The Liberty House and Seton Hall wedding preparations of Ashley & Sean | Jersey City, New Jersey

Ashley & Sean were looking for a wedding photographer to capture the fleeting moments of their day as well as to create relaxed portraits that reflected their personalities. They describe themselves as “two laid back individuals that love to live life to fullest” and they were creating a celebration with an earthy, rustic, laid-back vibe.  They contacted me after seeing the wedding photography I had done for a friend and I’m so glad they did!

What were you most excited about before your wedding?
Celebrating with all of the people who are most important in our lives.

What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
Ashley: Sean and I are known for being very easy-going and relaxed, especially when it came to planning our wedding. I was nervous about losing that sense of calm during the chaos of the day. Luckily, I have incredibly thoughtful and relaxed friends and family who fed off my energy and kept me centered.
Sean: Not being together in the morning was the most stressful for me. You spend a lot of your relationship making important days special for your significant other and I was just hoping that it was everything she dreamed of. Since the day went off without a single setback I know that it all turned out perfect.

Jersey City wedding portrait

Tell us about your gorgeous custom jewelry!
Sean and I love trying new stores and restaurants in Jersey City. I joke that he is actually the mayor because he knows every event, restaurant, and store that pops up in our neighborhood. Love Liesel was a new store and when I walked in I was only looking for a necklace for a party I was attending that evening. They didn’t have exactly what I wanted, but Heidi one of the owners, immediately offered to make it for me. About two hours later I walked back in to pick-up a gorgeous necklace that she made out of the poor description I had provided, I was in awe. I started looking around and noticed she also made wedding jewelry. They were gorgeous pieces, with amazing character, and a touch of vintage inspiration. I was in love! We ended up buying our wedding bands and all of the jewelry for my bridesmaids and myself. Because the wedding industry is such a machine, sometimes you feel like you’re just riding the assembly line. Heidi and Kerry, the Love Liesel owners, made designing and selecting our jewelry one of the most uniquely intimate experiences of the entire process. Their work is phenomenal and their energy is exceptional!

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Venue: The Liberty House Restaurant – Jersey City, New Jersey
Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal – New York, New York
Groom’s Attire: Indochino – New York, New York
Hair & Makeup: Up & Out – Hoboken, New Jersey
Flowers: Bridal Bouquets by Jill – South River, New Jersey
Wedding planner: Blush Events – Hoboken, New Jersey
Band/DJ: Pure Rhythm Entertainment – Queens, New York
Transportation: Romantique Double Diamond Limousines – Brooklyn, New York

New Jersey wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro

City Winery wedding of Jennifer & Mike | Manhattan, NYC

About the couple:
We both work in the world of sports. Mike is a broadcast producer and director. Jennifer is a lawyer at a sports agency. Our first date was on October 30, 2014. Without the leap year…our wedding is exactly two full trips around the sun since the date we met.

How did you meet?
We both swiped right… (i.e., we met on Tinder). Surprised we did not meet sooner as our careers cross over and we have been at numerous events together, but never met.
Who proposed and how?
I have a special spot in Central Park where I sit after my runs. It has been my rock, literally and figuratively, since I moved to New York. On May 27, I had no idea why Mike wanted to go for a walk in our neighborhood, let alone why we were walking straight toward my rock. We sat down and Mike asked me to marry him, He surprised me and he made my rock forever our rock.
What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
My favorite part of our wedding day was exchanging our vows under the chupah. The exchange of vows is the reason everyone was there to celebrate, and it is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. I will never forget those few minutes when our world paused.
Tell us about your cake…
Our cake was from City Cakes in Chelsea. Chef Benny makes cakes that taste as delicious as they look! Mike’s favorite part of the planning was the cake testing. We chose alternating layers of decade chocolate and heavenly vanilla with dark chocolate ganache. The icing was buttercream with a deep purple ribbon.
Tell us about your dress…
Before I went with my mom to find my dress, I went to a few salons to get an idea of what style I wanted because I was scared of being overwhelmed or not finding any options. I fell in love with the first dress I tried on, but my mom and I still went around the city the following week in search of the dress. And after all the worry, I ended up with the first dress I tried on! Thank you, Amsale and Kleinfeld!
How did you choose your wedding venue?
City Winery was the gem of all of the places we visited. Both of us love wine, and City Winery is the only working winery in Manhattan.  After meeting with the Emily, we knew immediately that the venue would provide a happy, easy-going and celebratory vibe.

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bride and groom on streets of NY at nightVenue: City Winery – New York, New York
Dress Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal – New York, New York
Dress Designer: Amsale Bridal
Suit: Paul Stuart
Hair: Lauren Berrones – New York, New York
Make-up: Meagan Schmitz – Los Angeles, California
Flowers: Flowers by Richard – New York, New York
Cake: City Cakes – New York, New York
Invitations: Unique Unusuals – New York, New York
Officiant: Rabbi Roger Ross – New York, New York
Band/DJ: Doug Sounds – New York, New York

NYC wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro

City Winery Wedding portraits of Jennifer & Mike | Manhattan, NYC

A few portraits from Jennifer & Mike’s wedding! More from their lovely ceremony and reception at New York’s City Winery coming soon!

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Venue: City Winery – New York, New York
Dress Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal – New York, New York
Dress Designer: Amsale Bridal
Suit: Paul Stuart
Hair: Lauren Berrones – New York, New York
Make-up: Meagan Schmitz – Los Angeles, California
Flowers: Flowers by Richard – New York, New York
Cake: City Cakes – New York, New York
Invitations: Unique Unusuals – New York, New York
Officiant: Rabbi Roger Ross – New York, New York
Band/DJ: Doug Sounds – New York, New York

NYC wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro

Cairnwood Estate wedding portraits of Rebecca & Ben | Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Who proposed to who and how?
Rebecca: I had just spent the summer in Colorado and we flew back to London together. We decided to take a day trip to Cambridge because I wanted to show Ben where I had gone to university. He had it all worked and I had no idea!

Ben: I feel like it’s impossible to plan a great proposal, but you have to be prepared. I had the ring…

Rebecca: I had no clue that he had taken a photo of our hands, mine on top of his, the last time we were together. He showed the photo of our hands to the jeweler, who measured him, then from the photo estimated my ring size. It was a perfect fit. He kept suggesting we get a dinner reservation and I couldn’t figure out why that was so important. Every place was really busy and we ended up eating late. By the time we finished, the restaurant was almost empty.

Ben: I took the ring out of the box and put it in my wallet because I didn’t want to carry a big box around all day. I thought she’d figure it out otherwise.

Rebecca: We paid, then confusingly I saw him take his wallet out again. In that moment I was incredibly surprised and just filled with joy. I remember Ben sitting really close to me and I remember thinking “I want to remember EVERYTHING about this moment,” but of course, being so in the moment, everything but his words and his expression was a blur.

Ben: The proposal wasn’t a complete surprise, but the timing was. Becca didn’t think I was going to ask her for at least another year.

Rebecca: What took me aback was that he proposed in England around my family. I was very grateful for that.

What’s next for the two of you?
Rebecca: We’re settling in. I’m looking forward to joining the musical community in Denver. We’ve been enjoying the mountains and going on some hikes. We are looking forward to our honeymoon back to Banff in June – maybe a road trip… with toothpicks.

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Venue: Cairnwood Estate – Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
Dress: Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique – Beaconsfield, U.K.
Hair: Janelle on Location – Warminster, Pennsylvania
Flowers: Astrid’s Flowers – Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Cake: The Master’s Baker – West Chester, Pennsylvania
Caterer: Sage Catering – Berwyn, PA
Officiant: Grant Odhner
Band/DJ: Slippery Band – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Transportation: Sterling Limousine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro