new year’s eve maritime parc wedding | stephanie & michael

stephanie and michael’s new year’s eve maritime parc wedding was the coldest wedding i’ve ever shot in my 13 years of photographing weddings! i’ve seen a great increase in winter weddings over the last couple of years and i’m loving it. for the most part, the winter weddings have been mild, but combine the wind with the super cold temperatures of new year’s eve and it was brutal. five minutes was too long to be outside and enough time for the pain to set in. stephanie and michael were total troopers about the cold. i had to employ my ultimate photographic ninja skills in order to work super quickly… i’m talking photos in under 4 minutes! happy that stephanie hired delia studios last minute for videography because i knew jose could keep up with my pace and make video magic happen.

winter wedding couple in empty sky 9/11 memorial

i started off with the guys who were just around the block from the ladies in jersey city… jersey city groom prep guys getting ready during jersey city wedding

a lot of groomsmen! guys getting ready during jersey city wedding jersey city groom gets ready jersey city groom gets ready jersey city groom gets ready with help from his brother jersey city groom gets ready with help from his brother portrait of jersey city firefighter on wedding day

usually, my favorite portraits are the most candid ones… portrait of jersey city firefighter on wedding day groom laughing groomsmen toasting New Jersey wedding

stephanie and michael have a ‘sopranos’ pinball machine in their place. admittedly, it doesn’t go with the decor, hahaha, but stephanie is a good sport. we also made sure to take a pic of her playing it :o)

bridal prep jersey city

wonderful working with amy from beauty on location nj…

gorgeous dress by stephen yearick Stephen yearick wedding dress

am i the only one that finds the humor in this? bridesmaid gets hair done while hair being done in commercial plays in background mother and daughter laughing during bridal prep beauty on location nj puts makeup on jersey city bride mother of the bride helps nj bride zip up her Stephen yearick wedding Dres mother of groom helps bride put on earrings bride slips on badgley mischka flat wedding shoes

stephanie had a first look with her dad. it was quite emotional. father of the bride reacts to seeing bride for the first time

sometimes i’m actually laughing inside when my brides tell me that they aren’t very good and are uncomfortable with taking portraits because i know what i’m getting in my camera.  undoubtedly, it takes some skill to get a good portrait of someone that isn’t super comfortable taking one (which most people aren’t), but it’s like my little secret surprise to them when they get to see how awesome they look…

bridal portrait with makeup by beauty on location nj and hair by melandre

gorgeous hair by melandre’s salon bridal portrait of nj maritime Parc bride with makeup by beauty on location nj and hair be melandrea little pinball on the wedding day… New Jersey bride in Stephen yearick wedding dress plays pinball at sopranos pinball machine

these ladies are awesome for actually standing outside for a picture! bridesmaids in black dresses during winter wedding in liberty state park

groomsmen in tuxedos winter wedding liberty state park

don’t be fooled… even inside this part of the train station, it was ridiculously cold! bride and groom new year bride and groom maritime Parc new year bride in Stephen yearick wedding gown and groom walk in jersey city train station bride in Stephen yearick wedding gown and groom in jersey city train station maritime Parc wedding bride in Stephen yearick wedding gown and groom in jersey city train station

when i looked back at the timestamps for this series shot at the memorial, it was 4 minutes, including the walk back to the shuttle. and yet, within that four minutes, the numbness had already set in! bride in Stephen yearick wedding gown and groom in jersey city 9/11 memorial bride in Stephen yearick wedding gown and groom in jersey city 9/11 memorial

i love how the sun looks sooo golden and warm… (it’s all a lie) bride in Stephen yearick wedding gown and groom in jersey city 9/11 memorial new year

we took a few minutes to take some pics inside maritime parc… bride in Stephen yearick wedding gown and groom on couch new year bride in Stephen yearick wedding gown and groom on couch in maritime Parc

michael watches as stephanie walks down the aisle… groom watches bride walk down the aisle bride walks down the aisle with father at maritime Parc father of the bride shakes groom indoor wedding ceremony jersey city indoor wedding ceremony jersey city indoor wedding ceremony jersey city indoor wedding ceremony jersey city indoor wedding ceremony jersey city indoor wedding ceremony jersey city bride and groom exit indoor wedding ceremony jersey city

i love me a good ceiling… Laura clare designs at maritime Parc new year bride and groom first dance at maritime Parc wedding parent dances at maritime parc wedding

this is the part where stephanie’s dad admits that she is the golden child, hah. father of the bride gives a toast maid of honor speeches at maritime Parc wedding wedding toasts

#truzlove wedding guest wearing personalized sunglasses during reception wedding guests at maritime Parc wedding wedding guests at maritime Parc wedding

hah! wedding guests at maritime Parc wedding

although i get to follow katie and todd’s adventures with their little one on instagram, it’s always nice to see my couples in person again! wedding guests take a selfie at maritime Parc wedding

hah. wedding guests at maritime Parc wedding

the look of love… wedding guests at maritime Parc wedding bride and groom at new year

i’ve worked with jiminez tobacco quite a few times. these guys are the real deal. cigar roller at new year

new year’s eve maritime parc wedding bride and groom midnight moment… bride and groom kiss at new year bride and groom kiss at new year

grandmother holds sparkles at table at new year

‘you want your fireworks?!? here’s your f*@#$*!% fireworks!’  -the wolf

h! father of the groom sets off fireworks outside of wedding venue new year new year kid wear new year

while stephanie and michael’s new year’s even maritime parc wedding will go down as the coldest wedding i’ve ever shot thus far into my 13 year career, it was definitely a beautiful and fun-filled one! a huge thank you to my husband who gave up his holiday time off to spend the day assisting me!

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