Monday, October 16, 2017

Taleen + Lou • Bernards Inn Wedding • New Jersey Wedding Photographer

From adorable floral robes to sequin bridesmaids dresses and two of the most gorgeous bridal gowns, this wedding was filled with beauty.

I met with Taleen and her bridal party at Jacqueline Cicala Bridal Atelier in Morristown where they had their hair and makeup done. Once everyone was ready we headed to the outdoor courtyard for a few shots in their matching floral robes. You could see everyone's excitement for what was to come.

Soon after leaving Morristown we arrived at Bernards Inn located in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where Taleen + Lou's ceremony and reception took place.
With the help of her mom, Taleen put on her stunning lace gown and stepped out of her room to have the first look with her bridesmaids. It was such a sweet and emotional moment.

Taleen and Lou's ceremony was very personal- the officiant read their love story, how they met thanks to their dogs and how their relationship quickly developed into their 'forever'.

Before joining their guests in celebrating their nuptials, Taleen and Lou headed outside for their portraits. I couldn't help but notice their undeniable love and admiration for each other.

Congratulations to The Newlyweds! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Caitlin + Ryan's Engagement Session • Jersey City + Manhattan • New Jersey/New York Wedding Photographer

You say New York, I say 'when?'

I fell in love with the city during my first visit almost two decades ago!
So when Caitlin and Ryan reached out to me and mentioned they would love to have their engagement photos taken with the city skyline as the backdrop I was beyond excited!

We met in Jersey City for the first part of their session and after exploring the waterside we took the ferry to the other side of the Hudson River and spent some time in Battery Park and the neighborhood.

Caitlin and Ryan met during their freshman year at The College of New Jersey, to be exact - it was while they were moving into the same freshman dorm!

Here's their engagement story:

On Fourth of July weekend 2016, Caitlin's parents were organizing a Fourth of July party at their house. Caitlin thought the party was going to be like any get together her family hosted -burgers and hot dogs on the grill, beer in the cooler and a great time with family. Little did she know, Ryan had planned an elaborate surprise that would make the weekend unforgettable - the proposal. 
On Saturday, July 2, 2016, Caitlin, Ryan and Caitlin's sister Jen went on a picnic to where Caitlin & Ryan met - the campus of The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Caitlin & Ryan loved to go on picnics in fun places, such as Central Park and Governor's Island in Manhattan, and had discussed going to TCNJ for a picnic for a while - so Caitlin was completely oblivious to what was about to happen. After eating lunch, Caitlin, Ryan and Jen went on a walk around campus. After stopping for photos at the fountain in the Science Complex, Ryan turned to Caitlin and professed his love for her.
To say Caitlin was completely astonished when Ryan went down on one knee and popped the question would be an understatement. After some stunned silence, she (finally) said yes. 

To make the day even more special, remember that Fourth of July party her family was planning? It turned out to be a surprise engagement party with Caitlin & Ryan's families and best friends. It was one of the best days of their lives.

Congratulations, Caitlin + Ryan! I am so excited to photograph your wedding next June!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Labor Day Weekend in Avalon • New Jersey Family Photographer

As the days get cooler and shorter I can't help but reminisce and re-live some of the warmer days.
I honestly cannot believe the summer is over! It went by so fast!

I have to admit it must have been one of the busiest summers for us and besides a few road trips we didn't get to take a longer family vacation. So, before the kids headed back to school, we planned to go away for just a few days and spend them in Avalon, New Jersey. 

We have fallen in love with the beach, the town and nearby Stone Harbor,
and before our vacation was over we already started making plans to come back next summer!
The children loved exploring the shore in the morning and practicing their swimming in the pool in the afternoon. We also visited nearby Cape May which had been on our list for a very long time.

So long, Avalon! We will be back next year!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Joanna + Jake's Maternity Session • Frelinghuysen Arboretum • New Jersey Photographer

Maternity sessions are so special! I love the excitement of knowing there is a new life on the way, and I feel so honored to be invited into a family's life during such a wonderful time.

I met with Joanna and Jake, and their two year old daughter, Lily, at Frelinghuysen Arboretum on a Sunday afternoon to capture a few moments of this growing family.

Their baby girl is due in just a few weeks!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Brooke + Alex's Engagement Session • Chester • New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Brooke and Alex have quite the history! Their love has been 22 years in the making! Twenty Two Years!

I met with Brooke and Alex at Dickerson School in Chester, NJ, where they met in first grade. Brooke recalls how they would trade each others granola bars and fruit roll-ups back then.
Brooke still has their class picture! 

Throughout elementary, middle and high schools they were be part of the same group of friends but didn't start dating until freshman year.
They went their separate ways to different colleges only to be reunited a year later!
They have been together ever since.

Alex proposed to Brooke on April 8th while taking their pup Roddy for a morning walk on a pier overlooking NYC {how romantic!} Not expecting anything, Brooke was completely shocked.
Their dinner plans that night turned into an engagement celebration with their friends.

Congratulations, Brooke and Alex! I absolutely loved spending an afternoon getting to know you.
I cannot wait to celebrate your big day next October! 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Erica + Daniel • Fiddler's Elbow Country Club • New Jersey Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share Erica + Daniel's wedding I had the pleasure of photographing for Laura Lee Photography last month.
The entire day was filled with so many beautiful details - the florals, the invitations, the dresses, the venue with the beautiful views of the golf course...

Both the bride and the groom were getting ready at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club located in Bedminster, New Jersey. Before heading to their ceremony location, Erica and Daniel did their first look right outside the English manor style Clubhouse. There were so many emotions and undeniable love and admiration for one another. I could not miss their excitement about becoming husband and wife.

Their ceremony took place at the Holy Family Chapel at Saint Elizabeth and was followed by the reception back at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club. It was a celebration filled with love and laughter, and a lot of dancing!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Zoe • Senior Session • New Jersey Photographer

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon photographing this beautiful senior. 
Zoe is one the main inspirations behind her mom's brand, The House of Mac & Zoe, which was also named after her and her older sister, Mackensi.
We met at one of my favorite places- Cross Estate Gardens, where we made the most of the golden hour light.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Jessica + Joe's Wedding at The Mansion at Mountain Lakes • New Jersey Wedding Photographer

After a morning of thunderstorms and pouring rain the sky cleared for the upcoming nuptials of Jessica and Joe at The Mansion at Mountain Lakes.

Both the bride and groom were getting ready at the Sheraton Hotel in Parsippany. The minute I walked into Jessica's bridal suite I was welcomed by her friends and family. The air was filled with anticipation and excitement.

After everyone's hair and makeup were done, we headed outside for the portraits of Jessica and her family as well as her bridesmaids. Between the flowy peachy-pink dresses, rose bouquets and Jessica's beaded lace gown, the girls looked absolutely stunning!

Jessica and Joe met in middle school but didn't start dating until later on when they reconnected after college. Joe proposed to Jessica while vacationing with his family in the Dominican Republic, and they were super excited to start planning their special day!

The ceremony and reception took place at The Mansion at Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.
Jessica and Joe exchanged their vows surrounded by their families and friends, followed by an evening of dancing and celebrating the new Mr. & Mrs. Bell!

Jessica and Joe, thank you for welcoming me into your wedding day! I wish a lifetime of love and happiness!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

Red, White + Blue - The de Myers' Way 🇺🇸👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rachel + Casey • Highlawn Pavilion Wedding • New Jersey Photographer

Rachel and Casey's wedding was definitely one I will remember for a while.
Everything about their day was incredibly personal and very emotional. I shed a few tears myself.
I think it was Laura who said to me that she noticed all the love that surrounded them and how everyone enjoyed being around one another. They wanted to be there, to be part of their day and celebrate their love!

I met with the groom and his groomsmen at their getting-ready location before heading to Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, New Jersey, where the ceremony and reception took place.
It was such a treat for me- almost 11 years ago my reception was held at the same venue!
So many great memories! It was so much fun to be back!

Rachel and Casey chose to do their first look which was followed by a beautiful outdoor ceremony. Bride walked down the aisle to the sound of guitars played by her two uncles.
As I wiped my tears witnessing these touching nuptials we headed inside for their cocktail hour and reception.

A huge Thank You to Laura Lee Photography for letting me assist her at this truly unforgettable celebration. And a lifetime of happiness to The Newlyweds!