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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa: Rancho Santa Fe, CA: Amanda & Jason's Wedding

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When Jason’s colleague Heather told him about her, Amanda sounded almost too good to be true. She worked in the same field as him and also happens to be incredibly smart and (as evidenced by the photo he saw) indisputably gorgeous. So naturally, Jason was more than happy to take Amanda’s phone number when Heather offered it to him. But when it came to actually making the call, Jason hesitated. He held on to the number for a few weeks before he called but not for lack of thinking about it. He had thought about it, quite a bit. He even talked about it to his uncle one day over dinner. In response, Jason’s uncle asked him one question: what are you waiting for? Jason explained, “This is a good one. She’s smart and beautiful. The good ones are intimidating.” 

Jason recognized that if all the things his colleague had told him about Amanda were true - if she really was as smart and funny as she was beautiful, then Amanda was not just any woman. Thus, this call wasn’t just any call. This was a call that could potentially change his life. Jason knew there was a very distinct possibility that he could fall for Amanda. And since he’s a person who is so open with his feelings, who gives his heart fully, he had to be sure he was ready. Once he was, he made the call and met Amanda in person. And she was even more than he could have ever imagined. They both fell hard.

All day at their wedding, Jason kept saying to Amanda: “There’s so much love here.” He was referring to all their friends and family, some of whom had traveled across the country to celebrate with them. But the same statement could have been coming from any of those guests just looking at Amanda and Jason together. With the two of them, there is just so much love - clearly visible love that is completely contagious. Part of what make Amanda and Jason so well matched is the way the make sure all of the people closest to them know how they feel about them. Never was that more obvious than on their wedding day when Amanda and Jason were surrounded by the people they cherish. The love they share, the love they give to those around them - it comes back tenfold.

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Venue: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California  |  Event Planning & Design: Evelyn Francesca Events & Design of Oceanside, California  |  Floral Design: Splendid Sentiments Floral Design in Vista, California

Southward Ho Country Club: Bay Shore, NY: Kristina & Dan's Wedding

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It’s a pretty special thing to get married in your home town - to walk out of the front door of your childhood home in a wedding gown, walk down the same neighborhood sidewalk you walked as child, this time hand-in-hand with your now husband. For Kristina, she got to do all that and more. She also got to say her vows in the very same church where her parents had been married so many years before - standing in the same place they had stood.  And her parents - they got to sit in the seats that their own parents had occupied way back when, letting tears of joy fill their eyes as they watched their daughter marry Dan.

Of course, they weren’t the only ones crying happy tears - so were Dan’s parents and Kristina’s sisters, all overwhelmed at the clearly evident love between Kristina and Dan. And by the time the reception rolled around, Kristina and Dan were surrounded by all of their friends and family celebrating the two of them and the fact that they had found one another.

Bridal Gown: Allure  |  Bridal Salon: Village Bridal in Babylon, NY  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters |  Hair & Makeup: Girasole Salon in Babylon, NY  |  Floral Design: Bayport Flower Houses Inc.  |  Ceremony Location: St. Patrick's Church in Bay Shore, NY  |  Venue: Southward Ho Country Club in Bay Shore, NY  |  Entertainment: Long Island Sound  |  Cake: Rolling Pin Bakery in Bay Shore, NY

The Ashford Estate: Allentown, NJ: Megan & Bobby's Wedding

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Everyone that loves Megan knows one thing to be universally true: she is someone who goes after  what she wants. More often than not, she gets whatever it is that she has set her heart upon.

It’s been true since she was a little girl, according to the story Megan’s father told during the reception, about a time he had taken her fishing. She was young, probably no older than 8 or so, when she caught an especially large fish. As Megan tried to reel it in, her father tried to help her. But Megan wasn’t having any of it. This was her fish and she was going to get it all by herself. And she did just that. She surprised her father that day and he stood back with a mix of pride and wonder and watched her handle it all by herself.   

That’s the very same focus Megan used throughout her life. It’s what has driven her to accomplish many things. Her father says that when Megan met Bobby in high school, Bobby became the next big fish that she was going to reel in. Megan loved how smart and funny Bobby was, how he made her feel whenever she was around him.  Bobby was drawn to Megan’s vibrant energy and incredible smile. They dated in high school and continued their relationship while they attended college in Boston and then established careers in New York City.

By the time their wedding day came around, Megan and Bobby had been a couple for so long that no one had any doubts that they were meant to be together. When Megan’s father escorted her down the aisle and took his place in the front row to watch as she and Bobby exchanged vows, he had a familiar look on his face - a mix of pride and wonder at his daughter, who always follows her dreams, and her heart.

Bridal Gown: Oscar de la Renta  |  Bridal Salon: Saks Fifth Avenue  |  Shoes: Kate Spade  |  Bridesmaids Dresss: Amsale  |  Hair: Luz Gil  |  Makeup: Stacie Ford  |  Event Planning & Design: Ashley Douglass Events  |  Floral Design: Blade NYC  |  Caterer: Merri Makers  |  Venue: The Ashford Estate in Allentown, NJ  |  Band: Vali Entertainment

Stone House at Stirling Ridge: Warren, NJ: Jackie & John's Wedding Video

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A huge congratulations is in order for Jackie & John! We photographed their wedding this past May and were absolutely thrilled for them when the editors at The Knot asked to feature their wedding in their upcoming The Knot New Jersey magazine! The magazine itself will be on newsstands in January and, in the meantime, they are featured on the Real Wedding section of the Knot website. This is a big honor because, as you can imagine, the editors at the Knot are inundated with submissions and are very selective about which weddings they chose to publish. 

Of course it doesn’t hurt that Jackie and John’s wedding was particularly beautiful and that they are such a sweet couple whose love for one another is incredibly evident. You can refresh your memory of their day by seeing their blog post and - even more - you can see it all in action by watching their highlight video below.

Bridal Gown: L'Fay Collection  |  Bridal Salon: L'Fay Bridal in Chatham, NJ  |  Shoes: Monique Lhuillier  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff  |  Hair & Make-Up: Expert Make-Up Artistry & Hair Design  |  Flowers: Somerset Hills Florist in Basking Ridge, NJ  |  Stationery: East Six  |  Ceremony Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, NJ  |  Venue: Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ  |  DJ: Eclipse Events  |  Cake: Rudy's Pastry Shop in Bloomfield, NJ 

Fairmount Park Horticultural Center: Philadelphia, PA: Jenna & Jimmy's Wedding

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Jenna and Jimmy hadn’t planned to see each other the morning of their wedding. They had an official first look scheduled in the afternoon, before the ceremony, and were looking forward to having a big reveal then. But, given the story of how they met (a brief introduction at an airport that set off a quite literal whirlwind romance in Israel, sparking a relationship that stood the test of long distance when they returned to their homes on opposite coasts in the U.S.) it seems fitting that they accidentally ran into one another on the morning of their wedding when they just happened to go get coffee at the same time that morning. They both laughed when it happened, thinking... what are the chances

That’s what all their friends and family thought, too, when they heard for the first time about the incredible meet-cute on the Birthright trip to Israel. That’s what they thought again when they Jenna and Jimmy were first introduced to one another’s respective families. Smart, funny, attractive, respectful - Jenna and Jimmy had each managed to find exactly the type of person their families would have picked out for them if they could have.  What are the chances? 

And the likelihood that they are going to continue to defy the odds, to be one of those couples that are just as happy on their fiftieth anniversary as they were on their wedding day? Well, I guess if you’re Jenna and Jimmy, the chances are very, very good. 

Bridal Gown: Amsale  |  Bridal Salon: Amsale Flagship Store in New York, NY  |  Hair and Make-up: Duette Hair and Makeup  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Venue: Fairmount Park Horticultural Center in Philadelphia, PA  |  Event Planning: Truly You Events  |  Floral Design: Petals Lane of Philadelphia, PA  |  Entertainment: EBE Milan 77  |  Dessert: Little Baby's Ice Cream of Philadelphia, PA

San Francisco, California: Allie & Matt's Engagement Session

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Allie and Matt weren’t set up, but they can each thank Allie’s brother who, in a round about way, brought them together. He invited Allie to join him in the city at a meet up of fellow alumni from his college. It was an event that Matt was attending as well. Allie and Matt started talking and Matt left Allie so impressed that she made mention of how much she enjoyed talking to Matt to her brother’s friend before she left. When that news was passed along, Matt was very happy to hear it. He asked for Allie’s number.

Their first date was on a Monday. It was decidedly low key, just meeting up for drinks initially so they each had an option to politely cut the evening short if it didn’t go well. Of course, they were each very pleasantly surprised when it went really well.  So well, in fact, that when Allie suggested they go next door to have dinner Matt didn’t hesitate.  He took the initiative next, asking Allie out on a second date for the Friday evening of that very same week. It wasn’t long after that they became officially a couple and developed a wonderful life together in NYC.

This summer, in the midst of planning their wedding, Allie and Matt decided to go on another adventure together - moving across the country to San Francisco. We got to photograph their engagement session there, capturing this time in their lives in their new home city.

This coming August, we’ll see them again as Allie and Matt become husband and wife back on the coast that brought them together in the first place.

Harbor Links: Port Washington, NY: Leigh & Andrew's Wedding

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Leigh and Andrew’s wedding day was a celebration many years in the making. It was the joining of two families that had met over two decades before, when Leigh and Andrew were in a class together as toddlers.  Even then, they were drawn to one another, often sitting next to one another. That connection would become much deeper ten years later when Leigh and Andrew ended in the same high school and eventually went on their first date. If there was one common theme in the toasts and comments throughout Leigh and Andrew’s wedding, it was how well they compliment one another. 

And that was true of their families too, who, after so many years of knowing one another, could finally celebrate the union that was clearly so destined to happen. It was evident when their mothers tearfully looked on during the ceremony, in how clearly Andrew’s siblings had long ago welcomed Leigh as another sister. The true joy of the bringing together of this amazing couple and their families was the most visible when Leigh and Andrew completed their first dance. It was then, when the dance floor filled with all of their friends and family, that Leigh and Andrew could see all of the people who love them and that couldn’t be happier that they found one another so many years ago.

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang  |  Hair: Hair by Danielle  |  Make-up: Makeup by Jamie  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew  |  Venue: Habor Links in Port Washington, NY  |  Florist: Black Dahlia  |  Cake: Le Bonne Boulangerie  |  Band: Arcadia Music Productions

620 Loft and Garden: New York, NY: Meredith & Andy's Wedding

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It was a chance meeting at a New York City bar, the night Meredith and Andy met for the first time. That’s where these two New York City transplants, who were miles (and in one case, an ocean) away from the place they had grown up, sparked a connection that led to the greatest romance either of them had ever known. It was in the city where Meredith and Andy got to know each other over a series of dates in their favorite neighborhoods; where they discovered the little ways to make each other laugh. The city was where they fell in love. So when it came time to plan their wedding, they knew the very best location for it to take place would be in the city that brought them together.

Being that nearly all of their guests were traveling in to New York for the wedding (from the South for Meredith’s family and all the way from Scotland for Andy’s), they planned a day that would truly give their guests a glimpse into the very best that Manhattan has to offer. From their ceremony at the 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church to their bagpipe-led march to the reception at 620 Loft and Garden (complete with a view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center), it would be easy to imagine that guests could have be overwhelmed by the beauty and grandeur of it all.

But throughout the entire day there was one thing even more captivating than the city sights: the remarkable couple at the center of it all. Andy and Meredith were beaming with joy and went out of their way to ensure the people they love most had the most incredible evening.  As the night came to an end and Meredith and Andy made their exit, all of their friends and family cheered as the happy couple headed off to start their life together as husband in wife in the city that began their love.

Bridal Gown: Sarah Nouri  |  Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, NY  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung  |  Hair: Brush Salon in New York, NY  |  Ceremony Location: 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, NY  | Reception Location:  620 Loft and Garden in New York, NY  |  Caterer: Abigail Kirsch