[Wedding] Zarah & Mike – Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ

Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Madison Hotel wedding in North Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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When Zarah said “I do”, Mike knew that he had won the jackpot. He’d gotten himself a thoughtful, kind, and (most importantly) hilarious woman to be his wife. Zarah didn’t do too shabby either, as these two were definitely two peas from the same pod. Zarah & Mike hosted their wedding at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, which features a one-of-a-kind conservatory space that’s surrounded by glass and greenery. We kicked off this wedding day with tears (of joy) during the bride’s first look with her father, and wrapped it up with the groom’s touching tribute to his wife and his family (there was not a dry eye in the room!). And that, my friends, is what it’s all about: love, appreciation, and celebration. And I was absolutely honored to have been there to help them capture all of that.

Venue & Catering: Conservatory at the Madison Hotel // Ceremony/Officiant: Minister Mitchell S. Maged // Hair: Malan Salon // Make-up: Malan Salon by Ashley // Dress: David’s Bridal // Shoes: Tahari // Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Jewelry: White Diamond Jewelers // Floral/Décor: DIY // Stationery: Zazzle // Favors:  myweddingfavors.com, Victoria’s Secret // Cinematography: Lvl13

[Wedding] Justine & Gerard – Park Chateau in East Brunswick, NJ

Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Park Chateau wedding in Central Jersey, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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Justine & Gerard’s late-winter wedding at the Park Chateau was probably one of the most enjoyable weddings I’ve photographed to date, cat-jokes notwithstanding. Admittedly, it was pretty cold & windy that day – but you couldn’t tell in the photos, which is probably key :). Throw in some gorgeously romantic photos for these two by the main stairwell , as well as some adorable flower girls for good measure, and we got ourselves a purrrr-fect wedding celebration for these two love birds!

Venue & Catering: Park Chateau Estate & Gardens // Ceremony/Officiant: Mark Chesler // Hair: Anna Hella Bridal // Bridal hair piece: A Fond Affair (Etsy) // Make-up: Make Me Up Eva // Dress: Enzoani // Bridal Dress Shop: Mari Mi Bridal // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridal Robe: Elle New York // Bridal Slippers: Little Jenny Wren Shop (Etsy) // Groom’s attire: Joseph Abboud (Mens Wearhouse) // Grooms Shoes: Calvin Klein // Jewelry: Wayne Mendelson // Floral/Décor: Desiree Dean Designs // Entertainment: DJ Dominic Longo // Violinist: Misha Kuchuk // Stationery: Boardwalk Bridal // Groomsmen Favors: The Simple Shoppe // Bridesmaid Champagne Glasses: Cambridge Avenue (Etsy) // Bridesmaid Robes: Decor At Best (Etsy) // Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN // Bridesmaid Pashminas: Mia Krafts shop (Etsy) // Guest Book: Lotus Blu Book Art (Etsy) // Wedding Seating Chart: Design My Door and More // Ring Boxes: Design Life Studio (Etsy)

[Engagement] Marlee & Ziggy – Bear Mountain, NY

Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bear Mountain engagement session in Hudson Valley, NY, captured by Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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When we were in the planning stages of Marlee & Ziggy’s engagement session, I’d sent her a tome of location ideas for their session. In the post-script, I casually mentioned that if our schedules aligned, I would be happy to step out of my comfort zone and do something a little crazy, like a hike atop a mountain and do our photos there. It didn’t matter which mountain, really. It just seemed like something fun to do.

Turns out, Marlee & Ziggy are avid hikers (like me!). Talk about finding clients in your own tribe!

Fast forward to the week before our scheduled engagement session in Bear Mountain, Marlee completes her first ever marathon (not just any Marathon…THE New York City Marathon!). It’s also important to note that she woefully undertrained for this race, and found herself becoming the new owner of the sexiest orthopedic boot that money can buy.

And despite this, we still climbed up alongside a freaking mountain to get these shots. This girl is AMAZING (you’re not too bad yourself, Ziggy). With the sun quickly dipping towards the horizon, we snapped some of the most incredible sunset images we’ve taken this year. It was totally worth it!

[Engagement] Amy & Sam – Boston, MA

Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Boston engagement session captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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Though it has been about 5 years since I last visited, I was eager to make my return for Amy & Sam’s engagement session in Boston. Unsure of what Boston had in store for me, I knew I was in good hands with Amy & Sam; two recent transplants in this great city who originally hail from New Jersey (which is where they’ll be getting married in a few more months!). We had originally scheduled their engagement session closer to “home”, but due to a confluence of events and bad weather, I found myself hopping on the next flight to Boston. Despite all the hiccups, you definitely won’t hear any complaints from me. We had the opportunity to run around and play in the famous Boston Common with its gorgeous Fall foliage, and indulged ourselves with some of the best “lobstah rolls and clam chowdah” that New England had to offer :). Many thanks to Amy & Sam for being such amazing hosts, and we can’t wait to get these two in front of our cameras again!

Oh – I also vlogged some BTS for this session too :).

[Engagement] Amanda & Nick – Montauk, NY

Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Amanda & Nick's Montauk Engagement session in Long Island, captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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There’s something exciting about venturing out to new frontiers, and seeing how far the roads will take me and my imagination. The most rewarding part of these kinds of experiences is having the opportunity to create beautiful photos in a location that’s completely foreign to me. For Amanda & Nick’s engagement session, that “foreign place” happened to be Montauk – located on the very Eastern tip of Long Island – where you literally can’t go any further (without falling into the Atlantic Ocean first). When Amanda & Nick first suggested this beachy haven, I was more than happy to finally scratch this location off my bucket list. Throw in a few rocky cliffs, sandy dunes, a historic lighthouse and a quaint Main Street several miles down the road, we got ourselves one helluva engagement session!

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