Late fall weddings are ah-mazing. Glorious light, chilly temps, and all around snuggie feelings, all while ramping up for the holidays. I’m happy to share some more teasers with y’all from the last couple weddings. Even though wedding season is winding down, I feel like the energy is ramping up! Full blogs will continue soon! I super promise ya. ūüôā



It is autumn, which is like tax season for photographers. As I try to keep my head above water with shooting and editing, let me whet your whistle with some teasers from the last two months. I will get back to blogging full weddings which I come back up for air. Until then, enjoy these!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with the most adorable couple, Lindsey & Cassidy. ¬†They are high school sweethearts and have been together for over 7 years now!¬†We met up at the gorgeous Teetertown Preserve¬†in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, for their engagement session and all around good time. The fall colors were starting to pop, and Lindsey and Cassidy were just perfect¬†together. ¬†We then headed to their alma mater of Warren Hills HS, where it all began. They had their first date at the football field, so what better way to commemorate this by being silly together there with me photographing them. ūüôā ¬†I had a great time with these two, and I look forward to their wedding next September. Enjoy these¬†favorites!



It seems like every time¬†I photograph a wedding I feel “wow this is my favorite one this year!”. And it happened again! I had the immense pleasure of documenting the super fun and emotional wedding of Jeanette and Ryan just a couple of weeks ago. One pretty awesome thing about this wedding was that it took place really close to where I live in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, so I was able to photograph both of them getting ready, which doesn’t usually happen if I don’t have a second photographer with me. I started with Ryan and his groomsmen and family, and also with Donovan, his and Jeanette’s adorable 1 year old son. It was really sweet watching little baby Donovan getting all gussied up in his tiny tux! From there I met up with Jeanette and the girls before heading to the ceremony at St. Ann’s Church¬†in Hampton, NJ.

Speaking of the ceremony… because of¬†Donovan getting sick on the bus and throwing up¬†everywhere¬† a wardrobe malfunction, the ceremony started over 30 minutes late. ¬†Needless to say when Jeanette finally arrived after having to do laundry (I’m serious!), she quickly got off the bus and started walking down the aisle right after her bridesmaids did. ¬†Sounds normal and expected, right? The problem is that no one thought to get Ryan, who was patiently waiting in the sacristy. So when Jeanette and her dad Ron walked down the aisle, no one was there waiting for her! It was pretty hysterical and I never heard so much laughter in a church before. There was a do over of course! ¬†You’ll see below.

The Farmhouse at the Grand Colonial in the other Hampton, NJ right down the road was where Jeanette and Ryan’s wedding reception took place. I’m not sure who ordered up the glorious full rainbow for them, but all I can say is thank you. It was my first time seeing a full rainbow in person, and I’m so happy I was there to capture it with¬†them. What a gift it was for us all!

I really enjoyed spending the day with this sweet and fun couple, so thank you to Jeanette and Ryan for trusting me to photograph this very special day!

  • Anna - October 8, 2017 - 5:59 AM

    These are so gorgeous! congrats.ReplyCancel

Meet Ashley and Curt. They are awesome. I should stop typing now and let the photos show you how much fun they are! ūüėČ This past June they married at the rustic and photogenic venue Perona Farms in Andover, New Jersey. ¬†I first met Ashley and Jill & Bowie’s wedding a couple years ago; she was the maid of honor and the photo of Ashley¬†giving her tearful toast turned out to be one of my favorite photos from that wedding! ¬†Fast forward to now. It was great seeing Jill and Bowie back in town to celebrate with Ashley and Curt, who have so much fun and chemistry together that I found myself laughing along with them all day long.

Here’s their story, as told by Ashley:

How did you meet? Our story began during our sophomore year in high school. Our mutual friend introduced us during lunch one day. Curt‚Äôs contagious laugh and incredible sense of humor is what caught my attention first. Being shy, I watched him get swooped up by another girl. The summer before our senior year, I heard he was single and I just happened to ‚Äúneed‚ÄĚ firewood. While there I invited him over to hang out with us and that is when the sparks began to fly.

The proposal: Curt and I took a trip to one of our favorite places, St. Johns, U.S.V.I. Curt had plans to propose to me on top of Rams Head Trail for a few years, but about a month before our trip I hurt me knee. This led him to think about a plan B option while we were away!!! While he was planning another location, everyone on the trip kept insisting that we go on this hike which was unusual for Curt because he hates hiking in the heat! This is when I figured out what he was about to plan! Knowing what was waiting for me at the top of Rams Head Trail made the hike very exciting for me, but very nerve wracking for Curt! We all enjoyed watching the sunrise and I especially enjoyed the view of my future husband sweating bullets as he planned the perfect spot!! When the sun was up, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever!! It was the most surreal, special moment we shared together until our wedding day!

What’s next on your calendar as a couple? ¬†We are excited to have the time to create our house into a home!!! We plan on adopting a puppy when we get back from our Honeymoon in Ireland. The next year or so, we plan on traveling around the United States. We have plans to trek through the National Parks, off road in a few ATV Parks, shred the slopes this winter and eat and drink our way through California. After that, we will settle down and start a family of our own!

 How/why did you choose your venue? We both wanted to get married in a barn, but after doing some research, most barns required you to bring in every vendor. This to me seemed like too much stress on the actual wedding day! So when we came across Perona Farms, I got really excited that they did everything. Perona Farms was the only venue we saw and we signed on the dotted line before leaving!! We were so incredibly happy with our choice, everything was spectacular!

What were some of your favorite moments from your wedding day? Getting pampered and ready with my girls, it was so relaxing! Watching my husband tear up as he turned around to see me for the first time. Passing around and drinking out of the champagne bottle with my parents and nanny before we said I DO! Getting cake shoved in my face and dancing the night away!!!! The entire day was absolutely incredible, it was truly the best day ever!!

 Any advice for future couples planning their wedding? Give yourself enough time and just enjoy every minute of the planning process! We had so much fun throughout the entire year and half of planning, that I missed it when it was all over! Tip: Keep your planning circle very small because what I observed from friends getting married, is too many opinions is what causes all the stress!


  • Angus - September 22, 2017 - 4:17 AM

    Awesome pics here. great work!ReplyCancel

Meet Kari & Gerry!! They are the couple on the left. ūüėČ ¬†They¬†were married last week at the most perfect venue, Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope, PA. When I met with them we were talking about old vintage photos, and that’s when Gerry showed me his parents’ wedding photo. ¬†His parents¬†are from Sicily, and from the looks of it wedding photography ¬†was completely different back then compared to now! This photo kicks all kind of ass, so we thought it would be fun and funny and awesome and pretty much amazeballs if we recreated their wedding photo. ¬†I used two off camera flashes, one gridded on a stand, the other held on a monopod by my lovely assistant, Pamela. How did we do?

This wedding!! This one!! So much fun from start to finish. I knew from the moment I walked into the hotel room that it was going to be an exceptionally awesome day. I met Samantha and Nate several times over the last year and they always made me feel like family, so¬†when I met her friends on the morning of the wedding, I felt like I knew them forever as well. Samantha and her bridesmaids¬†have known each other since they were kids, and their lifetime¬†pact of friendship was incredibly palpable all day. Such a great group of gals! You will see below what I’m talking about!

The Gramercy at Lakeside Manor in Hazlet, New Jersey is a sleek and modern venue that was the perfect location for Samantha and Nate’s day. From the courtyard ceremony, to the tearful and emotional toasts, to the crazy dance part…the wedding day was pretty much perfect from start to finish.

Here is their story, as told by Samantha:

How did you meet? We met 8 years ago while working at the Colorado Cafe a country bar! I was working at the front desk taking the cover charge and he was a bouncer lol! We were friends for some time before we started dating ūüôā

The Proposal: Nate proposed to me on October 4, 2015. He took me and our dog Ozzy to my favorite place Lavalette ,NJ. We like taking Ozzy to the beach after the season is over so he can run around and play in the water. We ended up on the beach at Vance Ave. which is were I spent most of my summers as a kid and has a lot of meaning to me. And that is where he got down on one knee and proposed. **Fun Fact Nate’s dad’s birthday was on October 4th! Oh! And there was a hurricane coming. J

What’s next on your calendar as a couple? Next on our calendar is buying a house! We hope to be in our new home by the end of August 2017!

How/why did you choose your venue? It was an exhausting process! But it was the last place we looked at and we both knew it the moment we walked in that this was the place!

What were some of your favorite moments from your wedding day? Some favorite moments… well one would have to be our first look! It was something that I had waited for a long time ‚ėļ Another moment would have to be walking down the aisle with my 3 uncles in honor of my dad. It will be a moment that will forever stay with me. A third moment for both of us would be my cousin became ordained and marry us! He did such a great job and we are so grateful that he did that for us! And lastly, it would have to be just getting to share such an unforgettable, emotional, day filled with so much happiness with so many people that are so close to our heart!!

Any advice for future couples planning their weddings? Relax! Let the vendors do what they are great at! It is not worth trying to control EVERYTHING! I know it is easier said than done. But it is not worth the stress! Everything that is meant to be will be.. It will be a great day, because it will be your day!! Live in the moment on your wedding day! And just take some time to soak up all the love and happiness in the room because everyone is there to celebrate both of you!!

Some of Samantha & Nate’s fabulous other vendors include:

  • Wedding Coordinator:¬†Dean from the Gramercy
  • Videographer: Chris from Lvl 13
  • Wedding Dress: Eddy K – Seng Couture Fanwood, NJ
  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay
  • Tuxedos: Hollywood Tuxedo – Kennilworth NJ
  • Florist: Hoski Florist Middlesex, NJ
  • Officiant: Jason Corveleyn (bride‚Äôs cousin)
  • Cake Artist: Palermos Bakery Ridge Field Park, NJ
  • DJ/MC: Evan from Posh Entertainment
  • Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Denise

Meet the Nghiem family!! They are a blast and full of personality. I met¬†Ted (blue shirt and glasses) while photographing a wedding a year or two ago. He’s a fellow photographer, and his focus is on food and culture in the Philadelphia metro area. ¬†Check out his work here. ¬†I spent a few hours with him and his parents, two of his brothers, and his nephew Vince. ¬†He’s got another brother who’s currently in Taiwan, but he sorta makes an appearance in a photo below. ūüôā ¬†Ted thought it was a good idea to get some photos of his family while¬†everyone was visiting Philly, and what a great idea it was! We strolled the streets around Rittenhouse Square on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. ¬†The city was vibrant, and so was the Nghiem family! Here are a few of my favorites… enjoy!


Jersey City, New Jersey, was the location of the highly anticipated wedding of Marie and Ricky. The breathtaking views of the New York City skyline, which was practically a guest at their wedding, is one of the reasons they chose the delicious Battello for their ceremony and reception.  Let me personally thank Mother Nature for providing some kick ass clouds and light for us all day!  And I also need to thank the NYC Gay Pride parade for helping us celebrate with the amazing fireworks display they put on right across the river during the reception. What a great surprise and treat that was for Marie and Ricky and all their guests!

Here is their story, as told by our handsome hero, Ricky:

How did you meet? Marie was working at a restaurant that opened up a block away from my job in 2010, and like any establishment new to the area, it was extremely busy and everyone always wanted to go there. My coworkers would want to go for lunch or happy hour at quitting time, and my friends would want to go for dinner and drinks. Fitting into two separate groups of people who soon both became regulars, I wound up going there more often than I should. We became friends from there, and were just friends for a couple years, until one day we were talking and I asked her out, or so I thought. We went to see a movie, followed by dinner at Friendly’s and then a bar for drinks after. What I believed to be a successful date. Until I get a message from her a day or two later, asking if we had gone on a date. Apparently Marie had assumed we were just hanging out, and her friends told her it sounded like a date. Embarrassingly, I admitted I had intended it to be a date, and I must have done something right because I was able to secure a second (or is it first?) date.

The proposal: Marie had always dreamed of a destination wedding in Key West at the Hemingway House, but it just wasn’t feasible. So in September 2016 we went down to Key West for a few days. I got down on one knee in Papa Hemingway’s writing studio. I’m terribly allergic to cats and they have about 80 living on the property so I had to do my best to avoid them at every turn the whole time we were there. Right before we went to the Hemingway House, we had gone to see the Southernmost Point buoy and watched another couple’s engagement proposal. A random couple asked us to help film their proposal, so in fact we took part in 2 engagements that day. After getting engaged, and making sure it was well documented on any and all social media, we spent the rest of the day in true Key West fashion, on a celebratory pub crawl.

How/why did you choose your venue? We picked Battello because of the exquisite view of New York, its beautiful architecture, and their delicious food. We fell in love with the charm and elegance at Battello, and the ricotta gnocchi.

What were some of your favorite moments from your wedding day? Our favorite memories of the day were the circle sing-a-long at the end, the surprise fireworks (Thank you NYC Gay Pride), and of course, the ceremony. We had spent so much time personalizing our ceremony from the pop culture references to the music choices and we were so glad everything went well.

Any advice for future couples planning their weddings? Listen to all the advice from your married friends and family. Everyone is going to have opinions, suggestions, helpful experiences from their weddings. Thank them for their input, and then do what you want. It’s your day.

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Some of Marie & Ricky’s fabulous other vendors include:

  • Wedding Coordinator: Jayd Kingston
  • Videographer: Live Picture Studios
  • Wedding Dress: Madison James MJ264
  • Bridesmaids Dresses: All from Rent the Runway.
  • Florist: Whole Foods of Edgewater
  • Cake Artist: Palermos
  • Band/DJ/MC: Steve & Co. DJs