Ashleigh & James/Ganservoort Wedding Photographer

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.

The Engagement:

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.

The Wedding:

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'.

Badass!!

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.

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 12:08PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | Comments2 Comments

Jackie & Dave/Princeton Wedding Photographer

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.

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 05:10PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

Nicole&Nick/Cescaphe Event Group Wedding Photography

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. :)

Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 12:39PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment

Lindsay & Mike/Windows on the Water

Windows on the Water, Sea Bright, NJ

Lindsay & Mike had a bright beautiful day for their wedding. The temperature was perfect. In face it's been a really great Spring. That classic NJ heat hasn't happened yet and I couldn't be happier. One of the things I love also is running into past couples at weddings. YOu feel like you are part of the family and makes it even more special to be asked once again to capture one of the most important days in their lives. Thank you Lindsay & Michael for allowing me to do what I love.
After Lindsay and her friends got ready at the house we met Mike for their first reveal in Red Bank. We spent a little bit of time capturing a few pics before the ceremony. After the ceremony we headed to Windows on the Water. We were also lucky enough to have a beautiful sunset. Here is their story.

How we met:
We met many, many years ago when friends of ours in high school were dating. Shortly after we both went in opposite directions for college, running into each other a few times over the years. It wasn't until we were back home and out at Jenks in Point Pleasant that we ran into each other again. Mike asked Lindsay to dinner, which they went to a week later at Maria's in Manasquan.

The proposal:
Mike asked Lindsay to marry him on December 21, 2012, a little over 3 years after they started dating. He proposed in the house that they share in Marlboro, NJ. Lindsay came home from her daily NYC commute to find Mike by the Christmas tree with a very sparkly ring hanging in a clear Christmas ornament. There were rose petals leading from the front door to the a Christmas tree where Mike was down on one knee.

The wedding:
We were married on the most perfect sunny, breezy day - May 17th, 2014 - at Tower Hill Presbyterian church in Red Bank, NJ. We celebrated the night away with family and friends at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright, NJ with the help of Sterling C's steel drums and our friends at This is it entertainment. It really was the most perfect day spent with all of those that we love.

Mike and Lindsay worked together as a team to make all the details of the day so special, and we couldn't have done it without the help of our amazing wedding vendors:

Church: Tower Hill Presbyterian, Pastor Tucker and Sally
Venue: Windows on the Water, Larry and Cheryl
Flowers: Warren Country Florist and Event Planning, Julie Conley
Invitations and Stationery: Holland Designs
DJ, MC, & Percussionist: This is It Entertainment
Steel Drums: Sterling C
Photographer: Jeff Tisman
Video: Northeast Horizons
Cake: Chocolate Carousel
Makeup: LV Makeup, Lauren Vena
Hair: Mary Rohlfs & Ashley Evan
Dresses: Nicole's Boutique

Loved Lindsay & Mike's new pup Charlie. Best 'best dog' ever!!

Lindsay and her sister having some fun getting ready.

Her sister teared up when she saw Lindsay in her dress for the first time on her big day.

Lindsay had a special heart for her 'something blue' of a loved ones material.

Mike wrote Lindsay a beautiful letter to his bride that had everyone in tears.

Dad's first look with his beautiful daughter.

Lindsey was a natural in front of the camera.

Mike and his boys sporting the cool sox.

Dan caught this great angle from above as Lindsay and dad walked up the aisle together.

Loved this one as Lindsay and Mike as they exit the church together for the first time as husband and wife into the light.

And Dan caught it from the front.

Classic Jersey shore.Of course we had to get some out on the beach.

One of my favorites from Lindsey.

This was caught just in time. Dan and I finally got a chance to eat. I literally ate one bite and looked outside and saw the sky. We quickly got our gear together. DId a test shot. Ran up and showed Lindsay and Mike and got it with about a minute to spare before all the color was gone. Well worth it!! :)

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 08:45PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | Comments1 Comment

Natalia & David/Westmount Country Club

Westmount Country Club, Woodland Park, NJ

Natalia & David had their wedding on a beautiful but cool afternoon. We met both Natalia & Dave at their hotel and did some photos before heading out to the church. I was really looking forward to capturing their day because of having such a great time at our E Session together. The difference this time though besides being their wedding was the addition of their beautiful daughter Isabella. Want to also thank MPW Media Group for being great to work along side as they captured the cinematography for them.
And now here is their story…

How we met:
David and I met at work, I was bartending and he was the Assistant Banquet Manager. After one year of flirting, we finally started to date during our restaurant's xmas party. We quickly fell in love for each other and after 2 years he popped the question.

The proposal:
We've always wanted to go skyding. So, on the summer of 2011, we decided to go for it. Both of families came with us to watch. Me, David and his brother in law were the only was ones that were courageous enough to do it lol. David and his brother jumped first. When I landed, David was waiting for me on his knees and asked me to marry me. I was ecstatic, he really surprised me. We got everything on video and tons of photos, it was a very original way to propose. This was one of the best days of my life. Skydiving and getting engaged, too much adrenaline for one day lol.

The wedding:
Our wedding was supposed to be on 06/21/2013 as you already know. However, on September of 2012 we got pregnant as a surprise, so we had to change the date to 05/02/2014. Although Bella was an accident, it was the best thing that happened in our lives. We are so much happier and our love became much stronger and more solid after we became a family.

Our wedding was very special, the main reason being our daughter was there to witness this very special moment of our lives. The whole day we felt like we were in a dream. Everything went perfect, weather was great, our daughter was happy, our vendors were phenomenal, food was delicious and the service at the Westmount was impeccable. We couldn't be happier. There was such a great energy, everyone was having a such a good time. I wish I could stop in time, it all went by too fast. You, too Jeff, helped make our day more special. As I have said before, you were professional, gave directions, and you were happy the whole time. And you made us feel very confortable in front of the camera, that was great!

Natalia & David

Natalia & Isabella's dress's hanging together.

And their shoes.

Isabella was a great little flower girl and was all ready rocking' the camera.

And her cute little niece.

Great capture by Dan. How great is this to look back on when Isabella is getting ready for her day?

Natalia and her sister having some fun while getting ready.

Mom, daughter and grand child.

Love this one. She may be small but she's a big help. :)

Dave wrote Natalia a beautiful letter.

Natalia looked amazing on her day.

Some of Dave's details.

Dave and his boys rocking' the shot.

Arriving at the church.

Love this one by Dan.

Classic!

Have to admit I don't usually shoot Gazebos. But there was something magical about this setting.

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 07:11PM by Registered CommenterJeff Tisman in | CommentsPost a Comment