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.

i met up with lindsy, jon and their dog, eevee for their asbury park engagement session on a warm spring evening. ok, not really, it was really cold, but lindsy was a trooper. when lindsy reached out to me about five months before her wedding, i knew she was my kinda bride. i love when a couple is willing to plan a wedding in a short period of time. when they mentioned wanting to bring their dog to the engagement session… then i really knew they were my people.

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you can’t tell, but that’s bruce springsteen watching them walk by… asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park boardwalk engagement sessioneevee barking at all the seagulls… asbury park engagement session with dog

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love… asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park beach engagement sessionloved hanging out with lindsy, jon and their eevee. despite the cold temps, it was a success. looking forward to working with lindsy and jon in a couple months at bear brook valley

anyone that brings their pup to their first meeting with me is a-ok in my book! i knew jamie and tom would be good people just for this fact alone. we met up for a spring engagement session in hoboken to complement their late fall lakeside wedding later this year… Hoboken New Jersey engagement session

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hah! Hoboken New Jersey engagement session Hoboken New Jersey engagement session Hoboken New Jersey engagement session Hoboken New Jersey engagement session Hoboken New Jersey engagement session Hoboken New Jersey engagement session Hoboken New Jersey engagement session Hoboken New Jersey engagement sessiongreat afternoon with jamie and tom on the hoboken waterfront. looking forward to their lake mohawk wedding later this year!

heidi and lawrence are having a fall wedding so we mixed it up with a colonial park winter engagement session in somerset, new jersey. as many of you know, i’m one of the founding board members of karma cat + zen dog rescue society, a non-profit animal rescue organization, and heidi is one of our volunteers working as our marketing director! we met up on a mild winter afternoon to take some pics… New Jersey winter engagement sessionadorbs… New Jersey winter engagement session

notice the heart shaped hole in the ice in the background? New Jersey winter engagement session

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and to add to the heart theme, the clearing in the window looks like a heart, too!  New Jersey winter engagement session New Jersey winter engagement session New Jersey winter engagement session New Jersey winter engagement session New Jersey winter engagement session New Jersey winter engagement session

hah! i hope heidi and lawrence don’t kill me for posting this pic, but the expressions are priceless! New Jersey winter engagement session

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a great afternoon with heidi and lawrence. looking forward to their wedding this fall!

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…

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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

…his best man swapped pants with him for the entire reception! Ryland inn wedding reception Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey

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shannon and her friends give a little cheer performance… Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey Ryland inn wedding reception new jersey

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.