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

Ladies, when your boyfriend suggests you “stay dressed” around the holidays, you might want to listen! It was Christmas Eve, and Dan & Kristen just finished up an awesome night with family so I can understand the urge to just want to throw on PJs and relax! Let’s just say Dan’s vision for the proposal was slightly different than reality…

He envisioned the lights on so Kristen could really see the bling when the moment came, but she wanted the lights off to enjoy their Christmas tree. He imagined her still in her Christmas attire, but she entered the room with her PJs on and a bowl of ice cream! Formalities out the window, Dan couldn’t wait a moment longer and realized even this was perfection! I personally think the PJs and ice cream made it even more romantic! <3

We totally didn’t plan for this, but I LOVE that we stumbled upon a Christmas wonderland at the Morristown Green! It was the perfect way to celebrate their Christmas engagement-iversary! :)

Staaaaahhppp! Kristen, I can’t even handle those lashes giiiirl!

I cannot wait for the wedding at Red Maple Vineyard next October! It’s going to be AMAZING! :)

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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“A grand adventure is about to begin.” – Winnie the Pooh

It was such an honor to photograph Tanveer (TJ) & Austin’s maternity session! TJ is a New Jersey wedding planner and the face of Blush Events. As someone who lives in the world of weddings, I sometimes forget about all the magic that happens after the wedding. TJ & Austin are about to discover the world of parenting, and that is SO exciting!! To celebrate, we explored their neighborhood and commemorated the years they’ve spent there together. Here’s to your next adventure!! :)

And of course, we had to involve their first “children!”

Austin, I want to know what you were whispering!! Or maybe I don’t! ;)

The cutest wittle onesie!! Congratulations to the two of you! Can’t wait to meet your princess! <3

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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Congratulations to Shirley & Will!! Their stunning fall wedding day was hosted at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ. For a mid-November wedding, we couldn’t have asked for better weather! Well, it could have been a smidge warmer, but with beautiful glowy lighting like this, we’ve got no complaints! :)

This playful and colorful wedding invite is just too cute! “Please respond by TODAY! J/K” hahaha!
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While neither the bride nor groom had an official wedding party, they were still surrounded by their favorite people all day long! :)

The anticipation before the First Look…my favorite!

After the First Look, I gave Will & Shirley a few minutes alone to appreciate the fact that they were about to get married. After a minute or two I turned around to see how things were going…and I found them praying before the ceremony. This is one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever witnessed. I felt a little sneaky taking this photo, but the moment was so precious and I just know it’ll be cherished! <3

SHIIIIRRRLLEEEEYYYY!!! You are sooo gorgeous!

Father-of-the-Year award goes to Shirley’s dad who carried her dress around during all of portrait time! :)

The most darling little flower girls! And you’ll see more of this confetti later!

This sign almost fooled me! #wirleywigglesworth

As most of you already know, my darling husband Christopher has been my second photographer at 90% of my weddings for the past 3 years…but I’m so proud of him right now, that this image gets a really special shout out! BEST PHOTO YET! Every single thing about it is perfection! You go hubs!!! Cue the confetti! :)

Dear decorators at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge…thank you!!!  Thank you for the sweet strung lights, the perfectly placed spotlights, and the magnificent mirrors! What a way to end the night! <3

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// CREDITS //

Ceremony & Reception: Stone House at Stirling Ridge • Florals: Linda’s Florist • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Eun Jung Kim • The Dress: Hayley Paige via Jaehee Bridal Atelier • The Shoes: BCBG • The Suits: Black Lapel • DJ: Zenrgy Productions • Invitations: Minted • Favors: 4 Imprint • Cake: Palermo Bakery

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com!

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As a wedding photographer, there are certain words that make me get REALLY excited…outdoor ceremony, castle, willow tree, puppy, pink! Kathryn and Chris used ALL of those words while describing their wedding during our initial meeting! Dreams really do come true!! I’m obviously counting down the days until their Whitby Castle wedding next year, but in the meantime, we got to adventure around another amazing castle – New Jersey’s own Skylands Manor! The combination of glowy end of fall lighting and leaves on both the ground & the trees made this session oh-so-dreamy!

Chris and Kathryn’s adorable pup Nike! Those eyes though…

Kathryn you are so stunning! This timeless B&W of you with windswept hair is one for the family album!

We ended the session with these super cute custom save-the-date jerseys! I cannot wait for 08-13-16!!! <3

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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Never would have I expected an Apple Watch to almost ruin a surprise wedding proposal!! Sam and Kristi were relaxing on a park bench together in what should have been a calm and romantic moment. Kristi caught a glance at Sam’s Apple watch (which monitors heart rate) and saw that his heart was racing! “Oh it must be broken…” he tried to steer her off course when she pointed it out. Naturally, she was afraid something might be wrong with him, and she put the watch on herself. It was totally fine! In that moment she started to wonder what might be making his heart race so quickly. I find it so utterly romantic that his heart almost gave him away!!! <3

Kristi and Sam, I can’t wait for your wedding next year at the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY – one of my favorite venues! :)

This alley is one of the most charming little nooks in Somerville!

I call this the “Wall of Autumn!” The perfect pop of color for this November engagement session! Can’t wait for next year guys!! xoxo!

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we bought our “House of Dreams” here in central New Jersey. ♪ We’ve got farms to the left of us, the city to the right….here we are stuck in the middle of NJ! ♪ (sing it to this tune please!)  For the first few months in our new home, each tour we gave to our friends was filled with excitement and giggles. I remember freaking out over the fact that we had a closet just for linens! You mean, my towels have their OWN CLOSET!?? When we were in Brooklyn we were using a brown screw-together pantry cabinet from Walmart to store our towels, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, the scale, and basically everything else quasi-related to the bathroom. It was a hot mess! The joy of having an entire closet to organize and store our bathroom goodies was mind-blowing!

“GUYS! This is the best part of the house…this whole closet is just for TOWELS!” I’d exclaim with as much gusto as a child seeing a fully stocked Christmas morning. There aren’t enough words to describe just how much I loved this closet. Seriously. So imagine my complete shock during our most recent tour when I heard myself mutter “oh that’s just a linen closet” as I skipped over my once favorite part of the house. In less than a year I had grown to take for granted what was once my most cherished blessing. It was a punch to the gut.

I know we’ve heard it all before, but I really challenge you (and ME!) this Thanksgiving to be completely-utterly-child-like in our excitement over our blessings! I’m sure we all have something that we used to LOOOOVE and appreciate with all our hearts that today is “just a linen closet.” Let’s all get crazy giddy about those things again! As soon as I hit publish on this I’m going to go happy dance in front of my towels! ;) I wish you the most wonderful and joyful time with your family and friends this Thanksgiving!!!

Psalm 9-1

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  • November 25, 2015 - 10:33 PM

    Keri Calabrese - I love these personal posts! And the message :) happy thanksgiving! XoReplyCancel

You know when you get a REALLY nice gift from someone and you don’t want to use it because it’s so nice and you know once you use it it’ll be gone forever and you want to keep it forever?? Well, that’s kind of what happened here. It’s always been a dream of mine to have my work featured on 100 Layer Cake, so when it finally happened wayyy back in August, I kept hugging it real tight. It was the most wonderful gift and I had to do it justice. I couldn’t *JUST* blog it, I had to savor it and love it. Well, I savored it for so long that I never got around to blogging it. Here I am 3 months later with some really really old news. Oops! What have we learned from this? Use nice gifts right away! Drink that bottle of scotch, take that toy out of the box, and eat those fancy chocolates…NOW! :)

Click here to see the feature on 100 Layer Cake! 

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“I’m so picky with photographers and I’m so glad we finally found you!” Simultaneously the most nerve-wracking and most ego inducing sentence on the planet! #nopressure

But seriously, Ryan and Carolina, I’m so glad we found each other! Walking around Central Park with you two was so much fun! Somehow you two manage to be really-really-ridiculously-good-looking while also being so humble and sweet! Counting down the days until your wedding at The Ryland Inn next May! :)

The cutest little nose crinkle! 

Carolina you are TOO beautiful!! Stop it! 

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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Congratulations to Lexy and Geoff on their engagement!!! Woo hoo! I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next June at the Bourne Mansion! To celebrate, we explored the South Street Seaport together and laughed the whole time. I can’t get over how cute these two are! They first met when Geoff was tutoring Lexy in finance in college…if he can make numbers romantic, then this fella is a KEEPER!! ;)

The Brooklyn Bridge always looks so dreamy!

All the cutes!

Can’t wait for the big day you two!! xoxox!

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey based wedding photographer
that specializes in outdoor weddings (vineyards, farms, tents, oh my!).
For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)

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  • November 13, 2015 - 9:25 PM

    Marianne Critchley Schobel - These are lovely. Lex looks so beautifulReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2016 - 9:51 PM

    BOURNE MANSION WEDDING, OAKDALE NY | Cassi Claire - […] two week anniversary to Lexy & Geoff!!! You might remember these two from their South Street Seaport engagement session. I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since their incredible wedding day! […]ReplyCancel