I have so many feelings about Krista and AJs wedding. I fell in love with Born to Run Farm, located in Glen Gardner, NJ in 2017 when I shot my first wedding there. Living only 7 minutes from this venue, I can see it from my house, nestled high up in the mountains. I had always wondered who owned this beautiful home I admired for so long? When I arrived at the farm, I could barely catch my breath. No picture I could ever take could convey its beauty. But, a location if only beautiful doesn’t mean very much if it doesn’t have amazing people behind it. This leads me to the Gerish family.
See Krista and AJ, (the bride and groom) decided on this location as it’s her grandfather’s farm. I know stop right there right?!?! Many years ago, her grandfather bought this 126 acre property and raised horses and other live stock. (Some of which are considered the babies of the family now *see cow pics.!) When they reached out to speak with me about their wedding.. again, I almost lost my breath. Krista and her brother and cousins (who now run the farm) grew up on this property. You could truly see in all of their faces the joy they felt for Krista meeting her soulmate! Sigh, how wonderful, a family wedding on the family farm. It doesn’t get any better.
Mother nature was playing some tricks on us this day, but because my incredible couple were so easy going we shot in the rain, in the cold and then back in the drizzle again. You really can’t tell from the images that it was overcast, as the emotions of the day fill the images with such love. I will be forever thankful Krista and AJ that you chose me for your day. xo Janine
In the corner of this image is Krista’s grandfather’s tractor. So meaningful to the couple and the day.
See the bee hives in the back!? These were used for jars of honey for the favors. SO perfect!!!
This view! I mean, could you ask for anything more? New Jersey, Hunterdon County, you are so beautiful!
Oh Danielle and James, what a magnificent day. Danielle you planned this day flawlessly, from the minute we started working together, I knew it would be perfect. What’s even more perfect is how James looks at you. From your engagement session to your wedding, the look in his eyes was something so beautiful. My favorite image is of you coming down the aisle and his reaction. I am so thankful I was able to be a part of your day and celebrate with your family and friends for this incredible day! xo Janine
How and where did James propose?
James proposed on the Top of the Rock in NYC overlooking the Empire State Building at sunset on February 18th, 2017. James does not often plan things so I had a feeling it was coming because he had the entire weekend planned. It was one of those freaky weekends where it was 70 degrees in the middle of February. We shopped around the city in the morning and he rushed me to check in on our check in time at our hotel where he told me get ready for the night by 4:00. After he proposed we went right to dinner at Ruth Chris and saw Aladdin on Broadway. We FaceTimed my family from the middle of Times Square on our way to the play because they were afraid he chickened out! Sunday morning we walked around all of Central Park taking pictures of my ring (and us).
What made you choose your church and venue for your wedding?
The church was my childhood church. I was baptized there, received first communion, confirmation. I also attended school there, was active in the youth group, and worked there all throughout high school and college breaks. I had grown to gave a close relationship with our Pastor and would never dream of getting married anywhere else. It helps that he remodeled (for me 😉 ) to make the church such a beautiful place!
We initially looked at our venue out of obligation to my father. He had been going to golf outings (I think through a fundraiser through our church) for years. Every year he would come home and talk about how much he loved it and how great the food was. He would always say we should look there if we ever got engaged. So we looked there with little to go off because they do not have many pictures online but I knew my dad loved it. The manager is local to scotch plains and he used a lot of family businesses in the area for various components of the wedding (which I loved because I grew up in scotch plains). When we finally went to the venue, we fell in love. Everyone we met was so accommodating and we felt that we couldn’t say no because we got the most bang for our buck which included all we wanted and more! Based on the response from everyone who attended our wedding and how happy we were with the service I would say we made the best choice.
What did you enjoy about the planning process for your day?
There were two top things that I enjoyed. I really enjoy crafting and being creative, so I loved being able to make and create things for the wedding. I am a details person so I loved being able to create personal touches and combine everything I love into one day. I went thrift shopping regularly to get all the centerpiece containers, plates for table numbers, and mirrors for signs. From the bridesmaids belts, to the key favors and the place cards I created everything myself and I loved being able to see my vision come to life. I was fortunate to work with so many great vendors who understood my visions and ties together all the details to make it an absolutely perfect day.
My favorite part of the process of just being engaged was how nice, thoughtful, and happy everyone was towards us and how genuinely excited they were that James and I were getting married. I hope every bride gets to have the same experience during their engagement because the entire process leading up to the wedding was such a happy process. From my patients counting down to the day with me to friends and family checking in constantly to offer help and check in, I always felt so loved and supported. I’m fortunate to have had such a memorable year and a half leading up to our perfect day.
I was so happy to finally capture Caroline and Billy’s wedding this summer. They booked me without and in person meeting and by the time we finally sat down together to go over their day, it felt like we were old friends. Both the bride and groom currently work and live in DC, but they met in NJ where most of their family and friends are from. So it made sense to have their wedding at the beautiful Basking Ridge Country Club in Basking Ridge NJ.
Their day happened to be one of the hottest of the year; in the upper 90s with lots of humidity. You really can’t tell from the images are they didn’t let the heat get to them at all. Also, I have to mention, Caroline’s dress was made of the most beautiful material. It NEVER wrinkled the entire night.. and it had pockets. How can you go wrong with that? She truly looked STUNNING. I loved the simple elegance of her makeup and pinned back hair. And judging by Billy’s expression when he saw her come down the aisle, he agreed too. 🙂
I have to mention that I laughed profusely at their toasts. SO. CREATIVE. I’ll never forget when the Maid of Honor started to recite text from Caroline’s 7th or 8th grade yearbook. You can see the shock on Caroline’s face. The room filled with laughter. And I must mention that the reception was filled with the sounds of an amazing Jersey shore band who belted out the classics that everyone loves. The dance floor was packed and the crowd truly let loose!
Thank you Caroline, Billy.. and Wendy too! (Caroline’s awesome mom) for allowing me to capture this special day. I’ll take the memories of your day and hold them in my mind for a day when winter comes and I need to think of an amazing couple and some bright blue skies. xo Janine
Oh Jessica and Mike, your day was absolutely perfect in every way. But, I can truly say if it was stormy rainy day, it wouldn’t have mattered at all. You guys are just that type of couple that brings joy where ever they are. I love that you both knew each other in HS , (Mike also asked Jess out on HS, but she said no!) and to have reconnected many years later is truly something special. Your vows to each other was so in sync with each others. It’s amazing to listen to two souls make these beautiful promises that sound so inline with each other. Something special for sure.
Your family and friends made me feel so welcome the entire day and there was so much joy in the air it felt palpable. And let’s not forget the laughter; during prep, through the ceremony and reception where Mike’s brother left the entire room in tears (including myself) with his heartfelt comedic toast! I can’t forget the jersey shore Springsteen band who truly rocked the night away. I remember looking over at Jess as she was rocking out to the band and her hair began to slowly falling out of place. I remember thinking to myself, this is why I do this; these honest, beautiful and fun moments with incredible clients make my job so easy, so very easy. Thank you Jess and Mike for allowing me to capture this remarkable moment in your lives. xo Janine