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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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! :)




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!


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


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!



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.


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.



- 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!


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.


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:

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



I’m so excited to share Randi and Alex’s wedding from last summer! I photographed this wedding with the lovely Lauren Allison, and it was seriously so much fun! Lauren and I photographed Randi’s sister’s wedding together in 2012, and we couldn’t wait to be reunited with the whole family again for this day. Randi is out-of-this-world gorgeous and has amazing taste…but you’ll see all that for yourself! :)

Mom putting on the finishing touches! Don’t they look like SISTERS?!

This moment made me want to put down the camera and grab a glass! BBFs 4L!

I love how anxious Alex was while waiting for Randi…


Gold and mint touches everywhere! It was a dream! The ceremony took place at the Hillside Church in Succasunna, NJ.

This moment of family prayer warms my heart!

Aren’t they like the cutest bridesmaids ever?!

Twinsies at the cocktail hour!

The reception took place at the Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, NJ. It was an incredibly gorgeous venue, made even more so by the couple’s amazing mint & gold decor!

My favorite element was the bird cages filled with gorgeous florals!

The speeches were hilarious!

I love when a moment happens and I don’t even really notice it in it’s entirety until I’m looking back through the photos after the wedding. This moment is so genuine. So real. 

And we danced the night away!! Thanks for the memories kids! :)


Jainé Kershner - simply gorgeous cassi!!

Cassi Claire - Aww thanks Jaine!! You’re the best! :)

Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - Such a gorgeous wedding, Cass! Love how you captured it. The photos of the bridesmaids are my favorite!!

Anonymous - Caribean hall has 2 venues in Brooklyn. We are capable of hosting wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, child’s birthday party, adult’s birthday party, birthday dinner, Sweet 16, wedding reception, bachelor / bachelorette party, class, meeting business presentation, religious functions, corporate meetings, fashion shows, reunions or much more with comfortable seating arrangements for up to 400 guests.


A few weeks ago, I blogged Part One of my experience at the Field Trip. Today I bring you part two!! I’m super excited to share that ALL of the images below were shot on my new-to-me film camera (the Canon 1V). This was the first time I used film since my freshman year of college! Needless to say I was a ball of anxiousness waiting for my film scans from Indie Film Lab!!! When the zip file arrived via email I nearly jumped out of my seat…and then waited for them to download with agony while chanting “must get faster internet, must get faster internet.” Considering this was my first time experimenting with film in years and it was terrible weather, I think I did pretty good! :)

I love these cabins at El Capitan Canyon!

This was our view for our walk through the camp every day!

This is my lovely roomie Karen Kristian! #adorbs

One of my classes was Artistic Vision with Jill Thomas. Jill was SO helpful in giving us practical ways to achieve our own personal artistic vision. She gave us so many helpful tips, but my two favorites were:

(1) Stay true to your vision and don’t get distracted! She gave an example of how she really wanted to have a cohesive home design, and in order to achieve that, she only allows herself to purchase items that match that design. She may think something is super awesome, but she won’t buy it for her home if it doesn’t match her design. The same goes for her artistic vision! She may love a style or photo that another photographer is creating, but she won’t allow that to steer her away from her own true artistic vision. I LOOOVED that tip! It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others and think we should change to be more like them and less like us.

(2) Give your couples actions, not poses, to help you create your vision. Although I feel like I already do this, it was so nice to hear it again! She showed us some of the actions she gives her couples to create fresh images that are truly reflective of the couple and not just a stuffy pose! Amen, sister, amen! 

Oh yeah, and then Jill gave us all ONE minute with a couple to put into action what we just learned…with the whole class watching…all eyes and ears on me…but no pressure! Thanks to the incredible Ben Christensen and his lovely bride for modeling for us!! They were AMAZING! :)

Cuteness overload! Love her!

There needs to be a word for “foot selfie.” I wanted to be clever and call it a “footsie”…but, yeah. Anyway, this is before my shoes were totally destroyed! 

It finally stopped raining and we were able to go for a bike ride to the beach! Hooray!!

My friend Sidney learning to ride a bike…go Sidney, go!

I love making new friends at the beach! Amanda, thank you for all your awesome film tips and for wearing such bright colors! :)

I totally stalker-snapped this photo of the Encarnacions walking on the beach! They looked so cute!

Thank you Aaron of Best Day Ever for letting me take your photo! You were posed so perfectly! :)

Love this one of Braedon Flynn!

Footsie! First time touching the Pacific Ocean! And then there’s the lovely Heather Jowett being super stylish!

Jenna Lee could not have been dressed any more perfect! I love her western-chic outfit! Girl, you are gorgeous!

The lovely Bethany Michaela, my other roomie for the weekend and fellow Brooklyn-ite!

And I’ll end with these gorgeous sunset images of Ellie and Spencer!! California, you were great!

Monika Eisenbart - Those are awesome. Love the film look. I hope I can make it next year.

Leandra Brown - Cassi! These pictures are gorgeous! I love the sunset images and also the two images of Jenna Lee on the rocks! Ahh love it!

Cassi Claire - Awww thanks so much Leandra!! :)

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