“How about Watchung Reservation?” they asked, as they were sitting in our living room brainstorming for engagement session location ideas. “As in…the Watchung Reservation that’s down the street from here?” I replied, looking up from my notes. As it turned out, Sarah and Kristin were not interested in anything/anywhere fancy or over-the-top; they simply wanted the session to be about them (and possibly their dog), and their life and love they share with each other. And as a wedding photographer, I couldn’t agree more with this approach. We started their session at home (along with the awesomest dog in the world Cooper!), and went around the corner to Watchung Reservation to wrap up this amazingly warm and fuzzy engagement session.
Chelsea & Chris are two high school sweethearts who wanted to feature some greenery for their engagement session. While normally this wouldn’t be a problem for most of the year in Northern New Jersey, we found ourselves in temperatures more suitable for thermal flannels and insulated boots. Luckily for us, Chelsea & Chris were well prepared for this contingency – from the very robust hike (along with their thermal flannels and boots!) to their annual stomping grounds at a local Christmas tree farm. Now, why didn’t I think of that? A Christmas tree farm engagement session has been on my bucket list as a wedding photographer for as long as I can remember, and I was beyond thrilled to have shared this moment with Chelsea & Chris!
It was a windy fall day when I met up with Deanna & Helena for their engagement session at Divine Park. It was so windy in fact, that after 30 minutes of being blown to smithereens, we wisely found ourselves a quiet cozy coffee shop along the main street for a quick break. When we finally decided to brave the elements once more, we wrapped up this incredibly fun engagement session with some trademark wall art along Asbury Park’s famous boardwalk. We can’t wait to get these two beautiful ladies in front of our cameras again!
When we’re in “work-mode” on a typical wedding day, taking care of our clients (by taking pretty pictures of them!) is our number one priority. On the totem pole of all the important concerns that any reasonable person should have on any given wedding day, the wedding photographer’s personal preferences/needs/wants/desires rank pretty low – and quite honestly, that’s the way it really should be :). But when Rimma & Danny managed to check off every single box off the list of “Things to Make a Wedding Photographer’s Life Easy” (a list that I pretty much just made up right now), it’s no surprise they managed to yield some of our most beautiful images to date. In no particular order, they (1) celebrated their wedding at the wonderfully amazing Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua, NY, complete with its rustic charm and legendary menu and service, (2) kept their bridal party minimal (and on time!), (3) kept it 100% real. That last one is especially important because as photographers who were privileged to document the evening’s festivities, we observed genuine love and joy in the room. All the camera magic and photoshop wizardry in the world can’t reproduce those kinds of feelings, and we were just so lucky to have been swimming in an abundance of it. As Rimma & Danny forge ahead on their new adventures on the West Coast, based on everything we’ve seen through their engagement to their wedding day, we know they have a bright future ahead together!
Venue & Catering: Crabtree’s Kittle House // Ceremony/Officiant: Harris Bloom // Hair & Make-up: Beautini // Dress: Romona Keveza // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss // Jewelry: Tiffany & Co, Brian Gavin // Floral/Décor: August, Sage, and Violet // Entertainment: Rob Kelly @ 74 Events // Stationery: Wedding Divas
College sweethearts Alex & Mark first met while undergrads at Rutgers University. All it took were a few passed notes between classes and Mark in a very memorable cowboy costume to have Alex swoon head over heels for the future man of her dreams. We kicked off their engagement session at Rutgers Gardens, and spent the rest of the afternoon on (yes) one of the best looking parking garages New Brunswick has ever seen :). We wrapped up their session chasing a Rutgers shuttle (we definitely do not recommend doing this, especially not in heels), just so they could show a little bit of Scarlet Knight pride.