It’s been months since I blogged a full wedding (yay for the busy season!) and I’m thrilled to start up again with the wedding of Lauren and Jeff. They married way back in early September at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, New Jersey, followed by their reception at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. I can honestly say it was a total pleasure working with them! When they are together, it’s pretty obvious how they bring out the best in each other. You know that phrase “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”? That’s Lauren and Jeff. Here’s a little about them, from them:

The First Date: It was the spring of 2013, when Lauren was finishing her second year at UNC and Jeff was finishing his first year at Duke. Although their schools were heated rivals, they both decided to give each other the benefit of the doubt and agreed to a blind date. The risk paid off, with the pair finding instant chemistry.

The Proposal: After a couple years of dating, Jeff proposed at Lauren’s beloved alma mater, Wellesley. While he was proposing, a bystander yelled out: “Is this for real?” Also, the crew team was practicing during the proposal and they congratulated them afterwards. Lauren thought that was pretty cool.

Wedding day favorite moments: “President Jeff” photograph (before they entered the reception), entering on the balcony at the Crystal Plaza, the first dance, stealing glances at each other during the ceremony, when Jeff and Lauren first saw each other at church, how Jeff could not figure out Lauren’s corset, getting ready with their families, dancing, and when they had a few private moments together in the Rolls Royce Phantom on the way to the reception.

Any advice for future couples planning their weddings? Start early, breathe often, and don’t become too overwhelmed by Pinterest! Lauren also strongly recommends the bride delegate as much as possible to the groom and willing family and friends in order to make her life easier.

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Some of Lauren and Jeff’s other wedding vendors include:

Hair Artist – Debbie Tracy, Hair Unique

Makeup Artist – Donna Spinelli, Amazing Face NJ

Florist – Jillian McAlpine, Carousel of Flowers

Videographer – Ivan, Breathe Artistic Photo & Video

Cake Artist – Barry Ress, Crystal Plaza

Band – Kevin Osborne, Hank Lane Music and Productions

Transportation – Brian Wecksler, Broadway Elite

 

Alstede Farms is a beautiful and serene orchard up in Morris County, NJ. It’s one of those “pick your own” spots, and it’s the spot that Diana & Craig picked for their fall engagement session.  We were lucky to have one of those yummy and sunny autumn afternoons, and I was more than happy to create some yummy sunlit portraits for them. They also brought their pug Daisy, which of course makes me happy since I loved dogs as much as people. 🙂  Enjoy!

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It’s the middle of autumn, which is one of the most popular times for engagement sessions.  The weather is gorgeous, the fall colors are starting to pop, and everyone is starting to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Speaking of feeling all warm and fuzzy, meet Samantha & Nate, who are signing up for a lifetime of warm and fuzzies next June. 🙂  We recently met up to do some engagement photos around a gorgeous park in Central Jersey.  When I asked  them in advance what is their ideal photo of the two of them, Samantha said “A picture of us laughing and having fun together!” What do you think, guys? I think we nailed it!  Here are my favorites from our time togethers… Enjoy!

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September is the most popular month for wedding (at least for Danette Pascarella Photography in 2016!), and this next wedding was glorious. Morgan & Mike married at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA followed by a classic fairytale reception at the prestigious Union League on Broad Street.  Congrats, guys!  Here are your teasers. 🙂

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When I first met Rachel and Tristan earlier this spring for their engagement session, I immediately knew something was different about them. What they have together is very real, very tangible, very palpable.  You can almost feel their love for each other in your soul. This sounds pretty crazy, I know! If you know them, then you, too, know exactly what I mean.

Their wedding day finally arrived after a very busy spring, and it was held this past July at the lovely Riverdale Manor in Lancaster, PA. The day started out with lots of energy and laughter at a perfect little apartment they rented for their wedding weekend. Rachel is a very talented opera singer, as are many of her friends, and the prep was filled with arias and musical poetry as they all took turns serenading each other. It was pretty awesome for my ears to witness!

Rachel and Tristan had an emotional first look at Riverdale before their tearful and sweet ceremony.  I say tearful because Tristan’s words to Rachel in his vows made the entire place shed some tears, including myself. Towards the end of the ceremony their bridal party and a few other guests sang to them in what can only be described as heavenly. The chills up the spine continued!

And continued again they did, as the reception and party started. Throughout the night as these two souls danced together, their eyes locked on each other, it made me realize that they may be the most perfect couple, completely made for each other. It has been an honor documenting this time in their young lives for them, witnessing this relationship. Thank you to Rachel and Tristan! Mazel Tov!

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Make-up – Josephine Love

Florist – Katelyn Kiehl of Forte Florals PA

Officiant – Rabbi Binyamin Biber

Videographer – Justin Chan of Valley Creek Productions

DJ – Matt Stegall of Central Pennsylvania DJs

 

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