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

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

So fun to see Steph & Vance’s GORGEOUS Brooklyn wedding featured on Storyboard Wedding!! The editor, Jess, is a phenomenal writer! She had my heart melting in minutes!! So grateful this couple’s hard work planning such a beautiful event was recognized by such a great blog! <3

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It was such a dream photographing Brittany and Ben’s gorgeous wedding at the Ashford Estate in Allentown, NJ! I don’t think I can choose a favorite moment…the all-white barn, the post-ceremony lavender toss, the lawn games, seeing so many familiar faces in attendance, or the insane amount of love shared between Ben & Brittany and all their family and friends! The whole day was PERFECTION! <3 But seriously though…did I mention the all-white barn?! Swooooon!!!

These soft & sweet Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses were oh-so-perfect!

Three generations in one photo – so precious!

I’m thinking the Ashford Estate is my new favorite venue! C’mon…just look at that!

Tree swings are so magical and romantic! 

Literally the happiest child on the planet! :)

Note to self: Add life-size Jenga to Christmas list. 

Pinch me! The prettiest ceremony space! #stillswooning

The whole area smelled AMAZING after the lavender toss! Such a great idea!

I loved seeing so many familiar faces at this wedding! Friends from CAMP-of-the-WOODS, Jacksonville Chapel, the “Butler Mafia” and more! So much fun!!!

Some of my past brides will recognize the lovely Lauren below! Lauren and I have photographed weddings together for years, but it was nice to see her have the chance to boogie on the dance floor as a guest! And I may have stolen a dance or two as well! ;)

The Groove Shop killin’ it on the dance floor! I HIGHLY recommend this band! They are awesome!

I like that Ben + Brittany switched it up and went with a glow stick exit! I’ve never seen that before and it was the perfect way to end the night! Congrats you two cuties! We wish you an eternity of happiness & love!!! :)

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Special thank you to Chris and Jessi for assisting with this wedding! xoxo! 

// CREDITS //

Ceremony & Reception: The Ashford Estate • Catering: Merri-Makers • Florals: The Loft Flower & Art Gallery • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Pink Comb Studio • The Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige via Flair Bridal • The Shoes: Kate Spade • The Suits: Suit Supply • Maids Dresses: Jenny Yoo • Band: The Groove Shop • Invitations: Shop Paper Garden • Table Numbers: Ribbon Press • Cake: The Bake Works

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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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