Summertime is almost here, which means we’ve got beach engagement sessions down the Jersey Shore on our calendars! We kick off this summer engagement season with Jessica & Joe’s engagement session in Point Pleasant, and appropriately treated myself to some boardwalk fries with a healthy smothering of old bay and two giant slices of pizza (summer diet? what summer diet?). The timing of this session couldn’t have been more perfect: warm enough for the stalls and arcades to open, but cool enough to keep the beach to ourselves. Though we were slightly bummed out with the sun shower when we first started this session, we didn’t have to hold our breaths for too long: 10 minutes later, it was clear skies again, but now with a double rainbow! Winnah, winnah, chicken dinnah :).

Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Jersey Shore engagement session in Point Pleasant, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Angelina & Patrick are not your average, everyday couple; which is punctuated by the fact that they made this entire wedding day such an effortless affair (or at the very least, make it appear as such). I can’t remember when’s the last time I’ve seen a bride & groom getting ready together for the big day (excluding elopements, of course), much less taking pre-celebratory shots before immersing themselves in the busy-ness of a typical morning of a wedding day. Karis and I followed a similar unconventional game plan for our own wedding day almost 10 years ago, complete with prepping and “celebrating” together with our family & friends on the morning of. After all, there’s no better way to to mark such a huge milestone in your life, than to be in the company of your closest friends & family along with the love of your life! Anglina & Patrick’s wedding at Mansion at Timber Point was greeted with perfect weather and we’re beyond thrilled to help them capture such a gorgeous day!

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Venue & Catering: Mansion at Timber Point // Ceremony/Officiant: Philip Yeung (Friend) // Hair & Make-up: True Love Wedding / Marchesa // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Ike Evening by Ike Behar // Jewelry: Nadri // Groom’s watch: Baume & Mercier // Floral/Décor: Wilson the Florist // Entertainment: Ultimate Sound DJs // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas //Photobooth: Sweet Booths Photo Booth //Favors: Mugs from FavorFavor.com

Ever since I’ve been curating my “grown-up” liquor cabinet over these past few months (much to my wife’s chagrin), I’ll have to admit that it’s been a while since I’ve popped open a bottle of wine. A wise man once said, “Wine is constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” I couldn’t agree more :). Rimma & Danny are certainly a smiley, happy bunch, so it only made sense that we kick off their Brooklyn engagement session at one of my favorite Red Hook wineries. Though my initial plan was to show up a little earlier pre-shoot, so that I could…ahem…get inspired, it appeared Rimma & Danny came up with the same ingenius plan, and was already there when I arrived. After hitting some ridiculous home runs all over the place, we had a quick wardrobe change, made our way to their secret spot in Brooklyn: a waterfall nestled away in the heart of Prospect Park. Needless to say, this engagement session easily ranks as one of my favorites!

Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Red Hook & Prospect Park, captured by photojournalistic NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

As I was preparing this post, it suddenly occurred to me exactly how long I’ve been an actual, professional photographer. As in, the first time I was like:”Wait, you want to pay me…to take your photo?” For inquiring minds, it’s been an exceptionally humbling and rewarding eight years, and we’ve absolutely savored every single moment of it. So what’s with the sudden trip down memory lane?  You see, Jasmine and Mike come from an extraordinarily long line of previous clients; so long in fact, I could probably connect the dots to some of our very early clients during our first year in business….from almost EIGHT YEARS AGO. For that, we are so, so incredibly grateful.

But anyhoo, where were we?

Ah yes – Jasmine & Mike (whose anniversary we’re celebrating at the time of this post – so Happy Anniversary!). Though they currently hang their hats in Queens, they were more than thrilled to join us in Jersey for their engagement session at the NJ Botanical Garden. We were still very early in the season, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves!

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Springtime is the perfect time for an elopement in NYC. There’s just something delightful about the fresh blooms in the park and planter boxes lined along the cobblestone streets of the West Village to accentuate one of the most memorable days in Khelly and Manny’s lives. After a quick stop at the NYC marriage bureau to make everything official, we made our way through some of the most picturesque locations throughout Central Park and the city!

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