Hyatt Morristown, Morristown, NJ
Nicole & Josh were like old friends. After capturing Josh's sister, Sara & Felix's wedding and also running into Nicole & Josh in Disney World I felt we knew each other pretty well. They had a great wedding at the Hyatt in Morristown and included a lot of kids!! Which of course I love capturing. Here is their story:
How We Met:
There is so much to say that I don’t really know where to begin…
Josh and I met through Match.com. I was a single working mother with a four year old son. I had been on a lot of bad first dates. I was on my way to meet Josh when my sister called and made me promise that this would be my last first date through the website. I promised. When I saw Josh, I just knew it was him. He was quiet and polite. He was nervous yet engaging. We had so much in common. We both had a deep love for and commitment to our families. We lived four miles apart from each other and yet had never crossed paths. We parlayed our first date (which was simply dinner) into dinner and a movie. I knew after being around him that I never wanted to be without him. On the way home, he asked me out on our “third date”. That was it…I was hooked.
Josh and I knew that we wanted to get married. We wanted to begin a life together. We took a trip to South Beach with his family in August of 2013. I absolutely hate surprises and made him promise that he would not propose on the trip or in public. He agreed…
On our third night, while getting ready for dinner I turned around and saw Josh on bended knee. He told me how happy I made him, how much he loved me, and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I said yes through my tears and said a silent prayer to be deserving of this beautiful man.
Nothing good is ever easy! The wedding day proved to bring some challenges. With a sick father unable to attend and eight nieces and nephews under the age of six “helping”, the bridal suite was a little hectic. Instead of champagne flowing, juice boxes were spilling. I’m sure legos and barbies made it somehow into every picture! My poor nephew even got sick hours before the ceremony from spinning in the hair and makeup chair. Somehow everyone managed to get dressed. Somehow all the little ones were cleaned up and looking adorable. But that’s what we do. We pull together to make the most of these precious moments.
I love thinking back on the day. Remembering the faces as I walked down the aisle. Seeing Josh and my son Ethan for the first time. The ballroom and the beautiful flowers. The little details that finally came together. The little faces that just wanted to touch my dress. I remember dancing and laughing. I remember moments of pure happiness. I don’t know what I did to deserve this life…but I can’t wait to see these moments captured on film. Thank you Jeff.
Nicole & Joshua
Love this detail of Nicole's shoes.
The crowd goes crazy for Nicole on her day. :)
Light is everything. One of my favorite's from the day.
Another favorite from the day.
Some of the cuties from the day.
Little 'P' making her way up the aisle as mom cheers her on. :)
Great capture by Adrienne.Joshua got very emotional as he saw his bride walking up the aisle. Side Note: The DID see each other before the ceremony. The emotion was still there as Nicole walked up the aisle.
Anyone who has a Star Wars cake at their wedding is all right with me!!
Crystal Springs, Grand Cascades Lodge, Sussex County, NJ
Happy birthday'Merica and Happy wedding day Kristina & Curtis. What a great couple. I remember back when Kristina and I first spoke. She is an amazing photographer who runs The Luna Blue Studio. We hit it off right away form our phone consultation and never looked back. First we had a great E Session with her & Curtis at Allaire State Park. Then came time for her wedding. And what a wedding it was. Great friends, great family and of course Kristina and Curtis. They had their wedding at the beautiful Grand Cascades Lodge. The weather started to little 'iffy' as rain poured down in the morning as Kristina and Curtis were getting ready for the day. But it all ended after a few hours and they had a beautiful day to celebrate. Dj Paul Knox of SCE Events had the place jumping'. I also wanted to thank Russell Nicometi, the banquet manager at Crystal Springs for all his help and 'being cool'. In a lot of reception halls and venues some of the Matr'd's and Event coordinators are so overbearing and don't know how to stay out of the way. Russell was nothing but helpful! I like to acknowledge him for that. Here is their story:
How we met:
At first we certainly weren't screaming it from any rooftops but now? MATCH.COM!! There, I screamed it! We met on friggin Match.com and I am thankful for that site everyday. I was one year strong after a rough break up and Curtis was moving up from Tampa for work and somehow, through all the crazies, we found each other! It was easy to fall for Curtis.. And every day, we both just fell harder and harder and only a few months later, we decided to move in together. That honeymoon phase people talk about? Yea, that never ended for us...
It was Christmas Eve 2012 and one month after losing my dad. Xmas eve was the holiday we always spent with my dad so his absence was almost more than I could handle. I began crying at dinner and was seconds away from asking Curtis to take me home when my stepmom stood up to make a speech. We all said cheers in memory of my dad which made the tears flow even faster.. Then my sister stood up for a speech- which she NEVER does. She had a gift in her hand and began to say how hard the past month had been for me and that she decided to get me something I always wanted.. She handed me the bag and as I opened it, I noticed her grab my camera (which I was told to bring and didn't really know why- the life of a photographer I guess)... In the bag, was an ornament that said "I asked. She said yes. 2012." I was confused and looked at my sister who was crying behind the camera- the camera that was pointed at me. When the world stopped spinning, I heard "Baby?" When I looked to my left, Curtis was on his knee holding out the most beautiful ring.. I nodded like crazy and hugged him so tight! He had to ask to put the ring on because I actually forgot all about it! Best part? It had started snowing when we sat down for dinner and stopped immediately after the proposal.. My dad was there after all.
We got married at the amazing Crystal Springs Golf Resort in Hamburg Nj and it was everything I ever dreamt of. The views, the food- everything. We had a rustic, cozy theme throughout the day. Our florist made our vision come to life in that ballroom! The music was perfect and we danced ALLLL night. One thing about Curtis and I is that we are all about fun! When we are together, it's nothing but fun, love, and happiness (sappy, I know) and that's what our wedding day was for us! Marrying my soulmate and best friend with all of our favorite people around was something that I will never forget and will dream about for the rest of my life... Or at least until we renew our vows someday and do it alllll again! Oh and having Jeff there to capture it all?? The icing on the cake!!!
Kristina & Curtis
Krsitina's rockin shoes.
Anyone guess what this one is?
'Sexy Little Bride'...
Fun one with her sister getting ready for the day.
Kristina and her flower girl sharing some love.
Great capture by Dan of Curtis and his best man getting ready.
Of course you have to have 'Patriotic' sox on the fourth of July.
Kristina looked beautiful and was smiles all day.
Love this series. This was their first reveal seeing each other as bride & groom. It just got real!! Very emotional moment.
Of course with it being the fourth we had to include the flag in their also.
Curtis and his boys looking bad ass!
Love this one with the little guys sticking their heads in the shot.
And of course Kristina and her girls wanted a crazy one also. :)
One of my favs. from the day.
If you know Kristina and Curtis you know this one is definitely 'them'!!
HA HA!!! This is their Presidential campaign poster.
Curtis tearing up as he watches his beautiful bride walk to him. See folks. Even with the reveal the emotion and feeling IS still there!!
Love the emotion of these as Kristina and mom walk up the aisle together to Curtis.
A kiss,a high-five and a kid doing a handstand. Now that's sealing the deal!
Lot's of details for the day.
Nice moment as Kristina and Curtis see their memorial table set up for loved ones who were there in spirit.
First dance surrounded by love.
Kristina got emotional during her sisters speech.
Love these. Paul from SCE Events got EVERYONE on the floor for a photo. I knew Kristina was a huge Pearl Jam fan. So I called Paul over and told him to get the crowd to pick her up and let her crowd surf. I think I remember Kristina's response was 'Hell yeah!!!" This was her Eddie Vedder moment.
Curtis getting worked over on the dance floor. Nice upper cut!
Curtis's family is from New Orleans so to celebrate his family and their roots they had the classic New Orleans dance called 'The Second Line". Very fun.
Ganservoort, New York City, NY
What a beautiful day for a wedding. 80 degrees and sunny for a June wedding!! I'll take it. Dan and I arrived at Ganservoort in the meatpacking district of Manhattan. This instantly became a favorite hotel of mine. Even if it was raining outside we had more than enough places to get amazing images. And that's not even to mention the area surrounding the hotel. Photo ops everywhere. Enough about my excitement of the location. :)
We headed up to meet Ashleigh and James in the PH suite. WOW!!!!!!!!!! I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Two incredible floors of views of the city. After their emotional reveal we hit the streets for some time just with Ashleigh and James. We did the bridal party back at the hotel. And then, I think this is a first. Ashleigh and James led the bridal party to the church…together. Honestly I thought it was so great. They truly enjoyed every aspect of the day. Together!!! Such a great couple. After the ceremony they then led everyone back to the Ganservoort for a rooftop party with some great friends from near and far. Also want to give a huge thanks to Peter and his awesome crew from PF Films. One of my favorite cinematographers to work with. Thanks for a great evening Ashleigh & James
And now, here is their story:
How We Met:
James and I met while he was on “holiday” in New York City with a best friend of his, coming a long distance from his home in London. After being dragged to a nightclub by a friend of mine, we had our first encounter inside a dimly lit dive club in the city. After a few dances, words were exchanged, and after hearing his accent, “her ears perked up,” as James always tells the story.
James and I maintained our international and long-distance relationship for two years, traveling between New York City and London monthly.
While I was visiting Ashleigh in December, she had wanted to visit NYC’s High Line. When we reached the High Line, we walked along the scenic attraction for a while, until I felt ready to pop the question. She would not stop walking, distracted on her cell phone. Behind her, I began to bend down on one knee while she carried on forward. This happened several times, until we reached a bridge where she finally stopped. I wrapped my arms around her, showed her the ring, and the rest is history.
A routine of ours is to make wishes at every 11:11 on the clock, both AM and PM. Unbeknownst to James, since becoming engaged two years prior, every wish of mine was dedicated to “Please don’t rain on my wedding day!” Someone was working in our favor, because that day there was not a cloud in the sky.
120 people moved fluidly through our rooftop venue at the Gansevoort Meatpacking, a largely celebrated hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Our guests, forty of whom flew from London, enjoyed the area; lively music, backed with a sunset over the Hudson and towering showcases of orchids filled the space beautifully. It was truly our guests that made the celebration as special as it was.
Being surrounded by love on the best day of our lives is a feeling we will not soon forget.
Ashleigh & James
Ashleigh's rocking blue shoes. Brides, add a touch of color. No one says you have to have white shoes all the time.
I had some fun with my ring shots at this one.
I captured this one as the woman was tightroping across the building next door. She needed their rings for balance. It was amazing to watch. ;)
Great capture by Dan of Ashleigh and her mom having a fun moment while getting ready.
The story behind this one is there is a 'somewhat' famous hotel called "The Standard" where people go to show everyone what 'they got'. Basically they walk around naked and do other 'things' for all the world to see. This was Asheligh and her sister, Gabriella's reaction to another naked man walking by. Only in NYC!!
Dad's first reveal with his beautiful daughter. Such a great reaction.
Just a fun happy image. Such a great afternoon.
To say Ashleigh looked absolutely incredible is an understatement. She rocked her portrait session!!
And here was James's reaction when he first saw his wife to be. I don't care what anyone says. You will 'almost never' get this reaction unless you do a reveal together.
One of my favorite bridal portraits to date., Love this image!
This hotel had it all!!
The great thing about NYC besides the photo ops are the people. Here's some random dude who happen too be sitting there so I thought I'd include him.
Classic bar 'Hogs & Heifers' that Tyra Banks made famous in her movie 'Coyote Ugly'.
Another but with James.
Love finding shadows and light.
Some fun on the street.
My "Where's Waldo" image. They're down there. Keep looking. :)
Not something you see often. Ashleigh and James leading their bridal party to the ceremony. So great!
Dan captured Dad leading Ashleigh up the aisle.
Let the celebration begin!
Love this image. Such a classic NYC moment. Especially the happiness on the people in the background. Check out the people in the car applauding as they drive by.
Their first dance.
I just loved the flower girls reaction.
This was a special moment. The ring bearer was getting ready to leave for the night but not before he had one dance with the bride. He went up to her and asked her to dance with him. So sweet.
Daddy daughter dance.
James and mom having their turn.
Ashleigh tearing up during James and his mom's dance.
I love the feeling in this one. The formalities were done and the DJ announced "let's get the evening started" and everyone went cray!
A shot from the PH. Ending to a beautiful night.
Here are some favorites from a recent E Session with Jackie & Dave who's wedding I look forward to capturing next May. Wondering if Dave will wear his hat to the wedding? (JK Dave) Enjoy...
Love doing this kind of stuff with the pics.
Downtown Club, Philadelphia, PA.
Nicole and Nick had a beautiful day for their wedding in Philadelphia. Dan & I met Nicole had one of my favorite hotels in Philly. The Hotel Monaco. Love when I hear a bride is getting ready here. Friendly staff and a funky lobby, cool rooms, great architecture. What's not to love. We headed up to Nicole's room and were war my greeted by her and her bridesmaids. We set up the reveal before the ceremony and did some shots of just Nicole & Nick around the area. All while being 'gent ally harassed' by the National Park Service. Note to photographers: Get a permit in Philly. Lot's of historical things going on. When we were through we jumped into the limo with Nick and his boys and headed to Old St. Mary's Church built in 1763!! So great to be inside such a historic building. After a beautiful ceremony we headed to The Downtown Club for a night of dancing and partying.
Their story is coming soon...
Love this detail of the shoes and Nicole's ring.
Fun shot of Nicole getting ready for the day.
Nicole looking beautiful.
Love 'finding' these type of shots. The shadows appeared and disappeared within 10 minutes.
Her awesome girls. Great group!!
Nick and his boys.
And the whole group.
This is Carter the ring bearer walking, no, sprinting up the aisle.
Dan caught this one from above.
Nicole & her grand mom walking up the aisle together.
Love Nick's expressions on these during the ring exchange.
And after Carter's sprint up the aisle he passed out. :)
Loved the lighting on this one.
I caught their exit from the back...
Dan caught it from the front.
A few details.
Their first dance.
Nicole had so many great expressions and emotions I wanted to show them all. :)
Nicole's sister got very emotional during her speech.
If it's 'too loud your too young'… ;)
I wanted to somehow get a skyline shot of the two them with Philadelphia. Unfortunately there is no access to the roof. So I thought of this. Problem solved. :)