Jay + Joyce

LOVE, WEDDINGS

JAY + JOYCE

Jay + Joyce planned a winter wonderland wedding that was an absolute dream! To be honest, I was a little nervous for them when they told me they were having the ceremony in their backyard. I mean, how could they pull that off? Wouldn’t it be freezing?! Well, they sure did amaze me with how well they planned for this. When I arrived I saw a beautiful white tent set up in their backyard draped with red ribbon and outdoor heaters circling the seating area for their guests. The decor was absolutely memorizing! And guess what… no one was the least bit cold despite the beautiful snowfall that had set the scene for this winter wonderland ceremony.

 

These two had such a beautiful and spiritual ceremony as they are both very into their faith. From the beautifully written scriptures and prayers to their heartwarming vows, you could feel just how strong of a love they had shared for one another. After the ceremony, everyone stayed for a little while and enjoyed some snacks and cocktails at the house before heading over to Galloping Hill. There, the reception would be held and Jay + Joyce would dance the night away as husband and wife surrounded by laughter + love.

 

** Be sure to check out images from Jay + Joyce’s wedding in the slideshow above!

DREW + HEATHER

LOVE, PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDINGS

DREW + HEATHER

Drew always knew Heather was the one. It all started when they met in college 12 years ago. Drew was on a mission to get Heather to go out with him. One night when everyone from class went out he was able to grab a seat next to Heather at the bar. They talked and Drew had asked her if she would like to accompany him to New York City for a project that they were both assigned. She said yes and to this day, Drew says that that little trip into the city was the best date he has ever had. They ventured to the MET together, grabbed some dinner + drinks, and later on sat underneath the Brooklyn Bridge where he and Heather shared their first kiss. Unfortunately, the night came to an end and although they had a really amazing connection, Heather had moved away and they had lost touch for 3 and a half years.

Years passed and Drew had gone through some rough break ups. Out of nowhere, he had decided to text Heather.. and boy was it really out of no where. They hadn’t talked in years! He wasn’t even sure if she had the same number! Luckily she did …and ever since that one text, “Hello” they haven’t stopped talking! Fast forward to today, they are crazy in love with each other, happier than ever.

*Check out the highlights of Drew + Heathers wedding in the slideshow above!

DARSHAN + BIJAL

ENGAGEMENTS

DARSHAN + BIJAL

She stepped out of the car where she spotted a group of her closest family & friends all huddled together at the beautiful Liberty Park. She was shocked to see all of them there just waiting for her arrival. You see, Bijal had thought she was attending a surprise party for her friend, but she soon realized that the surprise was for her! One of her close friends handed her a balloon and said, “It’s for you.. pop it!” and with a giant smile on her face, she did.

Confetti exploded out of the popped balloon along with a tiny note that led her to her next destination where she would find another group of close friends. There they were, awaiting her arrival with another balloon for her to pop. As she popped the second balloon, another tiny note flew out of it. As she opened it up, she was directed to walk further. As she walked she began to see her man waiting for her with the beautiful NYC skyline behind him, roses in hand, a giant smile on his face, and on only one knee.

Their eyes locked and as she finally figured out what was going on, she couldn’t contain her excitement. Bijal ran and jumped into Darshan’s arms! She said yes! & what a beautiful proposal it was to photograph!

*Be sure to check out the slideshow above to see more highlights of this romantic engagement!

 

JOE + STACY

LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

JOE + STACY

This young couple was filled with life from the moment I met them! Joe + Stacy are a super fun and energetic couple with a passion for life. Their upbeat personalities immediately put me in the happiest mood every time i had the opportunity to meet up or chat with them. Something that inspires me is when a bride + groom to be is so over the top ecstatic to marry one another. These two shared that same vision for their wedding day. They had that spark in their eye as they finished each others sentences whenever I would ask about the big day. I am looking forward to that special time when I am engaged and I hope that I have what this couple had. That explosive excitement to spend the rest of their lives together was something I will always remember about them!

Stacy picked out the most beautiful blush tones that made for resilient detail shots! While I got shots of the girls jumping on the bed as they got ready, my second shooter was off capturing hilarious pictures of the guys laughing and goofing off together. Everything was so lighthearted, genuine, and fun. They made this day everything they envisioned it to be and more and I was so be the one to beautifully document it all!

 

*Be sure to check out some highlights of their day in the slideshow above!

 

JEFF + RENEE

LOVE, PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDINGS

JEFF + RENEE

For these two it all started in elementary school. Renee had a huge crush on Jeff back then, but unfortunately in the 7th grade his parents decided to move and off he went with them. Renee would always have these random dreams of Jeff and that they were together. It’s as if she always knew all along. Years passed by & the two continued on their lives without each other… Until that one day that changed everything. They had reunited on Facebook and began to talk to each other, bring up old times, and ever since that one little conversation they have been inseparable. Isn’t it funny how timing is everything?

 

When Jeff + Renee told me how meaningful + significant the beach is to them, I felt an instant connection to work with them! I had shared the exact same feeling they had. The beach has been with me my entire life – through every amazing moment from my first real kiss to every sad moment like my first real break up. Its a place I go to to mediate when I am feeling stressed or upset and its also a place I go to when I’m happy or feeling inspired. My boyfriend PJ  and I often go at night when no one is around and stare up at the sky and just talk about life and our purpose in it. Something about the beautiful sound of crashing waves combined with the soft sand in between my toes and the smell of sea salt in the air..it all makes me feel balanced and centered..as if I am home. For Jeff + Renee, the beach was a very spiritual place. They felt connected to it for a lot of the same reasons as I did and so understanding that helped me have a clear idea of the vision for their wedding day!

 

Renee looked absolutely beautiful walking down the isle and as the couple said “I do” their close family and friends clapped + cheered for them. It was truly a beautiful ceremony with many laughs, many tears, and lots of love.

 

*Be sure to check out some highlights of their day in the slideshow above!