Over the years, we’ve been privileged to document all kinds of wedding ceremonies spanning a wide spectrum of various religions, traditions and cultures. It’s always been my firm belief that given the opportunity, all the individuals, places and things on the other side of my camera have a unique story to share. My only role at that given moment, is to simply be present, and document those stories as they unravel before my very eyes. 

Part 1 (of 2) of Sindy & Ryan’s family started at her family’s home in Danbury, CT, where the entire neighborhood came together to celebrate this momentous milestone of one of their very own. Their story is one rooted in tradition, filial piety, and boundless gratitude and affection for their family and friends. Sindy & Ryan’s Cambodian wedding featured not one, but three traditional ceremonies, which involved music, performances, prayer to go along with some of the most colorful wardrobe changes I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph. We only hope that our images did justice to such a wonderful, gorgeous day!

When one thinks of Hoboken engagement sessions, the first thought is usually the Hoboken waterfront: both uptown and downtown views of the Manhattan skyline are equally spectacular, which generally makes for some exceptionally gorgeous photos. But here’s the thing: Kathleen & Chris would also likely be photographing their wedding day photos along the Hoboken waterfront – so what’s a couple to do? As we racked our brains for a bit of time, until it dawned upon me – “Do you have access to your rooftop?” I remember asking them. “I mean, how have we not thought of this?”

With a few quick pushes of the (elevator) button, we made our way to their surprisingly neat/orderly rooftop (probably the most safest and cleanest one I’ve ever encountered) and kicked off our session there. Shooting off the beaten path in/around Hoboken has always been on a bucket list of mine, and I was so thrilled that Kathleen & Chris were on 100% on board. As we wandered around the pristine cobblestone streets (which will now be my new super-secret shooting spot!), I got to hear about how these two college sweethearts fell in love, and found themselves eventually hanging their hats in one of the coolest neighborhoods in all of Hoboken. Any neighborhood within walking distance to a German biergarten is A+ in my book!

Hoboken engagement session, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

It’s not every day that two love birds agree to wake up at sunrise to spend their morning with yours truly, but here we were – being silly among ourselves along the empty walkways of the High Line Park. Along the way, Jaclyn & Dylan shared a slice of their life with me, from that one fateful night they shared a few drinks together and took the long way home on their first night out together, to one helluva proposal story that took place on the other side of the world (way to make all of us look bad, Dylan!). Throughout this engagement session along Manhattan’s West Side, they took me to all their favorite spots in their old stomping grounds – from coffee shops, to ginormous sandwiches, we did it all. Bonus points to us for coming upon this cute, little, covered scooter. You best believe we used it for their engagement photos!

NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. NYC engagement session in Meatpacking, High Line Park, Chelsea and West Village - captured by fun, photo documentary NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

It was a cold day in the late Fall when Beth & Ben found themselves in the middle of a quiet Hoboken train terminal, mildly nervous about their impending photoshoot with yours truly! But these two naturals had nothing to worry about, as we had ourselves a great time in their neck of the woods. After playing with some of the beautiful light around the train terminal, we wrapped up their fun engagement session with their pooch along the Hoboken waterfront outside of their apartment. We can’t wait to get these two in front of our cameras again!

Hoboken engagement session captured by fun North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session captured by fun North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session captured by fun North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session captured by fun North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session captured by fun North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session captured by fun North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau. Hoboken engagement session captured by fun North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

There’s a saying that “Love isn’t easy, but nothing worth it ever is.” I mean, at least that’s what they say. But based on Samantha & Rich’s back story, along with their touching vows during their beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Crystal Plaza, these words couldn’t possibly ring more true. And even after all those years together, it was clear on this wedding day that these two are still head-over-heels in love with each other. Along with their friends, family (and the most adorable pooch!), they celebrated their long-awaited union in one of the most amazingly fun wedding celebrations we’d ever had the opportunity to document. We wish nothing but the best for these two lovebirds!

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Venue & Catering: Crystal Plaza // Officiant: Celia Milton // Hair & Make-up: Reiko Utsugi // Dress: Pronovias // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss // Rings, Bracelet, Earrings: City Diamond NY // Necklace: RK Bridal // Floral/Décor: Main Street Bloomery // Entertainment: SCE Event Group // Stationery:DIY // Cinematography: Myther Ganibe // Photobooth: Amazebooths