I’m just gonna come out and say it: I’m a biiiiiiiiiig, big fan of the Jersey Shore. Both the show, and the place. Fist pumping, beach, what more could you want?!
Given this, it is painfully obvious how beyond-excited I was to shoot Maeve and Nate’s Jersey Shore wedding. There may not have been fist pumping (and I’m sure that’s for the better), but there was a whole lot of beach. And sun. And love :)
Aside from that, one other thing that made their wedding day super awesome was that they had planned for a huge chunk of time for bride/groom portraits… before the ceremony. If you’re down with breaking tradition and seeing each other before the ceremony for photos, then a). I love you already, b). You will be much more relaxed and less rushed, and c). You will have more time for these once-in-a-lifetime photos than if you tried to cram them in at the beginning of cocktail hour (which I really hate having to keep you from).
Ok ok, one more awesome thing: they had a hula hooping contest at the reception!! I can’t even tell you how excited I was about this. I will even go so far as to admit to hula hooping in my apartment while watching the Jersey Shore (how’s that for coming full circle?). And that’s not even a one-time thing, that’s pretty much on the regular. I use a weighted hoop that’s meant for fitness, in case you’re interested :D
And without further adu, I give you Maeve and Nate’s wedding:
I found this shot while in the middle of editing Maeve & Nate’s wedding photos and thought to myself, ‘Holy crap, this is one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, EVER!’. It would follow, then, that I would immediately post this baby all over the web – starting with this blog, of course :)
There’s always something special about a wedding that makes me look forward to it. Whether it’s the gorgeous venue or location, the incredible details, or the delicious food that’s promised, I get psyched for each wedding I get to photograph. And afterwards, I remember every one of them for that something special.
For Alex & Mike’s wedding, you could have dropped them on the most exotic of islands, filled their reception venue with DIY details galore, and served filet mignon, and I would still walk away thinking that the best thing about their wedding was how unbelievably awesome they both are.
(Though to be fair, the pork sliders were pretty ace ;P)
(Oh, and their epic impromptu performance of ‘Single Ladies’ is something I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!)
This is actually my first ‘prelude’ post on the blog. I’ll usually do ‘sneak peek’ posts and post a few images from a shoot or wedding before I’m ready to share them all, but this one is different. This is the prelude to Maeve and Nate’s wedding, which happened today on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.
Maeve sent me a copy of their invitation and info pamphlets, which impressed the socks off of me (it’s summer, who needs socks anyway?).
I arrived a day early so I could have a weekend at the shore with my best friend / roommate / assistant Lauren, and we spent the entirety of yesterday on the beach. We both concluded that Asbury Park is a happy medium between the raucous Seaside Heights shore and the lazy Ocean City shore, and very much wished we had more time to spend there. I didn’t bring my camera out until we went out later in the day, so I took a bunch of iPhone photos and then a few with my real camera, mainly to take some test shots. Many of the spots photographed below I ended up using for bride & groom shots today, so consider this a hint for what’s to come when I post more from Maeve and Nate’s wedding!
Did I ever mention how much I love civil marriage ceremonies? Don’t get me wrong, I totally appreciate all of the elaborate, detail-laden weddings that so perfectly exude the personalities of the couple in question… but deep down, I’m all about keeping it simple. All you need is love, people – didn’t the Beatles teach us anything? :P
Marta and Andrew embarked on their wedding planning adventure last summer, much like most engaged couples do. But after finding themselves completely overwhelmed and engulfed in the process, they pretty much scrapped everything and decided to do things their own way and get married by themselves. I love them for that! I was so honored to be the one person in attendance to witness their marriage vows. After their City Hall ceremony, we had a few hours to wander around Downtown Manhattan taking photos in places that held special meaning for them. One of the places we shot at was the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, since they first met on the ferry – and would you believe that a line about the weather won Marta over? (Apparently it was exceptionally stormy the day Andrew first talked to her). Love it! :D Then after the shoot, they rounded out their special day celebrating with friends and family at dinner. If that’s not a perfect day, then I don’t know what is.
And in case you couldn’t tell, I am very fond of these two. I had the best time hanging out with Marta and Andrew on their wedding day!