Jesenia & Ciro met, out of all places in the universe, at their weekly dance classes. It took Ciro some time, as well as a little bit of liquid courage to finally ask Jesenia on a date – and of course she said yes, and the rest was history. Jesenia & Ciro come from a long line of other happy couples we’ve photographed over the years (here, here, here, and here). And after all these years of documenting these weddings where these two would simply tear up the dance floor, I just figured that these two just really enjoyed dancing :). At this point, Karis and I have practically become family with this nice folks, and we couldn’t be happier to be in such great company. Later this year, we’ll be hopping on a plane to Mexico to document/celebrate the long-awaited nuptials between these lovebirds, and we’re simply honored to have received our invitation. For their engagement session, we spent the morning in the city, which is where they had their first date (as well as many others!).
Mother Nature has been a funny, fickle thing this wedding season. Though we were technically already in the Spring, remnants of the winter continued to linger on with its bare trees branches and biting wind – but at the very least, we had ourselves a beautiful, clear day to keep us warm(ish)for Kerri & Pat’s wedding celebrations down the Jersey Shore! Kerri & Pat’s wedding day started in their current neighborhood; one at their home, and one at the hotel literally right next door (“Honey, you sure you punched in the right address for the hotel in the GPS? I seriously think that’s their house”). In both cases, they both shared this AMAZING view that morning, which is something I’d love to have for myself one day! After their lovely ceremony, and a quick photo session with their vintage taxi cab, we hopped on a trolley to grab some fun wedding photos in Sea Bright. Though I’ve been a Jersey resident for 12 years, I’ve yet to visit all the different towns along the Jersey Shore; I mean, that’s pretty much what my awesome couples like Kerri & Pat are for :). Their wedding reception took place at the Channel Club in Monmouth Beach, with the sun setting behind the quiet marina as the party was underway. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect timing, for this perfect wedding for this perfect couple!
Venue & Catering: The Channel Club // Ceremony: St Catherine’s Church // Hair: Giana Martino – Industry Salon // Make-up: Brighter Darling // Dress: Mustillo’s Red Bank // Designer: Lazaro // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Tuxedo Park Red Bank // Jewelry: A.H. Fisher Diamonds Red Bank // Floral/Décor: In the Garden // Entertainment: DJ Jersey Joe Davidson // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Megpies NYC and Etsy // Transportation – Long Branch Trolley and FilmCars.com
How many opportunities does one have when it comes to beach-time in April? Very few, I’d imagine. But who was I to argue when childhood sweethearts Victoria & Robert suggested that we head down to Lavalette to photograph their wonderfully romantic engagement session? And much to our surprise, the town was already making its preparations for the summer crowds arriving in just a few short weeks, with the arcades already abuzz with activity and the smell of pizza and fries just wafting through the boardwalk. We just can’t wait for summer to get here!
As my parents will tell you, I don’t visit
my hometown of Baltimore them very often these days. Whether it’s a statement of observation or Asian-Parent-Guilt, I’m not quite sure – they’re much better (at both) than I am :). The truth is, I don’t get too many opportunities to head back to the Charm City; most of my childhood and college friends have married and started families of their own. Due to a confluence of fortunate events, I’m glad that we were able to make it happen with Jennifer & Luis, two of the most genuine, nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. These two lovebirds are transplants from Florida who now call the DMV their home. Though it was drizzling at Baltimore’s City Hall on the afternoon of their engagement session, nothing was going to stop them from having one of the most fun & awesome sessions Baltimore has ever seen :).
When Jessica & David were brainstorming for locations to shoot their engagement session, they knew that they didn’t have to venture very far past their front doorstep. What better place to commemorate such an occasion than where you currently hang your hats? Jessica & David did exactly just that, with their early morning engagement session on the top deck of the High Line Park. Once the tourists arrived (9am on the dot, on most days!), we took to the streets of the West Village, navigating the windy side streets and short cuts like only a local would. For the few hours we spent together that morning, no nook was left undiscovered, and no laugh was spared; it was the most perfect morning engagement session anyone could ever ask for!