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PROSPECT PARK PICNIC HOUSE WEDDING: COLIN + MEG

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!

WESTCHESTER WEDDING PLANNER: ROBB + MICHELLE

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 cassi@cassiclaire.com for your Hudson Valley wedding! :)

View their original blog post here!

 

UPPER EAST SIDE ENGAGEMENT: ADAM + SHARI

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!

Those views!

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! :)

PARK AVENUE CLUB WEDDING: SCOTT + KATHLEEN

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!

View their engagement session!

Helen Nugent - Cassi, you are a genius!!! The pictures are terrific and I love the way you present everything. Can’t wait to see them all.

So glad you found a home in NJ. Good luck with the move.

Thank you and your husband. You are a terrific team. So very glad you gave us so many beautiful moments of a spectacular weekend. Great memories to cherish forever.

Hope to see you again.

Helen Nugent

Mary Robinson - Thanks so much for sharing, as I was home awaiting “Baby Wyatt” and unable to join in the festivities! How beautiful and love the picture from “Short Hills Home” Great idea! xo Mary Jo

Lauren Ashurst Politi - Cassie you were so great that day and what amazing photos you took!

IGNITE: A FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP HOSTED BY NYC SPARK

I’m quite a bit late in blogging this, seeing as today is the final day for applications…but it’s never too late to get excited for a FREE photography workshop! I’m so stinkin’ happy to be a part of this amazing free workshop experience designed to help photographers grow their new business! We all started our careers with big dreams and little resources, which is why it is so important to us to give back to the local photography community. If you are a fellow dreamer ready to take the next step, we’d love for you to join us at IGNITE!

Spark Ignite Workshop 2014


To apply for one of the limited spaces available, click here
To learn more, join the facebook group!

Let the countdown begin! :)

DUMBO ENGAGEMENT: RYAN + PAMELA

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!

Sooo adorable!

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

 

Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - ADORABLE, Cassi! I LOVE this. And her dress twirl at the end is epic! xo

The House of Makeup - Amazing work Cassie! The photos look amazing! The House of Makeup is very excited to work with you at the wedding. Let the count down begin!

EVERY LAST DETAIL: BRENDAN + JENNA

What a great day today has been! We beat the rain at today’s engagement session, and Jenna + Brendan’s wedding has been featured on Every Last Detail! Thank you so much to the fabulous Lauren Grove for the feature!! Congratulations to this super fun couple for having some serious planning skills! Jenna gave some great planning tips in this featured post – check it out!

INN AT WESTWOOD FARM WEDDING, ORANGE VA: MATT + HEATHER

If I could photograph only farm weddings from now until eternity, I’d have a life of bliss! The beauty of nature, the adorable animals, and the golden sunlight keep me swooning! Matt and Heather hosted their wedding at the Inn at Westwood Farm in Orange, VA. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect day! Plus, it was a super fun reunion for Chris and I! We both used to work with the bride Heather and her bridesmaid Kerri at CAMP-of-the-WOODS in the Adirondack mountains of NY! Kerri and I were actually pen-pals for a long time and then roomies for a couple years. I loved getting to celebrate with them all day, and witness the love between Heather and her new husband Matt. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner in crime for Heather!

Meet Giselle – the most adorable donkey I’ve ever seen! We’ll see more of her later! :)

How cute are these little Toms the ring bearer wore? Uh-dorable!

Love all the girls reactions to seeing Heather in her wedding dress!

Heather’s dad was looking so stylish with his bowtie!

So sweet and beautiful!

Matt and his groomsmen spent the morning at the Inn on Poplar Hill, which had the perfect southern front porch!

These short cotton bridesmaids’ dresses were perfect for a farm wedding!

This sail cloth tent was amazing! It feels so grand yet still so inviting…

Guests hanging out with Giselle before the ceremony! Also, the groom’s parents built that arbor themselves – isn’t it amazing?! I could never do that!

Matt and Heather chose to plant a tree to symbolize their unity. Like a tree, a marriage must have strong roots and resilience against all weather and storms. You can read more about it here!

It was like the sun was waiting all day just for this moment!

Looooooooove this perfect moment! Donkey, sunset, couple in love…check, check, check!

Guests enjoyed cocktails at the barn, games of corn-hole and croquet, and a magical sunset!

We were spoiled by this fantastic blue grass band all night long!

The couple exited through a tunnel of sparklers and cheers! Heather and Matt, thank you so much for inviting me into this time in your lives! May your marriage be full of love and adventure! :)

Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Inn at Westwood Farms // Catering: Harvest Moon // Groom Prep Location: Inn on Poplar Hill // Officiant: Joseph Cole // Flowers: Earl Price (grown by Fishers) // Ceremony Arbore: Mitch and Marty Fisher (Groom’s parents) // Hair & Make-Up: Carrie Coffin // Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal via Belle Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Zigi Soho // Engagement Ring: Helzberg Diamonds // Wedding Rings: Reed’s Jewelers // Ring carrier: DIY Bobby Phillips // Necklace: Cutterstone // Earrings: GemsbyKelley // Bracelet: Lizix26 // Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Sseko Sandals // Groom’s Attire: Joseph A Bank // Invitations: Michael’s // Table Numbers & Escort Cards: DIY // Favors: Blue Sky Oil and Vinegar // Reception Entertainment: Bellevue Rhythmaires // Wedding Cupcakes: Pearl’s Bake Shop // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!

RED MAPLE VINEYARD WEDDING, WEST PARK NY: ALAN + ILIZA

Oh Red Maple Vineyard…you might just be my new favorite wedding venue! Alan and Iliza, you guys found one of the dreamiest Hudson Valley wedding locations! It was the perfect place to celebrate your dreamy love! (cue love song) Chris and I were so moved by how emotional this wedding day was. From Iliza’s mom’s toast during the getting ready time to Alan + Iliza’s private First Look to the moment Alan watched his bride walk down the aisle into his arms. But we’ll get to all that! :)

We were greeted by chickens the moment we entered the farm, so I knew this was going to be a good day!

I’m in love with all of Alan and Iliza’s paper goods from AMG Design Co! I especially love how they incorporated their love of whales into their wedding logo and even the envelope liner!

Iliza wore gold Sperry’s – perfect for a farm and vineyard wedding!

“I hope it fits, I hope it fits!”

Two snapshots of two beautiful people almost ready to see each other!

Alan waiting nervously for his bride…

I can’t stop smiling when looking at the photo below! Iliza, you are pure joy!!

What a perfect day on the Hudson!

What a good lookin’ wedding party!! I love the perfectly bright and beautiful colors!

These ombre bridesmaids dresses are amaaaazing!

A wedding is the perfect occasion for a new profile pic with each bestie!

Their guests were greeted with iced tea and lemonade before the ceremony…

Can’t. Stop. Tearing. Up.

We could not have had a more picturesque ceremony overlooking the Hudson valley!

I love catching reactions from parents! So beautiful!

Hoooray!

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour full of seafood to match the couple’s understated “sea” theme!

Inside the escort cards, guests found a drawing of a sea creature which corresponded with their table assignment.

Isn’t this the most gorgeous table setting?!

Alan and Iliza spent hours and hours making 200 jars of homemade pickles as favors for their guests! They were easily the best pickles I’ve ever eaten, and I loooove pickles!

Love this Time Capsule idea in lieu of a traditional guestbook! Wish I had thought of that! :)

Iliza surprised her mom with a mother-daughter dance in remembrance of her father. I tear up reliving this moment!

Coffee and cigars? The party never ends!

Alan and Iliza, you two are perfection! Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your lives and wedding day! Hugs to you both! <3

Oh, and of course! How about a few of my favorite FUNbooth photos to conclude this post?!?!

Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Red Maple Vineyard //  Catering: Cornerstone Catering // Officiant: Rev. Paul Whitmore // Floral Artist: The Green Cottage // Bride’s Dress: Augusta Jones via Rana Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Sperry Topsider // The Rings: Klim Jewelry (Elena) // Groom’s Attire: Canali via Ed Mitchells // Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonobos // Ties: Vineyard Vines // Hair Stylist: Studio One Hair Design (Amanda) // Make-Up Artist: Kathy Genchi // Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards, Welcome Cards: AMG Design Co. // Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors: DIY // Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band // Coffee: Between Friends Roasting // Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire // The End!

 Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & New York based wedding photographer that would love to capture your wedded bliss in the United States and beyond! For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

Amy Rizzuto - This is gorgeous Cassi!!! Great job!

Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - LOVE! Their tables were so fun, love the first look by the swing, bridesmaids in different colors and of course, the dance floor photos. Epic! xo

PROSPECT PARK BOATHOUSE WEDDING: VANCE + STEPH

I absolutely LOVED photographing this gorgeous Prospect Park Boathouse wedding in Brooklyn, NY. When people ask me why I love weddings so much, I immediately think of couples like Steph and Vance. We met almost exactly a year ago and had an instant connection! We’ve bonded over many emails, phone calls, and even a hibachi double date. Nothing says “let’s be friends” like sake and a man throwing shrimp at you! All of this plus their super fun engagement session in Union Square, meant Chris and I were able to show up as both professionals and friends on the wedding day. I felt Steph’s nerves as we experienced that dreadful 10% chance of rain and teared up watching Vance as his bride walked down the aisle. It was a day full of love, emotions, beauty, and FUN! :)

I started the day with the girls at Parlor for hair & make-up and then we walked over to the Nu Hotel to finish getting ready…

Steph’s BHLDN dress could not have been more perfect for her!

Steph and Vance both wrote letters to each other to be opened on the wedding day – so sweet!

Vance chose to get a professional shave at Tomcats Barbershop the morning of the big day! He was pampered from start to end with hot towels, face massages, or more!

In the days before the wedding, we were all stalking the Weather Channel religiously. Much to our delight, the percentage chance of rain lowered each day until it finally called for only 10% chance! Normally, 10% chance of rain means you likely won’t see a single drop…this time, we definitely saw all 10% of that chance and we saw it during the couple’s First Look & portraits. Sad? No, no I don’t think so at all! The rain forced us to shoot in locations I never would have noticed if it weren’t raining – locations that I fell in looove with! Steph and I got there early and found this gorgeous lush spot in which the trees acted as a large umbrella and the ground as a large reflector – it was perfect!

And, um, HELLO! How amazing is this?!

Nose kisses!

Thankfully the rain cleared up just in time for the wedding party photos and ceremony!

I almost can’t even handle how beautiful all of their decor was! Steph created the vision and then called in Rock Paper Scissors Events to help execute it on the day of!

Each table was “numbered” with a large postcard with a historic Brooklyn location from the Boathouse itself to the Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall!

The cutest flower girl!

Isn’t this the most passionate kiss you’ve ever seen!? I think it rivals the famous V-J Day kiss!

Guests took their escort cards out of this library-style card holder. Just like the ones seen on the tables only smaller, the postcards are a beautiful Brooklyn token that double as a favor. 

The Prospect Park Boathouse at night is simply magical!

Vance and his mom had one of the funniest mother-son dances I’ve ever seen!

Guests left the party with their choice of vintage milk glass ice cream bowls! We can’t wait to use ours!

Guests were also spoiled with a local favorite – Blue Marble Ice Cream! The girls at Blue Marble have a simple goal to “make tastebuds happy and hearts feel good.” Their organic ice cream certainly made our tastebuds happy!

Every wedding should end with the groom being tossed in the air! 

And of course, I’ll end with a few of my favorite Cassi Claire FUNbooth photos! Vance and Steph, thank you so much for inviting me into your lives! You are both so wonderful and I look forward to many double-dates to come! :)

CREDITS // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse // Caterer: Movable Feast Catering // Wedding Planner: Ara of Rock Paper Scissors // Officiant: Vince Anderson // Flowers: Alley Scott (friend) // Hair & Make-Up: Parlor Brooklyn // Reception Entertainment: 74 Events – Duane Harriott // Ice Cream Cart: Blue Marble Ice Cream // Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire // Bride Morning Location: Nu Hotel // Groom Morning Location: Tomcats Barber Shop // Bride’s Dress: BHLDN // Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson via BHLDN // Bride’s Wedding Ring: Doyle & Doyle // Groom’s Wedding Ring: Swede’s Jewelers // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Black Lapel // Transportation: Romantique Diamond Limo // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Menu Cards, Table Signs, Stickers: love, m. // Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors, Cake Topper: DIY // The End!

Lauren Wysocki - Where was the construction costume when i was getting married! Great idea! Great photos!

Steph Spicer - Cassi, these are just so absolutely amazing. I am madly in love with them! We’re so lucky you and Chris were there as our photographers and our friends!! Y’all rock.

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