There are few things in the universe that are as quintessentially “New York” as a New York slice, the corner bodega, and intuitively knowing when to collectively hold our breaths when walking down the street on trash day. Included on this list of course, is our beloved handball court, found in nearly every neighborhood throughout the five boroughs. It was here, where our lovebirds Wammie & Kenn first met. Although they didn’t exactly hit it off right away, and the details may vary depending on whom you ask, we’re glad that fate brought them together all those years ago. Their engagement session took us to all our usual haunts in Brooklyn, starting in Prospect Park and wrapping up in Red Hook. And despite being together than most married couples, these two are still very much “Crazy in Love”!

Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Up to the final days leading up to Joanna & Joe’s engagement session, these two lovebirds were deciding between two very different kinds of backdrops: an urban city feel with cobblestones, steel, glass and tall buildings, and a green, natural feel with trees, grassy fields and gardens. Needless to say, we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of neither, galavanting along the unusually quiet boardwalk in Asbury Park for their fun-filled engagement session. Not even a passing-shower (or two) was going to stop these two from enjoying a few tacos (and possibly a few beers) with yours truly. I mean, just look at these two: smiles for MILES!

Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Asbury Park engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by fun Jersey Shore wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Everything was simply perfect for Christina & Greg’s wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City. From the exuberant petal boys (not pictured) to the incredible exposé of the bride & groom’s not-so-serendipitous first encounter which would eventually lead up to this day (compliments of the Matron of Honor, of course) – this wedding celebration was sure to be an amazing one that all their closest friends and family would be sure to remember. After exchanging their vows in front of the magnificent backdrop of the New York City skyline, Christina & Greg, along with the amazingly fun cast of characters in their bridal party, danced the night away to the awesome sounds of Hank Lane. We loved seeing all the familiar faces at this wedding, and of course, we can never get enough of the NYC skyline on an evening as beautiful as this!

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Venue & Catering: Liberty House Restaurant // Officiant: Father John Carroll // Hair & Make-up: Two01 Hair // Dress: Stefan Jolie // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: INstitchU Custom // Jewelry: Custom made by friend // Floral/Décor: Beethoven’s Veranda // Entertainment: Hank Lane // Stationery: Etsy & Minted // Favors: Donation to American Cancer Society and American Heart Association // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios // Photo Booth Rental: Sofia Photo Booth

We first met Cristina & Paul at another wedding several years ago, specifically when I made my usual rounds along the aisles reminding guests to behave themselves during the ceremony. Because I’ve documented my fair share of iPads slowly creeping out into the aisle (thereby obstructing my view of the bride, and even more importantly, the groom’s view of his soon-to-be wife), I’ve come to discover that a warm introduction, a firm handshake, and a few polite words did wonders for my workdays (and life in general). Cristina & Paul absolutely loved all of this, and soon found themselves laughing and wandering around Brooklyn with yours truly, for a photo session of their own. We didn’t visit our usual haunts for this Brooklyn Engagement session, which kicked everything off at a local bar at one of their favorite neighborhoods. After grabbing a complimentary hot dog by the park (yes, FREE!), we made our way to Red Hook to wrap up their session with some wine and some improv (compliments of Paul), featuring famous dictators of the 20th century. These two goofballs are indeed a perfect pair, and we had such a great time photographing their Brooklyn engagement session!

Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn Engagement Session captured by fun, photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Having spent the better part of a decade photographing couples all over the Tri-State area, I was floored to discover this gem of a location that was sitting right under our nose this entire time! Located right outside of New York City, Rockefeller State Park Preserve boasts incredible views of the Hudson River, to go with its impressive expanse of rolling fields, punctuated with giant trees sprouting from its gorgeous landscape. Geographically speaking, this also happened to be the most equidistant location between myself and these two lovebirds, who currently hang their hats in Connecticut. We had so much fun romping around the fields with these two during their engagement session, and you can rest assured that I will definitely be coming back!

Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau. Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau. Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau. Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau. Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau. Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau. Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau. Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau. Rockefeller State Park engagement session in Pleasantville, NY, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.