Posts tagged “DIY Brides

Karen + Steven || The Inn at Lambertville Station Weddings

We feel incredibly privileged to be sharing images from this past weekend.

Karen and Steve’s love story began during their university days, followed by a few years of dating, a surprise Time Square proposal (including a very Steve-style prank), and finally culminating to a beautiful wedding celebration last Saturday. Joined by loved ones from all across the country, the days’ wedding events took place in historic Lambertville, NJ. Perhaps most impressive to us were all of the handmade DIY details seen throughout the wedding day. In fact, while photographing their wedding, we made sure to keep a very comprehensive list on our iPhones for reference.

Thankfully, the weather held out for the majority of the wedding day. We were grateful to see a little bit of sunshine + cloudiness in the mix, and wrapped up all of our outdoor photos right before the rain came. The Inn itself has a superb variety of locations to photograph, and we were glad to be photographing their wedding after very recent renovations. By far, one of our favorite aspects of the day was seeing so many familiar faces at Karen and Steve’s wedding. We counted at least 5 other couples present who’ve graced our blog over the last few years, and that made our evening all the more special.

Special mentions go to:

Esther Lee for all the details & decorations & designs
DJ Robbie for the great music & evening entertainment
-the folks at the Lambertville Station for making the evening possible

Below are some of our favorite frames from the day. We’re also posting more, never-before-seen images on our facebook page too, so please visit us there!

Last but not least, a big congratulations to our newlyweds, Karen and Steve!




Lejanie + Phil || Kualoa Ranch in Honolulu, Hawaii

‘A celebration in paradise’ is how we would describe this trip. We feel extremely honored that Lejanie + Phil invited us along for the journey, and are very much elated to share with you a glimpse of the moments we’ve captured from their recent wedding in Hawaii.

From the early days of Dreamlite, we remember LJ being one of our most supportive fans. When they contacted us about their wedding in Hawaii, we couldn’t possibly say no. Throughout the yearlong planning process, we witnessed LJ + Phil diligently organizing, preparing, scouting [Hawaii], all while slowly making their dream wedding a reality. On the day of, our eyes were drawn to the little details that this bride + groom have invested effort into– the DIY goodness that made up their day seemed endless. From unity candles to the little reminders of love (check out her fingernails) to custom wedding party t-shirts to the carefully selected vendors (spot the sea turtles & superheroes)– the amount of detail in their wedding day was astounding.

Their wedding reception took place at the Palikū Gardens in Kualoa Ranch, a breathtaking venue with oceanside views to your front, and postcard-worthy views to your back. More famously known as a tv/movie filming location (think Jurassic Park and Lost), the scenery was simply out of this world. The super creative wedding cake, fantastic cupcakes, top-drawer dinner menu, traditional Hawaiian Hula performance, shaved-ice bar, hours of dancing + entertainment (including the Filipino Money Dance) all contributed to a wedding celebration we’ll never forget.

Lejanie and Phil, thank you so much for having us at your wedding. We hope you all enjoy the photos below, and be sure to visit our facebook page to see more of our work!

Coordinators/Planning: Milestone Events Hawaii [ ]
Catering: Beaches & Backyards Catering ]
Videography: Supreme Video Productions ]
Cake/Cupcakes: Kristin K of A Cake Life ]
Hair Stylist: Sherry M. [ Hair by Shairy Mangrobang ]
Make-up: Sarah O. of Whik’d Hawaii ]
DJ/MC/Photobooth: 808DJs [ ]
Limo Service: Jay’s Limousine [ ]
Ceremony: St. Ann’s Church [ ]
Reception: Kualoa Ranch [ ]
Portrait Location: Byodo-in Temple [ ]
Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals [ ]




Sarah + Mark || Long Lake Outdoor Center, Middleville, MI

Sarah and Mark tied the knot in the most picturesque of settings; pure Michigan beauty. For their special wedding weekend, they reserved an entire recreational campground (including gorgeous lakeside views, rustic cabins + campfire rings) all tucked away in the forest.

Joined by family and friends from all over the country, this happy couple exchanged vows on the lakeshore. Although the weather was overcast, the skies began clearing up shortly after they were introduced as husband and wife. We enjoyed cocktail hour under sunny skies, celebrated amongst loved ones over a feast of food and drinks, and topped off the evening under the stars.

Much of the details from their wedding day was DIY– something I always love seeing at weddings. I particularly admire DIY wedding details because it reflects an enormous amount of commitment, time, creativity + personality from the couples themselves. Wooden handcarved wedding topper (credit to a grandfather), handmade bouquets, and specially decorated homemade cupcakes were a few of my favorite things that day. The DIY aspect, coupled with a very natural setting, was very much inline with the newlywed’s wedding day vision.

Take note of the wedding rings in the photos below. Sarah’s wedding band and engagement ring had both belonged to Mark’s mother… a really significant and special aspect of their wedding commitment. Having already known this detail coming into the weekend, I completely choked up during the dinner speeches. Mark’s brother was giving a toast to the newlyweds, and at one point said to the bride, “Sarah, you are the answer to our mom’s prayers.”

This was my third time in Michigan for a wedding. With each visit, the charm of Michigan continues to captivate me, again and again.

Enjoy the photos below. Please follow us on our Facebook page to see more of our work!!



Sarah + Mark’s Wedding Rehearsal || Yankee Springs Recreation Area, MI

…Seven hundred and ten miles later…

I (Jon) had the absolute privilege of joining this couple for a really special weekend celebration in Michigan. Mark and Sarah chose a setting that thoughtfully reflected their love for nature (as well as their very first date!) The weekend events took place in Middleville, MI, tucked away into the woods, and surrounded by love ones who had flown in from all over the country.

Here’s a few of my favorite frames from their Friday evening rehearsal dinner. Picking my #1 favorite image would be impossible; but definitely note the little rebel eating out of the Cheez-it box, and the shooting star image. S’mores, vegetarian mexican dinner, shooting stars, energetic children at play, and a whole lot of love… what more could a photographer ask for? Enjoy!

(Edit: 6/17/13 Click here to see a whole lot of images from their wedding weekend!)




Siyi + Sam’s Wedding Teasers

Sam and Siyi chose the gorgeous Princeton University Chapel for their wedding ceremony, followed by an amazing evening reception at the Washington Crossing Inn right across the river. In between, we took portraits of our newlyweds on the Princeton University Campus (yes, at a chem lab), as well as the grounds near the WCI bridge.

Oh, and for all you DIY brides out there… our bride Siyi totally just raised the bar on the world of “DIY-ers”. Homebrewed apple beers as wedding favors for everyone with a scratch-and-sniff sticker on the bottle cap (stickers also doubled as a dinner choice indicator for the waitstaff.) Special mention to Mel at The Sugar Posse for designing the bottle labels.

Enjoy the latest teaser photos below, and be sure to follow us on facebook for more updates!


Rachel + Howard’s Wedding Teasers

Rachel and Howard’s wedding day was simply perfect. Not only were we blessed with beautiful weather, but we got to work with a lovely bridal party, a phenomenal venue and incredibly cute newlyweds. Our couple incorporated some really beautiful personal touches to their day, including handmade floral paper centerpieces you see below. For now, we’re excited to share with you a handful of teaser images from yesterday’s big celebration. Visit our facebook page for even more images from this past weekend, and come back soon to view some more photos.

Congratulations once again to Rachel and Howard, and enjoy your honeymoon in Disney World!!


Perla + Dan’s Wedding

We’ve taken a few weeks off from blogging (holidays + traveling + family), and now we’re back! We hope everyone is enjoying themselves this winter.

Be sure to check out our latest photoset below from Dan + Perla’s wedding day… and just in case you missed their teaser post, click this link. Their entire wedding day went by beautifully. The ladies spent the morning getting ready at The Madison Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel located in the heart of Morris County. I was certainly impressed by all of the DIY details that our bride incorporated into the wedding day– among many other things, the hilarious photobooth props. Perla and Dan tied the knot at the groom’s childhood church, followed by an amazing reception at the Madison Hotel. The rest of the night was one big party. Between the excellent food, a decadent dessert bar, a packed dance floor, two lovely newlyweds and a crowd-pleasing photobooth, we couldn’t have asked for a more exciting evening.

For even more images, go to our facebook page + browse through Dan + Perla’s wedding photos.

Last but not least, a proper shoutout to some of the amazing vendors from that day:

Florists- The Potted Shed (Steve & Denise)
Dress- Alfred Sung gown from Say I Do (West Caldwell, NJ)
Wedding Venue- The Madison Hotel
Cake Topper: Itty Bitty Wood Shoppe (Etsy)


Perla + Dan’s Wedding Teasers

It seemed like only yesterday when Dan + Perla joined Jon in Brooklyn for their engagement session. This past Friday, Dreamlite Photography had the honor of accompanying this lovely couple for their big wedding celebration. The very first photo — the handmade wedding cake toppers– is only one of the many spectacular DIY details our bride chose for their wedding day (get your own unique caketopper here on etsy). Dan and Perla tied the knot at the Notre Dame Church, followed by a gorgeous wedding reception at The Madison Hotel. In conjunction with the bride + groom, we were ecstatic to have our very first photo booth at their wedding. To describe this photo booth as “wildly popular” would probably be an understatement… don’t just believe our word; go here to see all the photos for yourselves.

Congratulations once again to Perla + Dan, and we hope you all enjoy the photos below. Be sure to follow us on facebook!