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Jessica & Greg ~ NJ Botanical Gardens Engagement Session

About a week ago, I had the honor of hanging out for a couple of hours with this super cool couple. I think it was actually the peak day for autumn color this season; the perfect moment of oranges, yellows and reds on trees still full of their leaves. The parking lots of the NJ Botanical Gardens were absolutely packed with people taking advantage of the beautiful day.

Jess and Greg are getting married next July, and just from this session, I know for a fact their wedding is going to be so full of love and laughter. I can’t wait! Here are a few of my favorites from this totally delightful engagement session:




It’s hard for me to pick a favorite favorite, but this is definitely one of them:

And, wow. Where did spring come from?! Were these pink leaves not the coolest find?!

What a PERFECT session! Thanks, Jess and Greg, for rockin’ it!

-S

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Lauren + Matt - A New Jersey Wedding in Hewitt and Picatinny

I’m not sure I can sum up Lauren and Matt’s wedding in the space of a blog post. There were so many perfect details, tender moments, and happy people. But I’ll give it a try!

You may remember Lauren and Matt’s engagement session from last spring. In planning for their session, I learned of Lauren’s love for nature and everything spring, fall, colorful and green. I also learned that Lauren is a bit of an environmental advocate, and in lieu of favors, the couple made donations in honor of their guests to the Jane Goodall Institute. (So cool!) Lauren was also the queen of wedding planning, and each time she e-mailed me to chat about photos, she’d say something like, “Well, my theknot.com countown says 53 days!” This woman was as excited and prepared as a bride could possibly be. So, I was quite sure she was going to have a fantastic wedding. And she did.

The day began with snow, which by noon became simply the brisk but beautiful wind of an autumn Saturday. The chilly air didn’t phase Lauren though. Being the nature-lover that she is, she wanted to spend quite a bit of time doing photos outdoors.

Check out her amazing Maggie Sottero dress in her beautiful green room at her parents’ house:

Here, her bridesmaids help her into her dress:

This is a really sweet detail. I think each of us has a favorite thing from childhood, and Lauren has had this stuffed animal for many, many years. He’s been with her so long he even dressed in a little tux for the occasion of her wedding:

My eyes are often misty during the exchange of vows at a wedding ceremony. But on this wedding day, I was moved to tears a little early, as Lauren opened a gift from her soon-to-be husband. Let me set the tone for you…

“Now,” said he, “shall I give you a kiss?” and she replied with a slight primness, “If you please.” She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand, so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kiss on the chain around her neck. It was lucky that she did put it on that chain, for it was afterwards to save her life.

J.M. Barrie - Peter Pan

Here’s Lauren opening her gift of a “kiss” from Matt. Wow, this guy gets it.

Now that I’m tearing up again, I just have to show you how gorgeous Lauren was. She was seriously glowing all day!

Her bouquet was probably the high point of the day’s details. When she saw it for the first time she remarked how it was exactly what she wanted. I love how it’s so natural, delicate, and a bit whimsical. Just gorgeous!

I love seeing a bride and her bridesmaids share a laugh:

(There are some great photos of Matt and the groomsmen getting ready too, but I’m going to let my fabulous second photographer, Nicole Haley, be the one to reveal those over on her blog later.)

During the ceremony, Lauren was smiling the whole time:

Exchanging rings. That smile is still there!

Here’s a shot that I love. It’s one of those that I felt in the moment was really beautiful, and I got the shivers when I saw it again while preparing it for this post:

After the ceremony, we spent some time doing some fun portraits outdoors:

The bridal party did the serious look pretty well:

But mostly, they were having a great time laughing:

These two make a pretty hot bride and groom!

Lauren really wanted to do some cute images while sitting down in the leaves. I loved it!

Again, I want to thank Nicole for being such a fantastic addition to photographing this wedding. While I was capturing this moody image:

She was getting this great shot. Lauren’s animal print shoes were so cool! :)

The reception took place at the Cannon Gate Club at Picatinny Arsenal. The space around the golf course there proved to be a perfect backdrop for more fall-colored wedding photos:

I love how relaxed they both were. They are so in love!

By the way, her flowers were done by F.H. Corwin Florist in Warwick, NY.

I can’t forget a great portrait of the groom:

Here’s just a tiny glimpse at some of the details at the reception. Each table was graced with a sweet bird like this one, and Lauren wore a peacock feather in her hair for the party:

More of the glowing table decor and a glimpse of their cake:

Their first dance was choreographed and I LOVE that it incorporated sweet glances like this one:

The kiss at the end of their dance:

Lauren dancing with her dad:

She also announced a super sweet dance with her mom. Here, her sister joins in. I love this moment:

And what would a wedding reception be without a little air guitar?

And a little more air guitar:

Sometimes I crawl around on the floor at wedding receptions just to get shots like this:

This is one of my favorites. This couple is so cool!

And hot. Wow, Lauren. I love it!

Lauren and Matt, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your wedding. It was a spectacular day!

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