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The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ
Funny story about Marisa & Brian's wedding I remember most was getting a call from Marisa about two weeks before her day. I was booked for Saturday & Sunday of her weekend. When she told me the date I was a little hesitant because of having to do three weddings in a weekend. But during our conversation I asked her "why she didn't have a photographer yet"? Her answer. "I haven't found the right one". Well how could I say no to that? And the rest they say is history. They had a beautiful day for their wedding. They chose to have a first reveal and what a great reveal it was. Brian was super excited as you can tell from the images below. They had their ceremony outside on the balcony of the beautiful Somerset Palace. They then had a rocking party that included a dress change for Marisa. Thank guys for a great Summer evening.
And now Here is their story:
New York, NY – June 8, 2011 Caribbean International Fashion Week; it was 7:00pm and the “Arena” had a full house. The energy was high and you could feel the electricity flowing through the air. The buildup for the show was nothing short of exciting but perhaps cupid was about to make a grand entrance.
Fast forward ahead it was now show time, lights, camera action! As Marisa graced the runway, Brian was lost in the moment and instantly there were only two people in the room. Marisa walking down the runway in slow motion and Brian was her greatest admirer and biggest fan. It was at that very moment, he heard a soft soothing voice, which he now knows was the voice of God; and He said “this is the woman you’re going to marry. You’re looking at your wife.” A mutual friend, Donn, who introduced the two the day before must have realized some supernatural force had overtaken Brian. Donn gave him a nudge. Brian looked over at his friend and saw that he was in utter laughter. It was suddenly apparent to them both; Brian was smitten for good.
Over the ensuing months an undeniable connection drew them into a friendship which eventually blossomed into an endless romance. They’d soon forget what life was like before meeting and hopelessly falling in love. The joy, passion and excitement they shared felt natural and destined to be. Marisa had been praying for God to send her a man who was charming, protective, and compassionate. One she could someday call her husband. She soon realized that Brian was the man she was waiting for all along. They dated for approximately two years and though the topic of marriage would come up from time to time Brian was able to pull off the surprise of a lifetime on March 21, 2014. On a surprisingly warm evening and with the sun setting over the beautiful New York skyline, the stage was set at the historic Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, New Jersey. It was at this otherwise unassuming place that Brian professed his unwavering love to Marisa on bended knee as he asked for her hand in marriage. In sheer surprise and with tears in her eyes Marisa happily said, “YES!”
One year and three months later, June 5, 2015, Brian and Marisa exchanged vows to seal their bond as husband and wife in an unforgettable ceremony before God, family and friends.
We were thrilled we had the privilege to work with Jeff. His high energy and creativity made our special day even more enjoyable and memorable. Jeff brilliantly captured our love behind the camera with stunning images we will cherish forever.
Marisa & Brian
Galloping Hills Golf Course, Kenilworth NJ
As I sit here thinking abut Abby & John's wedding on a mild but cold winter day I remember Abby & John's wedding being hot. Really hot. As a matter of fact one of their guests even fainted from heat exhaustion. But I have to give them props for dealing with it and having an amazing time. We stayed in the shade as much as possible. It was my first time at Galloping Hills and I loved it. Jennifer, the event co-ordinator at Galloping Hill was so helpful and that always makes the day and my job so much easier. Even when she looked at me and I could tell by her expression, she thought I was crazy as I asked Abby & John to climb a wall to get the silhouette in the post. The night was rocking all evening as Tony Tee, the amazing DJ from SCE had everyone up all night long. One of the highlites from the night was Abby taking lead vocals as her dad played guitar and she wowed family and friends and especially John belting out "you are the greatest thing to ever happen to me". Thank you Abby & John for a great day.
And now here is their story:
We are both teachers and in February 2009 a co-worker of John’s/mutual friend of ours told John that she knows his “future wife” and wanted to introduce us. A week after our first phone call, we went out on our first date for sushi and drinks and the rest is history. John proposed to me on our hotel balcony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July, 11, 2014.
We were first introduced to Jeff by my friend Kristina and we made an appointment with him as soon as we booked our venue. Beautiful and unique photographs were so important to us and after meeting with Jeff at his studio one afternoon, we booked him right away. In retrospect this was the best decision ever -our stunning photographs speak for themselves. WE LOVE JEFF!!
We got married at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, N.J. on August 15, 2015. This new venue had beautiful scenery and is meaningful for its location as my father plays golf there. The golf course offered a beautiful location for an outside ceremony. We were particularly excited about all of our guests riding down in golf carts to the ceremony location and us being able to drive away in the “just married” golf cart together. The cocktail hour and reception took place both indoors and out on the terrace and we had about 200 guests. We both have a huge love for music and it was very important to us so we booked live ceremony musicians (Julian Haltigan) and an awesome DJ (Tony Tee Neto from SCE event Group) to add to the fun.
One of our favorite things about our big day was doing the “first look” before the ceremony. It was so amazing and emotional to have some special alone time before all the events of the day and to take all of the artistic pictures we wanted. That part of the day sure got interesting in the 96 degree heat, especially with John's 9 Groomsmen and my 8 bridesmaids in tow… but we toughed it out!!
My father and I had planned a surprise performance for John at the reception where my dad played guitar and I sang. What an amazing experience and Jeff captured it all. Later on in the evening, Jeff took us outside onto this walkout bridge over the parkway where we got some pretty fantastic and unexpected night shots.
We really had the perfect day and the perfect photographs to remember them with.
*The Star Ledger also covered our event and highlighted Jeff’s amazing photography skills in their paper.
Abby & John-