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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

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evolution of a pre-wedding chambong….

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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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i love how much stephanie and tyler adore one another… NYIT deseversky mansion wedding NYIT deseversky mansion wedding Long Island wedding photography NYIT deseversky mansion by New Jersey wedding photographer NYIT deseversky mansion wedding NYIT deseversky mansion wedding NYIT deseversky mansion wedding

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tyler’s eyes start to well up as stephanie walks down the aisle…. NYIT deseversky mansion Long Island wedding NYIT deseversky mansion Long Island wedding NYIT deseversky mansion Long Island wedding New York wedding ceremony New York outdoor wedding ceremony

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you can see his brother john’s eyes welling up… NYIT deseversky mansion outdoor wedding ceremony NYIT deseversky mansion outdoor wedding ceremony NYIT deseversky mansion outdoor wedding ceremony NYIT deseversky mansion outdoor wedding ceremony NYIT deseversky mansion wedding reception

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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.

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

mark’s mom peers out the window to see if the rain had stopped… Bear Brook Valley NJ Wedding prep Bear Brook Valley NJ Wedding prep Bear Brook Valley New Jersey Wedding photography Bear Brook Valley NJ Wedding prep Bear Brook Valley NJ Wedding prep

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

although it was raining all morning, the rain cleared up in time for pictures and the wedding ceremony… Bear Brook Valley New Jersey 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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so much smiles and laughter during their wedding ceremony… Bear Brook Valley New Jersey outdoor wedding ceremony Bear Brook Valley New Jersey outdoor wedding ceremony

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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great party with ‘almost easy’

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at some point you reach an age where you are awesome if you dance while giving the middle finger… love it! Bear Brook Valley New Jersey wedding reception Bear Brook Valley New Jersey wedding reception Bear Brook Valley New Jersey wedding photography

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.

i love me some backyard weddings so when casey reached out to me about her backyard wedding at the new jersey shore, i was excited to hear more. korean fusion taco truck, giant jenga and a rice krispie wedding cake… um, awesome! it was a beautiful, perfect day for casey and stephanie. these two were literally beaming from ear to ear all day!

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casey and stephanie got ready in the same house. awesome. they also both had custom suits made for their big day. Asbury Park Boardwalk Wedding

casey bought stephanie an iced coffee, but since the two didn’t want to see each other beforehand, they did a hand-off… New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding

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laughter and smiles… all. day. long. New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding

casey and stephanie had the same exact wedding ring… New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding

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although casey and stephanie’s ceremony was just under eight minutes, there were plenty of smiles to capture… New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding

casey’s dad was supposed to officiate their ceremony, but sadly, he passed away less than a week before their wedding. however, everyone worked together to get the proper paperwork and make arrangements to have her dad marry them in his hospital room. a bittersweet moment for sure, but so special that he still got to marry them. i love that casey and stephanie’s day was so full of joy in the wake of such sadness. New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony

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casey and stephanie would both randomly break out in dance during their prep so i wasn’t surprised when they danced down the aisle together! New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony

a sweet moment between casey’s mom and sister… New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony

i wish i could shoot all of my family portraits like this one… New Jersey Shore backyard gay wedding ceremony

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i’d tell you what we were laughing and high-fiving about, but i might lose some followers… hahaha…. New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception

you know you’ve been shooting a long time when you end up knowing weddings guests. so fun seeing a former bride’s sister… New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception

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i just love the expressions here. really makes you wonder what was being said… New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception

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such a blast with casey and stephanie and their friends and family at their backyard wedding at the new jersey shore. super chill vibes, amazing weather, contagious smiles…. thanks to joe spada for assisting me.

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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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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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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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

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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.