Jen and Kevin are the sweetest of couples. At first impression, Jen’s outgoing persona aptly complimented Kevin’s very calm presence. After spending some time warming up with this couple, we realized quickly how at ease they were with each other. Their jokes morphed into giggles, and their giggles gave way to an abundance of laughter. We would be lying if we said they weren’t a lot of fun to pass time with.
We started our session in NYU’s Kimmel Center… but not just in any room. They made arrangements to occupy one of the music rooms, (a love they both share), and even played a couple of songs on the piano for us. We later learned this is how they first met– via a piano! Here’s an excerpt from their wedding website:
We met at OCM in September of 2000. Ironically, we met when I heard this random tall guy playing Canon in D. It was smooth but lacked some pizazz. So I decided to go over there and improvise on top of the original melody, something I love doing. “This is FUN! I have someone to JAM with! ” – I thought to myself… and soon enough, we started playing together each Sunday after service for a while… I finally found out by chance that his name was Kevin… and he finally figured out my name was Jen…
We ventured the hallways, staircases, a study room, and eventually worked our way through the beautiful Washington Square Park. We ended our time at the nearby eateries (hint: peanuts and falafels), paying special homage to Mamoun’s Falafels on MacDougal– one of their go-to date spots while Jen was attending NYU.
Although we won’t be there for Jen and Kevin’s wedding day celebration this fall, we’re so honored that they asked us to photograph their engagement session. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your celebration.
A special message from Howie:
My beautiful wife and I are expecting our first child. Diana is due later this month and we couldn’t be more excited. We have not found out the gender of our baby and look forward to the surprise. We wanted to share some great photos that Jon (the other half of Dreamlite) took of us both in New York City. We hope you enjoy these photos and we’ll update you soon with more photos of the new baby! (HC)
In case you missed Fanny and Ben’s wedding teasers from a few weeks back, be sure to check them out here. Back in early September, we joined this wonderful couple for their wedding celebration. Their ceremony took place at RCCC, followed by a relaxing Crowne Plaza reception in Edison, NJ. The Matron of Honor’s speech was by far one of the funniest deliveries we have heard all summer. Among the “welcome to your new marriage” gifts presented by the Matron of Honor, she made sure to include a giant bag of nacho cheesy Doritos. Apparently these chips are the groom’s keys to winning over his new wife’s favor (and besides, you can’t not listen to advice given by the bridesmaids). In regards to the dance floor, it was pretty packed all night long. Special thanks to the guest entertainers of the night (aka one father in particular) for motivating all of the young children to stay on the dance floor.
Congratulations once again to Fanny + Ben!
A few weeks back, we were fortunate enough to joined Derrick + Alisa in celebrating their wedding nuptials. With a packed schedule, we sure were glad that both the ceremony and the reception took place at the same location- the recently renovated Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Woodbridge, NJ… and believe us, the renovation was worth every cent. Honestly, we could have spent an entire weekend shooting inside this venue, as the brilliant color palettes & funky-modern furniture made for some great photo opportunities.
Their entire wedding day went smoothly- although a few things ran a bit overtime (as is expected with every wedding), we had enough time to accomplish all that was planned. One of the most exciting moments for us was the “first look” between Derrick and Alisa. We were thankful to have found a cool little hallway for their first look, and admittedly got a little emotional during the very moment their eyes lit up when they first saw each other. Our other favorite moments include Derrick’s first dance with his mom (no need to explain; just scroll down and see for yourselves), as well as Alisa’s reaction to getting caked by her new husband.
Last but not least, a huge shoutout to our friends at UltraX DJs for a phenomenal job at the reception. Never before have we seen an entertainment team bring every single wedding guest onto the dance floor. We highly recommend them, and would love to see them at another wedding in the future. We hope you all enjoy our latest blog post, and congratulations once again to our newlyweds Derrick and Alisa.
In case you need a refresher, be sure to check out the teaser photos from Karl and Michelle’s wedding day. Karl and Michelle’s wedding day celebration was as smooth as could be- their schedule was simple, easy-going, and filled with a whole lot of celebration. The ceremony was held at the Calvary Baptist Church of Little Egg Harbor, followed by portraits at the nearby Freedom Fields Park. Although the weather was quite sunny and humid on the day of, our bride and groom handled the conditions wonderfully (and just as we assure all our couples, you can’t see “yucky weather” in the final portraits).
One of the most memorable aspects of their wedding day was learning that some of the bride’s relatives had come from Ecuador for the wedding. And for those of you who know about Jon’s three month photography work/adventures in Central America, this meant he was ecstatic to practice his Spanish with one of the bride’s aunt.
Once again, congratulations to Karl and Michelle on their beautiful marriage, and we hope you enjoy our latest photoset below.
We’re very proud to showcase our latest set of wedding photos from this season. For all of you who have been waiting for this blogpost, well… it’s finally here! We were blessed with the opportunity to spend an entire day with our lovely bride and groom. The wedding day preparations took place at The Palace at Somerset Park, one of Central Jersey’s finest wedding venues. With an incredibly outgoing + friendly bridal party, we immediately felt at home even before things got busy. From the sporadic dance parties to the champagne toasts, their bridal party really knew how to have fun.
Having experienced so many firsts this year as a photography duo, we are proud to add “photographing a Coptic Orthodox wedding” onto our list. Rowais and Marti’s ceremony at St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church was unlike anything we had ever experienced before. A beautiful blend of culture, visuals, history, linguistic diversity (we spotted Greek, Coptic and Arabic among the church decor), coupled with a full house of wedding attendees, this is surely a wedding we’ll be reminiscing about for a long time.
The rest of the evening was spent in full-fledged celebration. From the great food (did we mention we love the food perks with our jobs?) to the dancing, we relished every moment of the night… obviously, behind our cameras. Other fun activities that our bride and groom had incorporated into the reception included a professional Caricaturist and a great photobooth.
Congratulations to our wonderful newlyweds Rowais + Marti, and we’re so thankful that you chose to include us in your wedding day!
Dan and Perla’s engagement session this past weekend was amazing. Although the previous few days have been cloudy + gloomy, we were blessed with beautiful, sunny weather & clear blue skies. We started our session at D.U.M.B.O, and later ventured on a bit more south towards Prospect Park. Along the way, we had multiple encounters with the city garbage collection truck, of whom we were certain had been following us around.. On a lighter note, we also ran into a group of Boston Terrier-loving folks (Dan + Perla’s favorite dog breed) who were glad to join us for some photos. It was a ton of fun to photograph Perla and Dan- the best combination of relax, goofy, patient and romantic a photographer could ask for (and of course, a special thanks to Yanshu Liu for the lighting assistance).
Looking forward to your big day in October!
We visited the city a few weeks back to attend a photography seminar. Along the way, we stopped by our buddy Weber’s place in Greenwich Village and had lunch. Snagged this shot of their bulldog Zoe in all her beauty. (not posed~ she hopped on the bed and looked our way.)