[Wedding] Jessica & Cory – Woolverton Inn in Stockton, NJ

Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Jessica & Cory's rustic NJ wedding at the Woolverton Inn, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
Woolverton Inn Wedding in Stockton, NJ | Ben Lau
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One of the best trends to emerge from this pandemic has been the rising popularity of small, intimate weddings; just the couple, their closest family & friends, delicious food and drinks, and cute farm animals (optional). Jessica & Cory did just that, and hosted an intimate, rustic, farm wedding at the Woolverton Inn in Stockton, NJ. What was even more amazing was the it clearly wasn’t the farm animals’ first rodeo; they all came out from under the shade to greet the bride & groom when we went into their pen, seemingly congratulating this newly married couple on their big day. In addition to their outdoor ceremony on the fields of the property, we were also treated to a traditional Chinese tea ceremony on the terrace, where the families on both sides welcomed the newly married couple into their own respective families. It was a great way to merge the traditions of both cultures, and an incredible start to the next chapter of their lives together!

Venue & Catering: Woolverton Inn // Ceremony/Officiant: Kailea Shields // Hair. & Make-up: Tatiana Li @tatianalimua // Dresses: Asos & Cozyladywear.com // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Planner/Coordinator: Kate Hanly @katehanly_designs

[Wedding] Wenona & Titus – Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY

Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY - captured by Long Island wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
Lands End Catering in Sayville, NY | Long Island Wedding Photographer Ben Lau
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Throughout this pandemic, I’d venture to say that hosting a wedding, with all things considered, has been quite manageable; that’s because the rules were clear because there haven’t been (too) many unknowns. The hardest part? Trying to host a wedding while transitioning INTO a pandemic, and OUT of a pandemic – those were some the craziest weeks throughout this entire ordeal. Were masks required? Did we need to show our vaccination records? And why are these curious-looking 6 feet circles on the dancefloor? 

So many unknowns. So many questions.

But one thing we did know, the one thing we didn’t question – was that Wenona & Titus were finally ready to celebrate their nuptials (safely!) with their friends and family, many of whom they hadn’t seen since the pandemic began. I mean – this was the future that we’d all been waiting for, right? 

With NY State lifting their COVID-related restrictions as a result of all the progress we’ve been making, weddings were finally happening again. Even more importantly, I’m beyond thrilled that we didn’t have to keep Titus confined within a 6ft circle on the dance floor :). Congrats again guys- we are so incredibly happy for you two, and we’re over the moon that we got to document this wonderful day for you!

Venue & Catering: Land’s End Waterfront Catering // Officiant: Pastor Rocky Chan // Hair & Make-up: Vicky C5 // Dress: BHLDN // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply // Floral Decor: Wild & Birch // Entertainment: Rhythm in Motion // 

 

 

 

[Engagement] Janet & David – Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn engagement session with NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Janet & David
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Fun fact: Janet & David rented a space in Brooklyn for their engagement session, long before they found out it would be raining that day. For starters, they wanted something slightly different and off the beaten path. But even more importantly, they wanted nothing to do with those famous NYC summers (AC for the win!). They found a gorgeous brownstone with filled beautiful lighting, packed their clothes (along with some tequila) – and had ourselves a ridiculously good time on that rainy Sunday afternoon :).

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look from this session!

[Wedding] Allie & Anthony – Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, NJ

Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook wedding in Shrewsbury, captured by Central Jersey fun, candid, photo-documentary wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
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Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
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Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury Wedding | Ben Lau
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When I used to live in a small town of 10,000, I thought it was pretty awesome to know everyone in town. From the post office workers, to the bank tellers, to the teenagers who stocked the shelves at the local mini-mart. For someone who lived in relative anonymity growing up in a big city, I thought this was pretty neat (and still do). I’m what you would call a “Busy-body” – and we all have a friend who is one. 

And if you don’t, you do now. (me!)

Allie would be end up marrying hers, who happens to be the unofficial, de facto Mayor of Marlboro, Manalapan and Morganville, all rolled into one; this man knows EVERYONE. From the customers at the town’s liquor store, to the landscaper, to the random guy who’s just driving down the driveway to attend his wedding. It was like holding up a mirror and watching myself in action. But who can blame him, though? Anthony’s the kinda guy that pretty much everyone in the universe wants share a beer with :). (I mean, Allie’s pretty awesome-sauce too, so let’s not forget her either!)

Allie & Anthony hosted their wedding celebration and the newly renovated Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury. And let me tell you something, folks – this is NOT the same Shadowbrook of years past. Like many other wedding venues during this pandemic, they took this time to overhaul EVERYTHING on the property; from their new garden features, a newly built on-site chapel, and of course their brand new state-of-the-art ballroom. 

Allie & Anthony’s wedding marked our first “big” wedding in this post-COVID era, with full-sized guest lists, fully packed dance floors (once again), and some semblance of normalcy, after all the hardships we humans have had to endure these past 15 months. Let me tell you something – it felt INCREDIBLE. Here’s to many more celebrations, for everyone :).

Venue & Catering: The Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury // Ceremony/Officiant: St Clements Church – Deacon Tom // Hair: @unbridaledbeauty // Make-up: @kristengallo_ // Dress: custom Pronovias // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s Attire: Enzo // Jewelry: Marinaccio Jewelers and family heirlooms // Floral/Décor: Marquis Florals by Kim // Entertainment: The Groove Shop // Cinematography: LVL13 // Photo Booth: JJ Pixx Photobooth // Cigar Bar: Cortez Cigars // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Pat Gaudagno // Stationery: Shine Weddings

[Wedding] Sam & Chris – Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ

LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
LIberty House wedding in Jersey City, captured by North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
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Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
Liberty House Wedding in Jersey City, NJ | Ben Lau
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When I arrived at Samantha’s suite on the morning of her wedding, there was an assorted pile of wedding items sitting in the corner: a few jewelry pieces, her flower bouquet, a little note that Chris had written her, and an old photo of what appears to be two very young adults rocking out with with their hands in the air and colorful sunglasses on their young faces. 

“It’s a photo from when we first met.” Sam laughed. “I think it might have been a rave.”

I examined the deliriously happy faces in the photograph. You could see so much joy in their chemistry and body language together; the fireworks between them was just as palpable as it was inevitable. It also seemed wholly appropriate that their lives had come full-circle: their story together was serendipitously conceived at a party, and this next chapter in their lives would be ushered in with yet another one. Both celebrations would be special in their own right, and both would of course happen on their own terms.

As their wedding photographer, I’ve lost count the number of times we’ve had to reschedule Sam & Chris’ wedding at the Liberty House. But if there’s one thing we love about Sam & Chris, they decided early on that this wedding celebration wasn’t simply about them: it was about all the special people in their lives who could share this day with them, in a safe, well-coordinated manner. All said, Sam & Chris were able to have their proverbial wedding cake and eat it too, by kicking off our very first “full” wedding in this semi post-COVID world (replete with masks, social distancing, covid tests and vaccines). Rescheduling a wedding with so many moving parts is certainly no small feat, but we’re thoroughly impressed that these two were able to pull it off, and we were honored to have played a small role in it :).

Venue: Liberty House Restaurant & Events // Officiant: Nadia Ganguly // Hair: Marisa Strazza // Make-up: Mary Belford // Dress: Kelly Faetanini // Shoes: Nina // Hairpiece: Ulyana Aster // Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Floral/Décor: JR Floral Designs // Entertainment: On The Move Entertainment // Favors: Philadelphia Pretzel Company // Cinematography: Willow Tree Films 

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