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when i meet with couples, i like to ask the how they met. it used to be to get ideas for myself, hah, but now that i’m married, i still enjoy the different stories of how people find one another. nureida and david are the first couple that i’ve shot that met at the mall. i love it. he was working as a security guard and she was working as a salesperson… david even took her back there to propose. so sweet. 
 
nureida and david suggested the ramapo reserve for their engagement session. even though it was the very end of fall, the preserve had some great spots with lots of color left… so i decided to post this entire blog in color!
love nureida and david’s coordinating fall colors….
i was too far away to know what was really going on here, but i liked this moment because it looks like he just proposed to her…
even in the areas where the leaves were sparse, there was an opportunity for a beautiful shot….
 
 
at one point during the shoot there was a boulder that was in my way. i had a hunch that david, being a personal trainer, would be able to move it with little effort. he lifted it like it was nothing and moved it for me, awesome. 
love the orange!
love the boots and the blue suede shoes….
while we were heading out and the light was just about gone, i thought it was worth a shot to take advantage of the calm waters and the reflecting colors…
 
a great time with nureida and david at the ramapo reserve….looking forward to their wedding this fall!


i first met with katie and james almost two years ago. it felt like a long time since we’d originally met until their wedding day, so it was great to finally get to their big day. i know they were excited and after all of that time, although their wedding day turned out to be a bit chilly and rainy, these two did not let the weather phase them. everything went as planned and they were all smiles all the way through, totally up for anything and not letting anything get them down. sometimes when couples plan a wedding so far in advance, i worry all that build-up may lead to them being more easily disappointed if something doesn’t go exactly as planned… but these two, absolute perfect attitude about all of it and i predict that leads to a long and happy marriage!

abstract take on the veil…
i’m assuming james gave katie the ‘will you be my girlfriend?’ note (so cute), otherwise katie has some explaining to do!
although most of the images on this blog are of katie beaming ear to ear, i loved this portrait of her with a more subtle expression….
smiling ear to ear….
james sees katie for the first time…
so happy!
are seeing a theme here?

a bride that is all smiles needs a groom that is all smiles. love this moment from katie and james’ ring exchange…
we headed to the boardwalk in asbury park to take some pictures. everyone was in great spirits despite the chilly weather and rain….
i have a disclaimer…. i never ask a bridal party to jump. it is only upon request. but i always admit that when they do make the request, i always make them jump a bunch of times for my own entertainment, hahaha….
the rain let up for just a few minutes which gave us a chance to grab a few pictures on the beach…
so cute!
you can’t get this shot in the sunshine!
love it!
this season i shot in asbury park a lot, through sun and rain, warm and cold, morning and afternoon light. i took this shot quickly since the weather was chilly and we’d been shooting for awhile already. while i was in pants and bundled up in a north face fleece, i was still cold. meanwhile, katie was completely fine, hah! i kept checking in with her, but nothing could phase her. what a trooper! 
katie and james had their reception at the eagle ridge golf club in lakewood, nj…
katie’s maid’s-of-honor look on as katie and james share their first dance…
love the synchronized ‘don’t mess up the make-up tear-wipe’….
james and his new mother-in-law watch on as katie dances with her dad…
party time! love the intensity in this shot!
such a sweet moment between katie and her grandfather who got up to dance with katie for a few minutes on her wedding day…
katie’s dad and grandmother. i think we can see that grandma may be responsible for the smiling genes….
haha…
hah!

such a great day with katie and james.. their smiles and happy attitude made the not-so-lovely weather a fun time! so happy for these two and their well-deserved honeymoon in the warmth and sunshine! thanks to brian leong for assisting.


when i got an email one month before laura and mike’s wedding asking if i was available, i thought they had the date wrong until i read on. ‘love strikes and we move quick’… this had me intrigued. a sunday morning intimate wedding in asbury park with a couple that is so in love they didn’t want to wait another year to get married sounded like a great time to me. having a wedding to attend that friday and a wedding to shoot that saturday, i knew this would make for a weekend with little sleep, but i loved what mike had to say when he reached out to me and when we met up, i just knew shooting laura and mike’s wedding would be a great time. their chemistry is undeniable. 

manolos…
when we first chatted about laura and mike’s timeline, we toyed with the idea of everyone getting ready at a hotel in asbury park to save the travel time from their home since we would be starting very early in the morning.  in the end, they decided to get ready at their own house and in the end, i really enjoyed this. when i showed up at 7am, everyone was awake and in good spirits. it was fun to move around their house where they live their daily lives capturing things as they unfolded…. here mike is working on something for the wedding while laura and her mom are getting hair and make up done…
laura and mike each have two sons. four boys all around the same age getting ready at 7 in the morning…. i have to say it went pretty smoothly!
these are the kinds of shots i love. a grandfather helping out his grandson. while posed images have their place in this world, this is the kind of image that really shows you the love…
and a little help from grandma…
i have to say when laura and mike told me the ages of their boys, i figured we’d do the best we could with that age. but these guys were all total naturals. i’m going to guess it’s the first time they’ve ever been photographed putting socks on, hah, but they just went with it!
good dog…
bad dog…
we did a first look right in laura and mike’ bedroom. love laura’s reaction right after she saw mike…
and for my next car… a rolls royce phantom. i just have to save about a 1/2 mill more and it’ll be mine. the perks of being a wedding photographer— you get to ride in some sweet vehicles. this thing is smooooooth!
so cute…
we spent a little time on the asbury park boardwalk. it was a bright and sunny morning, but it all worked out great!

when i first met with laura and mike, i knew they’d be naturals behind the camera…
hahaha…
yes, the sky really was that blue….
adorbs…
love this shot of laura, mike and the boys walking through the casino…
these are my kind of family photos. i love the chaos!

hah!
typical teen reaction to your mom embarrassing you, love it!
chillin’ by the phantom….
laura and mike had a quick, but very sweet ceremony. i love that they incorporated each of the boys into the sand ceremony….
love this family hug right after laura and mike tied the knot…
 i have witnessed young men become emotional during their parent’s wedding ceremonies more than a few times now.  it really warms my heart…
laura and mike had their reception at brando’s citi cucina in asbury park. a yummy italian restaurant with a lovely ambiance… the plan for the afternoon was to eat, drink and be merry…
hahaha… love it!
if i’m willing to get only 4 hours of sleep between shooting weddings, you know it’s because the couple is magical…
laura dances with each of the boys!


i had such a great time photographing laura and mike’s wedding. it turns out my schedule had been kinda crazy and i’d turned away a couple jobs for this very date over the previous year, but when these two came along, i knew i couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with them and their boys. thanks to everyone for making the day so fun to capture and thank you to my assistant brian leong for helping me with not one, but two weddings in one weekend….


four years ago, almost to the day, i was shooting one of mike’s friend’s engagement sessions in my backyard… it was fun to revisit a fall engagement session in the same setting with another awesome couple. i’m looking forward to their perona farms wedding this winter!

i’ve had a few couples this year that wanted to shoot out my way or in my backyard… it’s just so beautiful!
love the coordinating red flannel and a path full of leaves…
love when the leaves happen to fall from the tree just perfectly, hah!

i’ve had the pleasure of enjoying many walks during the beautiful golden hour through these fields… love being able to put a beautiful couple right in the midst of it…


such a nice afternoon with cara and mike. looking forward to working with them in a couple months on their big day!


when i first met courtney and shaun, i knew they were my people.  they were light-hearted and full of laughter, easy-going, met each other the same way i met my husband and were planning a wedding in just about 6 months like we did as well. i knew they’d be great to work with and i was right. i got to shoot them this summer during their engagement session and had a blast capturing their chemistry…

courtney and shaun had their wedding at the rock island lake club… the rock island lake club in sparta, nj just opened up to do weddings in august so they only had a few under their belt by the time courtney and shaun’s wedding happened, but they did a great job. the fall colors were amazing and the day was filled with so many smiles and laughter and a very entertaining dance party! 

a little wedding day paper house building…
it’s a lot more of a process to get situated in a wedding dress than most realize…
i’m not gonna lie, i was a little bit worried while taking the shot on he left that i might lose my sense of where i am and fall off the dock into the water! 
i love that shaun’s brothers still hold hands after all these years…
the couple sneaks a kiss…
the fall colors were amazing, but i loved this image as a black and white…
i love how much these two crack each other up…

picture perfect…



getting ready for the ceremony…
i love how courtney is looking at her dad while shaun is looking at his mom…
all smiles!
this ceremony made me laugh, too…
shaun’s nephew is a future heartbreaker. such a little gentleman…
love all the girls laughing…

love when a couple writes their own vows… 
meanwhile, shaun’s brothers take a moment to let me admire their beauty…
love it!
did i mention how much i love the big smiles at this wedding?
some really great speeches!
shaun’s parents react to his brothers’ toast…
shaun’s super sweet and adorable niece!
the hat… hah! 
i just assumed this guy is a doctor and just doing a routine heart rate check as the dance floor got intense…safety first…
shaun on the mic, open shirt guy and the thumbs down… classic!
intense dancing needs some intense hydration…
love this!
and… love this!
although it looks like courtney is about to fall over, she didn’t….
i love when a groom randomly grabs his bride and kisses her in that ‘you are my wife’ moment…
a great party, needs a great end…

such a great time working with courtney and shaun from start to finish. they are proof that you can plan a great wedding in just a few months! so many smiles editing this wedding- thanks to courtney, shaun and all their friends and family for all the great smiles and dancing to capture! thanks to brian leong for assisting me.