I have been so blessed to have been a part of so many completely unique and beautiful weddings this year! From my very first meeting with Tom and Danielle, I couldn’t wait to see how their wedding vision would come to life! They told me they wanted a Disney “inspired” wedding but not an over the top “themed” wedding. They wanted to infuse their love of Disney without going overboard, and I think they did just that! Here are some words from the bride about the big day:
“Tom and I always knew we would have a Disney inspired wedding. Sharing a love of Disney is part of what brought us together, and it was important to us to use its influence to begin our “happily ever after.” Our main concern during planning was that we never wanted our wedding to look overly themed or like a child’s birthday party. With that in mind, we chose to show our theme in more subtle ways. To honor my favorite princess, Belle, I wore an Alfred Angelo Belle gown with yellow shoes and walked down the aisle to a harpist playing “Beauty and the Beast.” Our color scheme of purple, yellow and orange was not only perfect for a fall wedding, but also paid homage to the colors in Disney’s “Tangled.” For centerpieces, we chose to keep it simple with a lantern standing among a wreath of flowers, a nod to the floating lantern scene in “Tangled.” I borrowed the lanterns and candles from a friend who used them in her wedding, and the wreaths were made beautifully by our florist. We turned our reception hall into Disney World by naming each table after a ride in one of the four parks and providing fast pass tickets for each guest which identified their seating placement. Tom and I made signs for each of the tables and the fast passes were all created by my very talented brother, Brian Lewis. We brought in elements from Disney’s “Up” by using a mailbox like the one from the movie to hold our gifts and I made a scrapbook like Carl and Ellie’s Adventure Book that acted as our guestbook. Because we wanted so many unique elements in our wedding, we ended up making most of the decorations and props ourselves. I think we spent more time at Michael’s during the month before our wedding than in the past five years combined! While all this work was honestly overwhelming at times, when I saw it all put together on our wedding day, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I spent my wedding day feeling like a princess and I can’t imagine a better start for my fairy tale life with Tom.”
Those yellow shoes are so perfect! And I love how the invitation subtly gives way to the theme of the day with the Beauty & the Beast roses in the corners and the mini Mickey under the address.
Danielle, you are ridiculously ridiculously good looking! ;)
Tom gave each of his groomsmen a custom Disney vinylmation! I love trying to match their cartoon faces to the real life version!
Tom looking soo handsome!
One of my favorite parts of the day is the moment right before the First Look, while the groom is anxiously awaiting his bride. I can feel the nerves!
Even got Mickey on his socks!
I can’t get over these colors! They are seriously magically – which is totally fitting!
The elaborate draping on Danielle’s dress is so reminiscent of Belle’s beautiful yellow gown!
Wedding party lookin’ goooood!
I love the “profile picture” part of the day! BESTIES! :)
Oh momma, you make me tear up! So sweet!
The sun was setting during the ceremony which gave everything such a beautiful warm glow!
Carl and Ellie’s Adventure Book!
Each table was named after a Disney ride and each guest was given a “Fast Pass” to escort them to their assigned table. Not many guests would have noticed this, but Tom and Danielle even arranged the tables to reflect the Disney park map!
Each guest received their own vinylmation as well!
This is just a sample of the ride-themed table “numbers!”
Yea, it was THAT kind of dance party! You know…the AMAZING kind!
Oh my word, this couple! They were the last one’s standing at the end of the Anniversary dance…Chris and I couldn’t stop tearing up! They are such sweethearts! <3
I’ll give you one guess what song was playing during the photo on the right! ;)
And of course, I can’t end this post without a couple of FUNbooth photos!! The happy couple chose to bring all their own super hero and Disney themed props! :)
Oh hey, look…it’s me!
Chris and I channeling our alter-egos with the couple!
Thank you so much to my amazing team – the beautiful Leandra and my handsome husband Christopher!! Love you both! :)
And thank you to all the wonderful wedding professionals involved!
Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Flanders Valley // Officiant: Dr. Michael Gerhardt (bride’s uncle) // Flowers: Linda’s Florist of Short Hills // Bride & Bridesmaids’ Dress: Russells Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Nina // Rings: Iannelli Diamonds // Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Hair & Make-Up: Pink Comb Studio // Transportation: Byram Bus // Invitations, Programs, Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors : DIY // Reception Entertainment: Chuck Russo // Cupcake Tower: Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe // Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire // The End!
You guys, I am seriously SO FREAKING EXCITED! I had my first MAIN PAGE Style Me Pretty feature today! Even though I’ve been on the New York (now Tri-State) blog before, being on the home page just feels like ten thousand times more awesome! #pinchme
Christie and Matt, ya’ll need to stop what you are doing and become pro event stylists! View the feature!
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Thanksgiving is defined as “a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.” Well, I would definitely call all of these amazing gifts from my sweet couples “a blessing of the harvest!” Throughout the year, I have collected such sweet thank-you notes, gifts, favors, and all sorts of love from my incredible wedding couples. I didn’t realize how blessed I had been until I looked at the pile of loot next to my desk today! I mean, WOW! I have been showered with love and affection from some of the best people I know, and it’s honestly overwhelming (in the best way possible!).
So today, I want to thank each and every couple who invited me into their wedding adventures! I’ve loved laughing with you, being the first to see your wedding dress months before the wedding (and sometimes even helping you decide between two dresses!!), crying with you as you walked down the aisle, and dancing with you in the middle of the dance floor. I’ve loved seeing your face light up as you view your wedding album design for the first time, and the joy wash over you as you remember moments of the day you had forgotten. I’ve loved feeling like your wedding day BFF and not just a “wedding vendor.” And mostly, I love that this year was totally just the beginning of our friendship! I’m so thankful for the year we’ve had and all the years to come!! <3
I left Steph and Vance’s wedding feeling like I had attended a birthday party in my honor haha! As soon as I walked through the door, Steph greeted me with two beautifully wrapped gifts – one just for me, and one for me and Chris! Inside was a beautiful necklace (which I wear ALL THE TIME) and a $100 gift card to Sushi Samba (um, YUM!).
On our way out, Steph and Vance both made sure we got to take a favor each, and these favors were no joke! Steph scoured the internet to find each unique vintage milk ice cream bowl – amazing! We actually just used them again last night…we have a mint chocolate chip addiction! :)
This was our feast from Sushi Samba that I instagrammed! Mmmmm, sooooo goood!
Brendan and Jenna were so sweet to surprise Chris and I with this Macaron Class at Mille-feuille! They knew our addiction for the creamy, yet light and airy dessert! We can’t wait to finally use this certificate now that our season is coming to a close (and before it expires – yikes!).
I love that they even found a camera card!!
This is the oh-so-sweet Nicole (of Nicole and Oscar), who invited Chris and I to their rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. At the dinner, Nicole surprised her bridesmaids with clutches that she made BY HAND. Herself. With her own hands. And probably a sewing machine. I thought it was the sweetest gift ever…and then she pushed a box towards me labeled with my name. NO WAY. Did I get one too?! I did…I did get one too! I think I had tears in my eyes (not I think, I know…). As you can see from this instagram, the clutch happened to perfectly match the skirt I was wearing (even the bow)!
She even specifically chose polka dots on the inside just for me! Words seriously cannot do justice the amount of thanks and love in my heart!
Patrick and Katie blessed me several times throughout the year, starting with these Get Well flowers they had delivered to my house after our not-so-great-European-adventure. “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” I am still blown away by their thoughtfulness and wisdom!
Katie surprised me on the wedding day with this sweet bracelet made by her new mother-in-law! She asked Carmela to make one for all of her bridesmaids and me! I was once again in complete awe of their generosity! Oh and when we got together after the wedding for their preview session, they brought me this adorable spoon from their Hawaiian honeymoon! The first thing I said was “HOW DID YOU KNOW I LOVE TINY THINGS?!” I’m not even kidding, I love all mini things! Especially spoons haha! When I was in college, I actually bought iced tea spoons to use as my secondary utensil (primary was chopsticks!) – seriously, I’m so weird.
Patrick also created this special “Cassi Claire Photography Edition” Wonka Golden Ticket! How stinkin’ cute?!
Okay, this one is actually not from a client…but it was so cute and I’m so thankful for it so I had to include it! This adorable card arrived on Valentine’s Day from Amy Gray! Amy is a fellow photographer and is cute as can be! Amy, you still owe me a lunch date haha! :)
I let it slip to Alan and Iliza how much Chris and I looove Ticket to Ride (the USA version) during their preview session. They then told me all about how awesome the European version is and how we must get it, to which I replied “It’s going on the Christmas list as soon as I get home!” Two days later, this beautiful gold box arrived with this sweet note:
“Dear Cassi and Chris: We cannot thank you enough for the beautiful memories that you captured of our day. Congrats on being new homeowners! We hope this is a good addition to the new game room! Love Iliza and Alan”
Is this real life?! I can’t get over how incredibly surprised I was! I seriously cannot wait to move into our new home and host a game night with the newlyweds! :)
Last but definitely not least…Scott and Kathleen brought us back a bottle of wine from their New Zealand honeymoon! We of course cracked it open right away – it’d be criminal not to! ;)
And I was trying to think of a tactful way to do this, but I’m at a loss haha…soooo, thank you to all of my wonderful couples who surprised us with cash tips at the end of the night! It was sooo unnecessary but so generous of you and greatly appreciated! Nothing says ‘I love you’ like adding money to our travel fund!! :)
I truly hope I’m not forgetting anyone or anything! This has been an incredible year of getting to know so many amazing couples, their families, and their friends! Thank you to everyone who touched our lives this year, and I can’t even begin to imagine how any other year could top this one! We love you all and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families!
xoxoxoxoxo! -Cassi Claire
PS: Gifts are in NO WAY necessary to ensure you hold a special place in my heart! I just really wanted to share this public thank you during this week of Thanksgiving because I truly am so grateful, honored, and moved that anyone would ever think to send their wedding photographer a special gift! <3
Mike and Laura’s wedding was classic and traditional in every way! Laura’s elegant gold shoes hid under her amazing princess wedding gown, and strands of gems dangled from her ears. Mike and his men wore timeless black tuxedos, and the girls added a festive pop of red to the November wedding. The couple was wed in my hometown at St. Mary’s Church and celebrated their reception at Il Tulipano in Cedar Grove, NJ. I loved spending the morning with the girls at the Hampton Inn in Fairfield – especially since we were right across the street from Unique Photo (where I used to spend wayyy too much time!).
Let’s start with the sparkly things! :)
For reals, is this not the most amazing ring you’ve ever seen?! ME WANTS!
Laura’s “first look” with her father! (me: wiping a tear from behind the lens…)
Thank you to my dear friend Leandra for capturing these great moments of Mike getting ready!
I love this bright and cheery shade of red!
Hooray!! The rain let up just in time for a beautiful bubble exit!
What a good lookin’ wedding party!
Love love love this moment! So much joy!
“My heart is, and always will be, yours…”
Haha, what’s wrong Laura? I would totally have taken that bite! ;)
I am so happy to know this wonderful couple! Thank you Mike and Laura for inviting me to photograph your wedding day! Congratulations and may the best years be yet to come! xoxoxo! :)
Credits // coming soon!
Colin and Meg are two of the sweetest people and I loved photographing their wedding at the Prospect Park Picnic House! It was a beautiful October day filled with smiles, love, tears, and…a birthday party for 6-year old girls! I’ll let Meg share her version of the story though…
Colin and I didn’t have a clear vision in mind when we began planning our wedding. We knew we wanted it to be outdoors (at least partially) and we knew we wanted to have a cozy, fun party with all of our favorite people. I loved the idea of a barn wedding; they’re always so quaint and beautiful! However, living in Brooklyn, we quickly realized that there weren’t many barns to choose from. The Prospect Park Picnic House felt like the most beautiful, natural wedding one could ever hope to have in Brooklyn. We spent so many weeks leading up to the wedding hanging out in the park, and it just felt totally right to get married in a space that is so lovely and free and available to anyone who wants to visit it.
The day of our wedding, the park was full of people sitting on blankets, tossing frisbees, and one particularly excitable group of 6 year-olds celebrating a birthday. I will never forget all the little girls following me around as we took pictures before the wedding, calling out “Hi, Bride! Hi, Bride!!” and reaching out to touch my dress and bouquet. Before walking down the aisle with my parents, I was fighting back some happy tears. All those little girls came to the rescue, calling out as they left the park, “Bye, bride!!! Have a good wedding!! Have a good marriage!!” – Meg
Meg spent the morning at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott surrounded by her favorite ladies and gorgeous NYC views!
Those sparkly Jimmy Choos were the perfect backdrop for Meg’s stunning gold engagement ring!
Meg’s mom and step-mom are two of the sweetest ladies on earth (I’m sure of it!).
I can’t get over how much Colin looks like his dad!
The couple chose to see each other before the ceremony and had their First Look on the Picnic House stairs…
THAT DRESS. I can’t even…
Remember those adorable 6-year olds we mentioned before? They were mesmerized by the bride and one was even an aspiring photographer! ;)
Love, love, LOVE!
For their wedding party, the couple chose to have only their siblings stand by them for the big day!
I’m pretty sure Meg was the hit of that birthday party!
I love that guests sat on these awesome picnic benches for a ceremony at the Picnic House! So perfect!
Only the cutest siblings ever!
Yay! Congrats to Meg and Colin!!
Their nieces and nephews were involved the whole day from ceremony to speeches to dancing! :)
And we danced the night away! Congrats again Meg and Colin! Your wedding day was amazing and thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of it! xoxoxo! :)
Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Prospect Park Picnic House // Catering: Naturally Delicious // Bride Prep Location: Brooklyn Bridge Marriott // Flowers: Kerry Quade // Bride’s Dress: Dimitra’s Bridal Couture // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Engagement Ring: Lisa Lindhardt // Wedding Rings: Facets // Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply // Hair Stylist & Make-up Artist: Ivanka Lova // Paper suite: Lion in the Sun // Favors: Daffy Apples // Reception Entertainment: Marc Koslowe Band // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!
Sooo cool to see Robb & Michelle’s wedding featured on the Westchester Wedding Planner blog! Their wedding was a little bit vintage, a little bit swing dancing, and a whole lotta fun! A huge thank you to all the vendors involved in creating Robb and Michelle’s magical day! :)
I loooove weddings in the Westchester and Hudson Valley region! They’re always so magical with the Hudson River as a backdrop! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your Hudson Valley wedding! :)
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I always ask my couples to share something fun about themselves in the contact form on my website because I think it really shows a lot about the type of people they are! Shari’s response made me love them right away – “I secretly love Mariah Carey’s music, and Adam is 100% a trooper for dealing with it.” Girl, we all secretly love Mariah Carey! :)
I met Shari and Adam at their Upper East Side apartment for some gorgeous rooftop views! On a cloudy October day, it was a true blessing to see the sun show it’s face for a few glorious minutes of magical light! Look at that beautiful glow behind them!
The couple enjoyed a favorite bottle of wine that they had been saving for a perfect occasion! This bottle was from the only vineyard to use grapes from both Napa Valley and Sonoma County. I don’t even like red wine and I loooved this one!
We then walked to the famous William Greenberg Desserts for their signature Black & White cookies that have been voted #1 in NY! It was definitely the best Black & White I’ve ever had! Mmmmmmmmmm, should have bought like 15 to-go! Ya know…to, uh…share with friends. :)
We ended the session with a stroll through Central Park right as the sun disappeared and the street lamps turned on…it was magical!
Can’t wait for your big day next year! It’s going to be EPIC! xo! :)
Elegant, classy, with a touch of modern is how I’d describe Kathleen and Scott’s wedding day! When describing them as a couple, I’d also throw in joyful, sweet, fun, and ever so thoughtful! The two were wed at the St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, NJ and celebrated afterward with their family and friends at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ. It was such a sweet and beautiful day! :)
Let’s kick things off with Kathleen’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier wedding dress!
Kathleen and Scott chose pink and navy as their color scheme…bright pink?! I could not be happier!!
Kathleen designed her wedding shoes herself through Shoes of Prey! I can spend wayyyy too much time on that site!
Stop it, you are TOOOO gorgeous Kathleen!!
Thanks to my lovely husband and second shooter Christopher for capturing such great moments of Scott’s morning!
Oh you know, just chillin’ with our forefathers!
For most of Kathleen’s life, she lived in a gorgeous home with her family. This home had an amazing multi-story spiral staircase, which provided so many sweet memories throughout her childhood. When Kathleen’s parents sold the home later in life, Kathleen asked the new owners if she could take her wedding photos there, *someday* in the future when she met her mister right. The owners excitedly awaited her call and so generously held to their promise! When I look at that photo on the right, I like to imagine 5 year old Kathleen staring out that very same window!
I’m such a fan of Dads in bowties!
The light in this church made me so happy! A photographer’s dream!
I loved the Park Avenue Club’s permanent outdoor ballroom! The draping and chandeliers are so elegant!
Scott and Kathleen are clearly so loved by all their family and friends!
Congrats again Scott and Kathleen! You two are so wonderful and I’m so happy to know you! Thank you for giving me the honor of photographing your love! <3
Credits // Ceremony Site: St. Rose of Lima // Reception Site: Park Avenue Club // Morning Prep: Hyatt Morristown // Officiant: Fr. Edwin Leahy // Flowers: Jardiniere // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Hair Stylist: Christina Dimaio // Make-Up Artist: Victoria Golbor // Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey // Engagement Ring: Leon Diamond // Wedding Rings: Moda Diamonds // Mens’ Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards: Lion in the Sun // Guestbook: Etsy // Favors: donations to Wounded Warrior Project and Brooklyn Botanic Garden // Transportation: Broadway Elite // Entertainment: Russ Bennett Band // Chair Rentals: Chiava Chair Rentals // Wedding Cake: Rudy’s Pastry Shop // Cake Topper: The Knot Wedding Shop // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!
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Let the countdown begin! :)
Not only is this one of my favorite engagement sessions ever, but Pamela and Ryan are quickly becoming one of my favorite couples! From Pamela’s first email I knew we were meant to be! A love story between photographer and bride haha!! Speaking of love stories, you have GOT to hear how Ryan proposed to Pamela! I mean, c’mon…this is how movies are made!
“Our engagement story begins well before our actual engagement day, on Valentine’s day of all days. Ryan presents me with a small gift box, but not before explaining that this gift, “is not what I think it is.” I open the gift to find a key, that I’m further instructed to keep on my keychain. I immediately think…ENGAGEMENT…but then remember the whole “it’s not what you think it is.” Key goes on the key ring, and I try to forget about it (Emphasis on “try”).
Nearly a month later, here I am at work…a typical Friday…crunching to meet a business proposal deadline. My boss stops by my desk mid-morning to ask me, “So what are the odds we can get this thing out by 3pm?” He goes on to detail this elaborate story about how IT was synching the network at 5pm, so he wanted to be sure we sent everything to the printers just in case the connection was somehow lost in the process. The President of our company even stopped by to corroborate the story asking, “So do you all know when the servers are going down?” – Nice touch.
Meanwhile, I’m furiously working through lunch, and at the exact moment I start printing the final proposal package, our courier drops off a package at my desk. I pick up the GINORMOUS box that looks like it’s busting at the seams only to find it’s super light! I actually turn to my co-worker and say, “this must be a joke…because I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything in here.” I think I even threw it up in the air a few times before I finally opened it and pulled out what seemed to be endless bubble wrap. (Did I order one pen or something?) Lo and behold, tucked away in the far back corner is a small chest, locked shut.
Almost immediately I say, “Oh my god, I have a key!” Key opens box, and lying inside is a little hand drawn map and luggage tag. The tag talks about starting our journey and tells me to go to the spot where we had our first date. I flip over the tag to read, “Don’t worry, I already talked to the boss…you can leave.” We had our first date at Paulo’s in Georgetown (DC), so I half run/half fast walk to the little spot, all the while giggling to myself (I’m sure I looked completely crazy)…only to find he’s not there. At first I imagine he’s stuck in traffic, then think twice and reread the little tag…which explains that I must ask the bartender for another clue. I do…and now I’m off to where we met – the bar in Virginia. I got my next clue, which says, “So do you want to go on this journey with me? Head home and pack your bags.” Immediately I think to myself….it’s a trip, not an engagement! Now I’m racing home cause who knows if I have to pack, if I have to meet him at the airport…I’m freaking out. I get home, only to open the door and see rose petals and candles. I break down…and he’s there with our trip itinerary (Turks & Caicos) and the ring! It was the perfect engagement for me!”
Pamela and Ryan have a love affair with NYC and while neither of them actually live here, they feel more at home here than anywhere else. So their decision to host the perfect NYC wedding was an easy one! To celebrate their engagement, we adventured through DUMBO, stopping at Jane’s Carousel first to take in the great views!
We then took a walk down the old railroad tracks on Plymouth St in DUMBO!
Love love love Pamela’s mint pants! They are such a stylish couple!
I had the pleasure of working with One Girl Cookies at Loverly’s birthday party last year, so it was fun to stop by the DUMBO store front! Pamela and Ryan enjoyed a cozy coffee break!
Then we toasted to their future while admiring the Manhattan Bridge!
We ended the session at the intersection of Washington & Water streets. Cobble stone and a view of a bridge? Yes please!
Pamela and Ryan, you guys are so great! I am counting down the days until your wedding next year at the Foundry! <3
Credits // Hair & Make-up by The House of Makeup