Category Archives: weddings

the april showers held out for joann and brian’s crystal plaza wedding. although i didn’t get to meet joann and brian until the day of their wedding, i knew from our chat on the phone that it was going to be a chill day. i always love to hear how my couples met because they are always interesting stories. joann and brian had condos next to one another and although it took a neighbor’s party and year for them to date, joann eventually sold hers and moved next door. you gotta love that story!  crystal plaza wedding bride and groom portraits New Jersey bride prep New Jersey bride prep

joann’s dad said it was the first time he’d worn a tuxedo in a few decades. he wore it well! New Jersey wedding bride prep

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 joann looking gorgeous… and how stunning is this dress? New Jersey bridal prep New Jersey bride prep st philomela st philomela New Jersey church wedding ceremony

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we didn’t have any sunshine, but at least we had some green leaves and colorful flowers… crystal plaza wedding bride and groom portraits crystal plaza wedding bride and groom portraits crystal plaza wedding bride and groom portraits crystal plaza wedding bride and groom portraits crystal plaza wedding bride and groom portraits crystal plaza wedding bride and groom portraits

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if you don’t know the song, ‘con te partiro’ by andrea bocelli, i recommend you go put it on and then look at the next two pics. the young man has on sneakers with a wheeled heel so he was gliding on the dance floor almost as if he was on ice….

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and the finale…. hah! crystal plaza New Jersey wedding reception

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such a great day with joann and brian and their friends and family! thanks to joe spada for assisting me.

i had no doubts that shannon and brandon’s ryland inn wedding was going to be fantastic this winter. despite having a major snowstorm the day of their wedding last year and knowing that many of their friends and family would have to travel to attend their wedding, my spidey-sense told me it was all going to be ok. although a winter wonderland would have been fun, we had some very mild weather which allowed us to hang out outside without getting the shivers. we met up late last winter for a an engagement session in morristown, new jersey…

as many of you may know, i am the president of a non-profit animal rescue organization, karma cat + zen dog rescue society. a big thank you to shannon and brandon for donating to karma cat as their wedding favor! Ryland inn winter wedding bridal prep

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brandon sits down to read his card from shannon… Ryland inn groom landmark venues Ryland inn bridal prep

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the placing of the veil… landmark venues Ryland inn bridal prep

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gorgeous white hues of flowers and bridesmaid dresses together with brown hued wraps and white gloves!  Ryland inn bridesmaids

guys sportin’ grey suits and brown shoes…love! groomsmen at Ryland inn winter wedding

as shannon walked down the aisle she tried to hold back her tears and turned to laughter and back to composing herself once again. i love that this moment was so emotional for her. the wedding industry encourages couples to emphasize the ‘stuff’ of weddings, but i love keeping the focus on the ‘marriage’.  shannon’s expressions are all a beautiful testament to the importance of marriage over the ‘stuff’…

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as a golf pro, it was only appropriate that shannon and brandon enter the room under an arch of golf clubs… Ryland inn wedding reception Ryland inn wedding reception

some similarities between shannon and her dad…. he tried to hold his composure when giving a speech. love this! Ryland inn wedding reception

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brandon was practicing some dance moves just before the start of the reception and split his pants… Ryland inn wedding reception

…his best man swapped pants with him for the entire reception! Ryland inn wedding reception Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey

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shannon and her friends give a little cheer performance… Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey

last dance! Ryland inn wedding reception new jerseysuch a pleasure working with shannon and brandon and their friends and family on a beautiful winter day for their ryland inn wedding. so much love to be shared. hopefully this blog helps the many that were not able to make it to their wedding feel some of the love from the day! thank you to kelsey davis for working with me and always great working with jose and his team from delia studios cinematographers.

with just a couple months to go before their poconos winter wedding at the woodloch resort, ningxin and kyle reached out to me. i love when a couple is planning their wedding in a short period of time. it takes a certain kind of couple to pull it off. i also love intimate weddings so ningxin and kyle were just the right fit for me. while we didn’t get a fresh layer of snowfall that we were hoping for, we did get some freezing cold weather! ningxin and kyle were total troopers about it and they sure know how to pull off a great wedding in a very short period of time! we even managed to squeeze in an engagement session

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it was 15 degrees outside! woodloch resort Poconos wedding

did you notice kyle isn’t wearing a winter coat? woodloch resort Poconos wedding woodloch resort Poconos wedding

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ningxin’s parents traveled from china to celebrate with their daughter… woodloch resort Poconos wedding ceremony woodloch resort Poconos wedding ceremony

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with such frigid weather, we spent a few minutes photographing inside… woodloch resort Poconos winter wedding

so simple and straightforward, but one of my faves… woodloch resort Poconos winter wedding woodloch resort Poconos winter wedding

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I decided to end with this shot of kyle’s grandparents as they exited the wedding! woodloch resort Poconos winter wedding reception

so happy ningxin and kyle stumbled upon me for their intimate winter nuptials… my pleasure working with them from start to finish. thank you to joe spada for assisting me.

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.

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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.