When planning a wedding in NJ, you really can’t go wrong with a lakefront wedding in the Fall – which is precisely what Melissa & Colin did, when they hosted their celebration this past October at the newly-renovated Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, NJ. It was late enough in the season to be relatively bug-free, but early enough in the season to enjoy all the wonderful colors that Mother Nature had to offer. And of course, the perfect weather doesn’t hurt either :).

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Venue & Catering: Indian Trail Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Holy Trinity Church – Hackensack, NJ // Hair & Make-up: Mariel Guay // Dress: Paloma Blanca // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss // Floral/Décor: Allure Floral // Entertainment: Almost Easy Entertainment // Stationery: Salt and Paperie // Cinematography: Ambiance Video

The moment I first met Donna over the phone, I knew I absolutely had to get these two in front of my camera. These two are a HILARIOUS combination: Donna’s the unrelenting prankster, and Gary’s the good-humoured punching bag that makes this all work. We started their engagement session in the lobby of the W Hotel in Hoboken, where I was instructed to inform Gary that we’d set up a mini-studio in one of the swanky rooms upstairs. Unbeknownst to Gary, Donna had planned a boudoir shoot…for him. For starters, he didn’t even know what a “boudoir shoot” was. And of course, my explanation didn’t help either: “We’ve got some of your underwear, as well as my wife/assistant waiting for you upstairs.”

His face turned white, with a trapped, sad look in his eyes. What had his fiancee signed him up for?

Long story short, there was no boudoir shoot happening at the W that afternoon (and if there was, I certainly wasn’t the one shooting it). The entire thing had been a ruse coordinated by our fun-loving bride-to-be, and for a brief moment, Gary may have been resigned to the fact that this was his life now. If it was going to make his future wife happy, there was very little he would say “no” to. And that, my friends, is the mark of a true gentleman :).

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One of the most favorite things we love about our work are the familiar faces we encounter on any given weekend. It’s like coming home from college after a somewhat-extended absence: the furniture’s been moved around a bit, your old bedroom’s been converted to a gym, but for all intents and purposes, the place still smells/feels like home. This is exactly what it’s like when we see a bunch of our clients in the same room :). Fast forward to this past October, to Christina & JR’s beautiful wedding at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ; everyone was just about ready to party their heads off. Throw in some fancy socks for the groomsmen, a giant mural of the American flag, a giant panda head, and we’ve got ourselves one helluva party!

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Venue & Catering: Molly Pitcher Inn // Ceremony: St. Ann’s Church // Hair: Pin It Up Bridal // Make-up: SamanthaMilea_MUA // Dress: Maggie Sottero // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Joseph A Bank // Jewelry: Kennedy’s Kreations // Floral/Décor: Eltingville Florist // Favors: Donations to Lustgarten Foundation // Cinematography: Inzi Wedding Films

Julia & Tim are high school sweethearts who recently celebrated their nuptials at one of our favorite wedding venues along the Hudson River: Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. It was nothing but trees and clear blue skies for their beautiful outdoor fall wedding ceremony on the sprawling grounds, followed by a jubilant celebration inside their gorgeously decorated ballroom. With their family and friends, they danced the night away to the joyous sounds of a Hank Lane band.

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Venue & Catering: Tappan Hill Mansion // Ceremony: Rabbi Gloria Miller // Hair: Emily Wallis // Make-up: Mary Wallis // Dress: Lovely Bride // Shoes: Mia // Groom’s Attire: Joseph A Bank // Jewlery: Heirlooms // Floral/Decor: Damselfly Designs // Entertainment: Hank Lane Productions // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Favors: Warwick Valley Winery & Etsy // Cinematography: Clark+Walker Studio

Just imagine: it’s the end of the year; all the work is done (for the most part), the books are tucked away, and the schedules have been cleared for the rest of the holidays. And just as you’re closing up the shop, the door chimes clang loudly and in stumbles a lovely couple who just happened to be walking by and loved what they saw through the shop window. It’s closing time, but you do what any good business owner would do: you take their coats, make them a cup of tea, and give ’em the best service you’ve got :).

Victoria & Cesar quite literally squeezed into our calendar at the very last minute, and we’re so honored and thrilled that they did. Their story is that of a whirlwind romance, made in Washington DC and blossomed over 5662km of internet cables between them. In every sense of the word, they were quite literally worlds apart – English was not the native language for either of them, but they were in love, and that’s really all that mattered. When you look at those two faces – it’s quite clear that these two are just overflowing with boundless affection for one another. We had so much fun photographing these two love birds eloping in one of the most romantic cities in the world, and wrapped up with a romantic stroll in Central Park for a night they won’t soon forget.

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Hair & Make-up: Pinned & Proper