When we arrived at the groom’s suite that morning, we were greeted by a visibly flushed groom dressed in his undershirt and gym shorts. His choice of attire was mildly peculiar to say the least, because a blast of arctic air had also whooshed into the hallway when he opened the door. As he downed another icy cold bottle of beer in one giant gulp, that’s when timing of this winter wedding finally made sense :). Because we’ve been experiencing some strange weather anomalies this year, it was actually quite warm on the morning of Melissa & Gerard’s wedding in Point Pleasant – which probably made things a little uncomfortable for our honorary Eskimo groom. But thankfully for him, things did chill up quite considerably, as an icy mist descended upon them during our photo session at Spring Lake Heights. Mother Nature is a funny, fickle thing :). Nevertheless, Melissa & Gerard were such troopers for bearing the cold for just a few moments longer before continuing their celebration at the Sunset Ballroom.

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Venue & Catering: Sunset Ballroom Point Pleasant NJ // Ceremony/Officiant: Rev. Anthony Ventola // Hair: Renee Bruno // Make-up: Alexa from L Studio // Dress: Essence of Australia // Groom’s Attire: Cozy Tux // Jewelry: Heirlooms and ATC Jewelers // Floral/Décor: Wood Sola Flowers & Gloria’s Flower Shop // Entertainment: Sound Surge Entertainment // Favors: Personalized soaps by Daniela Brex // Cinematography: Sound Surge Entertainment

What kind of wedding celebration do you get when you get a southern gentleman together with a Jersey girl? Well, there are two thing we knew for sure: (1) we were head’n down the shore, and (2) we were definitely going to have ourselves some high-energy country music & dancing! These two lovebirds got ready at home nearby, with some of the most awesome DIY wedding details I’ve ever seen. As luck would have it, the bride’s father happened to have a bajillion plate-sized wooden discs just simply laying around, begging to be utilized in some creative way for her wedding day :). And lucky for her, her future-husband-to-be and her father were both ready, willing to put some of that elbow grease to work! After exchanging their vows at St. Denis Church in Manasquan, we took the party to one of our favorite wedding venues on the Jersey Shore: Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant. To say the very least, I couldn’t have asked for a more awesome couple to help me kick off the 2017 wedding season.

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Venue: Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant, New Jersey // Ceremony/Officiant: St. Denis Church, Manasquan, New Jersey // Hair & Make-up: Kara Morgan // Dress: Oleg Cassini // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein Black Tuxedo // Jewelry: Malouf Jewelers, Point Pleasant, New Jersey // Floral/Décor: Something Nice, Point Pleasant, New Jersey // Entertainment: Posh Entertainment // Stationery: Kate’s Paper Tree , Sea Girt, New Jersey // Favors: Branded Wood Coasters (DIY)

Wow. Where do I even begin? Ever since I met Meghan & Dean (which seems like ages ago), I suspected I was in for something special. Once I got them in front of my cameras the first time around for their retro/vintage/editorial engagement session in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, they pretty much confirmed those suspicions: this is one helluva fun couple to photograph! Meghan & Dean’s winter wedding at the Rock Island Lake Club did have a few hints of the holiday season, and we were grateful that their winter wedding day actually looked/felt like winter (what’s this 70° weather we’re having here in the Northeast….in February?). These two were such troopers for braving the windchills in the single digits, if only for the sole purpose of creating these breath-taking winter wedding photos (next to a FROZEN LAKE, mind you!). They’ve been on my calendar over these past 2+ years, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I was eagerly waiting for this ridiculously gorgeous day. And over these past 2+ years, they’ve been one of our biggest fans, and their love/support enabled us to take some of the most awesome wedding photos we’ve ever created. Seriously. Just look at all this awesomeness!

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Venue & Catering: Rock Island Lake Club, Sparta NJ // Hair: Nicole Sapena // Make-up: Nadia Greer // Dress: Liz Martinez // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Ryan Seacrest Distinction // Jewelry: Exclusive Jewelry & Swarovski // Floral/Décor: Gala Florist & DIY // Ceremony Music: Owls & Lions // Cocktail Music: Joseph Cunningham // Entertainment: Spinner Entertainment // Stationery: Remco Press, Paper Presentation, Get Marked & DIY // Favors: DIY

One of the favorite things I love about my job are the familiar faces I see throughout the wedding season, by way of previous brides/grooms who’ve graced the other side of our cameras over the years. Evita & Paul would be one such couple, whom we met almost three years ago! We loved all the DIY details the bride incorporated into her day, and we especially loved her wedding venue in Brooklyn: none other than the spacious Green Point Loft. This made for perfect acoustics of course, which was apropros for the live music performed by none other than the musician groom himself, during the wedding procession of his soon-to-be-wife coming down the aisle. With amazing views for Brooklyn and Manhattan, along with all that space (and cafe lights galore!), this was every bride & groom’s (and photographer’s!) dream wedding come true!

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