Gianna and Chris have one of the those love stories where you say to yourself, “That must be fate.” Years ago Gianna was working at Davy’s Dogs, Chris walks in, places his order and then gives Gianna his business card and tells him to contact her if in the future for other employment. Gianna does reach out to Chris and she sends him a letter with her qualifications and interest for working at David’s Country Inn. You see, Chris is one of the owners of David’s in Hackettstown NJ and when he met Gianna he knew she would be a great addition to their staff. Over the time of them working together, they fell in love and it’s simply not coincidence that Gianna’s first day on the schedule at David’s was January 17, 2015.. and their wedding date was January 17, 2020.
Their ceremony was at the epic and breathing taking Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark NJ and their 300+ reception of their closest friends and family was at the one and only Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ. And their flowers? Breathtaking from Fleurs Divine. It’s an understatement to say wedding date was an actual real like fairytale. PURE. MAGIC. So much emotion and happy tears literally all day that I left that night feels like I captured something truly remarkable. Gianna and Chris I wish you all the happiness in the world today and always.
There are two places on the face of this earth that I absolutely adore more than anywhere else, Cape May and Long Beach Island (LBI). Shooting engagement sessions and weddings in Cape May and LBI are an absolute dream to me. The beautiful colors of the grass and sand, coupled with the interesting textures, is pure heaven for a photographer.. or for me at least! So when Emily and Justin said they wanted their engagement shoot at Barnegat Lighthouse on LBI, I was thrilled! Emily has a history of visiting the island, as do I and thus it was kismet.
We had a plan going into the day and as we approached the island, as summer weather would have it, it started to storm; bad. Lightening, downpours, wind, all of it. But, we waited it out and had faith that the clearing would be AMAZING …and it was it. I’m so thankful for that storm, because in that “what are we going to do moment” I had the chance to really bond with my amazing clients. I’ll be forever thankful for those moments.
The aftermath of the storm gave us the the most amazing beachy blue skies and dramatic clouds. Emily and Justin were absolute troopers through it all..walking through the wet sand, outfit changes, and the chance of more rain. And then.. the rainbow hit. We for sure, knew we were in the right place for their session. After the intense stress of the weather, I’m truly amazed by my clients for truly connecting so deeply with each other during their session. I kept calling them my Prince Harry and Megan Markle! Emily and Justin, you are amazing and I can’t wait to shoot your June 2020 wedding at Bonnet Island Estate!
I would say that if we lived in a universe where two souls connect to each other over every lifetime experienced, that it would be certain that each time Corinne and Kevin would find each other, each time.. somehow, some way. In all of my years in this business, I have never met a more affectionate groom than Kevin. It’s so obvious when he reads Corrine’s card or when he prepares for their first look, how deeply in love he is with his beautiful bride. You can that together this couple makes each other whole.
It’s funny, when I’m shooting a wedding, I’m always looking and searching for ‘moments’ for ‘feels’.. Corinne and Kevin’s wedding was one where I didn’t have to search at all because of the connection this couple has to each other and to their family and friends. Thank you Kevin and Corinne, for allowing me in to your world to tell your story.
Hair/Makeup: Gabrielle D’Amato & Marissa-hair
DJ/Band: Classie Events
Ceremony + Reception: The Mansion at Natirar
Nicole and Shaun your wedding was epic! This fantastic couple started their day getting ready at the Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster NJ. It’s such a beautiful location, tucked behind a lush golf course where the grounds and gardens are meticulously maintained. Both the bride and groom chose to get ready with their families and bridal party in the bridal suites. I had a couple favorite moments from this part of the day. Absolutely on the list was when their sweet dog Winnie, came to visit Nicole during her prep. Winnie was so excited she was whining and crying with joy! Next up, was when Nicole’s bridal party and her mom watched her open her card from Shaun. But my most favorite moment was Nicole’s Dad seeing her for the first time. I’m pretty sure, this is the most epic father first look I’ve every captured!!
After the prep, we headed to Mary Mother of God Church in Hillsborough, NJ for the ceremomy. I love the look on Shaun’s face when he sees his bride for the first time and dad’s reaction to Nicole seeing Shaun. These are the moments I live for! Aftewards, we went back to the club for their portraits and reception. Their reception was totally on fire and we so much fun shooting all the fun with their guests! Thank you so much Nicole and Shaun for allowing me to capture your incredible day!
DJ/Band: The Infernos
Florist: Jardiniere Fine Flowers
This is the moment when Nicole realizes her sweet Winnie is on the way to see her!