Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding Photography | Alex & Alyssa

Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding Photography | Alex & Alyssa

Four and a half years ago, we had the honor of capturing Courtney & Adam’s Destination Wedding.  During our time there, leading up to the wedding, we were able to hang out with, and get to know a ton of their guests and their bridal party.  We were lucky enough to meet Alex & Alyssa (and her family! They are so much fun!) Throughout the years following, we were on the edge of our seats waiting for Alex to propose – because we knew he would! Just getting to know them and get a small glimpse of their love for each other, even back then, it was inevitable that these two would some day make it official!  We had the BEST time capturing their engagement session at Corson’s Inlet, right near where he anchored their boat and asked her to be his wife! And now, here we are, on a gorgeous September day, getting the HONOR to capture their Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding! <3

Alyssa Getting Ready at Her Parents Shore House

As I walked in to the finishing touches of hair and makeup, you could feel the excitement in the air! Alyssa chose so many beautiful details, and her dress was just flawless!  As I was taking photos, I noticed two framed photos that her mom had on her dresser.  One frame had a photo from her moms wedding, of her grandmther fixing her veil.  The other frame was of her grandmothers wedding, when her great-grandmother was fixing her veil.  So, of course, we had to continue the tradition!

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I love that Alyssa chose to do a first look with her dad!  It was the sweetest moment!!

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Alex Getting Ready at a Sea Isle City Shore House

Meanwhile, the guys were getting ready at a shore rental right next to the venue!  How convenient!  It had such great light inside, and the coolest bar to take photos around!

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First Look and Portraits on the Beach in Sea Isle City

With hundreds of beach-goers watching, Alyssa slowly walked up to Alex.  You could hear the beach go silent, and a collective gasp as Alex turned around!

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We were so excited that Alex & Alyssa’s fur-baby LuLu was able to make an appearance for a few photos!

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Bridal Party Photos on the Beach in Sea Isle City

While combatting the wind, we tried to get as many photos done as we could!  We were so lucky that Alex & Alyssa chose such an awesome bridal party!

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A Beautiful Ceremony at the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City

Alyssa & Alex stood on the dock, with all of their family & friends watching from the seats and the balconies.  It was in these precious moments that they vowed forever to each other and finally became husband and wife!!

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Post “I Do!” Bride & Groom Portraits

After they kissed and walked back down the aisle, we had a few minutes to capture some “We’re Married!” photos before they joined into cocktail hour!  We love this time with our couples, so full of excitement and the rush of saying I DO!

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A Fun Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding Reception

What an enjoyable evening just filled with excitement and celebration!  We love how big and bright the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City is, as well as being able to use the little window up top to capture the fun overhead shots!

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Sadly, the sun set during toasts, but that didn’t stop us from capturing some awesome post-sunset photos!  We were just going to do them on the balcony at the yacht club, but since their boat was only next door, Alyssa made the call to head over there!  I’m so glad we did!!!

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Since Alex is part Jewish, they had to do the Hora! 🙂  Love it!

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Kings Mills Wedding Photography | Ro & Mike

Kings Mills Wedding Photography | Ro & Mike

We had the pleasure of meeting Ro 7 years ago when we captured her sister, Liz & Dan’s wedding at Running Deer Golf Club!  So, when Mike proposed to Ro, we were beyond flattered when she contacted us to capture her wedding too!  (Hopefully we’ll go three for three with the Sieber sisters!  Wink wink, Victoria!)  When they told me they chose to have a Kings Mills Wedding, we couldn’t wait! They were hoping for a rustic wedding, and Kings Mills definitely captures that feel!

Ro Getting Ready at Her Parents House

When walking through the front door of the Sieber House, I was greeted with smiles and hugs!  Just like I was when Liz got ready there 7 years ago!

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Mike Getting Ready at His Parents House

Meanwhile, Mike and his guys were at his parents house. They all just hung around, and had a pretty chill afternoon.  Guys have it so much easier than girls on a wedding day!

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Ceremony at St. Clare of Assisi Church in Swedesboro, NJ

Deacon Chris Nichols has been a party of every major event of the Sieber’s lives.  So, it was no surprise that he would be the one to marry Ro & Mike!  His homily was so beautiful, even I had to wipe the tears from my eyes.

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Bride & Groom and Bridal Party Portraits at Newlin Grist Mill

Newlin Grist Mill is such a beautiful location to take Wedding Photos!  The sun shining through the trees was like a dream!  So romantic and so pretty!

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Bride & Groom and Bridal Party Portraits at Kings Mills

When we arrived at Kings Mills, we had to get a few more photos to take advantage of their beautiful grounds!

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A Kings Mills Wedding Reception Filled with Fun, Family & Friends

Kings Mills is every rustic brides dream wedding venue!  So beautiful with the high ceilings and the stone walls! The music had everyone on the dance floor all night!  The best ending to the night though, was when the Mr Softee truck showed up!  All of the guests were thrilled! (As were me and Ryan! YUM!)kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography kings mills wedding photography

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One Atlantic Events Wedding Photography | Amanda & Marc

One Atlantic Events Wedding Photography | Amanda & Marc

We first met Amanda & Marc at their Sassafras River Engagement Session, and it was like we’ve known them forever.  They made our job easy and fun!  So, of course, that made us look forward to their One Atlantic Events Wedding so so so much!!  I could not have asked for a more perfect day for them!  Big shout out to my bestie Caitlin for not only being an amazing 3rd shooter, but also the best bride attendant/snack getter/make me drink water when she knows I haven’t/ear to listen/etc. <3 

Bride Getting Ready at Caesar’s Atlantic City

Amanda had 16 bridesmaids. Needless to say, they all couldn’t get ready in a small hotel room!  So, they were able to use one of Caesar’s Hospitality Suites to get pampered by Bella Angel Hair & Makeup!  Her mom and MOH helped her to get dressed, and she did a first look with her Dad and then her Bridesmaids!

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While we were taking photos… we spotted Ryan taking Marc to the beach to get ready for their First Look!

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Groom Getting Ready at Bally’s Atlantic City

Meanwhile, Marc was getting ready with his family over at Bally’s.  It’s convenient, since its right next door to Caesars, but far enough away that we didnt have to worry about him and Amanda crossing paths throughout the morning!

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The Story of Amanda and Marc

Over a decade ago, Amanda met Marc at a party being thrown by her cousins friend.  Should have Amanda been at this party?  Probably not, since she was grounded!  However, for some reason, her parents allowed her to go, since she was going with her cousin.  Had they of said no, I may not be writing this blog post right now!  That evening, these two met, fell in love, and the rest, they say, is history!

The Proposal – July 3rd, 2016

It was just like any other typical Fourth of July weekend getaway, or so Amanda thought!  After finding coverage for work, Marc and Amanda met up with her sorority sisters and headed down to her parent’s vacation home along the Sassafras River. The first few days consisted of typical holiday festivities – boating eating, jet skiing, drinking. On Saturday, July 2nd, while splashing around on huge inflatable floats, Amanda said to Marc “This would be the perfect weekend for you to propose to me!” This was nothing out of the ordinary for Amanda to say. But before Marc could say anything, her mom jumped in and said to stop pressuring him or it will never happen!  Amanda laughed it off and floated away with her sorority sisters. Little did she know everyone started panicking that she knew what was going to happen the next day!

On July 3rd, Amanda’s parents informed her that her Aunt wanted them all to come over to her private beach that night to watch the sunset.  Again, this was nothing out of the ordinary, because watching the sunset on her beach was a routine activity in her community!  After a few instances that left them rushing to get to her aunts house before sunset, they were finally there!  Marc kept saying “I don’t know if we’re going to get to see a sunset tonight because of how cloudy it is.” Amanda said “Who cares, we are here with everyone, have a beer and have fun!”  She could not figure out what was causing him to be uptight and aggravated about the sunset.

After a little while of standing and mingling, Marc asked her to come down onto the beach to take a photo with him. So, each one of her family and friends stood in a line as her and Marc struck a pose for a photo.  Little did she know, each of their phones were about to record a moment that would change their lives forever.  Marc turned to face Amanda and said “While I have you here…” and got down on one knee.  Marc told her she was his everything, and without hesitation, Amanda said “Put it on!” haha!  Amanda’s aunt was able to capture this picture perfect moment with the pinks and oranges of a beautiful sunset behind them!

First Look & Bride and Groom Portraits on the Beach

First looks give us ALL the heart eyes!  Just check out Marc’s reaction to seeing Amanda for the first time! Swoon!

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Bridal Party Portraits on the Beach in Atlantic City

Have you ever wondered what a 36 person bridal party looked like?!  Well, folks, here is it!  We loved every moment capturing them!!

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A Beautiful Ceremony at One Atlantic Events

Wedding ceremonies during sunset at One Atlantic are always so epic!  Seeing the blue skies fade to orange as the couple says their vows is just so damn romantic!

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A Fun One Atlantic Events Wedding Reception

To say that Amanda and Marc’s wedding reception was fun would be an understatement!  We absolutely LOVE working with Center Stage Entertainment!  They are our favorite DJ’s for a reason!  They keep the night moving and have everyone on the dance floor all night!!

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A Romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding | Kayla & Brandon

A Romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding | Kayla & Brandon

Kayla & Brandon are one of those couples that makes you fall in love, with love!  Perfect for each other doesn’t even begin to describe the two of them and their relationship!  After meeting them last year, when they volunteered for a Styled Wedding Rehearsal Dinner shoot we did at Hill Creek Farms, I hoped that we would get to also capture their wedding!  When they asked, we were more than honored to capture their Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding!  We hope you enjoy a little sneak peek into their picture perfect day! xo

Kayla and her Ladies Getting Ready at the Salt Spa at The Reeds

Giggles and laughter greeted us as we walked into The Salt Spa at The Reeds where Kayla and her girls were getting pampered.  Glamour Me Bridal did their hair & makeup, and all of the bridesmaids and moms looked beautiful! Speaking of beautiful, Kayla’s Martina Liana dress that she purchased from Bridal Garden was breathtaking!  My favorite part of the morning though, was when Kayla’s dad saw her for the first time!  So sweet!

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Brandon and his Guys Getting Ready at The Reeds

Ryan walked into a hotel room filled with 16 groomsmen, 2 dads and a groom!  Yes, sixteen groomsmen is a lot, but the day ran so smoothly!  You could tell that every single one loved Brandon and were truly there for him and Kayla!  They really made our job easy!

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A Beautiful Ceremony at Maris Stella Church in Avalon

Maris Stella is such a big, pretty church filled with so much light!  However, no light shined brighter than when Kayla walked down the aisle towards Brandon! The way they glanced at each other during the ceremony and how excited they were to become husband and wife – this is the stuff that makes you believe in true love!

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Bridal Party Portraits at The Wetlands Institute

While Kayla and Brandon may have been getting married down the shore, they were hoping for a location for portraits that did not include any sand (haha).  The Wetlands Institute right outside of Stone Harbor was the perfect location!  There was greenery everywhere, but it still felt like you were at the shore!  It was beautiful!

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The Story of Kayla & Brandon

Kayla & Brandon met the way that a lot of our couples meet – online!  Hinge was the app they used.  I love that Hinge is unique – it requires that your potential matches have friends in common through Facebook.  Little did they know, Brandon’s sister and Kayla’s brother connected them, because they went to Villanova together!  They went on one date, and that was all is took, they were hooked!  A little over 2 years later, Brandon proposed at their brand new house!  And, what Kayla thought was a birthday party Brandon was throwing for himself, ended up being an engagement party celebration! <3

As a side note, I do truly believe that these two knew each other was the one – especially Brandon!  His wedding day gift to Kayla contained a note book – with a note to her every.single.month – starting with their very first month anniversary all the way up to their wedding day!  I get goosebumps just thinking about it! <3

Bride & Groom Portraits at The Wetlands Institute

Kayla & Brandon are so easy to work with and really made our job easy!

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A Surprise Arrival to The Reeds by Boat

A few days before the wedding, I get an email from Brandon asking if it was possible for us to capture them arriving to cocktail hour on a boat!  We loved the idea and of course said YES!  So, I road on the boat with them, while Ryan waited at The Reeds for their arrival!

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A Fun Wedding Reception at The Reeds at Shelter Haven

Details, details, details!  This is what you get when you hire one of the very best floral design companies!!  A Garden Party Florists really went over and beyond with Kayla’s idea of 50 Shades of Green!  As you looked around the reception room, it was just full of beauty and little details!  One of our favorite parts of the reception was working with Center Stage Entertainment!  When you want your guests on the dance floor all night, you NEED to hire them!!  They are absolutely amazing!  Another company I don’t want to leave out is Laura Ashley Events!  While Laura herself was a bridesmaid, Sarah helped run the show and help in any way that anyone might need!!  She was a lifesaver, and the backbone of the day, and we can’t thank her enough!  Ok, enjoy the photos and fun…

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The Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding Professionals Included:

The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club Wedding | Christie & Arik

The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club Wedding | Christie & Arik

“Some things are meant to be. Take my hand, take my whole life too. For I can’t help falling in love with you” Christie & Arik’s Loft at Sweet Water County Club Wedding was so perfect!  Can’t wait for you to see a little sneak peek into the day!

Bride Getting Ready at Her Parents House

I love being greeted, when I arrive to a wedding, with open arms! We love seeing our couples and their families and are so lucky to get to be such an important part of their day!  When I first saw Christie’s dress, I gasped at how beautiful it was!  All her little details were the perfect additions to complete her look!  Right before we left the house to head to the venue, I got some photos of Christie at her piano.  She looked so radiant and beautiful.

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Groom Getting Ready at the Couples House

Meanwhile, Ryan captured Arik at his and Christie’s place.  His mom was there to help make sure he looked dapper for his wedding day!

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The Story of Christie & Arik

Christie went away to college to the University of Pittsburgh.  Arik started working for Christie’s parents.  Since Arik had to travel to Pittsburgh for some work, so Christie’s mom gave him her number so he could call her if he got bored while he was out there.  After a few trips out there, he finally gave her a call!  And, well, they’ve been together ever since!!

First Look at The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club

To say Christie & Arik were excited to see one another would be an understatement!  She practically ran to him with joy! <3

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Bride & Groom Portraits at The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club

Sweet Water Country Club has such beautiful grounds!  From the beautiful trees to the bridge to the lake… we could have photographed there all day and found new spots!

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Bridal Party Portraits at The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club

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A Romantic Ceremony at The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club

Overlooking the golf course, the ceremony location was perfect!  The moment that Christie walked out of the balcony doors, you could see the excitement on Arik’s face! There was so much anticipation in the air as Christie and Arik read their vows, and just like that – they were married!!

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A Fun Reception at The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club

As Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley started to play, the room fell silent.  Gasps were heard and tears were seen all around because Christie & Arik surprised everyone with a choreographed first dance!  It might be the best first dance that we’ve ever seen!  It definitely set the mood for an evening of fun and celebration!!

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The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club Wedding Professionals Included:

Wizard Of Oz Wedding Inspiration Photography

Wizard Of Oz Wedding Inspiration Photography

Happy 80th Anniversary to the Wizard of Oz!  My all-time, absolute favorite movie! I remember watching it over and over as a child, and still watch it at least a few times a year!  So, a few years ago, when the stars aligned and the most amazing wedding professionals got together, we were able to create the most beautiful, epic Wizard of Oz Wedding Inspiration photo shoot!  So, in celebration of the Wizard of Oz’s 80th Anniversary, I’m throwing it back to that beautiful August day in 2013…

Wizard of Oz Wedding Photography

“I think ever since I started my wedding photography business, I’ve always dreamed of shooting a Wizard of Oz wedding.  To date, sadly, I dont know of anyone who has done a wedding with such an awesome theme. (Um… it’s now 2019 and I’m still waiting for a REAL wedding with a Wizard of Oz theme!) So, I started talking to some of my favorite ladies in the industry, and we decided, lets do it ourselves!  I cant even express how incredibly fabulous it was to have my dreams come true right in front of my eyes!  I had such a fabulous time not just putting together this shoot, but working side by side with some of the best women in the industry!  We were so thankful that Mr. Pratt offered his property – Pratt Gardens – as our backdrop!  It was absolutely gorgeous, and we could not thank him enough for his hospitality!  It was truly a wonderful day!”

The rockstar wedding professionals involved were:

Photography: Tami Melissa Photography | Flowers/Design: A Garden Party |  Hair/Makeup: Your Day Your Way Traveling Hair and Makeup Artistry |  Venue: Pratt Gardens  |  Paper/Stationary: Abbey Malcom Letterpress + Design  | Dresses: Little Shop of Dresses  |  Tutu’s: M&K’s Tutu’s  |  Rentals: Rental City  |  Linens: Let’s Do Linen’s  |   Cakes: The Sweet Life Bakery |  Planner: Just Be the Bride   (Those companies not linked are sadly no longer in business)

 

Wizard of Oz | Circular Wedding Ceremony Set-Up

When it came to designing the ceremony, we knew we wanted it to resemble the yellow brick road.  So, why not do a circular set-up, just like when Dorothy began her journey to Oz?!  Now, our bride and groom start their new journey together in life!

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Wizard of Oz | Flower Girls & Ring Bearers

Instead of carrying flowers or rings, our little munchkins carried lollipops!

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Wizard of Oz | The Bride & Groom Portraits

We found our perfect Dorothy Gale & Oscar Marvel to model for us for this inspiration shoot!  They were the sweetest together

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Wizard of Oz | The Bridal Party

Who better to have stand by your side than the Good Witch & Bad Witch?!  Holly & Christina played their parts perfectly!

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Wizard of Oz | The Wedding Details

Not one detail was overlooked!  From the invitations to the escort cards to the table cloth matching Dorothy’s blue and white dress.  It was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE!  The cakes, however, might be the most epic, flawless, unique cakes I’ve ever had the chance to witness!  While The Sweet Life Bakery may no longer be in business, you can still find Jill being a rockstar as the new Culinary Instructor at Rowan College at Burlington County.  So, if you want to learn from this amazingly talented woman, go take her classes!!  As for the flowers, A Garden Party blows me away each and every time we work together!  I think we’re going on about 10 years working together and I look forward to every.single.wedding that we’re able to collaborate on!  Mary, Dawn and their team are top notch!

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