when your parents have a lot of siblings, you end up with a lot of cousins and second cousins and cousins removed, etc. etc. in the end, it’s easier to just call them all cousins. kathy and dave’s south gate manor wedding involved a lot of my cousins. kathy and i share one set of great grandparents which means that kathy and i and a whole bunch of people at her wedding would not exist had those two people not come together in the first place. pretty cool. i thought she was my third cousin, but upon some research, apparently she is my second cousin. hmm. it all gets pretty confusing, hence reverting to just calling everyone my cousin. what’s also pretty cool is that i had the honor of photographing kathy’s best friend’s wedding last year…(who married kathy’s cousin who isn’t my cousin or cousin removed, etc). hah.  South Gate manor wedding portrait

i love that kathy and dave only had a maid of honor and a best man. simple, quiet preps are pretty neat… South Gate manor groom prep South Gate manor groom prep South Gate manor groom prep

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lovin’ kathy’s wedding gown neckline and dave’s blue suit… South Gate manor New Jersey bride and groom portraits

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dave really getting into the whole walking hand-in-hand thing… South Gate manor nj wedding portraits South Gate manor New Jersey wedding portraits

kathy and dave can often be found strolling along in fields together, so it only made sense to photograph them doing so… South Gate manor wedding portraits South Gate manor New Jersey wedding photography turkey swamp park New Jersey wedding portraits South Gate manor wedding portraits

i’ve had a lot of blue-themed weddings this summer. all with their own twist.  South Gate manor wedding bridal party

3rd cousin? second cousin once removed? i’m not sure. he’s cute. he’s a cousin.  South Gate manor wedding portraits

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a little pre-ceremony strollin’…

more second cousins once removed…or are they third cousins? or are those two the same damn thing? either way, i candidly landed all 5 of my first cousin once removed grandkids. so basically… cousins.  South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony

it was a seriously bright and sunny ceremony. kathy and dave provided sunglasses for everyone… South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor New Jersey outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony

i’m gonna give myself a nice pat on the back for scoring all of these images during a ceremony that was less than 10 minutes and that was both backlit by the sun and spotlit unevenly from the front by a reflection from the building behind that could only happen during a few minutes of the day… which happened to be during their ceremony.

so when you’re searching for your wedding photographer and they bathe you in pics of pretty details and beautiful backlit pics of a couple strolling happily along, ask them to see some pics from some tough lighting situations and from the reception. unpredictable moments in hard-to-light situations are a true test of a photographer’s skill. that’s my wedding photography psa for the year.  South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony South Gate manor outdoor wedding ceremony

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dave partakes in the game ‘icing’ of which i’d never heard of because apparently i was too old by the time it came out. end result of the game is you have to chug a bottle of smirnoff ice.  South Gate Manor nj wedding

greek tradition… i keep waiting for people to start pinning money on me randomly when i go into town dressed up in my wedding dress, but it never happens. maybe some day.  South Gate Manor nj wedding South Gate Manor nj wedding South Gate Manor nj wedding South Gate Manor nj wedding

yes $2 dollar bills are a real currency. also, money in the armpit is awesome.  South Gate Manor nj wedding South Gate Manor nj wedding South Gate Manor nj wedding

first thought when i saw these beads hanging from the ceiling = ‘liability’.

next thought =’awesome’. South Gate Manor nj wedding

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i’m proud to call this guy a cousin… South Gate Manor nj wedding South Gate Manor nj wedding

love that this was the last shot of the night. it was super spontaneous, but perfect.

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such an honor to capture kathy and dave, and a whole lot of cousins, on their wedding day. the weather was perfection, the food was tasty and the dance party was solid for their south gate manor wedding. thanks to joe spada for assisting me.

After over a decade of being together, katie and rob had an awesome rock island lake club summer wedding.  they met way back in their high school years when she was his waitress at friendly’s. we had some fantastic weather for their august wedding which was a fun contrast to the chilly winter day we had during their engagement session in my ‘hood. guests got to enjoy a beautiful outdoor ceremony, a cocktail hour by the lake and smores later that evening. rock island lake club wedding portraits rock island lake club bridal suite

love how sofia was looking at the window while wearing her little floral robe… rock island lake club bridal suite rock island lake club bridal suite rock island lake club bridal suite rock island lake club bride prep rock island lake club bride prep

katie’s sister takes a moment to check her earrings… rock island lake club bridal suite

 meanwhile, the guys got to hang out and fish, but apparently this little guy caught the biggest fish! rock island lake club dock

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katie and her sister take a peek outside… rock island lake club bride prep

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rob takes a moment to collect himself as katie approaches for their first look… rock island lake club nj first look rock island lake club nj first look

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sofia makes a break for it!

rob’s brother-in-law looks back to see him as katie walks down the aisle… rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony

i usually don’t see this strong of a reaction out of the mother of the bride, but i love it! rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony

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but for some kids, a wedding ceremony is just boring, hah!

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how stunning is this dress? loving this blue theme… rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor wedding ceremony

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i love the different emotions in this pic during katie and rob’s first dance… rock island lake club New Jersey wedding reception rock island lake club New Jersey wedding reception rock island lake club New Jersey wedding reception

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love capturing couples in love on the dancefloor without them even knowing it (that sounds creepy, but that’s my job as a wedding ninja– to capture the love)

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katie’s brother and sister watch the last dance of the night… rock island lake club New Jersey wedding photographer

grandma gets some love from her grandson… rock island lake club New Jersey wedding photographer rock island lake club New Jersey wedding photographer

such a fantastic day with katie, rob, their friends, family and the rock island lake club staff. amazing weather, amazing attire, amazing emotions! thanks to kelsey davis for assisting me on this rock island lake club summer wedding.

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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jonathan loves sneakers. he had custom nike sneakers made for himself and his groomsmen… bear brook valley groom prep bear brook valley groom prep

i like people who are willing to live on the edge a bit. having your tie ironed while wearing it = awesome…. bear brook valley groom prep bear brook valley groom prep bear brook valley groom prep bear brook valley groom prep

reflections are not something that i purposely seek out.  it feels a bit cliche in an industry filled with cliche’s, but when they happen to pop up, i’m happy to incorporate them… bear brook valley groom prep

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

maggie sottero wedding dress with pockets for the win!

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love a soft bridal ‘down-do’ for the wedding day. perfect for this breezy summer day. beautifully done by simply gorjess hair… bear brook valley nj bride and groom portraits bear brook valley nj bride and groom portraits bear brook valley nj bride and groom portraits bear brook valley nj bride and groom portraits bear brook valley nj bride and groom portraits bear brook valley bride and groom portraits

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what do i love about this pic? no one is holding their phone up to take a pic. just enjoying the moment! rustic chic wedding outdoor ceremony bear brook valley nj

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rev jill dillner hands off the rings… rustic chic wedding ceremony bear brook valley nj

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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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love nicole’s colorful wedding shoes… Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj groom prep

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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candid moment as nicole prepares herself for bridal portraits… Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj groom prep Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj groom prep

love that nicole and josh went with a bold blue for their wedding colors… Nassau inn wedding bridal portrait

nicole and her sister head over to josh for their first look… Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj

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you can’t beat the beautiful ivy- covered walls of princeton university… Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj

eventhough, nicole and josh don’t love having their picture taken, i love that they just went with the flow of things… Nassau inn wedding Princeton nj Nassau inn Princeton wedding Nassau inn Princeton wedding

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josh’s grandparents look back to josh as he sees nicole walking down the aisle… Nassau inn outdoor wedding ceremony new jersey

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the cantor took a moment to quietly speak to the bride and groom– for their ears only… Nassau inn outdoor wedding ceremony new jersey Nassau inn wedding ketubah signing

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nicole tears up a bit as she dances with her father… Nassau inn wedding reception New Jersey

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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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stephanie and tyler had their vows written in cute little vow books… NYIT deseversky mansion wedding NYIT deseversky mansion groom prep NYIT deseversky mansion groom prep

a little help from tyler’s brothers… NYIT deseversky mansion groom prep

evolution of a pre-wedding chambong….

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festive socks for their fourth of july weekend wedding… NYIT deseversky mansion groom prep NYIT deseversky mansion bride prep

i love when the bride has a quiet moment to herself… NYIT deseversky mansion bride prep NYIT deseversky mansion bride prep

i like this picture because it’s not staged in any way. my job is to tell the story of the day, not contrive it. NYIT deseversky mansion bride prep

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one thing i love about kids is that they do their own thing. while stephanie puts on her dress, her little sister is busy checking out her hanger, doing her thing… NYIT deseversky mansion bride prep

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stephanie reads one of many cards from tyler as her sister peeked into the frame… NYIT deseversky mansion bride prep

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stephanie heads downstairs for her first look with tyler… NYIT deseversky mansion wedding bridal portrait

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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.