[Trash the Dress] Andrea & James – Southern Nevada

Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Nevada Desert Adventure Elopement & Wedding photos, captured by adventure elopement and wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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I once read something about a professional basketball player who absolutely hated being labeled as one of the most talented players in the NBA. “Talent”, as he put it, diminished all the hard work that he put into becoming one of the GOATs of the NBA. Certainly, being born with a 6’6″ 230lb muscular frame helps, but you don’t get to be the best version of yourself simply by showing up; you’ve got to do the work.

This is true whether you’re an athlete, artist, musician, chef…or whatever your calling is: when you are a “Professional XYZ”, your sole mission in life should only be about taking your craft to the next level. Natural-born talent gets your foot in the door; but how far you go is entirely up to you because nothing else matters.

And do you know what else these professional athletes (artists, musicians, chefs, etc) all have in common? They all do it for the love of what they do, even when you remove all the financial incentives. From pick-up games to doodles, to jam sessions and personal work – they do it because they love it, and gain nothing but the satisfaction of having done something well.

Which brings us to how and why we ended up photographing Andrea & James in the middle of a Nevada desert. In the past two years, I’ve been adding more and more personal work into my schedule, along with attending photography workshops and conferences around the world. More recently, Karis & I signed up to attend the WPPI Conference in Las Vegas around the same time Andrea reached out to us about doing a “Trash the Dress” session. The conversation went something like this (not verbatim, but I imagine I’m pretty close):

Andrea: I was thinking about doing a “trash the dress” session. Maybe something with the ocean, or with a pool? What do you think?
Me: How about Vegas in February? Maybe we can go into the desert, maybe we ca…
Andrea: DONE!

And just like that, we found ourselves playing in the middle of a desert.

We had so much fun, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out their Behind-The-Scenes video here (their BTS starts at 3:51 – be sure to Like & Subscribe!):

[Engagement] Irene & Cory – Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Philadelphia engagement session captured by fun, candid Philadelphia wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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Sometimes the best plan is not having one. When we were first mapping out our plans for Irene & Cory’s Philadelphia engagement session, we had all sorts of amazing ideas; from the Philadelphia Horticulture Center to the cobblestone streets of Old City, I knew it was going to be nothing short of epic. Much to our dismay, the universe apparently had other plans for us, and a mountain of crystal balls could not have predicted that there would be a huge event happening at the Horticulture Center on the date of the session, nor could we have ever predicted there would be an unrelenting swarm of tourists on the one cobblestone-y block in all of Philadelphia. I mean seriously – we couldn’t catch a break AT ALL.

But my friends, this was probably the best scenario that could’ve ever happened to Irene & Cory (aside from the two of them meeting each other all those years ago): because chaos and spontaneity is where/when we photographers get our best work done. I mean this with every ounce of my being. At the end of the day, there’s nothing a nice graffiti wall and a well-placed fern can’t fix – and we had plenty of both (and definitely not by design).

I can’t thank Irene & Cory for agreeing to play along, and I can’t wait to play with them some more on their wedding day in Bear Mountain later this year. Plan or no plan, I already know we’re going to create something magical…AGAIN!

[Wedding] Jeannine & Dillon at the Art Factory in Paterson, NJ

Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Art Factroy wedding in Paterson, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic North Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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When I first met Jeannine back in 2012(ish) at a wedding showcase (while she was helping her friend plan a wedding), she made it abundantly clear that I would be photographing her (Jeannine’s) wedding, whenever that may be. We hear this all the time, so we simply politely nodded and thought nothing of it.

Fast-forward 8 years (ish), it appears that Jeannine wasn’t just being polite that evening; she absolutely meant it, and we soon found ourselves in one of my newest favorite venues in New Jersey – The Art Factory in Paterson, NJ. This place is a photographers’ playground, and served as the perfect backdrop for fellow creatives like Jeannine & Dillon.

The icing on this proverbial wedding cake was all the fresh powdery snow that was falling from the sky on their wedding day, the first snowfall of the winter! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for this couple, and I’m beyond thrilled that we finally had the honor and privilege to photograph this wedding, 8 years in the making (for me, at least!).

From the food, to the space, to the jazz band’s jam session during their cocktail hour, it was everything Jeannine & Dillon could expect it to be (and us as well!). We wish these two lovebirds a lifetime of happiness, and we can’t wait to see what life has in store for them!

Venue: The Art Factory // Catering: Peppercorn Events // Ceremony/Officiant: Mary Ann Fernandez // Hair: Once Upon A Bride – Stacey // Make-up: Once Upon A Bride – Alicia // Dress: Hayley Paige // Hat: Eugenia Kim // Shoes: ESSEN // Groom’s Attire: Indochino, Cole Haan shoes // Jewelry: Custom made “Toi-et-moi” emerald and diamond & white gold engagement ring and white gold bands from Mingione Jewelry NYC. Earrings from Rebekah Price. Bracelet – 18k yellow gold from Tiffany & Co. // Groom’s Cufflinks: Vintage // Floral/Décor: The Ashley Palmer Project // Entertainment: The Bailsmen (jazz band) / Aria Melody – Joseph Schimicci (D.J.) // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Blue Spruce Seedling

[Wedding] Amy & Sam at the Maritime Parc in Jersey City, NJ

Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc wedding in Jersey City, NJ - captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic wedding NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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When I first met Amy & Sam, I loved everything about them: their practical “get ‘er done” attitudes towards life, their affinity towards everything food related (especially our bride Amy), and their willingness to embrace adventure together with open arms and laughter all the way. Amy & Sam returned home from Boston to NJ to celebrate their wedding weekend with their friends & family at the Maritime Parc, and brought some unseasonably warm weather with them (you definitely won’t hear any complaints here!). What’s even better, someone brought donuts to the party! Barely two weeks into the new year, and folks are out here breaking resolutions already :). But I mean, if there’s one day to break new years resolutions, this wedding celebration would be it! We’re so incredibly happy for these two lovebirds, and we wish them a lifetime of love, laughter and YUMMY FOOD!

Venue & Catering: Maritime Parc // Ceremony/Officiant: Pastor Daniel Liu of Crossroads Community Church in Somerville, NJ // Hair & Make-up: PentMakeup // Make-up: PentMakeup // Dress: David’s Bridal // Shoes: Marc Fisher // Groom’s attire: Suit Supply // Jewelry: Rings from Diamond Guild in Dedham, MA // Floral/Décor: DIY // Entertainment: Limelight Entertainment // Stationery: Shutterfly, CatPrint // Favors: Custom engraved chopsticks in China

[Wedding] Jaclyn & Dylan – Maritime Parc in Jersey City, NJ

Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Maritime Parc Wedding in Jersey City, captured by fun, candid, photojournalistic NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
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I would say I “saved the best [wedding] for last” but quite honestly, we had one helluva year as far as weddings and awesome clients go. They’ve all been pretty amazing. This wedding season has been filled with adventurous and fun-loving couples who would happily brave the elements, get their dresses a little dirty, and willingly hike up mountaintops – all for one singular purpose: getting that epic shot with their soulmate in their arms. Jaclyn & Dylan would be no different.

I remember nudging these two lovebirds out of their comfort zone (as many wedding photographers do) by making them say silly things (in public, no less!) – but they happily did so anyway, and willingly got weird with me on the streets of the West Village with open arms. And you know what? The smiles and laughter on their faces were worth it, and I’d do it 100x all over again (and I believe they would too).

Jaclyn & Dylan recently tied the knot at Maritime Parc in Jersey City over this past holiday season. Together with their friends and family, they shared some laughter, food, and a wine decanter which somehow became the evening’s MVP. We wrapped up the evening with a sparkler photo in front of one of my favoritest cities in the world: New York City. If that’s not a great end to an already amazing year, I don’t know what is!

Venue: Maritime Parc // Ceremony/Officiant: Maureen Jeffries // Hair: Danielle Miele  // Make-up: Danielle Arci // Dress: Sottero and Midgley // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: The Black Tux // Jewelry: Wedding Warehouse // Floral/Décor: JR Floral Designs // Entertainment: 74 Events // Stationery: Marlie Renee Designs // Favors: Donation to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

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