Every year, right before Spring officially begins for us on the East Coast, we’ll get a deluge of engagement session inquiries that coincide with the peak bloom of cherry blossoms at Branch Brook Park. Because peak bloom is highly dependent on weather conditions (and this year had already been so unpredictable, to say the least), it’s always difficult to time it properly. Luckily for us, we were still able to find ourselves several trees at various stages of bloom for Melanie & Shay’s cherry blossom engagement session in North Jersey. After an arduous wedding planning process (of which I was honored to be a part), these two lovebirds are high school sweethearts who will be tying the knot in Long Island. We absolutely can’t wait to get these two in front of our cameras again!

Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Branch Brook Park engagement session captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

It’s hard to believe that just 1-2 weeks after photographing a very icy wedding in Northern Jersey, that I would be chasing a couple along the sandy beaches of Coney Island. Though the season had not officially started and many of the stalls were still closed for the winter, many folks were just eager to enjoy the great weather along Coney Island’s boardwalk with a Nathan’s Famous hot dog in one hand, and an icy cold cup of orange-ade in the other. Though I’m a little partial to stuffing myself silly with soft-shelled crab sandwiches, we were still a bit too early in the season to enjoy them. We’ll take what we can get :). This was Benson’s first time hanging out in my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn, so we hope we made it memorable!

Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Coney Island engagement session in Brooklyn, NY - captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Winter weddings in Northern Jersey can be a tricky affair, mostly because Mother Nature can’t seem to decide if she wants to wear a furry shawl or a fun spaghetti strap sun dress :). On the week of Rebecca & Robi’s wedding at the Maritime Parc, Northern Jersey experienced 70° weather at the beginning of the week, only to be greeted with the first official snow storm of the season – just in time for their big day. We were hopeful, of course: combined with the likelihood we were looking at a relatively empty waterfront, and this couple’s previous life in much cooler climates, the opportunities for us to create some amazing wedding images were just too great to pass up. Armed with nothing but a fancy umbrella and my lighting assistant, we took to the icy Jersey City waterfront after their beautiful ceremony atop the Maritime Parc. Other notable features of this wedding included some pretty awesome super-hero cufflinks, creative DIY centerpieces featuring produce items, as well as giant sized posters of the groom during his awesome teenage years!

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Venue & Catering: Maritime Parc // Officiant: Pastor Bryan Scott of Every Nation Church // Hair & Make-up: VickyC5 // Dress: Watters // Shoes: SJP Sarah Jessica Parker // Groom’s attire: Tuxedo by Black Lapel, shoes by Crockett & Jones // Jewelry: DeBeers, Rolex, A Lange & Sohne // Floral/Décor: Allure Floral Design // Entertainment: Elegant Music Group // Stationery: Invitation – Design by Heidi Liou, Menu/Recipe cards (DIY) // Favors: Homemade granola (DIY)