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

Lionhearted

My friend Val has been going through a lot lately.  For the past few years, she has been dealing with seizures that started affecting her day to day life.  The original injury happened many years ago when she was young, but over the last few years they have become more frequent and intense.  She can sometimes have more than one seizure a day, has had to take multiple pills everyday to try and control them, and has unfortunately had her driver’s license taken away because of her condition.  This has taken a huge toll on her, mentally, physically and emotionally.  After a lot of pain, time, money and tears, this past winter, Val was finally able to try and get help with the Doctors she wanted to work with.  Without going into too much detail, it has been a long, hard road with the testing and surgeries.  Now, after her second major brain surgery, she is recovering, hoping for and looking forward to not being affected by her seizures.  It will still take some time, but she is a strong person and all of her friends can’t wait to be with her and start going on hikes, tubing down the river, campfires and everything the Summer has to offer.  I’m so glad that Val was happy to pose for me for these photos.  She understands my artistic perspective in wanting to capture these :)  She is definitely a "lionhearted" warrior!

Balloons!

I was just looking at my

Dog Park Publishing

Pitbull calendar and saw "Fall Begins" on September 23rd (along with Yom Kippur) and I couldn’t help but think about how time just flies by pretty darn quickly.

This Summer has been quite eventful and I've shared some great times with my family and friends. BBQs, fairs, long days, a massive lack of rain, camping and hiking are just a few of the things that come to mind when thinking about the last few months.

Although, I wasn't able to make it to one of my usual summer events, the local 4-H Fair, I did attend another event that brought a smile to my face -

The Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

. I remember trying to wake up at 5AM so I could avoid the bottleneck of cars that were sure to be stuffing the entrance. But, I couldn’t  get myself up until 6am :)

Luckily, I was still able to arrive right when they started setting the balloons off into the sky. The Star Wars song, Imperial March (by John Williams {yes, I'm kinda a nerd}) was blasting as I walked in because they had just let the Darth Vader balloon drift into the air. I have to say, the song gave me those fun, tingly feelings and I got really excited!

Even though the Summer has pretty much come to a close, I am looking forward to the cooler, crisper days of Fall. An extra layer here, a light jacket there, and a scarf for fun! So for this journal entry, I thought I'd share a few of the shots I took (35mm & medium format film) while the balloons at the festival were just taking off into the early morning light. 

Pump House B&B Wedding - Sarah & Mark

   Hello world!  So this is going to be my first real blog, and I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to blogging, so I hope this turns out the way I'm picturing it in my mind.  Moving right along...

   I had the amazing pleasure of photographing my dear friend's wedding.  I remember when I first found out that Mark, now her husband, had proposed.  They were down in Florida with family and they were on the beach and there was a rainbow across the sky... and it was all just magical.  I also remember when she sent me a text to FIRST tell me and said that she thinks she might need me to photograph her engagement.  I was like, "Sure!" not fully realizing what she meant.  Then it slowly dawned on me, "Wait, engagement photos? For Sarah?...OH MY GOD!!"  I thought it was hilarious that I didn't put the two together.

   Sarah is not only a dear friend, but an amazing

artist

.  I am proud to say that I own a handful of her amazing artwork :)  I knew that this wedding was going to be unique and Sarah would know exactly how to turn her ideas into reality.  I cannot say enough about how she designed SO many details of her wedding with her own visions and skills.  She made everything from the "Save the Date" cards, to the wedding invitations, to the candles made from fallen tree limbs, the photo booth props, the message boards and the list goes on!

   Being able to go on this journey with her was such an honor.  From trying on dresses, which turned into another awesome story, to hearing about the venue they chose and knowing about the little details, I felt like I was right there with her along the way.  So, to see the big day finally come to fruition was so cool and so special.  And, I'm so lucky to have had Mark and Sarah believe in me to document their wedding day and capture some amazing photos of the two of them as they start this new chapter in their lives.  Love you guys!

Vendors

Venue:  

Pump House B&B

Flowers:

Gibbs Farm

- gibbsfarm@gmail.com

Music:  

Must Be the Music - Mike Simmons - INFO@MUSTBETHEMUSICDJS.COM

Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses:  

David's Bridal

Groom's Suit:  

Men's Warehouse

Catering:  

Ard's Farm