heidi and lawrence had a warm and sunny day for their fall  battleground country club wedding in monmouth county, new jersey.  it was quite a bit warmer than when we met up earlier this year during the winter for their engagement session in colonial park. heidi is the marketing director for karma cat +zen dog rescue society, a non-profit animal rescue that my sister and i founded almost 8 years ago, so i was excited to work with another animal-loving couple. i also got to see another couple of mine, christina and dane, who are another karma cat + zen dog animal-loving couple whose wedding i’ll be photographing next year. and… i figured out why another couple had such familiar faces– she was the maid-of-honor at the awesome wedding of christie and brian that i photographed last year. small world.

i’d only had two other people reach out to me about their battleground country club wedding in over a decade of photographing weddings. what a gem this place is though! the setting is beautiful, the food is good and the maitre’d and bridal attendant totally rock!

battleground country club fall wedding

priorities. ring bearer plays video games while groomsmen get dressed at battleground country club

the tie struggle is real…

my grooms really stepped it up this year with their attire. love lawrence’s  blue suit with maroon detailing…. groomsmen helps groom with pocket square for Monmouth county nj wedding groom with blue suit and striped socks ties shoes for his battleground country club wedding

another sign of the times pic… groomsmen on various devices during groom prep for nj wedding groom in blue suit with maroon tie and detailing adjusts his jacket at battleground country clublove the pop of yellow on the boutonniere against his blue shirt… detail of groom portrait of New Jersey groom in blue suit maroon tie

heidi… had found something… close up of bride bridesmaids adjust pearl bracelets bridesmaid helps bride get dressed bridesmaids take selfies for nj wedding maid of honor uses crochet needle to button 3graces bridal wedding dress at batteground country club maid of honor in maroon dress helps bride with blue shoes

heidi looking mega- gorgeous in her 3graces bridal gown with hair by salon seraphim and makeup artistry by dee battleground country club bridal portrait

gorgeous fall bouquet by the garden state flower market... garden state flower market fall wedding bouquet for nj wedding groom in blue suit with maroon detailing and bride in 3graces bridal wedding dress smile for a portrait at New Jersey bride and groom portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta

lawrence walks in slo-mo…. bride and groom portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta bride and groom sun flare portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta bride and groom hold hands for a portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta

lots of laughter out of these two… bride and groom portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta bride and groom portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta

don’t you just love the beautiful lace neckline of her dress? bride and groom portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta bride and groom portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta bride and groom smiling and nose to nose at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta bride in 3graces bridal wedding gown and groom in suit with maroon detailing walk during portraits at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta bride and groom portrait at battleground country club photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta

love the little exchange going on between heidi and lawrence and their flower girl… family portrait at Monmouth county wedding venue

lawrence gives a wave as he walks down the aisle for their outdoor battleground country club wedding ceremony… groom in blue suit waves as he walks down the aisle for outdoor wedding ceremony at battleground country club wedding flower girl gets help spreading flowers at nj outdoor wedding ceremony

lawrence watches heidi walk down the aisle… groom watches bride walk down aisle at outdoor wedding ceremony at battleground country club

one of lawrence’s groomsmen watches him as he sees his bride walk down the aisle… groomsmen in light grey suit looks to groom as bride walks down aisle during Monmouth county outdoor wedding ceremony bride walks down the aisle in 3graces bridal wedding dress at battleground country club outdoor wedding ceremony at New Jersey ring bear during wedding ceremony outdoor wedding ceremony nj

wonderful working with betty muller of nj beautiful weddings New Jersey outdoor wedding ceremony wedding vows during battleground country club outdoor wedding ceremony bride reacts as groom reads vows during wedding ceremony bridesmaids watch ceremony

heidi wipes some tears away during lawrence’s vows… bride wipes tears away with both hands while groom reads vows during New Jersey outdoor wedding ceremony at the battleground country club groom in blue suit and maroon tie

low fives! groom low fives as he exits wedding ceremony with bride at the battleground country club

party time! guests wave maroon napkins in the air as bride and groom enter wedding reception in Monmouth county, New Jersey bride and groom kiss as groom raises right fist up in the air during their first dance at the battleground country club

i’m just gonna leave this right here. flower girls puts hands over ears while ring bearer picks nose during bride and groom

an emotional dance with her dad… bride dances with dad at battleground country club wedding reception

groom in blue suit dances with mom at battleground country club wedding reception wedding guest clapping during reception

she’s still not having it… flower girl sits on floor with hands over her ears during first dance at battleground country club wedding reception

gangnam-style! groom and mother dance to gangam style at wedding reception in New Jersey

this crowd loves toasting with shots! bride and guests do shots during wedding reception photographed by New Jersey wedding photographer Michelle arlotta bride and guests do shots during wedding reception photographed by New Jersey wedding photographer Michelle arlotta wedding reception photos at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography wedding reception photos at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography wedding reception photos at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography flower girl and her dad lie on the dance floor together during wedding reception at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography wedding reception guests at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography wedding reception photos at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography

the worm! wedding guest does the worm at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography

animated cake-cutting! groom in blue suit makes funny face while cutting the cake with bride in 3graces bridal wedding gown during battleground country club wedding reception with Michelle Arlotta photography

a little cake smash in the face… groom smashes cake into bride

.. but don’t worry, she got him back.  bride shoves cake in groom groom and friends at New Jersey wedding reception groom jumps up and hugs wedding guest during reception with mc crew at battleground country club in nj bride and bridesmaids dance together during nj wedding reception wedding reception photos at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography wedding reception photos at battleground country club photographed by michelle Arlotta photography last dance of the night for the bride and groom at their battleground country club fall weddingsuch a blast with lawrence and heidi, their friends and family and some familiar faces at their battleground country club wedding. lots of laughter and smiles! thanks to joe spada for assisting me.

the first time i ever photographed a rock island lake club fall wedding was three years ago for an amazing couple, courtney and shaun, shortly after rock island had first opened its doors. the lakeside setting, the fall foilage, the tasty food, the great service… i was sold. i know my rock island lake club couples are going to be chill people who want to have a good time in a great atmosphere. when i met christine and jason for the first time, i knew they were a perfect fit for my style and my personality. these two are full of smiles and laughter. we had a chance to work together last fall during their asbury park engagement session.

this year fall was a little bit late, but i love the mix of green with yellows… fall foliage at rock island lake club wedding ring bearer has tie adjusted during groom prep groom with purple tie adjusts cuffs

the struggle is real… groomsman struggles with purple tie groomsmen adjust ties in mirror groomsmen getting ready with purple ties groom fixes pocket square for fall rock island lake club wedding groomsman adjust groom

i’m loving the variety of socks the guys have all had this year… groom wearing yellow socks with blue anchors puts on brown shoes

and i’m really loving all the groom attire this year! loved jason’s look! portrait of groom in brown suit with purple tie reflection of wedding rings bride in white fleece gets ready in bridal suite at rock island lake clubinstead of floral robes, christine and the girls all had matching fleeces… bridesmaids in matching green fleeces bridal suite at rock island lake club

sign of the times… silhouette of wedding dress hanging in bridal suite at rock island lake club while bridesmaids take selfies and check their phones

following christine on instagram, it didn’t take me long to see that she really loves nature. christine and jason had a green color scheme (including christine’s wedding band) with a woodsy, natural theme… a perfect fit for their rock island lake club fall wedding… wood engraved ring box with emerald wedding ring bride has flowers put in her hair in the rock island lake club bridal suite in Sparta New Jersey bride gets dress down from hanger in the rock island lake club bridal suite bridesmaid in green dress buttons up bride in rock island lake club bridal suite two sets of hands buttoning up bride during Sparta New Jersey wedding

bridesmaids adjust wedding dress in rock island lake club bridal suite

gorgeous! portrait of bride with flower in her hair, emerald neckless at the rock island lake club emerald necklace worn by bride at rock island lake club

first look… first look at rock island lake club fall wedding

not only did jason make christine laugh all throughout the portraits, but he made me laugh, too… bride and groom portraits at rock island lake club fall wedding bride and groom portraits at rock island lake club fall wedding

this. bride and groom portraits at rock island lake club fall wedding photographed by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle arlotta bride and groom portraits in the woods with vibrant fall foilage at rock island lake club wedding photographed by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle arlotta

into the woods… bride and groom portraits in the woods with vibrant fall foilage at rock island lake club wedding photographed by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle arlotta bride and groom portraits at rock island lake club fall wedding bride and groom portraits at rock island lake club fall wedding

simple and beautiful. bride and groom portraits at rock island lake club fall wedding photographed by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle arlotta bride and groom in front of rock island lake club fountain bride and groom walking together at rock island lake club fall wedding photographed by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle arlotta bride and groom portraits at rock island lake club fall wedding bride and groom portraits at rock island lake club fall wedding

i loved that jason walked both moms down the aisle for their outdoor wedding ceremony at rock island lake club… groom walks down the aisle with mom and mother of the bride wearing blue dresses at outdoor wedding ceremony in Sparta New Jersey

caught! rock island lake club outdoor fall wedding ceremony bride walks to the ceremony area with her father at outdoor fall rock island lake club wedding

it was really precious watching the flower girl quietly continue to spread flowers after the ceremony had started… flower girl keeps spreading flowers during the ceremony at rock island lake club photorgraphed by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle Arlotta rock island lake club outdoor fall wedding ceremony

beautiful outdoor lakeside ceremony setting… i love that christine incorporated a moment of mindfulness into their wedding ceremony. super awesome.  rock island lake club outdoor fall wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor fall wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor fall wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor fall wedding ceremony

a tree for a unity ceremony makes sense for a nature girl… couple pours dirt onto a small tree for unity ceremony at outdoor rock island lake club ceremony rock island lake club outdoor fall wedding ceremony rock island lake club outdoor fall wedding ceremony photographed by nj wedding photographer michelle Arlotta photography bride and groom kiss under birch arch by the lake during their outdoor wedding ceremony in Sparta New Jersey at the rock island lake club

party time! bride and groom have first dance during rock island lake club wedding reception by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle Arlotta photography bride and her dad dance during rock island lake club wedding reception by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle Arlotta photography groom and his mom dance during rock island lake club wedding reception by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle Arlotta photography little kid having fun on dance floor at rock island lake club wedding reception wedding guests dance during rock island lake club wedding reception by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle Arlotta photography wedding guests dance during rock island lake club wedding reception wedding guests dance during rock island lake club wedding reception wedding guests dance during rock island lake club wedding reception

christine likes to jam out to phish… wedding guests dance during rock island lake club wedding reception

little cutie pie wanted to touch the camera… little boy in overalls tried to touch camera lens during rock island lake club wedding reception wedding guests dance during rock island lake club wedding reception wedding guests dance during rock island lake club wedding reception wedding guests shows off his mug during rock island lake club reception

some incredibly fast-paced, incredibly awesome ukranian dancing… wedding guests dance to Ukrainian music during rock island lake club wedding reception

amazeballs. groom and his mom dance during rock island lake club wedding reception by New Jersey wedding photographer michelle Arlotta photography

a wonderfully smooth, beautiful and fun day with christine and jason at their rock island lake club fall wedding in sparta, nj. everyone should smile and laugh this much on their wedding day! thanks to joe spada for assisting me.

christina and dane are fellow animal lovers who adopted from karma cat + zen dog animal society, the non-profit that my sister and i founded over 7 years ago. they are friends with fellow karma cat adopters/volunteers, heidi and lawrence, (whose wedding i recently shot and got to see christina and dane there as well). good, animal-loving people know other good, animal-loving people! while we had an iffy forecast, christina and dane came back to my ‘hood for their buck’s county fall engagement session.. and a jaunt in my backyard with a visit from my daughter and mother, hah! we met up just shy of one year to go until their lodge at stirling ridge wedding next year… Frenchtown New Jersey fall engagement session Tinicum park upper black eddy fall engagement session michelle Arlotta photography Tinicum park upper black eddy fall engagement session michelle Arlotta photography

Tinicum park upper black eddy buck Tinicum park upper black eddy fall engagement session michelle Arlotta photography

i love how i have so many grooms this year who are super into showing some love for the pics… Tinicum park upper black eddy fall engagement session michelle Arlotta photography Tinicum park upper black eddy fall pa engagement session michelle Arlotta photography Tinicum park upper black eddy buck buck buck buck

i brought my axe and cut down some trees to make a better composition… buck hunterdon county fall engagement session photography michelle arlotta

a jaunt in my backyard always makes for a great backdrop… hunterdon county fall engagement session photography michelle arlotta frechtown, New Jersey hunterdon county fall engagement session photography michelle arlotta frechtown, New Jersey hunterdon county fall engagement session photography

my daughter and mom came out to say hello. arlo wanted to hold hands with christina and dane. she showed up again a week later when i was doing another engagement session. total lovebug!

frechtown, New Jersey hunterdon county fall engagement session photography

with just a quick little rainshower, the rain held out and the clouds made for a beautiful backdrop with gorgeous light…

frechtown, New Jersey hunterdon county fall engagement session photography frechtown, New Jersey hunterdon county fall engagement session photography michelle arlotta

a wonderful fall afternoon with christina and dane for their buck’s county fall engagement session. so fun getting to see them twice in one weekend. looking forward to their wedding next fall at landmark venue’s newly renovated lodge at stirling ridge in warren, nj.

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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.