Best of Couples 2014/NJ Wedding Photographer

This was a lot of fun putting together and also a little challenging. So many amazing couples make for so many amazing images. It was hard to choose just one favorite from all of them. Thank you all my couples for allowing me to capture their day of days!!

Here are my favorites in no particular order:

Tiffany & Doug The Madison Hotel, Morristown, NJ

Lindsay & Michael Windows on the Water, Sea Bright NJ

Ashleigh & James Gansevoort Hotel, NYC

Kristy & Stephen Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge, Warren, NJ

Melanie & Til Crystal Plaza, Livingston, NJ

Cynthia & Dan Marquand House Princeton, NJ

Allison & Jay Lambertville Inn, Lambertville NJ

Lauren & Michael The Ashford Estate, Allentown NJ

Lauren & Steven Vala Maison, Tewksbury NJ

Gillian & Steven Oheka Castle, Huntington NY

Marissa & Jerry Bonnet Island Estate Manahawken NJ

Elena & Johan West Mountain Inn, Arlington Vermont

Kristina & Curtis Crystal Springs Lodge, Hamburg NJ

Ashley & Brad Chateau La Mer, Lindenhurst NY

Brooke & Ryan The Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Warren NJ

Brogan & Marc Gotham Hall, Manhattan NY

Claudia & Jeff The Madison Hotel, Morristown NJ

Erin & Michael Maritime Parc, Jersey City NJ

Jackie & Shaun Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Warren NJ

Julianna & Joe Normandy Farm, Blue Bell PA.

Kelly & James Plainfield Country Club, Edison NJ

Linsey & Nick The Park Savoy, Ridgedale NJ

Katelyn & Tal Holly Hedge Estate, New Hope PA.

Morgan & Chris Mallard Island Yacht Club, Manahawken NJ

Lauren & Michael Jericho Terrace, Mineola NY

Nicole & Nicholas Down Town Club, Philadelphia PA.

Jamie & Cyril Mirage, Edison NJ

Nicole & Josh Hyatt Morristown, Morristown NJ

Brooke & Drew Jasna Polana, Princeton NJ

Natalia & David The One and Only West Mount Country Club, Woodland Park NJ

Regine & Jeff Tribeca Rooftop, Manhattan NYC

Samantha & Charles Mayfair Farms, West Orange NJ

Tanya & Jonathan Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Warren NJ

Stefanie & Michael Rockleigh Country Club, Rockleigh NJ

Jessica & Patrick Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Warren NJ

Evelyn & Ari Crystal Plaza, Livingston, NJ

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Brooke & Drew/Jasna Polana Wedding Photographer

Jasna Polana, Princeton, NJ

When Adrienne and I arrived at Jasna the weather was looking a bit 'iffy' for Brooke and Drew's big day. Luckily while they were both preparing for their first reveal the sun poked out from the clouds. It was pretty amazing timing because almost to the minute we finished shooting it started raining again. All the away to the church entrance to the church exit. But by the time we got back to Jasna it stopped again. Want to give a huge thank you to Brooke & Drew's bridal party for braving the master tub in the master suite. Check it out below. It also won a Fearless Photographers award.I wonder if it's the first time 13 people were all in it at once. Great people, great location, great party make for great images!!! Thank you guys for an amazing time.

Here is the team Brooke and Drew put together for their day:

Band- Lost In Paris
Hair- Nuvo Beauty Lounge
Make-Up- Nicck Townsend via Mack Stylist
Videographer- McKenzie Miller Films
Floral, Decor, Linens, Fabric Draping- Janet's Weddings and Parties
Save the Dates, Invitations, Day of Printed Materials- LoveLeigh Invitations
Reception Lighting- Fennelli Design

Here is their story:

How We Met:
I'm sure a lot of couples meet at work. Drew and I are no different, in that yes, we met at work. However, the circumstances around our meeting are probably different than most couples. I was the HR person that interviewed Drew when he came in for an interview (granted I was just the first interviewer, not the decision-maker or his future boss). Drew got hired for the job, and being new to the NYC area (he's originally from Philadelphia, and yes we're a Devils fan and a Flyers fan under one roof) would frequently ask me about places to go for happy hour, and would ask me if I wanted to go with him. We eventually started dating and were able to put our differences in sports teams aside, and 3.5 years later we were engaged.

Our Engagement:
Throughout the time we dated we had gone to Atlantic City several times. We always had a great time when we went. One particular time we won a bunch of money at roulette, stayed an extra night and spoiled ourselves with massages at the Water Club the next day. The Water Club has a gorgeous spa on the top level of the hotel with panoramic views of the ocean. One day Drew had asked me a few weeks in advance to go to Atlantic City for the weekend. At first I didn't think this was anything out of the ordinary. Then I asked him if he wanted me to make dinner reservations (the planner in me), he kept insisting he make the plans. So I knew something was up and I thought...maybe an engagement? The weekend comes around and we arrive on a Friday night. We both exhausted from the work week so we have some dinner and drinks, hit the casino for a little and go to bed. The next morning while Drew was in the shower, I made a point to snoop around to see if I could find a ring. I couldn't find one. Then being somewhat pouty, we go downstairs for brunch and Drew mentions he'd been trying to get us massage appointments but that it was short notice so we'd have to go up to the spa and talk to them in person. Already a few Bloody Mary's into my day I keep questioning why this can't just be done over the phone. We get up to the spa and it turns out there was no availability for a massage (or so I thought) and we go back down to the room. Before I know it Drew is down on one knee with the ring. I come to find out he wanted to propose in the spa by the big glass windows overlooking the ocean, but he was weirded out by the amount of people in robes sitting in the area that he planned on proposing. Drew had also invited our immediate family and close friends to AC for the weekend, so after we had dinner with just the two of us he took me to one of the bars in the hotel where our friends and family were waiting to party until the early hours of the morning.

The Wedding:
We were married on September 13, 2014. Drew's parents were married in September and mine were married on the 13th of April. So we sort of combined their wedding dates to get our own. We had a traditional church wedding at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Trenton, NJ. Our reception was held at Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ. It was so great to finally see how over a year of planning had come to life. We wanted our wedding to feel elegant but yet personal. There were napkins with fun facts about us, a pierogie station to pay tribute to my Polish heritage, and we had displayed photos of our parents and grand parents weddings in the cocktail hour space. It rained on our wedding day, but Jeff was still able to get great shots of us outdoors, we were even able to do our first look outside. To those on the fence about a first look- DO IT! It takes any nerves away, and you still get those butterflies when you walk down the aisle. Because we did the first look we were also able to get in extra shooting time with just us and Jeff. Also a word to any future Tisman couples out there-if Jeff suggests something that may seem a little wild...GO FOR IT! I cannot tell you how many compliments we've received on our photos, especially the one of all 13 of us in the bathtub in the Jasna bridal suite. The day was everything we could've hoped for and so much more, we were so thankful to be surrounded by such wonderful people who traveled near and far (special shout out to my Matron of Honor who traveled from Florida two weeks after giving birth to her first child) to celebrate with us.

Thanks-
Brooke & Andrew

Brookes shoes with some old world charm.

Loved this little flower girl. So much personality.

Brooks brides maids reaction to Drew letter to Brooke.

Right when we got this image it started pouring!! We were able to get off about four shots before we were all running for cover.

One of my ALL TIME favorite bridal party images. This one also won a Fearless Photographers award.

Did I mention how great these two are? Love when my couples can have some fun on their wedding day.

Dad giving Brooke a kiss just before they walked up the aisle together.

Wooo Hoo!! In the back of the church as their bridal party was about to greet them.

The rain was pouring down as we left the church. But Drew the gentleman that he is held the umbrella for Brooke the entire time. ;)

Loved the ceiling at Jasna.Cool way to incorporate it.

The beautiful entrance to the reception room.

Always time for a selfie.

Grand'ma dancin' the night away. :)

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:55PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

Best of Brides 2014

Here are my favorite images of my brides for 2014. This is my first time making a 'Best Of' the year post. There are 36 of the most amazing beautiful brides on the planet. If I do say so myself. I love how each one really has their own look. I'll be making a "Best of Couples" next.

Lindsey & Nick, The Park Savoy Estate, NJ

The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ

Lindsey & Nick had a beautiful day in July. Weather was perfect. The day started at Lindsey's home with her and the girls getting ready. We then headed to the church for the ceremony. We stopped in downtown Flemington for some shots around town before heading over to The Park Savoy for a rocking evening.
Here is their story:

How We Met:
Lindsey and Nick met at Albany Medical Center when Lindsey was a fourth year medical student and Nick was an Orthopaedic Surgery intern.  Two of Lindsey's friends were Nick's medical students on his MICU rotation.  They arranged for Lindsey and Nick to meet at Graney's, a favorite Albany Med hangout!
The Proposal:
Nick surprised Lindsey with a weekend trip to New York City on Friday, April 5th, 2013.  As soon as they entered their room at the W Hotel, Nick popped the question, and Lindsey of course said yes!  Nick had a fun-filled weekend planned, including seeing a Broadway show and arranging a surprise dinner with their families. 
The Wedding:
Lindsey and Nick exchanged vows on July 20th, 2014 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the church that Lindsey’s family has belonged to for many years. After searching various wedding venues throughout New Jersey, Lindsey fell in love with The Park Savoy Estate located in Florham Park, NJ. An elegant mansion nestled on beautiful grounds not too far from Lindsey’s hometown, The Park Savoy was the perfect setting for Lindsey and Nick’s wedding reception. The wedding day and entire weekend were absolutely perfect with gorgeous weather, delicious food and drinks, a fantastic band, and an unforgettable celebration with all of our closest family and friends!!

One of the snacks Lindsey & Nick gave out was popcorn. Loved how the wording worked out with the rings.

Photography is all about story telling. One of the things as photographers is we need to be observant about our surroundings to tell that story. It is of Lindsey getting ready at her mom's home she grew up in. The picture on the wall is her graduation photo. This plays with the fact that you don't see her face as she gets ready for another milestone in her life, her wedding day. It's funny when I walk into people's home's and wander around their homes they often ask 'Do you need anything?". I just say "no thank you. Just looking"
So if your a future bride and you see me wandering around your house now you know why. (Please inform your parents.)

Lindsey's dad was with her on this day also.

Loved the shadows and feeling of this image of Nick.

Mom was beaming as her and Lindsey walked up the aisle together.

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Joey supplied the bubbles for the Lindsey & Nick.

Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 04:47PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

Elena & Johan/West Mountain Inn, Arlington Vermont

West Mountain Inn, Arlington, Vermont

Dan & I headed up to beautiful Vermont for Elena & Johan's big day. It was perfect weather and an even more perfect setting amongst the green mountains. Elena & Johan along with their family and friends were such a pleasure to photograph. The whole day was so relaxed and just good energy. Exactly what you would think and expect from a Vermont wedding.
Here is their story:

How we met:

We met when we were young professionals working in Washington, DC. We both worked for think tanks where the young people from both organizations would always socialize together. As a result, we were friends for a long time before we began dating. Over time, we moved in together, adopted a cat together, weathered each other's graduate school experiences, and began planning for the future.

The Proposal:

We decided together that we would get married, although Johan still had a proposal planned. He is from Sweden, and in December 2012 we traveled to Stockholm to begin a Christmas trip to visit his family and friends. The funny thing is that Johan was doing work in Africa the week before the trip, and so he didn't feel comfortable traveling so much with the ring. So Elena carried it with her to Sweden! He booked a beautiful hotel room right on the water in Stockholm. After his proposal, we met friends in the hotel lobby for some champagne, and then went out dancing all night long! The whole city was decorated so beautifully for Christmas -- it was wonderful.

The wedding:

There was no question that we would get married in Vermont. Elena's parents' vacation home is one of our favorite places, and the wedding was the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together in such a beautiful place. We were so pleased to find out that a lot of people followed our suggestions and went out hiking, kayaking, and swimming that weekend! So many of Johan's friends and family traveled from Sweden for the occasion, and so we really tried to incorporate some Swedish traditions into the event, including having two close friends as Toastmasters, Schnapps toasts, and other fun things. The officiant was our close friend that brought everyone to tears. The wedding weekend had perfect weather, with blue skies breaking over the mountains just after the ceremony. The people, the location, the flowers, the music: everything was perfect. We wish we could do it all over again!

Elena & Johan

Mom helping Elena put the finishing touches on.

In the next two images you'll see my army of photographers I travel with. This assures me of NEVER missing a shot. Now if I can only get them to put their phones down and use the cameras I taught them on... ;)

Dad's reveal seeing his beautiful daughter as a bride for the first time.

The next several images were all shot on the beautiful grounds of the Inn.

What a spot for a wedding!!

The reception was held in a restored barn.

Elena getting ready for a crazy night of dancing. :)

Their first dance which also included the parents.

Classic hora festivities.

I think Johan's dad had the best time of all. :)

There were lots of speeches of love through the night.

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:42PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment