Catherine and Nick tied the knot overlooking the water at sunset and if that isn’t the dream I don’t know what is! As the sun set on the harbor it was time to get married! The weather was perfect all day! Only warm sunshine and a gentle breeze that swept though the port. Finally, after 6 years, Catherine and Nick said “I do”!Read More
After decades of knowing each other, Kerry and Tom finally said I do!! It’s a love story straight out of a Disney movie! First meeting in elementary school, going to prom together, through college and now, marriage! They tied the knot on September 14 at The Park Savoy in Florham Park, NJ.Read More
Catherine and Nicks’ engagement session was something dreams are made of! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. 73 degrees partly cloudy and the softest breeze. And then a magical sunset as a grand finale. It still reminds me of Taylor Swift’s new album Lover. It came out they day we shot too!
They met through friends on a night. It was just regular afternoon at a bar with friends and it just kind of clicked. Shortly there after, Nick moved to Charlotte, North Carolina while Catherine was still living in New York City. But love prevails and they decided they were going to to continue their love story. They commuted for a while to see each other. Back and forth from different states and plenty of Facetiming kept that beautiful spark alive. This all started back in December 2013
Today, they live together in Connecticut. We went to Their favorite spot Tod’s Point in Greenwich, CT. It’s a little island filled with little shells and sailboats that line to the arena that lead into the ocean. They told me how they love to come here to walk, hike and ride their bikes along all the island. We rode along the island and they pointed out all the best spots. It’s one of their favorite places to be. You wouldn’t even believe it’s so close to NYC.
Which is good because they commute into the city. But, they love to travel. They love going to new places for fun like Portland, Oregon. A now special place for them because it is where Nick pop the question! They were at a local food shack where the food is farm to table and only open during the summer months. The winter months the chef is traveling with a snowboarding team. After a lovely dinner and two bottles of wine, Nick got down on one knee and asked Catherine to be his wife. But she thought he was hurt because he had had a hip surgery recently and had experienced hip issues while on their long hike yesterday. He quickly assured her he was fine and that he wanted to know if she would be with him forever! Surprised and happy he wasn’t hurt she glady said yes!
Congratulations Catherine & Nick! I can’t wait to photograph you wedding later this month!
During the most beautiful late summer day, Lynsey and Michael finally tied the knot! Friends and family were quoted saying it was a long time coming. The lovely new couple even had their three beautiful children in attendance. Their daughter even had a speech prepared for her mom and dad! They said I Do at The Pond at Triplebrook, a stunningly rustic piece of farm land in Blairstown, NJ (where I live!)
Lynsey and Michael choose a perfectly private part of the campground to have their first look set back in the woods. The only problem, getting there. But fortunately I had my new Jeep so I told everyone to pile in! In hoped Lynsey, three flower girls, and three bridesmaids! Two of which framed into the trunk! They were all great sports about the whole thing and had a good laugh. When we got to the location and had the first look with the couple, Michael’s firsts words were, “Who are you?! Are you a queen?!” Lynsey couldn’t stop smiling at the comment and the two laughed together. The pre-weddign jitters fading away not that they were together again.
The blue and yellow theme could be seen in every direction at the wedding ceremony and the reception. The blue, like the bridesmaid dresses, echod the shark theme again. The yellow was for the sunflowers that covered everything! It was Lynsey’s aunt, Corinna, who was the one who made all the details, including the sunflowers. Her work was incredible! Every centerpiece, bouquet, program and the ceremony were all done by her. She was kind enough to lend her talent for her niece on her special day.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a more musically special wedding, but that’s exactly what Lynsey & Michael’s wedding was! Everybody knew it was going to a great night when Lynsey came down the isle to the Jaws theme! I mean how cool is that?! And to complete the shark theme, her bridesmaids also had shark necklaces. What a fin-tastic idea!
If Jaws wasn’t awesome enough, the newlyweds entrance was out of this world! Everybody danced in to the Star Wars original trilogy theme Throne Room AND they all had light sabers! After they entered, the bridal party put their light sabers together forming an arch for the newlyweds to run though.
For the first dances Lynsey decided she’d dance with all the girl. Her daughter, her bridesmaids and bridesmaids daughters. And what else could they have danced to but Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Then everyone hit the dance floor to join in the fun. I even got to participate in the musical fun. The DJ They’re Playing Our Song! handed out Request Cards. I asked a table to write down my favorite wedding song Mr. Brightside by The Killers. It’s mine and Tina Elizabeth Photography’s favorite! And he actually played it! Woo!
After a few more house of nonstop dancing another social request came on, The Git Up by Blanco Brown. Lynsey and her bridesmaid were all over that dance! They even played the song twice for double the fun!
Lynsey and Michael ended their night with their sunflower cupcake tower. Put together by the amazing Polkadot Cakes NJ, it was four tiers of delicious sunflower cupcakes with one small cake at the top. They grabbed a single cupcake and cut it, giggling and smiling the whole time. A sweet celebration of love to end the day.
Hair and makeup Baddass Bridal Hair Co
Cake / cupcakes Polkadot Cake Shop
Brides & bridesmaids dresses Davids Bridal
Brides jewelry Swavorski
Catering Piggy’s Deli
Bartender / Mixologist Eva Kuo - As You Wish Party Services
Details handmade by Corinna Rita (973) 978-9055
After some touch and go with the weather, it turned out to be a perfect for Kiara & Kyles engagement session! The evening was beautiful; cloudy with streams of light that poked through and very peaceful.
We spent the evening shooting at the Cross Estate Gardens. Because the rain was almost guaranteed, no one else was there! We had the run of the grounds. It set the stage for an intimate engagement session. Kyle and Kiara also bright their adorable dogs! Their names are Chew-bacca and Boba-fetch. Named by their dad and his love of Star Wars. They are the sweetest furbabies who love to explore!
A summer anthropology class at Montclair University is what brought these two together. After a short deployment, Kyle asked Kiara on a date. And they’ve been together ever since. They’ve shared 8 wonderful years together when Kyle popped the question.
It was a cozy afternoon at Kiaras parents home. Kyle spontaneously asked her in front of her family. Everyone was surprised A truly special moment to witness.
They’ve set their date for April 18, 2020 at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ. Heres to more beautiful spring flowers like the ones tonight!
It was a gorgeous summer evening over the rolling farm lands in Warwick, New York for Courtney & Dan’s engagement session. It’s been over three years since these two first got together. Courtney was roommates with Dans cousins fiancé. They would all hang out in a group and have fun. Time went by and they became good friends. It wasn’t until the day the group went to Leprechauns in Hoboken, New Jersey that the pair saw each other in a new light. They really hit it off romantically and the two were “inseparable ever since” Courtney says. As time went on, the couple quickly fell in love.
Then Palm Sunday 2019 rolled around. Dan decided to invite both sets of families over for the holiday. Courtney thought it curious they would try to cram so many people into their cozy apartment. But when Dan popped the question, in front of their whole family, it became clear. They’ve set their date 8.1.20 and are tying the knot at Seasons Banquet Hall in Washington Township, New Jersey.
For their engagement session Courtney and Dan wanted to go to Courtney’s grandparents farm in Warwick, New York. Little did I know it was Ochs Orchard! The well known orchard where you can ‘pick your own’ apples, peaches and blackberries and more. right next to the apple orchard is Ruby’s Farm which, belongs to her grandparents. It’s many many aches stretching miles where you can watch the sunset from atop the hill. A beautiful place to spend the evening with to the one you love.
If your reading this, CONGRATS on your upcoming nuptials!
The other reason you're here is (let’s just say it) budget.
I know, I know. It’s no shock weddings can add up pretty quickly. But, when do you spend and when can you save? There’s plenty of posts about saving some money but a lot of theses usually end up suggesting “hire a friend”, “uncle Bob” or “some college kid” to photograph your wedding.
Please don’t do this.
This makes me doubt the whole rest of the article. How could you suggest that?! Have you NOT seen the horror stories on Facebook?! But, why is this such a bad move? Why is it so important to invest in a quality wedding photographer? Well, let me tell ya!
Quality images come from talented photographers and our specialized equipment. An iPhone photo is great for a quick Instagram story but those are only meant to last 24 hours. Our images are meant to last a lifetime. We are skilled with our equipment and also in our creative minds. As an artist we see all the possibility at a wedding. We can pose you in many ways quickly and easily. We can put you in the best spot with the best lighting and capture you’re purest emotions. We can make you feel at ease in front of the amist the hectic day. This day about you and your partner and your lifetime of happiness. And that is what we are capturing.
With great talent comes great experience. (Poor attempt at a Spider-man reference). But seriously, hiring a professional photographer comes with years of previous work under their belt. We have tons of experience in many different wedding situations. Such as different lighting situations; harsh lighting, dark churches, high ballroom ceilings, lowlight. We can pose a bridal party of 4 to 20 or more! We know how to shoot around inclement weather. We can scout the best shooting locations. Especially if we’ve been to your venue before. There’s nothing like trusting in your wedding photographers experience to get the job done.
A Night To Remember
It’s no joke when people tell you your wedding goes by in a flash. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to capture everything. Leave it to your photographer to grab every detail. All the decor and pretty things will forever be remembered with a beautiful photograph.
We will also capture moments you didn’t even know were happening! A professional wedding photographer is skilled in capturing portraits, of course, but candids as well. We’re there, ready to snap that picture of your partners face light up when they see you for the first time. We’re there capturing your parents tear up when you have your first dance. We’re there catching the flower girls twirling in their dresses on the dance floor. Those are moments you don’t want to miss. More importantly, those are moments you’ll cherish forever.
You Can Cut Elsewhere
(I’m not going to throw my fellow vendors under the buss here) Instead, suggest smart budget savvy ideas without having to forge the photography. 1 Make your own center pieces. 2 Borrow items, buy used items or pick things that can be used again or sold after the wedding. 3 Don’t go overboard on the invitations. 4 Make a simple edible favor or forget it all together. 5 You don’t need programs. Do people still read those? 6 Skip the “premium linens” options venues give you. Your guests will be none the wiser. 7 Get married out of wedding season. The venue rates are much less. 8 Skip giving each other gives and opt for a thoughtful handwritten card. 9 Get married on a Friday or weekday. The rates are much less compared to Saturday’s. 10 Make the invitations yourself. Download a PDF off Etsy then print them at your local Staples.
They’re little things but they will add up and WILL save you money. But you’re also not losing anything of substantial. You’ll still have a fantastic day.
Future you will thank you! Your future kids will thank you! Even your grandkids will thank you! To invest in a wedding photographer is to invest in your future. Years down the road, you will have images that have stood the test of time. You will gather around with your new little family and no doubt your kids will say “Wow, mommy/daddy! Look how pretty/handsome you are!” or “You look so happy!” And that warms my heart. Being able to look back on such a precious memory, with your future family, is truly priceless. I love being able to give you beautiful images that will then be cherished for years to come.
And there you have it!
Just a few example of why you should invest in a photographer for you wedding day. A talented photographer with their skill, talent and creativity, will deliver beautiful, high quality images to enjoy for years to come.
So get out there and plan that wedding!
Links to other helpful ways to save
Wedding Budget Tips from the Budget Savvy Bride
25 Ways To Save On A Wedding from Nerdwallet
What Real Brides Wish They Hadn’t Spent Money on at Their Wedding from Over the Moon
THIS cursed image.
I just knew Lisa & Scott’s wedding day was going to be something special. Surrounded by friends and loved ones, from near and far, their little family got a little bit bigger July 5, 2019. They tied the knot at the Mohawk House in Sparta, New Jersey. A beautiful brick building that was covered from head to toe in candles and flowers the color of sunset.
Their fairytale ending began at work. From there they willingly traveled from New Jersey to Maryland just to see each other. But a friend of Scott’s saw just how wonderful Lisa was in how she would make it in his life. He offered to let her stay in apartment Maryland instead of going back to NJ.
Scott’s two daughters, Emerson and Peyton, couldn’t be more in love with Lisa as well. Both of them forgot their scripture readings during the ceremony so they freestyle’d it was the most beautiful unplanned speech ever! There were tears in everyone’s eyes once both girls were finished speaking from the heart. You could really tell just how complete this family had become.
The weather had held out the whole day. Even though it said it was going to thunderstorm right as the ceremony started. But, the sun came out and it shown down on these two love birds. The reception was kicked off with an extraordinary Frank Sinatra singer and a candlelight dinner. The Mohawk House then opened their big glass doors and everyone ended the night dancing on the patio to all their favorite songs.
It was a magical day. Congratulations Lisa & Scott! And the new Guinter family!
Some tips, tricks, and inspiration on how to have the BEST bridal shower!!
So you’re throwing or attending an bridal shower! Well, you’ve come to the right place! I've compiled a list of bridal shower educate, tips, tricks and overall ideas for the best bridal shower.
First off, Games!
Yes, games! If you’re on the fence about it, don’t be, do it! It’s a great way for your guests to enjoy themselves as well as get to know the bride & groom better!
With this simple addition of bridal games, guests can talk to one another. Not everyone at your shower will know someone. Some might only know you! So, it is good to have conversation starters for the girls at their tables.
So what games should I have?
Would She Rather? : Guests pick which option they think the bride would choose.
He said, she said : Guests pick whether the Bride said this? Or if the Groom said this?
What’s in your purse? : Guests earn points for every item listed is on their person / in their purse.
Guess Who : Guests pick whether it was the bride or the groom who did the actions listed.
How old was the bride to be : A handful of images (9) are shown for guests to see. They try to guess the correct age in the images.
Love Songs : Either Disney songs or popular love songs and a lyric from each are listed. Guests try to match up the correct lyrics with the song.
What’s On Your Phone? : Guests receive points for every item listed is in/on their phone.
Guess The Kisses: Guess how many Hershey’s Kisses are in a jar.
Make sure not ALL the games based off how well they know the Bride. (For example guess the Kisses). It evens the playing field for the guests who are not bridesmaids or family. They won’t feel so alienated or excluded if they can’t even remember where you and the groom first met.
Four is the average number of games to have a bridal shower.
Either way, at the end, if your guests did well enough, they come away with an awesome prize! Yes, prizes! These can be a fun, useful or as silly as you want!
A basket of candies and sweets? Perfect!
A package of lotions, scrubs and nail polish for a spa day? Amazing!
SOAP! Because, you know, it’s a shower after all!!
Having a jar for guests to write their wishes for you is a sweet way to connect with guests, even after the shower has ended. Have a stack of cards & pens next to the jar with a personalized sign asking guests for their message.
Known as Wishes for the Soon to be MRS.
A center piece is the perfect way to show of your wedding style AND creativity!
It sets the stage for your bridal shower. They can be as easy as a DIY flower arrangement. Do you have a local dollar? They typically have tons of fake flowers and glass bottles/vases.
Wrap these bottles in burlap or colored ribbons to go a step further.
Don’t stress TOO much. They’re cute and fun to have but don’t strain yourself going too big or too detailed.
Also, if your don’t want or need them after the party, they can double as a gift for a guest at each table! Throw on some music and play musical chairs with a napkin. Who ever is left holding the napkin, when the music stops, is the WINNER!
Bridal Shower at home?
You bet! Backyard parties, even weddings, are just as fun! Maybe more so, I’m a bit of a homebody so this sounds like a home run! Maybe your guests are already traveling far for the wedding so having them come to your place is a more comfortable and easy option.
Have a theme!
This is the probably the most fun part! Put a spin on your shower by adding a theme! Does your wedding have a theme? Set it up with the same theme at the shower!
Is your wedding durning winter or Christmas? How about Fall or Halloween? Sounds like a theme waiting to happen to me!
Is your wedding in a special location? Like a destination wedding? Paris or the Mexico? Have your shower modeled after these details!
Game of Thrones fan? Oh yea, nerd out baby!
Deciding to open gifts at the end of your shower? Get your crew together!
Grab your bridesmaids because it’s GO time!
You’re gonna need one girl to hand you gifts (pre-ripped preferably).
Another girl (This is usually your maid of honor or sister) to write down what all the gifts are and who they came from. *This will make thank You cards much easier.
Another girl to clean up the wrapping paper that has been discarded.
Another girl to take the open presents and put them in another location.
Back to Games for a minute.
To keep guests engaged during the gift opening process make it into a game. Bridal Bingo! This will keep guests attention on your and what you’re receiving. It’s a small but powerful to have a successful gift opening process.
A sweet way to thank ALL your guests for coming is a favor.
Cookies, cupcakes, honey or something edible is a popular choice for a bridal shower favor.
Bottle openers, wine glass tumblers or wine stoppers are always going to be used.
Succulents are easy to get your hands on and everyone loves them!
Make sure to secure your favor 2-3 weeks before the bridal shower to make sure the items arrive on time and are correct.
Probably the best part about showers (for guests) is the dessert table!
It’s sweet tooth time! Guests look forward to heading over to the dessert table before the shower is over. You have your traditional cake which is a must! But, with the dessert table, you won’t need a cake a big as normal. People will fill up on all the other sweets so here less is better.
It’s SUPER easy to get goodies together. It can be as simple as going to the store and getting Hershey Kisses, rock candy, or Godiva chocolates. OR you can make things yourself! Cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, cake pops, cupcakes, or cinnamon buns!
And have fun with it! Make your treats into flowers, put your initials or wedding date on them or dye them pink!
Thank You Cards
The honoree should send thank you notes to her bridal shower attendees two to three weeks after the shower. Sending out thank you cards for gifts you received is a highly recommended gesture after a bridal shower has occurred and is proper bridal shower etiquette.
This is is my FIRST EVER blog post! Woo!! *confetti cannon* *marching band shows up*
No but seriously! I’m super excited to start this. I’ve never done anything like it before and am excited to share my experience and knowledge with all of you!
Let’s start with some facts about me !
I live in Blairstown, New Jersey. It’s north west New Jersey, very close to Pennsylvania. Have you ever heard of The Land of Make Believe in Hope, New Jersey? I live right around there! It’s ALSO where they shot the original Friday the 13th movie, so that’s awesome! (I’m a huge horror/scary/thriller etc buff)
In real life it’s called Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco (no, i’m not joking)
I have an amazing boyfriend! We live together in our beautiful home we bought together. We’ve been dating for 8 years. We first met in 2010 when we were seniors in high school but didn’t start dating until 2011 in college. We went to different college too by the way. I still don’t know how it happened but it just makes me think it was meant to be!
I have 2 amazing rescue dogs! There’s Rocky and Ruger. Rocky is out first fur baby. He is a 1yo Norwegian Elkhound. We got him from Animal Rescue R Us in Lodi. It was nothing short of a miracle finding and adopting him. He is my best friend!
There’s also Ruger! He’s a 9yo German Shepherd. But we’ve only had him about 3 months now. We got him when my boyfriend found him on the side of Rt80 on a hot day with no collar. We couldn’t stop thinking about him and went to the animal hospital and took him home!
I LOVE my job! Photography is my passion! Being able to capture people’s most important moments is such a privilege. These are the times you want to preserve for the rest of timeand I can do that for you. I went to college and majored in photography and made the transition into wedding photography. It was the best decision I could have made! I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I get to be creative, meet people from all walks of life and travel all of NJ, PA, NY and more! I couldn’t be happier.
That’s all I can think off the top of my head so now it’s time for
the lightening round!
I LOVE movies and tv, really all pop culture
I’m obsessed with Franks Red Hot!!! I seriously put that sh*t on everything!
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I also can’t get enough of Halloween. It’s the greatest.
I don’t drink coffee OR wine. I know, what a weirdo. I’ve heard it all before.
I love wearing black winged eyeliner.
My favorite color is purple! But I almost always wear black. Like all black.
My favorite band/musical artist is Panic! At the Disco
We’ll that’s me!