lindsy reached out to me just a few months before her bear brook valley wedding. if you’ve followed my blog, then you know i love a couple willing to plan a wedding in a short period of time. after working at rock island lake club for the past three years, i knew their new bear brook valley venue was going to be fabulous.  although it was much colder than any of us anticipated for their asbury park engagement session, lindsy and jonathan had a cool, breezy summer day for their wedding!

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with so much work booked for my fall and spring seasons, i was able to take the past two summers off from photographing weddings, but i missed out on some really awesome color schemes. loving all my summer wedding color schemes…

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how awesome are these wristlets for the moms? and be still my heart, little big farms grows their flowers organically!

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after being in the wedding industry for almost 13 years now, i’ve seen more than my share of dresses hanging in windows. i love how the awesome details of lindsy’s maggie sottero wedding dress were picked up by the light juxtaposed with a moment where the bride and bridesmaids were standing still in a silhouette… bear brook valley bride prep bear brook valley bride prep bear brook valley bride prep bear brook valley bride prep bear brook valley bride prep bear brook valley bride prep luxury wedding

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although i take detail photos, i’m not big on filling my blog with them because the internet has far too many already and i love to focus on the real moments. however, doing all of these summer weddings this year, i had to show off some of the beautiful color schemes i’m seeing. spark wander did all of lindsy and jonathan’s gorgeous hand lettered signs for their bear brook valley wedding. rustic chic luxury wedding details bear brook valley

lindsy and jonathan worked the whole dancefloor for their first dance! i’m sure jose and his crew at delia studios got amazing video coverage of it.  rustic chic wedding reception bear brook valley nj rustic chic wedding reception bear brook valley nj rustic chic wedding reception bear brook valley nj

make ’em cry…

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party time! always know it’s going to be a great party when sce event group is in the house. great working with christian l again… luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley luxury rustic reception bear brook valley

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a great time was had by all despite missing their sweet pup, eevee. such a pleasure working with lindsy and jonathan on their bear brook valley wedding. thanks to joe spada for assisting me.

nicole and josh booked me just shy of two years prior to their nassau inn wedding in princeton, new jersey hence their wedding was a long time coming! although it was a hot summer day, we lucked out and missed the super sticky weather. despite both nicole and josh not loving to be the center of attention with photos, they were in good spirits as we walked around the princeton university campus to get some pics of the two of them together. although i’ve photographed over 300 weddings, i hadn’t had a chance to work at the nassau inn until nicole and josh’s wedding and i have to say that they have one of the best filet mignon’s i’ve ever had at a wedding! bravo! Nassau inn wedding Princeton new jersey Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj groom prep Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj groom prep

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nicole takes a moment to meditate during her prep. just kidding, she’s looking for jobs since she just finished up her graduate degree (i’d probably doing the same thing!)

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you can always count on sce event group to do an awesome job. so great working with their founder, jason jani!

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josh photobombing while the beautiful blonde on the end was in the middle of striking a pose. hopefully she won’t hate me for posting this photo, but josh’s face was too precious at this moment… Nassau inn wedding reception New Jersey Nassau inn wedding reception New Jersey

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such a pleasure working with nicole, josh, their friends and family on their nassau inn wedding! a bold and bright, warm summer day with lots of laughter. thanks to kelsey davis for assisting me.

when stephanie and tyler reached out to me about their nyit deseversky mansion wedding on long island, i was excited to chat with them. i was looking forward to speaking with them not only because the deseversky mansion is beautiful, but because i’d shot tyler’s brother’s wedding years ago.  i have now officially photographed seven sets of sibling’s weddings!  sitting down and chatting with tyler and stephanie about their wedding and their relationship made me even more excited for these two. they have the kind of adoration for one another that will last a lifetime and i was so honored to be the one to capture their wedding day.

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tyler’s brother says he doesn’t remember this happening. i wonder if he remembers the many pictures he made us take together all night, hah. (great seeing you again, john :o) )

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happy to have stephanie join the rest of this crew as a michelle arlotta photography alumni. (missing lindsay who was busy out on the dancefloor)

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it was such a pleasure to see lindsay and joe again. i love to see my couples still having fun together years later. i still remember meeting lindsay and joe 5 years ago and the authentic conversation about life that we had. these two just emanate warmth and love. by the end of the night, joe broke out his ballet-inspired dance moves… NYIT deseversky mansion wedding reception NYIT deseversky mansion wedding reception NYIT deseversky mansion wedding reception

such a fantastic day with stephanie, tyler and so many familiar and new beautiful faces for their nyit deseversky wedding. couldn’t be happier for these two. honored to be the one to tell the story of their day. thank you to brian leong for assisting me.

stephanie and steve, two busy professionals living in new york city, met up with me one afternoon for their west village nyc engagement session. our original date to meet up was an exceptionally hot and sticky day, but the cool thing (see what i did there) about engagement sessions is that we can reschedule them to suit our temperature comfort levels better. here’s to hoping we get the perfect fall weather for their new jersey wedding at the madison hotel in a couple of months. also, stephanie and i are birthday twins. of course, i’m a bit older than her, but that’s just a fun little fact. june 8th, for the win! madison hotel wedding engagement session west village engagement session nyc engagement session New York city west village engagement session

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a quiet street with some quaint staircases and one randoid lurking just out of the frame. i even went so far as to ask the man if these were his steps and he wanted us to move, but he said, ‘no’. ok dude, spectate, whatevs. New York city west village engagement session west village engagement session New York city engagement session

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so happy we opted for the cooler summer day for stephanie and steve’s nyc engagement session. looking forward to their madison hotel wedding in new jersey later this year…

when megan first reached out to me about her bear brook valley wedding we chatted on the phone for a long time and i knew we would get along well! the deal was sealed for me when we met up and my daughter wanted to sit in her lap and they became fast friends. megan and mark even came back to my house to do their fall engagement session. Bear-Brook-Valley-NJ-Wedding bear brook valley wedding bridal prep bear brook valley nj wedding dress Bear Brook Valley NJ Wedding bridal prep

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love the blush colors of megan and mark’s wedding…

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the guys have it a bit easier the day of the wedding…

mark has a great smile, but i liked this not-quite-serious/not-quite-smiling portrait of him. there’s a little mystique to it…

as megan headed down for her first look with mark, her veil was getting caught. she takes a minute to get ‘unstuck’ while mark waits… Bear-Brook-Valley-NJ-Wedding

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mark’s mom hugs him at the altar… Bear Brook Valley New Jersey Wedding photography

mark then starts walking back down the aisle only to realize he is supposed to stay up there…hah!
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megan gives mark a little support as he gets ready to say “i do”…

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the owner of the rock island lake club, a place i’ve shot many weddings, built bear brook valley so i knew it was going to be a great venue. it is rustic chic luxury at it’s finest… bear brook valley Sussex county New Jersey wedding venue

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such a blast working with megan and mark from start to finish at one of new jersey’s newest and finest wedding venues, bear brook valley. megan has promised me that she is coming to visit my daughter as they have become instagram fans of one another and we are all looking forward to it. thanks to joe spada for assisting me.