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 New Jersey with our two kitties. I love LOVE and smiles, and I can't wait to hear your love story!

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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!!

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.”

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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! ;)

Cassi Claire Behind the Scenes

  • Amy Rizzuto - What a gorgeous post Cassi!!! I loved getting a glimpse into what looked like an amazing 2014!ReplyCancel

  • Estela D'Agati-Duce - Congratulations on getting to shoot at such wonderful locations and such lovely couples! Your pictures capture all the emotions so well and are classic and so beautiful!! You’re a very talented artist!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Frost Shea - So many pretty photos! <3 Your editing and use of lightReplyCancel

  • Debbie Spicer - Love it Cassi!! You are the BEST!! God bless!! Think of you often!!XOReplyCancel

Best of Cassi Claire Engagements

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!! cassi@cassiclaire.com

Best of 2014 Weddings – coming soon!

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