Wedding

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
(Wonderful grounds where we did all the bridal party and formal pictures)
DJ: Tony Tee of SCE, my absolute favorite DJ! and his mixer ,Chris!
(Everybody was dancing all night)

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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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Every so often a wedding comes by, that you can’t wait to photograph. This was one of them. It rained the morning of,which I wasn’t worried about in the least bit as I knew it wouldn’t be a factor to decide if the wedding was going to be amazing, which it was. And the lack of worry paid off as it was sunny for the rest of the day. I showed up to where Tara was getting ready and immediately started photographing the details. It’s at that moment I wish I had a recorder on me. Her bridal party was amazing and am still laughing to myself about some of the things I heard. What I didn’t know was Matt’s side of the bridal party was quite similar. Needless to say, it made our job that day , that much more enjoyable. We headed to a little park near the venue, which didn’t look like much from the outside, but had a treasure trove of amazing spots to photograph and keep cool as the temperature rose. From there we headed over to Windows on the Water for ceremony and reception. All in all, it was a great day spent with great people .

 I also got to work with one of my favorite people in this world, Erin, whom we have photographed more weddings together than I can count. Her images are mixed in with mine and was an invaluable asset that day.

Enjoy!

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I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting with Virginia + Trevis , talking about the details of their day. What I didn’t expect was how moved I would be, seeing how much in love they were. I want to fast forward to the ceremony, because that’s where the good stuff is. As I was walking around, it got to the point in the ceremony where it was time to recite each other’s vows. The amount of emotion that washed over Trevis was so intense, he was moved to tears. There is something to be said when a man loves a woman so much the emotion wells up in him to reach that point. It was as if at that very moment, everything stood still. You can’t help but be in awe when you witness a moment like this. But it didn’t stop there! There were also very moving and funny speeches during the reception that made me feel like I wasn’t among strangers, but more of amongst family and friends. Everything was held at the Oceano Hotel and loved the venue so much, I want to go back and stay there!

I want to thank Tara, my second shooter for being amazing and
Dj  Aaron of ImageSource Entertainment, for playing such good music and getting everyone up and dancing!


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I’ve written and re-written this post so many times, I think I am getting carpal tunnel.But no fear, that’s a good thing. This wedding has so much depth , meaning and personal feelings, it’s hard to find the words to attach to it. It’s like, where do you even begin?

 Do you mention how you’ve known them for years? Or the fact you’ve worked with Mike, on event  after event when he was the MC at a wedding and you were the photographer? Or perhaps that time Steph was in the bridal party of her friends wedding you photographed and now that role is reversed?

Those are all good ways, but to be honest, I just plain love this couple. Our friendship  is the kind where you just get each other. Things just make sense, just like Steph and Mike… they just make sense. Two selfless people coming together and making it official . Which, anyone who knows them, has been written in the stars for years.So much so , you can’t remember a time before it.

It’s a truly rare and wonderful thing to witness two people come together with as much love and reverence for one another as these two have for each other.

Steph and Mike:

Thank you for allowing Dave, Nick and I to be a part of your day and sharing in all the moments that transpired in between 

( their images are mixed in with mine )

I also want to give a huge shoutout to Windows on the Water for being so helpful and making sure everything ran smoothly
And Sounds to Go, for getting everyone up and dancing – but when the groom is the owner, it’s kind of expected it will be amazeballs

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If Jessica and Mike’s wedding was any precursor to how the year is going to go, then they set the bar wayyyy high. It was my first wedding of 2015 and what a way to kick it off. I met Mike when we worked an event together a few years ago where he was the DJ.Since then, we have stayed in contact and I was honored when he asked me to photograph his wedding. Mike and I have the same sense of humor so I knew it was gonna be an amazing day, and was not disappointed when the time for these two lovebirds to get hitched came around. Everything was perfect.We had an amazing time not only at Monmouth University for portraits and bridal party pictures, but their reception  at Buona Sera Palazzo was nothing like I’ve ever seen! Mike’s company, Posh Entertainment, had everyone on the dancefloor all huge LED panels, a gun that shot smoke and even someone freestyling for the guests… by the end of the day I couldn’t stand up straight I was so exhausted from having so much fun! Josh came along with me this day and his pictures are mixed in with mine.

we also got to work with the cinema team,LVL13, who did an amazing same day edit , which you can see here

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Dress and Jewelry –  IdoIdoNJ


Jess’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid’s dresses – Hollywood Bridal

Mother’s Dresses – Say I Do Bridals

All of the Men’s tuxedosHollywood Tuxedos

 

 

  1. Tim G said:
    Your work just gets better and better every time I see it. Beautiful wedding... Well done sir.
    May 22, 2015  7:47 pm
  2. John said:
    thank you!
    May 22, 2015  7:49 pm

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I have been sitting here trying to find ways to summarize 2014 in a blog post, and am at a loss for words. This year marked more destination weddings in one year than I have ever done ( one being my best friends wedding! ). I also opened a family session addition to my business which has been absolutely amazing. I absolutely love taking family portraits of families and children. I found it to be a natural progression between engagements and weddings. I now get to see their lives grow with the addition of children as well as get the opportunity to document other families as well. With 2014 coming to a close, 2015 will bring with it a new set of challenges and changes I am looking forward to embracing. I am taking the plunge and moving to California and hopping back and forth between coasts to expand my business. I am already in anticipation of all the amazing things I will see and lives I will be a part of this year. Below are some of my favorite images from this year, and am honored and overjoyed with all those I got to spend time with on the happiest moments of their lives, as well as all the vendors I got to work with as well!

Thank you again for all that made this guy feel swell by having me at your event!

( insert heavy sobbing noise here )

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  1. jaye kogut said:
    Awesome awesome awesome. Love that you are doing more family sessions these days. They really stand out. Going to miss you when you leave NJ...
    January 4, 2015  7:07 pm
  2. Cassi Claire said:
    Love love love!!! Such amazing compositions! So unique and beautiful! Those black & whites are to die for!! :)
    January 4, 2015  11:20 pm
  3. John said:
    Thank you so much!
    January 4, 2015  11:34 pm

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I first met Lindsey and Steve when I did their engagement session some months back, in the lovely Asbury Park… Fast forward some time and if the fun we had on their session, was any inclination of what was in store for their wedding, I knew it was going to be a good time. There is something to be said when you show up to bride prep and see photos you’ve taken of the family hanging on the wall, and you realize you aren’t walking into someone’s house, you are being welcomed into a home. Having gone to school with them growing up, and seeing how time comes full circle, kind of imparts a little something while you are taking the photos. This wedding was my last one of the year and honestly, I could not have wished for a more pleasant day. I also got to work with my very best friend in the world who was the DJ!

Jay Thomson of Elite Entertainment provided the tunes that got everyone dancing, and my buddy Cliff Cooper was second shooting. His images are mixed in with mine. The reception was held at Laurita Winery

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Within the first 5 minutes of showing up to bride prep, I instantly bonded with Ashley and the bridal party… I knew from that point on the day was gonna be amazing. The reason I knew it was gonna be amazing is because I was given freedom. Freedom you say? Meaning – It was a little damp out, with the possibility of rain looming in the distance. Ashley did not care. If it meant getting the dress wet or whatever, she didn’t mind… It was all about the imagery. When someone throws everything to the wind and allows you to do what you to the extent you can, it always, always, always makes for better images. This was proven when we were just about to do the first look outside. Christopher was waiting, Ashley came up behind him and  immediately a wave of emotion came over Ashley.It says something when the thought of seeing her soon to be husband, Christopher, moved her to tears. The day went on, we had a blast, so much so I could hardly walk when I got home from dancing along with the family and guests. Thank You Ashley and Christopher for making me feel like such a part of the family on your special day! Below are a few of my favorites

I was associate shooting for the lovely, effervescent, beautiful, other worldly Erin H. Photography
Second shooter was the always amazing Rita
The sounds were provided by the fantabulous crew( Mike, Anthony, Ben ) at Sounds To Go
Planning & Design: Melissa Loiacono  of  Jenny Orsini Events

Floral design : A Touch of Elegance

Vintage Rentals: Jennifer Mitschele

Stationery: Jar of Ideas

Makeup: Adhari Edwards of Gloss and Shadow

Their ceremony and reception were at the  Rose Bank Winery.

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I cannot begin to tell you how much this sign is needed, wanted, wished for on every wedding. It’s great when I am photographing when I can see a vast majority of faces, and not the backs of iPhones/iPads/ other cameras… The guests were all present in the moment and got to enjoy the festivities. If this was at every one of my gigs, I would be one happy camper.

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  1. Patty said:
    The pictures are stunning and truly capture the essence of two people so in love. Beautiful♡
    November 23, 2014  12:50 pm

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