Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Photography | Victoria + Jon

Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Photography | Victoria + Jon

From the most adorable meet-cute straight out of a romantic movie, to their surprise proposal, to their now wedding at the Jersey Shore, there was no shortage of romance and love and laughter throughout Victoria and Jonathan’s wedding day!!  We loved capturing every moment, and really enjoyed their Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding!

Classic, Romantic Details for a Jersey Shore Bride

Victoria’s dress was stunning!  From the moment we took it out of the bag, I fell in love with her Christina Wu dress!  Her long, gorgeous veil was the perfect accessory, along with her sparkly Betsy Johnson heels (which I was impressed that they kept on all evening!).

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The Bride Getting Ready at The Dunes

The room where Victoria got ready was so perfect!  There was so much room for everyone to hang out, get their hair and makeup done and just relax before the festivities were to begin!  After her sisters got her into her dress, she did a grand reveal with all of her bridesmaids, as well as her parents.  Her dad’s reaction was everything you could hope for, when a dad sees his daughter as a bride for the very first time!

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Her flower girl trying to sneak a peek of the bride getting ready…

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The Groom Getting Ready at The Cove

Meanwhile, Jon was hanging out with his groomsmen across the street at The Cove.  They also had a grand suite, with lots of light, and room for everyone to hang out!  Over the past 11 years of capturing weddings, Jon is one of our tallest grooms, as you’ll see when his best man is fixing his tie below!  I believe it was said that he is 6’8″ which is the same as one of our past grooms, Rob who married Cassie back in 2011.

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The Story of Victoria & Jon

It all started with what seemed like a meet-cute from a romantic movie… It was the day of Victoria’s sister’s wedding, and she was the Maid of Honor.  She had not met the Best Man at the rehearsal the night before, because he could not make it.  So, Victoria and Jon met right when they were about to walk down the aisle together.  There was something there, between them, instantly, and the romance blossomed!

Although he was living in Seattle at the time, they made their long distance relationship work (She even flew out to visit him, even though she hates flying!). Not too much time passed before Jon got a new job, back on the east coast, closer to Victoria! They moved in together a couple months later, and after Victoria finished up a certification for work, Jon took her out to celebrate!  Little did she know, that on this December evening, that they would arrive at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and enter into a private room where Jon would get down on one knee and ask her to marry him!

Now, they are about to walk down the aisle again… but this time she walked TO him… and they became husband and wife!!

A Beautiful Ceremony at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Stone Harbor, NJ

The greatest things come to those who wait… which is what their Priest opened up the ceremony with!  Their ceremony may have started a little late (almost an hour) but the ceremony flowed beautifully and nothing was rushed!  It was the perfect way for Victoria and Jonathan to finally say their I do’s in front of all of their family and friends!

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Bridal Party Photos on the beach in Stone Harbor

After the ceremony, we went down to 111th Street in Stone Harbor for portraits!  We didn’t have much time, but their bridal party were troopers, and we were able to get what we’d normally capture in 30 minutes down to about 10/15 minutes!!  We can’t thank them enough for being such great sports and helping us out so much!!

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Romantic Bride & Groom Portraits in Stone Harbor

These two. Pure perfection!  The way that Jon looks at Victoria, and the way she shyly glances back at him… it’s the stuff that romantic movies are made of!  They were so easy to capture, and such a joy to be around!!  Thank you for being so much fun, and so in love!! <3

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The Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Reception in Sea Isle City, NJ

We absolutely loved Victoria & Jon’s The Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding!  From the gorgeous ballroom, to the delicious food, to the amazing staff (Patrick & Sarah, we love you!), to just the ambiance of the evening – you really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect location to celebrate your I do’s!!

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Breakwaters at the Dunes Sea Isle City Wedding Vendors

A Romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding | Julia & Nick

A Romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding | Julia & Nick

Like the words from one of my favorite songs by Jack Johnson, Julia and Nick surely are ‘Better Together.’ This lovely, down to earth, fun couple planned such a beautiful, romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City wedding! From all of the little details, to the flowers, to the band, you could tell that so much thought and so much love was put into making this a perfect day for the two of them to celebrate the beginning of their greatest adventure yet! Marriage!

Simple, Classic Details for a Sweet, Modern Bride

Julia’s details may have been simple, but they were so classic and elegant, and you could tell how much they all meant to her!  From the moment I saw her Maggie Sottero dress, I knew that Julia would look absolutely breathtaking in it! (Spoiler alert – she really did!!)

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Getting Ready with the Girls at a Private Residence in Sea Isle City, NJ

Julia and her girls arrived back at the house, after a morning of pampering at the Fusion Salon. Each girl looked so beautiful, and their hair and makeup was perfect with their burgundy bridesmaids dresses! Julia’s mom and sister helped her to get ready, while the rest of the bridesmaids and her future Mother in Law were waiting in the Family room for the reveal!  There were so many happy tears shed!

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Getting Ready with the Guys at a Private Residence in Sea Isle City, NJ

Meanwhile, the guys were on the other side of the island, just hanging out, drinking some Pellegrino, and waiting for the festivities to begin!

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The Story of Julia and Nick

Nick and Julia met while studying abroad in Beijing (which is where they are currently honeymooning!!).  He was at school in Cleveland and Julia was in Baltimore, and they both had chosen Beijing for their Junior Fall Semester abroad!  A few days after arriving, the group of students took a 3 week Silk Road trip across China. Two weeks into the trip, a group of them had gone to a Karaoke bar. Nick and Julia talked the entire way there, as well as all throughout the night.  There was a spark between them, as shortly after returning to Beijing, they were inseparable!

Over the next year and a half, they successfully endured a long distance relationship and visited one another as often as they could! After graduation, they both moved to Florida for their graduate programs!  It was in Florida, in 2017, that Nick proposed to Julia – at the China Pavilion in Epcot!

A Meaningful Ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Avalon, NJ

Julia and Nick said their vows at a beautiful jersey shore church that turns 90 years old this year! Every moment was planned perfectly, and they were pronounced husband and wife!

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Bridal Party Photos at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary is a 21.5-acre bird sanctuary and nature preserve in Stone Harbor, Cape May County, New Jersey.  When heading down the shore, you’d never expect to have such a beautiful, serene place right on the middle of the island!  We had a great time capturing the people that mean the most to Julia and Nick in this beautiful location!

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Bride & Groom Photos at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Although, Julia and Nick were getting married down at the Jersey Shore, they didn’t want the typical beach photos.  So, when I recommended the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, they were so excited! We walked through the Egret Espy Path, through whispering pine trees, over a beautiful footbridge, and through the intricate, artistic remnants of white spruce.  Julia and Nick were such a joy to capture, and truly made our job easy!  There is so much love between these two, and it is undeniable!

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A Fun Reception with their Family & Friends at the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City

The Yacht Club of Sea Isle City is located in the Bay.  The building overlooks the water and has absolutely breathtaking views of sunset! From the staff to the food, the YCSIC does not disappoint!  Julia and Nick chose to have the Big City Band Philadelphia as their entertainment for the evening, and gosh, it was a great choice!  We always LOVE bands at weddings, and they were phenomenal!  I think the dance floor was full all night!

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The Best Jersey Shore Wedding Vendors

A Romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding | Kensi & Peter

A Romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding | Kensi & Peter

Kensi & Peter planned a romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding.  It was a beautiful, warm September day with just a bit of breeze in the air to keep it cool. The Reeds is truly a dream venue for a Jersey Shore loving couple!  With the open-air concept of the Sweet Grass Ballroom, to saying vows on the veranda, and capturing the most perfect sunset on the bay, you really can’t dream of a more perfect place to start your forever. Kensi & Peter’s day was not only full of love and romance, but also full of laughter, fun and celebration!

Classic Details for a Chic, Modern Bride

Kensi’s bridal gown was purchased at the famous New York City bridal shop Kleinfeld’s. It was a beautiful, lace trumpet dress with a simple, classic belt along the waistline. Kensit looked absolutely gorgeous, and the dress fit her like a glove. The bridesmaids dresses were from the Vera Wang White Collection, and the color purple she chose looked fabulous on each girl. The finishing touch for each lady was the gorgeous floral bouquets designed by Michelle at Primrose and Company.  Michelle is so creative, and never disappoints!

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Getting Ready with the Bride & Bridesmaids at the Reeds at Shelter Haven

Kensi and her bridesmaids got ready in one of the Superior Suites at The Reeds.  There was so much room for everyone to be able to spread out, relax and get pampered with professional hair and makeup. All of the ladies were by Kensi’s side all morning, assuring her that the day would be perfection. (Spoiler alert – it totally was!) Kensi’s sister Mariya helped her to get in her dress, and make sure everything looked beautiful before seeing her Dad and Peter!

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A First Look with the Bride and her Dad

I absolutely adore that Bride’s are now doing First Look’s with their Dad’s!  For the most part, the brides mom gets to be a part of a lot of the planning and dress shopping.  So, why not have a special moment with your dad, where he gets to see you for the very first time, before you officially become a wife.  Kensi and her dad had an emotional first look.  The look on his face says it all!

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Getting Ready with the Groom & Groomsmen at a Private Shore House

Peter and his groomsmen were hanging out, relaxing at a nearby Private Shore House.  Before Peter left to see Kensi for the first time, he read a beautiful letter that she wrote to him.  It made him just that much more excited to see his future wife!

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How He Proposed

Kensi and Peter met while both attending Villanova University!  They met through mutual friends and have been dating since their sophomore year!  She had moved to NYC to be with Peter after finishing grad school, and the two moved to Hoboken together last year!  They got engaged on June 13th after hiking to the top of Mohonk Mountain! Peter knew that this location was special to her and her family, so what better of a place to pop the question?!

We absolutely loved getting to know these two during their engagement session where it all began – Villanova University!

A Sentimental First Look on The Roof Garden

The Roof Garden was the perfect spot for Peter to see Kensi for the first time.  It provided some shade from the sun, as well as some privacy for such a special moment between the bride and groom! Peter was in absolute awe as her turned around to see his bride for the first time.

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Bride & Groom and Bridal Party Portraits at the Reeds and on the Beach in Stone Harbor

When a couple chooses to get married at the Jersey Shore, there is never a shortage of photo opportunities.  Especially at a beautiful venue like The Reeds. Even if it was raining outside, we’d have more than enough options inside the beautiful lobby, on the Roof Garden or our on the front porch.  Lucky for us, it was a sunny day, and The Reeds took us all on golf carts down to the beach in Stone Harbor for some additional photos!

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Saying their I do’s on the Veranda

With the sun slowly setting behind them as they say their I do’s, Kensi and Peter looked into each others eyes and promised one another forever. They truly had an intimate ceremony, performed by the Stone Harbor Mayor herself, on the beautiful outdoor Veranda.

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A Reception with the Bride and Groom’s Closest Family & Friends in the Sweet Grass Ballroom

According to The Reeds website, The Reeds was designed by a team of wedding professionals to create the most exclusive seaside experience. Offering intimate and unique setting with the simple elegance of a coastal chic design, this venue is the most desirable wedding destination at the southern New Jersey shore.

Kensi and Peter had a fun evening planned for their guests!  From meaningful toasts, to celebrating Villanova’s NCAA Championship win, to dancing the night away with all of their closest friends and family.  Kensi and Peter truly had a wedding day that would not soon be forgotten by anyone who attended.

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The Best Jersey Shore Wedding Vendors:

A Fun Wedding at Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ | Caitlin & Andrew

A Fun Wedding at Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ | Caitlin & Andrew

The day began at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. It is the most perfect, breezy summer day. There are seagulls in the sky, a car show happening on the boardwalk, and a joyous, happy calm in the air! Caitlin is in the makeup chair getting pampered by Taffeta Design, while she is surrounded by the women who mean the most to her! Meanwhile, Andrew is at his parents condo, hanging out with his best guy friends waiting for the festivities to begin.

This ninth day of September could not have been a more ideal day for Caitlin and Andrew to get married at St. Augustine Church in Ocean City. They had a beautiful Catholic ceremony and tears were definitely shed. The moment Caitlin & Andrew said their I Do’s, you could feel that the celebration was just beginning.

We ventured to the beach at 14th Street Pier in Ocean City. While capturing their bridal party, a butterfly decided to join in, and we were able to capture probably one of my favorite ring shots ever. The butterfly reminded Caitlin of her grandfather, and made her feel that he was there with them on this happy day!

The boardwalk was full of fun, families and a car show, but that didn’t stop us from capturing some fun photos of this bride and groom!  They rode the swings, the carousel and Andrew, although scared of heights, braved the ferris wheel for his new wife!

The remainder of the night consisted of so much love as all of their friends and family danced the night away with them!

Vendors Included:

Getting Ready & Reception : The Flanders Hotel / Hair & Makeup : Taffeta Design / Dress Designer : Sophia Tolli / Dress Retailer : Simplicity Boutique / Bridesmaids Designer : Vera Wang / Groom & Groomsmen Attire : Calvin Klein / Florist : Rosebud Floral Art / DJ : Above & Beyond DJ Entertainment / Transportation : AC Jitney / Church : Saint Augustine

A Beautiful Summer Wedding at Atlantic City Country Club | Alison & Jim

A Beautiful Summer Wedding at Atlantic City Country Club | Alison & Jim

The island of Brigantine, right outside of Atlantic City, means the world to Alison and Jim.  Their relationship started to blossom while spending summer nights at Alisons family’s beach house there. Jim popped “the question” there. And on June 17th, 2017, they said their I Do’s and officially became husband and wife at St. Thomas Church in Brigantine. The day that Jim proposed to Alison, he said “You make me so happy, I want to be this happy forever.” Well, forever began on this day.

The day began as we arrived at the Atlantic City Country Club for getting ready photos.  I was greeted by the ever so sweet Bridal Attendant Ana! When it came to taking care of Alison and Jim throughout the day, she was absolutely amazing!

Alison and Jim decided to have a quick first look on 6th Street, where they normally go to the beach. Jim’s reaction to seeing Alison was priceless! And who could blame him? She was stunning!

Their ceremony was at St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church, only two streets away. Father Michael Davis made their ceremony so personal to them. He even got their parents involved – both of which have been married for 33 years!

After they said their I Do’s, we hopped onto the AC Jitney and had so much time for some amazing photos around the Atlantic City County Club.  The golf course is so beautiful and you can see Atlantic City so clearly when the sky was blue and the sun was shining! It was the perfect place to celebrate such a special day with all of their family & Friends!

Vendors Included:

Hair & Makeup : Taffeta Hair & Makeup Design // Girls Getting Ready & Reception : Atlantic City Country Club // Guys getting ready : Alison’s Family’s House //  Dress Designer : Casablanca // Groom & Groomsmen Attire : Jos A Bank // Florals : Betina’s at Parkview // DJ : FMM Productions // Jewelry : Block Jewelers // Invitations : Magnet Street // Transportation : AC Jitney // Cupcakes : Simply Sweet Cupcakes  Hailey & Peyton were the cutest members of the Petal Patrol!  Meet Finley – Alison & Jim’s fur-son!  Do these two look familiar?! We captured Megan & Keith’s wedding back in 2014!