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Gramercy Park Hotel: New York, NY: Melissa & Trevor's Wedding

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For Melissa and Trevor their wedding day was a day many, many years in the making. They have been a couple for nearly two decades, having first met when they were students together at Queens University in Ontario. Early in their relationship, Trevor quite literally swept Melissa off her feet. It was a formal dance during their fourth year and a snowstorm left the streets covered in snow, which make it fairly difficult for Melissa to walk in her heels. Trevor, being the kind of man that he is, gallantly picked Melissa up to carry her home. Sometime during that walk, however, he slipped. The resulting ankle injury is now a storied testament to his love for her.

The Canadian couple were married in the city they now call home: New York. With many of their guests traveling to the city for the wedding, Melissa and Trevor made sure to plan a wedding that was a true New York experience. From the beautiful, historic church to their classic cab and specular views (and food) at their rooftop reception, their wedding day was truly incredible. But what made it truly special was the funny and touching toasts offered up to the happy couple by the friends and family that have known Melissa and Trevor as a couple for so long. It was easy to see how they have been together for as long as they have already - they make each deliriously happy and, most importantly, make each other laugh in a way no one else ever could.

Bridal Gown: Simone Carvalli  |  Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections in New York, NY  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff  |  Hair: Alaina Terrell  |  Make-Up: Juliana Fink from Metamorphosis New York  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Event Planning & Design: Karen Brown New York  |  Floral Design: Adore Floral in New York, NY  |  Ceremony Location: The Church of the Transfiguration in New York, NY  |  Reception Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, NY  |  DJ: Moe Choi  |  Cake: Butterly Bakeshop in New York, NY

Central Park: New York, NY: Kaitlin & Nick's Family Session

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We haven known Kaitlin and Nick for nearly five years now. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, since the day we photographed their engagement session on what might have been the hottest day in the summer of 2011 feels like yesterday. Yet at the same time, when we see the beautiful family that Kaitlin and Nick have created, it’s amazing to see how much they have accomplished in five short years. About a year after we photographed their gorgeous Long Island wedding, Kaitlin emailed us to let us know that they had a beautiful brand-new baby girl. We were thrilled for them and thrilled for us because she wanted us to capture them as a new family of three. Since then they have purchased and renovated a home in NYC and welcomed another adorable little one, this time a baby boy.

We got to see them again this fall as we photographed them as they are now: a gorgeous family of four. We had a great time getting to see them and their little girl again and meet their beautiful son.

It’s always a pleasure to get to see couples again after their wedding (whether it be the weddings of their own friends or family when they refer us or when we get to continue to capture their journey together from couple to family) and it’s been so special for us to know Kaitlin and Nick for so many years now and see the amazing life they’re building together.

Skytop Lodge: Skytop, PA: Madeline & David's Wedding

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If you asked their friends and family, you would likely hear that one of the main things Madeline and David have in common is that they take their time in making a decision. They weigh their options, do copious research, think over every possibility. It’s an admirable trait, of course, and a sign of the weight they give to the important things in their lives.

That’s why it was so remarkable that for each of them, deciding on one another did not require that kind of time, or research or heavy thought. Because they just knew. Seeing them together, you can understand how they knew. Madeline and David are two people that just fit - they are equals in intellect, in compassion and share a common desire to not only be there for their friends and family but to also make the world a better place. 

We were lucky enough to capture their rehearsal dinner and their wedding day, during which we heard many, many toasts honoring the happy couple. We’ve never seen so many people eager to step up to a microphone and they each had similar things to say - that each part of this couple have moved them and that together they are undoubtably going to do amazing things.

Ceremony & Reception Location: Skytop Lodge in Skytop, Pennsylvania  |  Wedding Planner: Fallon Carter of Fallon Carter Weddings in New York, NY

Le Chambord, Hopewell Junction NY: Priscilla & Kevin's Wedding

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After spending a wonderful afternoon with Priscilla and Kevin for their engagement session up at Muscoot Farm this past spring, we knew their wedding day was going to be amazing. Because these two are just so incredibly sweet together - the energy they bring, the way they bounce off one another…they make you smile just being near them. And knowing Priscilla would be incorporating her fabulous vintage-inspired style throughout the day (from her bridal look to the decor), we also knew their wedding would be so much fun to photograph.

So when their day finally arrived and it was bright, crisp and beautiful, we couldn’t have been happier for them. But, really, it was their families that were completely overjoyed. Priscilla and Kevin’s families are thrilled that they found each other, as evidenced by the joyous celebration and palpable love surrounding them all day.

Hair & Make-up: Annalise & Company  |  Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff  |  Ceremony Location: Saint John the Evangelist Parish Chapel in Mahopac, New York  |  Reception Venue: Le Chambord Restaurant & Inn in Hopewell Junction, New York  |  DJ: Get Down Entertainment 

Gramercy Park Hotel: New York, NY: Megan & Reinor's Wedding

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Megan and Reinor’s initial email correspondence was not in any way romantic.  It was a thank you email, sent from Megan to Reinor, thanking for his time and reiterating her interest in the job opening for which she had just been interviewed by him.  

She landed the job and they ended up sitting next to each other in the office. She thought he was very serious, and she liked that about him. But she also discovered that he could actually be quite funny as well. He like how put together she was, how determined and focused she was about her work and her life.  Soon, one of their favorite things about coming to work was getting to spend time with one another. So they decided to start seeing each other outside of work as well.  It didn’t take long before they fell in love. 

They married this fall in the city where they had met and started working together. It has been five years since Megan sent that email to Reinor, but she didn’t forget about it when it came to their wedding day. She had it imprinted onto cocktail napkins - a small nod to the job opportunity that led her to find the love of her life.

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Floral Design: Denise Fasanello  |  DJ: Ray Jarrell of Jarrell Entertainment  |  Event Planning: Polka Dot Events of New York, NY

Pleasantdale Chateau: West Orange, NJ: Caitlin and Phil's Wedding Trailer

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One of the most exciting parts about having our video team at a wedding with us is that we know that the couple is going to have an incredible film that will capture the energy and joy of their day. And for us, it means that we, too, get to relive the wedding day all over again. It is an amazing experience for us since we pour so much of ourselves into every wedding we photograph that we miss it a bit once we complete the photos. That’s why we love getting to see their videos come together: to hear the toasts, to see the tears rolling down cheeks, to watch the magical first dance, to see how our video team capturing their day in a way that compliments our photos perfectly. 

That’s why we were so excited to share Caitlin and Phil’s preview film. Their day was gorgeous, their love is infectious and their reception was just so much fun. You can see just how much they love each other for yourselves, when you watch this video and see how they look into each other’s eyes. Those are the moments that are so important to capture and we’re so honored to have been there to do exactly that for them.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pleasantdale Chateau  |  Hair: Aura Flores  |  Make-Up: Jeannie Constanza  |  Bridal Gown: Pnina Tornai  |  Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, NY  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew  |  Shoes: Manolo Blahnik  |  Flowers: Jerry Rose Floral & Event Design  |  Band: Spotlight Band from Hank Lane

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