Heidi + Ryan | Summer Wedding Photos

I met Heidi and Ryan last year in New Jersey when they were in the early stages of wedding planning. Even then, talk of combining the Jewish traditions of Heidi’s family and the Trinidadian heritage of Ryan’s intrigued me. Later, when I photographed their engagement session - just days before the wedding - I had the opportunity to hear about how all the details were coming together in the final days of planning. I was so excited for them, and so impressed by their incredible love and respect for one another, their family traditions, and their vision for their marriage partnership. Even with all that talk of what the day would be like, I was completely blown away by the beauty of it all. I think you will be too!

Here is a detail of Heidi’s stunning red dress:

They chose to do a “First Look” at the hotel before heading over to the gardens. If I haven’t said it before, friends, all of my brides and grooms agree that this is a highlight of the wedding day - and the only quiet moment they are really able to spend alone during the busy events of the day.

Doing a First Look also ensured that we had a few moments for beautiful portraits of the two of them and, later, they were able to enjoy their whole cocktail hour with their guests. Seriously, could the lobby of this hotel be any more perfect for Heidi’s red dress and Ryan’s amazing colorful attire?!

Over at the gardens, we had a bit more time for relaxed wedding pictures before the ceremony began. I loved our portrait time!

The ceremony space was perfect, with just enough shade for the comfort of their guests.

Their chuppah was constructed of birch poles and draped in the Tallitot of Heidi’s family. So perfect and beautiful!

Love this moment when Heidi admires her new ring! I also loved meeting their celebrant, Jessie of Eclectic Unions, who helped them create a truly beautiful and unique ceremony.

Delicate floral centerpieces, paper lanterns, and white draperies made their reception space just glow.

One of the best Horas ever. (And on folding chairs! Impressive!)

Beautiful dancing all night long!

I’m so glad we grabbed the five minutes of remaining light at sunset to capture these photos!

Thank you, Heidi and Ryan! It was such an honor to photograph your wedding. Keep on dancing!

Venue: Rutgers Gardens

Celebrant: Eclectic Unions

Dress: Blue

Cake: Palermo’s Bakery

DJ: A Starry Night

Catering: Twin Oaks Caterers

Assisting Photographer: Peter Miller

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