stephanie and steve, two busy professionals living in new york city, met up with me one afternoon for their west village nyc engagement session. our original date to meet up was an exceptionally hot and sticky day, but the cool thing (see what i did there) about engagement sessions is that we can reschedule them to suit our temperature comfort levels better. here’s to hoping we get the perfect fall weather for their new jersey wedding at the madison hotel in a couple of months. also, stephanie and i are birthday twins. of course, i’m a bit older than her, but that’s just a fun little fact. june 8th, for the win! madison hotel wedding engagement session west village engagement session nyc engagement session New York city west village engagement session

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a quiet street with some quaint staircases and one randoid lurking just out of the frame. i even went so far as to ask the man if these were his steps and he wanted us to move, but he said, ‘no’. ok dude, spectate, whatevs. New York city west village engagement session west village engagement session New York city engagement session

another woman stopped to tell us that the next house over was marc jacobs’ house. you never know whose steps you are sitting on in nyc… New York city west village engagement session

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so happy we opted for the cooler summer day for stephanie and steve’s nyc engagement session. looking forward to their madison hotel wedding in new jersey later this year…

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

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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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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

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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

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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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casey attempts to highjack the cake! New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception New Jersey shore backyard wedding reception 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.

whenever i have a photography enthusiast reach out to me about photographing their wedding, i know my work will be analyzed to a whole other extent. needless to say, i was flattered when shana and rashade chose me to be their wedding photographer. we met up for their new brunswick engagement session near rashade’s alma mater, rutgers. rashade had some (admitted) lens envy…

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had to work in the ‘rutgers’ sign in at least one of them… New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session

loved the vibrant colors of spring for shana and rashade’s new brunswick engagement session. looking forward to working with shana and rashade later this fall for they nassau inn wedding in princeton…

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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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.