It’s hard to believe that just 1-2 weeks after photographing a very icy wedding in Northern Jersey, that I would be chasing a couple along the sandy beaches of Coney Island. Though the season had not officially started and many of the stalls were still closed for the winter, many folks were just eager to enjoy the great weather along Coney Island’s boardwalk with a Nathan’s Famous hot dog in one hand, and an icy cold cup of orange-ade in the other. Though I’m a little partial to stuffing myself silly with soft-shelled crab sandwiches, we were still a bit too early in the season to enjoy them. We’ll take what we can get :). This was Benson’s first time hanging out in my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn, so we hope we made it memorable!
Winter weddings in Northern Jersey can be a tricky affair, mostly because Mother Nature can’t seem to decide if she wants to wear a furry shawl or a fun spaghetti strap sun dress :). On the week of Rebecca & Robi’s wedding at the Maritime Parc, Northern Jersey experienced 70° weather at the beginning of the week, only to be greeted with the first official snow storm of the season – just in time for their big day. We were hopeful, of course: combined with the likelihood we were looking at a relatively empty waterfront, and this couple’s previous life in much cooler climates, the opportunities for us to create some amazing wedding images were just too great to pass up. Armed with nothing but a fancy umbrella and my lighting assistant, we took to the icy Jersey City waterfront after their beautiful ceremony atop the Maritime Parc. Other notable features of this wedding included some pretty awesome super-hero cufflinks, creative DIY centerpieces featuring produce items, as well as giant sized posters of the groom during his awesome teenage years!
Venue & Catering: Maritime Parc // Officiant: Pastor Bryan Scott of Every Nation Church // Hair & Make-up: VickyC5 // Dress: Watters // Shoes: SJP Sarah Jessica Parker // Groom’s attire: Tuxedo by Black Lapel, shoes by Crockett & Jones // Jewelry: DeBeers, Rolex, A Lange & Sohne // Floral/Décor: Allure Floral Design // Entertainment: Elegant Music Group // Stationery: Invitation – Design by Heidi Liou, Menu/Recipe cards (DIY) // Favors: Homemade granola (DIY)
Winter has been a funny, fickle thing this season. It’s the only time in my life I’ve ever experienced 70° on a Monday, only to return to sub-zero Arctic temperatures by the end of the week (curious, I know). But luckily for us, thermal socks were invented for these very circumstances, and if I were to have a winter wedding anywhere in the world, it would probably have to be at the Park Savoy. Yes, the grounds are quite gorgeous (even in the winter time) – but the bridal suite at the Park Savoy always seems to have the perfecting lighting, and their bar lounge with the marble checkered floors is just beyond amazing. The cherry atop this delicious frozen treat is the fact that Chelsea & James were essentially veterans when it came to shooting in the freezing cold, and she didn’t even have to wear heels in the snow this time around :).
Venue & Catering: The Park Savoy Estate // Ceremony/Officiant: Assumption Church // Hair & Make-up: Pink Comb Studio // Dress: Matthew Christopher // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Floral/Décor: A W Flowers // Entertainment: SCE Event Group // Cinematography: LVL 13
When you run a “Mom & Pop” operation such as ours, the relationships you cultivate are key to the brand. Relationships, whether professional or romantic, all go through a similar progression. Sometimes you totally bomb the first conversation, and sometimes you totally hit it off. Sometimes there’s a little begging involved, usually there’s a little give-and-take, and before you know it – you surprisingly find yourself nervously chatting with the parents shortly thereafter (Whoa – that escalated quickly!). But if you’re genuine in your intentions, and pleasant in your demeanor, the universe has a funny way of rewarding all that positivity you keep in your life. This simple approach got me a wife, two very content in-laws, and a boatload of wonderful clients over the years. And just like dating/marriage, when we get into relationships with a clients – we’ve already mentally prepared ourselves for their family – it’s all part of the package! For Erica & Phil’s wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, our courtship would be no different :). Luckily for us, we all hit it off from the start, and we had a fabulous time getting to know their family (one of whom is also a fellow Terrapin, like yours truly!). On a slightly related note – a bride’s first look with dads should TOTALLY be a thing!
Venue & Catering: Liberty House // Cake: Carlo’s Bakery // Ceremony/Officiant: Holy Rosary Church // Hair: Renaissance Salon // Make-up: Cori Dussman // Dress: Jim Hjelm // Bridal Boutique/salon: Mustillos // Shoes: Betsey Johnson // Groom’s attire: J. Crew Factory // Jewelry: Vale Jewelry //Floral/Décor: Twisted Willow // Entertainment: Remixologists // Stationery: Minted // Transportation: Santos VIP Limo // Favors: DIY
The weather here in NJ has been a little crazy lately. After enjoying some very curious 70° weather for much of the week, by the the time this weekend had arrived, we found ourselves rummaging through our closets for scarves and mittens that we had prematurely packed away in anticipation of an early arrival of spring. Jokes on us, Punxsutawney Phil :). Sarah & Mike’s wedding at the Heldrich Hotel was particularly special to me for a number of reasons: (1) One of my very first bookings in my career took place at this venue (it’s always amazing to see how far I’ve come!) and (2) Sarah & Mike operate a very successful photo booth company in Central NJ, which allowed them to be keenly aware of all the needs a typical wedding photographer (such as myself) would possibly have on a typical wedding day (so they gave me allllllll the time in the world!). I’ll have to admit, I was a little bit nervous about shooting in sub-freezing temperatures – but Sarah & Mike totally took one for the team and rocked their outdoor photos. We then treated ourselves to the gorgeous hotel bar afterwards, you know, as a reward for being such troopers. These guys totally deserved it!
Venue & Catering: Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ // Officiant: Patrick Sheehan // Hair: Pink Comb Studio // Make-up: Maria Rached // Dress: Augusta Jones // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Jewelry: Heirloom and Castle Couture // Entertainment: DJ Krush & Limelight Entertainment // Stationery: Etsy // Favors: Cupcakes from Whole Foods (they were delicious!) // Photo Booth: Central Jersey Photo Booth