Congratulations, Trish and Adam!- NY and NJ Wedding Photographer

Some couples you just root for. Some couples you meet, and you hear their love story. You can’t help but root for them, wish them the best and do whatever you can as a vendor to give them the very best wedding day possible. Trish and Adam are one of those couples.

I first met the bride at her brother’s wedding a few years ago. With that, can I just say that few things make me happier than seeing my brides and grooms a few years after their wedding, married with two kids and living their happily ever after? Because I love it. I love getting to be there for the newborn babies and the toddlers and the matron of honor adventures. Working with families over the span of several years let me be a photojournalist for all the happiest moments of life, and it’s the best. I love seeing my mothers of the groom circa 2012 become the grandmothers I document today.

I first met the groom at a Christmas tree farm a few years ago when he was first dating the bride. He juggled not one, not two, but three family dogs for that shoot (one of whom is the newlyweds’ dog Splinter, who you’ll see wearing the cutest tux in just a minute.) He helped me move props, because of course I can’t shoot at an evergreen farm without a wagon, two sleds, three mason jars of hot chocolate ingredients, and I just knew when I saw his commitment to helping Trish’s vision for a Christmas photo session happen that he was, well, committed. He was The One, for real, for always, the end.

I love when my wedding photographer Spidey sense tingles and I turn out to be RIGHT! (Especially for a groom who loves superheroes as much as Adam does.) They are so good together. Adam helps Trish stay organized, and Trish takes care of the details that will make their lives so beautiful, rich and meaningful. There were so many details like that last Friday!

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One of the first personal touches I photographed included the butterfly details in the bride’s bouquet, accented here with the couples’ rings. The butterfly details were, in part, in memory of the bride’s Nonnina, her great-grandmother.

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I started out with a few getting ready photos at the bride’s parents’s house, and then I went around the corner to the couple’s apartment, where the groom and groomsmen were getting ready.

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The bride had a big bag of meaningful gifts for the groom to open.

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She got him a baseball signed by none other than legend Mickey Mantle, superhero cufflinks and a few other things.

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His mom helped him with a few finishing touches. Then we took some family photos and it was time to head back to the ladies!

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Trish was just finishing up in the stylist’s chair, and then it was time to open her gifts from Adam. Adam got her beautiful personalized gifts- including a picture frame for a wedding photo (No pressure!), lots of personalized home decor items with with their new last name- and best of all, a new Bible for his bride with her married name embossed on it. THAT was the gift that made her tear up!

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One of the most unique and beautiful things about the bride is her faith. She lives it, day in and day out. Getting into your wedding dress is a moment like almost no other. It’s the moment when it really hits most women- this is IT. This is happening.

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Trish is the only bride I’ve ever seen who calmed her nerves in that moment by praying. Adam’s gift of a new Bible? Absolutely perfect.

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Her mom helped her put on her own diamond cross necklace and held her hand while the maid and matron of honor tied up the corset back and fluffed the dress.
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Then I made Trish stand by the beautiful window light for some traditional “bride by the window” photos. I’m giving weird posing instructions like, “Look at your own shoulder!” but what can I say? It works!

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Then it was time for her dad to have a look at his daughter in her wedding dress. Amazing!

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Trish’s grandmother helped her pin a tiny charm with a photo of her great-grandmother in it on her bouquet. Then it was time to gather up all the bridesmaids (and flower girls, ready and waiting!) to head to the church up the street.

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The bridesmaids sang “Going to the Chapel” as we walked. Meanwhile, hundreds of guests were gathering at the church while the bride’s uncle played the guitar.

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The bride and groom’s interfaith service, combining the best of Catholic and Jewish wedding traditions was just lovely. It was personal, spiritual and loving, like the couple’s families. A priest and a rabbi offered their blessings.

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The bride had warned me that the most emotional moment would be when the couple offered a bouquet to the Blessed Mother and prayed for her help to be good parents someday. One of my favorite things about my job is capturing things that the bride and groom had no idea was happening in the moment. This is one of those times! Nearby, a flower girl was having a decidedly less serious moment.

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The bride’s students from the guitar and song club at her school sang from the choir loft.

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You may now kiss the bride!

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The newlyweds and wedding party gathered for a ribbon wand send-off, and then it was back inside for a few formal photos.

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We took a quick break from formal photos for a selfie, and then we were back at it!

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We just had to run back to the house for a quick photo with Splinter, a few touchups and then it was time to take the party bus to New Jersey.

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Three New York City bridges during rush hour later (more time to party on the party bus!) we were ready to take more photos!

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My little ring bearer (and his mom, the matron of honor above) are ready to rock it! Unfortunately, this little flower girl was less excited.

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I’m so sorry, sweetie. I know. I know. It’s no one’s favorite part AND cocktail hour at the Westmount Country Club is pretty darn amazing, BUT… these are some of my favorite photos from the entire wedding day. Thanks for hanging in there with me, everyone!

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We shot until sunset, and then it was time to enjoy cocktail hour. The Westmount Country Club puts out a spread that I can only describe as sumptuous. There is sushi, Chinese food, chartercurie trays, fruit displays, pasta stations, an entire roast pig, carving stations, passed hors d’oeuvres… it is amazing, and I know the guests loved it.

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Meanwhile, the decorations in the other room were just gorgeous.

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The escort cards were cake pops. There was a little sign that said, “Love is sweet! Find your seat.” Awww!

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Then the bride and groom made their grand entrance and went right into their first dance. Here’s how I described this moment in a Facebook message to the bride the day after the wedding, “When you got introduced at the reception, it was amazing. Everyone cheered for you and it was all the goodwill and love you’ve ever wanted in your whole life for you and the person you love most.”

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I love this shot of the groom’s mom wiping away happy tears.

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I love shooting details like this with the new wedding rings in the shot…

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Trish wept with joy for, oh, maybe the sixth time that day. But who’s counting? :)

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Monsignor Maresca offered his blessings, and then it was time for two heartfelt toasts.

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Cutest. Reaction. To Gentle Bridesmaid Teasing. Ever.

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I loved this interaction between the newlyweds and the mother of the groom, but if you think that’s moving, wait until you see the bride dancing with her dad. They laughed, they cried, they sang…

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Then it was Adam’s turn to dance with his mom.

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This flower girl just kills me with the cuteness. She’s the same one who was having a ball during the prayer in church, too. I just love her.

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The father of the bride played a set with his band “Spitfire.”

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The bridesmaids all decided to fling their superhero garters at the stage in a fitting tribute.

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Then Patricia changed into her party dress. Adam got his own first look, and then it was back to the party, which was rocking.

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After the cake-cutting, the couple had another slow dance. Adam really, really wanted the special effects smoke machine for the first dance, so the bride made it happen.BLOGPHOTO117

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This was actually incredibly romantic and emotional. And then things caught on fire… but on purpose!

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Viennese hour at the Westmount CC is to die for. I’m not even going to talk about the chocolate fountain.

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Then there was one last dance set to end the party on a high note. The guests surrounded the newlyweds with a kick line as “New York, New York” was the last song of the night.

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The groom literally swept the bride off her feet.

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It was such a honor and so fun to be with you guys on the best day of your lives. Thank you so much for your patience, for your belief in my artistic vision and your trust with your priceless memories. Your love for each other shines through in every photo. May you treasure them always.

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