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New Jersey Engagement Session - Jaclynn & Radley

I thought I knew what to expect when I arrived at Jaclynn’s house last Friday. This was to be our final meeting to go through the details for their May wedding and we were also going to shoot an engagement session. Nothing too out of the ordinary for me. But, wait. Something out of the ordinary was about to happen.

I was invited to dinner. :)

That’s right. When I got there, I was greeted by not only Jaclynn and Radley, but pretty much the whole family. On both sides! And their dog too! Radley was in town from his home state of North Carolina and he brought his mother with him. (His mother, who just happens to make the best Southern-style sweet tea ever!) And I knew as soon as I was handed a glass of that tea and invited to sit down for lunch that this day was pretty special.

Jaclynn and Radley, I’m just so honored to have shared such a great meal and conversation with your family. It was absolutely inspiring to see the love between the two of you also so evident in the love of your family. I could just feel it through and through. Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

Now, on to the images. I just had to snap a few of the food we ate! We started with this amazing grilled shrimp caesar salad …

And we each enjoyed a nice tall glass of sweet tea while Jaclynn’s sweet dog Lily watched on … :)

They also had Cheerwine, which is a very well-known drink in the Carolinas, where Radley is from. I took a picture, but I’m sad that I didn’t try it! (Maybe it will make an appearance at the wedding?!) Then, we finished up with delicious strawberries drizzled over angelfood cake! Wow, I’m such a lucky photographer to have clients like these!

After we finished up our conversation about all the details of their wedding day, we moved on to some engagement pictures! And Jaclynn and Radley, you two are gorgeous!

This red barn is in Jaclynn’s parents’ back yard. It’s so beautiful! (Just like they are!)

So sweet!

After a few photos near the house, we headed over to the Lebanon, NJ, train station where there are a bunch of old train cars just sitting on the tracks. This was a fantastic place for an engagement session!

They’re both just so much fun! I’m so, so, so excited for the wedding.

This is one of my favorites. Love the emotion in this kiss. Hot!

Then, we spotted a weeping willow tree and I knew this was the perfect time to get some glowy, springy photos! Oh, and the weather was absolutely perfect.

So fierce.

Thank you, thank you again, Jaclynn and Radley for being such a great couple to work with! I cannot wait until the wedding!

-S

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Winter Wonderland - Part 1 - My friends!

As I sit here on the eve of what weather forecasters say will be an actual snowy day, I can’t help but laugh about the snowy shoot I planned for last Saturday that resulted in a complete lack of snow. :) I’ve also learned that the best way to keep in touch with one’s clients about major life milestones is to invite them to wear their wedding dress one more time. I had more than one client announce that they might not fit into their dress for a while on account of pregnancy! Quite exciting, I might add! So, my last-minute Winter Wonderland shoot became a great time hanging out with my friends, a fellow wedding photographer, and a couple of models who were up for the challenge of spending some time out in the freezing cold. Oh, and because everyone who RSVP’d lived in NYC, we moved the shoot to the High Line in Lower Manhattan.

First up, I wanted to share a few photos of my good friends Paula and Paula. Yes, I have two friends named Paula! Aren’t they lovely?

Complete sweethearts. I love my friends!

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Cassandra & Joe - A Bay Harbor, Michigan, Wedding

Last weekend I photographed Cassandra and Joe’s wedding at Bay Harbor Resort in northern Michigan. I can’t say enough great things about this resort or about the lure of a “destination wedding” right in this bride and groom’s home state. It’s so very cool for couples from the Detroit area (or anywhere in Michigan!) to be just a few hours from white-sand beaches and clear blue waters that have the glamour of the Caribbean, but are only missing the palm trees. Cassandra and Joe chose Bay Harbor because it is seriously one of the very best locations along the lake. Absolutely stunning.

Here are some of my favorite photos from their day:

Cassandra has such a fun, sincere happiness about her. I certainly didn’t have to work very hard to catch her smiling!

And Joe is quite simply Cassandra’s true match: one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met!

Seriously, look at this gorgeous bride and her genuine smile!

They opted for a “first look” moment before the ceremony which meant for some GREAT images of sincere, expressive, adorable interactions between them. Here they are at the very moment they saw each other for the first time.

I’m not kidding when I say this one’s a match made in heaven. :)

With all the smiling they were doing, you might not have noticed it was a rainy, chilly day.

The lake was pretty rough and the wind was blowing strong … but all I saw was the perfect opportunity for a beautiful, warm, vintage-style image and a couple totally in love!

The ceremony was held under a tent because of the rain, but I was really digging the light that still made it into these photos! The white made these flowers pop and I love this little guy’s expression as he walked in. :)

Beautiful!

I just love that Joe appears to be showing off his new ring in this shot!

The bridal party was truly a group of super-happy people.

Cassandra and Joe performed a choreographed first dance that was a little jazzy and very fun. I loved how they looked completely lost in this moment … like no one else was in the room but them.

The dip. :) I was really loving the glossiness of the floor and their reflection.

Dad and daughter … Mom and son …

And then the ring bearers got the party rolling!

We took a few moments near sunset to grab a few more romantic portraits.

Hot, hot, hot!

I had such a great time at this wedding!! Cassandra and Joe, thank you so much for having me!

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Oh, and I wanted to give a little sneak peek to the groom’s brother’s family … I did a family session with them the day before the wedding. Here’s a little teaser for now! :)

I’m also enjoying a fabulous time visiting with some family while I’m here (I grew up in Michigan!) and even photographing old friends’ families and children. It’s not completely typical for me to be doing so many extra portrait sessions during wedding season, but I’m finding it hard to pass up such great opportunities as to photograph on Lake Michigan or to do portraits of my college roommate’s newborn baby! I’ll post an image or two of those in a few days, too.

-S

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