Back on an unseasonably warm day in March, two of the sweetest souls got married. From the moment I met Lauren + Joe, I instantly knew they were a special couple. As I’ve gotten to know them, I’ve learned they are incredibly smart, funny, kind, and head-over-heels in love. I feel very lucky to have been a part of their beautiful wedding. They got married at the gorgeous Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park. It was personalized, elegant, and no detail was forgotten. From the menus made by Lauren, to the different (but coordinating) bridesmaids dresses, to the home brew beer favors and donations to charity, everything was so well thought out. This is a couple with impeccable taste. It was also some of the best food I’ve had at a wedding, in particular the Viennese hour. Another striking thing about Lauren and Joe is how wonderful their family and friends are. They have surrounded themselves with a really great group of people, who were so thrilled to celebrate their big day. I am so happy for Lauren and Joe and can’t wait to see what the future brings them. Congratulations you two!
I recently met up with Delpha + Milton in their neighborhood in Jersey City for an engagement session. Even though I lived in JC for 4 years and always expect it to be familiar, it is SO different every time I go back! I love seeing the changes and finding new, charming places that never existed before. It is a place with so much character. I had a great time exploring their neighborhood and getting to know them a little bit better before their wedding this September. Here are some of my favorite images from our afternoon.
Back when it was still cold out, I went down to Asbury Park for Maria + David’s engagement session. This session was extra cool because they didn’t choose the typical Asbury Park photo spots – they chose their favorite record store and the surrounding neighborhood. Despite the cold weather, I think we had a lot of fun. Maria + David both have a lot of personality, and had me laughing the whole time. They were both such troopers even though I know they had to be freezing. As a couple, they are fun, interesting, and down to earth, and I cannot wait to photograph their awesome wedding at the end of September.
Meggin and Terre were married in May in Beach Haven, NJ, with on of the most personal, thoughtful weddings I have been a part of. The day was filled with beach-y, rustic, and romantic elements, and of course a ton of DIY! We started off at the Hydrangea House, a beautiful Victorian bed and breakfast near the beach, where Meggin and her girls got ready. The house had a beautiful wrap around porch that I was able to use for her details and group photos. About those details! Meggin made her flower crown herself, along with wands for the flower girls to to carry, and hangers for the bridesmaids’ dresses. The watercolor invitations were painted by the bride herself, inspired by a flower brooch that was her grandmother’s. Meggin brought the brooch to wear on her bouquet, along with a doily that her grandmother’s, so I used these items when photographing the invitations. The porch was the perfect place to shoot the gorgeous flowers, the bridesmaids dresses, and all of the other special things for the day. Meggin and Terre and had their first look on the porch, before we headed to the beach for some portraits.
After all the photos, we headed to the Boathouse Restaurant, where the ceremony and reception would be held. Again, I could not get over the attention to detail. Meggin is a very talented artist and calligrapher, and she used those talents to create menus, various signs, table numbers, large quotes hung on the wall, chair signs, and the favors. She also made beautiful dreamcatchers used as a ceremony backdrop. The amount of DIY was simply amazing. The centerpieces included rosemary and bark, a nod to Terre’s love of gardening and nature, and Meggin’s love of cooking. Jugs of “marriage mead” also sat on the tables, made by Meggin’s father for the toasts. The ceremony was officiated by Terre’s father, and was incredibly special to witness. Everything about ceremony and the wedding reflected their personalities. The love this couple has for each other is so obvious, along with how important their family and friends are in their lives. As beautiful as everything they created for this wedding was, more beautiful was the bond Meggin and Terre share, and I know their love will last a lifetime. Congratulations to you both!