November 2012

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last year, i had the good fortune of having clair palmer walk through my studio door with her fiance, nick harmon…clair quickly informed me that if i worked out that it would be a two for one as her sister lindsay was getting married a few months beforehand and that she was doing all the leg work…from that moment on, it was like spending time with old friends…and i felt the very same way when i met her sister, lindsay and her groom, seth… but it really took hold when i met their vivacious, warm, loving and very funny mother, debbie…i had to please her the way i would my own mom…the girls and their mom and her mom and all the aunts are a force!  the ceremony was due to take place at a church in seaside which was washed away by sandy so we ended up at st. peters in pt. pleasant followed by an incredible reception at clark’s landing..though they had a stress filled week leading up to the big day, it did not deter their spirit and will to make their day everything they wanted it to be…there was an abundance of love, laughter and gorgeous people…seriously these women and their husbands could be on billboards!  it was great working for the first time with dan, from inzi productions, on video and the girls from petal beach did their usual lovely job with the bouquets as did don and nicole from clarks landing…this weekend was spent with two families that are very close to my heart and after the week leading up to it, i could not have chosen better people to spend it with…

additional credits:  makeup by victoria, 1st class limousine, bovellas bakery, dj:  tony from sce

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    BEST wedding ever !

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photographing this wedding was bittersweet for me as jackie is the last of the cusimano children to get married…this family has become like family to me having photographed meghan & ryan’s wedding and then their son, thomas, followed by stephen & jen 3 years ago…as happy as i was to spend the glorious if not a bit chilly day with all of them one more time, i had brief memories of moments from the past spent together and the knowledge that there would be no more for me to document (much as i begged debbie & tom to have another one!) and that i would not be seeing tom’s blue vw bug pulling up to another church with a daughter to give away… jackie looked amazing in her justin alexander gown provided by i do, i do in morristown and denise vacchiano & jeanine mangan made jackie look picture perfect with hair and makeup…this was the first wedding days after the storm and i know that jackie was relieved that the gorgeous fiddler’s elbow resumed power in time for her reception…bonnie from petal beach ruptured her appendix but chris foster did an incredible job with the gorgeous bouquets even though she had lost her home that week to storm…nick & chris from imagine entertainment were exactly what everyone needed that week to help us forget our troubles for a little while and dance…

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i met neva & brian on a late night last year in my studio with neva’s dad, jack, his wife, tatiyana & brian’s son, ryan…it was immediately clear that their wedding was going to be memorable…we spent almost 2 hours together swapping stories and laughing…i could not wait for this year to spend more time with them…their wedding was glamorous, emotional and this couple was surrounded by the love of friends and family and music & dancing and so much laughter, as expected…this was the day before the sandy and it really was the calm before the storm…our day started at the berkeley oceanfront hotel in asbury park with yossi bouskila hairstylist & daria debiak, makeup artist where neva & her attendants got ready followed by a mass at st. james in red bank and photographs at monmouth university where neva works…the ballroom at the berkeley looked gorgeous bathed in purple and accented by centerpieces provided by petal beach floral designs…and corey fox from elite entertainment was fantastic…

additional credits:  nicole chambers from anna soiree, cake:  chocolate carousel, santos limousines

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credits:  dress: augusta jones  shoes:stuart weitzman  bridesmaids: coren moore at bella bridesmaids/nyc  men:  vera wang & calvin klein
hair:  denise vacchiano   makeup:  jeanine mangan  videographer:  andrew king from stomping bread   florist:  narcissus  band:  respekt
invitations:  say yes/hoboken  cake:  bovella’s bakery/westfield  venue:  clark’s landing pt. pleasant inlet beach

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just a word…

you may notice that i have not been writing about my days with my couples during my last few posts…i want all of my couples to know that i had amazing, wonderful days and experiences with all of you…please do not think otherwise…many of the weddings and portrait sessions took place at locations that were dessimated by the storm…i feel a tremendous sense of melancholy viewing these locations that were so special to all of us who live here on the shore…i photograph joyous events and having a front seat to so much destruction and grief in places that have always brought joy and peace is hard and i have been having a hard time navigating through the feelings of happiness and pain…it breaks my heart seeing neighbors, co workers, friends and family going through so much… the last few weeks while waiting for the power to return felt a bit like being in a bubble…just trying to help in whatever way i could…slowly getting back to normal this last week and remembering that so many are still in the bubble…i want all of my couples to know that i LOVED every moment spent with all of you…you are amazing people and i am BLESSED beyond words to have not just had the opportunity to meet and get to know you but to spend such a special day in your life with you…i will be doing my best to write something in the upcoming days…in the meantime, know that i love all of you xoxo…

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