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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Weddings Of Distinctions: The Ashford Estate: New Jersey Wedding Photographers

Weddings of Distinctions premier venue The Ashford Estate was just as romantic as I remembered it!  I had the pleasure of attending their tasting with the fabulous Merri-Makers Catering on Sunday with some of the other top vendors in the wedding industry.  Here are some great new wedding ideas!


Kate Duffy of Katydid Signature Floral and Event Design

Featuring invitations by Stephanie Somodi: Designing the Most Inviting Day


Michelle Santanello of MDS Floral Design


Magnolia: Exquisite Florals and Event Decor

Featuring invitations by Stephanie Somodi: Designing the Most Inviting Day


Bay Head Yacht Club: Cait & Tom: New Jersey Wedding Photographers

Cait & Tom would be the life of any party.  These ultimate Bruce Springsteen fans are vibrant,  full of love, and brimming with humor.  Their wedding was a classic Bay Head event with it's Vineyard Vine Ties, great hats, and  fresh ocean breezes.  The bride wore her sister's wedding gown in memory of her and a veil from Barefoot Bride.    Her bridesmaids were her beautiful nieces who wore Coren Moore dresses in a great marine blue. Her maid of honor was a dear friend who introduce the couple with the help of Tom's sister.  Tom chose Brooks Brothers Suits & Vineyard Vine Ties for his groomsmen whom he's shared a lifelong friendship with. Tom asked his father to be his best man.  The couple arrived at  Sacred Heart Church in Bay Head to share their vows.  It's classic cedar shingles and crisp blue hydrangea where just charming.  After the ceremony the bridal party caught the boat from the  Bay Head Yacht Club for a grand entrance.  Kate Duffy of Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design created stunning classic hydrangea & green orchid arrangements for the reception with place cards named after famous Springsteen songs and soft candlelight glow. The Block & Blue Band kept these crazy dancers on the floor all night, stepping off only briefly for the mother of the bride to sing and dedicate a song to the couple.  The bride herself took a spin on the mike as guests crowded round.  What Cait didn't know is that the crowd prepared a special treat for her.  As Cait sang at many of their weddings her guests thought it would be a fitting surprise for everyone to take out their iphones and sing at the top of their lungs.  It was a ball!! Bruce_01Bruce_02Bruce_03Bruce_04Bruce_05Bruce_06Bruce_07Bruce_08Bruce_09Bruce_10Bruce_11Bruce_12Bruce_13Bruce_14Bruce_15Bruce_16Bruce_17Bruce_18Bruce_19Bruce_20Bruce_21Bruce_22Bruce_23Bruce_24Bruce_25Bruce_26Bruce_27Bruce_28Bruce_29Bruce_30Bruce_31Bruce_32Bruce_33Bruce_34Bruce_35Bruce_36

Eagle Oaks Country Club: School Yard Bliss: Monmouth County Wedding Photographers

Alison & Bill meet in high school, they both ended up at Monmouth University where their friendship turned into something more.  He proposed at the beach in West End where they spent so much time while they were in school.  The two could not have been happier on their big day!


Details Details

Dress: Monique Lhullier

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Florist: Kate Duffy of Katydid

Planner: Kathi Evens of All the Best Celebrations

Stationary: Vera Wang from The Papery

Church: Saint Denis Church

Reception: Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club

Band: Vali Entertainment