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

It’s such an honor to be a part of the launch of Red Oak Weddings, and even more exciting to be the photographer of the very first featured wedding! This is going to be a great new local resource! From their site, “Red Oak Weddings is a wedding and lifestyle blog devoted to assisting and inspiring couples planning their wedding in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.” Congrats to Dave & Julia on planning such an incredible Celtic-inspired wedding day! Click to see the post!

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HOT DANG, is it really mid-February!?! I swear 2015 just started…how is it now 2016?? I’m not ready for that jelly, so I think I’ll look back on 2015 a bit more! It was an absolutely incredible year with the sweetest couples on earth! I was giving a tour of my house the other day, and almost every time the person exclaimed “I love that!” my response was “that was a gift from one of my couples!” From frames to hand towels to welcome mats, even a photography board game!!! I wish I could say I counted my blessings each and everyday, but I’m human, and sometimes it takes a house tour to realize how incredibly blessed I am by my couples! There’s a whole collection of reviews that publicly expresses how my couples feel about me, but I don’t think I share enough about how much they bless me in return! Gifts aside, these couples are absolutely the most generous and kind people I know. Some of them have seated us with their friends & family during the reception, some of them made sure to bring us a piece of cake after it was served, some of them pulled us onto the dance floor for an impromptu dance session, and one bride even surprised me with the same J. Crew bracelet she gifted to her bridesmaids! When I look back over these photos, I’m reminded that I truly have the best job in the world! <3

Happy bride = happy photographer! :)

Apparently size really doesn’t matter…this mini Momofuku Milk bar cake was my favorite cake of the year!

It’s always flattering when a bride tells me that I’m her “best kept secret” – but all I’m like, “Noooo don’t keep me a secret! Tell the world!!!” Thankfully Donna was totally fine sharing me with her bestie Stephanie, and I was able to be a part of both gals weddings! Double the memories and double the fun! :)

Swoon! Everything about Pamela & Ryan’s reception at the Foundry was a dream!

The Ashford Estate earned itself a spot in my Top 5 Favorite venues list this year!

How precious is this daddy-daughter First Look? He loves her so much!

And you already know that I think First Looks with the bride and groom are the best thing since sliced bread!

Alexandra Grecco tulle skirts look incredible on every body type and they WILL wear it again!

Sunset, you so dreamy!

Parents dances almost always make me tear up. One of my favorite wedding photos is of me and my dad dancing!

But I of course love all the crazy-ridiculous-nutso-dance-floor-moments too! :)

PHEW! You made it through our longest post of the year!!! You should probably reward yourself with cake or something. But seriously, we are SO grateful for another year full of weddings. We get to spend our weekends at epic parties with wonderful people, great food, and endless smiles. Christopher also always pulls me onto the dance floor for a slow song later in the night. Isn’t he just sweet as can be? 

To my incredible couples: Thank you for literally being the BEST EVER! We love you!!! <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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  • February 17, 2016 - 2:09 AM

    Gretchen Zeigler Gardner - Love it ALL! Esp the last picture!! You two are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2016 - 2:51 AM

    Mayho Duen - You truly captured the moments and made Margaret’s and eddies wedding exceptional memorable! You are a true treasure! Keep doing what you guys do so well!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2016 - 1:57 AM

    Celeste Borelli - Love your work cassie!!ReplyCancel

  • February 25, 2016 - 3:54 PM

    Jenny Kafka - Your work is gorgeous! You are such a talented photographer!! =DReplyCancel

Yay! Steph and Steve’s fall wedding is featured on WellWed New York today! I know that Steph put so much hard work into planning her GORGEOUS fall-inspired wedding day, so it’s great to see her inspiring other brides today! I especially love the varying hues of Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses and the way she incorporated artichokes and wheat into the decor! :)

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When I asked Sarah and Mike for to describe some of their favorite things as a couple, they said “camping, bonfires, twinkle lights, coffee, beer, and cats.” LOVE IT! Knowing those things gave me an immediate vision of their engagement session! We collaborated to create the perfect date day – a walk through town, coffee at my house to warm up, and snuggles in my backyard at sunset with twinkle lights! And even though it was like negative a million degrees outside, we had SO MUCH FUN! :)

Dat ring tho… #obsessed

Sunset looks good on you Sarah! 

I cannot wait for their campground wedding this spring! It’s going to be incredible!! <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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Ahhh, the NJ SPARK launch party was everything we imagined and more!! It was an amazing night full of laughter, sharing our hearts, and super fun photo booth silliness! I can already tell that #NJspark is going to be an amazing adventure full of meaningful friendships and joy with Jesus! <3 Thank you to all the girls who made it out to the party! We loved getting to know you and your heart for photography & God! I’m so excited for tomorrow, and next week, and the week after, and the week after that! :)

The calm before the storm in my living room…thanks to Amy for getting some set up photos for us while I was running around the kitchen like a mad woman! ;)

On a chilly evening, the Hot Cocoa Bar was definitely loved by all! And so was the photo booth! :)

I still had my Christmas decorations up…just not ready to let it end! 

Amy’s little one, Audrey, was so happy to see Kristy!

And of course, the awesome PHOTO BOOTH!!!! This all-white backdrop is a new option for 2016 couples who book the FUNbooth! :)

Amy’s birthday was the next day, so we surprised her with a birthday cake! :)

Lastly, I just wanted to publicly give some props to the hubs, Christopher, who helped me with food prep the night before, the day of, and cleaned the entire kitchen after everyone left! I’m amazed by him and love him SOOOOOO much! <3

SPARK is a weekly get together for female Christian photographers to focus on faith and community. If you’re interested in learning more, send me an email! cassi@cassiclaire.com

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Were you married before the Pinterest boom? Wish you could have the chance to be a bride all over again? Same man of course! ;) Would you go with the same hair style as the first time? The same dress? Or do a complete 180?

This styled shoot features 5 wonderful and busy moms who got the chance to do it all over again…the hair, the makeup, the dress, the florals! The fabulous La Belle Mariee Bridal in Langhorne, PA was so gracious to let them play dress up all afternoon! :)
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First up, meet Kristin…owner of Kristin Rockhill Floral & Event Design. Kristin has been married 11 years and is the mother of all boys. She loves all things quirky, unexpected, and unconventional. I LOVE how she paired these separates to create an absolutely breathtaking and unique wedding look! See below for her before & after make-over! :)
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She has been married for 8 years and is the proud mom of a rambunctious little 3 year old boy. In between being a full-time mommy, Brenda is a part-time RN and Jamberry Consultant. She originally chose a simple strapless gown for her wedding, but this time around she went with something a little more dramatic, elegant, and feminine. Her wedding day hair was rushed and she did her own makeup, so she LOVED having the chance to be pampered and all done up this time around!
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Married for 8 years, Christina is a busy mom of 3 beautiful girls. She is also a full-time Dean at a local high school. In her words…”If I could get married again today, I would do things so differently! Money was a very big factor for us, so we were married in a beach town in the Fall. I would love to be married in the Spring or Summer and use all those wonderful colors! My wedding theme would be Vintage Rustic Chic! I was so against lace for my dress, but have been drawn to it while in this process. I would want my dress to be more form fitting and not as big as my original dress. My make up was very dramatic, and my hair was very traditional. I would love for natural makeup and a non traditional up do.”
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Katie and her hubby have been married for 15 years! They have two awesome kids, and Katie currently works from home for the Estée Lauder Companies.  She has worked very hard to keep her home, career, children, and adult life balance in check but it is exhausting. This day of pampering was exactly what she needed, especially since on her wedding day her hairstylist got sick and she was less than happy with her do. Fast-forward 15 years, would she do it exactly the same? In Katie’s words, “Nope, because when you get a second chance you change it up!” She would want a similar bohemian-style dress as her original wedding dress, but in an updated style. This time, she’s excited to wear her hair lose and flowy. As for make-up, I love that she says “no need to hide the laugh lines, they’ve been well worth it.”
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This proud mama of two handsome little boys has been married for 9 years! Her career as a health and phys-ed teacher keeps her busy but doesn’t allow much of an opportunity to glam it up. Mindy says…“If I were to recreate my wedding today, I would love to have bolder make-up, not so simple! Also, more FUN hair! I have tight, thick, natural curly hair, and I don’t have many options. I didn’t want to take the chance of straightening it just in case it rained on my wedding day (frizz is not my friend). Therefore, I used my natural curls and just pinned it half up half down. I would love to use my OWN curls in a more stylish, creative way that screams glam!”


Special thank you to all the wedding professionals who volunteered their time and talents to create this dream-come-true for such a hard-working group of women! 

// CREDITS //

Bridal Boutique: La Belle Mariee Bridal • Florals: Kristin Rockhill • Photography: Cassi Claire • Decor: Y Knot Now • Hair: Jaimie Heringes & Courtney Strincoski • Make Up: Nancy Caroline • Rentals: Vinterest Props

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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!

Want a daily dose of pretty? Follow along on instagram and facebook!

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  • January 18, 2016 - 12:18 AM

    Kristin Rockhill - Love it!ReplyCancel

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    Gabrielle Gabrielle - This is so great!!! You girls look amazing in both the befores and the afters!!!ReplyCancel

The internet just can’t get enough of Christie and Matt’s gorgeous Highland’s Country Club wedding!! It was recently featured again on MOD Wedding – yay!! I want to decorate my entire house with those gorgeous big pink blooms by The Rosery! <3

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See the original blog post here!

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SPARK NJ Launch Party 2

When I first moved to Brooklyn, I was so intimidated by the big bad city and wondered if I was actually crazy to try and establish a photography business in the most competitive city in the world. But then I started to make friends and little by little, the city wasn’t so scary anymore. One day, over a delicious bowl of Pad Thai, two of those friends and I were lamenting how hard it can be on our faith during the wedding season. We frequently have to miss church on Sunday due to weddings, and while we LOVE what we do, we were really drained spiritually and physically. Together we started SPARK: Turning Darkness Into Light – a weekly get together for female Christian photographers to focus on faith and community. (Read more about what SPARK is here!!)

Caroline & Amy made sure we met almost every week for 3 years including some really fun quarterly events like this cherry blossoms shoot! We even hosted a free workshop to share knowledge and experience with photographers who were just starting their businesses! With anywhere from 5 – 20 people meeting each week, the city started to feel smaller and smaller, and eventually, it felt like home.

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Of course, NYC is just a passing through point for many . . . people come, people go. Caroline recently moved to California, and many of our friends (myself included) moved to New Jersey. With so many of us now located in New Jersey, it only makes sense to move SPARK here as well! Even though I grew up in NJ, this state is HUGE. We invite you to help us make it feel a little smaller! :)

NJ SPARK will be hosted every week on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by Amy Rizzuto, Mekina Saylor, and myself, Cassi Claire. The plan is to alternate locations between Bridgewater and Morris Plains, so you’ll want to make sure you’re on the email list for the latest info and addresses!! If it’s hard for you to attend on weekdays, we’ve also got some super awesome quarterly events and shoots planned! We’d LOVE to meet you, so send me an email (cassi@cassiclaire.com) and we’ll make sure you get the latest updates.

SPARK is honestly too awesome to fit into a blog post, so if you’re interested in learning more, save-the-date for the Launch Party next week! It’ll be on Wednesday, January 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (so you can avoid traffic on the way there and home!) in Bridgewater, NJ*. We’ll have yummy food & drinks and the photo booth will be set up, so we’re encouraging cocktail-cute attire. It’ll be a super fun time to get to know each other before we kick off our series on the Fruits of the Spirit and how we can apply them to life & business. We cannot wait to continue building our community and faith in this awesome state!

Share this post if you know someone who might like to come! :)

*The party will be hosted at a private residence in Bridgewater, NJ.
Email Cassi for the address: cassi@cassiclaire.com

PS: We are focused on spiritual growth in God. You totally don’t have to have all of your spiritual beliefs figured out to come, but you should know that we talk about the Bible, what it means to be Christian and we spend time praying for each other! <3

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Happy one-month-iversary to Dave & Julia!! I think seeing some more wedding photos is a darn good way to celebrate! :)

These two cuties were married at Jacksonville Chapel the weekend before Thanksgiving. They celebrated their reception at the Minerals Resort Hotel in Vernon, NJ. For a late-November wedding, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The sun was shining bright all day long which helped us create some really dreamy portraits! Julia and Dave’s wedding day was infused with navy and fall colors, but also had Celtic touches sprinkled throughout. I especially love that Julia wore her grandmother’s Celtic ring as her something old!

She also got to wear this BLING, so I’d say it was a good day for Julia’s hands! :)

A timeless black & white bridal portrait is a must!

Dave anxiously waiting to see his beautiful bride for their “First Look!”

Hayley Paige has outdone herself again with this Guindon Gown! With its unique flare and class, it’s like it was made for Julia!

Dave’s last name is “Happe” (pronounced Happy), so their hashtag selection was on point! #happeeverafter

Aww Papa’s face! So sweet!

Congratulations again Dave & Julia! It was such a huge blessing to be there with you guys! Can’t wait to see what your future holds! <3

Oh and of course, dream team selfiessss!!! Since it was the last wedding of the season, I made sure to bring on the best – my darling husband Christopher and one of my favoritest shooters Lauren Allison! I think we’re looking pretty good for the end of the night! ;)

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// CREDITS //

Ceremony Venue: Jacksonville Chapel • Reception Venue: Minerals Resort and Spa • Florals: Louisa Amabile Testa • Photography: Cassi Claire • Videography: Be Films • Hair & Makeup: I Do Your Hair & Makeup • The Dress: Hayley Paige • The Shoes: Stuart Weitzman • Maids Dresses: Bill Levkoff • Band: Silver Arrow Band • Invitations: Ann’s Bridal Bargains • Table Numbers: DIY • Cake: Palermo’s 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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