We shared such a special day with Brynn and David. I only met Brynn a few weeks before the wedding for some coffee and through creating her timeline, I knew her day was going to be amazing. Her and David are the perfect match, and the perfect match for their wedding was certainly Minerals Resort. We arrived for prep on a busy Friday and were welcomed by both friends and family. We really felt like part of the family right away. The mood was light and everyone was laughing all day. The first look was emotional and sweet. Once these two teammates were together, you could see the relief in their eyes.. These two do everything together and getting married was obviously no different. Brynn’s brother performed their ceremony which made it very personal, and David’s sister offered beautiful words about David’s family and welcoming Brynn into it…. There was even a guest appearance by the NJ Devils mascot. This day could not be topped. Much love and best wishes to you two.
Maggie and Carlos had an incredible summer wedding at the One and Only Westmount Country Club. The weather was amazing and the company was even better. Maggie is the daughter of my dear friend Jean, who I have been working alongside for close to a decade. I was very humbled to be chosen to document her daughters most special day. Just a year ago, I had the privilege of photographing her other daughter, Jackie’s wedding.
At the Church, a familiar face was in charge of the Wedding Mass. Father Larry Evans worked with me at PC, married Sheryl and I, and baptized our children. He gave me an affectionate “Hey, they let anyone in here, don’t they” upon seeing me and proceeded to read me the riot act as to what was allowed in the church and where.
After celebrating a beautiful, heart warming Mass we headed to the Westmount. Photos in the back garden were perfect with soft, diffused light. Maggie and Carlos like to laugh.. A lot. The best part of that is they like to make EACH OTHER laugh.. A lot. We had tons of laughs and took tons of photos and celebrated into the night. Beautiful, sunset, delicious food, incredible dessert and lot of dancing rounded out this whirlwind wedding. The old cliche is true, the day flies by. We always try to make sure our couples have time to enjoy themselves. We never want to monopolize their day taking photos. There is a delicate balance we strive to find, and I think we found it perfectly with this one.
Maggie and Carlos, thank you for everything. “May you have love that never ends,lots of money, and lots of friends. Health be yours, whatever you do, and may God send many blessings to you!”
Jamie and Michael’s wedding was something fairytales are made out of. A Jersey shore romance that blossomed into so much more - I knew there was going to be a lot of love and lot of partying. Maybe some fist pumping? I was right on all counts and it was, as cliche as it sounds, a PERFECT day from beginning to end.
Jamie is a teacher in the town I grew up in and Mike is in law enforcement. They both care deeply about their families and their communities and their families and communities certainly care deeply about them because this wedding was PACKED. Many adoring onlookers got to witness this storybook love and some of Jamie’s students got a front row seat at the church! The Priest warned them “they are going to kiss.” The kids didn’t mind…
The weather was beautiful, the drinks were cold and the bridal party was ready to PARTY at the One and Only Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park. I haven’t shot in the main room in some time and Gentle Jesus, is this place spectacular. Not a detail was missed. Music and entertainment provided by Eclipse Entertainment was a sure bet that this night was going to be one to remember.
Jamie and Mike, thank you from so so very much for trusting us with your day. We hope Bora Bora treats you well and we can’t wait to share more of these images with you. All love.
So humbled and thankful to be a part of life’s incredible events with my couples - From engagement photos to weddings to maternity to family shoots. Thank you for trusting me with these events. Here are a few from Teresa and Nick’s maternity shoot as they patiently await their little girl.
Some of my favorite snaps with a wonderful couple. Thank you Kate and Mark!
Alex and Derek got married on a beautiful summer day at the Orange Lawn Country Club in West Orange, NJ. The weather was perfect and the company was even better. The day started with prep for both Alex and Derek at Orange Lawn. Second shooter, Jason handled Derek and his amazing beard while I photographed the ladies in an adjacent room. The two were doing a first look, which always makes us excited, as we have a little more time for portraits and general goofing around with our couples!
I had taken a beautiful hike with Alex and Derek a few months earlier for their engagement shoot. The two love the outdoors and are both very active. They share a love for running and their dog even came along. Its great getting to know couples during an engagement shoot, so by the time the wedding comes around its like we’re old buddies. This rapport definitely helps the day and the photos go smoothly.. I highly recommend engagement shoots and we now just add them to our collections - they are no longer add ons.. I want to hang out with my couples as much as possible!
The first look was emotional and sweet. We captured some wonderful moments while Alex and Derek checked each other out ! After an awesome portrait session, a tearful ceremony and incredible party, we were exhausted but so satisfied with the photos, thrilled by everyone we got to talk to and have fun with, and so happy for Alex and Derek. Thanks for a wonderful time. All our blessings to you!
Where do I start with these two? I met Kelsey and Will at their engagement shoot last June at the Willowwood Arboratum. We had an amazing shoot, a few outfit changes, and then we talked for a good while by our cars before parting ways. They opened up about their lives and their journeys and their stories touched me so deeply. I was so excited to reconnect with them on their wedding day, and the day did not disappoint - so worth the wait.
Many tears were shed throughout the day (by me included) as friends and family welcomed the next chapter of Kelsey’s and Will’s journey. They are truly made for each other and the way the look at each other is a true testament to what is love is and what love does to a person.
After a beautiful church ceremony (in a 300 year old building), friends and family were received to party at the unbeatable Ryland Inn. The weather and the company could not have been better. Thank you Kelsey and Will, for everything. You’ve given me more than you know.
Second Camera: Jason Langley
Kori and Ryan had a beautiful wedding at Bonnet Island right outside of Long Beach Island, NJ. Bonnet Island is situated right on the shores of Manahawkin Bay and offers incredible views and the most amazing sunsets. Kori and Ryan are an outgoing, animal loving couple with amazing families. The people we met were warm, welcoming and so happy to share in this day with this wonderful couple.
I always attest to the importance of an engagement shoot. About a year ago we had an engagement shoot right on the beach and K+R brought along their adorable pup names Gus. I was so excited to hear that Gus would be making an appearance at the wedding. He slept through a good part of the ceremony but I know he was more excited than anyone else that his humans were getting married.
Wishing Kori and Ryan the best life has to offer!
Last year I was fortunate enough to do this lovely wedding on the shores of Asbury Park. The area has seen quite the transformation in the past few decades and it was great to be back in this area. Eve and Rudy are two of the most easy going people I’ve ever met. The plan for their wedding was a simple one: get married at the beach and have a party with our family and friends. The rain we had that day didn’t slow them down a bit. We had umbrellas, hopped through puddles and still used the beautiful boardwalk as a backdrop.
The Watermark is an incredible venue, not just for a wedding, but even just for a quick bite and a cocktail overlooking The Atlantic. Very kind staff and incredible food. Eve and Rudy, we wish you all the happiness life has to offer. So many thanks on allowing us to party with you!
This one was a special one. Not often (only one other time) have I had a cousin ask me to capture their wedding and when Emily did I was flattered, excited and a little nervous.
Starting the day at a familiar house was very unfamiliar to me, but soon I slid into my usual groove and things began to unfold very naturally. I enjoyed my aunt asking if I needed help with the dress and my uncle being the one asking if cars needed to be moved and telling me to have a sandwich.
The church ceremony was beautiful, and seeing my family scattered in the pews was nice too.
I always knew my cousin Emily was a sweetheart and when I first met Michael, I know he was a great match for her. Their personalities exude fun and family is very important to them - a perfect match.
I even got to dance with my wife at the reception. All in all, couldn’t have asked for a better day with better people. All my love.
Some favorites from Ethel and Justin’s fall wedding. I love the moments Ethel shared with her daughter while they were getting ready. Memories to cherish forever.
Second Shooter: Sean Gallant Photography
A bit about Tia and Phillip:
“We actually met on an online dating website about 3 years ago. Both working in New York City in a place with so many people but seemingly not able to meet anyone we took the plunge into the online dating scene. Our first meeting was an instant connection. We talked for hours and we've literally been inseparable ever since.
Both share in the love of the arts and have lots of family and friends that were very excited that they found each other. Similar in a lot of ways, we both can be thrown into a room full of strangers and make friends, as well as enjoying great music and theater. When deciding where to get married we wanted it to be intimate and feel like we had invited people to our home, but also not necessarily a backyard BBQ. We couldn't be happier with the result and the day.”
I (Justin) met Tia and Phillip at a little watering hole in Hoboken for a quick meet and greet that turned into a multiple hour conversation about everything from music to art to family life and their backgrounds. It was like we were old friends getting together after awhile. I was thrilled to be chosen with the task of telling their story and I knew the day would be sweet and memorable. Their wedding was held at The Inn at Millrace Pond - I had never shot there before, but after a quick scan of the area I knew there were so many opportunities to make magic happen. The wedding went off seamlessly. A little rain delayed the ceremony, but I was so excited that they still wanted to exchange their vows outside. They made the right choice. The light was perfect, their guests were all smiles and memories unfolded so beautifully. I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.
Venue : The Inn at Millrace Pond
Second Photographer: Sean Gallant Photography