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Abby & John/Galloping Hills Golf Course

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-

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 01:39PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

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