Caroline + Billy: The Basking Ridge County Club Tented Wedding in Basking Ridge, NJ

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

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Jessica + Mike: Rock Island Lake Club Wedding, Sparta NJ

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

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Valerie + Kevin: David’s Country Inn

I had the pleasure of shooting Valerie and Kevin’s amazing wedding at David’s Country Inn. I actually met Val and Kevin at Gracie New Jersey where we all train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so it was even more important for me immerse myself in their day and capture how it truly felt.   It’s completely undeniable that the entire day was filled with love and hugs, so many hugs.  See Val’s hugs last for a minimum of 30 seconds, if you’ve ever had one, you know that’s how a hugs should be. 🙂  It was even the subject of Mickey’s (the best man) speech.

One of my favorite parts of the day was watching them sway to their first dance song by Nathaniel Rateliff.  They chose Howling at Nothing.  It’s funny, because I feel like bottom verses really defined the night.. the party was amazing, the vibe was joy and laughter and the entire crowd was dancing..

We were howlin at the moon
We were shaking our hips
Danced until we flat out falling into bed
But I won’t let you go

So, let me in or let me down
Let me lay here so slow
Baby just keep holding got to move our feet
‘Cause you know it ain’t end
Val and Kevin, you spread your love just by being in each other’s presence.  You are a truly unique couple and it’s obvious you are each others halves and together you made one whole. Love you both and thank you for allowing me to capture your day. XO Janine

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