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Lena + Avi || Russo’s On The Bay Weddings

Wedding season is in full swing now, and we are particularly excited to be sharing this couple’s wedding day celebration on the blog.

It wasn’t until a few months ago that we learned exactly how Lena and Avi came to know about us. The first message we received from them made a vague reference to a Michigan wedding that Dreamlite photographed back in 2012. Many months went by before we learned that it was Avi’s very own sister who got married way back in 2012, and it was Lena whose slackline photo we posted up on our facebook page.

Lena and Avi’s love story began at the most unlikely of places– on the volleyball court. We don’t know the full details about the first time they met, but we heard their fellow volleyball players were pushing for them to meet their “other volleyball half”. Ten years later, and here we are today, honoring their special day.

Their incredible celebration certainly made up for it the gloomy weather we had in store. Between the endlessly vibrant colors to the uniquely Southeast Asian music, the day was definitely filled to the brim with excitement and memorable moments. Unique to their wedding, though, were two traditions we hadn’t ever witnessed before. During the ceremony, the groom’s family presented a manthrakodi (saree) to the bride, as a significantly beautiful gesture of welcoming her into the family. In addition, a special necklace pendant was made using 7 strands taken from that same manthrakodi, with the numerical 7 symbolizing the Sabbath. Hanging on that necklace is a gold leaf with the christian cross, a direct reference to symbolism between marriage and the relationship of the church with Christ (as noted in the Bible).

Above all else, we’re very thankful for having the chance to spend the day celebrating with Lena and Avi. Neither the clouds nor the rain kept them from remembering what was most important- celebrating their Marriage with loves ones, and not simply just having a wedding.

Special thanks to the staff at Russo’s on the Bay for hosting a flawlessly wonderful wedding reception, and to Ben Tiu + videography team at 162 Productions for being so much fun to work alongside. Also, credit to Jen (ArtistryByJen@yahoo.com) and Crystal (CrysceMua@gmail.com) for their professional make-up artistry!

Congratulations once again to Avi and Lena!

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Saneta + Kensheen|| Crystal Ballroom Weddings

Saneta and Kensheen’s story began some fifteen years back, when they first met in middle school. After nearly a decade of writing that love story, an engagement session at a “you won’t believe it till see you see it” spot in Central Illinois, they asked us to join them at their wedding celebration here in New Jersey.

The morning started off great; the bride and groom in their own respective locations getting ready. There was some mandated dancing on the groomsmens’ end (google ‘chinese wedding door games’) before the groom could see his bride. After a brief tea ceremony to honor some family members, we headed off for outdoor portraits.

Although quite chilly for a spring wedding, we were thankful that Saneta, Kensheen and their bridal party braved the portraits at Rutgers Gardens. Thankfully, there were some gorgeous cherry blossoms abloom at the garden, allowing us to incorporate some incredible and soft colors in the photos (also which seemed to compliment the bridesmaids’ colors just perfectly.)

The rest of the day’s festivities took place at the Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson Freehold in Freehold, NJ. The remainder of the night was filled with fierce dance moves, heartwarming speeches and even a raffle event for their reception guests.

Congratulations once more to our newlyweds Saneta and Kensheen!

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