On the morning of Amanda & Drew’s wedding at the Park Savoy in Florham Park, there were three things Amanda was absolutely, truly sure of: (1) she was going to marry the man of her dreams (incidentally, one who can properly pronounce “cal-a-MAH-ri”), (2) the weather was going to be oh-so-amazing, and (3) I was definitely, positively, absolutely going to be there (with bells on). And quite honestly, I was pretty sure of those three things too, even though I couldn’t contractually guarantee any of it. But nevertheless Amanda (and Drew) had faith in me, and it means so much to me that they did; because somehow/some way we managed to deliver on all three of those things :).  Amanda & Drew’s big day had all the trappings of a beautiful Fall wedding at the Park Savoy, with its lush gardens, bubbling fountains and winding paths. Outdoor wedding ceremony? Check! Hilariously awesome speeches? Check! Crazy dancing all night long? Double-check! Quite honestly, I wouldn’t have missed this wedding for the world!

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Venue & Catering: The Park Savoy // Ceremony/Officiant: Pastor Anthony Reimer // Hair & Make-up: The Mane Event // Dress: Hayley Paige // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Floral/Décor: Kim Auriemma Designs // Entertainment: Russ Bennett Band – Hank Lane // Stationery: Minted // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios

Ryland Inn in Whitehouse station is one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in NJ that we’ve had on our bucket list for quite some time now; cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and natural light galore all contained within a rural backdrop with a splash of modern luxury – it’s every photographer’s dream! So when we first met Kristyn & Kevin over a year ago to discuss their wedding, I was already doing cartwheels before the ink was dry (in my mind, anyway). Their ceremony back in their native Staten Island, took place in Historic Richmond Town (another personal fave). Technically speaking, we did wander off into some areas where we weren’t supposed to be – but seriously, who “really” wants to say no to a bride on her wedding day? I didn’t think so :). This bride and groom kicked off their big day at their home(s) in Staten Island.

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Venue & Catering: The Ryland Inn // Ceremony: St. Patrick’s Church // Hair & Make-up: House of Trends // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein // Jewelry: Tacori, Swarovski // Floral/Décor: Carroll’s Florist, Etsy // Entertainment: Platinum Entertainment // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Donation to the Lung Cancer Alliance // Cinematography: Pink Cloud Productions

One of the things I love about our new place (if 2 years can still be considered “new”) is how close we are to the Jersey Shore. While it’s arguable that 45 minutes isn’t necessarily “that” close, it’s pretty darn close to a life-long suburbanite like yours truly!  We first met Jen & Justin at another wedding several years ago, and I can’t believe how much time has flown by. When they first reached out and told us they were having a beach wedding in Long Branch (that was sorta, kinda close to us), I was beyond elated. It was the perfect weekend for a Jersey shore wedding; after the summer tourist crowds had gone home, leaving most of the beatiful beachfront for Jen, Justin and their guests to enjoy! We loved all the unique details that Jen & Justin incorporated into their wedding day, from the groom’s diabolically awesome socks, to the reception decor, down to the satchel of ladybugs for all the guests for the ceremony.

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Venue & Catering: Ocean Place Resort & Spa Long Branch NJ // Ceremony/Officiant: Father John O’Sullivan // Hair: Jaclyn Goldblatt // Make-up: Alyne Halvajian // Dress: Maggie Sottero // Shoes: BeachWeddingParty on Etsy // Groom’s attire: Men’s Warehouse // Jewelry: Mariell // Floral/Décor: Narcissus Florals // Entertainment: Zenrgy Entertainment // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Favors: Your Own Winery // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios // Planner/Coordinator: Kerri Spieser

So it’s no secret that Brooklyn is my favorite borough – I may be biased, of course. Though I now call NJ my home, Brooklyn will always be like a favorite old coat (for me, anyway);  so many memories, so familiar, and only I know that the zipper’s broken and there’s a coin-sized hole in the pocket. All of that never mattered, because it was mine, and it was home. As luck would have it, Kate & John currently hang their hats not too far from where I grew up. Lots have changed since I left over 20 years ago (egads, I can’t believe it’s been that many years), but I’m glad to see that some of the fixtures from my childhood have remained intact (my accountant, for one…and of course my fave pizzaria!). Kate & John wanted a low-key engagement session, which started in their gorgeous brownstone apartment (complete with all the original hardwood, built-ins and trimmings). And of course, no Brooklyn engagement session would be complete without a quick stop over at Prospect Park!

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