Posts tagged “wedding photojournalist

Rose + Joe || Ballyowen Golf Club Weddings

Every once in a while, we only get to learn about a couples’ love story on the day of their wedding. In the case of Rose + Joe, our respect for their relationship grew tremendously when the wedding officiant revealed that their long-distance love story had stretched 7,393 miles… from Shanghai to New York.

Our bride + groom decided to tie the knot a year earlier, and thus, when they contacted us about their May event at the Ballyowen Golf Club, they highly emphasized their day being a “joyful celebration” rather than simply a wedding. We certainly kept that in mind as we documented this love-filled day.

If you asked us, we would definitely say that our favorite images were all the little moments in between the formalities. Such as the time that Joe unabashedly picked up his wife and spun her in the air during portraits; or the time that our newlyweds were joking around with one of the flower girls during some downtime at the reception. The table centerpieces were very clever as well: a cup of “joe” and a rose were fittingly centered at each of their reception tables.

Regardless of our personal picks, we hope you all will share in all of the joy of our couples’ celebratory day as you browse through these images.

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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.

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Surprise Proposal in New Orleans || Audubon Zoo, New Orleans Louisiana

Here’s another super-secret-surprise-proposal that you don’t want to miss. I (Jon) have been fortunate enough to know this couple for quite a few years. When Vince contacted me about my early June availability, I knew something special was going down… and this time, it was taking place in New Orleans, LA.

Jen + a girlfriend had been on a 5-day cruise prior to our Wednesday arrival. In collaboration with her friend, we flew in Wednesday afternoon, checked into our hotel, and spent the day exploring this charming city. The last time us guys were in NOLA, we were doing Hurricane Katrina relief work, and it was a completely different city.

Come Thursday morning, we took the public trolley to the Audubon Zoo and camped out a few hours early. The ladies’ cruise ship docked earlier that morning, so we wanted to be there first to gather our bearings. We waited, and waited.. and waited some more. Through my telephoto lens, I eventually spotted them walking our way… with Jen unknowingly walking into a big surprise. When she set her eyes on Vince, she exclaimed, “What the…. what are you doing here?” They hugged, chatted, and eventually, she said, “Yes!” (special mention needs to go to Vince for using a Star Wars themed moleskine calendar book, with hand-punched spacing in the book for the engagement ring)

After taking a break from all the excitement, we grabbed lunch at a great little luncheonette called The Camellia Grill. Hearty food, entertaining staff, and a no-frills, “did-we-just-travel-back-in-time?” lunch experience were had by all. If you haven’t been there before, go. It’s what a diner should be, and we can say that because we’re all from New Jersey.

We returned to the Audubon Zoo, where Vince + Jen joined me for an impromptu engagement session. We climbed up trees, passed a swamp monster, spent a few minutes in the Hurricane Simulator (thank you Jen for obliging), all before the zoo closed its doors. We split up for our dinner plans, and reunited over a famous order of beignets at Cafe duMonde. We polished off our night at the phenomenal Pat O’Brien’s— my first ever experience with duelling pianos. The only downside to our day was when it ended.

Congratulations once again to our friends Vince + Jen! Thank you for allowing Dreamlite Photography to be a part of your surprise engagement.

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Erny + James || The Water Club, NYC

We’re kicking off our 2013 wedding season with Erny and James’ very intimate private ceremony. They officially tied the knot last week in NYC, and celebrated their new lives together among family. Their private ceremony took place at The Water Club, a very choice location situated along the East River. Loved ones flew in from as far as California to celebrate with Erny + James, and the entire night felt like a super fancy family banquet (with extra fancy clothes). It was stress-free, close-knit, warm, and everything a private ceremony should be. Congratulations once again to Erny and James, and we wish you the very best in your new lives together!

Below are a few of our favorite frames from this lovely couple’s event– enjoy! (With single-digit evening temperatures outside, a shout-out to the Water Club for keeping us all warm is definitely mandatory. Although the Water Club’s Yelp! page says that they are closed for renovation, they are actually really open.. and really wonderful!)