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Esther & Michael - A Gramercy Park Hotel Wedding

Ok, here’s one more blog post before I really leave for Thanksgiving. I just had to blog a few of my favorites from Esther and Michael’s amazing Gramercy Park Hotel wedding. Let me just say, there were smiles everywhere at this wedding. There was hardly a moment where Esther and Michael weren’t laughing or smiling at each other. I had a fabulous time photographing their day, and I’m just so thankful that I’m blessed to work with such amazing clients. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy these images!

Manolos, of course:

I love this shot that my assistant Tawny captured while Michael was choosing which tie to wear:

Esther knows the way to a photographer’s heart is through peonies in a bouquet:

This was so cute. As they were putting the finishing touches on their wedding attire, Michael of course broke out into some dancing:

The ceremony was so gorgeous with candle light and little twinkling lights draped all around the rooftop garden:

I told you there was a lot of smiling and laughing:


Oh my goodness, I’m in love with this hotel:

Flowers were expertly done by Seasons, an amazing New York floral design studio. They were absolutely stunning:

Again, the laughter and smiles never left Esther’s face:

This cake was made by one of Esther’s childhood friends! It was incredible!!

And I should mention, there were actually TWO cakes! Both made by this talented friend of the bride’s!


Here’s a dancing image to end on. These two could have danced all night:

Esther and Michael, thank you so much for allowing me to share in your day as your photographer! You two are simply the best!

-S

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More wedding albums delivered - in time for Thanksgiving!

Before I head out on a trip to visit my family in Michigan for Thanksgiving, I just thought this album deserved a quick post. I delivered Yaeko and Eric’s album today and I LOVE it. This is such a beautiful example of simple, classic design to highlight the images and truly make a timeless keepsake. I love that they took me up on the suggestion of a silk cover with a suede leather wraparound. Because my albums are completely custom, I’m able to work with my clients to truly make their album one-of-a-kind. I encourage all of my couples to think beyond the black leather cover and create something unique!

Here’s what my custom album packaging looks like. Albums come wrapped in this gorgeous paper with an amazing leaf embellishment:

And before it’s unwrapped, here’s a detail of this 30-page 10×10 album’s pages:

THIS is the amazing cover, folks. Delicate silk design and suede wraparound. I’m in love:

And, of course, a shot of one of my favorite spreads from the ceremony:

Now, I’m off to order another copy of this album as a sample for myself!

-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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Penny + J.J. - Point Pleasant Beach Wedding

Here’s a wedding I shot on one of the most gorgeous summer Saturdays we had this year. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Bayhead Chapel in Point Pleasant and the reception at the nearby Crystal Point Yacht Club. Check out my favorites from their day.

Penny, looking gorgeous:

Gotta love the look on the groom’s face when he sees his bride walking down the aisle.

Bayhead Chapel is so lovely.

How’s this for joy?

The beach is just a short block away from the chapel, so we spent a good amount of time doing photos here. Again, it was a perfect day! (I even made an appearance in this photo … I’m the shadow.)

This girl was having so much fun. It’s great to be a bride!

Their cake was fantastic, and I love how happy they look. (They looked like this all day, of course!)

Rings on a seashell. Love it.

I’m always on the lookout for “moments” during the first dance. I want to capture something different than just a straight shot of the couple dancing. I’m pretty pleased with the emotion in this one.

And finally, we used the power of my favorite camera (the 5D MarkII) to get a romantic shot in the dim light after sunset.

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Sheila + Jon ~ A Wedding in Tenafly, NJ

Let’s continue with my tardy blogging streak. (Finally, I’m a blogging machine today!) Of course, Sheila and Jon have been enjoying all of their photos for weeks now, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you, my loyal (or not so loyal anymore) blog readers. :)

The dress:

LOVED the perfect lilies in her bouquet. And Sheila’s mom’s beautiful reaction to seeing her daughter as a bride:

A bagpiper announced the ceremony … and guests loved it! (So did I.)

A beautifully emotional processional:

One of my favorite things to do is capture both the bride and groom’s faces during the ceremony.

The light in this church was simply fabulous.

The reception was held at the Clinton Inn Hotel in Tenafly, NJ, which was right across the street from the church they were married in. The Tenafly police were kind enough to simply stop traffic for the wedding guests as they crossed the road!

The fabulous bride and groom.

The look between them is lovely, and it’s always fun when the bride gives a speech. Jon approved. :)

This was one outstanding group of wedding guests who got the dancing started right away!

Jon’s sons and their friends hit the dance floor too.

And I just adore this shot!

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