As we learned from her father’s heartwarming welcoming address , Andrea is the type of girl who always knew what she wanted, and would stop at nothing until she got it. This meant it was pretty much game over for Matt once Andrea had her sights set on him. As we would learn after photographing their fun, colorful engagement session in Brooklyn earlier this year – this was not a couple who took life so seriously all the time. There’s always enough time to squeeze in a little bit more fun, laughter or an impromptu game of pinball. Fun fact: did you know Matt restores old arcades in his spare time? This explained why Andrea was buried behind a row of pinball machines in their basement, all in various states of disrepair (but oh goodness, look at all that wonderful window light!). After a beautiful ceremony at St. John Vianney, they partied their tails off at the Rock Island Lake Club. While we’re certainly no strangers to weddings at the Rock Island Lake Club, it was certainly game over for us when these two pulled out all the stops for this wonderful celebration.

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Venue & Catering: Rock Island Lake Club // Ceremony/Officiant: ST. John Vianney, Father Matthew Twiggs // Hair: Laurie Conley from Haven // Make-up: Ashley Marie Christine // Dress: Caroline DeVillo with belt & veil by Sara Gabriel // Shoes: Miu Miu // Groom’s attire: Tuxedo by Sarno // Jewelry: Heirlooms, Etsy, and Buccieri’s Gems & Jewelry // Floral/Décor: Floral Gallery // Entertainment: B Entertained // Stationery: Tied & Two // Favors: Donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and DIY by the Bride & Groom // Cake: Palermo’s // Cake Topper: Etsy

As the youngest of 5 boys, Kiernan ostensibly found himself at the bottom of the proverbial totem pole for most of his childhood. I mean, that’s pretty much what big brothers are for, right? All that changed when he met Erin during law school at U. Mich, when found himself finally #winning in the most incredible way. And yes, I totally just hashtagged that last thought because it’s pretty much that serious :). We loved everything about Erin & Kiernan’s Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, which kicked off at one of the most gorgeous churches in Jersey City (St. Patrick’s Church in Jersey City), where we were greeted by none other than a solo bagpiper filling the streets with songs of celebration. They laughed, they cried tears of joy, and danced the night away to 90s hits performed by the phenomenally talented Hank Lane Band. They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

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Venue & Catering: The Liberty House // Ceremony/Officiant: St. Patrick’s Church, Jersey City // Hair: Lauren DeCosimo // Make-up: Michelle Renee Beauty // Dress: Pnina Tornai // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Tuxedo by Sarno // Jewelry: Rent the Runway // Floral/Décor: Twisted Willow Flowers // Entertainment: Hank Lane Entertainment // Stationery: Hudson Paperie // Cinematography: Red Cape Dream Productions

Where do you go when your photographer is petrified of heights? Up the tallest mountain you can find, of course! Naturally, Emily & Andrew didn’t have a clue about my acrophobia prior to our ascent to the beautiful peaks of Mohonk Mountain. Though I’ve visited Mohonk Mountain on several occasions, I’ve stayed mainly on the beaten path near the resort; our little hiking adventure with Emily & Andrew was a whole ‘nother flavor of Mohonk Mountain I was just much too eager to take on, and I’m thrilled that I did. After 45 minutes to hiking through the trails (admittedly, we did take the “scenic” route), we found ourselves facing a sheer cliff face no less than 500 feet literally STRAIGHT UP.

“We’re already committed, let’s do this!” I encouraged my fellow hikers as I started packing my camera gear away. But of course, Emily & Andrew are a sensible lot, and suggested we take another scenic route that didn’t require the skill and spryness of a mountain goat (thereby risking injury to their beloved photographer, or worse – all the doodads in his camera bag).

We reached the top right around sunset, and it was one of the most beautiful landscapes I’d ever seen. Throw in two lovebirds who’ve been together since the beginning of time, and you’ve got yourself one of my favorite engagement sessions this year.

Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mohonk Mountain engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Trying to photograph an engagement session or wedding anywhere near the NYC skyline on a weekend is next to impossible. Throw in some beautiful weather, and you’ve basically gifted yourself a real-life Where’s Waldo experience. Luckily for all parties involved (and much to my wife’s chagrin), I’m almost semi-professional when it comes to “finding people/stuff” :). After photographing Stephanie & Joe’s engagement session in Jersey City, I’ve officially concluded that I’ve never photographed a couple who spent their entire time with yours truly just simply laughing their faces off…and I was “just” barely getting started on my dad jokes :).

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When AnnaVy and Brian first met, they were both formidable forces to be reckoned with; according to unnamed sources close to the couple, Brian was the consummate neat-freak whose arms seemingly grew an inch every year, and AnnaVy was an adventurous girl who shares a secret passion for writing rap lyrics. Simply put, when their worlds collided, they were a match made in heaven. AnnaVy & Brian celebrated their much-anticipated wedding at the One and Only Westmount Country Club this past summer and we were thrilled to have been a part of it.

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Venue & Catering: Westmount Country Club // Ceremony: St. Paul Roman Catholic Church // Hair: Sarah Ahn // Make-up: Sachiko Yanase // Dress: Jasmine // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s attire: My.Suit & Allen Edmonds // Jewelry: B&B Jewelers // Floral/Décor: Pedestals Floral Decorators // Entertainment: Lifetime Entertainment // Stationery: Vistaprint // Favors: DIY by Bride