Wedding

This was probably one of the best weddings I have done… There, I said it. But seriously though. The love and laughter Katie and Simon share is seen by all by both friends and family alike. On a hot summer day in August, I arrived at bride prep and photographed Katie at  The Grape Leaf Inn . Aside from it having the absolute coolest bathroom and shower, the suite was like it was taken out of a page from Anthropologie. After I got some of the getting ready shots, I headed to Foley Sonoma. Having photographed numerous winery weddings over the years, never before had I been impressed by both the layout, service and architecture of such an establishment. It’s almost as if they had consulted a photographer when building it, because there were so many little nooks for photos.

For the first look, we opted to make use of the shade as it got to a high of 107 that day. While walking up with Katie to get her in the spot, she affectionately told Simon, and I quote ” you look good from behind “. I knew at that very moment, the tone was set for the day. Before Simon even turned around, he already started smiling. We took a few portraits then it was onto the ceremony.  The ceremony overlooked a landscape of rolling hills and the vineyard, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

When it started to cool down, we took them out for some sunset photos at the exact right time. Soft dirt couldn’t stop Katie from walking into the vineyard with her Jimmy Choo’s for some portraits of the two of them. Side Note: I love when couples throw caution to the wind and go above and beyond for the photography. It always shows in the photos when it’s more about them then what may or may not get some dirt on it…

I loved this wedding so much and not just because they had a mini donut station that I went back to for seconds ( and thirds )

I want to give a shoutout to the staff of Foley Sonoma, Stephanie Beer of Covenant Coordinating and her team for making sure everything ran smoothly, as well as my two shooters, Rhett and Arjay

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I hadn’t seen Christina and Dave since I photographed their engagement session a few months ago, so when I arrived at prep today and saw a bunch of photos on their wall from the session, it gave me the warm fuzzies to see my work on actual walls instead of just Facebook walls. Nikki, of the infamous Nikki & Chip Photography helped me photograph the details as well as Chip, before he headed to groom prep. We got to shoot in my old stomping grounds of Ocean Township, which both the couple and I are from . We did their first look at Deal Test Site and couldn’t have picked a better location if we tried. Below are a few of my favorite moments and I can’t wait to go through the rest of their images!

I want to thank Nikki and Chip for all their help today as I couldn’t have done it without them!

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Including the Love!

So what happens when a photographer from Jersey, that lives in California, flies to Texas and then drives a rental from Colorado to the quaint little town of Goliad? Well, he gets to photograph an awesome wedding on the couple’s property, That’s what. I flew down a few days early to scope out the lay of the land, and when I say that, I really mean try pecan pie for the first time, and subsequently a few days later. All joking aside, it was just a few months ago that Krystin + Jeff flew out my way to see the redwoods and have me document their engagement session(s). So on this trip, they showed me around their town which is rich in history as well as beautiful. While I was down there, I was treated so well , and everybody was extremely nice. I hope I can make it back there soon as I felt like I just scratched the surface of what Texas was all about.

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  1. cynde foster said:
    your talent transcends us there to watch two people in Love get hitched !!!!!!! you show the Love without words.
    January 10, 2017  8:54 pm
  2. N. Carvajal said:
    What great pictures! So beautiful, so hard to pick a fave.. Thanks for sharing
    January 10, 2017  10:29 pm
  3. Cheryl Schaeffer said:
    Stunning photos! You've truly captured the bride (who is exquisite), the groom, the family and the look and feel of a beautiful Texas location.
    January 11, 2017  3:42 am
  4. Kelly said:
    Fantastic pics of fantastic people!
    January 11, 2017  8:47 pm
  5. Deborah Persing said:
    Your photographs of Krystin and Jeff's wedding are amazing. Of course how could you go wrong with such a beautiful group of people!
    January 11, 2017  10:04 pm
  6. Sue Smiley said:
    Absolutely beautiful pictures..you captured the moment just perfectly...you made my cousin look stunning....what a special day for her...
    January 14, 2017  2:38 am

If ever one’s mouth were to drop when arriving at the location of a wedding, this was it. Joe, Katy and I walked around the property to scope out locations to shoot and we were like kids in a candy store. Around every corner were cool trees, flower beds, and a photographer’s favorite… shade! So many cool spots and not to mention decorations that not only included an arch which was adorned in flowers, but also a swing as well! When Sarah got dressed, I felt like I was doing a model shoot, and apparently , so did her bridesmaids when they got to see her for the first time in the dress. Ok, ok, ok… Evan looked pretty studly too with that whole tall and dapper looking thing he had going on. But in all seriousness, this was an amazing wedding and everybody was super cool and felt like I was amongst friends the entire day. Below is a culmination of both I and my shooters work, and I hope you enjoy!

Some vendors I would like to thank are :

Event Planning – Mary Harris Events 

Cinema – Lucid Lens Filmmakers

Florals – Dahlia Florals

Tents – Sperry Tents

Band – Eddie Bruce Orchestra

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Several years ago,  Melissa and I worked together at a local restaurant.During one of our shifts together she told me there was a cute guy at the bar. So, I did what any good friend would do in this situation and that was to embarrass the living crap out of her by slipping him her number. After the initial nervousness, shyness to leave the kitchen, and the beet red face calmed down, she eventually connected with him and he called her. It was truly a sight to see when you realize a close friend is getting married, and somebody must have been cutting onions during the ceremony, as my eyes were watering. The amount of love these 2 people have for each other is immeasurable. Both of them put the other’s needs before their own and it is such a beautiful thing to witness how much they care for one another. I have picked my favorite shots from the day from both Joe, Hasan, and I. I couldn’t have done this wedding without them as they were indelible in helping document the day.

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  1. Diana Gebhardt said:
    Amazing and adorable love
    June 6, 2016  6:27 pm

I met Cynthia and Pat earlier last year when I was documenting a baby shower/ company picnic for a local vet hospital. A few months later I was asked if I was available for their intimate wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. In all my years of photographing weddings, I’ve never documented one at city hall. As well as, in all my years of weddings, I have never seen a wedding dress as colorful of Cynthia’s. It was so unique, people were stopping to say how much they loved her dress. It brought a pop of color amidst the sea of white that was swirling about that day. I also loved Pat’s shoes. He wore sneakers that he said held meaning to him as it reminded him of a friend that is no longer with us. Being that I too have a memento from a dear friend that passed, it felt as if our friend’s were with us.

I have to say, after I left bride prep and got to the location, I think my eyes widened to their fullest. The history and architecture of the building was so amazing to take in. A whirlwind of brides and grooms coming to and fro were milling about, but as luck would have it, wherever we went for pictures, we found little nooks where nobody was. Marble floors, high ceilings and the most beautiful light made for such classical backgrounds in all the images. This wedding was particularly meaningful to me as when in the flurry of everything happening,I witnessed moments that really stood out. Right after the kiss, Pat held Cynthia for those extra few minutes. It was if at that very moment, it set in that these two lovebirds are actually married. Time has now changed, the person they are going to spend the rest of their life with is now official. It’s such a remarkable feeling when you see things like this and realize you get to witness such significant times in people’s lives.

Huge thank you goes out to Amanda for shooting with me – her images are mixed in with mine. I couldn’t have done it without you!

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  1. Julie & Chris said:
    You look so beautiful Cynthia! Congratulations, you two! Lovely photos.
    April 22, 2016  1:49 pm

When Amanda, of AmandaCrean.com , was looking for help on Banu + Justin’s wedding – I threw my name into a pool of photographers hoping to get picked. As luck would have it, I was chosen and got the opportunity to second shoot for her at The Fairmont, in San Francisco. Needless to say,we clicked immediately! Bad photography puns aside, we got along famously and had a great time documenting this couple’s wedding day. She shot, I stopped traffic, we hopped a taxi to get the last vestiges of a sunset… all in a day’s work. Here are some of my favorite moments from the day

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  1. Colleen Putman said:
    WOW!!!! John -- these are incredibly gorgeous! Well done, friend :)
    January 25, 2016  9:21 am
  2. John DeFiora said:
    Thank you so much!
    January 27, 2016  4:47 pm
  3. John DeFiora said:
    Thank you so much!
    January 27, 2016  4:48 pm

I can think of no better way to finish my  2015 wedding season than to go out with a bang. Jaime and Dennis’s wedding was just that…

A lil bit of wind and grey skies could not stop Jaime, Dennis as well as their girls and guys from braving the cold to get some pictures. That is when you know you have an amazing group of people that you are sharing your day with. From Dad laughing and smiling seeing his daughter for the first time and what went on during the bridal party pictures, it was non stop laughs and smiles the entire day. Not only did I get to see the east coast one last time this year,but I also got to take in the most amazing view of NYC from The Chart House. Their reception was one of the most hoppin’ ones I have ever photographed .

I could not have done this day without my amazing second shooter Nick, and my assistant and third shooter, Katy.

Below are some of my favorites

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Danielle and Brian… what can I say? I don’t think I have texted back and forth with any other couple to the degree I did with these two lovebirds. By the time their wedding rolled around, I felt like I had known them for years. There’s something to be said when you can connect with a couple and know in your heart that not only is this is going to be an amazing wedding, but that you can see two people who are in every way possible, perfect for each other. Needless to say, they weren’t the only ones who went home with memories of a life time that night.

Below are a few of my favorites from their day. Mixed in, are my amazing second shooters work. Joe was with me this day and helped in so many ways and kicked butt getting some awesome shots.

Venue was : Nanina’s in the Park
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DJ: Tony Tee of SCE, my absolute favorite DJ! and his mixer ,Chris!
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If a 7 minute drive to bride prep wasn’t amazing enough, shooting at a hidden gem of a location for Lauren + Jason’s first look definitely took it up several notches. We started off at The Crowne Plaza in monroe, where I got to meet lauren and all her bridesmaids. I love going to bride prep not only because it’s one of the favorite parts of my day, but also because of the conversations I hear as well as the realness of what is about to happen later in the day starts to sink in. Like say when the matron of honor is helping the bride put on the shoes, and just starts to cry. And then those tears turn into laughter and it makes for some amazing moments to be captured. We then headed to their ceremony and reception venue called The Place on the Lake. If you have never been there, it is probably one of the most picturesque venues in New Jersey, and doesn’t look like your typical venue. If it were up to me, I’d be out there for days just shooting amongst the tall trees, but alas, it was time to get married and have a dance your pants off reception. What made this wedding special for me is how much I felt like part of the fam when leaving. Joking with the guests and taking their photos made for an even greater time. Below are a few of my favorites and would like to thank my second shooter, George, for coming with me and taking so many amazing images as well – some of his are mixed in with mine.

Enjoy!

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