As Karis and I drove into Long Island on the morning of Chrisann & Benson’s wedding, it just occurred to us that it’d been a while since we last photographed a morning-time wedding. Tell-tale signs which brought us to this conclusion (aside from Karis quietly snoring from the passenger seat) was the fact that there were literally no cars on the 90 minute drive to our first location. Needless to say, we’re hardly ever that lucky :). While there was rain in the forecast, Mother Nature did grant us a short reprieve for about 5 minutes – long enough for a quick first look and family photos before heading off to church. The rain did continue for the remainder of the afternoon, but this did not keep us for celebrating this wonderful wedding at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle!

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Venue & Catering: The Greentree Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: The Korean Presbyterian Church of Westchester (Rev. Mathew Finney Samuel) // Hair: Senada Zanki and Lily Fusha // Make-up: Rada Jacobs // Dress: Maggie Sottero // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Jewelry: Mark Hill // Entertainment: DJ USA // Stationery: NC Products // Photo Booth: Absolutely Fabulous Photo Booth

There appears to be a trend this past month or so where I’ve been shooting high school/college sweethearts, and I think that’s pretty awesome. When a couple has been together for that long, there’s a sense of comfort and familiarity in each other’s humor, quirks and sensibilities. Their body chemistry between each other just flows, and my work then becomes pretty ridiculously easy at that point. If this is the case for high school/college sweethearts, then what about middle school sweethearts? Was I about to photograph one of the easiest photo sessions in the universe? You betcha :). According to legend, a very brave adolescent Chris interrupted a father-daughter dance at Emma’s bat mitzvah (and lived to tell us about it), and the rest was ancient history. This Piermont engagement session tooks us from the quiet Hudson River waterfront, to the main streets of town, where they reminisced over coffee in some of the squishiest sofas I’ve ever seen :).

Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Piermont engagement session in Rockland County, NY - captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

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!

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