[Wedding] Alyssa & Russ – West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY

West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, captured by fund, candid, photodocumentary Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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“I have to do WHAT?” is probably one of the all-time favorite responses I get from brides & grooms during their consultations. It’s usually nothing seriously urgent – but it’s almost always something they never thought about when they were first planning their wedding. These include (but are not limited to): making sure the parents are ready before the bride (lest they end up in all the prep photos wearing an “I love cats” t-shirt), having invitation times different from the actual start time (you’ll just have to trust us on this one), and that a little love note to your future soulmate on the morning of your wedding is simply a great idea.

On the night prior to Alyssa & Russ’ wedding at West Hills Country Club, our handsome groom totally blanked out on that last part. It’s not that he forgot about writing a card, it’s that he forgot to BUY the card in the first place. And lucky for him, there wasn’t a place that sold greeting cards within 50 miles of his location. So then of course he got the next best thing: the back of a stock photo that’s inside a picture frame. But according to our bride (who was laughing hysterically at this point when she got her note), she somehow knew this was coming, and that her future husband was totally on-brand. She loved it all the same and wouldn’t have expected anything less.

So what else can I say about this couple or their gorgeous weddings at one of my favoritest venues on the planet? There were tons of dancing, laughing, and celebration all night long. Despite the small hiccup we had that morning, we loved every moment all the same, and wouldn’t have expected anything less :).

Venue & Catering: West Hills Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Rev. Dr. Robert “Odie” Odierna // Hair: Kassie Brikowski // Make-up: Jen Sbarbaro // Dress: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca // Shoes: Toms // Groom’s attire: JoS. A. Bank // Jewelry: Naser Diamonds // Floral/Décor: Cherry Brandy Designs // Entertainment: Joe Baracata Band // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Donation in lieu of favors // Cinematography: byDesign Films 

[Wedding] Sarah & David – NYC Marriage Bureau in New York, NY

Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
Civil Ceremony at the NYC Marriage Bureau, captured by fun NYC wedding & elopement photographer Ben Lau.
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“Nothing good happens after midnight.” I mean, at least that’s how the legend goes. Whoever made that up has clearly never had a jumbo slice of pizza after a long night of partying with friends. And if all that gooey mozzarella and crispy pizza crust is wrong – I definitely don’t wanna be right :).

Soooo what about 5am? Is 5am okay?

Because that’s about the time I left my house to meet up with Sarah & David in Central Park, who would be eloping later on that day at NYC’s City Hall. But just think about it: the tour buses arrive in Central Park at 9am every morning, and the Marriage Bureau opens at 8:00am. Starting at Central Park at 7am is the most efficient and sensible solution; the park will be relatively empty, and we’ll have plenty of time to beat rush hour. And if being efficient and sensible by starting my day at 5am is wrong, I definitely don’t wanna be right :).

[Wedding] Kait & Pat – West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY

West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
West Hills Country Club wedding in Hudson Valley, NY - captured by candid, photojournalistic Hudson Valley wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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This wedding was particularly special to me for many, many reasons. For starters, I knew I wanted to shoot this wedding from the moment I met Kait & Pat; not because of their awesome-ramas wedding venue (I mean, I practically live at West Hills Country Club at this point), but because Kait & Pat are not the type of folks who are naturally comfortable in front of a camera (challenge totally accepted!). But even more importantly, I knew they both had so much love to give to everyone around them, which typically lends an incredible amount of power to any image, especially with the right photographer behind the camera. This past summer, I was blessed with this incredible opportunity to be just that (the right photographer!).

Upon delivery of their wedding images shortly thereafter, I was reminded once again of the power and responsibility of what we do as wedding photographers. We learned that Kait’s grandmother had passed away shortly after the wedding, and that these images were instrumental in their process of grieving and healing.

When it comes to photographing a wedding day, the portraits of the bride are important – that much is indisputable. But what is also important are the moments between those formal shutter clicks, the moments between the moments, and the relationships between all the subjects occupying my frame. Every face is important, every connection has a story, and it’s my responsibility as their wedding photographer to capture all of that in one shutter click. Upon receiving this devastating news from Kait, I was absolutely honored, and humbled, that I was able to provide these images to Kait, Pat, and their families. They are the reason, and the inspiration, for why we do what we do everyday.

Venue & Catering: West Hills Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Chris Tyborowski (friend of bride/groom) // Hair: Bella Trucco // Make-up: Bella Trucco // Dress: Custom by Irene Rocha Bridal and Tailor // Shoes: Toms //Groom’s attire: Generation Tux // Jewelry: Olive and Piper // Floral/Décor: Mayuri’s Floral Design // Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Donations to American Cancer Society and American Heart Association in memory of Bride and Grooms grandparents // Cinematography: NST Pictures 

[Wedding] Monica & Ben – The Palace at Somerset Park in Franklin, NJ

Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Palace at Somerset Park wedding, captured by photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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When we wander this earth in search of our soulmates, we all look for the tell-tale signs that tell us we’ve found “the one”. It could be their smile, the sparkle in their eyes, or the way their nose crinkles whenever they’re just about to sneeze. For Ben, I surmise it was Monica’s contagious laughter, the kind that simply lights up a room (or stadium, in Monica’s case). I mean seriously – when is this girl NOT laughing or smiling? I’m willing to bet that on the day they first met, Ben was probably just as smitten as a kitten :).

These two lovebirds tied the knot at one of my all-time favorite venues, The Palace at Somerset Park. (Never mind the fact that Karis and I also tied the knot here 11 years ago, but that’s neither here nor there!) It was a beautiful celebration filled laughter, yummy food, and special VIP guests from all around the world. We hope that Monica & Ben will continue filling their lives together with love and laughter, just as they’ve been doing it all these years!

Venue:  The Palace at Somerset Park  // Catering: Moghul Catering  // Officiant:  Natalie Adler (friend of bride) // Hair/Make-up: @ladychebli // Dress: Bombay Bridal // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Ted Baker // Floral/Décor: Flower Station // Stationery: Minted 

[Wedding] Lauren & Ryan – Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ

Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Liberty House wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by candid, photo-documentary NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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For those of you who’ve been following our work for a while (long before our rebrand in early 2019), you would’ve noticed that my bio page had not changed very much in 10 years. The main reason? I hate writing about myself. But even more importantly, who reads that crap anyway?

Ryan did, apparently!

In an effort to avoid seeming like a self-important “artiste”-wannabe, I remember talking about my love of donuts and cheeseburgers instead (with a little bits and pieces of photography sprinkled in). And as luck would have it, donuts and cheeseburgers were precisely what Ryan & Lauren shared together on their first date and the rest was history. So once Ryan read my bio, their decision to have us document their wedding seemed like a no-brainer. Thank goodness Ryan & Lauren found me before my recent rebrand, lest they also share my love of alpacas and noodle soups as well!

Lauren & Ryan tied the knot this past summer at the Liberty House in Jersey City, with a gorgeous outdoor garden ceremony with the famous NYC skyline behind them. And quite honestly, I don’t think they could’ve picked a better day!

Venue & Catering: Liberty House Restaurant // Catering: Liberty House // Officiant: Rex Richardson// Hair: Crystal Aleman of Crystal Marie Bridal // Make-up: Crystal Aleman of Crystal Marie Bridal // Dress: Martina Liana // Shoes: Freya Rose // Groom’s attire: Custom 3 piece and shirt from My Suit and custom bowtie from Lindman NY // Jewelry: earrings borrowed, sapphire diamond bracelet gift from Mom, wedding band from Kent NY, engagement ring from Ideal Diamond Atlanta, Groom’s band from Manly Bands // Floral/Décor: JR Floral Designs // Entertainment: Funktion Band // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society // Cinematography: Matt Koza

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