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.

The Inn At Millrace Pond | Tia and Phillip | NJ Wedding 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

Indian Trail Club Wedding Photography | Carly and Kyle | Franklin Lakes, NJ

Carly and Kyle had their first date in April 2014 at a Sushi Restaurant in Morristown, NJ. Carly and Kyle immediately felt a connection and continued their date by going to to get a glass of wine after dinner. They spent their time laughing and smiling the night away- including laughing about the fact that Carly’s shoe broke on her walk to their date and that Kyle’s shirt had ripped before they both arrived. They both knew that they had something special throughout the night.

Carly and Kyle both felt such a connection and were together ever since that first night. Carly was completing her doctorate degree and Kyle always supported her long nights working and being her biggest cheerleader. Kyle was in his first year at a new job and with chatting on the phone every day of his drive home (something they still do to this day) both were supportive of the others career paths and goals. Both not only had weddings to attend a few short months after meeting, but quickly became each other’s dates and just knew one day it would be their wedding day. Both immediately felt loved by one another’s families so much so that Kyle even started playing on an adult hockey league with Carly’s Dad. 

Carly and Kyle traveled together their first year to the Bahamas and made it a tradition to go to a new location every year. They always looked for a new adventure to try from hikes in new locations to taking part in charities for fundraisers that were meaningful to them. They were able to travel to Cancun, Mexico together and after Carly defended her dissertation in their third year together, they decided to go back to the Bahamas, where they experienced their first vacation. It was here that Kyle proposed to Carly watching the sunrise on their first full day of vacation. Little did Carly know Kyle had already asked her father one night at one of their hockey games. Carly and Kyle were able to celebrate the entire week there and felt that this location now has a special place in their heart. They cannot wait to go back as a married couple. 


Carly and Kyle married on August 17, 2018 at Saint Christopher’s Church in Parsippany, NJ followed by a reception at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Both knew that the location that fit them perfectly. They loved every minute of their wedding and look forward to more of life’s adventures together as Husband and Wife.

These guys are adventurous and totally natural in front of the camera.  Talk about making a job easy!  They also agreed to do a sunrise shoot at the Jersey shore.  Anyone who gets up at 5am for photos is a winner in my book! The rain came across the lake pretty quickly the day of their wedding, but when the sky broke for sun we got to take some magical photos out on the dock. 


“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!”


Venue:  Indian Trail Club

Second Shooter:  Matt Rigby

Make up / Hair - Depasquale the Spa

Florist:  Conroys Florist

Videography:  Harlan Kramer

Limo - NJ Limo Bus

Bakery:  Rudy's Pastry Shop

DJ - LJDJ's Entertainment



Best of 2018

2018 was a year for the record books! My family expanded with the birth of our beautiful daughter, my team grew with the inclusion of some really awesome people, and every couple we photographed this year was simply amazing.  I am thankful to do what I love for a living - it really doesn't feel like an ounce of work.  

 I couldn’t have done this without my creative, hardworking, and incredibly talented team. Thank you for your devotion to this craft that we all love.  

To each of my lovely couples, 

We have loved capturing your story. Thank you for allowing me witness your love and devotion to each other.  I hope your photos help you relive each moment of your whirlwind wedding days!  

 To all my future couples, 

We are looking to making memories with you!  We are recharging our batteries - literally and figuratively, and can't wait to get back to work.


Hamilton Manor Wedding | Kristen + Garret | Hamilton, NJ Wedding

Kristen and Garret met online and immediately connected. They both love spending time at the beach, going to brunch, and football Sundays. They are both super family oriented and have two fur babies of their own. They got engaged at the beach on Long Beach island that they frequent often, and he surprised her with having her family waiting at a beautiful waterfront restaurant. 

 I knew Garret was a romantic from the start and Kristen’s love for her man shined from the start.  Their wedding was held at the beautiful Hamilton Manor in the barn.  While it did rain that day, we got plenty of opportunities to capture their love and illustrate the magic the two of them share.  Cheers to many years of happiness.  

 

 Venue - The Hamilton Manor 

Second Shooter - Jason “the hat” Langley

Ceremony Officiant - Jordan Yuppa

Florist - Narcissus Florals

Videography - Focus Productions- Richard Hall

Bakery - Coco's Cakery

Grand Cascades Lodge Wedding | Megan and Timothy | Vernon, NJ

Megan and Tim have such a vibrancy about them, that I knew their wedding was going to be very special.  Everything was slated to be at the beautiful Grand Cascades Lodge in Vernon on a beautiful autumn Sunday.  The weather could not have been better and the photos we got on the rolling hills of the golf course were so incredible.  Sometimes, as a photographer, you end up in situations and snapping away photos when everything is ideal - and an inner giddiness just takes a complete hold on you.  This was one of those times. I was just taking endless pictures and in my head I was screaming YES YES!!!! It’s those moments that make me love what I do so very much.

We planned out several shots and looks we wanted to make sure we got and we had such a blast making photos.  The backdrop and the company were just amazing. Many years of happiness to you both!


Mountain Creek Wedding | Rebecca + Jay | NJ Wedding Photography

I knew Rebecca and Jay’s wedding was going to be a special one from the start.  I have known the groom, Jay, since we were kids - like really little kids.  We spent almost everyday playing in a park by my house with other neighborhood kids and getting in a little trouble along the way.  

 As high school and college came, we drifted apart - that’s what life does to childhood friends - but we kept in touch every now and again.  I was so humbled and elated when Jay reached out to me about doing photography for their wedding.  

 I’ve always known Jay to be the adventurous type, and the wedding he and Rebecca picked for themselves was true to that fashion.  “We are getting married at Mountain Creek… At the top of the mountain - All the guests will be taking the ski lift up to the ceremony site,” he told me.  “Of course you are… Of course they will.” I thought.  It was perfect, and I’m not going to lie, I was so excited for that ski lift ride.  

 We did a pretty impromptu engagement shoot about a month before the wedding.  I wanted them to have a little practice being in front of the camera and I honestly just wanted to catch up.  I had met Rebecca at our initial consultation, but I really got to know her at the engagement shoot.  She is kind and damn is she funny.  The two play well off each other and the relationship just works.  They made love look easy.  

 The week before the big day was set to arrive, I got word that Jay’s mom had passed away.  I knew her growing up as well.  She took me on my very first trip to the beach to go swimming at Sandy Hook.  She was kind and nurturing, as a mother should be, and she also loved a good time.  Jay knew his mom would have wanted him to go on with the wedding and enjoy every second of it… They did.

 The wedding came and flowed organically and beautifully.  They exchanged beautiful vows on top of the mountain over looking the Vernon Valley.  You could not ask for a better day, weather-wise or people-wise.  I will always remember this wedding and I will always remember that childhood friendship.  So thankful to be a part of such an incredible union.  Thank you thank you thank you. 

 

Venue:  Mountain Creek, Vernon, NJ

 Second Photographer:  Jason Langley

The Tides Estate Wedding | Michelle + Allan | Wedding Photography

Michelle and Allan’s day at The Tides was nothing short of incredible.  Amazing first look, and infectious smiles started the day while Polynesian dancers ended it.  From start to finish this was a wedding to remember.  Many blessings to the new bride and groom.  

Venue:  The Tides Estate


Second Shooter:  Sean Gallant


Wedding Planner:  The Events Guru

Videography - Folded Crane Films

Bakery - Palermos Bakery

DJ or Band - The Events Guru

Photo Booth - Miles of Smiles

The Rockleigh Wedding | Janelle and Chris | Rockleigh, NJ

When I met Janelle and Chris, we planned to meet up in Hoboken for a drink to discuss some of the details and the timeline for the day.  We ended up talking for a few hours, and most of NOT about their wedding.  They are caring and down to earth and it was so apparent the love they felt for each other was strong and beautiful.  

  Their wedding echoed their personalities.  It was classic and elegant but personal and unique.  They had touches of tradition infused with bits of who they are sprinkled throughout their day.   


  Prep started at The Time in Nyack, NY - a very cool boutique hotel right by the Tappan Zee Bridge.  The style of the rooms perfectly fit the aesthetic the rest of the day carried.  From there it was right to the Rockleigh for first look by the stairs and formals on the grounds.  It was a bit rainy,  but we were still able to get outside by the fountains and totally took advantage of the mist for a night shot.  


So humbled to have been able to shoot such an awesome day with an incredible couple.  Many many years of health happiness and love to Janelle and Chris.

Vendors


Venue:  The Rockleigh

Makeup:  A Beauty by Amanda

Florist:  JR Floral Designs

Cake:  A Little Cake

Entertainment:  Elegant Music Group

Invitations:  Memory Makers