How many opportunities does one have when it comes to beach-time in April? Very few, I’d imagine. But who was I to argue when childhood sweethearts Victoria & Robert suggested that we head down to Lavalette to photograph their wonderfully romantic engagement session? And much to our surprise, the town was already making its preparations for the summer crowds arriving in just a few short weeks, with the arcades already abuzz with activity and the smell of pizza and fries just wafting through the boardwalk. We just can’t wait for summer to get here!

Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lavalette engagement session down the Jersey Shore, captured by Central Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

As my parents will tell you, I don’t visit my hometown of Baltimore them very often these days. Whether it’s a statement of observation or Asian-Parent-Guilt, I’m not quite sure – they’re much better (at both) than I am :). The truth is, I don’t get too many opportunities to head back to the Charm City; most of my childhood and college friends have married and started families of their own. Due to a confluence of fortunate events, I’m glad that we were able to make it happen with Jennifer & Luis, two of the most genuine, nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. These two lovebirds are transplants from Florida who now call the DMV their home. Though it was drizzling at Baltimore’s City Hall on the afternoon of their engagement session, nothing was going to stop them from having one of the most fun & awesome sessions Baltimore has ever seen :).

Baltimore engagement session captured by Baltimore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Baltimore engagement session captured by Baltimore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Baltimore engagement session captured by Baltimore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Baltimore engagement session captured by Baltimore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Baltimore engagement session captured by Baltimore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Baltimore engagement session captured by Baltimore wedding photographer Ben Lau. Baltimore engagement session captured by Baltimore wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Despite having photographed several weddings here at NYIT De Seversky Mansion, this place never ceases to amaze me. I mean, have you ever seen such an amazing spread of cocktail food? They’ve got these meatball things on what can only be described as a yellow dollop of an umami explosion (mashed sweet potato or yam, perhaps?) which was nothing short of mind-blowing. And you know what else was mind-blowing? This couple :). Not only did they give us all the time in the world for their portraits, they were willing participants with my twisted sense of humor (fart jokes, anyone?), and had assembled one of the most amusing bridal parties I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Their big day started with a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony in the library with the bride in her traditional qipao, before changing into their western attire for their ceremony in the sun room. With the weather slightly warming up for spring, they couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

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Venue & Catering: De Seversky Mansion // Hair & Make-Up: VickyC5 // Dress: Pronovias // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Floral/Décor: Petals Floral & Party Design // Entertainment: DJ: DJ Taiga from Remixologists / Strings: Alexandra & Ensembles // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Chocolate Works // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios // Wedding Cake: Sugar Lane Cake Shop

Wedding planning can be an arduous task for many couples, especially when it involves so many moving parts along with an assembly of key characters who help make the day possible. From the very beginning, before Melanie & Shay even settled on their wedding venue, they knew that I (along with Karis) was going to be documenting one of the most important day in their lives. We were absolutely humbled and honored to be held in such high-esteem, and it’s a responsibility that we certainly don’t take lightly! After much deliberation (along with some research and elbow grease), Melanie & Shay decided to host their beautiful tea ceremony and wedding at the Larkfield Manor in Eastport, NY. It was one of the first (and few!) nice days we’ve had this Spring, and we certainly took advantage of it by making a quick trip down to the Eastport waterfront. With two ceremonies, two dresses, and two first looks, there were certainly no shortage of beautiful candid moments between Melanie, Shay, and their closest family and friends. We couldn’t have asked for a more awesome wedding day!

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Venue: Larkfield Manor // Hair& Make-Up: True Love Wedding // Dress: Kleinfeld // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss // Jewelry: Engagement Ring/Wedding bands- Edcora // Floral/Décor: Flowers By Brian // Stationery: Invitations By Dawn // Cinematography: Myther Ganibe