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The Park Savoy Estate, Florham Park, NJ
Annie & Andrew had a beautiful Spring day for their wedding. Although it was a bit windy and chilly it didn't stop them at all from enjoying their day. They had a beautiful ceremony at Holy Family Chapel at St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. They were later joined at The Park Savoy for a rocking party led by NYC Swing. They were AMAZING!! Their cinematographer is one of my favorites led by Glen of Cord 3 Films. Annies flowers were created by Santos Florist.
And now here is their story:
How We Met
Andrew and Annie met the old fashioned way: in a bar!
With no social media, internet, or mutual friends involved, Andrew simply walked up to Annie at a bar in Hoboken and introduced himself. After spending a short time getting to know one another, they made a point to reconnect the next day to see if the connection they felt was real, or a result of one-too-many beers! ...Needless to say, the rest is history!
How He Proposed
If it's one thing Andrew has always known about Annie, it's that she is impossible to surprise. So as they began talking about a pending engagement, Andrew knew he wanted to do something that Annie would never suspect - and he nailed it!
Growing up, Andrew and his family would spend part of their summers at their Grandmother's lake house in Rangeley, Maine, a place that is very dear to Andrew's heart. As they got on the road to tackle the seven hour drive from Hoboken, Annie had no idea that her engagement ring was safely nestled in Andrew's pocket.
When they were about an hour outside of Rangeley, Andrew suddenly shouted out that they had a flat tire and needed to pull over. Of course, Annie immediately turned to call Triple A for help when Andrew pleaded with her to get out of the car to look at the tire. In the midst of all the excitement, Annie didn't realize that they were pulled over at the side of a beautiful river with wild flowers and trees because she was trying to get cell phone service. Once Andrew got down on one knee to "look at the tire," he held his hand out with the ring box and asked Annie to be his wife - truly the most unexpected and happiest moment of her life.
...And he did it...he actually surprised her!
Annie & Andrew
When at a wedding I am constantly aware of light and shadows. While Dan (my assistant) and I were looking for a spot to capture Annies details I happened upon a staircase. You can call it luck or timing but there it was. A beam of sunlight coming down through the window. One of my favorite wedding 'details' to date.
Love this image of Annie getting ready. Hair flying and all. The dress is a reflection in my I Phone.
Opening her gift from Andrew.
One of the cute flower girls.
Annie and mom having a laugh while getting ready.
Annie looked beautiful.
Their pooch met us at St. Elizabeth for some pre-pics.
Annie entering the church surrounded by the love of her dad around her and in her heart. She carried a photo of him on her bouquet.
Love this image of the flower girl softly smiling as she watched Annie & Andrew exchange vows.
I don't usually take images like this but the light was magical on them.
My favorite image from the day.
A little sampling of the fun.
The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ
I am very excited to get the 2015 wedding season started. And of course Ashley & Ryan were the perfect couple to begin with. Ashley looked gorgeous with her hair and make-up applied by "I DO" make up artists.. They had a beautiful late winter day with a little chill but not so much that we couldn't get outside for some photos. Their ceremony was held inside the Park Savoy followed by a rocking party by So Good Entertainment. The cinematography was captured by Art at Northeast Horizons. The room was decorated beautifully by Santos Florist. And I also have to give a big thank you to my amazing assistant Adrienne who even strut her stuff on the dance floor with one of the groomsmen. A great night of fun had by all!! And now here is their story:
Our story: We met in 2009 over Memorial Day Weekend in Manasquan, NJ at The Osprey (local bar). We were both there visiting friends who were renting shore houses for the weekend. Our groups of friends both ended up at the bar, we made eye contact a few times in the beginning of the night, and after a couple drinks, Ryan approached me. We talked for a little and found out we lived close to each other back home, so we exchanged numbers and said we’d meet up again. Two weeks later, we had our first “date” (drinks at a local bar….see the theme here!). We talked for five hours and stayed until they kicked us out of the bar. We both knew then that there was something special…we talked about everything…friends, travel, funny stories, family, jobs, music, jokes…and found out we had a ton in common. We went on a few more casual dates and eventually things fell into place and it got more serious. Fast forward almost five years…the proposal! In late December 2013, we headed up to Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ for what was supposed to be just a little getaway. We got awesome massages, walked around the lodge and had some drinks, went for a delicious dinner, and then Ryan took me through a mini-tour of the private wine cellar. I had no suspicions whatsoever! We were marveling at all the amazing wines they had, and I turned around to say something and Ryan was down on one knee. It was so romantic and we were so excited. We spent the next few hours celebrating and calling family and friends to tell them the awesome news. Soon thereafter, we started planning what would end up being the most amazing day of our lives! The Big Day: In one word, the day was PERFECT! We were married Friday, March 13, 2015. No superstitions here! We were very lucky with the weather…it was a little chilly for pictures outside (Jeff was sweet and let Ashley wear his coat between takes!)…but overall a really nice day for mid-March.
Jeff and Adrienne were awesome from the moment they arrived. They captured all the “musts” and everything in between. We had a first look before we were actually married at the ceremony, and definitely recommend couples consider doing this! It did not take away anything from the ceremony itself, and it was so exciting having that special moment with each other and no one else. You really do forget there are photographers and videographers around! It’s true what everyone says about the day going so quickly, so having those few minutes together, especially after a morning of exciting buildup, was really fun. We had a blast doing all different pictures with Jeff & Adrienne…indoors, outdoors, serious, goofy, romantic, intense, and playful. We can’t wait to pour over them with our family and friends, who helped make the day as special as it was. During our very first meeting with Jeff, he asked that if we chose him as our photographer, we had to put our trust in him and be open to any ideas he came up while shooting on our wedding day. Seeing the quality of his work and knowing the experiences our friends had, we didn’t have to think twice about that request. We let him do his thing and couldn’t be happier with the results. All we can say is trust him, he knows what he’s doing! Thank you again Jeff & Adrienne, you guys rock! Thanks for being a part of our day and capturing all the moments we will cherish forever.
Ashley & Ryan
Ashley & Ryans reveal.
Ashley was so much fun to capture. The grounds of the Park Savoy are a photographers dream even with all the still snow outside most of the property.
Loved the way Ryan entered the room. This is the way you do it. Enjoy every moment.
Adrienne caught some great moments during the reception. What a great party!