Cassi Claire » Wedding Photographer serving NYC, NJ, PA, CT, NY

Man, this post was HARD!! When we first moved into our new home last-last December (2014), I couldn’t wait to share photos with everyone! The problem was…we had nothing. Moving from a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn meant 90% of our new house was empty…like totally empty! We had to furnish an ENTIRE house! A big four-bedroom, three-story HOUSE. And that’s not a complaint, trust me. We realize how incredibly blessed we are to have this home and will never take it for granted! <3 But thank the Lord for Ikea and a husband who thrives on furniture assembly! After a bulk delivery from Ikea which filled our entire dining room with boxes, we spent weeks (possibly months, it’s all a blur now) putting together piece after piece. I was starting to wonder if life could exist without step-by-step instructions and cam locks! But alas, over a year later, we have most of the furniture we set out to get and even started decorating!

Photographing our home has turned out to be my most challenging work yet! The cleaning, the primping, waiting for perfect lighting…I assure you, it doesn’t always look this CLEAN! I wish it did, but let’s be real…we eat dinner on our coffee table like the rest of the world! :) I hope you enjoy this home tour and I’ll try to point out where things were from in case you’re inspired! Most everything is from Ikea and Target!

Our living room is our oasis…the highlight being our light blue Ikea couch! It sadly looks like Ikea doesn’t offer the same shade anymore, but here’s a similar one!

Two of my favorite coffee table books (photography, stories, and design – yes please!): Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton (follow him on facebook if you don’t already) and All in Good Taste by Kate Spade.

This “I Choose You” print from Southern Weddings shop sits below Chris and my favorite wedding photo and above our wedding album.

The lamp = Target!

I love the open floor plan of the downstairs, and we love how seamlessly the dining room and living room flow together. The couch and wall color matching was sort of an accident – a happy one of course! Looong story short, we picked the couch and wall color a few weeks apart without correlating the two at all…our subconscious must just REALLY love this color. Well, so does our regular conscious…our un-subconscious? Superconscious? 

Basically everything in this photo is Ikea…table, chairs, mirror, candlesticks! 

This is the view from the kitchen entrance…that door leads to the basement! On the left side (not pictured) is a coat closet and a half-bathroom (powder room?). To the right is a backdoor that leads out to the deck!

My happy place…our kitchen! We had ONE counter in Brooklyn and it was big enough for our dish rack only. This is paradise! And there’s a dishwasher!!! Can you believe it?!

If you don’t know this already, I’m a bit of a organization freak. If it involves alphabetizing, purging (eh hem, curating), or systematizing…I am your girl! I think I’ve been waiting my whole life to organize a spice drawer haha!! :)

All white everything, of course!

My “Preview Session” room! This is where my couples come to choose their albums, folios, canvases, frames, etc. The chaise is from Target, but I was lucky enough to get it on sale. 

Ikea’s Liatorp coffee table is perfect for showing off sample album cover swatches and frame styles!

Ahh the office…this is where I spend most of my days (not the playground). Because I’m at my desk so much, I decided to invest in an adjustable standing desk from Ikea! It turns out sitting all day turns you into a BUM! The nice part is when I want to be a bum, I can still choose to sit. The desk is electric and moves up and down just by pressing a button! 

The guestroom!! The bed is from…you guessed it…Ikea!! It pulls out into a king so we can host our married friends from out of town!

I love the schoolhouse style lamp from Target!

The guestroom is decorated with some of my favorite old family photos. 

Our bedroom! It’s actually probably the most boring room in the house haha! We like to keep a really simple bedroom space so we can unwind from the day without feeling cluttered. There’s a master bathroom and two closets, but that’s about it. Our bedding is from West Elm!

And I’ll end with a real labor of love – my closet!! Some girls wanted ponies, but I dreamed of having my own walk-in closet full of beautiful dresses! As a girl who grew up shopping at K-mart and thrift stores, I never thought that dream would actually come true! Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with cheap clothes. Half of what you see is from Walmart or Forever 21 haha! I completely customized the closet using Ikea’s PAX closet planner, and it took Chris and I about a day to assemble and install it. We also happened to order right when all the PAX items were on sale, so the entire closet was cheaper than the cost of ONE dresser! Double-dream come true! :)

My tulle skirts are in heaven! 

PHEW! You made it to the end!!! This isn’t the entire house, but it’s most of it. We left out the bathrooms because toilets, ew. We also need to finish furnishing the basement (our game & hangout zone complete with a dart board!) and backyard (fire pit coming this summer!), but we are so proud of the progress we’ve made so far! This house is more than anything we’ve ever dreamed of and most importantly, we LOVE filling it with family and friends! I’m a hostess at heart, so I look forward to cleaning up spilled wine from laughing too hard, loading the dishwasher after a great dinner with the family, and countless cups of tea with friends that just want to stop by and say hi! We look forward to backyard BBQs, Christmas parties, Sunday dinners, and eventually some rugrats to fill the halls with giggles and trouble! I said eventually Dad, no we’re NOT expecting! ;)

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  • May 17, 2016 - 8:31 PM

    Jaclyn - Girllllll I love your house! It’s so cute! I need to get one of those bookshelves you have in your living room (the white one) and your closet is beyond a dream!! Love everything about..everything, haha!ReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2016 - 1:53 AM

    Claire White - Wow! So inspiring. Absolutely love your taste. Maybe a little envious of your closet ;)ReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2016 - 3:52 AM

    Taylor Hazlehurst - AHH!!! I LOVE THIS HOME TOUR!!! And I really want to see the other rooms too, once they are complete; so if you don’t plan to compose a blog post for them, please message me some pics on facebook. I am so happy that you included links. We are stil in the pre-demo phase of re-doing our whole home, but I am totally inspired!! I love the minemalistic style. That is going to be a breath of fresh air fir cleaning once you have a bigger family with little kids around. I definitely appreciat eyour choice to keep the bedroom simple so you can clear your head at the end of a long day, and kudos on the dishwasher!!! I don’t have one of those yet. We have a tiny kitchen right now, but we we re-do it, we are opeing it up to create a bar and open floor plan much like what you have and of course, we will FINALLY put in a dishwasher. It’s so refreshing to see a home tour done on a budget. It gives me hope for our little home!!! YAY Cassi Claire!!!! Thanks for sharing this!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2016 - 6:38 PM

    Jennifer Anderson Hockenberry - I want to move in!!! Absolutely stunning.. so homey yet clean and simple elegance.. gorg, gorg, gorg!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2016 - 1:31 AM

    Tab Itha - Oh I would love to sit and have a cup of tea in any room! What a stunning home you’ve created… magnifique! <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2016 - 2:06 PM

    maria - CASSIE! your work is truly fantastic! love it.ReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2016 - 1:22 AM

    Alison Mish - Absolute perfection friend!!ReplyCancel

You may remember Sarah and Mike from their adorable blanket-wrapped twinkle light engagement session! They are as hip as can be and Sarah has the most amazing raw diamond engagement ring. I literally didn’t even know that was a thing! But I’ve also never seen a bride carry a bouquet of dried flowers, so yeah, they are basically too cool for school. Sarah was a DIY queen, crafting everything from the hand-dyed paper flowers her maids carried to adorable signs to gold painted mini dinosaurs! I’ve also never seen such guest dedication to a wedding color…both humans and dogs dyed their hair to match the event! Just you wait and see! This wedding at the Tohickon Campground is AMAZING!

How cute is this shot my second photographer Amy got?! She’s so creative!

Side note: I have a new obsession. It’s called the Mrs. Box.

All of their family & friends camped with them making for one heck of a weekend!

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Yup, there’s even a covered bridge! Swooon!

Nose kisses are my FAVE!

Sarah, you are so sweet and special and beautiful! And I looove the lavender in your hair! <3

This might be my favorite. I just love this incredible stone and sweet love between two people!

Meet Bentley. Bentley was the ring-bearer and Bentley has purple hair. Bentley is also apparently the happiest dog in the world!

Probably because he gets to hang out with all of these amazing people!

The barn, twinkle lights, and Kung Fu Hoagies helped created the perfect atmosphere. Spicy Ramen for the win!

Just when I thought this event couldn’t get any cooler, I found the donuts!

Before the night ended with a congo line out the door, I was able to enjoy a few minutes with TWO of my couples! I photographed Steph (purple hair, don’t care) & Vance’s wedding in 2014 and they were so sweet to recommend me to their friends! Thank you so much Mike and Sarah for giving me the honor! I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt the next morning! <3

Oh and I’ll leave you with a few FUNbooth photos because they are hysterical!!

Thank you so much to my incredible team! Amy thank you for helping me appear to have the super power of being in two places at once, and Marielle thank you for being my extra brain power & running the FUNbooth all night! Love you both! <3

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// CREDITS //

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Tohickon Family Campground • Planner: Dream Day Events • Caterer: Kung Fu Hoagies • Photography: Cassi Claire • Paper Flowers: PaperHeartBlooms • Dried Flowers: Paula’s Garden • Hair & Makeup: Blush Freelance • The Dress: Maggie Sottero • The Suit: Indochino • DJ: Stewart Balshem • Mixologist: Peter Duda • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas • Doughnuts: Yum Yum Bakeshop • Cake: Cramer’s Bakery

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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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  • May 6, 2016 - 4:54 PM

    Marielle Solan - OMG girl!!!! These are perfection!!!ReplyCancel

I won’t lie, this is a living nightmare. Just seven short months ago, one of my darling brides, Jackie, was just 24 days from walking down the aisle to the man of her dreams in Saratoga Springs, NY. She was at her bachelorette party when she discovered the bruises that eventually led to her diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). She was immediately checked in to the hospital for 30 days of chemo. It was devastating news, but it was almost if Jackie never got the memo! She danced with her IV bag, rocked a bald head better than any celebrity, and inspired thousands on her Facebook page & her Orange is the New Jack blog. She and her supporters raised almost $40,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The girl was an unstoppable force full of laughter, energy, humor, and is basically my hero.

Her dubsmash of this Newsies number earned her a special surprise message from the entire cast of the Newsies on tour!!

 

 

Thousands were following her recovery and her incredible spirit. My whole heart aches as I type this, but on Sunday, our friend Jackie lost her battle to AML. For the past two days I’ve been fighting the age-old questions…how could this happen? why would God take someone so young? I’ll never know the answers, but I do know one thing…I TRUST God. I know Him and I trust Him. And trust doesn’t mean having all the answers. Actually, it’s the exact opposite…it’s not knowing all the details that requires trust. Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” It’s not easy, but I’m trusting with all my heart because my own understanding is worthless right about now. If you knew Jackie, I encourage you to do the same! <3

This firecracker of a human being left about as big an impression as anyone ever could! The first day I met her, I said “please be my best friend!” I think everyone who ever met her must have uttered those words. Jackie, I will hold your laugh in my heart forever! You’re home sweet one, and you’ll never feel pain again. Your kingdom awaits. <3

 

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  • April 19, 2016 - 8:44 PM

    John Allen - Good bye my friendReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 9:16 PM

    HudsonHigh ClassofSeventy-Five - Such an amazing amazing young lady, so specialReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 9:44 PM

    Peggy Sheldon - Rest in peace Jackie ❤ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 9:57 PM

    Pat Morrison - This is beautifulReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 10:34 PM

    Judy Muraca - I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful person…I have never had the pleasure of meeting Jackie, but from all i heard and the fight that she fought she must have been one in a million….God Bless her and surely she is in a better place without anymore suffering…My prayers are with all her family and friends….ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 10:48 PM

    Judy Tim O'Neil - Jackie was one of a kind…. Rest in peace Jackie and may you fly high with the AngelsReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 11:12 PM

    Debra Kroder - So very sad. Such a deep loss for her family and friends. My deepest sympathy over the loss of this beautiful spirt..gone way to soon.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 11:34 PM

    Joe Ploof - Rest in peace Ninja. Now your joy continues to spread upstairs with our loved onesReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 11:35 PM

    Diane Lipski Patwell - Such a beautiful spirit…fly high, Jackie~ You’ve earned your wings~ I never met you, but I didn’t have to to know that were a beautiful soul~ Following your story was enough to realize that…May you be at peace now…you are pain free, lovely girl~ Your Kingdom surely welcomed you with open arms~ My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Jackie’s family, and all of her amazing, steadfast friends~♡ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 12:02 AM

    Sydney E. Foley - My deepest sympathies to Jackie’s friends and family for their devastating loss.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 12:10 AM

    Michelle Lawton - RIP Jackie.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 4:19 AM

    Judith Graziano - Very Very SadReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 6:02 AM

    Cheryl Kappel - This family’s grief has no boundaries I have followed the Jacks Pack page and these pictures show all her vitality.. A truly beautiful life taken way, way too soon ! Love and prayers….💜🙏ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 8:21 AM

    Feuza Reis - beautiful tribute, in tears, life is so precious, prayers for her familyReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 10:50 AM

    Jed Lynn - To the Abatecola Family I am so sorry for your loss. May Jackie RIP and know I send my prayers, thoughts, and love to all.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 12:59 PM

    Tim O'Brien - RIPReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 4:24 PM

    Brendan Martin - Beautifully said. Rip angelReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 8:19 PM

    Patrick Robitaille - Taken too young, rest in peace! I will remember you by the fun times we all had back in Leo Hall…ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 9:13 PM

    Keith Lampman-Perlman - My heart sank when I heard the news of Jackie’s passing, today.
    I trust her fiancé, sister, parents, and all of her loved ones, find comfort in knowing that many people, even long-lost friends and strangers, are keeping them I thought and prayer. Love, Uncle KeithReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 11:03 PM

    Mary Zanotelli - My heart goes out to the Abatecola family. I didn’t know Jackie personally but can certainly tell she was a beautiful, strong, courageous woman. I’m so sorry that God calledReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2016 - 12:21 AM

    Patrick Robitaille - Taken too young, rest in peace! I will remember you by the fun times we all had back in Leo Hall…ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2016 - 12:34 AM

    Charlie O'Brien - Jackie was truly an old soul. Many years older than her chronological age. That is why she has touched so many people. I never met Mike or Jackie’s immediate family. My deepest sympathies to all of you who were closest to her. One of the good people who made a connection to so many lives and left an impression that will last a lifetime, even though she left us after such a short time.ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2016 - 1:02 AM

    Michele Colabatistto - Although I never got to meet her in person, she bcame a true inspiration to me. Her strength & perseverance was amazing. God has her now. She is at peace, but I know she will be sorely missed by many. When I am feeling sorry for myself, I will think of her and smile….ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2016 - 2:38 AM

    Michelle Belle - <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2016 - 3:44 PM

    Chiarra Hughes - “The doors of heaven were opened wide to receive such a beautiful , vivacious , courageous soul. Such a wonderful person you were Jackie may you S.I.P !My Prayers are with your friends & family ❤ #flyhigh AngelReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2016 - 4:43 PM

    Bria Nguyen-Davey - Rest in peace Jackie…..ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2016 - 6:34 PM

    Crystal Weinheimer - Sip God gained another beautiful angelReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2016 - 12:45 PM

    Corey Herbst - Amazing girl! Lost to soon! My heart is with her friends and family! XoxoxReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2016 - 1:18 PM

    Jeremey Cho'Hak VanAllen - Fly high Jackie. Truly one of a kind.ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2016 - 2:36 PM

    Darlene Krummenacker Bouton - What a beautiful Tribute.ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2016 - 3:52 PM

    Carol Futyma - absolutely a beautiful tribute,may she rerst in peace in the arms of our SaviourReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2016 - 1:43 AM

    Carole Keil - Rest easy love❤️ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2016 - 7:35 PM

    Angie - This post really hit me because I had AML and I was engaged at the time too, I’m now in remission for over 3 years. Seeing someone not surviving, really hits me and makes me upset and at the same time feel blessed that I was given a second chance. My heart hurts just to think what her family must be going through. Seeing her dancing, rocking her bald head even during those difficult times is a reminder that no matter what goes on in your life, you must be positive and always hope for the best. She is in a better place now. ;'(ReplyCancel

Remember last year when I co-hosted the Hello, Artist Workshop? I previously shared the images from my styled shoot, but soon after I found myself in the thick of wedding season and lost the chance to share images from Jess & Kay’s shoots! And they were both SO pretty!!! I’ve also been dying to share some fun behind-the-scenes photos so you can get a taste of what it was all about. In these last few weeks before the 2016 season kicks off, I’ve been editing my little heart out and am so excited to finally share more from the workshop. Let’s start with Jessica OH’s shoot! A heavy dose of edge with a side of pretty and a splash of peonies…YES PLEASE! :)

The animals from the Inn at Fernbrook Farms loved being part of the fun!Pink-Farm-Wedding_CassiClaire_06-2

I spoke their language (I yelled, “BAAAAAA!”) and they all came running!

And a little behind-the-scenes action! Amanda did all she could to get a little more height! :)

Kay’s Anthropologie-inspired wedding was so dreamy! Can you believe she took the time to hot glue each one of those fresh flowers to the bride’s veil? STUNNING!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my styled shoot yet, it was full of tulle, rose gold, and giant floral arrangements – what are you waiting for?! We’re so thankful to all the incredible photographers who took the time to attend our workshop. It was two days of learning, laughing, eating yummy food, and photographing pretties! Although, my favorite memory is from our crazy wagon ride out to the middle of the woods for a campfire. I was simultaneously terrified and ecstatic! We’re so thankful to Dan (the Inn manager) for giving us a night of adventure and storytelling and s’mores! Sadly I don’t have any photos of that night, but I hope you’ll enjoy these other behind-the-scenes moments and AMAZING reviews!!!! <3

“I cannot say enough good things about the hello artist workshop! I went in extremely nervous and cautious of how it was going to go but within the first five minutes my nerves were put to rest by the awesomeness of Cassi, Kay and Jessica. They were able to give me so much insight into the wedding photography world and kept the workshop fresh, fun and new. I wish I could attend this workshop time and time again! I feel so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to meet these amazing women and amazing photographers who I feel have become lifelong friends!” – Amanda Lynn

Kay and Ellen knocked it out of the park with the flower crown bar during headshots!Hello-Artist-Workshop_CassiClaire_06-2“If you are looking for a fun and informative workshop to attend, look no future. Three beautiful and talented mentors in one location, teaching you everything from business to technique and how to invest in your unique voice. I would highly recommend to any photographer at any skill level who is looking to take their wedding photography business to the next level.” – Jamie V. Photography

“This was my second photography workshop and I loved everything about it. I was able to learn new things which I will be applying to my photography business. The styled shoots were totally awesome. I had an awesome experience and I will definitely refer other photographers to your workshop.” – Digna Toledo

“This was the best investment in the world! I am extremely thrilled and beyond thankful for being able to attend this workshop! I loved spending time with three completely different artists getting such amazing feedback and such different tips and tricks in styles. I want this to happen again and again so I can be there each time! LOVED this!” – Ryanne Kenzie

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// CREDITS //

Teachers: Cassi Claire, Kay English, and Jessica OH • Venue: Inn at Fernbrook Farms • Cakes: Hudson Cakery • Styling: Hanalulu Co and Winifred + Rose • Florals: Viburnum Designs and Green Lace Lion • Gowns: Sarah Seven, Alexandra Grecco, and Enaura Bridal • Hair & Makeup: Sissi Chan and Lighten Up Salon (Mary) • Invitations: Bella Carta Boutique and Sincerely, Jackie • And finally our sponsors & friends: Red Tree Albums •  Dream State TotesKelly Moore Bag • Fundy Designer17 HatsVSCO FilmMillers Lab

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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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It was so fun to photograph this elegant and timeless NYC wedding at the Waldorf Astoria with my good friend Lindsay Madden. I loooved the sweet First Look outside the Waldorf and the portraits outside the New York Public Library. Everything about this wedding day screams New York! <3

That One Way sign ain’t lying!

We were so thankful to the NYPD for helping with traffic – apparently everyone loves a bride & groom!!!

The New York Public Library is probably my favorite building in all of NYC! It’s just so perfect!

Check out Lindsay’s blog post here to see her perspective of the day and the vendor credits!

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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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Congrats to Will & Shirley whose wedding was featured on Wedding Chicks today!!! In the words of WC…“Simple, fun and elegant. Shirley + Will’s adorable pink and white nuptials were all that and more, and having planned their entire day in only 6 months, we say it couldn’t have turned out more charming!” Click the photo to see more!

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I’m so excited to finally share this gorgeous Hopewell Valley Vineyards wedding that I photographed with my good friend Mikkel Paige! Whenever Mikkel and I work together we have SO MUCH FUN! The sarcasm runs wild and my cheeks literally hurt from laughing all day long. Sam and Cesalie’s wedding day was a stress-free and relaxed as they come. I think the vineyard, eh hem…wine, has that affect on people! Check out this soft and romantic Hopewell Valley Vineyards Wedding in Pennington, NJ! :)

Mikkel and I playing an epic game of “Who Wants to be a Mega-Creep” while setting up for Sam and Cesalie’s First Look! Obviously photo credit to Mikkel for the photo of me on the right! ;)

Funny story…Chris and I actually visited here while we were “venue shopping” for our own wedding venue. We loved the idea of a vineyard wedding! Since it didn’t work out for us to host our wedding at Hopewell Valley, I was SO happy to have the chance to live vicariously through them! :)

Check out Mikkel’s blog post here to see her perspective of the day and the vendor credits!

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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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