Rockleigh Country Club, Rockleigh, NJ
Still catching up on last years weddings. Kim & Kyle had a beautiful fall day for their wedding. We met at Kim's parents home and then went out for some great photos around town capturing the beautiful fall colors. Kim even climbed a small mountain to get one of my favorite shots of the day. I think we spent more time pulling the bugs and leaves out of her dress than the time it took to climb the hill. But the shot was well worth it!! We hit a few more spots and then headed back to Rockleigh for a beautiful ceremony and party. The night was made complete from pine of the coolest thing I've ever seen at a wedding. All the guests were greeted by a candy truck loaded with candy and goodies for everyone. It was awesome!!! ANd now here's their story…
How We Met:
We were set up by my sister, whose husband played on the same hockey team as Kyle. She would often attend the games, and insisted that I come to one and meet him. So it was there at a hot, smelly hockey rink that we first met. We hit it off right away and from that moment on, we were inseparable. Kyle is sure to remind me that it all traces back to hockey when we are sitting home on a Saturday night watching a NY Rangers game (sorry Jeff).
We lived together at the time, and always came home from work together every day. When we walked in, I saw that there was a big box for me on the counter. I opened it, and it was the pocketbook I had been wanting. While I appreciated the surprise, I actually had a responsible moment and told Kyle it was unnecessary and that we should return it (first time that had ever happened)! Kyle managed to convince me to open it up and I found the ring hidden inside. After being in shock for what felt like an eternity, I said yes! Kyle managed to surprise me yet again that night, as we went out to dinner and he had my whole family waiting for us at the restaurant. It was such an amazing night and it couldn’t have gone any better!
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. We always talked about having a fall wedding, and we lucked out with amazing weather. The first time we walked into The Rockleigh, we knew it was our venue. Everything about the day was better than we could have ever imagined, made possible by all of those involved. It truly was my dream wedding! We want to thank Jeff for his amazing work capturing the memories that will be with us forever. Nobody else could get me to climb up a hill in my wedding dress in order to get a great shot. My mother is still yelling at me about having to pull all of those leaves and twigs out of my tulle. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Kim & Kyle
Grrrrr. Another Ranger fan. ;)
Thought these shoes was super cool.
It was so much fun as Kim was getting ready with her big sisters help.
Kim was great to photograph. So much fun.
Climbing the hill to get the shot. So worth it even with all the creepy crawlies and leaves and sticks and any other thing they picked up in Kim's dress. Sorry mom. :)
This is the shot we got. One of my favs. from the day.
The leaves were in full color.
The crazy candy truck.
I love when I get to travel to a location I have never been to before. It's always fun and challenging finding spots in places completely new. Myself and Craig, my assistant for the day, headed down to Baltimore for the afternoon to meet Brittany and Jared for their E Session. We had a great time just walking the streets of their neighborhood along the water. It really was a beautiful spot. The craziest thing was my couple Claudia and Jeff who's wedding I just photographed and blogged saw one of the images on a Facebook teaser and said they live just a few blocks from 'that location'. Turns out that both couples live in the same building!!! How crazy is that?!?! Small world. Jeff and Claudia meet Brittany and Jared. First round is on me. :)
Looking forward to seeing you both again on your wedding day next year.
Photographing Claudia & Jeff's day was like photographing old friends. I had captured Jeff's brother Steven and Larissa's wedding a couple of years and noticed a lot of familiar faces. I even had my old buddy Drew Noel assisting on this one. Bringing back good times.
Claudia and Jeff had their first reveal and the four of us headed over to Drew University for some time just for Claudia and Jeff. We then headed back to meet the family and bridal party to finish all the photos. They had a beautiful ceremony in the glass atrium and then one of THE MOST rocking' parties with non other than The Nerds playing. One of the best bands around. The dancing was insane!! Jeff even guest played 'Brown Eyed Girl' with the band as a special dedication to Claudia. They even had an oxygen bar!! What a night!!!! Good times were had by all!
Here is their story:
They met the old fashioned way, on match.com. After a few hilarious exchanges over email and eventually the phone, they met in person on New Year’s Day, 2011 at Michael Anthony's in Jersey City. They both knew from the first moment that there was something special there. They later moved into together in Jersey City and adopted a new member of their family, their turtle, Dixon. They’ve traveled the world together since meeting and are currently happily living in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Claudia and Jeff woke up early on their shared birthday and walked to their everyday breakfast place, Wonder Bagels. As Claudia waited at the table, tired and hungry, Jeff slipped their server the ring box to wrap up in wax paper, like a bagel, and place it in the bag.
Jeff walked over to Claudia and began to tell her how at 6am this was already an amazing birthday because they were together and he didn't want to spend another birthday without her for the rest of his life. He knew he’d catch her off guard so early in the morning.
Half asleep, she acknowledged Jeff as she simultaneously reached for the bagel in the bag. She began unwrapping it and by the time she realized it was a ring, Jeff was down on a knee asking her to marry him. What a great birthday surprise!
We couldn’t have asked for a nicer sunny, Spring Day. It was 62 degrees without a cloud in the sky. All events were held at the beautiful Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ. We exchanged vows in the glass Conservatory and rocked all night with The Nerds in the Grand Ballroom. All of our vendors were great - from the flowers, to the Oxygen bar, and of course Jeff and Drew.
We feel so lucky to have been able to celebrate with our closest 175 family and friends. Thank you to our parents, siblings, friends and family who were all such a big part of the Wedding and planning process! It was more than we ever hoped for.
“Well, I’ll never be a stranger and I’ll never be alone. Whenever we’re together, that’s my home.”
-You’re My Home by Billy Joel (Their Wedding Song)
You’re in amazing hands with Jeff. Enjoy the process, have fun, listen to his direction, and you’ll have priceless, unique pictures that you’ll cherish forever!
Claudia & Jeff
Claudia had custom made converses with her 'new' name on them. There was also an oxygen bar.
Jeff carried his pocket watch which was given to him by his brother Steve on his wedding day.
The bagel store where Jeff proposed to Claudia. They treated their guests bagels from here. ANd they were delicious!!!
Awesome first reveal!! Great moment.
Beautiful bride and equally beautiful person.
Claudia rockin' her session.
Drew captured this fun image of Jeff & Steven having a laugh with one of their crazy friends in the window.
Great bunch of guys.
The girls wanted one also.
The cute little flower girls.
The glass never had a chance. ;)
Love this image. Just so much happiness as they walk out together as husband and wife.
Great toasts with lot's of laughs.
This was fun. During Claudia and her dad's dance together dad picked her up and danced with her. Jeff thought it would be fun to pick mom up also.
Jeff doing his best Gene Simmons impersonation.Another great moment captured by Drew.
Claudia ran up to Jeff after he finished his rendition of Brown Eyed Girl he dedicated to her.
Classic.I liked the guy levitating on the right.
Great capture by Drew. Now that's how you get cake off your face.
Awesome time by all!
Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, NJ
Janelle and Matt had their wedding at the beautiful Pleasantdale Chateau. It was a perfect day for a wedding. We did all of Janelle and Matt's pictures before the ceremony which took place at a local chapel. They left enough time for us to photograph the bridal party and family shots before the cocktail hour started. They of course rocked the night away in a great celebration. Enjoy the pics!!
Here is their story:
How they met:
The day started out like any typical day for both of them, however, Janelle was new to working at the hospital where Matt was doing his residency. She found herself lost in the maze of the operating room hallways until she stumbled across a young guy in scrubs who seemed to know his way around. Matt, the gentleman that he is, recognized that lost look and swooped in for the rescue. He escorted Janelle to an office he’d never heard of, got her name, and learned where she worked. It took Matt several weeks to track down her email address and make contact. He obviously wanted to discuss her latest and greatest product. After a couple emails, a group dinner was arranged so Janelle could introduce a new product to the department. Matt was the first to arrive at the restaurant; and the two hit it off. From the first conversation of the night, to the drinks at Clydz afterwards, the conversation never dulled. Since that night, there hasn’t been a day they haven’t talked, even despite Matt’s move to South Korea with the military. Fate would have it that10 months later, Matt proposed to his princess.
The military separated us in July as Matt was moved to South Korea. After five long months of conversations throughout the day, the crazy time differences, difficulty getting reception on Skype, and little gift mementos traveling back and forth, I arrived in the icy cold of South Korea, where Matt was waiting for me in excitement. From handing out presents at a local orphanage, to Christmas in Cambodia, the trip was filled with loving excitement and adventure. On New Year’s Eve, our lives changed forever. We spent the day in Seoul exploring the local markets and taking in the Korean culture. Matt had secretly made dinner reservations atop the tallest hotel in the city. As we got ready for dinner at the elegant Ritz Carlton, I noticed a package lying on the bed. Thinking it was a picture frame, I excitedly ripped open a...scrapbook? My heart grew warmer and fluttered with each turn of the page. The first page was the date and events when our eyes first met. Other pages included adorable and thoughtful quotes that embodied love with pictures of our adventures together, friends, and family. As I flipped to the last page, I read the words I’ll never forget, "Will You Marry Me?" I looked over at Matt to find him on one knee, holding a stunning diamond ring, and whispering those sacred words of endearment, "Will you marry me?" With my new jewelry, we had an amazing dinner overlooking Seoul, which ended with fireworks and the start of 2013!!
I remember in 6th grade telling my mom that when I get married, it is going to be over Columbus Day weekend. I have always loved the Fall weather, and October was always my favorite time of year. Sure enough, October seemed to be the perfect month when it came to planning our wedding. We wanted an intimate wedding surrounded by our closest family and friends. While Matt was living in Germany and planning a surprise honeymoon, I was seeking out every venue and a wedding vendor in NJ to make our dreams come true. Timing is everything, and we secured the beautiful Pleasantdale Chateau for the Columbus Day weekend wedding I had always wanted.
Our wedding weekend was truly magical, a dream come true. Up until our rehearsal dinner, it had rained for days, but I knew it wasn’t going to last. Starting Friday, the weather was perfect; sunny, bright, and mid-60’s. The leaves on the trees had really brightened up by now, and the Pleasantdale Chateau grounds were beautiful with yellow, orange and red leaves. It was as picturesque as we could have hoped for. Sunday came, and the weather was no different. The whole weekend went by way too fast, but it was unforgettable, and we have the photos to prove it! Thanks Jeff!!
We want to thank all our vendors for making our dream into a reality. Special thanks to Jeff for exceptionally amazing photos that capture the memories that will last a lifetime, Kaan Tulgar Productions, for an outstanding video that gives me chills every time I watch the trailer, Sheri (Mon Sheri Bridal) for making me feel like myself and creating a style that was exactly what I had envisioned on my wedding day, Jon Budz (Elite Sound Entertainment) for getting everyone dancing all night, Danielle (Invitations by Danielle) for creating the invitations with simplicity and elegance to match our style, and Vito (The Potted Geranium) for the beautiful flower arrangements. Thanks all for creating our fairy tale wedding day.
I'm usually not a big fan of the dress hanging in window photo but I liked the composition of this one.
Janelle reading her card from Matt.
And the stylish purse she received as a gift. I think I overheard a couple of 'ohhh's and ahhh's' when she opened it so I think it was pretty expensive. ;)
Just thought this was a funny shot. Lot's going on.
Matt's cool cufflinks.
Matt's best man was his dad.
The next several were all captured around the Pleasantdale Chateau's grounds. LOve shooting around here!
Great toasts. Love Janelle's expressions in these.
Janelle and her sister dancing the night away.
Rockleigh Country Club, Rockleigh, NJ
Staci & Andrew had a beautiful day for their wedding. This was a fun one as Drew Noel Photography and I teamed up to capture the days events. We arrived at the hotel and split duties capturing Staci & Andrew's prep. They had a great first reveal while family and friends watched on from a distance.We then jumped in the car together and traveled to a few locations before heading back to Rockleigh to meet the bridal party and family. They had a rocking party and danced and celebrated the night away.
Here is their story:
How we met:
One day when Staci was at work, an email popped up on her screen from her friend Andrea, “Would it be OK if I give your number to this guy I work with? His name is Andrew and I think you two would be a good match.” Since Andrew worked with 2 of Staci’s close friends, and both vouched that he was a “great guy,” she agreed to the set up.
Their first date was at Pipa in NYC on 4/7/09. Ironically, April 7th is Staci’s parents anniversary and the date corresponds to Andrew’s lucky number since he was a little kid (47). On their 4 hour first date, Staci and Andrew realized they had a ton in common and had a connection instantly. Their relationship blossomed pretty quickly, and during a trip to Miami a few months later, Andrew walked Staci to the beach in front of the Loews Hotel (right where they stack the chairs every night) and told her that he loved her for the first time…
Fast forward to Labor Day weekend of 2012. Andrew was just about to start business school at NYU, and told Staci they should plan a long weekend before his schedule got crazy busy. They decided on Miami (it was their go-to long weekend away from NYC spot). When they checked into the Loews, there was a card waiting for Staci in their room “thanks for being such a great client, please enjoy a complimentary manicure and pedicure in the spa tomorrow.” “Hmmm, how nice,” Staci thought…it was after midnight and she was exhausted, but as she went to sleep that night her mind started reeling to a discussion that she had with Andrew a few years earlier when she joked “hey, when you decide to propose to me, make sure I have a fresh manicure.” Staci tried to just block out any thoughts…this was just a long weekend away from NYC, just like every other long weekend…
The next day, Staci and Andrew laid out by the pool, Staci went for her spa treatment, and when she got back to the room, Andrew said, “let’s go take a walk by the beach before dinner.” As they started walking towards the beach, Staci noticed Andrew seemed out of sorts, though he claims that he was cool and collected the entire time! They got to the beach, to that same exact spot in front of the Loews where the chairs were being stacked and Staci goes, “want to tell me you love me for the first time again?” This was something they did during every trip to Miami, so Andrew could anticipate it was coming. With that Andrew said, “Well, I wanted to take you to the very first place that I told you I love you as my girlfriend, because I want it to also be the last place I tell you I love you, as my girlfriend. I want to tell you I love you as something so much more…” With that, Andrew got down on one knee and proposed. After Staci dropped in the sand to give Andrew a huge hug, he whispered “oh, by the way, a photographer has been here the whole time snapping pictures behind a cabana.”
It truly was the most special proposal, Andrew literally thought of everything, leaving out no detail!
The wedding was on a picture perfect day in September. We got some amazing shots at some of the coolest locations - including some awesome barn/horse shots. The entire day was magical - and even though Staci and Andrew celebrated with 200 of their closest family and friends, it was apparent that they only had eyes for each other.
Lot's of details with this one.
Nice moment between grandma & Staci while she was getting ready for the day. Love capturing moments like this.
And all this time I thought plates were for eating. Who knew they were for covering your face? :)
Staci's sister Jamie capturing some key moments of the day.
It was a very busy suite with a lot going on. :)
Dad and Staci having a moment together.
Staci made Andrew a photo book of some of they moments together. Of course it had some awesome images form their E Session with Drew and I. (shameless plug)
Amazing capture by Drew of Andrew and his dad in a very emotional moment.
Here is their first reveal. So much fun as family and friends were looking on and showing their approval.
The next several were shot in different locations as Staci & Andrew rode along with us stopping at various places 'along the way'.
Staci looked beautiful and also chose not to wear a veil.
These next two are really special. You can almost feel Grandma's love for Staci in these pics as she looks on and listens to the blessings as Staci & Andrew become husband and wife.
Love capturing moments like this!
In Jewish ceremonies they are actually married before doing the ceremony in front of guests. Here the just finished signing the marriage license and the rejoicing begins.
Waiting for their cue to head out to the ceremony.
So much emotion...
Sharing of the wine.
Andrew reading his vows to his beautiful wife.
For photo geeks out there. Reflection was achieved by holding my iPhone under the lens.
The room decor at The Rockleigh.
They had a custom made cake topper that also included their pooch. Gotta' love dog people.
The grand entrance...
Some great toasts by family and friends.