[Engagement] Devi & Nick – Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA

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As our country began it’s painfully slow road to recovery from this pandemic, most of us have been eager to emerge from our shelters for fresh air, human interaction, and any semblance of normalcy in our lives. Although this fight is far from over, we in the Northeastern US have made incredible progress. With this progress comes a lifting of restrictions, a little bit more freedom of movement, and (sorta kinda) back to our regularly scheduled programming. So once we got the green light from the State of NJ and health officials, we opened our calendars and *BOOM*: our wonderful clients filled all our dates, just like that.

I imagine some of them were just looking for an excuse to get out of the house :).

So how does one plan an engagement session amidst an ongoing pandemic, aside from the standard protocols of social-distancing and mask-wearing? You avoid all the other germy, mouth-breathing humans, that’s how :). So when we photographed Devi & Nick’s engagement session at Longwood Gardens, that’s precisely what we did, masked up and all. Thankfully, Longwood Gardens offers plenty of space to spread out, with some relatively cool, shaded areas to boot. After almost 5 months of lock-down, I’ll pretty much take anything at this point. But with all the gorgeousness at Longwood Gardens at our disposal on this very beautiful summer day, we absolutely got back way more than we could’ve ever imagined!

[Family] Tamoria Family – Old Town Alexandria, VA

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Someone recently asked me: “What’s the secret sauce to a great image yield from a family session?”

“Light, location, positive vibes and bribery….with a HUGE emphasis on bribery!” I replied, without skipping a beat.

And with this particular family session in Old Town Alexandria, we had copious amounts of all 4 magical ingredients. In fact, we had more than we knew what to do with :).

I was recently (re)exploring my old stomping grounds of Northern Virginia and Maryland to photograph several of my old friends and their little ones; starting off with Max who was absolutely not shy about showing off his incredible balancing, stick-throwing, and jump kicking skills. When a child is filled with boundless energy, good vibes, and an eagerness to share their excitement with the people around them – this is the magic we all wish we could capture in a bottle (or image, for that matter!).

[Wedding] Jess & Eric’s Backyard Wedding in Northern New Jersey

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I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to be an engaged couple trying to plan a wedding amidst an ongoing pandemic. On top of worrying about the health and safety of guests, the re-opening guidelines prescribed by federal, state and local officials have made it nearly impossible to coordinate a team of vendors who don’t even know what the rules are (here’s the rub: nobody really knows!). But here’s what we did know:

  • There’s a very serious, real bug going around and we all need to consider the health & safety of our family and friends, as well as the health & safety of our fellow humans.
  • Masks are our friends!
  • Jess & Eric were going to get married, one way or another :).

What was originally meant to be a big celebration pre-pandemic evolved into a much smaller, intimate ceremony in a NYC park when the whole world shut down. Roughly a week before the big day, it somehow evolved into an intimate backyard event in the bride’s childhood home in Northern NJ.  And quite honestly, I think this was the #bestideaever. 

It was everything I imagined a backyard wedding would be, a pandemic notwithstanding. With an intimate guestlist comprised of only the most closest relatives and friends, along with the very first Best Man & Maid of Honor toasts delivered by Zoom that I’ve EVER seen, I couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off the next chapter of Jess & Eric’s lives together. And if you think that’s impressive, this family planned this whole darn thing in less than a month! How’s THAT for wedding planning for ya?!?

Catering: Abaita // Officiant: Rabbi Kalman Topp // Hair: Allison Woodruff // Dress: Sareh Nouri // Shoes: Aquazurra // Groom’s attire: Hilton Bespoke // Jewelry: Ultimate Diamond, Bloomingdale’s, & DMJ Casting // Floral/Décor: Mimulo // Entertainment: Laura Sacks and Steven Beck // Planner/Coordinator: Bride’s parents, Wedfuly, & Jeremy Engel // Ketubah Artist: Judith Joseph

[Family] Logue Family – North Jersey Family Session

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I once asked my eldest son if he remembered a life without his little brother. He told me that he didn’t – his brother was always by his side for as long as he remembered.  “Promotions are a big deal!” I remember telling him, “You’re going to have to be a good role model for your younger brother, and be his protector and best friend.”

He nodded in agreement.

He was also five years old at the time when I asked, so he’s probably due for a refresher :).

Aria & Fiona are two adorable twin sisters who recently received their own promotions when their little sister Emily came into this world. With the State of NJ slowly opening back up (and with my calendar pretty much wiped clean of weddings these next few months),  my longtime friends/clients Alexis & Mike reached out to see if I would interested in photographing their gorgeous family.

Honestly, I wouldn’t have missed this opportunity for the world :).

[Wedding] Jackie & Giancarlo – West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY

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Just imagine: the joyful tears, the anxious uncertainty and the emotional roller coaster where you, your family and friends are the unwitting passengers. Everyone simultaneously holds their collective breaths, as they’ve resigned to a whirlwind of invisible forces they simply cannot control. And believe it or not, we’re just talking about the 72 hours leading up to the wedding day here!

But of course, this is love & weddings in the time of the coronavirus; amidst the panic, confusion and sadness that we are all experiencing, most human beings are still yearning for the silver linings on which to lay our tired and weary heads. I would have to say though: officially attaching oneself to another human being, through mind, body, and spirit, is probably one of those silver linings that we enjoy the most – reminding us that despite all the hardships and struggles we all experience in life, we are all okay as long as we are all doing it together.

Jackie & Giancarlo’s wedding marks our very first “official” wedding since the shutdowns started back in March. With guidance and rules on gatherings changing on a near-daily basis, these two newlyweds are absolute SAINTS for rolling with every punch that came their way these past few months. Together with their closest friends and family, they finally exchanged their vows during their intimate outdoor (and socially distanced) wedding ceremony at the West Hills Country Club. Though they’ll save their “big” celebration for another day, there was plenty to celebrate on this very perfect day, and we were absolutely honored to have played a small part in it.

Venue: West Hills Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Marcelo Aspesi // Hair: Hair by MinMin – Hopscotch Salon // Make-up: Makeup by Allie Vasta // Dress: BHLDN // Shoes: Kate Whitcomb // Groom’s attire: Suit – Kenneth Cole // Jewelry:  David Harvey Jewelers & heirlooms // Floral/Décor: Flowers by David Anthony // Entertainment: Jimmy Dee Entertainment // Stationery: Minted 

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