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!
Alex and Mike got married last night at Bubby’s. My sole goal in photographing their wedding was to capture how freakin’ awesome they are. I’m not sure if that’s even fully possible, but I think the shots below come close to doing them justice :)
Muuuuuuch more to come!
Nobody wants rain, much less rain with 40+ mph winds on their wedding day.
Instead of April showers, Alison and Stephen got hurricane-like conditions the day they got married. But you know what? It didn’t matter. When you’re looking your best, high on love, and about to spend the night partying with all of your favorite people, there’s not too much that can shake you.
(That, and riding through the storm in the Coolest Ride Ever – an old checker cab used in movies like ‘When Harry Met Sally’ – which I have to say was one of the coolest things I’ve done in awhile!)
I had the most amazing time hanging out with Marta and Andrew the day they made things official and became husband and wife. I witnessed (yes, I got to be their witness!) their marriage at the City Clerk’s office in Manhattan, and then we spent the afternoon wandering around lower Manhattan taking pictures.
So. Much. Fun!
I’ll be posting the full set of photos sometime next month, but it’d be cruel to leave you hanging so here are just a few for now :)