Hooray! Brendan and Jenna’s Coney Island engagement session has been featured on Smitten Magazine’s wedding blog! How exciting! Click the photo below to see more of the super colorful and fun day!
To see their original blog post, click here.
I’m honestly afraid to start writing because I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to stop. Nicole and Oscar are two of the world’s absolute BEST people. And after meeting their family and friends, it’s easy to see where they get it from! From Nicole’s very first email, I knew she was a soul sister! We joked that our emails aren’t actually emails at all, they are the Wedding Memoirs! Each email created a new chapter, and if we were to print the total of our words, we’d probably rival Proust and Tolstoy. By the wedding day, I felt like I had known Nicole and Oscar for years and years! It was hard to hold back my own emotions on the wedding day and even harder to try and keep this post short! I give you fair warning that my ability to cull was hindered by my love for every single moment of this Wainwright House wedding! :)
Nicole and Oscar both started their days at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, NY. Below the girls admire Nicole’s wedding dress!
The couple chose to exchange gifts on the wedding day. Oscar’s gift to Nicole included tears and a little blue box!
I can’t stop staring at this Bella Figura gold letterpress invitation suite! GORGE!
Nic’s late-aunt Fran made a special appearance on the wedding day in the form of a Starbucks typo! How special!
The Wainwright House in Rye, NY is the perfect location for a wedding! It’s beautiful, historical, and full of swoon-worthy light!
BFF snuggles! While hair & make-up was done at the hotel, Nicole chose to continue getting ready with her girls at the Wainwright House! I’m so glad she did because it was unbelievably beautiful!
I think I said something like “Give me your ‘I’m getting married today’ face!” Yup, that pretty much sums up the day!
Nicole, I can’t even handle how gorgeous you are!
Daddy-Daughter first look, YAY!
Obsessed with these pink Bill Levkoff bridesmaids dresses and matching bouquets from Bassett Flowers! And of course, the lovely (and hysterical) ladies they’re accessorizing!
A silly-face photo with each bridesmaid is a wedding day MUST!
Such a sweet moment between sisters!
Nicole and Oscar chose not to do a First Look, but they still wanted a fun and creative way to take a photo together before the ceremony. This balcony at the Wainwright House was the perfect solution!
The girls don’t get to have all the fun…a silly-face photo with each boy bestie too!
Family wedding photos decorated the entrance…
Gold and pink wedding decor is pretty much the way to my heart!
Love love LOVE these feminine lace and gold table numbers.
The outdoor ceremony at the Wainwright House was simply magical under the tall trees near the harbor!
This is pretty much the only acceptable use for an iPad at a wedding ceremony…Oscar’s family members (including his own parents) who live in Costa Rica were denied their visas to come up for the wedding. It was heartbreaking news. But thanks to Skype, his family was still able to watch the ceremony from the front row seat that should have been theirs. I don’t think any of us have ever been more grateful for technology!
Field of lavender?! Yes please!
Yes, that is a REAL tattoo! #awesome
The dream of most men…an unlimited whiskey & cigar bar!
Showing them their same-day slideshow! I think they were happy! :)
Wedding goers beware…this year’s wedding dance will definitely be the Bernie Lean haha! If you haven’t seen this video yet, do it. Do it now. I’ll wait……………………………………Macarena & Cotton-Eyed Joe, it’s been real.
Ending the night on your friends shoulders and in your husband’s arms…perfection! Nic and Oscar, thank you for inviting me into your lives and for being the most wonderful humans around! xoxoxo! :)
PS: This was the first wedding using the brand new Cassi Claire FUNbooth!! It was a smashing success! Here are a just a few of my favorites!
Chris and I got hungry on our break…
Apparently so did the bride & groom!
CREDITS // Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Wainwright House // Catering & Cake: Cornerstone Catering // Officiant: Rev. Gary Deinstadt // Florals: Bassett Flowers // Bride’s Dress: Lazaro via Something Special Bridals // Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff via Something Special Bridals // Bridesmaids’ Embroidered Shirts: Mary and Lucy // Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Hair Stylist: Alexis LaGrotteria at Salon Rocks // Make-Up Artist: Kerry Connallon // Transportation: Red Oak Limo // Invitation Suite & Menu Cards: Bella Figura // Table Numbers: DIY // Escort Cards: The Calligraphy Girl // Guestbook Tree: Spotted Nest // Reception Entertainment: Turntable Events // Videography: Magic Flute Videos // Custom Cake Topper: // The Small Object // Custom Cake Servers: Baby Puppy Designs // Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire // The End!
MY BROTHER IS MARRIED!!! I know what you’re thinking…but wait, Cassi, didn’t your brother get married last year? Well, yes, technicaaaallly, but THIS was the big momma wedding we’ve all been waiting for! I was especially looking forward to this wedding because it was going to be in Cape May, and Cape May is the perfect place for a wedding! I’m in love with Cape May and am so happy to finally call myself a Cape May wedding photographer! And don’t even get me started on how excited/nervous I was to be photographing my own brother’s wedding! I could barely sleep the night before! My mind was racing with all the fun things I wanted to do with them and all the amazing memories we’d be making! Needless to say, this is going to be a long blog post haha! :)
We started off the day at the Hotel Alcott, where the groom and his groomsmen got ready! I normally leave the groom’s morning prep time to my second shooter, but I couldn’t let Tina have all the fun! I showed up early to spend some time with the guys…
When I left to photograph Michelle getting ready, my good friend Tina took over for me with the guys. I love these beautiful photos she captured!
That’s my poppa! He’s so happy to have his own bride, Lisa, helping him get ready for the day!
Congress Hall is the most perfect place for a wedding! I’m obsessed with the bright colors, beauty, and history!
Michelle and Fred chose coral as one of their main colors, so I was super happy to find this coral wall in Congress Hall!
I love little Mia’s dress next to her mommy’s dress!
Michelle surprised each of her bridesmaids with a beautiful Kate Spade bracelet!
So happy that they chose to have a First Look!
Love love love! This “Meet Me at Congress Hall” yellow bike was so fitting!
Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy is the best in Cape May – hands down!
This town is so cute it almost feels fake! Like I’m in Universal Studios or Pleasantville!
Michelle, you are too crazy beautiful!!! :)
The happy couple was serenaded by locals as we walked past!
Love this photo of my two brothers! They’re the best brothers a girl could ask for!
Crazy socks? Yes please!
Wedding ceremony at Congress Hall on a perfect blue sky day!
Meet Brian & Kelly, my parents best friends – aka my second set of parents!
My favorite moment!! My niece Mia walking down the aisle!
I don’t normally include family photos in my blog posts, but I think I can make an exception for my own family! #LOVETHEM Oh yeah, and thank you guys for helping me pick out the perfect outfit!
The aqua blue walls inside Congress Hall are my favorite! My skirt matched the decor!
My brother Kevin giving his best man toast (and trying his hardest to hide his nerves!).
First daddy-daughter dance!
Me and my aunti Millie!
I think this is my favorite photo with my parents ever! Even though my left eye clearly didn’t want to be in the photo…
Michelle didn’t wait too long for her trash the dress photos, as they ended the night with a dip in the ocean! ! I’m so happy I was able to be a part of the best wedding ever (eh hem…aside from my own, of course!) with the greatest people on earth! Love you all! <3
CREDITS // Ceremony & Reception Site: Congress Hall // Groom Morning Location: Hotel Alcott // Officiant: Mayor Pam Kaithern // Flowers: The Manic Botanic // Hair Stylist: Creations Hair Boutique // Make-Up Artist: Nichole Martuccio // Bride & Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: DSW // Rings: Boston Louis Jewelers // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Invitations: Minted // Programs, Table Numbers, Escort Cards: DIY // Menu Cards: Kimberly Orsillo-Scott // Guestbook: Red Otter Creative // Favors: Donation to American Cancer Society // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Orest Artymiw // Reception Entertainment: Center Stage Entertainment // Photo Booth: Exit Zero // Salt Water Taffy in Candy Bar: The Original Fudge Kitchen // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!
Sometimes you meet people and just know they will be your life-long friends! Nikki and Michael (whether they like it or not) are bound to be our life-long travel friends! Our friendship began when they hired me to photograph their NYC elopement! When I told them of me and my husband’s plans to visit Europe just a month after their elopement, I was not-so-secretly hoping to get together with them while abroad! I believe my exact words were “LET’S HANG OUT IN EUROOOOPE!!!” Lucky for us, they’d been needing an excuse to cross Venice off their bucket list! :)
Of course, there was no way I was going to let these newlyweds escape my camera! I mean, c’mon, IT’S VENICE! So I convinced them to come on a little photo shoot with us before dinner! :)
You wouldn’t believe how rickety that teeny tiny pier was! This photo took bravery on everyone’s part!
All the canals, the secret pathways, and tunnels created such glorious light for me to work with!
It wouldn’t be a photo session with Michael and Nikki if it didn’t involve a jumping photo…or two!!
Can’t. Handle. The. BEAUTY!
Thank you guys for entertaining me and my camera! You made me the happiest little photographer around! :)
The doorbell rang. “What did I order?” I thought. My mind immediately tried to bring up a screenshot of my email inbox from memory. I tried to picture any “Your Amazon order has shipped” notifications as I walked to the front door. As the delivery man handed me the box, I quickly searched the label before signing and saw “The Knot New Jersey” was the shipper. I knew this would be coming for a few months now, but I had no idea exactly when to expect it. I knew that inside the box would be a copy of the newest edition of The Knot NJ wedding magazine (Fall/Winter 2014 issue), and I frantically grabbed the scissors and ran to the couch. (Kids, don’t run with scissors). I turned the pages quickly at first, but reminded myself to slow down seeing as the feature of Donna & Oleg’s wedding wouldn’t just disappear if I took too long to find it. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long…there it was on page 77 (out of 496).
I can’t explain it and I surprised myself, but I was overcome with emotion and I felt…proud. I just sat there alone in my living room staring at my photos and instead of picturing my inbox, I was remembering a time almost 4 years ago when I said “Maybe someday I’ll have my photos in a magazine…maybe.” In what felt like an hour (but was probably only 60 seconds), I relived flashes of my struggles, my first bookings, the laughter, the tears, and all that has brought me to this moment. And all I could do was cry. Not like ugly-cry-my-life-is-over kind of crying…just a few single tears rolled down my cheek. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. I know, I know, it’s just a magazine. But, it symbolizes so much. So many dreams, so much hard work, so many sacrifices…
When I came back to reality, I laughed out loud at myself for crying, and patted myself on the back. Literally. Like, I actually patted my own back. Yup. #toosoonforthestraightjacket?
Obviously none of this would be possible without Donna and Oleg’s AMAZING wedding planning skills! How stinkin’ cute are all of their personal touches?!
Thank you to all of the family, friends, and wedding professionals who came together to create such an epic wedding day! :)
I have been dying to share this wedding since the moment I began my drive home after the reception ended. You may remember Matt + Christie from their light-filled West Village engagement session last year. It seems the time between then and their wedding date was insanely productive, because they created one of the most gorgeous weddings I’ve ever seen! Christie’s Martha Stewart inspired vision was executed perfectly. The couple chose to marry at the Church of St. Joachim-St. John in Beacon, NY, while the rest of the wedding day was celebrated at the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY. How gorgeous is her Theia laser cut petal wedding dress?! It’s the same one Amanda Seyfried wore in The Big Wedding!
I’m a sucker for a good pair of Jimmy Choo’s a wedding day!
One of my favorite wedding day memories! As Christie was putting on her finishing touches, her lovely maids couldn’t contain their excitement!
Special thank you to my AAAMAZING second photographer, Lauren, for capturing Matt and his groomsmen at Whistling Willies. Matt chose to get ready earlier in the day and spend his “getting ready photo time” at the bar with his best buds! I loved this idea so much!
Obsessed with these gorgeous bridesmaids dresses and colorful bouquets!
Such pretty ladies!!
And the men aren’t too bad either! :)
Easily one of my all time favorite wedding party photos! Magical, magical light!
Christie, you are too beautiful!! I gasped when I saw this photo!
Love, love, love!
How adorable is this escort card display?! The mini pink clothes-pins are so cute!
In LOVE with this reception decor! I wish I could work with The Rosery Flower Shop at every wedding!
The couple set up a beautiful display of their family members on their wedding days past. So sweet!
Naked cake!! Woo hoo!
Cocktail hour at the Highlands Country Club!
Jackie, Christie’s sister, KILLED IT with her toast! “I was looking on Google for tips on how to write a speech and all the searches said I should keep it to 3-5 minutes. I was like ‘Ummm, how am I supposed to fit in my dance routine in 5 minutes?!'”
When guests needed a break from the dance floor, they could take their drinks out to the lawn and relax by the fire. It was the perfect night!
And of course, selfie with the newlyweds! Huge thank you to Christie and Matt for inviting me to be a part of their wedding adventure! xoxo! :)
CREDITS // Ceremony: Church of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist // Officiant: Uncle Tony // Reception Venue: Highlands Country Club // Floral Designer: The Rosery Flower Shop // The Dress: Theia via Angela’s Bridal // The Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Wedding Rings & Pearl Bracelet: Hannoush Jewelers // Veil & Sash: Angela’s Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August, Rachel Pally, Amsale, Aidan Mattox, BCBG Maxazria // Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Watch: Raymond Weil // Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank // Hair & Makeup: Ambiance Salon and Day Spa // Bride’s Makeup: Amanda Filli // Transportation: Silver Star Limousine // Invitations: Lion in the Sun // Table Numbers, Card Box, Guestbook: Morgann Hill Designs // Escort Card Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cathy // Escort Card Display: Floras Avenue // Favors: Kiss My Cake // Wedding Cake: Molly Gallo // Entertainment: L.I. Nights Entertainment // Videography: Oakjo Wedding Films // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!
It’s been a good week for my ego! I’m so excited to share that Nicole + Oscar’s Coney Island engagement session is featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs! I love love love this site, and it’s an honor to have my work featured! Click the photo below to view the feature! :)
WOO HOO! Christa & Dave’s gorgeous beach-side wedding has been featured on BRIDES! This is a huge compliment to their planning skills, and it was an honor to photograph their wedding at the Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club! View their original blog post here!
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Brian and Cathy have known each other since high school. They may not have dated in high school, but their relationship was definitely foreshadowed long before it began! Over 6 years ago, before they were even dating, they were walking around Central Park and thought it would be fun to walk through the park pretending they just got engaged! I can only imagine the level of flirting between them during that make-believe scene! Fast forward a few years, Brian wanted to make that scene a reality. They had officially been dating for a year and a half when Brian sent a town car to pick up Cathy and deliver her to Central Park. This time the proposal was real and the two walked all around the park in their own little bubble of love! Naturally, they chose to do their engagement photos in Central Park as well! :)
The Bow Bridge is so iconic and is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole park!
Cathy, you are too stinkin’ gorgeous!
Love this moment down by the willow trees!
Those LASHES!! #lashenvy
We could not have had prettier lighting! The golden sunlight was bouncing off the lake behind them giving them an almost magical glow! Swoon!
Meet Brian, the least camera shy man I’ve ever met! Adorable!
Flitting through pages of their old yearbook was the perfect way to end the session! I seriously cannot wait for their epic high school reunion…er, I mean, WEDDING! ;)
I am SOOO dang excited to see Arielle + Joe’s classic and elegant wedding featured on The Black Tie Bride!! From Jimmy Choo to Tiffany & Co. to Jenny Yoo…this wedding has all the right style! Congrats to the lovely couple on all their planning skills! :)