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

College is good for many things – education, excessive ramen noodle eating, learning that sometimes sleeping on the floor can be just a good as a bed, and in Dan and Mary’s case…falling in love! The two met in college and have been together for 10 years! Their meet-cute was so special to them that Dan even proposed during their college reunion! It was so beautiful to see a couple surrounded by so many of their alma mater alumni in addition to their family. Mary and Dan are both so kind and sweet and full of love! It was an honor to photograph their gorgeous wedding at the Garden City Country Club in Garden City, NY! We started the day at Mary’s childhood home – which just so happened to perfect match her wedding colors!

I really really want this soft green couch and matching floral pillows to magically appear in my home!

These girls were bow tying professionals! Mary, your dress was simply divine!

Dan enjoyed a relaxing morning with his groomsmen at the Garden City Hotel. Love those brown shoes!

The two were wed at St. Joseph’s Church, also in Garden City, NY!

Cuteness overload!

Bubble exits are my favorite! 

Such beautiful ladies! Sister sandwich!

We were all REALLY excited about these giant balloons!

Mary, you are angelic! Such beauty!

This cake blew me away! Love the soft pink & green floral arrangements!

There are some of those college friends I was telling you about! :)

It was the perfect wedding day! Thank you so much Mary and Dan for inviting me into your lives! Hugs to you both! <3

Credits // Ceremony Site: St. Joseph Church // Reception Site: Garden City Country Club // Groom Prep Location: Garden City Hotel // Flowers: Tula at Theo Hengstenberg’s Son, Inc. // Bride’s Dress: Watters & Watters via RK Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Rings: AS Diamonds // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew // Transportation: North Fork Trolley Co. // Paper Goods: Joan Print Custom Invitations // Favors: DIY // Reception Entertainment: Jerry Kravat’s Manhattan Rhythm Machine // Wedding Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!

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Congratulations to Stephanie and Steve on their engagement! Words cannot describe how excited I was to hear from Stephanie like immediately after she got engaged! Steph was a bridesmaid in Donna and Oleg’s wedding last year, and I knew I adored her from the minute I met her! She is so sweet and fun and full of energy! It’s no wonder Steve fell head over heels for her! Steve and Stephanie met on about 6 years ago. They are the perfect yin and yang! He’s 6’4″ and she’s 5’2″. He’s the sensitive teddy bear and she’s the sassy bull (in their words of course!). She’s the graphic designer and he’s the sports enthusiast! In Steph’s words, “These are the things that make us love each other even more. We both get to show each other other a world that we would have never have thought about on our own.”

To celebrate their love, we spent the evening walking around DUMBO, enjoying some vintage Coca-Cola, and watching the sun set over the Brooklyn Bridge! :)

How fun are these adorable vintage Coca-Cola bottles they brought?! Love them!

Steph, you are INSANELY gorgeous! Your eyes sparkle!

And so does your gorgeous ring! :)

Brooklyn Bridge at sunset is simply magical!

We ended the session as the sun disappeared behind the skyline! Steve and Steph, I seriously cannot wait until the big day next October! We’re going to have so much fun! :)

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  • September 8, 2014 - 2:47 PM

    Michelle - Absolutely stunning Cassi! Beautiful couple and I love their outfits.ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 6:51 PM

    Angela Newton Roy - Love this session! Her polkadot dress and his pink shirt combo is awesome! And she has such a pretty smile!ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 11:23 PM

    Stephanie Sarnelli - We are in love! We can’t thank you enough for capturing every detail and moment! ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 11:55 PM

    Joanne Hofving Wresch - BEAUTIFUL!!!!

On my website, there is a cute little contact form that encourages couples to tell me something fun about them and their wedding when inquiring for information. There are certain key words that, when used, make my heart happy because I know we’ll get along well! Jodi used almost all of those words/phrases in her first note – “we are a fun-loving couple…not cookie cutter…not traditional…want to have fun with our family and friends.” OH, and she even concluded with a smiley face! Which we all know means she’s instantly awesome in my book! Naturally, Jared proved to be just as awesome! Although, I can’t say much about his smiley face usage! We’re working on that! :)

We had so much fun exploring the streets of the East Village for their engagement session! That’s where Jared was living when they first started dating, and where they first moved in together. They have spent countless hours wandering through the neighborhood, and one of their favorite spots ended up being the perfect place to start their engagement session – Tompkins Square Park! After the park, we adventured down various streets and found beautiful pockets of swoon-worthy light!

How fun is this striped yellow wall we found?!

Jodi, you are sooo gorgeous! :)

I’m obsessed with Jodi’s Shoshanna dress! Doesn’t this color make you swoon?!

Love love love!

You two are too cute! I can’t wait for the wedding! It’s going to be an amazing day, and I’m so happy I get to be a part of it! <3

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  • August 28, 2014 - 6:16 AM

    Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - Yes, LOVE that striped yellow wall!!! And the dress. And that Jodi and I look alike. ;-) Haha! Love the pics, Cassi. Amazing as always. Congratulations to Jodi and Jared!ReplyCancel

  • September 1, 2014 - 3:15 AM

    Amy Rizzuto - Gorgeous!!! Great job Cassi. :) Congratulations Jodi and Jared!ReplyCancel

YAY, Patrick and Katie are married!!! You may remember this couple from their super popular nerdy engagement session in Central Park! That session was just a tiny taste of the couple’s creativity! Their wedding day included some of the most original DIY details I’ve ever seen, from their THREE different invitation suites to THIRTEEN uniquely themed centerpieces. I could go on and on, but I think Patrick’s words are much more meaningful than mine! I’ve asked Patrick to share some of his thoughts on the planning and execution of their wedding dream-come-true!

“As I sit at my desk looking back at a day that in reality is only a few weeks past but feels like a lifetime ago, I can’t help but feel like Bilbo Baggins penning the first lines of his own tale; “Where to begin?” Katie and I knew from the beginning we wanted our wedding to be undeniably us, however I’m not really sure at what point we decided just how far we would go with it. We knew we wanted this to be a wedding of Stormtroopers and superheroes. Our relationship has deep roots in nerd culture and so it was never a question to us or our families that we would be having a nerd themed wedding. I guess it all began with our little Save the Dates. Katie found a cool idea on Pinterest for using old floppy disks as the method for reminding our guests to [Ctrl + S] the date. We designed personalized decals, stuck them on, and mailed them out. It was at that point that we caught the DIY bug and every detail after that, from the invitations to the favors, was lovingly crafted with our own little twists and signatures. 

The day itself was a dream come true. We’re still big kids at heart so Katie and I had our first look in a park on a swing set. Our ceremony was held on site at Casa Bianca in Oak Ridge and our officiant was a dear friend from high school who agreed to become ordained to perform our ceremony. Our groomsmen wore origami comic book boutonnieres and our bridesmaids carried purple and white bouquets tied with comic book patterned ribbon. Our processional was “All You Need is Love” and our unity ceremony consisted of building a heart and a TriForce made of Legos. What truly made our wedding so special to us was how easily and enthusiastically our friends and family embraced all of these ideas, no matter how unorthodox. We spent so much time preparing and when the day finally arrived, it was not us but our friends, our families, and our professional magic makers that brought the day to life. Seeing the reactions and hearing the laughter from everyone was the motivation for building thirteen unique centerpieces and writing a ceremony that had Klingon in it. We started out creating a day about us, but the truth is, it was actually a day about our lives and the people who make our lives possible.” -Patrick, the groom

Love the “To infinity…and beyond” inscription on their rings!

The couple mastered an X-Acto knife and a paintbrush in order to bring their Lord of the Rings invitation suite to life! The “Realm of New Jersey” map and the real wax seal still amaze me! This invitation went out to all of Patrick’s family.

Their second invite is insanely creative! The couple created a combo Daily Planet and Comic book with a coherent story! This suite went out to all of Patrick and Katie’s close friends!

And the final invitation suite was themed around Titanic – Katie’s favorite movie! Katie’s family members were given a Boarding Pass to the White Star Line’s Titanic!

Strips of comic book themed fabric were wrapped around the bouquets!

Katie, all I can think looking at this picture is “SECRET TUNNEL!” 

Patrick made these incredible comic book origami boutonnieres for all his groomsmen! 

The swing set was the perfect location for their emotional First Look!

Ahhh the centerpieces!! I couldn’t even fit them all into this blog post! Here are some of my favorite P+K creations! First up, the Pixar table…I’m obsessed! How amazing is their recreation of the house from Up?! The house flies above Andy’s toys, Boo’s door, and Mr. Incredible’s trophy room, and Woody’s boot displays their initials and wedding date!

They even replicated Carl and Ellie’s mailbox!

I thought it fitting to show their “I Love Lucy” centerpiece in black & white! They created a working TV (using a digital photo frame) which played screenshots of some of the most popular “I Love Lucy” episodes! Surrounding the TV is a mock conveyer belt with chocolates, a bottle of Vitameatavegamin, Ricky’s bongo, and Lucy and Ethel’s chef hats from the chocolate episode. Finally, the famous heart logo proudly sits atop the TV in the form of a satin pillow.

Their “Classic Hollywood” centerpiece symbolizes their love for timeless films such as Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, Wizard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind. In Patrick’s words…

“It seemed fitting to use the Empire State Building as the foundation for this piece considering our personal connection with this iconic landmark. It’s no coincidence that I proposed to Katie in a place that evokes powerfully romantic images and memories from films like An Affair to Remember and of course King Kong. Starting from the base which is several old film reels stacked upon one another, a piece of film wraps itself around the building and it is adorned with movie posters, mostly the great romances. Finally, the tragic monster Kong perches atop the piece, an homage to the great films of Golden Age Hollywood.”

A Lord of the Rings table was a must considering it is Patrick’s favorite book and movie series!

And of course, Titanic for Katie! Their sweetheart table was Nintendo themed to represent their shared love of games.

The Star Wars saga is kind of like the mecca for nerds. They wanted to fit all three movies into ONE centerpiece…and succeeded!

“The core of this piece is three lightsabers that actually glow red, blue and green. Looming above is the mighty Death Star from the first film. In the middle, a diorama of the battle of Hoth from the second film complete with AT-ATs, snow speeders, Wampas. At the bottom, Ewoks vs Stormtroopers from the third film. Surrounding the base is a little love story between a Stormtrooper and an exotic alien dancer.” -Patrick

Their ceremony was just as unique as the rest of the wedding day! Patrick, if you haven’t noticed by now, is a phenomenal writer. He penned a nerdy, beautiful, and eloquent ceremony performed by their dear friend Arci. To give you a tiny taste…here is how the ceremony opened…

“Friends and family, welcome! Lords and ladies, hail and good tidings! Klingon warriors, Ba-tlah Meb-Nukh Nekhh! Jedi knights, this evening welcome you are. We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate a union between two people many years in the making and I think it’s safe to say that we can agree in all the tongues of elves, men and orcs, that it’s about time! Before proceeding any further in this most joyous of occasions, we invite you to participate in an ancient greeting ritual originating in a galaxy far, far away. Today is a day of community, love, and lightsabers and in that spirit we ask that you turn to those around you and recite the universal greeting of nerds everywhere: ‘May the force be with you.'”

Their wedding party fully embraced the theme and even read their toasts off of ancient scrolls!

Guests were surprised when they were told one person from each table would be going home with a special gift from the couple! Under one seat at each table was a Wonka’s Golden Ticket!

Patrick and Katie cut their Wall-E topped wedding cake with the sword from their Lord of the Rings table!

Congratulations to one of the most true-to-self couples I’ve ever met! May a long marriage be with you! Er, does that work? I’m not really too up to snuff on my nerd-lingo! ;)

Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Casa Bianca // Officiant: friend Danielle Arci // Flowers: The Bloomery // Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Wedding Rings: Zales // Hair Stylist: Sibel Koyas // Invitations, Table Numbers, Centerpieces, etc.: DIY // Entertainment: Danny C Entertainment // Videography: Camfisto Entertainment // Wedding Cake: Casa Bianca // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!

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  • August 21, 2014 - 4:09 PM

    Donna Krueper - This is so incredible – truly a night never to be forgotten!!! We all had a blast and can’t wait for the next episode in Katie and Patrick’s journey together. May the force be with them forever!!! Love Donna and Alex Krueper.

    Cassi you did such an amazing Job recapping events of their wedding. Thanks so much for sharing. Excellent, Excellent Job!!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2014 - 7:55 PM

    Tom Kida - This is amazing! Congrats on your special day! Love the cake cutting with Sting and Wall-E and Eve on top! Absolutely excellent!ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2014 - 8:10 PM

    Donna Krueper - This is so incredible – truly a night never to be forgotten!!! We all had a blast and can’t wait for the next episode in Katie and Patrick’s journey together. May the force be with them forever!!! Love Donna and Alex Krueper.

    Cassi you did such an amazing Job recapping events of their wedding. Thanks so much for sharing. Excellent, Excellent Job!!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2014 - 8:18 PM

    Lauren Wysocki - Amazing Detail!! I can only imagine the time and thought that went into every aspect! Well done Katie and Pat! Kudos to you Cassi for capturing it!! ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2014 - 8:52 PM

    Kevin A. Lancaster - Great photos, definitely captured the spirit of the day!!ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2014 - 9:07 PM

    Linda Vollinger Meisch - Everything was amazing!!!

  • August 21, 2014 - 10:38 PM

    Barbara Ulrich - Fantastic pictures and beautiful colors…I enjoyed the show!ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2014 - 3:20 AM

    Sarah Rose Bross - Awesome photos! I like the one where I’m getting lovingly strangled by my brother.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

    Caroline Frost Shea - This is so fun- I’m sure they were super happy with the photos you gave them- sounds like a really fun wedding. The bridesmaids reading off the scrolls was too funny!ReplyCancel

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.


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  • August 13, 2014 - 9:05 PM

    Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - Congrats, girl! Love your Coney Island shoots. I feel like it’s your happy place! :-) xoReplyCancel

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!

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  • July 31, 2014 - 1:18 PM

    Amy Rizzuto - LOVE IT CASSI!!! Such a beautiful wedding and adorable couple…all captured perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 11:16 PM

    Gretchen Zeigler Gardner - love the “not a first look” look with everyone on the balcony and below…what a great idea!

  • August 1, 2014 - 12:57 AM

    Mary Semeraro-Celentano - Just beautiful photos..They both look like models. A beautiful couple. I am sooooo happy for the both of you..So happy for you Oscar. So happy for you happiness.ReplyCancel

  • August 1, 2014 - 2:20 AM

    Lesley Tackel George - Cassi you are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2014 - 9:06 AM

    Angela Newton Roy - Cassi these are so great! I love the energy and emotion you captured! This couple and their wedding look like so much fun and you did a great job showing that!ReplyCancel

  • February 4, 2015 - 1:29 PM

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!

So sweet!

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!).Parent dances always make me tear up! Although, this time I was able to do so from my own chair! Once the salad was served, I let Tina take over so I could party with everyone! Best idea I’ve ever had, thank you Tina! :)

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!

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  • July 17, 2014 - 8:28 PM

    Mikkel - Absolutely love it, Cassi! So colorful and bright, at every “corner.” Amazing! Glad you ended up with the floral tank too!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2014 - 9:14 PM

    shelley N' Craig Whelpley - Love the pictures that Cassie takes..she always makes me smile…thank you for the great memories of a great wedding..<3ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2014 - 11:57 PM

    Lisa Stires-Wilson - Thank you for the wedding memories. They are AWESOME pics. I am the luckiest Mom In the world. I have the greatest kids. ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2014 - 12:47 AM

    Amy Rizzuto - Such a beautiful wedding Cassi!!! You did an amazing job of capturing all the special moments from your brother’s wedding. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2014 - 1:17 AM

    Shelley Stires Whelpley - Cassie takes the best pictures..she is the best …Love the wedding pictures of Freddie and Michele..they made a beautiful bride and groom..<3

  • July 19, 2014 - 2:59 AM

    Millie Stires - Phenomenal photos Cassi Claire & Tina!! The best Wedding yet so far! Had a blast and wish we were still there!!! Congrats again to my Nephew Fred Taylor & Michelle Taylor!!! xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2014 - 4:56 PM

    Joanne Del Giorno Piroino - God Bless the three of you as you begin your new life together. May he bless you with health, wealth and happiness always. Michelle you have always made me proud, and you continue to now. I have gained another “son”. Now I have three beautiful daughters, three wonderful sons, and most of all a precious little granddaughter, and it only the beginning!!ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2015 - 3:02 PM

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! :)

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  • July 15, 2014 - 2:02 PM

    Sidney Morgan - Beautiful as always, Cassi!!!! These make me really want to go to Venice. xoxoxoReplyCancel

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! :)

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  • July 10, 2014 - 5:55 PM

    Leandra Brown - Congratulations Cassi! That’s Awesome! I’m so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 12:22 AM

    Laura Vis - Cassi. This is just too precious! I’m sooooo happy for you! Congrats, you deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 12:22 AM

    Julie Olsen Frerichs - Great Story and spread….. love it! Now send all your NJ Brides over to Uptown Art : Denville for any Girls night or day event….we would love to host them. ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 7:53 AM

    Katie Rae - WOOHOO! Cassi, this is amazing, and you should be proud. This is super exciting. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 1:35 PM

    Ronni Ross-The Knot - Congratulations Cassi. Your work inspires our brides and we are so happy to see Donna and Oleg’s wedding at The Inn at Fernbrook Farms featured in the new issue of The Knot NJ – Congratulations to you all the vendors who participated!!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 5:40 PM

    Kelley Bruso - Yay! So happy for you Cassi!! I cried happy tears just reading that! :)ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 11:55 PM

    Mikkel Paige - Amazing!!!! So incredibly proud of you! Looks incredible in print and they were lucky to have you photograph their day!ReplyCancel

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!

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  • July 4, 2014 - 3:57 PM

    Leandra - Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous Cassi!!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2014 - 3:39 PM

    Amanda Leah Filli - Breathtaking pictures! Christy is such a natural beauty and was a pleasure to work for. I love the entire esthetic…the eclectic mix of texture in a neutral pallet looks stunning in all the photos. Those dresses!!! ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2014 - 5:37 PM

    Jackie Suzanne - I really cannot stop looking at these!!!!!! They are the best pictures !!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2014 - 1:38 PM

    Sarah Schwartz - BEAUTIFUL pictures and BEAUTIFUL couple!!

  • July 7, 2014 - 6:50 PM

    Michelle Lange - LOVE everything about this wedding! The details are to die for :)ReplyCancel

    • July 8, 2014 - 12:36 AM

      Cassi Claire - Thank you so much Michelle and Leandra! I’m obsessed with everything this adorable couple planned! :)ReplyCancel

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    Olya Pavlenko Schafranek - Hi! Really nice pics! What month did they get married? June? I am helping a friend/client plan her wedding and she just chose the Highlands. We are going with this August and are hoping they have good AC. Just wanted to ask :-)ReplyCancel