New Haven, CT | Wedding | Ruby & Hassan

Ruby and Hassan’s love story started across the Atlantic Ocean in Hassan’s home country of Morocco.  Ruby, a school teacher from Connecticut in the US, went abroad with a group of fellow educators.  Hassan happened to be one of the lucky ambassadors that showed the group around.  And, as we now know, Hassan and Ruby soon sparked their connection over dinner and mint tea!  

Even after Ruby came back to America, they stayed in touch and maintained a long distance relationship.  After a year of dating long distance, Ruby ventured back to Morocco to teach with Hassan.  Their great life adventure has continued ever since.  With both sets of parents present, Hassan proposed with a beautiful ring of tanzanite and diamonds set in white gold, from Ruby’s Jewelers of course.  They returned to America and had their official marriage ceremony in the backyard of Ruby’s parents home.

On the day of their “other” wedding celebration, I knew it was important to take lots of photos outside of Ruby’s parents house because it’s the setting of so many joyous moments in Ruby’s life.  Plus, I must say, that Ruby’s parents have a gorgeous garden and I couldn’t resist photographing amidst all of the beautiful colors!  

Hassan’s family traveled all the way from Morocco and France, while Ruby’s extended family traveled all the way from Taiwan! We took family photos right outside and I just loved the moment when Ruby’s Mom leaned over to give her a kiss.  She was so proud and filled with love for her daughter.

The wedding was filled with friends and family from all over the world!  It was amazing to see the love that brought everyone together to celebrate these wonderful souls.  Ruby started the day in a traditional white wedding dress and then changed into a traditional Kaftan dress that was handmade and hand-embroidered by expert Moroccan seamstresses.  It’s a traditional dress worn at Moroccan weddings. Ruby chose the colors and design together with Hassan’s parents.

Traditionally, at Taiwanese and Moroccan weddings, the bride can have several dress changes.  Ruby also contemplated donning her traditional red Taiwanese wedding dress, called Qipao, for photos. But, luckily, we already captured her beauty in that dress during their engagement session – found HERE

One of the memorable moments for me was when Ruby’s brother, David, made his speech. He cracked a lot of jokes, but one of the things he said that stuck with me, was about how Ruby took a risk.  She took a risk on her heart, to open it for Hassan, to go back to Morocco and live with him and his family for a year. They both took a risk to get married, move to America and start a life together. If they never took those risks, they would not be where they are today, together, in love, going on adventures and soon experiencing one of the biggest adventures by welcoming a baby into the world and into their hearts.

I can’t wait to see them again and meet their little peanut! It was my privilege to capture the memories of Ruby and Hassan’s wedding day, but an even greater privilege to be their friend :).

 

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

Ninety Acres | Wedding | Jamie & Mark

It was a cloudy day on April 1st, 2017.  It poured the day before, but the skies were holding back the rain and created the perfect light for Jamie and Mark’s wedding.

Jamie was getting ready at her parents home, the same house that she grew up in. It was very special to her to be able to be in an environment that was relaxing, comforting and felt exactly like, well... home.  

I thought it was super-sweet that one of the more important moments to her was getting a picture with Roxy (Jamie and Mark’s cutie-pie Boston Terrier) and her parents on the front steps. This was a place where so many pictures had been taken of her over the years of while growing up. School dances, holidays, prom and now, her wedding day.  All of the details that were part of the day and around the house were so adorable!  The front door had it’s own wedding day decorations, there was an amazing smelling candle (properly called ‘Wedding Day’), white M&M’s, little black confetti cut-outs of a bride and groom and her grandmother’s paper doll with a cool pop-out skirt that she had on at her wedding. Roxy had her own special collar and pearl leash, and the list goes on!  It was so much fun to see all these little special touches all over.  I knew that her family had put a lot of time and effort into making it special for their daughter.  I also have to gush about how adorable Jamie’s parents' home is and how absolutely sweet and welcoming they are!  Every room was so cute and clean and the powder-room…glorious! I’m pretty jealous:).  

I spent most of my time photographing the details in Jamie’s old room.  I get a bit emotional when I think about it – here I am in the room that this sweet and fun girl grew up in, with soooo many memories; and now here I am, photographing her, along with all the special things and people in her life on her wedding day. It was such an honor to have been a part of this experience.

Jamie and Mark had their intimate wedding at the beautiful, expansive and historic Ninety Acres property in Peapack, New Jersey.  They had their own private room for dinner which was decorated beautifully including flowers from Jardiniere Fine Flowers and place cards by Dove House Handmade.  Jamie and Mark wanted to keep their wedding private and special with just their immediate families to celebrate the ceremony and dinner.  And later that night went to go party with their friends on a rooftop bar in Morristown! It was a really sweet way to enjoy the day and evening.  Mark’s brother officiated the wedding and brought a bunch of laughs.  It was funny and sentimental, there were laughs and happy tears. Mark also brought out the inner comedienne of Jamie, cracking jokes and having fun with the cake ;)  

It was such a pleasure to be able to spend that time with both families and share those moments with all of them. And by the end, I was giving hugs to everyone because I felt so warm towards and excited for them.  By now, the bride and groom are off in New Zealand and Australia, or another amazing island on an adventure or just relaxing.  I know they are having an amazing time because this honeymoon has been a special part of their plan for a long time.

Jamie and Mark, thank you so much for having me be a part of your wedding day. You and your families are incredible, funny and kind. I’m honored to have been the one to capture the moments and details of what is now a whole new, awesome chapter in your lives! :)

Venue, Food & Cake:  Ninety Acres, Peapack, NJ
Bride’s Dress & Veil:  BHLDN
Bride’s Shoes:  Frances Valentine
Hair:  Samantha Cruise, Vanity Salon
Make Up:  Bethany Moffa
Flowers:  Jardiniere Fine Flowers
Invitations & Place cards:  Katy, Dove House Handmade

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! 

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.