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-
Rock Island Lake Club, Sparta NJ
Amy & Jeremy were a great couple who were up for anything. It was my first time at Rock Island Lake Club. I loved it. Of course the couple and their friends helped in making it such a great day. Even for a Thursday the guests rocked and danced the night away. The beautiful setting and weather allowed them to have a gorgeous lakefront ceremony. Thank you Amy & Jeremy for a great Summer evening.
And now here is their story.
Our story began when we met the summer before 8th grade! Jeremy was my first 'official' boyfriend. A few month later our relationship (ha!)
came to an end. We were so young that we never even got to share a first kiss! Both of our families moved, and we lost touch...
Jeremy was living in Portland, OR and fell in love with the city and lifestyle. He would have stayed in Oregon if it wasn't for a post he made on my
Facebook page on August 16, 2011. Jeremy posted his phone number on my wall and asked me to text him sometime.
My best friend Simona saw the post and asked me why some weirdo was posting his phone number on my Facebook wall! Lucky for me, I was curious
enough to text to say hello and catch up on the last 20+ years. A few texts turned into long phone calls, many Skype sessions.and several trips
across the county. I fell in love with Oregon, but since both our families were on the east coast, Jeremy decided to move back to NJ in April of 2012.
After a few years of dating, Jeremy proposed on Thanksgiving day 2014 right before dinner, and in front of my family. He interrupted right before we said
Grace and got on one knee to ask me if I would be Mrs. Karnai. I couldn't have been more excited. My engagement ring is extremely sentimental. Jeremy designed the ring using my mom's engagement diamond as well as incorporating my favorite color purple with additional amethyst stones set in the ring. My mom passed in 2001 of cancer, but I felt she was a part of our engagement in spirit. It was truly a day I will always be thankful for!
As any of our friends will share with you, we have opposite personalities. Jeremy is much more laid back that I am, as he is the Ying to my Yang. We wanted to find a venue and have a wedding day that had some traditional elements but also incorporated personality. We were so lucky to find a venue that
we both loved and allowed us to have a beautiful ceremony lakeside..Rock Island Lake Club. Next to find a photographer! After hours of research, I
stumbled upon Jeff's website. The pictures were gorgeous and after we met I knew that his ability to see things differently was a perfect match
to capture our day. Although I was hesitant, Jeff convinced me to do a first look for our wedding. I am so grateful he convinced me to do the first look.
It was such a special moment for us and it relieved the jitters I had before seeing Jeremy. I can remember being so excited to walk down to the alter and
being able to say our vows in front of our guests.
We truly had a perfect day and couldn't have been happier. The food, drinks and party were exceptional and being with our family and friends
was the best day of our lives. We look forward to years to come and hope to use Jeff to capture our memories.
Amy & Jeremy
Amy and Jeremy
The Ashford Estate, Allentown, NJ
I as really looking forward to capturing Hannah & Billy's day. From the good times we had during their E Session in Boston I knew these two were going be so great to capture. And it was. It was an absolutely perfect day. Even the weather was co-operating. It was calling for rain but instead just remained a little cloudy and 45 degrees. They said their vows to each other in the Ashford Barn decorated by Viburnum and Jasmine and her crew from This Moment Events. The Atomic Funk Project had everyone dancing the night away. Thank you Hannah and Billy for allowing me to be a small part of your big day. You guys rock!
And now here is their story:
Hannah and Billy met in the fall of 2012 when Hannah decided to run the Boston Marathon for the American Liver Foundation’s Run for Research Team. Billy, who had already been on the team for a year, was involved in organizing and promoting events to help out new runners. As they started attending the same events, and having breakfast with the team after Saturday morning runs, they became fast friends – eventually spending most of their time together. By the time the Boston Marathon came around in April 2013, they were basically inseparable.
Despite, the bombings at the marathon finish line, Hannah and Billy found the positive in the tragic events. Their bond had been solidified, and their lasting friendship-turned-relationship had become permanent. Hannah and Billy both knew that this was “the one.”
In January of 2015, Hannah and Billy enjoyed a family trip to Madrid, Spain. One rainy evening, the two went out for dinner, just the two of them. After dinner, they decided to take a walk through the market and back to their hotel. Despite Hannah’s best efforts to remain dry, Billy stopped in a small park behind the hotel and convinced Hannah to dance with him. The next thing she knew, Billy had gotten down on one knee and asked Hannah to spend the rest of their lives together. After shedding a few happy tears, she said “YES!” and they walked the rest of the way back to the hotel to celebrate with Hannah’s family.
One year and one day later, Hannah and Billy tied the knot at the Ashford Estate in Allentown, New Jersey. It was hands down the best day of both of their lives. From the 400 votive candles lighting up the barn for the ceremony, to the 11-piece band that kept the dance floor packed, to the rocking after party, the day was perfect from beginning to end. They would both do it again in a heartbeat!
Jeff and his assistant, Jim, were amazing from the moment they got there. They were incredibly professional, accommodating and patient. Jeff captured every moment of the day that the couple could have asked for and his creativity and eye for beauty cannot be matched. Jeff is all-around best in class and there is absolutely no one that they would have rather had capturing their special day.
Thank you so much Jeff!!!!!
Hannah & Billy
Venue: The Ashford Estate
Hair & Makeup: Hot Mess Studio
Music: Atomic Funk Project
Food: Merri Makers
Wedding Planning: This Moment Events
After Party Food: Oink & Moo
Dress: Vera Wang
Trying to get back on track after a very busy and great 2015. The wedding season began right away into 2016. Literally. New Years Day was the day Melissa and Anthony chose for their day. They chose the beautiful Palace at Somerset Park. Thank you so much Melissa and Anthony for making me feel so welcome. I truly felt like I was capturing a friends wedding. It was also nice to start the year off with Peter and his crew from PF Films
Here is their story:
It was August 2009 when I had the very pleasure of meeting my now husband, Anthony. It was a very brief meet on a mutual friends back deck. Little did I know I had just met the man I would spend the rest of my life with five years later! Anthony and I had established a very good friendship. I would actually consider it a best friend level. I had just moved to a new town and befriended pretty much everyone he grew up with (including the two girls weddings I was in Heather & Tiffany). We were inseparable. We did everything together. What I actually find funny is Anthony and I were anti relationships and marriage at that point in our lives. Sooner or later we found ourselves sneaking off at parties for make out sessions haha!
October 10, 2010 at a party called "Celebration of Life" Anthony and I made it official. He moved in with me and we had begun the next five years of our lives together. Through good and bad, happy and sad, we created a life of our own.
On November 29, 2014 guess who got down on one knee!! We went to Newport, Rhode Island with two other couples the day after Thanksgiving. What a blast! And those Lobster Rolls, OMG. Anyway, we did three mansion tours that day. It's actually funny because on the second mansion tour, I got down on one knee (jokingly) and "fake proposed" to Anthony. He immediately grabbed me and stood me up SO embarrassed and flustered which I found strange because when I usually make an ass out of myself he laughs about it. (It makes sense now) An hour later at our last mansion tour called The Breakers Mansion, Anthony got down on one knee on the back terrace at the end of tour and proposed to me in front of loads of people. It was the best feeling I had ever felt. I'll never forget that moment.
An entire year of planning and creating this vision of the perfect wedding finally came true on January 1, 2016. We started the new year as husband and wife It was THE BEST DAY of my life. Everything about our wedding day was perfect in every way. Jeff made us feel so comfortable and we couldn't be any more thankful to have had the opportunity of a lifetime to work with him. (I stalked his pictures for two full years) LOL
We love you Jeff. You are a true inspiration and talent. Even though I couldn't really get my body into certain poses because of my back, I still felt like a rocking bride filled with so much excitement all because of you. Thank you for capturing our Happy New Year!
All our love,
Melissa & Anthony Illiano
One of my favorite moments for me personally has become a 'first reveal' with dad. One of the most emotional moments of the day.