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Alyssa and Joel

The Ashford Estate - Allentown, NJ
Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Wedding
What a beautiful day and what a beautiful couple! Before you arrive at Ashford Estate you drive through small New Jersey towns with adorable little homes. Some tucked in neighborhoods and others in the midst of fields. It's hard to believe that you will arrive at the iron gates that welcome you to the estate. We met Alyssa and her bridesmaids prepped and ready for makeup and hair. I sat quietly in the room photographing Alyssa sitting and preparing for the day while close friends and family came to greet her and share their excitement. After she was dressed my favorite part happened which often happens at a wedding, her father saw her for the first time dressed for her wedding. It's always so special to see a dad admire his daughter in her white wedding dress and I was so happy to be there to photograph the quiet and emotional exchange while the room around them hustled preparing for the ceremony. Alyssa and Joel chose to see each other before the wedding so we spent quite a bit of time walking around the estate and it's gardens.  
 
This was a picture perfect day. A simply beautiful and loving couple surrounded by equally beautiful people. The party was no disappointment as the dance floor stayed packed until the night ended. I'm so excited to share the emotions captured on this day. There are so many images so this is just a small glimpse into a really great day.  
 
Thank you Alyssa and Joel! After over a year of communicating it was such an honor to finally meet you in person and photograph your wedding!
Florist: Magnolia
Venue: The Ashford Estate
Caterer: Merri-Makers Catering
Video: Edward with Orange Films
Lighting: Fennelli Design
Makeup: Luis Rodriguez
Hair: Mia Babes
Band: Russ Bennett Band
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Michelle and Jesse

Madison Wisconsin
Monday, September 15, 2014  |  Wedding
I flew to Wisconsin for the first time so eager to meet this wonderful couple and their family. Jesse is a photographer and his sister is a coordinator so we've emailed back and forth for years but never met in person. When I met all of them it was like catching up with old friends. Jesse and Michelle and insanely cool people! They are in love, warm and friendly and the perfect match! The ceremony was full of smiles and excitement. It was really hot but it didn't seem to matter at all! After the ceremony they scheduled quite a bit of time for portraits so we spent time walking around the garden photographing the two of them together before heading to the state capitol for more images. And then we finally ended up at the restaurant where they held their dinner reception. There were no toasts or first dances. They spent the entire time mingling with their family and friends catching up and reliving the day and telling old stories. Jesse has six brothers and sisters so there were definitely a lot of laughs. Even though I was hired to shoot the wedding they kept asking me to sit and enjoy the dinner with them just like I was a guest.  
 
This is the type of wedding that reminds me why I love my work so deeply. Wonderful people celebrating such a special day. When I sit down to write blog posts for weddings like this I have a hard time describing how I felt because it was such a special day to witness. Thank you Jesse, Michell and the enitre Peckham family! You guys are seriously one of a kind!
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Lauren and Evan

The Four Seasons - Palm Beach, FL
Wednesday, July 16, 2014  |  Wedding
I had the opportunity to get to know Lauren and Evan more in person than I do so many of my clients. I flew up to NYC to shoot their engagement session in September and had such a great time getting to know them. Both Lauren and Evan are so kind, sincere and so in love. They are the kind of people when you meet you just want to get to know better. They have a light in their eyes and a sincerity that is so genuine.  
 
The wedding day arrived and it was much hotter than expected, even for a summer day. Lauren and the wedding coordinator made the decision to move everything inside. Sara Renee's team, the florist and the lighting crew transformed the ballroom into a beautiful indoor sanctuary. Wedding days are full of changes and things don't always go as planned. Even for the calmest of brides this can be stressful but Lauren didn't stop smiling and that light in her eye didn't fade. The day was lovely. So many beautiful emotions. Laughter, happy tears and lots of excitement.  
 
Days like this are a reminder that weddings are made up of so many players. It's easy to focus on the couple and forget that there are grandparents present and grandparents who are there in heart and spirit. Parents who are watching a much awaited ceremony of their children they love so much vow to spend a life together. Friends who continue to tear up the entire day because their love for their friend runs so deep. This wedding was a reminder of the importance of the celebration of two people who are loved by so many.  
 
And then the party. What a party! And what an amazing band! The event went on until well after midnight with a packed dance floor all night! Libodo Band brought down the house!
Venue: The Four Seasons Palm Beach
Event Coordinator: Sara Renee Events
Florist: Xquisite Events
Band: Libodo Band
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Caterer : The Four Seasons
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Elizabeth and Mike

The Flagler Museum - Palm Beach, FL
Monday, March 17, 2014  |  Wedding
I met Elizabeth and her mom last summer and was immediately taken by their relationship. They are kind and generous and obviously more than mother and daughter but also friends. This was a wedding I was so looking forward to. Not just because they had great plans for the details and the day but also because kind and warm people like Elizabeth and her mom are usually surrounded by the same type of people... and they were. I shot multiple events leading up to the wedding day and after each event I left smiling. Mike and his family were just as wonderful. A perfect combination! 
 
Elizabeth and Mike were married at the Royal Poinciana Chapel which is on the grounds of The Flagler Museum. Elizabeth arrived at the chapel with her father and mother in her father's classic Mercedes. After seeing each other and spending some time together the family came out to be photographed. I loved watching the chemistry in this incredible family and even though organizing a large group of people can be a lot of work it was a blast. Everyone was smiling and excited to be a part of the event. After the ceremony the reception became a party when Marcia Mitchell and her band kicked off. Hours of dancing finally ended at midnight when Mike and Elizabeth exited to streamers and a classic Bentley.  
 
An absolutely perfect day and a perfect team! I had the pleasure of working with Ray and Jessica Roman. It's always a pleasure working with them and I'm constantly amazed at our ability to see the perfect shot and angle at the same time. Claudia with the Wedding Library hit it out of the park putting together this memorable event.  
 
Elizabeth and Mike, it was an honor. This is just a tiny glimpse into the full day. Enjoy!
Venue: The Flagler Museum
Ceremony: Royal Poinciana Chapel
Event Design and Planning: The Wedding Library
Caterer: Christafaro's
Florist: Tom Mathieu
Videographer: Ray Roman Films
Bridal Makeup: Jason Ascher
Band: Marcia Mitchell
Table Rental: Classic Party Rentals
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Adam and Tom

Little Palm Island
Sunday, March 9, 2014  |  Wedding
Adam and Tom were married on Little Palm Island at sunset. They invited 31 of their closest friends to celebrate. The day was relaxing and perfect and a documentary photographers dream. I spent the first few hours just photographing everyone around the pool and beach. Then everyone went their separate ways to get ready for the main event. Adam, Tom, their family and friends were a blast. Julie Shreck with Simply You Weddings did her typical flawless job on the coordination and decor of the day. And true to it's reputation Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an experience you have to live to believe.
Venue: Little Palm Island Resort and Spa
Event Coordinator: Simply You Weddings
Florist: Avant Gardens
Ceremony and Reception Music: Jimmy Janz & Envee
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Karol
Barge Transportation: Captain Buddy Grosse
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