Ashley & Ryan/The Park Savoy

The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ

I am very excited to get the 2015 wedding season started. And of course Ashley & Ryan were the perfect couple to begin with. Ashley looked gorgeous with her hair and make-up applied by "I DO" make up artists.. They had a beautiful late winter day with a little chill but not so much that we couldn't get outside for some photos. Their ceremony was held inside the Park Savoy followed by a rocking party by So Good Entertainment. The cinematography was captured by Art at Northeast Horizons. The room was decorated beautifully by Santos Florist. And I also have to give a big thank you to my amazing assistant Adrienne who even strut her stuff on the dance floor with one of the groomsmen. A great night of fun had by all!! And now here is their story:

Our story: We met in 2009 over Memorial Day Weekend in Manasquan, NJ at The Osprey (local bar). We were both there visiting friends who were renting shore houses for the weekend. Our groups of friends both ended up at the bar, we made eye contact a few times in the beginning of the night, and after a couple drinks, Ryan approached me. We talked for a little and found out we lived close to each other back home, so we exchanged numbers and said we’d meet up again. Two weeks later, we had our first “date” (drinks at a local bar….see the theme here!). We talked for five hours and stayed until they kicked us out of the bar. We both knew then that there was something special…we talked about everything…friends, travel, funny stories, family, jobs, music, jokes…and found out we had a ton in common. We went on a few more casual dates and eventually things fell into place and it got more serious. Fast forward almost five years…the proposal! In late December 2013, we headed up to Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ for what was supposed to be just a little getaway. We got awesome massages, walked around the lodge and had some drinks, went for a delicious dinner, and then Ryan took me through a mini-tour of the private wine cellar. I had no suspicions whatsoever! We were marveling at all the amazing wines they had, and I turned around to say something and Ryan was down on one knee. It was so romantic and we were so excited. We spent the next few hours celebrating and calling family and friends to tell them the awesome news. Soon thereafter, we started planning what would end up being the most amazing day of our lives! The Big Day: In one word, the day was PERFECT! We were married Friday, March 13, 2015. No superstitions here! We were very lucky with the weather…it was a little chilly for pictures outside (Jeff was sweet and let Ashley wear his coat between takes!)…but overall a really nice day for mid-March.

Jeff and Adrienne were awesome from the moment they arrived. They captured all the “musts” and everything in between. We had a first look before we were actually married at the ceremony, and definitely recommend couples consider doing this! It did not take away anything from the ceremony itself, and it was so exciting having that special moment with each other and no one else. You really do forget there are photographers and videographers around! It’s true what everyone says about the day going so quickly, so having those few minutes together, especially after a morning of exciting buildup, was really fun. We had a blast doing all different pictures with Jeff & Adrienne…indoors, outdoors, serious, goofy, romantic, intense, and playful. We can’t wait to pour over them with our family and friends, who helped make the day as special as it was. During our very first meeting with Jeff, he asked that if we chose him as our photographer, we had to put our trust in him and be open to any ideas he came up while shooting on our wedding day. Seeing the quality of his work and knowing the experiences our friends had, we didn’t have to think twice about that request. We let him do his thing and couldn’t be happier with the results. All we can say is trust him, he knows what he’s doing! Thank you again Jeff & Adrienne, you guys rock! Thanks for being a part of our day and capturing all the moments we will cherish forever.

Ashley & Ryan

Ashley & Ryans reveal.

Ashley was so much fun to capture. The grounds of the Park Savoy are a photographers dream even with all the still snow outside most of the property.

Loved the way Ryan entered the room. This is the way you do it. Enjoy every moment.

Adrienne caught some great moments during the reception. What a great party!

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:30PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | Comments1 Comment

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

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 05:13PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

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