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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The Loft at Jack’s Barn Oxford NJ Wedding Photographer | Rustic Cowboy Nuptials

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.

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Wedding: Cortney + Mike: The Rodale Institute – Organic Farm Wedding – Kutztown, PA

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 

Cake: Appetique

Dress: Melissa Sweet

Flowers:
Bouquets: Dutch Valley Florist
Table Arrangements: Greenway Florist

Hair/Make-up:
Brides Hair: Megan Boyle
Bridesmaids hair: DIY
Bride and Bridesmaids make-up: DIY

DJ: Schaffer Sound DJ’s

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Wedding: Cortney + Jason – Basking Ridge Country Club New Jersey

Have you ever met a couple that when they walk in the room, all heads turn to look that them?  If you have, it was probably Cortney and Jason.  They both have personalities that will light up a room within minutes.  Jason’s smile is like none other,  constantly grinning from ear to ear and Cortney’s electric eyes could like take your breath away. Their entire day was filled with incredible emotion.  Jason was over taken with emotion when he knew Cortney was coming down the aisle. See awesome tears below. It’s probably my favorite processional ever. After the ceremony, we took some portraits during golden hour on the grounds of the country club. And the night ended with some pretty sick dancing in the ballroom at the Basking Ridge Country Club.  Thank you again J+C for allowing me to document your amazing day!

Ceremony + Reception: Basking Ridge Country Club

Hair/Makeup: Stephanie (hair) and Adriana (makeup)  of Pin It Up & Pout
Cake: Gourmet Touch Bakery
Dress: A customized Jovani by Aziza Couture
Flowers: Vanessa at Metropolitan Plant & Floral Exchange
DJ: Christian from SCE Group

Special thanks to Hasan Aj of Vibrant Captures for shooting this wedding with me!

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Wedding: Elizabeth + Erich – The Primavera Regency, Stirling NJ Wedding Photographer

It feels so good to go back to your roots sometimes and to visit the streets you grew up on as a child. When Elizabeth asked me to shoot her wedding, I immediately felt completely honored.  You see, I grew up with Elizabeth’s older brother and he was one of the first friends I made in grade school in Somerville, NJ.  My memory of Elizabeth was of a beautiful brown eyed little girl, kind and sweet to all.  So when she asked me to capture her wedding to Erich, I almost cried. To see her marry her love on her wedding day was one I won’t forget.  Erich is her perfect match..witty and fun and full of life. The joining  of these families was one filled with incredible emotion and laughter.  I’m so overjoyed to have been a part of this day and Elizabeth and Erich I wish you a life time of happiness and love!

Ceremony: St. Joseph&