Ahhh….the City of Brotherly Love. At the rate at which we’re photographing engagement sessions and weddings down in South Jersey and Philadelphia this past season, we may as well start looking for apartments in the area :). These two lovebirds are currently splitting their time between their respective homes in Philadelphia and New York City – and of course their final decision on location came down to the bride (because the groom is ever the gentleman!). Much to our surprise, we had the city to ourselves, despite it being a late Friday afternoon on such a beautiful Fall day. From Race Street Pier to the Museum of Art, these two knocked this engagement session out of the park!
With winter right around the corner, who really goes to the beach anyway? Smart people – that’s who :). When we arrived in Cape May shortly after sunrise, with Wawa’s coffee in our hands and sleep in our eyes, we found ourselves driving along the relatively empty coastline, save a few year-round residents out for a morning jog. Quite honestly, I wholeheartedly welcomed this break from my usual spots throughout NYC, and I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to hang out at the beach in late Fall! Betty & Gordon will be tying the knot next year in my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn, and we seriously can’t wait to get this fun-loving couple in front of our cameras again! I mean seriously – have you ever seen someone laugh so much during an engagement session?
Many dating experts would tell you that it’s a bad idea to get romantically involved with anyone from work – but speaking from personal experience, I can definitely say that they’re wrong. After all, I got myself a lifelong partner in crime and two little monsters to show for it. Alex & Angel would find themselves in similar circumstances, and we can only say that their future bodes well. Alex & Angel will be celebrating their wedding in Connecticut next year, but came down to our neck of the woods in New York City to give us a glimpse into the day when Angel asked Alex to be his one and only for the rest of eternity. A romantic proposal in Central Park? How could any girl say no?
Seeing familiar faces at weddings is one of the favorite things we love about our work. By the time this Grace & Lawrence’s wedding was said and done, we’d had the distinct pleasure of documenting major milestones in this bride’s family for a 3rd time in 3 years, and quite honestly – all that love never gets old :). Although Grace & Lawrence are currently forging new adventures together in Pennsylvania, they came back home to New Jersey to celebrate their commitment to one another amongst their closest family and friends. Although Mother Nature had other plans for us on this particular afternoon, Grace & Lawrence were ready to rock & roll no matter what Mother Nature had prepared for them. After rocking out their gorgeous first-look photos at a nearby equestrian center (no horses were harmed/seen during the production of these images!), they wrapped up their celebration with their family and friends at the Graycliff in Moonachie. We couldn’t have asked for a more fun bride & groom, and we couldn’t have asked for a more fun crowd!
Venue, Ceremony & Catering: The Graycliff // Officiant: Reverend Louis Conselatore // Hair: Magaly Beauty Salon // Make-up: Beatbytwiggy // Dress: Stephen Yearick at Bridal Reflections in New York, NY // Seamstress: Best Laid Seams in Chambersburg, PA // Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson // Groom’s attire: Dante Zeller Tuxedo // Bowties: Onedaintytulip on etsy.com // Boutonnieres: Rachel Emma Studio // Jewelry: Zales // Floral/Décor: A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design // Entertainment: DJ Scoot
Wedding invitations: Elegant Wedding Invites // Puzzle Wedding Guestbook: Jigsaw Creations on etsy.com // Favors: Moscow Mule Mugs by Copper Mugs Co
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.
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