Lake Mohawk Country Club Wedding | Stephanie and Eric | NJ Wedding Photographer

Here is just some of the fun we had at Stephanie and Eric’s wedding.  I met these two about 9 months ago for some coffee and to chat about their day.  After realizing we had some mutual friends and also played in some bands - more specifically sang in bands, I knew this was going to be a great match.  Stephanie was a good sport as we swapped music stories and such, and then we got down to wedding business.  

This isn’t a full blog of the wedding, because there is so much content I want to share, but just a taste of the awesome things that happened at the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  Stephanie and Eric are both very warm and kind people, and together they have a beautiful energy.  They both like to have fun, laugh and live their lives in exciting ways.  Weddings can be nerve wracking, and maybe they were a little nervous, but this energy made them look like one of the calmest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  Once the alcohol started flowing, this party started jamming.  Tons of great song choices, from rock n roll, metal, top 40, classics..  I knew by their personalities, that they were responsible for a lot of the soundtrack that night.  

Thank you Stephanie and Eric for being so wonderful.  Bless your love.. I am a better person knowing you..  Stephanie, Eric and I are going to hang out if that’s cool.

Minerals Crystal Springs Wedding | Brynn + Dave | NJ Wedding Photography

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.  

Westmount Country Club Wedding | Maggie and Carlos | NJ Wedding Photography

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!” 

Westmount Country Club Summer Wedding | Jamie and Michael | NJ Wedding Photography

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.  

Orange Lawn Tennis Club Wedding | Alex and Derek | NJ Wedding Photography

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!

Ryland Inn Wedding | Kelsey and Will | NJ Wedding Photography

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

Bonnet Island Estate Wedding | Kori and Ryan | Manahawkin, NJ Wedding Photography

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!

The Watermark Asbury Park Wedding | Eve + Rudy

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!

The Terrace at Biagio's Wedding | Emily + Michael | NJ Wedding Photography

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.