Shana & Bryan | Fair Hill engagement session – Delaware wedding photographer

Shana & Bryan were meant to be together, it just took them a while to get around to it. They met in high school, and as a freshman Shana had a crush on Bryan (a junior) until he let a door slam in her face… unintentionally, of course, but it makes for a good story to tell the grandkids! Then there was one date in college at the University of Delaware that didn’t really go anywhere. Years later at a going-away party for a mutual friend the sparks flew, and shortly thereafter Bryan was making secret wishes that Shana would marry him. Here’s the wish he wrote down and still carries around with him…

Before he proposed to Shana, Bryan talked with her father while they were all on vacation in Rehoboth, and both had to wipe away tears. Apparently it’s not easy to keep a secret from Shana, but her family managed, until Bryan was able to surprise her with a painting hanging in his home, asking her to marry him. He dropped to one knee, as he did a few times (unprompted) throughout our awesome engagement session at Fair Hill…

Shana & Bryan… thanks for a great day. Looking forward to seeing you again at Greenville Country Club!

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Amanda & Mike|Brooklake Country Club wedding – Florham Park, NJ

Amanda & Mike’s wedding was not only the union of two awesome people, but the joining of two great families… and of course a super-fun party.

A few images from their day, starting with the stunning bride…

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wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

The guys getting ready, from my fantastic second photographer Danielle…

wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

Note to future brides and grooms: We can always do some fun poses during the formals and I have some suggestions that you can take or leave. However, I will never tire of shooting a few fist-pump photos. Loving Amanda’s “Jersey Strong” attitude in the photo with the guys…

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Amanda & Mike endured some crazy weather during their engagement session, but they couldn’t have asked for a better day for their wedding. My favorite…

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wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

One of the best entrances I’ve seen all year…

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wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

wilmington delaware wedding photographer, brooklake country club florham park

Amanda & Mike, you and your families were so much fun to be with on your wedding day. Wishing you many years of happiness together.

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We’ll be posting more photos on our Facebook page tomorrow. Make sure to “like” the page to tag yourself!

 

Church: St. Bernard, Bridgewater, NJ

Reception venue and coordinator: The awesome Peter Misteldes at Brooklake Country Club

Wedding photography: Leslie Barbaro Photography

Hair: Nicole Schuler of Nuvo Beauty Lounge

Make up: The Powder Bar – Nicole

Flowers: Pink Dahlia Floral and Event Design

Cake: La Promenade

Entertainment: Starlyte Music

Yasmin & Mike|Echo Lake Country Club wedding – Westfield, NJ

I’m used to seeing a lot of happiness on a wedding day. Sometimes it’s mixed with anticipation, sometimes it’s a relieved happiness after the ceremony takes place and of course there’s the revelry of the reception. And once in a while, as with the wedding of Yasmin & Mike, the day is just filled with pure, blissful, unadulterated joy…

I will always love this Kahlil Gibran poem they incorporated into the ceremony:

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

The ceremony included a Persian Sofreh – a table full of symbolic items to bring prosperity, joy and “sweetness” to the couple…

Yasmin & Mike were driving cross-country just a few days after their wedding to start their married lives together on the West Coast and I can’t think of a more perfect first-dance song – “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. “Home is wherever I’m with you…”

We were racing against the clock to do outdoor photos with a tornado watch in effect, but we still managed to have some fun…

Wishing you lots of joy-filled days in your life together!

www.lesliebarbarophoto.com

 

Venue: Echo Lake Country Club – Westfield, NJ

Hair: La Bottega Salon –  Garwood, NJ

Wedding photography: Leslie Barbaro Photography

DJ: Rob Janish

Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham

 

 

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