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


You hear the phrase “ideal client” thrown around a lot in the photography industry…how to attract the ideal client, does your ideal client know you exist…and to be honest, the phrase always seemed a little silly to me. I genuinely get along with most people, so how could any one person define “ideal client?”  Keri, you are the definition of my ideal client. I will never forget opening one of her first emails…

“I have literally been looking for a photographer for months. I have researched and met with numerous photographers but none of them felt quite right. The photographer I booked for the engagement shoot was just wonderful, but merely days after our shoot she moved across the country and its too expensive to fly her out. You are exactly what I have been looking for.”

Gasp. I remember reading that out loud to my husband and squealing with excitement! I knew I would love Keri just from the way she wrote her emails…like she wrote “Thanks!” and not “thx” – and because she “laughed” in her emails like I do. Not “lol” but literally writing out “hahaha” in the middle of a sentence and not caring that it’s not grammatically correct. And my email-foo proved strong when we got together at Panera for lunch and wedding talk. We paused our laughter for only a few seconds to go over the event timeline…and I’m pretty sure Dan found some way to make that funny as well!

Shortly after we met, Keri and her wonderful friend Krista started a much-needed blog for us east coasters called The East Coast Bride. Now that we were both “officially” in the wedding industry, we had even more fun together! Including working together on a styled shoot that was featured on StyleMePretty (swoon!). Keri and Krista are incredible event planners as well…which leads me to the wedding! The event of all events! After visualizing Keri’s dream wedding through email descriptions, it was AMAZING to see it all come to life!

I almost cried when I saw these cuff links for the father-of-the-bride. But was quickly made happy by these Bagley Mischka shoes…and I’m drooling again.

Swoon-worthy invitations via Wedding Paper Divas. But of course, being the crafty woman she is, Keri swapped out the white envelopes for pink and grey, created the custom chevron monogram, and bought bakers twine to tie them all together.

Ohmygosh, I just love these beautiful ladies!

Thank you to Lauren Allison for being my incredibly incredible second shooter, and for snatching these AWESOME shots of Dan and his men! They truly capture Dan’s personality!

I still cannot believe that these programs were a DIY project! They are hand stitched with burlap! Keri, I want to hire you to design my life! :)

Apparently in England, it is customary to serve refreshments after the ceremony (according to Keri’s British reverend!). I can only imagine Keri’s face lighting up when she was presented with the idea of including lemonade in her wedding day! :)

I just had to include these photos because they speak so loudly of who Keri is. Yes, she is a girly girl and yes she loves pink (obvi). But she is also a runner. Like, a runner runner. And Dan knows that better than anyone, which is why he proposed to her over a pair of new running shoes! It was the day before her birthday and he surprised her with the gift-wrapped shoe box. After opening the gift, he told her to check and make sure he got the right ones. As she reached into the box, she froze. Tied to the shoelaces was a glittering, round diamond ring…

“I stood there, frozen, as he untied the ring and got down on one knee. I couldn’t believe my eyes so I just kept saying no. Not no, I don’t want to marry you, but nooo I can’t believe this is happening right now. I finally managed to mutter a yes, distracted by my newly glittering hand.” -Keri

But before Dan, Keri enjoyed her love of running with her father. To this day they still run marathons together.

The Madison Hotel is one of my favorite new venues, thanks to its giant room full of glass windows! And I love love love all of Keri’s garden-inspired details! 


Had to include at least one shot of the two lovely East Coast Bride ladies! :)

Recognize the couple below left? It was so much fun to see Dan and Gill again after their gorgeous May wedding!! :)

Credits // Photography: Cassi Claire // Ceremony: St. Stephen’s Church // Reception Venue: The Madison Hotel // The Dress: James Clifford via Dressed to the Nines // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid // Bridesmaids’ Hangers: Bragging Bags // Guys’ Blazers + Khakis: Jos. A. Bank // Guys’ Ties: The Laughing Giraffe // Florist: Metropolitan Plant & Flower Exchange // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Cuff links: Namedrops // Programs, Placecards, and Thank-You Cards: The East Coast Bride Event Design // Ceremony Musicians: John Schucker (organ) and Krista Jadro (flute) // DJ: D’Amico Entertainment // Lantern centerpieces: Pier 1 // Table numbers: DIY // The End!

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  • August 3, 2012 - 3:10 PM

    Lauren Bond - These pictures are gorgeous!! Such a wonderful day and what a fun photographer you were!!ReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2012 - 4:05 PM

      Cassi Claire - Awww Lauren thank you so much for your sweet comment!! It was sooo awesome getting to know you and your beautiful family! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 5:55 PM

    Evie McNerney Scalera - just beautiful work cassie!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 6:44 PM

    Keri Calabrese - Thank you Cassi, it’s just gorgeous! I can’ stop looking and re-reading : ).ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 7:55 PM

    Amy Rizzuto - BEAUTIFUL CASSI! I absoultly LOVE this wedding and how you captured it :)ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 9:05 PM

    Steph - Ahh what a GORGEOUS wedding! Fab, fab work as usual Cassi! Just loved all of the feminine, DIY details. Beauty beauty beauty.ReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2012 - 9:59 PM

      Cassi Claire - Thanks so much Steph!! I love seeing your name pop up in comments, you are always SO encouraging!! I really appreciate it! xo!! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 10:30 PM

    Dale Polizzi-Jack - Absolutely gorgeous! Cassi you are so talented! Can’t wait to have a wedding in our family:)ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 10:41 PM

    Jainé Kershner - absolutely gorgeous cassi! what a beautiful bride and lovely wedding!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2012 - 3:06 PM

    Judie Zevack Castro - Love how beautiful captured this wedding was! You rocked it as always girl!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2012 - 8:43 PM

    Ana Maria Batista Verrusio - Cassie, the pictures are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 12:57 PM

    Bobby Bulger - This is some of the best wedding photography I have ever seen in my life. This is a true work of art these photos and very clever!!! WOW! Impressed!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2012 - 9:45 AM

    Rima - Cassi, WONDERFUL!!!!! this incredibly beautiful wedding, expressed through your lens, your words and your presentation, along with the amazing creativity of the bride, just makes me want to look and look and look with smiles, admiration, and appreciation. Bravo to you and your talent! (oh and gosh I love the pink)ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2012 - 4:52 PM

      Cassi Claire - Ohmyword, RIMA!!! This comment just brought a GAINT smile to my face!! I am so touched by your words!! I can’t wait to see you again at the end of the month at the creativeLIVE NYC event!! xo! :)ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2013 - 2:49 PM

    CANOE BROOK COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING | JIMMY CHOO | LIGHT BLUE | Cassi Claire - […] their *almost* born baby in the belly! It was a reunion of familiar faces (some of Keri’s bridesmaids and some models from our styled shoots) – and it makes me want to be BFFs with them all! […]ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2014 - 8:16 PM

    Mikkel - Love seeing this too! Yup, you’ve come so far, girl!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • July 4, 2015 - 11:48 AM

    VERONA PARK WEDDING, NJ WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | Cassi Claire - […] favorite part of this wedding day was seeing TWO of my past couples!!! Keri (in hot pink) and Dan on the right, and Arielle (in floral print) and Joe on the left!! My only […]ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 6:27 PM

    Cassi Claire - Thank you soooo much Evie!! It was such a great day! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 7:57 PM

    Cassi Claire - Mission accomplished!! I meant every word! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2012 - 8:08 PM

    Cassi Claire - Thank you so much @[73200640:2048:Amy]!! xo! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2012 - 1:35 AM

    Cassi Claire - Thank you thank you darling!! She certainly was beautiful! So classy!! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2012 - 1:36 AM

    Cassi Claire - Aww thanks Dale!! It would be sooo so fun to photograph any wedding in your gorgeous family!! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2012 - 3:17 PM

    Cassi Claire - Aww thanks @[581361008:2048:Judie]!! I heart you and can’t wait for our cupcake date soon!! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 12:59 AM

    Cassi Claire - Thank you Ana!! It was sooo nice to meet you and get to talk to you for a second at the wedding! I always love to meet fellow red heads! :)ReplyCancel

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