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Noelle & Corey // an Emotional Retro-Inspired Asbury Park Hotel Wedding

Everyone who knows me knows that I love when people cry. I know, I know. Sounds kinda weird, but let me explain. It’s not the crying that I love, it’s the emotion. I love seeing people at their most authentic. When they’re so lost in how they feel that they forget about my camera and all the social norms that cause people to wipe away their tears as soon as they fall, or worse, to avoid showing emotion entirely. Emotion is healthy, and on a wedding day, it seems crazy to me that anyone would try to avoid feeling how they feel.

Noelle and Corey’s wedding day was one of the best weddings I’ve ever shot, because of how amazingly open and vulnerable everyone was with their hearts and souls. It was stylish, too, and at a killer new venue – the Asbury Hotel, modeled after a boutique Brooklyn hotel – but what really spoke to me was the bond shared between everyone. My personal favorite moment was after the ceremony, when Corey and Noelle escaped to a side room to embrace and soak in the feeling of being married, but there are so many great moments that made this day. Noelle being helped into her gown by her joyous tribe. Corey’s father and stepfather helping each other get ready. Noelle and her sisters laughing when her veil blew straight up in the wild coastal winds, and how it had to be held throughout the ceremony. The impromptu fireworks that made for romantic entertainment. The speeches, oh the speeches… The black and white photo of Noelle openly crying during her father’s speech is one of my all-time favorite photos I’ve ever made. So much love and raw emotion.

From the beginning, here’s what their day looked like. Get your tissues ready, kids.

Danielle & Wil // a Cozy In-Home Anniversary Session

So you’re already married, but you want some photos that capture your everyday life and love with your honey. It’s time to consider a cozy in-home anniversary session, or a shoot around some of your favorite places. Why should the professional photos end with the wedding? I offer anniversary shoots and couple’s portrait sessions that can take place anywhere you want! Your favorite coffee shop, your old stomping grounds, or your own house, so you can hang with your doggos! For Danielle & Wil, we made some intimate photos in their Fishtown, Philadelphia home while they enjoyed a quiet Sunday morning making coffee, cuddling, and lounging with their pups Chelsea and Hudson.

Anniversary sessions are my favorite, and such a good excuse to unplug and spend some quality time together. In today’s digital age, it’s so easy to be disconnected, and isn’t that so ironic, when literally everything is at our fingertips? Take time together to go on a date (or in this case, stay in and snuggle), and I’ll bring my camera along. Let’s document your life as it happens – just the two of you.

Contact me today to book an anniversary session! Your honey will love the shit out of you for it.

Jenni & Greg // a Jazzy Garden Party Wedding at the Morris House Hotel

What’s in between a traditional wedding and a dinner party? A non-traditional jazz-themed garden party wedding! Well, I’m sure there are a lot of variations in the middle, but for Jenni and Greg, getting together with 50 of their closest friends and family members for an outdoor celebration at Morris House Hotel was perfect. Greg’s from PA, and Jenni hails from New Zealand, so they combined traditions and made a wedding that was 100% unique. Heart & Dash made the day both beautiful and stress-free (which is so important when hiring a planner – I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to hire a team who can handle logistics as well as aesthetics), and a dream team of vendors brought in details and services catered to Greg and Jenni’s tastes.

My favorite part of the day was during pre-ceremony portraits, when Jenni and Greg started skipping down the streets of the Washington Square West neighborhood, because they were just so. damn. stoked. to get married. I also loved the sense of humor shared by everyone in the wedding party, the hilarious father toasts, the ivy draping over the walls of the hotel, and the canopy setting of the ceremony and reception. I overheard guests reveling over and over about what an awesome wedding this was, and I couldn’t agree more.


Vendor Dream Team:

Photographer: Brittney Raine Photography

Wedding Planning & Coordination: Heart & Dash

Location: Morris House Hotel

Hair & Makeup: Jessica Saint Bridal

Florist: We Are Wildflowers

Cake: Nutmeg Cake Design

Officiant: Journeys of the Heart

Lounge: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Persimmon Sounds

Reception Music: Lapis Luna

Lighting: Synergetic Lighting & Sound