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 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
Janice and Rich had the most perfect wedding day surrounded by their family and friends at The Loft at Jack’s Barn Wedding in Oxford, NJ. When I originally met with them, they told me they wanted a relaxed wedding with those close to them, with a super fun party…and that’s exactly what they got. The day flowed beautifully, and Janice and Rich got to dance the night away to their favorite country music!
Every wedding I shoot, I tend to take a little piece away from it with me. The final song of the night is one that has played in my head since their wedding. It’s by John Pardi and it’s called Head over Boots. The entire crowd dancing to this song and I watched Janice and Rich sway to the music as they held each other tightly. I began to feel pretty emotional and this part of the song really stuck out to me:
‘Cause you’re the one I want, you’re the one I need
Baby, if I was a king, you would be my queen
You’re the rock in my roll
You’re good for my soul, it’s true
I’m head over boots for you’
I think it’s because everything felt so right, watching them with their friends and family. It felt like I was in presence of a deep love that’s been there for a very long time, even though they were just married. Call it two souls joining, call it real love, call it utter joy, but either way; I’ll always remember this night and this amazing couple.
I had the pleasure of capturing Cortney and Mike’s incredible wedding at the beautiful Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA. This breathtaking venue is home to an all organic farm, with sweeping hills and orchards galore. Every detail of this day was meticulously planned by the Bride and Groom…. and they are officially the king and queen of DIY!
Reception: The Rodale Institute
Dress: Melissa Sweet
Brides Hair: Megan Boyle
Bridesmaids hair: DIY
Bride and Bridesmaids make-up: DIY