At this point, I’ve spent more time at the beach this past month than I have the 12 months preceding it. I’m certainly not one to complain, especially when hanging out with Justine & Gerard. We started their super-fun engagement session at a home that pretty much stepped out of a Martha Stewart catalog – these homes actually exist!!! Along with their two cats (which needed just a tad more coaching than their humans), we kicked off their engagement session in this gorgeous home, and made a beeline towards Asbury Park for part 2 of their engagement session down the Jersey Shore. These two met down the shore, lived there together for a number of years before hanging their hats down in Southern Jersey. So it was a little bit of nostalgia snapping these images on their old stomping grounds in Asbury Park, before wrapping up this engagement session along the boardwalks and beaches in Seaside. Beaches, cats, and champagne – seriously, what more could I possibly ask for?

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Hair & Make-up: Marialena Minardi

Where do I even begin? When we arrived on site during the early wee hours of Natlie & Mihir’s wedding day in Philadelphia, I already knew it was going to be a doozy; with multiple ceremonies, elaborate dress changes, and all kinds of intricate, moving parts – there were enough details & coordination on this single wedding day to make most heads spin. From one of the most gorgeous mandaps I’ve ever seen in my career, to the incredible Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, to all the elaborate floral arrangements that were adorning the reception tables; everything was simply perfectly planned and executed. Throw in the family photographer, some crazy-awesome choreographed performances, one of the cutest dogs in the universe (hi Franklin!), and now we’ve got ourselves one helluva party! (And don’t even get me started with all that delicious food!)

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Venue: Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia // Catering: Chand Palace // Ceremony: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul // Officiants: Father Eugene Squeo (Catholic) and Maharaj Kaleshbahai Shukla (Hindu) // Hair: Dawn Gomez // Make-up: Marissa Pascone // Dress(es): Western – Bijou Bridal, Indian – Magic Mirror (ceremony) and Roopkala (reception) // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Kora (Indian), Common Wealth Proper (Western) // Jewelry: rings- Uhr Jewelers, earrings- Kenneth Jay Lane, bracelet-Ben-Amun, Indian jewelry-Magic Mirror // Floral/Décor: Wedding Design // Entertainment: DJ Raj Minocha of DJ Sunny Entertainment // Stationery: Classic Creation // Favors: Donation to Hands Up For Haiti // Cinematography: Inzi Films // Planner/Coordinator: KM Management // Cake: Classic Cake

For Katrina & Stephen’s engagement session down the Jersey Shore, we had the chance to hit up the beaches before the crazy rush of Memorial Day weekend. We spent the afternoon near Stephen’s family summer home, which was just a hop, skip and jump to Lavallette’s beautiful sandy beaches. I had previously met these two lovebirds at Katrina’s brother’s wedding just last year, when she approached us after we’d just wrapped up family photos; it was then she promised to come find us when it was her turn. We probably thanked her for her kind words, and we pretty much forgot about it – that’s because guests say all kinds of nice things to us on a typical wedding day, and we’re certainly not one to chase folks down for promising us things when out and about, especially if emotions and alcohol are involved :). But sure enough, less than a year later, we found ourselves running around Casino Pier and the beaches of Lavallette & Seaside for one helluva fun engagement session. Bonus points for that sweet, sweet cruiser that was just hiding in Stephen’s garage, just waiting to make its photo debut!

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Mother Nature has been a funny, fickle thing this wedding season. Though we were technically already in the Spring, remnants of the winter continued to linger on with its bare trees branches and biting wind – but at the very least, we had ourselves a beautiful, clear day to keep us warm(ish)for Kerri & Pat’s wedding celebrations down the Jersey Shore! Kerri & Pat’s wedding day started in their current neighborhood; one at their home, and one at the hotel literally right next door (“Honey, you sure you punched in the right address for the hotel in the GPS? I seriously think that’s their house”). In both cases, they both shared this AMAZING view that morning, which is something I’d love to have for myself one day!  After their lovely ceremony, and a quick photo session with their vintage taxi cab, we hopped on a trolley to grab some fun wedding photos in Sea Bright. Though I’ve been a Jersey resident for 12 years, I’ve yet to visit all the different towns along the Jersey Shore; I mean, that’s pretty much what my awesome couples like Kerri & Pat are for :). Their wedding reception took place at the Channel Club in Monmouth Beach, with the sun setting behind the quiet marina as the party was underway. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect timing, for this perfect wedding for this perfect couple!

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Venue & Catering: The Channel Club // Ceremony: St Catherine’s Church // Hair: Giana Martino – Industry Salon // Make-up: Brighter Darling // Dress: Mustillo’s Red Bank // Designer: Lazaro // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Tuxedo Park Red Bank // Jewelry: A.H. Fisher Diamonds Red Bank // Floral/Décor: In the Garden // Entertainment: DJ Jersey Joe Davidson // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Megpies NYC and Etsy // Transportation – Long Branch Trolley and FilmCars.com