this is my second year in a row of shooting a winter wedding at nanina’s in the park. although it was a bit colder this year for jen and shaun’s wedding day, they braved the chill to get some great photos outside! when i first started photographing weddings, i dreaded winter weddings because of the cold and lack of light, but they’ve really started to grow on me these last couple of years and i’m having a lot of fun working with the wintry light.  i spent some time with jen and shaun during their liberty state park engagement session so i knew they’d photograph beautifully and be super chill (no pun intended) on their wedding day.

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a little smack in the face to finish off the makeup… nanina nanina

do me a favor and and check out rock the socks’ Facebook page so you can learn about a rare disease called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). jen and her bridesmaids are rockin’ the socks to raise awareness for a little girl named mackenzie who suffers from this awful disease. go give some likes, donate, rock some socks and learn something new for mackenzie! nanina nanina nanina nanina nanina nanina

usually it’s beer, but this is a refined group of gentlemen… nanina nanina nanina

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sometimes even the guys need a little help getting dressed… nanina

i love shaun’s gq portrait on the left, but i gotta highlight his killer smile as well… nanina

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doesn’t look like winter, but jen was such a trooper with the chilly weather! nanina nanina

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bubble guns down the aisle… nanina

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i had a chance to chat with captain arnold before the ceremony and he is full of personality. he also is on more social networks than i am and has more followers!  nanina nanina

i couldn’t out-ninja grandma… nanina nanina

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catching the bouquet with intensity! nanina nanina nanina nanina nanina nanina nanina nanina

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another great winter wedding in the books. such a fantastic time from my first meeting with jen until the last dance! thanks to joe spada for assisting me.

while i did not get to meet boston residents, christie and brian, until the day of their berkeley oceanfront hotel wedding in asbury park, new jersey, i knew it would be a fun-filled day! i love late fall weddings before the chill of winter sets in and the gatherings for the holidays begin. i also love shooting in asbury park. in my 11 years in new jersey, i’ve watched asbury park make a comeback and become a popular place to wed. it’s great to see the town doing so well. although brian grew up in massachusetts, christie is a new jersey native and so they decided to have their wedding in new jersey… and you can’t get more iconic new jersey than asbury park.

love the smiles… asbury park boardwalk wedding couple

the groomsmen got ready in the spacious suite where johnny cash wrote his memoirs… berkeley oceanfront hotel groom prep berkeley oceanfront hotel groom prep

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not a typical detail for a wedding day. i received a phone call on my way to christie and brian’s wedding from the maid of honor letting me know that the engagement ring had been lost on the beach. a little heads-up so i didn’t ask for the ring to photograph. by the time i got there, one of the bridal party members had managed to arranged to meet up with someone from craigslist to buy a metal detector and the ring had been found!  asbury park new jersey wedding

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don’t you just love the neckline of christie’s dress? berkeley oceanfront hotel bride prep

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usually during a first look i prefer there not to be randoids in the background, but this little old man looked too happy to watch this moment so i decided to make him a part of it instead… berkeley hotel asbury park wedding first look berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding portraits berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding portraits berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding portraits berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding portraits berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding portraits berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding portraits berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding portraits berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding portraits

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i love the moment when the mother of the groom looks back to watch her son watch his bride walk down the aisle… berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding ceremony berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding ceremony berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding ceremony berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding ceremony berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding ceremony

do we have the rings?? hah.  berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding ceremony berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding ceremony

i call this… ‘hustle and bustle’ berkeley oceanfront hotel asbury park wedding ceremony

i’ve had a lot of dirty dancing lifts this year, but this one takes the cake for height! berkeley oceanfront hotel new jersey wedding reception berkeley oceanfront hotel new jersey wedding reception berkeley oceanfront hotel new jersey wedding reception berkeley oceanfront hotel new jersey wedding reception berkeley oceanfront hotel new jersey wedding reception

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such a great time with christie, brian and their friends and family on a beautiful day in asbury park! thanks to kelsey davis for assisting me.

i’ve shot all kinds of weddings in my 12 years of professional photography, but i do really enjoy intimate weddings at inns. allison and troy got married at the quaint inn at millrace pond in northwest new jersey on a beautiful late fall afternoon.

while i had been turning weddings down because my calendar was so full for 2016, allie’s personal inquiry to me coupled with a venue that hosts intimate weddings had me intrigued. i decided to entertain the idea of photographing their day and i’m so glad i did.  with just about 6 months to go, i met with allie and troy to find they are such a sweet and genuine couple with the right attitude about their day, i knew they were a great fit for my personality and photographic style. beautiful venue, beautiful weather and a beautiful couple…

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with just a best man and a maid of honor, allie and troy’s preps were calm and quiet.. inn at millrace pond groom prep

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a nice outdoor fall scene lint-rolling pic… inn at millrace pond groom prep

i love troy’s ‘no-tie’ look! inn at millrace pond groom prep

allie’s mom watches on as her make-up is applied… inn at millrace pond bride prep inn at millrace pond bride prep inn at millrace pond bride prep inn at millrace pond bride prep inn at millrace pond bride prep inn at millrace pond bride prep

i love this. usually people want to be all dressed up when they help the bride get dressed, but allie’s friend was chilling in her bath towel. i love the juxtaposition of their outfits and i love that it’s a real, raw moment.  inn at millrace pond bride prep inn at millrace pond bride prep

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troy and his brother share some laughs just before the ceremony starts… outdoor wedding ceremony inn at millrace pond

allie approaching the ceremony site…. outdoor wedding ceremony inn at millrace pond

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you know a couple is a good fit for me when there are pictures of their cats at the welcome table… intimate wedding inn at millrace pond

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intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jerseyallie and her mom having some fun! intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jersey intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jersey intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jerseythe bride on the mic! allie sang ‘teenage wasteland’ to her adoring fans. this bride has some singing skills! intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jersey

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am i the only who thinks, ‘i really hope that pole is secure?’ when they see this picture… intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jersey intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jersey intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jersey

late night dancefloor hugs… intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jersey

farewells… intimate wedding reception inn at millrace pond new jersey

it was my honor to capture allie and troy’s nuptials at the quaint inn at millrace pond on a perfect late fall afternoon. such a great time from start to finish. thanks to brian leong for assisting me.

after seeing catie and peter two times at other weddings this year alone, it was finally their turn to celebrate their marriage on a beautiful late fall day at the roundhouse in new york’s hudson valley. i first met peter over 3 years ago when photographing a wedding for some of his friends. at the end of the wedding, he was there with his pizza truck (dee-lish!). after photographing his brother’s wedding and a couple of his friend’s weddings, it was finally his turn to be the groom. after so much wedding practice, catie and peter knew how to just roll with it the day of for their roundhouse wedding which made for a fantastic time for all! and what was so awesome for me was having five couples together whose wedding’s i’ve shot including two sets of siblings and a lot of familiar wedding guests who are always a blast to photograph!

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love this moment when catie took some time to herself to write a letter to pete… roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse

joe helps his brother out… roundhouse beacon groom prep

i love this shot because i have a very similar one of pete’s brother joe from a couple years ago… roundhouse beacon groom prep roundhouse beacon groom prep roundhouse beacon groom prep

if you could scratch and sniff the screen, you’d smell some rosemary on these dark and diamond boutonnières… hudson valley wedding flowers

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“you can find me in the tub”… roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse

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catie’s dad sees her in her wedding gown for the first time… roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse roundhouse beacon bridal prep in penthouse

i always laugh when people ask if my brides are real. yes, they are real. very real. i don’t do styled shoots… only real people in real time. make up by denise delrusso and hair by stephanie pontes roundhouse beacon bridal portrait in penthouse roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait

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i like the way the sun peeked into my lens on this shot… roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait

that hair, though! hudson valley wedding couple portrait roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait roundhouse beacon wedding couple portrait

i love how shades of purple were chosen for a late fall wedding… roundhouse beacon bridal party

little kids usually do one of two things when walking down the aisle: run excitedly down or spend the whole time looking back for someone to save them… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

two of my grooms from this year laughing at the altar… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

there’s always that moment that the groom takes a deep breath as the bride walks down the aisle. this happens regardless of whether they saw one another ahead of time or not. walking down the aisle is ‘go time’. hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

catie’s brother acted as officiant… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

catie’s sister smiles on… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

love all the laughter! roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

even catie’s nephew is having a good time… hudson valley roundhouse outdoor wedding ceremony

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i’ll be honest, i don’t know much about plants. i have trouble keeping anything alive, but i enjoyed the greenery of these centerpieces… hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

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if a candle was out at your table, i know who did it… roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

pete surprised catie partway through their first dance by singing their real wedding song, “ho hey” by the lumineers, while playing along with some friends… hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

amidst the excitement of their first dance, catie gives pete a quiet embrace… hudson valley roundhouse wedding reception

i see a lot of my past couples at weddings that i’m shooting.  i’m not one to go around collecting all my couples at a wedding for a photo, but the fact that i had five together was pretty awesome and a new record so i had to get this shot.

thanks to tracy and ryan for initially putting the good word out there for me and so excited for their little one to arrive.  if i’m still shooting weddings by the time he/she gets married, i’ll honor my 2016 pricing for them, hah.  of course i’ll likely be in my 60’s so i can’t promise what shape my ninja skills will be in or that i won’t have moved to some island to retire and drink margaritas all day by then…

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after eating some dinner, i returned to the room to see this! hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

chris, a 5-time wedding guest veteran of mine and and tiffany, a 3-time (this year alone!) wedding guest veteran of mind have fun with sticks that light up. (what do you call these things???) hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

people change when you give them a stick that lights up to dance with… hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

don’t worry, he’s ok… hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

if chris is in attendance, it’s mandatory that the groom does a santoro wedding fist bump with him!  hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

as i was about to take this shot, a hand came flying into my frame so i used my ninja skills to move quickly to capture catie and peter kissing at the end of their reception! hudson valley new york roundhouse wedding reception

once again, so honored to have captured so many couples in attendance at catie and peter’s wedding and love seeing so many familiar faces. congrats to catie and peter for a fantastic day. such a pleasure working with them from start to finish. thanks to kelsey davis for assisting me.

one of the cool things about my job is that i frequently see my couples again. often times it is at other weddings, but sometimes it is when they have a child and i have the honor of photographing them as a family. in this crazy world, it is refreshing to capture happy couples with happy children.

i first met bryan and michael when i photographed their awesome wedding over 5 years ago. when bryan reached out to me about taking pics of their son, harrington, i was excited to have a chance to work with them again and meet their little one. harrington is almost two which means he is fast and fearless and very into exploring. with toddlers, you never know how it is going to go, but harrington has such a sweet temperament. he was totally chill with me following him around with a camera on his explorations.

we hadn’t really started the shoot yet, but i liked this moment where bryan was helping harrington get ready…. child photography bedminster new jersey

looking dapper in his ferrari… child photography bedminster new jersey

harrington is very into the maintenance of his ferrari and was busy checking the gas cap… child photography bedminster new jersey

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i love that toddlers walk with such a free spirit… child photography bedminster new jersey family photography bedminster new jersey

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at this point, i’d been following harrington around for quite awhile and he still took a moment to turn around and wave hello to me. what a sweetie pie! child photography bedminster new jersey family photography bedminster new jersey

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this is toddlerhood. parents cleaning up after you, you know putting away your ferrari and stuff for you, while you move on to the next thing… family photography bedminster new jersey

hah. family photography bedminster new jerseytrying to get a toddler to stay in once place and look at the camera goes against their natural state of being… family photography bedminster new jersey family photography bedminster new jersey

i love this moment of adoration, where despite harrington being interested in things other than smiling for the camera, bryan and michael are clearly so in love with his awesome personality. smiling and looking at the camera is nice, but this is the kind of moment that makes a family photo for me. years from now, harrington will be able to look at this photo and see how much he was adored and every kid deserves that. family photography bedminster new jersey

but, bam! i got one of harrington smiling for the camera! family photography bedminster new jersey

exploring… child photography bedminster new jersey

being a parent means you have to accept things, like accepting that your family photos might be taken on a john deere gator.  family photography bedminster new jersey family photography bedminster new jersey

pure joy! child photography bedminster new jersey

love the boots! child photography bedminster new jersey child photography bedminster new jersey

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one of the things that made this photo shoot such a pleasure is the fact that bryan and michael just let harrington be harrington letting his joyful, sweet and curious personality shine through. candid family photography bedminster new jersey

and he’s off… candid child photography bedminster new jerseysuch an honor to be asked to capture harrington at such a precious stage in his life. so great seeing bryan and michael again!