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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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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.

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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with such frigid weather, we spent a few minutes photographing inside… 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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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

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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

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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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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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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.

i’ve shot all kinds of weddings in my 12 years of professional photography, but i do really enjoy intimate weddings at inns. allison and troy got married at the quaint inn at millrace pond in northwest new jersey on a beautiful late fall afternoon.

while i had been turning weddings down because my calendar was so full for 2016, allie’s personal inquiry to me coupled with a venue that hosts intimate weddings had me intrigued. i decided to entertain the idea of photographing their day and i’m so glad i did.  with just about 6 months to go, i met with allie and troy to find they are such a sweet and genuine couple with the right attitude about their day, i knew they were a great fit for my personality and photographic style. beautiful venue, beautiful weather and a beautiful couple…

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with just a best man and a maid of honor, allie and troy’s preps were calm and quiet.. inn at millrace pond groom prep

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i love this. usually people want to be all dressed up when they help the bride get dressed, but allie’s friend was chilling in her bath towel. i love the juxtaposition of their outfits and i love that it’s a real, raw moment.  inn at millrace pond bride prep inn at millrace pond bride prep

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it was my honor to capture allie and troy’s nuptials at the quaint inn at millrace pond on a perfect late fall afternoon. such a great time from start to finish. thanks to brian leong for assisting me.