Smithville Mansion, Mount Holly, New Jersey Engagement: Jeff and Anna

It was late-April when I met Anna and Jeff at Smithville Mansion in Mount Holly for their engagement session. I love Spring. It’s a time of renewal and new life. There were gorgeous blooms everywhere- we even found the most beautiful purple flowers for a portrait of Anna’s engagement ring. Anna and Jeff are so genuinely fun to be around. They were super laidback even while they were in the process of moving and planning their wedding. I can’t wait to share their wedding with you!

I'm in love with all the blooming flowers at Smithville Mansion in Mount Holly, NJ.

I'm in love with all the blooming flowers at Smithville Mansion in Mount Holly, NJ.

SO much joking. I love it!

SO much joking. I love it!

Catching the golden light with Jeff and Anna.

Catching the golden light with Jeff and Anna.

Ocean City, NJ Wedding, The Flanders Hotel: Don and Tracy

When I pulled into The Flanders on Tracy and Don's wedding day, I saw a man wearing a shirt that said, "I can't keep calm, my daughter is getting married!" I knew that (a) I was in the right place and (b) this wedding was going to be awesome! We found Tracy getting her finishing touches done at Divine Images Salon, inside the Flanders Hotel. We headed up to her room for her getting ready and saw the cutest assortment of bridesmaid dresses (I love when bridesmaids pick out their own dresses!) and the most adorable Maid of Honor dress. Tracy's MOH was her gorgeous, adorable, and very witty daughter, G. After Tracy was ready (and so stunning, might I add), it was time to head to the Crystal Ballroom in The Flanders Hotel for the ceremony. I love the ease of having everything in one venue- it makes it easy for the guests to have everything within walking distance! After a heartfelt ceremony, we headed onto the boardwalk for bridal party and bride and groom photos. We got traditional walking down the Ocean City boardwalk photos, visited Playland Castaway Cove to visit the rides, and to Hamburger Construction Company (a special place to Tracy and Don). We even made it back to The Flanders Hotel in time for Don and Tracy to enjoy some of cocktail hour. After fun introductions from Over the Top, they went into their first dance, followed by speeches. G (the cutest MOH) gave the best speech and set the bar high for all MOH's after her! Don, Tracy, and G- congratulations!

THE DETAILS

Venue: The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey

Gown: San Patrick

Hair and Makeup: Divine Images Salon

Florals: Red Barn Designs and Flowers

Cake: Viking Pastries

DJ: Chris of Over the Top

Playland's Castaway Cove in Ocean City made for the most colorful (and fun) backdrop for bridal party portraits!

Playland's Castaway Cove in Ocean City made for the most colorful (and fun) backdrop for bridal party portraits!

The diners at Hamburger Construction Company welcomed Don and Tracy into the restaurant! Who doesn't love to see a bride and groom!?

The diners at Hamburger Construction Company welcomed Don and Tracy into the restaurant! Who doesn't love to see a bride and groom!?

How gorgeous are these bridesmaid dresses?

How gorgeous are these bridesmaid dresses?

Stunning florals by Red Barn Designs and Flowers.

Stunning florals by Red Barn Designs and Flowers.

G is checking out her momma's stunning gown.

G is checking out her momma's stunning gown.

Just like any other MOH, G helps lace up the bride's corset.

Just like any other MOH, G helps lace up the bride's corset.

Tracy- you are stunning!

Tracy- you are stunning!

I love the shot of Don in his Phillies hat captured by my awesome second shooter, Danielle.

I love the shot of Don in his Phillies hat captured by my awesome second shooter, Danielle.

I'm loving all of these candids captured during the ceremony! So so sweet!

I'm loving all of these candids captured during the ceremony! So so sweet!

Tracy had so many special details including family photographs and two very special wedding dresses on display.

Tracy had so many special details including family photographs and two very special wedding dresses on display.

The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey: Wedding Album

Wedding albums are so important. They are your first family heirloom- a treasure that will be passed on to your children, and your children's children. So when I decided to find the perfect wedding album company- I feel in love with Red Tree Albums. They are timelessly elegant, yet stylish and so high quality. I typically offer my couples leather, but when I saw Red Tree's vibrant Costal Linen collection- I knew it was perfect for Mike and Amanda's beach wedding at The Flanders Hotel, in Ocean City, New Jersey. The linen color is named "seashell," and matches Amanda's bridal bouqet perfectly- meant to be.

See the gorgeous details below!

One of my absolute favorite details about this album is that it is personalized with the bride and groom's name- and I love the font! The album comes in a really soft wrap to protect it- I only wish my pillow was as soft.

One of my absolute favorite details about this album is that it is personalized with the bride and groom's name- and I love the font! The album comes in a really soft wrap to protect it- I only wish my pillow was as soft.

The album comes in a white box, great for storage when it's not on display.

The album comes in a white box, great for storage when it's not on display.

I love the thick pages printed on photographic paper.

I love the thick pages printed on photographic paper.

I love seeing what photographs my brides and grooms choose for their wedding albums. This was a sample album, and I was super excited to include all of the pretty little details!

I love seeing what photographs my brides and grooms choose for their wedding albums. This was a sample album, and I was super excited to include all of the pretty little details!

I love how the image of Amanda's bouquet bleeds to the top and bottom of the page. When it comes to photos in an album- the bigger the better!

I love how the image of Amanda's bouquet bleeds to the top and bottom of the page. When it comes to photos in an album- the bigger the better!

I love that you can print right across the spread without worrying about the gutter (aka line down the middle). The pages lay flat, so no worries!

I love that you can print right across the spread without worrying about the gutter (aka line down the middle). The pages lay flat, so no worries!

I made this wedding album for The Flanders Hotel, so naturally I had to include their gorgeous ballroom.

I made this wedding album for The Flanders Hotel, so naturally I had to include their gorgeous ballroom.

So pretty!

So pretty!

Sand Barrens Golf Club Wedding, Swainton, NJ: Paul and Christy

Christy and Paul's wedding day started off in Wildwood for the bride and groom's getting ready. I started with Christy and her bridesmaids, while my second photographer started with Paul and his guys just blocks away. The room was buzzing with excited and even with so many girls getting ready in one house, Christy was ready ahead of schedule! I'm pretty sure she was just beyond excited for her First Look with Paul. They had their First Look on the boardwalk in Wildwood with their bridal party watching in the distance. Once they saw each other, we started their formal photographs on the boardwalk, beach, and then also at their venue- Sand Barrens Golf Club in Swainton, New Jersey. It was such a brilliant idea on Christy's part to do the First Look on the beach and do more photos at the golf course- it added so much variety to their photographs. After a heartfelt ceremony overlooking the greens, the party started. The dance floor was buzzing the entire night in celebration of the new Mr. and Mrs. Chladek! Congratulations you two!

See their engagement session at Race Street Pier in Philadelphia here!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Sand Barrens Golf Club, Swainton, New Jersey

Gown: Allure Bridals

Makeup: Nick Joniec

Hair: Allie Ferraiolo

Florals: Barbara's Sea Shell Florist

Cake: The Bake Works

DJ: By Design Entertainment

Video: Color Room Films

Race Street Pier, Philadelphia Engagement: Paul and Christy

I met up with Christy and Paul at Race Street Pier in Philadelphia for their engagement session. On a windy day, we strolled just below the Ben Franklin Bridge to capture some gorgeous images for their Save the Dates and to get them comfortable in front of my camera. The benefit of it being a windy day is that we had the pier practically to ourselves. I love the bright blue just under the bridge- made for gorgeous photographs!

The Flanders Hotel Wedding, Ocean City, NJ: Mike and Allegra

It was a windy day. Scratch that, a blustery day. The type of wind that makes you want to put your arms out at your side and lean all of your body weight against the wind to see who will win- you or the wind. Are you getting the drift? (Dang, that was good). It's the type of weather that doesn't mesh with updos, gorgeous lashes, and fancy dresses, which is why I was so relieved that the wedding was at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ. I feel like I mention it all of the time, but just in case you don't know... my husband and I were married at The Flanders Hotel six years ago and one thing that was a requirement for me as a bride was a weather contingency plan. You can plan just about everything on a wedding day, except for the weather, so I always tell brides, make sure you LOVE the backup plan! As a bride, I checked out (what feels like) every square inch of The Flanders Hotel to make sure it had plenty of locations in case of terrible weather. Good news- it absolutely does!  It all started with the extremely stunning, Allegra, getting ready at The Flanders Hotel's most stunning suite on the highest floor, overlooking the ocean. Allegra was so calm and just enjoying her bridesmaids- like every bride should before the day begins. Her girls wore the most gorgeous sequined gowns from Rent the Runway, while Allegra turned heads in her elegant Jay West gown with the most gorgeous design in the back. She met with her groom, Mike, in the lobby of the Flanders Hotel for their bridal party portraits just before the ceremony. Her brother walked her down the aisle just before Mike and Allegra exchanged vows by the fireplace, under a gorgeous chandelier- romance was certainly in the air. Then it was off to celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm! The band, 39 Mariner, lead the celebration and the night ended with not a cake cutting, but a donut cutting, with the most yummy treats from Federal Donuts. Congratulations Allegra and Mike!

THE DETAILS

Venue: The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey

Gown: Jay West

Hair and Makeup: Your Day Your Way

Florals: The Manic Botanic

Donuts: Federal Donuts

Band: 39 Mariner

Crescent Shrine Wedding, Westampton, NJ: Alex and Ali

I couldn't be more excited for Ali and Alex's wedding after their gorgeous golden hour engagement session last August at Cooper River. We started off at the Masonic Village in Burlington, NJ for both Ali and Alex's getting ready. After checking the weather continuously leading up to their wedding day, we lucked out with just a few quick showers while they were getting dressed. The rain had no stopping our plans of shooting around the property. They did a First Look at the Carriage House on the property, where Ali revealed her gorgeous bridal self, and Alex revealed his timeless kilt. We met up with the bridal party and took a trolley ride just down the street to the farm house. While snapping bridal party portraits, I felt like I was shooting a destination wedding because of the gorgeous grounds and the guys in their kilts. We even got a little peek of what a groom and his men wear under their kilts on a wedding day. Yes, you read that correctly. (I'll rate the below photo PG-13 no nudity, just cool undies.) We headed back to the chapel for their unplugged ceremony, followed by a bubble exit! So much fun. The newly married Mr. and Mrs. Churney hopped on the trolley with their closest pals to the reception at Crescent Shrine in Westampton, NJ. Ali and Alex shared a first dance to "You're My Best Friend," by Queen (a personal favorite), followed my SO much more dancing, including a special group dance by the groomsmen. Ali and Alex are such an awesome couple. I could tell by watching them interact with their wedding guests- there was just so. much. love. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Churney, it was simply amazing.

THE DETAILS

Venue: Crescent Shrine, Westampton, NJ

Gown: Stella York

Makeup: Brenda Liz

Hair: Hillary to Go

Kilts: Kilted Bros.

DJ: Stellar Sound DJs

A quick selfie while the girls were getting ready.

A quick selfie while the girls were getting ready.

The bride wore adorable pink Keds that matched her rose gold engagement ring.

The bride wore adorable pink Keds that matched her rose gold engagement ring.

Wedding day jitters! I directed Ali and her mom to hold hands and they couldn't remember how to hold hands. It was hilarious and adorable all at the same time.

Wedding day jitters! I directed Ali and her mom to hold hands and they couldn't remember how to hold hands. It was hilarious and adorable all at the same time.

Alex sees his gorgeous bride at their First Look.

Alex sees his gorgeous bride at their First Look.

This hardly feels like New Jersey!

This hardly feels like New Jersey!

Such a genuinely awesome bridal party!

Such a genuinely awesome bridal party!

The gorgeous girls

The gorgeous girls

The handsome men... and their undies.

The handsome men... and their undies.

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

I have to give a big shout out to Bob and Lola LoRusso. They are they best photographers I know. They shot my wedding (almost seven years ago) and have been such great mentors, they've been there for me whenever I need them. It was so nice to get them in front of my camera!

I have to give a big shout out to Bob and Lola LoRusso. They are they best photographers I know. They shot my wedding (almost seven years ago) and have been such great mentors, they've been there for me whenever I need them. It was so nice to get them in front of my camera!

Cooper River Engagement Photographer: Alex and Ali

On a warm August night, I met Alex and Ali at Cooper River Park in Collingswood for engagement photographs. Ali was stunning in a gorgeous white dress, fit for a bride, and I loved Alex's style, rocking a vest. Ali and Alex are so easy going and super fun to be around- the kind of people you could see yourself hanging out for hours and it just seems like mere minutes have past. I will forever remember the gorgeous willow tree with the sun light streaming through it, making the most amazing backdrop for Ali and Alex's engagement session. We started on one side of the river, and ended on the other, with a breaktaking sunset.

A willow tree + golden hour = ah-mazing.

A willow tree + golden hour = ah-mazing.

That dress! I LOVE it!

That dress! I LOVE it!

There's a lot of little hidden spots at Cooper River that are just magical.

There's a lot of little hidden spots at Cooper River that are just magical.

I LOVE a good sunset! Some nights are more gorgeous than others.

I LOVE a good sunset! Some nights are more gorgeous than others.

We ended with a silhouette with Philadelphia behind us.

We ended with a silhouette with Philadelphia behind us.

Atrium at Curtis Center Wedding, Philadelphia, PA: Zane and Deana

Wedding season started off with a bang with Zane and Deana’s wedding at the Atrium at the Curtis Center on Friday evening. Ever since photographing their engagement session at Wissahickon Trail, I knew their wedding would be highly anticipated and so much fun! The couple got dressed and ready for the wedding at Hotel Monaco, in Philadelphia. Deana, fearfully, popped open a bottle of champagne which made for plenty of giggles and an awesome photo. After getting into her Hayley Paige gown with the help of mom and her girls, this bride was ready to start her day. Deana is absolutely STUNNING and that’s when I noticed her happy dance begin. Zane later told me that he loves her little happy dance and she does it often. A tear filled first look with dad completed our time at Hotel Monaco and we were off for Zane and Deana’s first look near Second Bank. Deana wanted Zane to see her walking toward him to have a resemblance of a coming down the aisle and Zane’s reaction was amazing. Zane and Deana were both able to be present in the moment SO many times throughout the day and truly enjoy everything that was going on around them. Next stop was City Hall in Philadelphia for bridal part portraits. The light in City Hall is a photographer’s dream and I was so glad we were able to capture so many moments there. We stopped at Washington Square Park to finish the formal photos of the day before walking to the gorgeous Curtis Center. Deana and Zane tied the knot (literally), exchanged the most heartfelt vows, and became husband and wife surrounded by their friends and family. The reception began with a canon shooting rose petals on Deana and Zane as they began their first dance. Under the gorgeous chandeliers at the Atrium at Curtis Center, family and friends danced and celebrated until early the next morning. My very best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. Deller!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Atrium at Curtis Center, Cescaphe Event Group

Gown: Hayley Paige

Makeup: Daneene Jensen Makeup

Hair: Jen Donegan

Florals: Beautiful Blooms

Cake: Cescaphe Event Group

Band: CTO Fifth Avenue

I love the soft spring colors of Deana's bridal bouquet from Beautiful Blooms.

I love the soft spring colors of Deana's bridal bouquet from Beautiful Blooms.

Deana was skeptical to open the bottle of champagne which made her reaction THAT much better!

Deana was skeptical to open the bottle of champagne which made her reaction THAT much better!

A sweet moment between mom and the gorgeous bride at Hotel Monaco.

A sweet moment between mom and the gorgeous bride at Hotel Monaco.

STUNNING.

STUNNING.

Deana's first look with her father. So special!

Deana's first look with her father. So special!

Zane was SO EXCITED!

Zane was SO EXCITED!

Strolling along Second Bank in Philadelphia for their portraits.

Strolling along Second Bank in Philadelphia for their portraits.

Hotel Monaco was filled with so much color!

Hotel Monaco was filled with so much color!

Deana and Zane look so timeline in this portrait at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Deana and Zane look so timeline in this portrait at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Deana twirled that GORGEOUS gown every chance she could!

Deana twirled that GORGEOUS gown every chance she could!

That light though....

That light though....

A stroll down the median is obligatory when you look this amazing!

A stroll down the median is obligatory when you look this amazing!

How gorgeous are these girls with the Curtis Center as their backdrop.

How gorgeous are these girls with the Curtis Center as their backdrop.

The guys cleaned up pretty well too!

The guys cleaned up pretty well too!

The two sweetest flower girls I've ever seen!

The two sweetest flower girls I've ever seen!

Zane, AGAIN, with his amazing reactions.

Zane, AGAIN, with his amazing reactions.

Deana may have done a little happy dance as she placed the wedding ring on Zane's finger!

Deana may have done a little happy dance as she placed the wedding ring on Zane's finger!

The classic Atrium at Curtis Center was the perfect backdrop for their reception.

The classic Atrium at Curtis Center was the perfect backdrop for their reception.

The Flanders Hotel Wedding, Ocean City, NJ: Kevin and Jessica

There's nowhere I'd rather be on a Friday in June than in Ocean City, New Jersey. Jessica and Kevin planned their wedding at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City and boy was it perfect! The beach-themed wedding was complete with vibrant bridesmaid dresses and stunning florals from The Manic Botanic, in shades of Tangerine, Begonia and Kelly Green. After getting ready at The Flanders Hotel, Jessica and Kevin decided on a First Look on the beach. As Jessica tapped Kevin on the shoulder, onlookers from the boardwalk shared in their exciting moment- who doesn't love to stop and watch a bride and groom?! Their colorful bridal party joined them on the beach for portraits along the sand dunes with the iconic Ocean City Boardwalk behind them. Just before sunset, Kevin and Jessica exchanged vows on the beach before heading back to The Flanders Hotel for their party to begin! As we walked up from the beach onto the boardwalk, we snapped a few more photographs of the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Terres. I love using the time just after the ceremony for a few quick portraits of the bride and groom because they are on such a high from just getting MARRIED! It's really so exhilarating to be a part of it all. Jessica and Kevin shared their first dance surrounded by all of their wedding guests on the dance floor, followed by memorable speeches from their Best Main and Maid of Honor. Once the dance floor hopping, we decided to sneak out for a night photograph with the boardwalk rides behind us. It's one of my favorite places to shoot at The Flanders Hotel and it allows the bride and groom to have five minutes to reflect on the day with each other. It's hard to believe how quickly the entire day goes and how much time you spend chatting with other people that day, opposed to the person you just married! The night ended with lots of hugs, kisses, and high fives to congratulate the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Terres! 

Right on the boardwalk outside of The Flanders Hotel.

Right on the boardwalk outside of The Flanders Hotel.

Every time I see a bouquet from The Manic Botanic, I'm stunned! I LOVE the vibrant colors.

Every time I see a bouquet from The Manic Botanic, I'm stunned! I LOVE the vibrant colors.

How gorgeous are these girls in their begonia and tangerine dresses?

How gorgeous are these girls in their begonia and tangerine dresses?

Every bride needs to be surrounded by her squad on the way to meet her groom for the first time on the wedding day. I LOVE the onlookers from the boardwalk!

Every bride needs to be surrounded by her squad on the way to meet her groom for the first time on the wedding day. I LOVE the onlookers from the boardwalk!

Jessica wanted an Ocean City rescue boat in her photographs, so I'm so glad we were able to find one!

Jessica wanted an Ocean City rescue boat in her photographs, so I'm so glad we were able to find one!

Jessica and Kevin walk along the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey for some stunning bride and groom portraits.

Jessica and Kevin walk along the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey for some stunning bride and groom portraits.

It's so neat that you can see The Flanders Hotel from the ceremony on the beach.

It's so neat that you can see The Flanders Hotel from the ceremony on the beach.

Just married and SO in love on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Just married and SO in love on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

The kelly green linens complimented the tangerine and begonia bridesmaid dresses.

The kelly green linens complimented the tangerine and begonia bridesmaid dresses.

Jessica and Kevin's first dance surrounded by all of their wedding guests at The Flanders Hotel.

Jessica and Kevin's first dance surrounded by all of their wedding guests at The Flanders Hotel.

Parent dances are so sweet! Now everytime I shoot them, I can't help but just CRY as think of my own children getting married one day.

Parent dances are so sweet! Now everytime I shoot them, I can't help but just CRY as think of my own children getting married one day.

The ferris wheel on the Ocean City Boardwalk is so colorful and makes for a stunning night shot!

The ferris wheel on the Ocean City Boardwalk is so colorful and makes for a stunning night shot!

THE DETAILS

Venue: The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey

Makeup: Joanna Llera, Personal Beauty Advisor for Sephora

Hair: Teresa Kinnerman, Bride's Aunt

Florals: The Manic Botanic

Cake: Gallo's Bakery

DJ: Starshield Entertainment