Courtney & Kevin’s winter wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park was the perfect way to wrap up our 2017 wedding season. We’re certainly no strangers to The Palace at Somerset Park (where Karis and I tied the knot almost 10 years ago!), and when it comes to large families – I always say, “the more the merrier” :). It’s not every wedding we actually have to put our kitten-herding skills to good use! Courtney’s big day started with an “easy” 3 mile jog, while Kevin spent his morning at the barbershop trying out all kinds of different beard styles. I mean seriously, if you can’t do it on your wedding day, when can you do it? It’s not everyday a bride gets to see her soon-to-be husband with only the manliest handlebar moustache in western civilization…on her wedding day!

But I digress :).

Kevin greeted his soon-to-be wife (clean-shaven, of course) at the Immaculate Conception Church back in their hometown, with the sounds of a lone bagpiper playing outside on the snowy December day. It was a beautiful ceremony full of smiles and stolen glances, followed by a festive celebration at The Palace at Somerset Park. We wrapped up the evening with a surprise solo performance by the groom himself, a musician in his own right. Unbeknownst to pretty much everyone else in the room, Kevin had written a song for his new wife. It was an amazing way to end an already fabulous evening, and an amazing way to kick off their happy life together!

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Venue: The Palace at Somerset Park // Ceremony/Officiant: Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, NJ // Hair: Lilly Miller // Make-up: Ore Makeup Design // Dress: House of Wu // Shoes: Kate Spade New York // Jewelry: Roman Jewelers // Floral/Décor: Conroy Florist // Entertainment: The Jersey Joint // Favors:St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios

High school sweethearts Sarah & MJ come from a long line of happily married couples who’ve graced the front of our cameras & lenses these past several years. This time, our celebrations take us to the gorgeously renovated Park Chateau Estate in East Brunswick, NJ. This picturesque venue is already breathtaking throughout the year when the grounds are green and the fountains are bubbling, but we certainly lucked out with this winter wedding with several inches of snow to go along with all the trimmings of the holiday season! Sarah & MJ ingeniously did their “first look” merely several days prior, so that they could spend all that extra time celebrating with their friends, family and loved ones on their very special day. Best. Idea. Ever.

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Venue/Catering/Ceremony: Park Chateau Estate // Cake: Palmero’s Bakery // Officiant: Victoria Ng // Hair/Make-up: Melissa D’Aloia & Co. // Dress: David’s Bridal // MJ’s attire: Men’s Warehouse // Floral/Décor: Crest Florist // Entertainment: Elite Entertainment // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

It’s not very often we get to revisit the exact location where our brides and grooms first met (in this case, a neighborhood bar where Kerri & Pat first locked eyes from across the room). The details are a little bit murky regarding how we found ourselves inside a bar in Red Bank, mid-week, in the early afternoon – but I’m glad that we did :). Kerri & Pat now hang their hats not too far from where their romance first began, with one of the the most awesome balcony views I’ve seen in a long while. These two lovebirds will be tying the knot later this Spring, and we simply can’t wait to see them again!

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As fog and rain descended over most of the Manhattan’s skyline, Alison & Scott were dodging puddles with yours truly for a wonderfully fun engagement session in Hoboken. Luckily for us, we pretty much had most of Hoboken to ourselves, including the train station and the 13th Street Pier. Mother nature did grant us a short reprieve towards the end of their session, and you can bet we were the first to play outside!

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Roughly seven years ago, I relinquished my destiny as the “Future King of Chicken of all of New Jersey” (according to my father) so that I could answer my true calling as professional Dad-Joke Teller (with some minor side-work in photography). I’ve told this story so many times over the years, but there are only a handful of people in the universe who know the stories of my days working at the chicken factory are unequivocally true. One of those individuals just so happened to be the uncle of our beautiful bride Jessica. Imagine my surprise (and I can imagine his surprise too) when we saw each other for the first time in seven years, wearing something other than non-slip boots, several layers of thermals, and not smelling like a chicken factory! But I digress :). Jessica & Joe’s winter wedding at the Park Savoy was pretty much everything you could possibly expect: I mean, if it’s going to be a cold wedding day, there better be some fresh snow coming down from the sky! Add in all the festive decorations for the holiday season, we simply couldn’t help but be in a celebratory mood. According to some of the funniest speeches we’ve heard in some time, this wedding day was a long time in the making for these two high school sweethearts – and we’re so honored to have been a part of it.

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Venue and Catering: The Park Savoy Estate // Ceremony/Officiant: Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, NJ // Hair and Makeup: Expert Makeup Artistry and Hair Design // Dress: Pnina Tornai and Kleinfeld Bridal // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: Hollywood Tuxedos // Jewelry: Martin Jewelers // Floral/Décor Arrangements at the church, bouquets, boutonnières: Thomas at Christoffers Flowers // Floral/Decor Arrangements at the venue: Matthew at Atlas Floral Decorators // Entertainment: Mission Dance Band // Stationery: Jaynee Bucco at Jaynee’s Party // Favors: Doughnuts from DOUGH in Brooklyn, NY // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios