Claudia & Jeff/Madison Hotel Wedding Photographer

Madison Hotel, Morristown, NJ

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.
Their Proposal:
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!
Our Wedding:
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)

Our Advise:
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!

Posted on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:47AM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | Comments1 Comment

Janelle & Matt/ Pleasantdale Chateau Photographer

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.
Proposal:
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!!

Wedding Planning:
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.

Wedding Day:
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.

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:47PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

Staci & Andrew/Rockleigh Country Club

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…

The proposal:
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:
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...

First dance.

Some great toasts by family and friends.

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10:59PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

Brooke & Ryan/ Stone House at Stirling Ridge 

Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Warren, NJ

Talk about luck. With this being one of the coldest winters in a long time Brooke & Ryan's day was 55 degrees. Sandwiched in between 20 degree days!! It was a perfect day. Snow on the ground and warm enough outside for all their photos and even the ceremony. They started out at Dolce in Basking Ridge NJ. Getting ready in one of the biggest bridal suites I've ever photographed in. After their first reveal we headed to Stone House with just Brooke & Ryan for their pictures. We were later joined by the bridal party and family to finish everything up. They had a beautiful ceremony outside complete with heat lamps to keep their guests warm. Of course lots of dances and great speeches and a classic ending at Stone House, s'mores for all their guests.

Here is their story:

How we met:
Ryan’s first words to Brooke were “It’s always nice to meet another Arrested Development fan” and she was instantly hooked. Our first date was at Flex Mussels on the Upper East Side, and Ryan solidified the deal when he brought her Levain cookies and had her taste them before the meal was even served. And it just took off from there. Despite Brooke being a pediatric resident at NYP-Weill Cornell Hospital and Ryan working crazy hours at CBRE, we somehow always managed to find the time to laugh together, watch our “bad tv” together, and even travel around the world together.

Proposal:
Almost 2 years after we met, we were walking to meet our parents for brunch on Mother’s Day. Ryan had been as Brooke would say “way too smiley” all morning and right as we walked past our first date restaurant, Flex Mussels, Ryan bent down on one knee and popped the question! A town car was waiting to take them straight to Ryan’s parents house in NJ where both families were waiting with a celebratory brunch.

Wedding Planning:
When it came time to planning our wedding we really stopped first to think about what was most important to us. Our biggest goal we had was that we wanted the day of our wedding to “feel like us”. The minute we saw the Stone House, we knew right away that goal was going to come true. The place is the perfect blend of modern & rustic and allows you to feel cozy and luxurious at the same time! We thought our next step of finding the photographer would be difficult because we knew we were very picky in that area. Then Carissa at the Stone House recommended Jeff Tisman so highly that we had to take a look. The minute was saw the pictures on his website we were sold! It was everything we were looking for: creative, unique, stunning. We had an amazing E-session in the summer with Jeff that secured our decision even further.
With help from our parents, we locked down every last detail. We had a kick*ss band, a florist who shared our vision, and invitations that people went out of their way to tell us how much they loved! We were ready to rock!

Wedding Day:
It was the most perfect weekend either of us has ever had. Starting with the getting ready time with our bridal parties and families to the incredibly authentic ceremony to the nonstop dance party and endless food at the reception – it was all an unbelievable dream. And the best part was that every detail truly felt like us. We are so ecstatic that Jeff was there to capture every moment and cannot thank him enough for his professionalism, creativity, and most of all, his insane eye! Thank you!!

Our Dream Team:
Venue: Stone House at Stirling Ridge (with Carissa Demarco)
Photographer: Jeff Tisman
Band: Faze 4 - The Next Faze
Florist: A Touch of Elegance
Hair: Roland Hernandez
Make-up: Nancy Kinover-Stiener (Glam Salon)

Lots of fun details from the day.

Cool one of Brooke getting ready for the day.

Brooke had custom made wood boxes for all her bridesmaids filled with really thoughtful gifts. Each one was individualized for each girl. This was the moment Brooke brought them all into the room to give them.

And here they are showing off their awesome new customized shorts. These guys were so much fun!!

A new trend I see happening is the bride having the big bridal party and all the fun that goes along with it. But it's also nice to get ready in a calmer way. Here Brooke is getting ready with just her mom and aunt.

Great moment as Brooke was seeing herself for the first time in her wedding dress on her day.

This seems like such a classic image to me. Love the birdcages.

Fun capture by Dan of Ryan and his boys getting ready.

All of these were captured at Stone House. Love it here!!!

Brooke looked beautiful on her wedding day and was so comfortable in front of the camera.

One of my favs from the day.

Ryan reading his vows to Brooke. He had everyone laughing, smiling and crying.

Ceremonies should be happy and joyous.And this one was certainly that!!

The room looked beautiful thanks to Touch of Elegance.

Here are a few from their first dance together.

I had to post all of these. Brooke's face of 'terror' was so classic. Love the hora!!

Great reactions to the toast's.

Brooke and one of her bridesmaid's dancing the night away.

Love this sequence. What's happening here is Brooke surprised Ryan and all the guests by changing into another dress. Here she is spotting Ryan across the room and Ryan's reaction to the dress and how amazing Brooke looked in it.

We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back
"H-Oh"!!! Def. a favorite candid. I'm a huge Bruce Springsteen fan and this is during 'Born to Run'.

Love this image.

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:06PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | Comments5 Comments

Tiffany & Doug/ Madison Hotel Wedding Photographer

Madison Hotel, Morristown, NJ

Tiffany & Doug's wedding had everything a bride wants. Snow, freezing temperatures and oh yeah a venue change due to the first one not being ready. Of course I'm joking. But Tiffany & Doug never flinched. They had a great day with friends and family all tucked away nice and cozy at the Madison. Yes we had a little change of plan due to the weather. But being such an awesome couple they went with the flow again and it worked out perfect.
It's also a pleasure when I get to capture not one but two sisters who get married within five months of each other. I photographed Tiffany's sister Heather's wedding back in October. It really is an honor to be able to capture these memories for a family I almost feel I'm part of the family. :)

Here are some of Tiffany & Doug's favorite vendors from the day (thank you to ALL): and their story:

Edie Leibman (wedding planner) at LPC Consulting, LLC
Peter at PF films
Karen at Magnolia exquisite florals and event décor
Reverend John Graf, Jr.
Makeup by Michele Wilderman
Hair by Connie Beavers & Dayna Goldstein
Music by Craig Scott Entertainment
Venue – The Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ

Our story starts almost four years ago during the October/November timeframe. It’s one I will not publicly share but many of our family members and friends saw a connection before we were even aware of it. Our relationship started as a friendship which then blossomed into something much deeper and stronger. For me, Doug was my best friend and someone I had confided in for almost anything and everything. He was also the most FUN person I’ve ever met (besides myself). We spent every waking minute together and before I knew it (less than one month into it) I was slowly moving my things into his bachelor pad and given a key. We started officially dating and building a home together which now includes 7 furry kids (3 dogs and 4 cats – all rescues). What can I say – we didn’t waste any time because we both knew it’s what we wanted. In a short matter of time, we had been challenged with more than a couple will experience in a lifetime. Despite how hard the times, we grew closer together and in love. Doug quickly became my rock, life partner, best friend in the whole world AND soul mate. I instantly knew he would be the person I was going to grow old with. He saved me and for that I’m forever grateful.
Doug proposed in 2013 around Christmas time in Peddlers Village – he did it in the light up tunnel in public which took me by total surprise since he’s more of a private person. I said YES and was surprised by family members at dinner after the fact. We then started planning our wedding instantly and booked the Madison Hotel in early February (Valentine’s Day weekend). Before we knew it, it was time to say I do. We were “blessed” with a snowstorm on our wedding day but it was absolutely beautiful. I would like to add that it snowed on my shower day, wedding day and the day we left for our honeymoon. I guess you can say the snow was somewhat of a good luck charm Our wedding day was perfect. Our favorite part was all the love from family and friends surrounding us on our joyous day. It was honestly breathtaking and means the world to us both. We also had a kick ass wedding party (26 people may I add). To Doug – I’m so HAPPY to call you my husband. Life with you is truly a fairy tale and I love you with all my heart and soul. “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” –Winnie the Pooh

TO JEFF: THANK YOU for being so wonderful – words cannot describe how thankful we both are. Not only do you capture the most memorable and amazing shots but you’re a joy to work with. You pushed us to the limit especially in the freezing SNOW and I’m so glad we followed your lead. You gave us such gorgeous photos that will forever mean the world to us. I will never forget the many times you asked me to laugh to make the picture that much more memorable You also nailed it with the biggest wedding party of all time – no problem for you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! To all the brides out there, Jeff Tisman is the #1 wedding photographer!
With love,
Tiffany & Doug

Very cool robes Tiffany gave as a gift to all of her girls.

With her HUGE bridal party Tiffany chose to get in her dress with just her sister and mom.

Love this image of Tiff. So simple and beautiful.

One of my favorite detail shots ever. Great advice for everyone especially on their wedding day.

Captured by Dan.

HA!!! Sometime images just happen. This is what I love about looking for new images in venues I've shot at before. I've been to the Madison countless times and this is the first time ever shooting in this spot. I always tell my couples there are no formulas. I don't do the same thing at every wedding and this is why. LOve finding new ideas.

I have to admit I was a 'little' concerned about this large of a bridal party and being confined to the inside but I think I nailed it! :) And thank you to all of Tiffany & Doug's bridal party for being so awesome and going along with the shot!! Sometimes in large bridal parties there is usually one or two that cause 'trouble'. Not these guys. Great people!!

Nice moment between Tiffany and dad just before he was giving his second daughter away.

The beautiful atrium at the Madison Hotel.

Tiffany & Doug had a special video memorial to Doug's mom who had passed away. This was a nice moment with Doug's dad and sister.

Love the chaos in this one. There's so much going on.

Want to give Tiffany props (and Doug) for going out in the snow again to get this image. We had all ready did some outside snow shots. I did the same composition with Doug and his guys and really wanted it with Tiffany and Doug. I asked and she said yes. For other photographer friends out there. Always ask your couple if you see something great. It's always worth it!!

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 12:50AM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment