Sonia & Ofer|The Merion wedding, Cinnaminson, NJ

When I first met with Sonia, one of her bridesmaids told me she’d be beaming the whole day… and she couldn’t have been more right! A few from their wedding…

The ceremony…

The happy couple…

And the party…

This dress was sooo made for spinning…

Sonia & Ofer, you were so much fun to work with. Hope you had a great honeymoon!

Hair & make up: Phoenix Spa & Salon

Venue: The Merion

Entertainment: Dynasty Entertainment

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Terrence & Amanda|Longwood Gardens Engagement, Kennett Square, PA

Amanda & Terrence had a gorgeous day for their engagement shoot. OK… I’m calling it an engagement shoot, but officially they’re already married. Neither one had ever been to Longwood Gardens, so I got to play tour guide for a while. The couple has their hands pretty full caring for their young son… oh, yeah and doing research to cure the world of disease. Clearly they make a great team…

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Always love it when couples will bust out the dance moves like their the only ones around…

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Hope you had a great time exploring the gardens. Looking forward to seeing you at the winery in June!

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Tracee & Kenny|Columbia University Engagement, NYC

I first met Tracee when she was a bridesmaid in Amber & Matt’s wedding in 2010, and she contacted me as soon as she got engaged. It’s always such a compliment to receive those calls from friends of former couples! Her fiancé Kenny suggesting doing their engagement session at his alma mater Columbia University, and I knew it would be a great location. This was the second engagement session I photographed on a day when forecasters called for 50 mph winds.

Fortunately Tracee can pull off the windblown look very well!

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We stumbled upon this on campus and had to work it into a few photos…

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Looking forward to seeing you both in December!

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Amanda & Mike|Brooklake Country Club, Florham Park

Amanda & Mike’s engagement session had been scheduled well in advance of their October wedding so they’d have photographs for their “save the date” cards. I know New Jersey weather can be crazy. But 50mph wind gusts? That’s what forecasters were calling for… along with a wind chill factor to match.

We found this awesome tree on the grounds of the reception site, Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park. It’s been there since the American Revolution…

Found some cool reflections when we popped inside to warm up a bit. Really love this one…

Looking forward to seeing some of these moves on the dance floor…

It’s always hard to pick a favorite, but this would definitely be among the contenders…

Here’s hoping for a gorgeous fall wedding day in October!

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Juka & Jonathan|NYC City Hall wedding

Juka & Jonathan’s wedding was full of firsts. It was my first wedding of 2012, the first City Hall wedding I’ve photographed and my first same-sex wedding. For Juka & Jonathan, who traveled from Northern California, it was their first time ever in New York City.

Before we get to the photos, a little bit about their story…

The couple met on line and after talking on the phone for hours, they arranged their first date.  It was scheduled for the day Jonathan was runnning the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco and he told Juka he’d run extra fast because he was so excited to meet him. Because he had run so hard, Jonathan proceeded to… promptly fall asleep on Juka’s couch… on their first date!

Jonathan managed to stay awake for their second date: a four hour hike and picnic, after which they both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with each other. They moved in together and here’s the killer… three months after meeting the love of their lives Juka & Jonathan had to say goodbye.

Jonathan, who is on active duty with the US Air Force, was deployed to Kurdistan. This was before the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, so you can imagine the scene when Jonathan departed. Families and spouses embracing and bidding their loved ones a safe journey, and Juka and Jonathan leaving each other with a awkward “bro hug” and a wave.

OK… the sad part is over! After the DADT policy was repealed, Jonathan couldn’t wait until he returned home, and proposed to Juka… over email, from Kurdistan.

Juka began planning their trip and making arrangements for their wedding ceremony… just the two of them at City Hall in Manhattan. Jonathan returned from his deployment on New Year’s Eve and less than two weeks later the couple was headed east.

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En route to City Hall…

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We were all mildly amused by ticket number they received…

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The wait…

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It is impossible to pass up a photo at this set up in City Hall…

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It was truly an honor to be asked to be the official witness for their ceremony. As jovial and excited as Juka and Jonathan were throughout the day, there was an incredible feeling of quiet passion, sincerity and seriousness as they said the words “I do”.  Then it was back to fun…

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Kudos to Jonathan who suggested the pose for this one…

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And the goofiness continued…

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Love this portrait from inside City Hall…

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Juka & Jonathan, I had such a great day with you both and hope you have many years of love and fun together. Best wishes for a healthy and happy family!

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1st date, john fell asleep, ran bay to breakers, wanted to run as fast as he could so they could meet.
2nd date: 4 hour hike and picnic lunch and they both said they knew.
3 mos later, john was deployed to Kurdistan w Air Force.
Had already talked about marriage,
John proposed over email... John didn't return until NYE and today they were in NYC getting married.

1st tim in NYC for either, plan is to return each year for anniversary 

Ceremony officiant, awesome!

City hall digs really nice, efficient. 

Honored to be witness, felt weird asking, didn't know me. 

Fun, goofballs 

More relaxed after ceremony. Met, can't describe the feeling in the room when the words were said, "I do".

John married before, just to seem legit to peers and bc didn't want to be dishonorably discharged. To a friend... 

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