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the awesome thing about a lot of the new jersey candid family photography work that i have done is that it gives me an opportunity to work with my wedding couples again, but with their cute new additions. i photographed bryan and michael’s wedding celebration over 6 years ago and last fall had a chance to meet their little one, harrington. having a little one just a few months younger than harrington makes the toddler stage very relatable to me. in a world with so much craziness, it’s refreshing to hang out with a happy family and a toddler who is both adorable and super sweet. it was really neat to see how much harrington had grown up over this last year…

toddler plays around on his two dads like a jungle gym during candid family photography session in New Jersey

so freaking cute… toddler with bowtie smiles for the camera during family photography session in New Jersey

toddler with bowtie and hunter boots plays in the hay during photography session in Bedminster, New Jersey

harrington feeding his horse… toddler with bowtie and hunter boots plays with his horse during candid family photography session in Bedminster, New Jersey toddler with bowtie and hunter boots candid family photography session in Bedminster, New Jersey toddler feeds his horse during candid family photography session in New Jersey

that face! toddler laughs and smiles while feeding his horse during candid family photography session in Bedminster, New Jersey dad fixes toddlers clothes while playing with their horse in Bedminster, NJ during lifestyle family photography session in Bedminster, New Jersey toddlers smiles while feeding horse in Bedminster, NJ during lifestyle family photography session in Bedminster, New Jersey

the john deere gator was a big hit last year and some things just don’t change that quickly. harrington was still into the gator! toddlers with his dad on John Deere gator during New Jersey candid family photography session

although i love candid family photos, it is nice to get a shot of everyone looking and smiling… toddler with his two dads smile for the camera during family photography session toddler with his two dads walking and holding hands on their long driveway in Bedminster, New Jersey during a candid family photography session

the cuteness. blond toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt smiles for the camera in Bedminster, New Jersey during a candid family photography session blond toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt holds each of his dads

i caught harrington in a yawn, but he rallied on… blond toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt bedminster, New Jersey during a candid photo session

toddler life! blond toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt flies through the air as his two dads hold his hands in bedminster, New Jersey during a family photography session with michelle Arlotta photography

love these pics of harrington and his newfoundland, enzo…. blond toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt sits next to his black Newfoundland dog in bedminster, New Jersey during a family photography session with michelle Arlotta photography blond toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt sits next to his black Newfoundland dog in bedminster, New Jersey during a family photography session with michelle Arlotta photography

when you have a toddler… you become a jungle gym.  blond toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt plays around with his two dads in bedminster, New Jersey during a family photography session with michelle Arlotta photography

harrington was busy diving over his dads, hah! toddler plays around with his two dads in New Jersey during a family photography session with michelle Arlotta photography toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt plays around with his two dads in bedminster, New Jersey during a family photography session with michelle Arlotta photography

toddler smothers. i get this a lot and sometimes we all need a little space, but they only stay this little for so long so it is best to just take it all in!

blond toddler with bowtie and Oxford shirt plays around with his two dads in bedminster, New Jersey during a family photography session with michelle Arlotta photography

such a great afternoon with bryan, michael and harrington for their new jersey candid family photography session. in a world of craziness, it makes my heart smile to be around happy families. i love that despite the toddler years, harrington has not lost his sweet demeanor and i’m super excited that harrington is going to be a big brother!

jen and kevin’s intimate treno pizza bar wedding was full of my favorite things…pizza, a rescue doggy, a garden ceremony and a chill couple. if you tell me you are getting married at a pizza restaurant my ears will immediately perk up as i wrote in my ‘about me’ section almost 10 years ago now that ‘i could eat pizza every day’. when you tell me you have a rescue doggy that you want to get some pictures with on your wedding day, my heart screams, ‘yay’ as i’m a huge animal lover and am a founding board member for the karma cat + zen dog rescue society. And if you are a chill couple having an intimate garden ceremony at historical gardens followed by delicious food and drinks in an open air atmosphere, then i’m pretty much sold. jen and kevin’s treno pizza bar wedding did not disappoint.

i met up with them for their first look at their house (which by the way was total #housegoals for me) where i also got to meet, Telly, their rescue pup. we took some pics in the park, headed to the haddonfield historical gardens for an intimate and moving ceremony and then over to the treno pizza bar for some open air dinner and dancing… treno pizza bar intimate wedding south jersey

a backyard first look… intimate wedding first look

onlookers… family members watch bride and groom groom in grey suit turns around to see bride during first look

after 13 years of photographing weddings, my eyes still well up at sweet moments like this… bride wipes away groom

kevin made a set of adirondack chairs and they are freaking amazing! bride and groom sitting on handmade Adirondack chairs

Pup time! bride and groom pet their dog during portraits

too cute! dog licking his lips

oh, hello… bride and groom pet their dog New Jersey wedding photographer michelle Arlotta

you know you are working with a chill bride and groom when their dog tromps around the dress and right under it and all they can do it smile… rescue dog walks underneath bride

love the soft tones of the bridesmaid dresses… bridesmaids in tan bridesmaid dresses treno pizza bar intimate nj wedding

a little walk in the park… treno pizza bar intimate nj wedding treno pizza bar intimate nj wedding treno pizza bar new jersey wedding treno pizza bar intimate nj wedding treno pizza bar intimate nj wedding treno pizza bar intimate nj wedding

love the smiles… intimate Treno Pizza Bar wedding

ceremony time… bride and her father watch from procession from inside the haddonfield historical gardens building ring bearer and flower girl hold pennants while walking down the aisle at the historical gardens in haddonfield, New Jersey bride and her parents walk down the aisle at the haddonfiled historical gardens in southern New Jersey haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography flower girls watches haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding ceremony photographed by michelle Arlotta photography haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography

did i mention that jen and kevin have known each other since middle school? bride reads her vows in the haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography

kevin memorized his vows which is something i rarely get to witness. lots of tears being wiped away as he spoke his vows. here, kevin had to take a moment to collect himself… haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography bride and groom exchange rings in the haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography haddonfiled historical garden intimate wedding photographed by michelle Arlotta photography

jen and kevin love the treno pizza bar. the day that kevin proposed to jen he had also arranged for a bunch of people to surprise her for her birthday later that night at treno… and then he surprised all the guests by letting them know it was also an engagement party. jen and kevin love the treno pizza bar so much, they decided it’d be the best place for their initmate wedding.

i’m not one to fill my blog with details of the wedding day since i really like to focus on the emotion and story of the day, but the treno pizza bar is such a unique spot for a wedding, i wanted to share a few.

treno pizza bar wedding details New Jersey photographer michelle arlotta

and then there were the cakes. um, whoa. just so pretty. almost too pretty to eat! if you want to hunt down the cakes, you can find them at sweet t’s bakeshop. the beautiful flowers on the cake were done by michael bruce treno pizza bar wedding cake details New Jersey photographer michelle arlottaa little fist bump to the camera to get the party started… groomsmen fist bumps New Jersey wedding photographer michelle arlotta bride and groom first dance at treno pizza bar wedding

love how these two were busy eating the yummy food while they watched all the dances… treno pizza bar westmont New Jersey wedding reception treno pizza bar westmont New Jersey wedding reception maid of honor toast treno pizza bar westmont New Jersey wedding reception champagne and beer glasses toasting during intimate New Jersey wedding at the treno pizza bar in vestment guests laughing during toasts at treno pizza bar westmont New Jersey wedding reception intimate Treno Pizza Bar wedding treno pizza bar westmont New Jersey wedding reception

mangia! mangia! intimate Treno Pizza Bar wedding treno pizza bar vegas style sign with wedding announcement on it

groom and guests toast at treno intimate wedding in south New Jersey treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta

you may not think ‘intimate treno pizza bar wedding’ and ‘splits on the dancefloor’ go together, but they do… groomsmen does a split on the dancefloor at treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta

hah! treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta

my thoughts exactly! bride and groom pretend to bite cake at treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta

just look at the inside of that cake…. mmmmmm…. amazing wedding cake at treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta treno pizza bar intimate wedding photography by Michelle arlotta intimate Treno Pizza Bar wedding

such a blast with jen, kevin, telly and their friends and family for a heartfelt garden ceremony and an awesome intimate treno pizza bar wedding reception. thanks to kelsey davis for assisting me.

i met up with lindsy, jon and their dog, eevee for their asbury park engagement session on a warm spring evening. ok, not really, it was really cold, but lindsy was a trooper. when lindsy reached out to me about five months before her wedding, i knew she was my kinda bride. i love when a couple is willing to plan a wedding in a short period of time. when they mentioned wanting to bring their dog to the engagement session… then i really knew they were my people.

asbury park engagement session with dog asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park boardwalk engagement session

adorable eevee! asbury park engagement session with dog asbury park engagement session with dog asbury park engagement session with dog asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park boardwalk engagement session

asbury park is always great for some colorful murals! asbury park boardwalk engagement session

you can’t tell, but that’s bruce springsteen watching them walk by… asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park boardwalk engagement sessioneevee barking at all the seagulls… asbury park engagement session with dog

asbury park engagement session with dog asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park beach engagement session asbury park boardwalk engagement session

love… asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park beach engagement sessionloved hanging out with lindsy, jon and their eevee. despite the cold temps, it was a success. looking forward to working with lindsy and jon in a couple months at bear brook valley

when you come from a large family you end up with a lot of cousins… 1st cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins… most people don’t even count that far, but mary and justin’s wedding included one of my 4th cousin’s which makes him my daughter’s 5th cousin! justin is my dad’s cousin’s husband’s nephew, hah, who married his grade school classmate, mary, who is best friend’s with my 3rd cousin. how’s that for a connection?

mary and justin grew up in belmar, new jersey and stuck by the shore for their wedding. we started in belmar beach at their place, then headed to spring lake for their ceremony and some beach pics and then headed to the awesome pat’s 30 acres for their outdoor wedding reception. pat’s 30 acres was a great setting for their large guest list, accommodating kids that wanted to play volleyball and chase each other around on the big open lawn, families that wanted to compete at cornhole and giant jenga and adults that wanted to enjoy some adult beverages in the warm summer air and of course dancing for everyone!

when i arrived at mary and justin’s place in belmar beach, i was greeted by their redonkulously cute rescue pup, piglet.  rescue pup on porch at beach bride prep belmar beach

sam edelman sandals for the win! mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis beach wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar beach wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding

justin’s brothers help him get ready… mary hoehl and justin decotis summer wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis weddingmary hoehl and justin decotis wedding mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding belmar beach wedding

while justin’s dad is gently touching his hair to make an adjustment…

mary’s little brother gives a little pat to her hair, hah! mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding

mary’s maid of honor (and my third cousin) buttons her up… mary hoehl and justin decotis pat mary hoehl and justin decotis wedding

mary has a moment with her little brother… mary hoehl and justin decotis pat

the beautiful st. catharine’s church in spring lake, new jersey…. mary hoehl and justin decotis spring lake wedding ceremony mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony

i love everything that is going on here… mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony

i have no idea what is going on here, but i like it… mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony

this little cutie pie is my 4th cousin, how’s that for cousin-counting? he was still recuperating from the shock of the organ music. babies and and wedding ceremonies don’t always mix… mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony

mary and her grandmother… mary hoehl and justin decotis belmar wedding ceremony mary and justin belmar beach wedding photography

spring lake boardwalk… mary and justin belmar beach wedding photography mary and justin belmar beach wedding photography

love how mary and justin are mixed in among the colors and the spring lake sunbathers… mary and justin spring lake beach wedding photography mary and justin belmar beach wedding photography

had to take a few shots at pat’s 30 acres before the festivities started… mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat pat

love the open air setting of pat’s 30 acres… mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat

i love when kids aren’t afraid to show off their dance moves! mary and justin pat

such a cool setting for a wedding… open air, string lights, picnic tables… mary and justin pat

giant jenga! mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat

greek wedding tradition… money dance! mary and justin pat mary and justin pat

my 2nd cousin, mary, shoving $2 bills into justin’s shirt! mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat mary and justin pat

how can you not just love alex’s (another 3rd cousin of mine, hah) bright ensemble! i’d love to shoot a wedding filled with wedding guests all in vibrant colors… mary and justin pat mary and justin pat

gotta end with this sweet moment when mary and her grandfather danced… mary and justin pat

mary and justin had quite a large wedding guest list, but they kept the vibe of their wedding authentic and laid-back which made for a great time for all. so happy for these two! thanks to brian leong for assisting me.

in the weeks leading up to allison and david’s engagement session, allison had mentioned she was stressing herself out a bit about the pictures because she was feeling nervous about them. i assured her this was a very typical reaction.  i have a lot of clients that feel uneasy about pictures for different reasons. most people are not used to being in front of the camera and so it’s totally normal to feel apprehensive about a shoot. i assured allison that if she couldn’t identify the people on my blog that were nervous, then she had no reason to worry… and i think you can tell from the pics, she had no reason to worry.

love this!

allison and david’s dog, wrigley. ridiculously cute. i might be a little obsessed with him.

beautiful nyc skyline. wrigley is so small, but he is in this pic!

the cuteness!

adorbs!

hah!

ok, ok… now some pics without wrigley.

allison and david met while studying abroad in rome. how fun is that?

come on… did you really think i wasn’t going to post any more pics of this cutie?

a lovely afternoon with allison, david and wrigley and a yummy dinner together (thank you, again)! looking forward to their wedding next fall!