Booth Park, Nutley NJ | Simple Summer Wedding Inspiration

This past Summer, my Photographer friend Olivia, wanted to put together an inspirational shoot and collaborate with other local vendors.  I was honored when she asked me to join the team!  Olivia wanted a wedding style that was simple and could be put together easily, even in one’s own backyard. We went to Booth Park, in Nutley NJ, and everyone joined in to set it all up. It was a perfect Summer evening (besides the loads of bug bites i got, haha) and we started about two hours before the sunset so we could take advantage of that beautiful, evening glow.  Our model, Marie, looked like she stepped out of a fairytale in her Vesa Brides dress.  We even got a surprise visit from Olivia's cute pooch!  Every vendor that came together for this was awesome and I am a fan of them all. Below are the photos that I had taken, but please visit Olivia’s page and Instagram for more of her images. I hope you find some inspiration!

Be sure to also visit Red Oak Weddings to see the featured blog post there!

 
 

Creator:  Olivia Christina Photography
Photographers:  Rachel Watkinson Photography & Olivia Christina Photography
Florals/Wardrobe & Prop Stylist:  Ronya And Co.
Bridal Gown:  Vesa Brides
Model:  Marie Hickey
Makeup:  Makeup By Samantha Linn
Hair:  Styles On Location
Rentals:  Party Rental Ltd
Hand Lettering:  Lace And Belle
Chalk Drawing:  Chalk + Co.
Cake:  Flour Bomb Cake Co.
Cake Pops:  Jou Jou Pops

NYC | Lifestyle Session | Baby Zooey

James and Joy welcomed little Zooey into the world in early October. I photographed their newly expanded family a little over a month later, so Zooey had a little time to relax and acclimate to her new surroundings before being captured on film :). 

James and Joy’s cozy home was the perfect spot for our session because we wanted to make sure everyone was warm and relaxed, and we also wanted the family pets to get in on the action! I love photographing in-home, lifestyle sessions because of these reasons. It gives the family an opportunity to just – be.  

We started in the living room area by one of the windows, moved into Zooey’s room, and then ended our photography session in the master bedroom where there was ample, beautiful light.  We shared lots of laughs and made some great memories.  

I hope both parents and Zooey will look back at these images and feel the love that was palpable in the air.  There were so many sweet and precious moments during our time together, and I am proud to share some of those here.


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Liberty State Park, New Jersey | Maternity Session

I was so thrilled to hear from Kayla about photographing her maternity session! 

Steve and Kayla were quickly approaching their due date and wanted to capture their first pregnancy photos outside and in a natural setting. I was excited to be able to show them all the possibilities within the expansive Liberty State Park, in Jersey City, NJ.  Kayla and Steve were real troopers, braving the chilly air, and the crazy-strong winds.  But, I interpreted the winds as a beautiful, natural gift of movement and interest.  

We took a stroll through the paths and trees, eventually ending up near the water as the sun set.  As this was their first time at the park, I wanted to grab a few shots overlooking the Statue Of Liberty, but had to do so before we lost all daylight.  Kayla, a gorgeous mom-to-be, looked flawless while rocking high-heels during the entire shoot!  

They had so many sweet moments between them, and I now know that this is a couple that loves to laugh. I am honored to have been a part of this incredibly important time in their lives, and I can't wait to hear all about the arrival of their sweet baby!

 

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Princeton University, New Jersey | Wedding | Alyson & Jordan

Princeton University was the perfect spot for Alyson and Jordan to have their wedding.  They met back in 2006 when they were both at Princeton acting as resident advisors for a Summer school program.  Since they were both attending different colleges, Georgetown and University of Wisconsin, they kept their long distance connection alive by staying in touch, occasionally meeting up, and even studying together abroad in London.  Over the next few years, their relationship grew and they were finally able to move in together in New York City! (You can see their NYC Fall engagement session here)  It was back at Princeton where Jordan proposed to Alyson, the same place where they had met.  So sweet!

It was a perfect summertime wedding, and the two chose to do their reveal where Joran proposed.  The expression on his face when he turned around was so cute, he could not stop smiling, and why would he?  Alyson looked stunning, a picture perfect bride in her two-piece dress.  Alyson kept the florals fresh and natural with a variety of greens and pops of white.  The bridesmaids wore a neutral, elegant palette of creams and beiges, while the groomsmen looked very handsome in their navy blue suits.  During the ceremony, Alyson and Jordan read their vows to each other which were touching and also brought out the laughs.  When Jordan got a little emotional, Alyson reached over and touched his arm so sweetly which calmed him down and centered him as he went on to speak his words.  There were small emotional tears, including the bridesmaids, as the two exchanged their stories and love for each other.  The ceremony and reception took place at The Nassau Inn.  During the cocktail hour, the bride and groom joined their alumni friends for photos while singing their school songs, and laughing and cheering each other on. 

It was my sincere pleasure to get to know this lovely couple.  I’m grateful they chose me to be apart of their day as they start another chapter in their journey together.  I can’t wait to see them again and hear about their awesome Grecian honeymoon!

 
 

Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Nassau Inn
Florist:  Kristin Rockhill Design
Cake Artist:  The Caketeria
Band/DJ:  Ambient DJ Service
Makeup Artist:  Make Me Up Eva
Hair Artist:  Kimberley Maugeri
Bridal Gown:  BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Show Me Your Mumu
Officiant: Lauren M. Seber
Stationary:  Alaina Ching -alainaching@gmail.com
Ceremony and Cocktail Music:  Sweet Harmony Music

Central Park | Engagement | Ruby & Hassan

Ruby and Hassan first met in the Summer of 2014 while Ruby traveled to Morocco with a group of educators.   Hassan was one of the greeters that showed the group around and really provided the group with a first hand experience of Morocco.  It was over dinner and mint tea where a connection really began.  Once Ruby left and came back to America, the two stayed in touch and continued their relationship long distance.  One year later, Ruby went back to Morocco to teach at the Ifrane school with Hassan and to experience life with him.  In May of 2016, with their parents present, they got engaged.  They both moved back to America where they got married in a small backyard ceremony.  But, this August is when they will have both sides of the family, and friends, come from different places of the world to meet for a celebration of their marriage! I can’t wait to be a part of the big day, experience all the festivities, and watch Ruby and Hassan feel all the love from their family and friends.

 

Morristown, Speedwell Park | Engagement Session | Jamie & Mark

When Jamie told me she would like to take her engagement photos in the Winter, I thought, “How cool and different!” I know that I was really hoping to get some amazing snowy shots and I had visions of fresh powder and being lost in an enchanted forest! I’m not sure if Jamie was thinking about getting lost in a forest, but I was pretty sure she was thinking the same as me…fresh, white snow!  Well, the season changed to Winter, and we only had one snow storm, and the rest of the Winter season was quickly going by with no snow in sight and unseasonably warm.  I thought, well, we can still go on a great nature walk and capture some beautiful moments!  We set our date to get together for the engagement photos, February 9th.  And, wouldn’t you know it…a big snow storm was coming our way! I made sure to get my snow tires on so that I can be prepared.  Unfortunately, the blizzard raged on throughout the day and Jamie was smart enough to tell me to not go driving, thank you Jamie! ;) So, we decided to wait for the morning after.  Jamie and Mark looked amazing for their engagement session with pops of red and classic jackets.  And, Jamie's hair was ridiculously gorgeous!  I'm very jealous :) After a quick run-around with cute, little Roxy, their Boston Terrier, in the front yard of their house,  we all made our way down to the park that Mark and Jamie walk Roxy often.  The fresh snow and the brisk, cold air was exhilarating!  Mark had Jamie cracking up so much, which in turn had me laughing too.  Watching their love and connection was so sweet and I am so happy for them.  We went back to their house to capture some fun, warmer moments inside their first home together.  Once again, this fun couple had me cracking up!  They are so funny and sweet with each other.  And, their home is so cute!  I loved hearing about what they did to fix it up and renovate their kitchen to make it truly theirs.  I can’t wait for their beautiful, intimate wedding in April, the countdown is on! 

Newly Born Baby

When my friend, Sarah, found out that she was pregnant, all of her friends, including myself, knew it was going to be a girl.  Then we all found out, she was indeed going to have a little girl :).  Sarah and her husband, Mark, had some names in mind, but had not come to a final decision until she was born. And, because of very special moments in their lives, named her Rayla.  But, before baby Rayla was even born, her Dad created a beautiful little room as her nursery. He painted the walls, put in a new fan and light, and constructed many other projects to bring a light and airy feel to the room. This room was originally Sarah’s art studio, so seeing the transformation was so exciting. Sarah made sure that it was decorated perfectly and in her style that makes one feel warm and taken care of. The hanging mobile was a handmade gift, as Sarah loves using more natural and hand made toys and even put up some of her own art work around the room to help bring in fun pops of color.  She even made the artwork on the alphabet blocks which are so cute!  It was pretty amazing having a close, dear and wonderful friend of mine go through a pregnancy and bring a little, tiny human into the world.  She’s such an amazing person and friend, and I know is going to be an amazing and inspirational mother too.

Chicken print: Miroosa - 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/miroosa#

Mobile & crocheted animals: Sheep Garden - 

ac.sheepgarden@gmail.com

Paintings: Sarah B. Pohlman - 

http://sbpohlman.com/

Phillips Farm, New Jersey | Anniversary Session, Christina & Erik

After just over a year of marriage, these two kids could not be anymore in love than the day they started dating. They strongly believe that dating your spouse is key to a successful marriage and they strive to live each day with that in mind. They love going on these special dates and adventures together so being able to watch their love during this awesome experience at the apple orchard was so much fun.  Plus, we walked away with some delicious apples of all types! Even a couple of pumpkins :)  It was such a quiet, beautiful, late afternoon at the farm and we were all alone and free to explore. I asked Christina about their story… of how they met, became best friends, fell for each other and got married.  She put such great detail into it, that I thought I would share it just how it was expressed to me. This is their story:

Erik and Christina met in college during their freshman year. They were introduced over dinner in the dining hall by a mutual friend. They very quickly became friends and soon enough became inseparable. During their years in college Erik formed a little puppy crush on Christina and everyone knew it. Except Christina. Only seeing more like a brother she friend zoned him. Hardcore. 

Most of their time was spent together in the school library, on adventures in Lancaster City, or during campus activities. As the years passed the reality of them graduating began to sank in. Erik graduated in 2012 and he felt that with his moving back to NJ there was no point in pursuing Christina anymore, they're paths were going in different places. After Erik graduated the two still remained in touch and Erik would even come out to visit. Finally, during Christina's senior year in college she made the plan to visit him in NJ. It was during that trip Christina began to feel differently about Erik. After she returned back to PA she consulted her other very good friend, Dan, who was also Erik's college roommate and the third member of their little musketeer group. Dan, worried for Erik's feelings because he knew how much Erik pined over Christina told her to take some time and think about it. Well, Christina, taking his advice seriously, hung up with Dan and immediately called Erik and asked him out! So much for taking time to think about it. 

Not on purpose, but of course the day all of this transpired was April Fool's Day so when Erik and Christina's relationship status changed on Facebook it certainly sent a frenzy amongst their friends. Once people realized it was not a joke their friends and family could not be happier. FINALLY!

Erik and Christina's new relationship was separated by a state line and four to five hours of driving. About two weekends a month they would share driving out and seeing one another. By the point of their dating status they had known each other for five and a half years so they both knew the direction that they were headed, marriage. After eight a half months of dating Erik proposed to Christina with a beautiful custom made ring. Erik planned it while they were visiting the National Christmas Center in Paradise, PA and even got Santa in on the surprise!

Nine months later they were married and started their life together in NJ. 

NYC Highline Engagement Session

It was a chilly October morning when Alyson and Jordan arrived for their engagement session.  They were real troopers for getting up so early to beat the crowds on the Highline and catch those morning rays of sunshine.  The Highline is a special place where they both love to come and spend time together.  I was fortunate enough to share this experience with them while there were so few people.  Alyson was a brave soul, walking around effortlessly in her heels and taking off her cute sweater when the sun was just warm enough as it hit her shoulders.  Jordan was such a gentleman and made sure that Alyson was comfortable, kept her warm and of course, kept her smiling.  They have a deep love and respect for each other.  Alyson and Jordan are such a sweet couple, they even looked out for me!  Afterwards, I loved sitting with them over hot chocolates and tea and hearing all about their wedding planning and the little details that are going into their big day!  I’m very happy for them as they continue to check things off the list ;)  And, I’m excited to share a few images from their sweet session and can’t wait for Alyson and Jordan’s Princeton wedding next year!