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Where do I even start with these two?! Sarah and Kevin have pretty much the coolest “how we met” story of all time! Kevin is an aviation controller. Sarah worked at an aviation museum. Sarah was used to most of the museum visitors being…let’s just say…out of her age range. So when Kevin showed up that day, she excitedly introduced herself! Kevin’s response was on the shy side, so she assumed he wasn’t interested. “Oh well,” she thought.

Sometime later, Sarah was all buckled in and seated, patiently waiting as passengers continued to board the flight. As the line of people passed her, she recognized a familiar face! “Ah, it’s that cute guy from the museum!” she thought. Kevin apparently noticed her too because he later approached her and wasn’t so shy this time! During their conversation, the pilot announced that “this is not a full flight, so feel free to sit wherever you want.” Kevin asked Sarah to sit with him, and they talked the entire flight!

After a few months of texting, Sarah found herself on yet another airplane. This time Kevin wasn’t there, but after the plane landed the pilot made one last announcement… “and a special welcome home to Sarah from control!” AHHHH!!! It’s like a real-life movie!  What are the chances of an aviation controller and an aviation museum lady reuniting ON A PLANE?! That’s some divine intervention if I’ve ever seen it! :)

Kevin and Sarah chose the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ for their engagement session, and we had the best time!

In addition to their shared love of aviation, the two also love to visit the houses of past presidents! So this charming colonial-style home was yet another surprise by fate! 

I just love this tree…it’s like if a willow tree and eucalyptus had a baby haha!

Congratulations Kevin and Sarah! Can’t wait for your wedding next year!! :)

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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Congratulations Kristi and Sam!! Your wedding at the Highlands Country Club was absolutely magical! Chris and I had so much fun with the two of you and all of your wonderful family and friends! It’s so hard to narrow down our favorite moments, but we especially loved your ceremony brought to life by a Scottish minister, your insanely beautiful florals by Tracey Reynolds Floral Design, and how you ended the night on chairs in the air on the dance floor! I’m so excited to share some more of my favorite photos from the day!! :)

I love how perfectly their wedding invitation suite coordinated with their wedding florals!

This photo on the right is especially sweet and special…Kristi held a piece of her grandmother close all day long as she carried her ring on her bouquet. Pictured here is Kristi’s grandmother on her wedding day, along with the heirloom ring!

I just LOOOOVE this look on Sam’s mother’s face as she sees Kristi for the first time!! What an amazing mother-in-law!! :)

After a morning of primping and pampering, these two could not wait to see each other!!

One of the most photogenic little flower girls I’ve ever met! She happily obliged every single time I asked her to smile at me…what a gem!!!

All this lush greenery makes me so happy!! <3

YAYYY!!

Cocktail hour on the lawn of the Highlands Country Club is always so lovely!

This reception decor is seriously swoon-worthy!!! Kudos to Tracey and Bridget and all the staff involved with creating such a vision! 

Parent dances always make me tear up…I’m such a sap!

One guess as to which song this was! ;)   ……… what’s that? A little bit louder now?

Men + Cigars means I MUST create a moody smokey photograph!

Congrats again you two!! Can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos! :)

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// CREDITS //

Ceremony & Reception: Highlands Country Club • Florals: Tracey Reynolds Floral Design • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair: Artistry by Erin Rachel • Makeup: Priscilla Freire • The Dress: Pronovias • The Shoes: Badgley Mischka • The Suit: Tommy Hilfiger • Maids Dresses: Bari Jay & Bill Levkoff & Dessy • Officiant: Beacon Hermitage • Ceremony Music: Tim Maynard • Reception Music: Turntable Events • Invitations: Perfectly Invited • Favors: DIY Coffee Bags • Cake: The Pastry Garden • Cookies: Lindsay Colasurdo • And a very special thank you to my second photographer (and darling husband) Christopher! <3

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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Etienne & Aileen envisioned a Paris-inspired engagement session as an homage to Etienne’s French heritage. Naturally I offered them the opportunity to take me to France, but when that wasn’t an option, we challenged each other to find the best places around NYC! After a solid Google search, I stumbled upon “Little France” in the Upper East Side! We started the session at Ladurée for some macarons, then made our way past the French Consulate. Afterwards, we detoured through Central Park before landing at the James B. Duke House. This Upper East Side mansion was created by Bordeaux architect Etienne Laclotte (we couldn’t believe we found a place created by another Etienne!) and is now the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. Who knew such beautiful French gems were hidden in the Upper East Side!?!

Paris & New York…they just belong together, don’t they? 

I wish it could be sunset all day, every day! :)

“Ahhhh a PINK DOOR! Go stand by it!” Pretty much how this photo went down! :)

Nose crinkles are my fave!

Aileeeeeeeen, those EYES!!! You are like a porcelain doll!!

No braces necessary and yet this could be a Dental ad!!

Congratulations Aileen & Etienne!!! I am so excited for you two and can’t wait for your wedding next year! <3

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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Julie’s very first email to me made me jump with excitement – she sounded like she could totally be my new best friend! So when I saw her wedding date, my heart sank…I was already booked! But her email couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as we had just launched “Cassi & Co.” – a team of personally trained wedding photographers that shoot under the Cassi Claire brand! Our team photographer, Lauren, is the perfect fit for these two cuties!! Lauren had the best time with Julie, Nick and their adorable pup Mona! They started off the session with some adorable family photos in Nick & Julie’s backyard, then made their way over to a nearby park just in time for sunset! :)

Love love love this one!!

A little peanut butter on your cheek goes a looong way in puppy land! ;)

My favorite!!! <3

I can’t wait to see all the magic Lauren will capture at their Lake House Inn wedding next year! Congratulations Julie and Nick!! :)

Photos by Lauren for Cassi Claire
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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

 

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Back to back Avalon engagement sessions?! YES!! I’m so happy Chris and I were able to schedule a weekend away with two of our amazing 2017 wedding couples! Melanie and Adam hosted us in their AMAZING beach house, which was definitely a nice escape from the almost 100 degree weather outside! Of course, we couldn’t possibly spend the entire trip inside, so instead we walked down Dune Drive and hopped from one air conditioned shop to another haha!! We also enjoyed way too much ice cream and had the best time ever with this amazing couple! I always joke that the first 15 minutes of the session is usually super awkward and to just ignore those pictures, but there was NONE OF THAT!!! Maybe it’s because we’d already seen each other in our PJs lol, but there was no warm up time required for these two! :)

Melanie and Adam have the cutest tandem bike that they ride everywhere, so obviously we had to include it in their photos. But Melanie took it to the next level with her ADORABLE ModCloth bicycle dress and necklace! I’m obsessed with these photos, and I think you will be too!!! <3

Oh hey gorgeous!

That sunset though…I actually squealed!

I totally felt like I was in Cali with this pier! And Cali is my FAVE!

Melanie and Adam, we had the best time ever and cannot wait for the wedding!!! xoxoxo! – Cassi and Chris

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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For the record, I had never even HEARD of Avalon, NJ until I met Shawn and Julia! I know Cape May and I know Wildwood…but Avalon is apparently New Jersey’s best kept secret. Beach house after beach house, my jaw continued to drop. I think it’s as close to Pleasantville I’m ever going to get! Julia’s family vacations in Avalon every year, and Chris and I were so happy to join them for a few hours of family time after the session. We even got to try the famous Springer’s blue ice cream cake as we celebrated her cousin’s birthday! MMMM! Julia and Shawn, you are both so wonderful inside and out! Chris and I had the best time roaming around Avalon together and we CANNOT wait until the wedding!! :)

PUPPYYYY! There may have been cheese bribery involved in the making of this photo!

“Shawn, can you dip Julia??” …

This might be my new favorite photo!

The sunset was actually making me happy dance!

Beach models! 

Or maybe this is my new favorite photo? I can’t decide! Julia and Shawn – thank you so much for including me in your wedding adventure! We’re off to a great start!!! :)

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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This session was INCREDIBLE!!!! After being sick all week with bronchitis, these two were just the cure I needed! Non-stop laughter, the perfect lighting, gorgeous DUMBO, and some yummy pizza helped sooth my soul! Jessica and Jonathan, you are two of the sweetest people on earth with hearts of gold!! Thank you for the perfect day! It was so much fun celebrating your engagement! I’m literally counting down the days until your wedding next year! <3

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We started the session at Jane’s Carousel which is spaced perfectly between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge!

Jess, you are STUNNING! Hair and makeup by the wonderful Victoria Elizabeth!

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I love love love the softness of this! So dreamy!

We could not have asked for more perfect weather! Look at that GLOW! 

Ice Ice Babaayyy!

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Love this view!

We ended with sunset on the Brooklyn Bridge – it doesn’t get more iconic than this!! Jess and Jon, thank you both for being the loveliest of lovelies! Can’t wait for the wedding!! <3

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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There’s nothing quite like a perfect summer day at the beach! Chris and I drove down to Asbury Park & Ocean Grove to spend the late-afternoon with Melissa and Andrew to celebrate their engagement. We walked the boardwalk, were attacked by a giant wave on the jetty, stopped for some yummy ice cream (that melted WAY too fast), and enjoyed sunset under the pier with the toes in our sand and music from the Stone Pony serenading us from the distance! It was the PERFECT date day! <3

I love the Paramount Theatre in the background!

LOVE!

This was the photograph I was waiting for all night! I love piers!!

Is this not the most magical sunset ever?! We were all mesmerized!! Congrats to Andrew & Melissa – counting down the days until the wedding next year!! :)

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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  • July 14, 2016 - 12:28 AM

    Rhenda Stephens - Great pictures of my nephew, Andrew and his fiancé, Melissa!ReplyCancel

Happy two week anniversary to Lexy & Geoff!!! You might remember these two from their South Street Seaport engagement session. I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since their incredible wedding day! Geoff and Lexy were married at the Bourne Mansion in Oakdale, NY. This historic mansion was the perfect setting for their black tie affair. The great lawn rests against a big blue bay of water creating a stunning ceremony backdrop. Lexy told me she wanted her wedding to be “elegant and formal, but fun and not perfect!” I’m obviously going to disagree with the “not perfect” part of that sentence! The warm sunny day, gorgeous florals, a custom designed wedding gown, and the most fun group of family & friends made this day the definition of PERFECT!!! <3

The prettiest “something blue” ring I’ve ever seen!

I couldn’t help but tear up alongside Lexy as she read her card from Geoff aloud. There’s nothing greater than two souls in love! 

What a view!!

I just love these girls so much! And not just because they were all as tall as me haha! #basketballteam

You would not believe this, but we only had 15 minutes to create ALL of these bride and groom portraits!!! Not bad eh?! 

Geoff and Lexy decorated each room with framed photos – some were from their engagement session, some were photos from childhood, and my favorites were the ones from their parent’s and grandparent’s wedding days. 

Congratulations you two! I can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos! xoxo – Cassi

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// CREDITS //

Ceremony & Reception: Bourne Mansion • Planner: Deborah Minarik Events • Florals: Flowers By Brian • Photography: Cassi Claire • Makeup: Jacquiline Mulholland • The Dress: Galia Lahav • The Suit: Zegna • Maids Dresses: Jim Hjelm • Groomsmen Suits: Ike Behar • Music: Elan Artists – Sound House • Invitations: Bella Figura • Favors: Big Brother Big Sisters of America • Cake: Rolling Pin Bakery • And a very special thank you to my second photographer Lauren and my assistant Rachel! <3

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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Congratulations to Matt & Sarah on their upcoming wedding at Three Village Inn!! I can’t wait for the wedding, but FIRST, engagement photos! Last Monday, we spent the afternoon exploring Prospect Park, Brooklyn with their insanely cute pup Boo! I just looove the way Sarah looks at Matt – you can feel the love in her eyes! When I first met these two on Skype long ago, Sarah described their wedding vision as “laid back but elegant.” After meeting them, I think that phrase perfectly describes them as a couple. They are laid back and fun, but they also exude grace and wisdom. Counting down the days until this September!!

BOOOO! Isn’t he so stinkin’ cute?!

Congrats you guys! I’ll be seeing you before you know it! :)

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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  • June 30, 2016 - 11:11 PM

    Mary B. McCay - Beautiful pictures great photography! Can’t waitReplyCancel