I love the whole premise of Photo Field Trip: photographers in nature (instead of a stuffy classroom), surrounded by other creatives, learning in yurts, adventures through fields, hikes to play with baby goats, campfire smell everywhere…it’s so wonderful! After last year’s experience (see Part I and Part II), I knew I had to return this year if for no other reason than to see what California is like without a monsoon! Um, it’s AMAZING!! Sooo much SUNSHINE! :)
Wish I had found the time to make a camera strap…oh well, next time!
How awesome is TOMS?! They gave each of us one of their very first ever TOMS backpacks and a pair of killer TOMS sunglasses! I especially love the bag because it supports pregnant women across the globe by providing them with a safe birth kit. Each year, over 40 million women give birth without the help of a trained birthing attendant. In TOMS amazing “one-for-one” business practice, each bag purchased will provide a safe birth kit for another mom-to-be. Read more about it here!
Meet my adorable friend Sidney Morgan – the queen of living adventurously! :)
The adorable Martha Swann was so fun to photograph!
This stunning beauty is Keetch Miller – a wonderful family photographer in NY!
You’ve already met my travel buddy Mikkel Paige, but isn’t she adorable?! Love the pink hair!
Funny story: I was just walking around meeting new people and this beauty was standing and talking to a friend in this MAGNIFICENT lighting…I just had to stop and take her portrait. Alison Henrie, thanks for humoring me! Oh and you have got to go check out her website – if you hover over her cartoon selfie at the top, she winks at you! TOO CUTE! :)
And then the best thing ever happened, Christopher arrived!!! YAYYYY!! I was so excited to show him around El Capitan Canyon since he’s heard so much about it!
And he got to feed a donkey, so I think he was pretty happy too! Although in this particular photo I think he was mostly concerned about keeping his fingers safe! ;)
The third and final installment of our California trip is coming soon!
The real title of this should be “that time 5 girls and their 7 (8?) bags of luggage sardined themselves (yes, I used sardines as a verb) in a BMW and drove across the desert” … but I thought that seemed a little winded.
This past March, I flew out to Vegas to meet a bunch of photo friends for WPPI (an annual photography conference). We came, we partied, we saw pretty sample albums…it was awesome! But the real adventure began when we over-packed a BMW and drove from Vegas to Photo Field Trip in Santa Barbara, CA!
We stopped at the oh-so-gorgeous Red Rock Canyon just outside of Vegas, and it blew my mind! I’ve never seen such beautiful terrain!
Meet my good friend Mikkel Paige! She’s an explorer extraordinaire with a heart of gold. We planned this whole adventure together and along the way added 3 other ladies to join us on this crazy trip of a lifetime!
Amy Emily, from Boston, is an absolute gem! When a simple lunch date turns into a 9 hour marathon, you know you’ve got a real keeper!
Chelsea Brown, from Detroit, answered our social media call for a 4th person to join our car. It was so great having another adventure-seeking photographer to share the fun with!
Our suuuuper last minute addition, and she *almost* didn’t fit, was Justine Milton from Canada! We instantly bonded over Gilmore Girls at a fun group dinner at Wolfgang Puck, and without her I don’t think I could have stayed awake the whole drive. If you ever need someone to keep you peppy at 2:00 a.m. on a boring highway, Justine is your girl!
Thank you girls for a truly unforgettable-crazy-insane-pothole-infused-adventure!!
After a long and amazing adventure in California (pictures to come soon!!), I’m finally back to the frigid northeast! I’m dreaming of summertime and reliving my brother’s BEAUTIFUL Cape May wedding day through today’s feature on Artfully Wed! Sunshine, laughter, and an ocean breeze…mmmm yeah!
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It’s always fun waking up to AWESOME emails! Like finding out you won an Editor’s Choice award for getting your work published so much in 2015! As much as I’d love to fluff my own feathers and take all the credit, it actually has very little to do with me. Sure editor’s look for clean and beautiful photography, but more importantly, they look for beautiful wedding decor that will inspire future brides-to-be! I just watched the Oscar’s so I’m in a very acceptance-speech-giving-mood soooo…I’d like to
thank the academy share this award with every florist that created a world of beauty, every planner that spent countless hours bring the entire day together, every designer who created gowns to die for, every venue that works so hard to create an experience guests will never forget, and most importantly, every couple who shared their love story with me. I, fo reals, love you guys! :)
“The Editors’ Choice Awards honor Two Bright Lights’ members whose talent was continually recognized by top print magazines, blogs and ezines. Your hard work and commitment to getting published places you among the top 5% featured, from a community made up of over 40,000 photographers and event professionals.”
EEEEE!!! Time for my favorite post of the year!! I got a little sappy while writing my Best of 2014: Engagements post a few days ago, so I’m going to try to be a little more put together today. Key word being…try. This has been a record-breaking year for both me and Christopher (if you are new to the blog, that’s my hubs!). We traveled to TWELVE destinations this year including Paris, Venice, Florence, and several states across the US. We gave up the Brooklyn life to purchase our first home and are now NJ residents again (welcome back, Taylor Ham!). I had my first BIG magazine publication in The Knot New Jersey magazine! And I was so blessed to have been able to photograph 16 AAAAAMAZING weddings!
As someone who not only owns but wears Crocs (don’t worry, they’re the cute-ish ones!), my dream has always been to photograph mostly farm, vineyard, and estate weddings. This year that dream came true! Some of my favorite venues were the Wainwright House, Red Maple Vineyard, the Inn at Westwood Farms, the Highlands Country Club, Congress Hall, and Prospect Park in Brooklyn! This has been a year for dreaming big, working hard, laughing harder, and soaking in the light (spiritually and literally)! :)
My jaw dropped when I first saw this reception tent!
One of my favorite moments! SO MUCH JOY!!
Obsessed with this ring!!
Oh hey Donkey.
Cocktail hour with lawn games is my favorite!
Ya’ll know how much I love First Looks…I’m such a sap!
Hollaaaaaa! We married!
The Madison Hotel Conservatory is so glowy beautiful on a sunny day! Gorgeous ladies!!
To my couples: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to become a part of your lives and share your love story with the world. I look forward to many game nights, BBQs, and overall shenanigans in the future! xoxo!!
PS: If you made it all the way to the bottom of this post, you’ve earned this behind-the-scenes gem! ;)
I can’t believe another year has come and gone! It feels like I was in this place just yesterday…you know the place…the place of anxiously awaiting the warmth and the smell of springtime! Because springtime means it’s engagement photos season and soon after that comes wedding season! EEEEE!! But before I get too excited for 2015, I’d like to give a proper salute to 2014. What an incredible year it was! I made so many new awesome couple friends and was blown away by their love for each other. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to be a small part of so many great love stories – to add these fleeting moments in time to a permanent memory bank. It’s just so surreal!
To my incredible couples: Thank you for making me fall more in love with what I do each day, for inviting me into your lives, and for keeping me smiling all year round! xoxox! <3
Gentle kisses and snuggles!
2014 was the year of puppies! I love when couples include their fur babies in their engagement photos! SO CUTE!
Photographing love in Venice, Italy is probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done!
Unless you count photographing love in Florence too! ;)
And it may not be Italy, but Saratoga NY is one of my favorite places on earth – so it was a dream come true to photograph an engagement session there in 2014! :)
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens engagement session!
Drinking wine on a Manhattan rooftop? Yup, also pretty dang magical!
One of my favorite and most delicious venue choices was Taqueria in Jersey City! Tacos are the new cupcake! :)
Drinking vintage Coca-Cola on the Brooklyn Bridge pier!
An engagement session is not complete without some sort of yummy snack – like these whoopie pies from One Girl Cookie!
Oh and THAT RING THOUGH!
Dancing in the cobblestone streets of downtown Brooklyn = magic!
Raise your glass and toast to a just-as-amazing 2015 season!! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year!!
If you’d like to book a session with your love (engagement, anniversary, couple), send me an email!! email@example.com
Best of 2014 Weddings – coming soon!
Hooray! I’m sooo excited to see Nicole and Oscar’s gorgeous summer wedding featured on the Wedding Chicks blog! Their pink and gold wedding at the Wainwright House was simply perfect! As I look out the window onto the snow and ice waiting for me on my driveway, I just can’t stop day-dreaming about the warmth and smiles awaiting me this 2015 wedding season! :)
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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/holiday vacation! If you’re real lucky, you’re still eating left over Christmas ham sandwiches like me! ;)
Today, I am blogging my last wedding of the season, and I just can’t stop thinking about how much fun this day was! John and Max are two of the coolest kids in town – gorgeous, funny, full of joy and love, and so genuine! Their Madison Hotel wedding included a sunset ceremony in a beautiful glass conservatory, the coolest bouquets ever, and the most unique approach to a “First Look” I’ve ever seen! :)
Max and John love all things vintage, handmade, romantic and slightly rustic. I love how they incorporated their vision into every aspect of the day, down to the tiniest detail – including this awesome display of the Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue tradition! :)
Isn’t she GORGEOUS!?!
Max was so good to share her spotlight with her completely adorable niece Brianna!
Look at those eyes!!
John also got ready at the Madison Hotel. Huge thank you to my incredible second shooter Leandra for capturing such great memories of John! How cool are these pocket watches he gifted to all his groomsmen?! #iwantone
Both John and Max opted to have “First Looks” with their parents…how stinkin’ sweet!
On a cold November day, this conservatory full of sunshine was an answer to prayer for the girls!
SO MUCH PRETTINESS!
I told you these bouquets were awesome! The curly willow, pea pod, and burlap combination is just so cool!
Max carried photos of loved ones down the aisle with her…
If you follow my blog at all, you know I’ve been looooving the “bestie profile pic” part of the day lately! It’s just so fun!
I don’t normally include family photos in my blog posts, but this is one sharp looking family and their colors are totally keeping my Christmas spirit alive! ;)
I’ve been calling this the “Anti-First-Look” but I’m open to name suggestions! Here’s the story…their ceremony was scheduled for sunset and they really wanted beautiful daylight portraits together, but they didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! We decided to have a ton of fun and get real creative with ways to get awesome photos of them with their siblings, wedding party, and alone…without catching a glimpse of each other!
It was so fun to have all the wedding party there!
No peeking John!
Everyone was in tears!
Hooray! Congratulations John and Max!! Love this moment of joy! <3
The Madison Hotel’s historic interior was so great for post-ceremony group photos since it was pitch black outside! Oh November, you and your early sunsets!
Max and John created homemade Chimichurri sauce favors (YUM!) and a vinyl record guest book. Each guest signs the record at their table and the couple will have a totally unique “guest book!”
Max’s first dance with her father had everyone in tears! He surprised Max with a recorded version of himself singing their first dance song…not only was it incredibly emotional, but he’s also insanely talented! Blew everyone away!
Friends were celebrating from all ends of the earth! :)
I love being able to show my couples a slideshow of some of their wedding photos on the wedding day, and apparently they love it too! :)
I was soooo not ready to have my dance skills tested, but you can’t turn down the groom! ;)
What an incredible day! Max and John, you are both so beautiful inside and out! I’m so happy to know you and I know that this day was just the beginning of your happily ever after! xoxoxox!
Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: The Madison Hotel // Flowers: AW Flowers // Bride’s Dress & Veil: L’Fay Bridal // Rings: West Essex Jewelers // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: East West Bridals // Groom’s & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Hair & Make-up: Toni & Guy Hoboken // Invitations: DesignedWithAmore // Reception Entertainment: The Oasis // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!
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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