[Wedding] Danielle & Luis – Park Chateau in East Brunswick, NJ

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For Danielle & Luis, this wedding day was a long time coming, the pandemic notwithstanding. Having been together for more years than most people can conceivably count, there’s no doubt that they’ve weathered many storms together – so planning a wedding amidst an ongoing pandemic would’ve been a cakewalk for these two. As luck would have it, indoor dining restrictions were temporarily relaxed (at the time of their wedding), which allowed them to pretty much host a celebration as they had originally intended (albeit with proper masking and social distancing, of course). After saying their “I do’s” at St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen, they celebrated with their family and friends at the Park Chateau in East Brunswick, NJ.

Venue & Catering: Park Chateau // Ceremony: St.  Francis of Assisi Cathedral // Hair: @styledby.christina // Make-up: Rebecca Lee Artisty @KoreanKandy // Dress: Eve of Milady from Bridal Reflections // Shoes: His and Hers: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s attire: Suit: Y2 Collection , Barong: Tesoros // Floral/Décor: Crest Florist // Entertainment: Key Music Group // Favors: Crate and Barrel Wine glass , Customized Hand Sanitizers,  Customized Masks // Cinematography: Knotty Arts Studio

[Wedding] Beulah & Josh – The Legacy Castle in Pequannock, NJ

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It can’t be easy trying to plan a wedding in the middle of a pandemic. It’s doubly hard when you’ve got two sisters getting married mere months apart from each other! Such was the case for Beulah & Josh, who had originally planned to do an outdoor tented wedding at Legacy Castle (like her sister!), but then it rained (which would’ve likely turned the entire grounds into a giant Slip-&-Slide party – which in hindsight would’ve been incredibly thrilling for the guests – but I digress). 2020 has been an absolute crapshoot, and quite honestly this rain was not going to bring this family down. Fortunately for Beulah & Josh, the updated occupancy restrictions (at the time of their wedding) allowed them to move their already-downsized guestlist inside. When one door closes, another one opens; that’s the power of positive thinking, folks! 

Venue & Catering: The Legacy Castle // Ceremony/Officiant: Hawthorne Gospel Church / Rev. Joseph Williams // Hair: La Sorella Bridal // Make-up: Brunella Artistry // Dress: Lotus Bridal / Maggie Sottero Designs // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids attire: Revelry // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Groomsmen attire: JoS. A. Bank // Jewelry: Kay Jewelers / Blue Nile // Floral/Décor: Stylish Events NY // Entertainment: Redefined Audio Video Entertainment // Stationery: VisualisingDreams // Digital Design & Calligraphy: OnlyBelieveCo. // Favors: SugarLipsParty // Cinematography: JayLim Studio // Planner/Coordinator: OnTime Events

 

 

[Portraits] Nicole & Matt – Plainfield, NJ

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“You’re getting one Christmas card photo from me, and that’s all you’re gonna get!” I warned Nicole & Matt when I was describing my personal project to them. “Then for the rest of the morning, we’re probably going to do all kinds of weird shit, and you’re going to have to do it – no questions asked.” By all accounts, I was probably overselling my proposition here to my fellow photographer friends. But as talented photographers in their own right, they probably understood the creative rut I was going through (as well as all the anxieties that comes along with it). In fact, there was a very good chance they would get me and my wackadoodle sensibilities and would be willing to help a fellow photog-in-need.

“That’s fine by us!” they replied. “Let’s go do thisssssssss!” (Also, not verbatim, but I’m almost pretty sure there were some socially distanced fist bumps thrown in there. But I digress.)

So one brisk morning, with my camera in one hand, and a cup of coffee in another, the three of us set out to explore my town of Plainfield, NJ- in search of dirty alleyways, littered parking lots and whatever terrible light we could find. It’s no secret that growth is uncomfortable; but I just knew I wanted to be as uncomfortable as I could possibly get.

And believe it or not,  it was some of the most fun I’ve had in a while.

So a big shout-out and thank you to Nicole & Matt for indulging me and this little project of mine. I hope ya’ll enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed creating them!

PS. I never did get those Christmas card photos, but I suppose these will have to do :).

[Engagement] Wenona & Titus – Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, NY

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I couldn’t help but smile the entire time I was going through these photos for the blog, much less capturing them on the day of their engagement session. Wenona and Titus are truly AMAZING for putting up with my wackadoodle humor and direction. These two were game for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING – which is simply music to every photographer’s ears. 

We kicked off their session on the roof deck of a parking garage (if you know, you know), followed up with a little bit of acrobatics and silliness in a field nearby, and wrapped up on the Tarrytown waterfront as the sun began to set over the Hudson River.

And yes, it was absolutely as much fun as it looks :).

[Wedding] Rachel & Matt – New Jersey Backyard Wedding

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“In every crisis, there is opportunity.”

– Chinese Proverb

This pandemic is, without a doubt, one of the worst tragedies we’ve all experienced in our lifetimes. But even so, I remind myself to count my blessings every day; there’s food in my stomach, a roof over my head, and my loved ones are (for the most part) safe and healthy during these crazy, crazy times. By all accounts, our cups have runneth over and we’re so incredibly grateful for that.

This pandemic has also profoundly changed the way our couples host their weddings, and it’s indirectly affected the way we document them. And you know what? I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing. When you take away the packed dance floors, the large bridal parties, the fireworks, and 80% of the guest list, what do you have?

A wedding.

Yes, it’s still a wedding – that part has not changed.  But now, because of the pandemic, our couples are finding themselves hosting intimate celebrations with some of the most super-duper important people in their lives. And as documentary wedding photographers, we think that’s kinda cool :).

Why? Grandma gets a few more hugs. The family dog gets a few more kisses. The couples get a few more moments alone to themselves. Now that the pressure of a typical wedding day itinerary is gone, we can savor every wonderful moment of this beautiful day. 

Like many others, Rachel & Matt’s original wedding plans were dashed due to COVID (and their Plan B was rained out – so technically, this backyard wedding was their Plan C). With only a few weeks to plan, and bucket-loads of elbow grease, these families pulled together and threw one of the finest backyard weddings I’ve seen during these times :). We’re so honored to document part 1 of these celebrations, and look forward to documenting part 2 of their celebrations next year!

 

Catering: Jacques Exclusive Catering // Ceremony/Officiant: Rabbi Andrea // Dress: Emmy Mae // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: HUGO // Jewelry: Emma Katzka, Sevgi Jewelry // Floral/Décor: Peonies to Paint Chips // Ketubah Artist: Jennifer Raichman 

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