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George + Martina || The Tides Estate

What an incredible way to wrap up our 2016 wedding season with George and Martin’s wedding.

After an exciting morning filled with laughter, singing, thoughtful gift exchanges and stunning wedding details, our bride and groom had their first look at Kakiat Park in Montebello, NY. Admittedly, the weather was bone chillingly cold. We are both grateful that our large bridal party was brave enough to battle the cold for a quick portrait session at the park.

George and Martina got married at St. Mary & St. Pachomious Coptic Orthodox Church in Stony Point, NY. Over the last few years, we’ve had the privilege of photographing quite a few Coptic Orthodox weddings. If you’ve never been to one, then surely you are missing out. From a visual perspective, there so many beautiful aspects that make up the wedding ceremony. Between the crowning of the bride and bridegroom to ceremonial robes draped upon the couple, to the anointing and reciting of scripture, the many traditions seen at a Coptic Orthodox Ceremony highlight the sanctity of marriage within the Christian church. Although the entire ceremony is performed in Arabic (of which neither one of us speaks), we’ve thankfully been invited to enough Coptic weddings to know how it flows. Although we know the routine, we love the challenge of seeking out unique wedding moments— whether it be candid or emotional or just plain comical— and thats really what we love about photographing weddings.

Immediately after the ceremony, we headed towards one of the most elegant venues in New Jersey, The Tides Estate. Their wedding reception was packed with a whole lot of celebrating and fun details. We especially enjoyed their miniature-house gift card holder, and the decadent wedding cake featuring fresh orchids. Right after dinner, the bride led her bridesmaids in a surprise dance performance for the groom; the rest of the evening was spent on the dance floor.

George and Martina, thank you for allowing us to pop a champagne bottle during our final portrait session that evening hours. We hope that image captures the emotions you felt that day as two became one.

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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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