It was a rainy morning in North Jersey when we found Serena & Joe in their respective hotel rooms, with the former wrapping up the final touches of her make up and the latter undergoing some serious professional grooming (complete with some serious tools for this very serious occasion). Despite the mildly wet morning we were experiencing, we did manage to squeeze in some fun with this couple and their fun wedding party later when we caught a little break in the rain, with more than enough bubbles and laughter to go around :). After their beautiful ceremony at the Westside Presbyterian Church, their celebration continued on at The One and Only Westmount Country Club!

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Venue & Catering: Westmount Country Club // Ceremony: Westside Presbyterian Church // Hair: Heena Das Beauty // Make-up: Heena Das Beauty // Dress: L&H bridal // Groom’s attire: SRG Fashion // Jewelry: L&H bridal // Floral/Décor: Atlas Floral Decorators // Entertainment: DJ Dhoom // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios // Planner/Coordinator: Events by Iris

Leeann & Vinny are college sweethearts who returned to their alma mater for one very special engagement session. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Leeann & Vinny both majored in pretty much the same subjects as me and Karis (that’s foreign language + international business, and graphic design, for those keeping track). What are the chances? Not very great, I surmise :). Although Mother Nature has been a funny fickle thing all summer long, we were greeted that day with a gentle breeze and a clear, open sky. Throw in one of the most gorgeous backdrops that Central Jersey has to offer, and we’ve got ourselves one beautiful session with these two lovebirds!

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“So you’re going to have a Star Wars wedding!” I blurted out, perhaps a little bit too abruptly. The nerd inside of me could hardly contain himself.  Alyanna & Patrick probably weren’t going to be handing out lightsabers to their guests, but the thought did cross my mind. Though it wasn’t necessarily a Star Wars themed wedding that Alyanna & Patrick were hosting for their guests at the beautiful Addison Park, some of the finer details were not lost on the Star Wars fanboy in me. I mean – where does one even GET all these customized Lego figurines….IN BULK? But nevertheless, their summer wedding halfway down the Jersey Shore was a wonderfully amazing celebration – complete with a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at Addison Park, followed by one helluva celebration in their grand ballroom. The force is certainly strong with these two :).

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Venue: Addison Park // Ceremony/officiant: Ted Tympanick // Hair: Boho Hair Salon // Make-up: Glow // Dress: Allure from Seng Coutoure in Fanwood, NJ // Shoes: I.N.C. // Grooms Attire: The Black Tux // Jewelry: Francesca’s // Floral/decor: Barbara Bell Design // Entertainment: SCE – Jeff Scott Gould // Stationary: Minted & Paper Culture // Favors: LEGO Star Wars Figures

“You wanna shoot your engagement session where?!” I asked again, slightly unsure about what Erica & Howard were proposing. Having grown up in a typical Chinese household, I was no stranger to seemingly impossible tasks; my father was notorious for assigning me to ridiculously goose chases, just to see if I would succeed. Unbeknownst to me, this was just his own (strange) way of teaching me how to think outside of the box, and to be relentless when it came to problem-solving. So while these two lovebirds were sitting on my couch, concocting this pretty rad plan for their engagement session, I was half-thinking “Man, this is going to be so super epic!” while also half-thinking “Man, they’re so totally testing me! I’m going to have to think waaaay out of the box for this one!” So while we’re on the subject of boxes, we kicked off Erica & Howard’s engagement session with two of them, complete with chicken nuggets, juice boxes and action figures :). We totally colored outside the lines with this couple, and we’re so thankful they gave us the creative freedom to do just that!

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You know everyone’s having a good time when you arrive at their suite in the morning, and it’s buried under a mound of red solo cups, which I’ve only recently learned was an “American” phenomenon. Who knew? Having experienced one of the most epic hiking adventures in my career, I was totally looking forward to celebrating with these two at one of my fave venues – The West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better “Spring” day, with the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees speckling the otherwise earthy landscape. Although a swath of ominous-looking clouds were headed our way, it held off with just enough time for Emily & Andrew to exchange their beautiful vows outside on the terrace. The fateful union between these two lovebirds allowed us to answer the question: what do you get when you combine a Big Fat Greek Wedding with a Big Fat Italian Wedding? Emily & Andrew’s wedding, of course :). Air microphone, anyone?

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Venue: West Hills Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Ben Karlin // Hair: Beauty Bar (Rye Brook, NY) // Make-up: Ivonne Rodriguez (LiteMakeup) // Dress: Eddy K Leigh Gown // Floral/Décor: Floral Bliss // Entertainment: Jimmy Dee