Ahhh….the City of Brotherly Love. At the rate at which we’re photographing engagement sessions and weddings down in South Jersey and Philadelphia this past season, we may as well start looking for apartments in the area :). These two lovebirds are currently splitting their time between their respective homes in Philadelphia and New York City – and of course their final decision on location came down to the bride (because the groom is ever the gentleman!). Much to our surprise, we had the city to ourselves, despite it being a late Friday afternoon on such a beautiful Fall day. From Race Street Pier to the Museum of Art, these two knocked this engagement session out of the park!

Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

With winter right around the corner, who really goes to the beach anyway? Smart people – that’s who :). When we arrived in Cape May shortly after sunrise, with Wawa’s coffee in our hands and sleep in our eyes, we found ourselves driving along the relatively empty coastline, save a few year-round residents out for a morning jog. Quite honestly, I wholeheartedly welcomed this break from my usual spots throughout NYC, and I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to hang out at the beach in late Fall! Betty & Gordon will be tying the knot next year in my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn, and we seriously can’t wait to get this fun-loving couple in front of our cameras again! I mean seriously – have you ever seen someone laugh so much during an engagement session?

Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Cape May engagement session in South Jersey, captured by Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Many dating experts would tell you that it’s a bad idea to get romantically involved with anyone from work – but speaking from personal experience, I can definitely say that they’re wrong. After all, I got myself a lifelong partner in crime and two little monsters to show for it. Alex & Angel would find themselves in similar circumstances, and we can only say that their future bodes well. Alex & Angel will be celebrating their wedding in Connecticut next year, but came down to our neck of the woods in New York City to give us a glimpse into the day when Angel asked Alex to be his one and only for the rest of eternity. A romantic proposal in Central Park? How could any girl say no?

Central Park engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central Park engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central Park engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central Park engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central Park engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central Park engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central Park engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Central Park engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Seeing familiar faces at weddings is one of the favorite things we love about our work. By the time this Grace & Lawrence’s wedding was said and done, we’d had the distinct pleasure of documenting major milestones in this bride’s family for a 3rd time in 3 years, and quite honestly – all that love never gets old :). Although Grace & Lawrence are currently forging new adventures together in Pennsylvania, they came back home to New Jersey to celebrate their commitment to one another amongst their closest family and friends. Although Mother Nature had other plans for us on this particular afternoon, Grace & Lawrence were ready to rock & roll no matter what Mother Nature had prepared for them. After rocking out their gorgeous first-look photos at a nearby equestrian center (no horses were harmed/seen during the production of these images!), they wrapped up their celebration with their family and friends at the Graycliff in Moonachie. We couldn’t have asked for a more fun bride & groom, and we couldn’t have asked for a more fun crowd!

The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. The Graycliff wedding, captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Venue, Ceremony & Catering: The Graycliff // Officiant: Reverend Louis Conselatore // Hair: Magaly Beauty Salon // Make-up: Beatbytwiggy // Dress: Stephen Yearick at Bridal Reflections in New York, NY // Seamstress: Best Laid Seams in Chambersburg, PA // Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson // Groom’s attire: Dante Zeller Tuxedo // Bowties: Onedaintytulip on etsy.com // Boutonnieres: Rachel Emma Studio // Jewelry: Zales // Floral/Décor: A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design // Entertainment: DJ Scoot
Wedding invitations: Elegant Wedding Invites // Puzzle Wedding Guestbook: Jigsaw Creations on etsy.com // Favors: Moscow Mule Mugs by Copper Mugs Co