They were all smiles and laughter as we wrapped up the remainder of their sessions along uptown Hoboken’s waterfront, with sand between their toes and frozen yogurt in their hands.

Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Uptown Hoboken engagement session captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

When I arrived at the bride’s hotel that morning, I immediately found myself in the company of ladies in pink dinosaur onesies (yes, I do have photos – but you’ll have to ask the bride for those). This was certainly a deviation from the usual silk floral robes that I’m used to seeing, but it’s refreshing to see others relishing in the simple joys of life. If there’s any day to do it, a wedding day would be just as good as any. Do you know what else makes this bride happy? Mario Kart and finishing a bag of snacks with clean hands – just our kind of bride :). Oh…and the handsome groom-in-waiting, of course. Kathy & Edward tied the knot at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury with an outdoor wedding ceremony under a clear blue sky. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day!

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Venue & Catering: Shadowbrook // Ceremony/Officiant: Gerald Fierst // Hair & Make-up: Coco Tsang // Dress: Oleg Cassini // Shoes: Ted Baker // Groom’s attire: J. Crew tux / Allen Edmonds shoes // Floral/Décor: Botanical Box & DIY // Entertainment: Elegant Music Group // Stationery: DIY/CatPrint // Favors: DIY

It’s no secret that when my clients bring me on board to document their wedding day, they’re not just getting a photographer: they’re getting a wedding planner, therapist, chauffeur, tour guide and emergency tailor all rolled into one (whether they signed up for such complimentary services in the first place, is a whole other question altogether!). Thankfully, they didn’t require any of the aforementioned services and we had the honorable Rev. Annie Lawrence, NYC celebrant extraordinaire, to help us navigate all the intricacies of navigating a beautiful elopement in Central Park. Their day started unassumingly in Midtown, atop of rooftop bar with the most adorable little girl in the universe. We wrapped up their special day with their touching wedding vows in the Ladies’ Pavilion in the company of the closest friends.

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