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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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.

HOBOKEN ENGAGEMENT: MIKE + LAURA

Everyone knows Hoboken is a beautiful place, but to Mike and Laura it’s so much more! Prior to relocating to Boston, Mike and Laura lived in Hoboken for three years while working and going to grad school in Manhattan. Together they had three different apartments on three beautiful streets. During their engagement session, we revisited some of their old stomping ground! :)

Hoboken reminds me so much of NYC…you can still find alleys full of cobblestone!

Mike, you did GOOD! This ring is AMAZING!

We even got to hang out on the stoop of one of their old apartments!

Mike and Laura, you guys are such a beautiful couple! I can’t wait until the wedding!! :)

FLORENCE, ITALY: HANNAH + THOMAS

Hannah and I were enjoying some yummy noodles together at Naruto Ramen in Park Slope when I shared the news of our big trip to Italy…I’m pretty sure I nearly choked on a noodle when she said “No way! We’re going to Italy too!” After a little back and forth, we realized we would both be in Florence with our fellas at the SAME TIME! The stars aligned and I was able to photograph Hannah and her boyfriend of many years, Thomas, while in the city of romance! We met at this adorable cafe for lunch and then explored the city together stopping every so often for some photo magic! :)

Hannah and Thomas in front of the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge!

How stinkin’ cute is this girl’s laugh?!

Looks like New York isn’t the only place with graffiti! 

It took all of my effort not to stop in every single alley-way for a photo!

In addition to being super photogenic, Hannah is also the owner of HANALULU CO. Event Styling & Decor! She is so crazy talented and everything she designs is magic! Brides, hire her asap! :)

This photo pretty much sums up all of Florence…it’s got an alley, a cute bike, nature, a cafe, and of course, a super stylish lady!

Hannah and Thomas, Chris and I had so much fun hanging out with you guys in one of the coolest places on earth! Thanks for being amazing models too! :)

 

 

HAMILTON PARK HOTEL WEDDING: JENNA + BRENDAN

Just thinking about this couple brings a smile to my face! Jenna and Brendan are two of the nicest humans on this planet, and they are insanely adorable and insanely in love (in a good way lol). If you remember from their MCU Park engagement session, they’re BIG baseball fans! Try and find some of the little ways they incorporated baseball into their blue & yellow inspired wedding! :)

But first, THIS DRESS! Can’t. Stop. Swooning.

Love love love these bright hues!

Jenna you are STUNNING!

Daddy-daughter “first looks” are my favorite!

Special thanks to my darling husband Christopher for getting so many great photos of Brendan and his groomsmen!

How precious are these two before their First Look?! They crack me up!

Sometimes I take a break from photography to pretend I’m a hair-stylist! Also, the truth is out…I really really need to touch up my roots!

I’m pretty sure this is right after the officiant called the groom “Brenda!”

“Give me your best sorority girl pose!” – Works every time!

Favorite moment of the day right here! Thankfully no veils were injured in the making of this photo!

Jenna’s “something blue” was her nails – so cute!

Obsessed with their game ticket escort cards! Jenna designed all of the paper goods herself! #hirethisgirl

Mmmm macarons! After our lovely trip to Paris, these were a welcome sight!

Paul and Jeff, SCE Event Group, did an AMAZING job keeping everyone on the dance floor and even managed to get everyone together so I could take a group photo! You all need to hire these guys for your wedding, stat!

We’re bringing blurry baaaack, yup! Selfie with the couple to end the night! Jenna and Brendan, you guys are the best and I want to re-live your wedding day all over again! :)

CREDITS // Ceremony: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church  // Reception Venue: Hamilton Park Hotel // Florals: Conroys Creations // Bride’s Dress: Hayley Paige // Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors // Hair & Make-Up Artist: Gianna Giacona // Engagement Ring: MDC Diamonds // Wedding Rings: Zales & Ultra Diamonds // Veil: David’s Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan via Bella Bridesmaid // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Sarno and Son // Transportation: Santos VIP Limousine // Invitations, Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Menu Cards: DIY // Centerpieces: Conroys Creations // Guestbook: Louisville Slugger // Favors: Asalt and Buttery // DJ: SCE Event Group // Videography: Abella Studios // Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths // Wedding Cake: Palermos Bakery // The End!

Michelle - Wow… that Dress… Wow! So beautiful!

CHERRY BLOSSOMS & BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP

What happens when you and your best friends are all photographers and it’s a GORGEOUS day in Central Park with cherry blossoms in full bloom? …MAGIC! It was an epic shoot out that left us really sad we can’t have sunshine 24/7!

As soon as I heard the plan to spend the day with our cameras, I packed my pretty blush tulle skirt from Space 46 Boutique and said “SOMEONE is wearing this for me today!” Amy jumped at the chance and was the perfect model!

Caroline was so pretty in her neutrals and pinks!

How amazing does Leandra look in this sequin dress with her hot pink lipstick?! Work that model bone structure giiiiiiirl! ;)

Ash, I’m pretty sure you’re one of those girls who looks AMAZING in anything…for that, I should hate you, but I can’t. You’re just too darn fun! :)

In conclusion, these girls are crazy beautiful, cherry blossoms are my obsession, and the sun should stay out all day long. #wisdom

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Leandra Brown - I love these Cassi!!!! This was such a fun day and all of you ladies looked so beautiful!

Michelle Lange - You ladies are gorgeous!

FINDING THE SILVER, NAY…GOLD…LININGS

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Let me tell you about this time I thought my life was over. #dramaqueen
And then about the time I decided to stop being a drama queen.

As you know, my husband and I were supposed to be in Europe for most of the month of April. Well, let’s take this reaaaaaalllyyyy long story and sum it up in one sentence: Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon vacations ain’t got nothin’ on ours!

For those who don’t know, we ended up coming home 10 days earlier than we planned due to a SEVERE bacteria infection that we likely acquired from the food or water. Chris and I both got hit bad, but I got hit way worse. I was sick for a total of about 3 weeks. Three awful, awful weeks. What started out as a high fever and abdominal pain, turned into a real-life nightmare. But, that’s not what this post is about.

I’ve been holding off on blogging about our “Trip, Interrupted” because I really wanted to take time to process everything that happened. I needed to heal – not just physically, but emotionally. This was supposed to be our “trip of a lifetime” before we start thinking about making babies (don’t worry, that’s still a few years away…Dad!!) and settling down into our grown-up lives. As we all know, life doesn’t always go as we plan.

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I think I’d have a pretty sizable group of people who would agree with me when I say I’m generally a very positive person. I once scared a sales girl at Sephora with my perkiness. I introduced myself to a stranger and her reply was “Wow, you’re happy.” And I’ve had friends threaten to bottle my energy and sell it on the black market. Don’t ask me how one “bottles energy” but the threat was made! Needless to say, it takes a lot to get me down.

But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t down on this trip. I was in a very very low place. Blame the overnight stay in an Italian hospital (that story will inspire a horror movie for sure!), the antibiotics, the Imodium, the insane amount of acetaminophen…or maybe it was just the result of being a girl in a foreign land having her dreams crushed. I came home a wreck. I didn’t want to talk to anyone or even move a muscle. So I didn’t. I turned to Netflix, Hulu+, and Amazon Prime to sooth my pain. I cried over Sorrento cheese commercials, travel commercials, and even when Chuck went to Paris because he ate croissants with nutella (our morning ritual while in Paris). I didn’t shower for like a week, and I lived in my pajamas. I was pitiful.

After a few successful days of wallowing, I realized my life was, in fact, NOT over and that I needed to get over myself. I was slowly coming back to reality, and while I was still battling some demons, I was able to start thinking big picture again. While one half of me lived in self-pity, the other half of me remembered that there are people in the world who can’t even dream of vacations because they are too busy dreaming of clean water, or safety, or freedom. I know we are all born into different places in this world, so I won’t get into that battle, but thinking big picture allows me to start finding the silver linings…NAY!…the gold linings because everything in Paris & Italy is lined with gold! When bad things happen, I think it’s very important to try to find the good. Sometimes it’s not easy, and sometimes it takes time…but there will always be good again, always.

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OUR GOLD LININGS:

- We’re alive!

- We have trip insurance!

- We had an amazing time in Paris!

- We were not sick for our photo session with Emm Photography in Paris!

- We WILL go back to Italy someday!

- We were able to see prayers answered, specifically for (1) miraculous, though temporary, healing so I could still honor both photo sessions I had planned in Venice and Florence and (2) a comfortable and uneventful flight back home – I was able to sleep almost the whole time!

- Our illness was diagnosed a little over a week ago, we are taking the right meds, and we were 100% back on our feet in time for our first wedding of the season last weekend!

- We have a roof over our heads, food in our fridge, and fantastic family and friends!

- We still had the vacation of a lifetime (albeit a short version) and I crossed one of my biggest dreams off my bucket list – seeing the Eiffel Tower!

- And lastly…YOU! Yes, you are one of our gold linings! I’m so thankful for all of the concerned messages, posts, comments, emails, and texts we received from our friends. Some of you we’ve known for years, others we just met, and even more of you I haven’t even met in person yet. Of all the things on this list, your love means the most to us. I was falling and you all caught me. During my Netflix-binge days, your sweet notes are what reminded me that there is a world outside of my living room and it’s full of AMAZING people!

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Thank you for reading this crazy long novel! Feel free to leave some of your gold linings in the comments section! I’d love to hear what you are grateful for in life right now! Maybe I can steal borrow it for my list! :)

Megan Gielow - Oh my goodness! What a wild ride. I’m glad to hear you are finally feeling better. God is good, and I know that it is a miracle you are able to get back to work so quickly! I’m sure you’ll make your way back to Europe someday soon :) thanks for the reminder to be thankful for all the amazing things we do have.

Jacqueline Ribas Patton - i’m grateful that we both had to pee at the same time at the Zach & Jody talk a few years ago where we met. :)

Mrb Bartley - I am grateful to see you finding a happy place again. I have known you for YEARS (wow where did the time go?!) and I was even blessed to be roommates with you for a couple of those years. I worried when you came home and I knew something was wrong when you seemed to disappear. I am glad that you found your “GOLD” linings.

On a more personal not I am also grateful for my BRAYDEN!! He was the greatest accident in my life. He spoiled some things for me, like missing your wedding day (& Kerri’s) but he has brought so much joy to my life that I wouldn’t change anything.

Asher Gardner - Thanks for opening up and sharing about this. I’m sure it was a tough thing to walk through. I”m glad you are healthy now! Great perspective.

Leandra Brown - I love your honesty Cassi! Thank you for sharing :) I’m so glad you are feeling better now!

Kristen Driscoll Alfonso - So glad you are feeling better – your positivity inspires. Love you! <3

Wedding Photographer Paris - Awsome. thanks for opening and sharing this blog.

CASSI CLAIRE GOES TO EUROPE!

I AM GOING TO EUROPE!!! Words cannot describe the amount of excitement and happiness in my heart! If you will be in any of these places during these dates, send me a message! I’d love to get together with friends (old & new) while traveling! This page will most likely be rather silent for the next month, but you can follow my instagram for lots of lovely travel photos: http://instagram.com/cassiclaire

PS: I’m still looking for a couple to photograph in Paris, so share this with anyone you know who might be interested!

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