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

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  • Well, hey there good lookin'! Welcome to one of my dearest places on the world wide web, the home of all my favorite photos! Feel free to click around and get to know me a bit better! I'll give you a head start...I'm addicted to cereal, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and sushi. I’m married to the most incredible man in the world, and we live in Brooklyn with our two kitties. I love LOVE and smiles, and I can't wait to hear your love story!

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THE KNOT NEW JERSEY: DONNA + OLEG

The doorbell rang. “What did I order?” I thought. My mind immediately tried to bring up a screenshot of my email inbox from memory. I tried to picture any “Your Amazon order has shipped” notifications as I walked to the front door. As the delivery man handed me the box, I quickly searched the label before signing and saw “The Knot New Jersey” was the shipper. I knew this would be coming for a few months now, but I had no idea exactly when to expect it. I knew that inside the box would be a copy of the newest edition of The Knot NJ wedding magazine (Fall/Winter 2014 issue), and I frantically grabbed the scissors and ran to the couch. (Kids, don’t run with scissors). I turned the pages quickly at first, but reminded myself to slow down seeing as the feature of Donna & Oleg’s wedding wouldn’t just disappear if I took too long to find it. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long…there it was on page 77 (out of 496).

I can’t explain it and I surprised myself, but I was overcome with emotion and I felt…proud. I just sat there alone in my living room staring at my photos and instead of picturing my inbox, I was remembering a time almost 4 years ago when I said “Maybe someday I’ll have my photos in a magazine…maybe.” In what felt like an hour (but was probably only 60 seconds), I relived flashes of my struggles, my first bookings, the laughter, the tears, and all that has brought me to this moment. And all I could do was cry. Not like ugly-cry-my-life-is-over kind of crying…just a few single tears rolled down my cheek. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. I know, I know, it’s just a magazine. But, it symbolizes so much. So many dreams, so much hard work, so many sacrifices…

When I came back to reality, I laughed out loud at myself for crying, and patted myself on the back. Literally. Like, I actually patted my own back. Yup. #toosoonforthestraightjacket?

Obviously none of this would be possible without Donna and Oleg’s AMAZING wedding planning skills! How stinkin’ cute are all of their personal touches?!

Thank you to all of the family, friends, and wedding professionals who came together to create such an epic wedding day! :)

Leandra Brown - Congratulations Cassi! That’s Awesome! I’m so happy for you!

Laura Vis - Cassi. This is just too precious! I’m sooooo happy for you! Congrats, you deserve it!

Julie Olsen Frerichs - Great Story and spread….. love it! Now send all your NJ Brides over to Uptown Art : Denville for any Girls night or day event….we would love to host them. http://www.UptownArt.com/Denville

Katie Rae - WOOHOO! Cassi, this is amazing, and you should be proud. This is super exciting. :)

Ronni Ross-The Knot - Congratulations Cassi. Your work inspires our brides and we are so happy to see Donna and Oleg’s wedding at The Inn at Fernbrook Farms featured in the new issue of The Knot NJ – Congratulations to you all the vendors who participated!!

Kelley Bruso - Yay! So happy for you Cassi!! I cried happy tears just reading that! :)

Mikkel Paige - Amazing!!!! So incredibly proud of you! Looks incredible in print and they were lucky to have you photograph their day!

HIGHLANDS COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING: MATT + CHRISTIE

I have been dying to share this wedding since the moment I began my drive home after the reception ended. You may remember Matt + Christie from their light-filled West Village engagement session last year. It seems the time between then and their wedding date was insanely productive, because they created one of the most gorgeous weddings I’ve ever seen! Christie’s Martha Stewart inspired vision was executed perfectly. The couple chose to marry at the Church of St. Joachim-St. John in Beacon, NY, while the rest of the wedding day was celebrated at the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY. How gorgeous is her Theia laser cut petal wedding dress?! It’s the same one Amanda Seyfried wore in The Big Wedding!

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I’m a sucker for a good pair of Jimmy Choo’s a wedding day!

One of my favorite wedding day memories! As Christie was putting on her finishing touches, her lovely maids couldn’t contain their excitement!

Special thank you to my AAAMAZING second photographer, Lauren, for capturing Matt and his groomsmen at Whistling Willies. Matt chose to get ready earlier in the day and spend his “getting ready photo time” at the bar with his best buds! I loved this idea so much!

Obsessed with these gorgeous bridesmaids dresses and colorful bouquets!

Such pretty ladies!!

And the men aren’t too bad either! :)

Easily one of my all time favorite wedding party photos! Magical, magical light!

Christie, you are too beautiful!! I gasped when I saw this photo!

Love, love, love!

How adorable is this escort card display?! The mini pink clothes-pins are so cute!

In LOVE with this reception decor! I wish I could work with The Rosery Flower Shop at every wedding!

The couple set up a beautiful display of their family members on their wedding days past. So sweet!

Naked cake!! Woo hoo!

Cocktail hour at the Highlands Country Club!

Jackie, Christie’s sister, KILLED IT with her toast! “I was looking on Google for tips on how to write a speech and all the searches said I should keep it to 3-5 minutes. I was like ‘Ummm, how am I supposed to fit in my dance routine in 5 minutes?!'” 

When guests needed a break from the dance floor, they could take their drinks out to the lawn and relax by the fire. It was the perfect night!

And of course, selfie with the newlyweds! Huge thank you to Christie and Matt for inviting me to be a part of their wedding adventure! xoxo! :)

CREDITS // Ceremony: Church of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist // Officiant: Uncle Tony // Reception Venue: Highlands Country Club // Floral Designer: The Rosery Flower Shop // The Dress: Theia via Angela’s Bridal // The Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Wedding Rings & Pearl Bracelet: Hannoush Jewelers // Veil & Sash: Angela’s Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August, Rachel Pally, Amsale, Aidan Mattox, BCBG Maxazria // Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Watch: Raymond Weil // Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank // Hair & Makeup: Ambiance Salon and Day Spa // Bride’s Makeup: Amanda Filli // Transportation: Silver Star Limousine // Invitations: Lion in the Sun // Table Numbers, Card Box, Guestbook: Morgann Hill Designs // Escort Card Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cathy // Escort Card Display: Floras Avenue // Favors: Kiss My Cake // Wedding Cake: Molly Gallo // Entertainment: L.I. Nights Entertainment // Videography: Oakjo Wedding Films // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!

Leandra - Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous Cassi!!

Amanda Leah Filli - Breathtaking pictures! Christy is such a natural beauty and was a pleasure to work for. I love the entire esthetic…the eclectic mix of texture in a neutral pallet looks stunning in all the photos. Those dresses!!!

Jackie Suzanne - I really cannot stop looking at these!!!!!! They are the best pictures !!!!!!!

Sarah Schwartz - BEAUTIFUL pictures and BEAUTIFUL couple!!

Michelle Lange - LOVE everything about this wedding! The details are to die for :)

Cassi Claire - Thank you so much Michelle and Leandra! I’m obsessed with everything this adorable couple planned! :)

CENTRAL PARK ENGAGEMENT: BRIAN + CATHY

Brian and Cathy have known each other since high school. They may not have dated in high school, but their relationship was definitely foreshadowed long before it began! Over 6 years ago, before they were even dating, they were walking around Central Park and thought it would be fun to walk through the park pretending they just got engaged! I can only imagine the level of flirting between them during that make-believe scene! Fast forward a few years, Brian wanted to make that scene a reality. They had officially been dating for a year and a half when Brian sent a town car to pick up Cathy and deliver her to Central Park. This time the proposal was real and the two walked all around the park in their own little bubble of love! Naturally, they chose to do their engagement photos in Central Park as well! :)

The Bow Bridge is so iconic and is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole park!

Cathy, you are too stinkin’ gorgeous!

Love this moment down by the willow trees!

Those LASHES!! #lashenvy

We could not have had prettier lighting! The golden sunlight was bouncing off the lake behind them giving them an almost magical glow! Swoon!

Meet Brian, the least camera shy man I’ve ever met! Adorable!

Flitting through pages of their old yearbook was the perfect way to end the session! I seriously cannot wait for their epic high school reunion…er, I mean, WEDDING! ;)

Laura Stankiewicz - Absolutely beautiful! It’s easy with people that beautiful

Michelle Stoker Photography - This is adorable!! Love the yearbook at the end :)

BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN ENGAGEMENT: SCOTT + KATHLEEN

Scott and Kathleen had an almost instant love connection. They met on e-harmony, as many couples do these days. After one year of dating, Scott was so confident that he had found “the one” that he proposed in the place where they had their first date! Kathleen joyfully accepted (obvi), and the couple now lives in Brooklyn! What better way to celebrate their love than with a spring-time visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden! We may have missed the cherry blossoms, but everything was still gorgeous!!

Love love love this one!!

The rose garden was absolutely beautiful!

One of my favorite moments of the day! Scott pretending he had the strength the resist Kathleen’s charm! 

But he lost in the end! :)

I seriously cannot wait until the wedding this October!! It’s going to be amazing! :)

THREE VILLAGE INN WEDDING: GEORGE + MARY

I remember being so excited while listening to Mary and George tell me their love story over coffee at Le Pain Quotidien. Finally, another girl who said “I love you” first! We both told our fellas that we loved them around the one-year mark in our relationships! I felt like I was meeting my long-lost soul sister! :)

Mary and George had one goal for their wedding: it needed to be easy for guests so they could have fun and enjoy the day! One of the ways they made things easy was to keep all the wedding events in one location. The getting ready time, ceremony, and reception were all held at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook, NY.

Obsessed with these rings!

Mary gave each of her girls an etched glass to remember the day!

Emotion filled the room…

Mary, are you for real?! You are way tooooo gorgeous!

Thanks to the lovely Tina Elizabeth for assisting me all day long and for spending the morning with George! Love these two images!

It had been raining all morning and the forecast predicted that it would keep raining all day and night. Knowing the forecast, I asked some prayer warrior friends of mine to pray that the sun would come out even if just for 10 minutes during our portrait time with the couple! Well, God is good and we had sunshine for the entire First Look and portrait time!! :)

STUNNING!

Obsessed with these florals – such great colors! Can you believe this is a Whole Foods bouquet?! They have an entire department for weddings and events!

Succulents are pretty much my new favorite thing, so I love that Mary and George gave them as wedding favors!

Such a cute photo “booth” idea!

This little boy was WORKING IT for my camera! 

I guess we should have been praying against rain during the ceremony too, but Mary and George know how to enjoy any situation! :)

Thankfully the Three Village Inn had this pretty white wall lying around so we could still capture all the family and wedding party photos. Rain, you lose.

Simply magical!

Love this super sweet moment between Mary’s mom and George’s mom…

When time allows for it during the wedding day, I try to surprise all of my couples with a same-day slideshow of some of their wedding highlights! They loooove it!  Then, I put the slideshow by the bar or cake table so guests can see it too! :)

It’s not a good night if people don’t end up rolling around on the floor!

CREDITS // Venue: Three Village Inn // Officiant: Sarah Gutmann // Florals: Wholefoods Market // Bride’s Dress: Bridal Reflections // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Rings: Tacori & HL Gross // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff // Men’s Attire: Mens Warehouse // Hair & Make-Up Artist: Make-Up Artistry Long Island // Invitations, Escort Cards, Menu Cards: Wedding Paper Divas // Table Numbers & Favors: DIY // Guestbook: Albumeria // DJ: Long Island Sound // Cake: Rolling Pin Bakery // The End!

Jeanne Ginsberg - I am soaking up these photographs remembering the beautiful day. Are there more photos??? How do we order them? Jeanne

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JERSEY CITY ENGAGEMENT: ALAN + ILIZA

I feel like me, Iliza, Alan, and Waverly (their pup) need to start a curly hair club! For reals though, these two are so stinkin’ adorable! They met through mutual friends and their relationship evolved into a life together full of laughter and joy! As you can tell from the photos below, Iliza is one of the happiest people on earth and I’m sure most of the credit goes to Alan! Their joy is contagious and my face actually hurt by the end of the session from laughing so much! This wedding can’t come soon enough! :)

“Hey guys…why don’t you stand here and snuggle, and I’ll…um…stand over here in the shrubbery…” = story of my life!

Alan proposed with the ring in this pink pouch in the very spot where Iliza is standing!

I always encourage couples to find unique ways to make their engagement session personal, and I have to say getting tacos was definitely a first! Alan and Iliza ate at Taqueria in Jersey City almost every week for years! They love this place, and I can see why. Not only is it adorable, but the tacos are amazing! If you go, you must try the chorizo one!

Me too, sign. Me too.

I think this photos sums up our entire day…nothing but giggles!!

I’m so happy that Waverly was able to join us for some photos! Isn’t she adorable?!

Yay group photo, selfie style! You don’t even want to know the amount of effort it took us to get this photo! [Note to self: start bringing tripod to engagement sessions.] Iliza and Alan, I seriously cannot wait for the big day! It’s going to be amazing!

Grace Adams Weitzer - Love these!

Bernadette Harkins Fitelson - So adorable!

Laura Mahoney - Fab photos!!

Annie Franzen - Perfectly them!! Such fun, and such happiness.

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