I have to say this years "season" has been great. Awesome couples and amazing weather. Carla & Aaron certainly fit that. I really got to know them from our E Session in Brooklyn NY. I knew from spending a few hours with them their day was going to be great. Over the year Carla and I become good "Facebook" buds. Anyway as with pretty much all my couples I felt like I was photographing a friends wedding.
We met at the hotel as they were both preparing for the day. After one of the best first revel's ever we headed out to an abandoned old house Carla & Aaron found and then out to Kips Castle. We met up with the rest of the bridal party here also. Then we all headed to the Richfield Regency for a beautiful traditional Jewish Ceremony and of course dancing & partying the night away. I also want to thank TJ & Austin from Blush Events for the "day of" co-ordinating and keeping us all on time throughout the day! Thanks guys!
Here is their story.
We met in 2009 when we both worked as Assistant District Attorneys at the Brooklyn DA's Office. We became fast friends, bonding over the New York Yankees and delicious, cold, domestic, light beer. After we watched the Yankees become the 2009 World Series Champions together, we stayed good, platonic friends for a year and a half before Aaron wised up and hit on me. We knew it was right, and then things moved quickly...
Just seven months later, on the fourth night of Hanukkah, we had plans to take the train from NYC to Aaron's parents' house in NJ to make potato latkes before driving to the Jersey Shore to spend Christmas weekend with my family.
I gave Aaron his Hanukkah present -- a Yankees key chain / nail clipper / bottle opener -- and we left the apartment. While he was wowed and impressed by such a versatile tool, Aaron would not be outdone by that incredible gift. Directing me to walk down West 45th Street to "catch a cab to Penn Station," Aaron pointed to the street where a limo was parked. The limo driver was holding a sign that said "The Future Mrs. Carla Karp." Aaron got down on one knee on the sidewalk and beautifully proposed. I'm not crazy or stupid, so of course I said YES! After we popped a bottle of Dom, the limo whisked us away to Aaron's parents' house where we made delicious latkes. Then we drove down the shore to Carla's parents' house, blasting Jimmy Eat World on the Garden State Parkway.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. After four days of rain and temperatures in the 40s, we were greeted by sunny skies and warm weather for our special day. It was by far the best day of our lives and exceeded every expectation that we had. In fact, Aaron claims he was so overwhelmed with happiness all day that he "couldn't eat or breathe." Now we're looking forward to overwhelming each other with happiness for the rest of our lives!
Carla & Aaron
Here are a few favorites from the day.
Love the Jersey pride logo.
It takes a lot of friends to get a bride into a dress. :)
Love the feel of this one. That's Carla's sister.
Great series of dad's first look at his beautiful daughter.
"Love in an elevator"... (lame I know. ;)
Love beautiful light!
Another great moment between Carla & dad.
There were so many great traditions at their wedding. This one was called the seven circles.
The custom of the bride circling the groom seven times is rich with symbolism. The following is a sampling of the meaningful interpretations that have been ascribed to this custom :
1) This parallels the seven days of creation, and symbolizes the fact that the bride and groom are about to create their own “new world” together.
2) Seven circles correspond to the seven times in the Torah where it is written “…and when a man takes a wife.”
3) When Joshua led the Children of Israel in the battle for the city of Jericho, he was instructed to circle the city seven times, resulting in the walls of the city crumbling. As two people enter into marriage, they face the challenge of breaking down the “walls” that may exist between them.
Their first dance.
A great Jewish tradition called the Horah.The Horah is the name given to the circle dance that is often done at weddings. A well known Horah dance song is Hava Nagillah.
The toasts had the happy couple laughing.
You can just feel the love between Carla & her dad as they finish their dance together.
This is a Jewish tradition. It's called the Mizinke.The Mezinka is a dance of celebration reserved for parents who have just married off their last child. The happy parents are seated in the center of the dance floor, encircled by dancing guests. Often times a crown of flowers will be placed on the parents’ heads.
Love these comps. I want to make a post at the end of the year of all my couples doing this!!
Maritime Parc, Jersey City, NJ
WOW!! I was so excited when I received a phone call from Molly Tully, the editor of New Jersey Bride Magazine asking if I was interested in doing an editorial fashion shoot for them. I of course said yes. It was such a thrill meeting with Wendy Oswald Kinney, the stylized about storyboards and all the elements that go into a shoot. From cloths to set designs to all the different looks we had to capture. I had a great team with me that included Drew Noel Photography and Josh Lynn Photography to help with lighting and tethering the images instantaneously so Molly & Wendy could see the images as we shot. Here is the layout as it appears in the magazine. It looks a lot better in print so make sure to run out and get a copy!
Also being featured in this issue are my couple Veronica & Paul in the Brides Guide to Social Media.
The Manor, West Orange, NJ
Pam & Charlie had a perfect day for their wedding. The threat of rain was in the air. But talk about luck. We were able to do all the pictures before the ceremony. Their ceremony took place at one of the nicest churches I've ever photographed, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. And literally when the ceremony started the rains came and came!!! It poured! But like they say "timing is everything" the rain stopped when the ceremony ended. Perfect! We stayed for some outside family shots at the church and headed back to the Manor for the celebration.
Here is their story:
Charlie is from Flint, MI, and I am from Toms River, NJ. We met in September ‘09 during our first semester of law school in Ann Arbor, MI. Our first date was at a Wiz Khalifa concert. I moved back to New Jersey in Fall ’10 to pursue a Master's in English degree back in New Jersey, and then, we began a two year long distance relationship.
Our Proposal, A “Marry” Christmas:
On December 23, 2011, while waiting to board my flight to Detroit, Charlie had texted me that he had emailed me a video that he had made of us. I wasn't able to view the video right away, but I watched the video when I landed in Detroit, and I texted him back that I loved it and that it was very special.
After retrieving my luggage, I met Charlie outside where he was waiting for me at his car. At first, I saw the roses in the back seat, but I pretended not to see them. He then “surprised” me with a dozen pink roses and Lindt pistachio chocolates. Charlie told me that he was making ALL of my favorite foods including chicken corn chowder, lobster, braised short ribs, and creme brulee. He had also purchased a bottle of Moet.
Back at the house, as he was preparing the dinner, Charlie told me to check if the two lobsters, which were in separate boxes, were still alive. I opened one, saw that it was still moving and continued to text my friend Alvin that I had arrived in Michigan. Charlie asked me again if I had checked on the lobsters and that I should check on BOTH of them to see which one I wanted. I finally open the second lobster box and find the ring box sitting on top of the live lobster. My first instinct is to shut the box because I thought I had ruined another surprise, but when I looked at Charlie, he gets down on his knees and says, "Pamela Quillamor, will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?" and of course, I said YES! Charlie proposed to me with his grandmother's engagement ring. It was polished and resized by the same jeweler who sold it to his grandfather. I am so honored to carry on this beautiful family tradition and hope to pass on to our grandchildren.
Pam and Charlie
Here are some favorites from the day.
Loved the "red" theme Pam was wearing.
Pam and her sister having a moment.
Pam looked beautiful. Very vintage kind of vibe!
Love when brides add touches of individuality such as different dresses for each bridesmaid.Simple thing s that make a huge difference.
Different angle of Pam & dad walking up the aisle together.
Nice moment between Pam & Charlie.
The ring bearer.
The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart was one of the most beautiful churches I have ever photographed. Really an amazing place.
How cute is this? :)
One of the best first dances ever. They had a whole choreographed dance together that everyone loved!
Different take on my split face shot.
Nicole & Greg had a very intimate wedding with about 20 of their closest friends and family. I remember my drive up was so beautiful as it was in the mountains of Pennsylvania. They had a perfect day with some of the most beautiful skies ever!!!!
Here is their story:
We always knew we would spend the rest of our lives together, but never thought we would actually have a wedding! But after dating for almost 8 years, we decided it was finally time to make it official!
Early on we agreed that we wanted a small, intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. We currently live in Massachusetts, but we chose to get married in Pennsylvania at the same church where my parents were married. All of our guests from Massachusetts loved the 5 hour drive to get there!
Since most of our guests were from out of state, we chose to have our reception dinner at Eagle Rock Resort so everyone could stay at the hotel on-site. The location was beautiful and we got to enjoy the entire weekend with our closest friends and family.
The entire day was perfect; even the rain started at the right time (and made for some awesome pictures!) We will always treasure these amazing images that Jeff captured of our wedding day.
P.S. Never in a million years did I think I would marry a Yankee fan ;)
Nicole & Greg
Here are some of my favorites from the day-
Thought this fit perfectly. It was an ad for a paint company. Engagement ring is really like a "love guarantee". :)
Wearing his colors for the day.
Really like this one of Greg getting ready for the day.
The next few images are some of my favorites. The resort had these incredible views of the valley. I knew I wanted a shot or two with that view. When it was time for the pictures you could see across the valley a storm brewing. The sky just kept getting more incredible as we shot. So we just hung out for a bit and got some incredible images!! And of course got poured on. :) Nicole & Greg didn't mind though as they saw what we had captured on the back of my camera. Thanks for trusting me guys!!
This was the church Nicole's parents also got married in many years before and the one Nicole grew up going to.
After the ceremony Nicole asked if we could make a stop. I of course said yes and asked "where". We went to her grandparents home where she grew up going to. Her grandparents had passed away. It was very special to her.
A few of the details.
I remember this beautiful sunset after all the rain. Love this image.
Ana & Eddie had their wedding in a private loft in New York City. I love capturing wedding's in the city. There is a photo opportunity at every turn!! We started at the Mondrian Soho Hotel. Love this place!! We had a little time before the ceremony in Hoboken to get some images of Ana & Ed at the hotel. Their friends & guests danced the night away in a private loft over looking the city. I also want to give a huge thanks to Carlos at Iris Cinematics. Sometimes when you haven't worked with another vendor before especially a videographer there could be a difference of opinions on how things should work. With that said Carlos was amazing to work with and even better is his videos are amazing.
Here is their story:
Ana and Eddie met while Ana was still living in South Florida on vacation, visiting friends in New York City. They met at a bar called Green Rock, in Hoboken, NJ on a random Sunday, thanks to Taylor Whittaker and fate. Six months later Ana moved to Hoboken, NJ where they now live with their cat, Leo, who they rescued two years ago.
The proposal as told by Ana....
Eddie and I planned to spend Mother's Day weekend with Eddie's parents, as it was his grandmother (mother's mom), who just passed away's birthday that Saturday, May 7 and it would be a great way to distract his parents that weekend.
I woke up that morning and Eddie and his parents were both alarmingly happy and Eddie woke me up with the biggest smile on his face. As we drove into the city, hitting traffic left and right, I started having this feeling that today might be the day. I kept thinking about my grandmother, who had passed away a few months ago, and how much I wish she were around to see how happy I am.
Eddie's parents really wanted to go to The Boathouse in Central Park, for lunch, so once we arrived, any feelings that today would have been "the day" went away as I figured it would have happened by then. It was an hour wait at the restaurant and I was starving by then. I suggested grabbing an appetizer but Eddie's mom, Carol, asked if I wanted to go on one of the rowboats instead. Reluctantly, I ignored my growling stomach and proceeded to go towards the rowboats. I thought Eddie's parents would be going on, too, but last minute, they tell me they don't want to go on, for just Eddie and I to go.
Ironically, for the first time, I said "Okay...Bye Mom and Dad!", which is something I've never called them. As we're on the rowboat, I start taking pictures of the view, naturally referring to the scene in "The Notebook" where they fall in love, and take a picture of the two of us on the boat.
That's when Eddie started talking....
The conversation started with him paying me a few compliments and then referencing his grandmother's birthday. He said "I feel like she's looking down on us right now because today is a really special day..." That's when he popped the question. The feeling was overwhelming and I couldn't stop hugging him and crying out of pure joy. I literally forgot to say yes. The whole time, his mom was videotaping it all from afar.
Right after we came down from euphoria, it started raining, we got off the boat, I made a few phone calls, logistically ate lunch at The Boathouse but I didn't taste a thing.
Eddie not only surprised me with a beautiful proposal, but he arranged for us to stay in a gorgeous hotel room at The Bryant Park Hotel, made dinner arrangements and gathered my close friends to go out that night to celebrate. The entire weekend was truly amazing and it is a time in my life I will never ever forget.
Ana & Eddie...
Here are a few of my favs from their day
Start with a few details. The middle image on the left was their "save the date" card that looked like a library check out card with all their important dates on it. The reception loft was set up with old vintage details. They also had a photographer doing "old school" poloroid transfers from back in the day.
Ana's rockin' shoes and the hearts that held the rings for the ring boys.
Some pre ceremony fun with the girls. And three of Ana's close friends who are all pregnant right now!!
Ana's gorgeous friends and their matching bathrobes Ana got them all as gifts.
Finishing touches before putting on the dress.
Mom helping Ana get ready.
Beautiful image of mom & daughter.
These are two of my favorites from the day for sure. The hotel had amazing light coming in along with blue walls. I knew right away when we got off the elevator there was an image to be made. I asked Ana to climb in the window frame and when I turned around to get the image I then noticed the reflection in the mirror. Like getting two images in one!!
Their firat reveal.
Eddie & his boys.
About to get married. :)
The "kid party" of the bridal party.
They had their ceremony at "Our Lady of Grace" in Hoboken. Beautiful church!
Their first dance in the loft.
It was more of a "cocktail" reception so the dancing was non stop.
Just a fun ending.