This is one wedding that I’ll always remember – the majestic space, the warmth of family and friends, and most importantly, the display of unconditional love. It was an emotional whirlwind as families from both sides flew in from all over the world to witness one of the most special day in these two individuals’ lives. There were tears of happiness between every prolonged embrace and abundant laughter echoing throughout the entire bridal suite that overlooked Midtown Manhattan. Margot and Alex began (and ended!) their day at The Eventi Hotel. We’re super excited about these images, and especially happy to share them with you for a gazillion reasons. Here are some sneak peeks of their day.

Bride Margot looks into a mirror on the morning of her wedding at the Eventi hotel in New York City. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom talks on the phone on the morning of his wedding at the Eventi hotel in New York City. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Dog poses for portraits on the morning of Margot and Alex Bride and groom pose for their portraits on the morning of their wedding at the Eventi hotel in New York City. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Hope you guys enjoy these sneak peeks. We’re rock’n and rolling through our summer weddings these next few weeks, which means we should be having some very happy August and September brides (and grooms) in the very near future!

I can’t believe how quickly this week has flown by. Even more amazing, I can’t believe how quickly this month has flown by! I had all these glorious costume plans for Lil Monster 1.0, but you can’t possibly imagine how hard it is to find a powder blue tuxedo jacket for a 2 year old, much less black wayfarers that’ll fit his gimungo head :). So the bad news is: he won’t doing the Gangnam Style dance this halloween while dressed as an international South Korean superstar. The good news is however, that he’ll probably be doing the Gangnam Style dance in some cow costume that didn’t fit him last year. He’ll never know the difference :).

Happy Wednesday ya’ll!

Ben & Karis

Any true Marylander knows that the crab season is pretty much wrapped up by the end of September, but a true Marylander will also figure out a way to get their crab fix’ns 365 days a year. I recently documented a wedding in Baltimore which proved just that. Enter: boxes and boxes of steamed crabs and all their Old Bay’ed yummy goodness! Because I wasn’t so sure if my camera’s warranty covered Old-Bay-in-lens-mount kinda damage, I opted for a pit beef sandwich instead. In any case, it would’ve been a travesty if I didn’t inject some of that Baltimore hometown flavor into some of their wedding images :).

Maryland Crab with Wedding Rings

Happy Tuesday ya’ll!

Ben & Karis

As I spent the last four days in Baltimore immersed in yummy food, all I could think about was how I was going to get home in time to have a blog entry ready for Monday. The work of a photographer/blogger/part-time dad never ends :). The good news is that while I was out on a shooting/meeting marathon back in the Charm City, Karis willfully commandeered the nice chair in our office and dove into the small mountain of images sitting in our (pretty) gimungo inboxes waiting to be processed. Bad news? There are none, aside from the fact that none of us (with the exception of Lil Monster 1.0) have had any sleep these past few nights. But now that I’m back home, we hope to return to a work-life with some semblance of normalcy. Because you know, the kiddos know that dad don’t mess around :).

Sarah and Ed tied the knot at The Manor in West Orange. There are only a few words I could use to describe their wedding day: sunny…with a side of sunny. On the bright side of things (har har), this was much better than wet…with a side of more wet :). This meant fun sunglasses and ice-cold bottles of water for everyone!

Bride

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Bride Bride Sarah poses for her portraits on the morning of her wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groom gets ready for his wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom gets ready for his wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groomsmen pose together after an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride ascends the stairs at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

First look at Sarah and Ed First look at Sarah and Ed Twin ring boys walk down the aisle at Sarah and Ed Bride Outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride cries during her outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groomsman looks on during an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groomsmen stores away his sunglasses during a wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and groom share their first kiss at an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Floral settings for a wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Wedding cake at a wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Sarah dances with her father at her wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Sarah dances with her father at her wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Maid of honor Maid of honor

Best man Wedding dessert at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom dance at their wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom dance at their wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Guests dance at Ed and Sarah Guests dance at Ed and Sarah Bride and groom dance at their wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

And of course, our favorite part of the day…

Mucho thanks to the following folks who made this party possible!

Ceremony : : The Manor in West Orange, NJ
Reception : : The Manor in West Orange, NJ
Gown : : Rana Bridal
Shoes : : Badgley Mischka
Jewelry : : Tiffany & Co.
Hair : : Vicky C5
Make Up : : Vicky C5
Grooms Attire : : Jos A Bank
Catering : : The Manor in West Orange, NJ
Cake : : The Manor in West Orange, NJ
Floral : : Occasion9
Favors : : http://www.beau-coup.com
Stationery : : http://www.invitesite.com
Secondary Photography : : Benson Lau Photography
Photo Booth : : Ben Lau Photography

 

Many, many thanks to Sarah and Ed once again. We were so incredibly honored to document your big day! We wish you two many years of love and laughter. We hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed capturing them!

Another wedding down, and about 232,350,984,350 more weddings to go (or so it seems like!). I just checked my calendar this morning and it looks like our wedding shooting season has been extended into December, which means we get a much deserved two week break before we head back out in January! If you want a visual of what’s going on at Ben Lau Photography HQ when we heard this news, imagine LMFAO blasting in the background while Karis and I dance around in ours sweats with Lil Monster 1.0 :). Everyday we’re hustle’n!

Didn’t you guys know Casual Monday’s the new Casual Friday?

Hope you guys have a fantastic week :).

Ben & Karis (and Lil Monster 1.0!)

We loved working with Sarah and Ed, two of the most laid-back, fun-loving, everything-goes kinda couple that every wedding photographer wants knocking on their doorstep. They tied the knot at The Manor in West Orange, one of my favorite NJ wedding venues. And even better, they were getting ready at a hotel that was literally across the parking lot. Not only were they great to work with, they were uber-efficient! Win-win! Ka-chow!

Here are some sneak peeks of their day.

Bride Sarah puts on her veil on her wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom Ed ties his tie on the morning of his wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom Ed poses for a portrait on the morning of his wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Sarah laughs during portraits on the morning of her wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Sarah laughs during her wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Hope you guys enjoy these. Stay tuned for more!

As for us here (well just me, actually), I’ll be in the Charm City until Sunday with a double header of engagement sessions greeting me until Monday night. No rest till Tuesday! These next few days are going to be a doozy, but at least the leaves are nice outside!

Have a great weekend everyone :).

Ben & Karis

 

When we arrived at Negar and Jason’s hotel in Jersey City that morning, we knew it was going to be an awesome day. The weather was mild, with a few clouds crawling slowly across the late summer sky. As I moved between the bride and groom’s rooms, I found it hilarious that they were both watching the same program while getting ready: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off…with a side of Chinese food to boot. What better way to kick off a celebration of happily ever? It was appropriate, to say the least. After all, these two were playing hooky while the residents of San Francisco were wondering where the two most awesome chiropractors in the world were hiding :).

Groom gets ready for his wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Negar

Most brides these days have a pair of ceremony shoes, and dancing shoes. Good idea!

Wedding rings on Negar and Jason

Flowers for Negar and Jason

Bride gets ready for her wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride puts on her shoes on her wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

These would be the other pair :).

Groom gets a few words of wisdom from his father on his wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom Jason Groom Jason Bride Negar poses for portraits on her wedding day at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

View of the Manhattan skyline during an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Whoever thought of putting a giant grassy field (and the Manhattan skyline) behind a wedding venue is genius, I tell you :).

Groom smiles during his wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom hold hands during their wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Negar laughs during her outdoor wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Father of the bride during an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Flower girls laugh during an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Cocktail hour for Negar and Jason Wedding cake for Negar and Jason Bride and groom share a first dance at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Mother of the bride gives a speech during a wedding at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride cries during speeches at Negar and Jason Bride and groom dance on their wedding night at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Dancing at Negar and Jason Dancing at Negar and Jason Knife dance for Negar and Jason Boy blows at a marshmallow during Negar and Jason

Which evil genius brought marshmallows to the party?!?

Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Negar and Jason, 1,000,000 x’s congrats to the both of you! We were so absolutely thrilled to capture your special day back here in NJ and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We hope you guys enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them, and we can’t wait to see you guys again! Let’s also give a round of applause to the following folks who made this day possible:
Ceremony : : Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ
Reception : : Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ
Gown : : Allure Bridal
Jewelry : : Custom-made in Iran
Hair : : Viva Glam Salon
Make Up : : Viva Glam Salon
Grooms Attire : : Vera Wang
Catering : : Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ
Cake : : Carlos’ Bakery
Floral : : Brandy Wine Floral Designs
Favors : : DIY from Iran
Stationery : : magnetstreet.com
Secondary Photography : : Benson Lau Photography

Bride and groom pose for portraits near the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Captured by northern nj wedding photographer Ben Lau.

As for us here at HQ, I’ll be trading my chilly weekend up here in NJ for a chilly weekend down in MD…starting this afternoon! I’m going to be a road warrior from now till Tuesday, whilst Karis resumes her role as mommy-extraordinaire. I swear the kids will be in college by the time I get home. Our wedding season still has 7 more weeks to go, and we’re loving every single minute of it :).

See you guys on the flip side!

Ben & Karis