[Wedding] Lauren & Steve – Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, NJ

Several years ago, when I was first presented with the very real possibility of becoming a professional wedding photographer, it was not an arrangement that I entered into lightly. During that point in my journey, I would get very lucky every now and then, capturing some amazing images of the world around me (which was basically food, for the most part). But truth be told, wedding photography was is on a whole different level from cupcakes, landscapes and other people’s kids. Roughly 50 times a year, I would be tasked with the monumental responsibility of documenting one of the most important days in a person’s life, with the tiniest margins for error, while using every ounce of technical and creative muscle that I had at my disposal. During those early years, my entry into the world of wedding photography was never about getting into an exciting new business venture, nor was it a way to validate my abilities as a photographer. It had always been about creating a historical document of one day; albeit one of the most important, happiest days in a person’s life. And lurking somewhere amongst all this ocean of happiness was always the very real prospect that the music would eventually stop playing, the flowers would eventually begin to wilt, and some of the main characters of these stories would one day no longer be with us. In the humblest of terms, these photos were are one way to keep the music playing, to keep those flowers fresh, and to help us all cherish some of the happiest moments we’ll ever have with those closest to us…forever. Lauren & Steve’s wedding celebration took place at the beautiful Rockleigh Country Club. We couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop for this chapter of their story.

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Venue & Catering: Rockleigh Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Rabbi Steve Meltz // Dress: Reem Acra // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Make-up: 4ThatLook by Bonnie Liff // Hair: Lynn McDermott // Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein Collection and Hugo Boss // Jewelry: BHLDN // Floral/Decor: Amaryllis Event Decor // Cake topper & Birdcage: DIY // Entertainment: New York City Swing // Stationery: Sherry Schneider for Party Perfect // Favors: Donations to United Hospice of Rockland // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios

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