A Baltusrol Golf Club Wedding: Newport Meets New Jersey: New Jersey Wedding Photography

Gail & John Henry met on vacation at beach in Newport, RI, and quickly bonded when they both found out they lived in Beacon Hill in Boston.  The next five years flew by with summers at Newport Beach.  John Henry knew his beautiful bride-to-be well when he planned out his proposal on a Christmas holiday at his family home in Rhode Island.  He took a little detour and arranged a private tour of The Vanderbilt Hotel for Gail, who is a talented interior designer.  It was chilly and it took a little coaxing and a glass of champagne to get her out onto the patio deck, but, as she stepped out, she saw John Henry shivering with a photo album of their favorite moments together and he dropped to one knee and proposed! The bride grew up in New Jersey, where she learned to play golf at an early age with her dad, and her family's life revolved around Baltusrol Golf Club.  John Henry realized very early on that he would have to learn to love golf if he was going to be accepted into the family.  Lucky for him, he was a natural at the game and quickly won the family over with his warmth and good nature.   For their big day, there was no other place that they could imagine than the Kennedy family's home away from home: Baltusrol Golf Club.  Gail worked with Lynda Dandenau to create a Chinoiserie theme for her wedding, mixed with classic country club appeal and a little golf for good measure.  They started with peonies and dogwood, and wanted to keep the look playful with bright navy blue and conch shell pink.  J Papers in Greenwich helped custom design the pagoda that was engraved on the invitations to introduce the chinoiserie theme.  Each detail was crafted to perfection.  Not even the intermittent thunder and lighting could keep her spirits down.  The minute the sun came out from behind the clouds, she kicked off her Kate Spade's, grabbed a cocktail and a putter, and headed for the course with her handsome new husband.


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Mantoloking Yacht Club: A Perfect Day on the Water: New Jersey Wedding Photography

It was through a mutual friend that Lindsay and JJ met.  The couple had grown up in neighboring towns, but their paths did not cross until after college.  They met at the Fourth of July Mantoloking Centennial Celebration, and were set up on their first date the following weekend.  On their one-year anniversary, JJ proposed on the beach in Mantoloking, and Lindsay happily said yes! Their love for their beach town made it an easy pick for the location of the ceremony and reception.  On September 28th, the stunning bride got ready at her family’s home just a short walk from the church.  Her Liancarlo lace dress was just the right mix of elegance and airiness to fit the shore location.  Her bride’s maids each chose their own style of beautiful blue J. Crew dresses, which went perfectly with their hydrangea bouquets that were skillfully put together by florist Kate Duffy.

The ideal weather made it an easy walk to the church, St. Simon-by-the-Sea.  The joyful couple made their vows surrounded by loving family and friends before walking to the reception at the Mantoloking Yacht Club, just two blocks away.  A large tent had been assembled for the big day, decorated with the signature flower.  The couple’s florist, Kate Duffy, doubled as their party planner and found no detail too small, from the mason jars filled with lemonade and paper straws, to the sparklers at the end of the night.  The love that filled the room was apparent, not only from the smiles on everyone’s faces, but the hugs and tears that came from the dances and speeches.  The New Power Soul Band got every single guest on their feet, while the beautiful bay view at sunset took everyone’s breath away. The cake held a lot of sentiment for the bride, coming from a favorite childhood location, the Oldwick General Store, which managed to survive Super Storm Sandy.  It was truly a special day.


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Bonnet Island Estate: Rustic Elegance at the Shore: New Jersey Wedding Photography

Whitney and Jason first connected in February 2011 online, using Jdate.  They met for their first date at Caffe Reggio in the Village and were immediately inseparable.  Over a year later, Jason planned to surprise Whitney with a trip to Captiva, Florida, when Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore.  A week later, he convinced Whitney to go on vacation anyway, where he got down on one knee on a beautifully secluded beach and asked her to marry him. They chose the scenic Bonnet Island Estate in Long Beach Island for their special day.  The picturesque boathouse chapel was beautifully decorated with a birch huppa, flower petals lining the aisle, and candles in every window.  Whitney made a stunning entrance in her Anne Barge wedding gown, with its delicate details and flowing veil.  Florist, Katydid, created an elegant bouquet that tied in perfectly with the rustic theme of the wedding.  Two more special details were added to the arrangement in order to make it complete: a broach that belonged to Whitney’s grandmother, and a single orchid in honor of her other grandmother.  The bridesmaids were gorgeous in their blue Lela Rose gowns, while the men looked dapper in their Dante Zeller tuxedos.

With big smiles and warm hearts, the couple tied the knot before taking a stroll along the winding paths around the estate.  Inside, seating arrangements were creatively hung on an old barn door, and the beautiful reception hall was decorated with charming, rustic details.  The tables had a touch of burlap and lace mixed with pastel flowers, large glass lanterns, and delicately caged candles.  Creative Video Editing Films captured the night while Kim Sozzi and the Creations Band got the party started as soon as the newlyweds made their first appearance as husband and wife.  The lovely couple ended the night with a four-tier cake from The Bake Works.

The Bernards Inn: Classic Hollywood Glamor: Somerset County Weddings

We are so excited for the up and coming Bridal Showcase at The Bernards Inn! For more details, check out their site by clicking the link.  Below is one of our favorite weddings from The Bernards Inn.

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Meredith & Matthew meet at Moravian College and started dating after he graduated the New York City Police Academy and she moved to New York to study pediatric nursing.  After four love filled years Matthew proposed in Paris!   For the big day Meredith selected a Romona Keveza gown with flowing tulle and lace detailing from Gabriella Bridal Salon paired with a Lady Dior veil and silver Badgley Mischka heels. We just loved how make up artist Ashley Frato accentuated Meredith's radiant smile with just the right shade of color!  She looked as if she could have stepped out of a scene from a classic Hollywood movie.  Matthew and his groomsman were dapper in Jos. A. Banks suites with navy and green ties to accent the bridesmaids J.CREW navy one shoulder sheath dresses.   Jardiniere Fine Flowers selected peonies and green hydrangea for the bouquets creating a fresh from the garden spring look.  Their ceremony was held at the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, a beautiful white columned church from 1851.  The couple chose The Bernards Inn for their reception site.  There is a classic ease and elegance to The Bernards Inn where Jeffrey B. Haines of Butler’s of Far Hills presents the Signature Style of Entertaining.  Brian Kirk and The Jirks were amazing as always and on hand to keep the party moving.  It was a night to remember!

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Bay Head Yacht Club: A Heartfelt Shore Wedding: New Jersey Wedding Photographers

Beth is a city girl and Patrick loves the country but this couple didn't let living two hours away from each other keep them apart.  They found a mutual love of the shore in the quaint town of Bay Head.  Hurricane Sandy brought them closer as Patrick's rural NJ home lost power for three weeks and he made the trip to Beth's NYC apartment with his beautiful children, dog and guinea pig in toe.  It was a chance to bond and let their love grow.  When Patrick proposed they could think no other place than Bay Head to celebrate their big day.  They chose local vendors as many of them have had a tough time recovering since the storm.  Beth chose a Carol Hannah gown for her wedding day that caught the shore breezes with every turn and accented it with pearls and fabulous StaurtWeitzman heels with a nautical rope touch.  Her girls wore J. Crew dresses in blue and the boys choose navy blazers and vineyard vine ties to match the boaters theme.  Florist Wini Applegate played on this theme with bouquets in  blue hydrangea and creme roses.  The Bay Head Chapel with its classic cedar siding and warm feel was the perfect for the couples ceremony.  After a stroll to the beach the couple headed to the Bay Head Yacht Club where Party planner Karen Levine had transformed the former boat house into a dream wedding venue with white lanterns and marine inspired accents.  The couple arrived to their reception by boat and shared a romantic, sun drenched first dance.  The Touch Band brought everyone to the dance floor and the boat houses unique architecture allowed all the sunset colors to be enjoyed by the guests as they ate and mingled.  Mueller's Bakery, a much beloved local bakery, created the sweet ending for the night and even placed two beach chairs on top of the couples cake to remind them of all those wonderful shore memories.  Truly a day to remember!  










The Park Savoy: An Elegant Garden Wedding: New Jeresy Wedding Photography

Martha & Andy were both ecstatic on their wedding day, full of love and radiant smiles!  Martha was stunning in her delicate lace Monique Lhuillier gown from Kleinfeld Bridal and Angela Nuran shoes.  She accentuated her look with a custom-made bracelet by Frederic Goodman Jewelers.  Her bridesmaids wore elegant marine blue sheath dresses by Lela Rose from Adrienne's Bridesmaids accented with necklaces from Dogeared.  Andy and his groomsmen looked dapper in tuxes from Jos A. Bank and ties by Ermenegildo Zegna.  The groomsmen coordinated ties with the ladies gorgeous blue dresses while the groom set himself apart in cream.  Bloomers Florists created elegant bouquets in shades of cream and green for Martha and her girls.  The Park Savoy in Florham Park, with it's 19th Century Architecture and vibrant gardens, was a beautiful back drop for the ceremony and portraits.  The Wedding Crashers Band kept the party going into the night.  

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Baltusrol Golf Club~Style Me Pretty: Congratulations to Gail & John Henry!

My sister Julia & I were just so excited to be published again on our favorite wedding blog Style Me Pretty!  We are proud members of their Little Black Book a selection of Style Me Pretty’s hand picked vendors. Congratulations to the stunning couple Gail & John Henry!

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Photography: Therese Marie Wagner Photography | Cinematography: Oakjo Wedding Films | Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Flowers: Lynda Dandeneau of Dandeneau Flowers | Invitations: J Papers | Ceremony Location: Christ The King, New Vernon | Reception Location: Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield NJ | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Event Design: Lynda Dandeneau + Bride | Band: Marcus Reid Band represented by Hank Lane | Bridal Boutique: Saks Fifth Ave NYC | Confectioner: Natales Summit Bakery | Custom Tablecloth Design: Quadrille | Custom shirts: Bonobos | Day of Planning: Eileen Kaden Dean of An Affair To Remember | Hair & Make Up: Elle Murphy owner of Ellela Cosmetics | Menu: J Papers with embellished watercolor painted by the bride herself (who is an interior decorator | Rain Boots: Hunter | Tablecloths: Gerardo Upholstery | Tuxedos: Ralph Lauren

Maplewood Country Club: A Sweet Wedding Story: Morris County Wedding Photographers

Our adorable couple Kristy & Jeff first bonded over their love of all things sweet, soda to be specific! She went to Quinnipiac University and he went to the University of New Haven and both of them knew right away that their love would be a forever kind of love and that Connecticut would hold a special place in their hearts.  After graduating at different times they kept up a long distance relationship with one in Connecticut and the other in New Jersey.  Summers in Ocean City New Jersey helped keep their relationship full of fun and lightheartedness.  They even had their engagement photos taken on the boardwalk! On the big day Kristy looked absolutely radiant in a satin Judd Waddell gown from Kleinfled Bridal with an embellished veil by Pnina Tornai and glittery Kate Spade heals that were so much fun.  She accented the look with just the right amount of sparkle from Kreations by Anne.  Her bridesmaids wore flowing Grecian column gowns in shades of deep fuchsia.  Bedminster Florist chose the same shade for the peonies in the bridal bouquet with a golden elephant charm for good luck and opted for roses and peonies in all the shades of pink for the girls.  The couple chose the beautiful Church of Christ the King in New Vernon with its stunning blue interior and vibrant community for their touching ceremony.   Tears, smiles and sunshine touched the crowd of friends and family.

The crowd was then off to Maplewood Country Club where they were greeted with signature pink cocktails and fuchsia pashmina wraps to keep them warm as the sun went down over the beautiful flowering cherry blossoms.  Bedminster Florist took Kristy's 'Dorothy meets Cinderella' heels as inspiration for the glittering table cards paired with roses in all shades of pink and lush green leaves.  Touching toasts brought tears of joy and laughter.  Even an honorary soda toast was made to celebrate the two lovebirds sweet first meeting, complete with celebratory pink and white-stripped straws adorned with cute phrases. Celebration Band managed by Jason Craig Entertainment kept this dancing crowd on their toes all night and Magnolia Photobooth Co. captured funny moments.  All in all a very sweet wedding story!


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Spring Lake Family Portraits: Monmouth County Family Portrait Photographer

This family had the  right idea. Why not have a professional photographer capture your family portrait while on vacation? Everyone is relaxed and happy and it shows in the final images. The mom did a great job picking the wardrobe! I loved the strong blue and white color palette with texture added in by the patterns of her daughter's dress and her son's seersucker shorts. To top it off white panama hats added a dash of panache. The over all look is clean and classic and looks great as wall art in any home.  



The Bernards Inn: Classic Hollywood Glamor: Somerset County Weddings

  Meredith & Matthew meet at Moravian College and started dating after he graduated the New York City Police Academy and she moved to New York to study pediatric nursing.  After four love filled years Matthew proposed in Paris!   For the big day Meredith selected a Romona Keveza gown with flowing tulle and lace detailing from Gabriella Bridal Salon paired with a Lady Dior veil and silver Badgley Mischka heels. We just loved how make up artist Ashley Frato accentuated Meredith's radiant smile with just the right shade of color!  She looked as if she could have stepped out of a scene from a classic Hollywood movie.  Matthew and his groomsman were dapper in Jos. A. Banks suites with navy and green ties to accent the bridesmaids J.CREW navy one shoulder sheath dresses.   Jardiniere Fine Flowers selected peonies and green hydrangea for the bouquets creating a fresh from the garden spring look.  Their ceremony was held at the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church a beautiful white columned church from 1851.  The couple chose The Bernards Inn for their reception site.  There is a classic ease and elegance to The Bernards Inn where Jeffrey B. Haines of Butler’s of Far Hills presents the Signature Style of Entertaining.  Brian Kirk and The Jirks were amazing as always and on hand to keep the party moving.  It was a night to remember!


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