The last few months have been a whirlwind of busyness for us at Dreamlite, but we’re proud to interrupt our blog hiatus to share with you what we did this past weekend. We ventured all the way to Virginia to document Georgia + Philip’s wedding celebration, and we are incredibly excited to share with you some of our favorite frames from their big day.
From the custom dress hanger gifts to the many boxes of Chic-Fil-A, we saw this couples’ love of life (and people) evident all throughout the day. Yet, the sweetest things were those less obvious. In the short time we spent with the couple + their bridal party, we realized how authentically real their relationships were. Their sense of community + support were both subtle and loud, both Biblical and human. One of our favorite moments of the day happened right before their ceremony. Taking a more traditional approach, Georgie and Phil insisted on not seeing each other until the actual ceremony. However, they still wanted to pray together. We found a good spot for them to escape from the crowds, gave them some space, and let them pray it out. Beautiful.
For now, we’ve posted a handful of our favorite images from Sunday’s wedding. Be sure to check out our facebook page for more photos from their day. If you haven’t done so, “like” our page!! Congratulations once again to our newlyweds, Georgia and Philip.
Specials thanks to the wedding coordinator, Sokha, for carefully creating their wedding itinerary. She allotted extra “cushion” time throughout the days’ schedule, all of which we were grateful to have had. The day seriously wouldn’t have been as smooth if it weren’t for your coordinating expertise.
Nearly two years ago, we shared with everyone Peter and Grace’s surprise proposal at Rutgers University. Fast forward a year and some, and we were fortunate enough to join them for their engagement photos along the jersey shore. This past Saturday, we were there to document their wedding day celebration at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ… and celebrate they did.
Having the opportunity to photograph Adam and Amy’s wedding day was like hitting the lottery (seriously!). Whenever we meet a couple that puts their faith completely in us- our work, our ideas and our creative vision- we feel all the more empowered to do what we do best. Our story with them started with a few friendly email exchanges 2000 miles apart, burger & beers in Denver, an email saying “yes, we’d love to have you guys at our wedding day,” and finally, their big day this past Saturday.
This wonderful couple celebrated their wedding day at the gorgeous Ballyowen Golf Club in northern New Jersey. From our bride’s breathtaking wedding dress to sparklers and smores, the only aspect that could have topped all of those things was witnessing firsthand how well-loved this couple was. Family and friends trekked from all over the country to be there for Adam and Amy, and we certainly enjoyed documenting as they partied well into the night.
For now, here’s a handful of our favorite images from yesterday’s wedding. Congratulations once again to Amy and Adam, and please visit our facebook page to see more images over the coming weeks. Enjoy!
He’s way tall. She’s really sweet. They met at Wheaton College, their relationship flourished over four long years, she said “yes” in March, and they finally tied the knot this past weekend in Denver.
Andrew and Valerie were joined by a multitude of loved ones as they exchanged their vows at the beautiful Hudson Gardens in Littleton, CO. Besides getting the chance to see a few old friends at the wedding, my favorite part of the day was spending the pre-wedding hours with the couple (separately, of course). Being there as their close friends encourage + pray + laugh + share tears with them are certainly special moments that really gave me a glimpse of the immense support they had for their new journey together.
Check out some of the teaser photos below from this weekend’s wedding in Colorado, and be sure to visit our Facebook page for more images.
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!
A few months after meeting Deena & Dieter at another Michigander wedding this past January (the bride was Dieter’s sister), they got in touch with me (Jon) and invited me to document their big wedding day on July 9th.
Fast forward to this past Monday. Nothing says unique like a wedding day filled with friends & family hailing from all over the world just to celebrate this wonderful couple’s marriage covenant.
Their wedding ceremony took place at AACRC, with readings + songs in both English and beautiful Malayalam. During the evening cocktail hour, Deena and Dieter brilliantly planned some very unique activities for their guests– games! From beanbag tosses to slacklining (and a whole lot more), this certainly is the coolest cocktail hour I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. The rest of the evening was spent honoring family & friends with, among other things, table games, speeches, toasts, and a humorous duet by the bride & groom themselves (if only I had a video camera…).
Below are some of my favorite images from their wedding day. Stay tuned for more images to come, and be sure to check us out on Facebook! Enjoy.
Yesterday’s wedding with Lindsay + Rich left us nearly speechless. We’re not talking about their ceremony at the St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral (it was stunning, and so was the AC). We’re not talking about this couple’s perfectly fitting chemistry (no doubts they are meant for eachother). We’re not even talking about all the crazy dancing that went on or the hilarious speeches or the excellent food that night. The pictures below should be enough proof for you all…
From morning until cocktail hour, Lindsay and Rich were ON TIME! To everything! Never have we been to a wedding where a couple was on time; it just doesn’t work that way in the wedding world. But somehow Lindsay and Rich did it, and they did in style. They tied the knot at a beautiful cathedral, had portraits done at Roosevelt Park, and celebrated their new life together at The Westwood. They even provided all of their guests with white gloves + shades to dance away under UV lights.
Enjoy the teaser photos below, and congratulations once again to Lindsay & Rich on their new marriage. Be sure to check out our facebook for more images to come in the coming week!
(and for those of you who are wondering why there are 4 rings in the first image below.. that’s four generations of wedding bands. Great grandmothers‘, grandmothers’, mother of the bride’s, and our bride’s.)
Here are a few of our favorite images from yesterday’s wedding celebration with Mary + Sam. From our gorgeous bride’s beautiful veil to the surprise dance performance (and endless of the tear-jerking moments in between), we can’t wait to share more with you all soon.
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out our facebook page for more photos in the coming week.
This past weekend we had the opportunity to celebrate the wedding of Joyce and Jason. They tied the knot at the perennial gardens in Colonial Park, followed by an evening reception at Harvest Moon brewery & cafe in New Brunswick. Not only did the weather hold out on us throughout the day, but we are so very thankful to have been in the company of a great couple + a super easygoing bridal party.
Enjoy the teasers photos below, and come back soon to see even more photos! (Go to our facebook page and see more photos very shortly)
We’ve waited six months for this wedding day, and we’re thrilled to share some images from this Saturday’s celebration with Maya and Pierre.
Last November, we were honored to join this amazing couple for their engagement party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art– an evening so fantastic that we (of Dreamlite) couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks on end. Indeed, they were that kind of couple, and their party was that kind of awesome. Fast forward to this past weekend, where we documented Maya and Pierre’s catholic wedding ceremony at the Church of Saint Isidore in Quakertown, PA. Following their ceremony was a lunch reception at the Melt Restaurant, a new-americana food experience housed in an upscale setting. Thinking about their food still makes us salivate. Their evening celebration was one giant party, hosted at the bride’s familys’ estate, filled with hundreds of friends & family, delicious indian food (including a charcoal oven for fresh baked naan), and a whole lot of celebrating. From choreographed dance performances to comical music presentations by Pierre’s relatives (they flew in from France!), this truly unique wedding celebration could not be properly summarized by words alone.
Did we mention that our groom Pierre, a Parisian native, self-studied Hindi throughout the course of their dating life? If that isn’t a mark of real commitment, we don’t know what is. Better yet, when you check out the henna photos below… a word of advice: find someone who reads Hindi and see if you can find something ‘hidden’ within the henna.
For now, we’ll leave you with a whole set of teaser photos. Please enjoy them below, and follow us on facebook for more updates to come!
From the moment we got home on Sunday night, it took every ounce in our bodies to fight off the urge to edit all of the images from Grace & Matt’s wedding. Having awesome couples to work with has but one downfall– there’s so many images you want to share on your blog, and not enough bandwidth to share them all. From the guys’ morning trip to Shaving Grace Barbers for an upscale “gentlemen’s barbering experience” to an absolutely stunning bride with her birdcage veil, we had a hard time choosing a few images to share.
For now, here’s a little preview from Grace & Matt’s wedding. Enjoy the images below, and stay tuned for more images to come!
(Oh, and in the event you don’t recognize their lovely faces, three words for you: epic. snow. portrait.)
First of all, the sheer creativity + multicultural richness + countryside charm that embodied this wedding might make you pass out.. but please don’t! Like a fine glass of whisky, we ask you to enjoy our photos slowly.
With that being said, we recognize it will be impossible to properly summarize Joel and Joanna’s celebration by words alone… and yet, we’ll do our best to highlight some of amazing moments (and people) that made their wedding day so special.
Our bride and groom’s big day took place in Arisaig, a picture perfect village nestled on the western coast of the Scottish Highlands. The morning hours were spent preparing at Arisaig House, followed by an afternoon ceremony at St. Mary’s Church, a gothic-style church dating back to the mid-19th century. Our late afternoon schedule consisted of a traditional Cantonese Tea Ceremony, followed by an awesome portrait sessions on the houses’ property. Let it be known to all our readers that Arisaig House is anything but a regular “guest house”- it’s more like a country estate/luxury B&B. To add to it’s charming allure, the house is family-owned, staffed with a full-time chef, and maintains their own onsite greenhouse. Phenomenal doesn’t even begin to describe it.
The evening dinner was incredible- delicate cheeses, (really) fresh seafood platters, garden-harvested salads, and tasty venison steaks.…And then there was the speeches. Joel’s best man gave a hilarious speech, sported a jimmy wig, and to top it all off, handed out miniature flipbook to all the dinner tables chronicling the groom’s one particular water sport mishap. If that weren’t enough to keep people laughing, Joel’s gave his own toast in Cantonese (presumably having written out the pronunciation in IPA-fashion), followed by a mini-speech in his native British-English tongue.
If we could give out awards for the coolest parties thrown at a wedding, Joanna and Joel would definitely be the front runners. The first few hours of their evening celebration was led by the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band. They played a fantastic set of traditional folk music, all the while teaching the guests various kinds of ceilidh. When the band had finished, Joel and Joanna introduced their guests to Nigerian (Naija) hip-hop, as well as the concept of a “Nigerian Money Dance”.
As the bride & groom dances, guests may “spray” (flick currency bills ‘at’) the couple, or for the equally adventurous, may “stick” the bills onto the dancing couples’ sweaty body. Better yet, our couple even prepared their guests with wads of Nigerian Naira. Combined with catchy songs like P. Square’s “Chop My Money“, this could probably explain all the crazy dancing photos you see below. Last but not least, my favorite image of the evening? The very last photo… it’s Joel’s grandma 80-something years young showing off her moves on the dance floor to Nigerian R&B.
More details & fun facts:
The Cantonese Tea Ceremony: a proper way of honoring all the “elderly” figures in the couples’ lives (in this modern age, it’s basically anyone relative who has more years than you). After serving them tea, the couple receives gifts + plenty of words of wisdom.
Scottish Kilts- ‘Tartan’ is another name for the criss-cross patterned fabric associated with kilts. Kilts are traditional Scottish formal wear, highly regarded as the attire proper Scotsmen wear to formal events (i.e. weddings, ceremonies, funerals). In America, we often tease this practice as merely “men wearing dresses”, but in reality, it’s really fascinating. To don a kilt is to pay homage to the Gaelic culture. After having spent 11 days in Scotland, 3 days of which included wedding-related activities, I’ve certainly attained a newfound respect for this traditional practice. One really cool fact about tartans? Historically, each tartan pattern was associated with a particular warrior clan (family clan), and clans would wear a specific tartan pattern as a form of identity/family pride, much like a family crest or a flag. Therefore, people belonging to the Macdonald Clan would wear a different tartan than, say, folks belonging to the MacLeod clan.
Nigerian Money Dance- Fun fact #1 Jon spent 2 semesters of his college life studying Yoruba, one of the major languages in Nigeria. Fun Fact #2: Joel and Joanna met in Nigeria, where they both work for really cool organizations. So what better way to represent their Nigerian pride than to include a traditional money dance into their evening celebration? Other cultures around the world also include a similar form of money dancing into their wedding reception. While this is all in good fun with Nairas, more traditional couples will use this time to receive actual money for their honeymoon/future marriage, which doubles as a sort of gift receiving event.
Scottish Highlands Catholic Traditions(?)- The first look between the bride and groom happens at the end of the aisle. As the bride walks down the aisle, the groom stands facing front. He holds his hand up + out (palms up), and stays there until the bride’s hand is placed in his– this placement is done by the honorary person who escorts the bride down the aisle). It is then that the bride + groom see each other for the first time.
For more traditional Scottish Catholic wedding ceremonies, when it comes time to place the wedding bands on eachothers’ hands, you don’t simply slip the ring on your spouse’s fourth finger. The person who is placing the ring must first touch the ring to the receiver’s fingers- first on the thumb (symbolically representing the Father of the Trinity), then the index finger (for the Son of the Trinity), then the middle finger (for the Holy Spirit), and then proceed to place the ring on the proper finger. Both wedding bands are placed in this manner.
List of Wedding Vendors:
Arisaig House: luxury bed & breakfast, contact page
Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band: traditional scottish and folk music and masters of Ceilidh, facebook page
Forget Me Nots: wedding flowers, contact page
Two for Joy Paper Studio: wedding stationary (seating chart, place cards, menu, program) etsy page
Hair & Makeup Team: Catherine of Sparkle Scotland main page
Photography: dreamlite photography! facebook page
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!!
Greetings from the Western Highlands of Scotland! Joanna and Joel celebrated their marriage this past weekend in Arisaig, Scotland, in the most beautiful of settings. Never has Dreamlite experienced a wedding as culturally-diverse, laughter-filled and intimately crafted as this one. Destination wedding? Check. Gorgeous European wedding venue? Check. Incorporation of Chinese/Nigerian/Scottish/American/British wedding traditions? Check, check, check, check and check.
For now, a handful of our favorite images are shown below. Visit our facebook page to see more photos & leave us some comments. Once you’ve done that, come back in a few weeks to see more photos. Enjoy!!!!
What an amazing way to start off our April wedding season. This past Saturday, we joined Nicky and Vlade in celebrating their new marriage. With beautifully temperate weather and an awesome bride & groom, we couldn’t wait to get home and get working on their much-anticipated teaser post… and here they are! Below are a few of our favorite moments from their wedding day. We hope you enjoy the photos, and be sure to follow us on facebook to see more photos in the coming weeks.
Everything lovely, refreshing, romantic and exciting wrapped itself up into this weekend’s wedding in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Below are some of my favorite images from this weekend’s wedding celebration with Keith and Lindsey. Enjoy!
(stay tuned for more images to come)
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!
This past weekend, we had the incredible opportunity of photographing Grace and Marvin’s wedding celebrations in the coastal town of Half Moon Bay, CA. Their two day wedding celebrations included a casual, Saturday evening patio bbq followed by a Sunday brunch, both located at a cozy little bed & breakfast spot called The San Benito House. Since we were situated right by the Pacific coastline, we found some really exceptional places to do portraits. Topped off with amazing california weather (sunny and 70′s) all throughout the weekend, we couldn’t have asked for more.
Congratulations once again to Grace and Marvin, and be sure to check our blog again in the coming weeks for more photos.
We could tell you all about how these lovebirds tied the knot at The Channel Club of Monmouth Beach, or the fact that Tom & Lisa’s kids are so adorable, one of them tried to get mom’s attention towards the end of the ceremony. We could write all about their elegant choice of wedding rings, or how Lisa ordered the coooolest wedding bouquet in the world for their wedding. We could go on and rave about their over-the-top patience with us as we worked on bridal portraits at the chilly jersey shore… but instead, we’ll leave you with some awesome images from this past weekend. We really hope you enjoy the latest set of teasers on our blog… and to Lisa + Tom, congratulations to you both!
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This past Labor Day weekend we were honored to have documented the wedding of Fanny & Ben. The wedding ceremony took place at Fanny’s home church, RCCC, followed by an awesome wedding reception at the Crowne Plaza of Edison. Oh yeah, if you’re doing a double take on our lovely bride’s gorgeous wedding gown… that’s right, that one is by Vera Wang.
Enjoy our latest wedding teasers, and stay tuned for more!
After recovering from a triple-wedding holiday weekend, we’re excited to share a visual sneak peek of images from William & Vicky’s wedding celebration in Brooklyn, NY. Here are a few of our favorite images from this past Saturday’s wedding. Visit our facebook page to see more photos + follow us!
This past Saturday, we had a great time documenting the marriage celebration of Derrick and Alisa. Here are a handful of our favorite images from that day.
Why is our beautiful bride busting out some dance moves in front of everybody, might you ask? Our awesome DJ/MC team had done a great job getting all of the guests onto the dance floor. At one point he called on Alisa to show us some dance moves, and she never hesitated one second before stepping up & taking center stage.
Congratulations to Derrick + Alisa, and to everyone else, stay tuned for more photos in the coming weeks.
We are quite excited to share with you all our latest set of wedding photos. Esther and Yun Seok tied the knot on perhaps the hottest day (if not, the hottest weekend) of the summer. Though the weather was a sizzling 120 degrees in the afternoon, we strategically spent much of our time indoors. Our gorgeous bride first had her hair done at Luna Salon, then continuing on to the phenomenal Hyatt at The Bellevue for the remainder of the morning.
We found a great, glass-ceiling skywalk to have their “first look” at. The midday light was diffused just enough to create a beautiful, clean and simple setting for this husband- and wife-to-be. Their hug afterwards was probably one of my top 5 favorite moments of the day.
Come time for the group photos, I (Jon) had a blast working with their respective bridal parties. Fun, goofy, energetic and patient, this particular bridal party was definitely some of the most cooperative and friendly bridal party members I’ve ever had the chance to work with. After first utilizing an empty stage in The Bellevue for the bridesmaids, we ended up navigating through narrow alleyways in Center City for additional photos.
Their ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Korean United Church of Philadelphia (esp. check out the interior photos below). The evening was topped off with heart-felt speeches, dancing, toasts, and a ginormous assortment of catered Korean food provided by Seorabol. Did we mention that we always get to eat at weddings? Certainly, we have pretty awesome jobs with equally awesome perks Some fun facts about this wedding: wedding flowers were all home/handmade, and the delicious desserts were crafted by a pastry chef friend of theirs.
Congratulations once again to Yun Seok & Esther, and thank you for having me at your wedding day.
Words can’t be begin to describe how amazingly unique & energetic this wedding was for us. Although we had an adventurous engagement session last fall with this couple, we had no idea what to expect for their wedding day. Check out our teaser photos below, and especially take note of all the colors and stunning visuals in their beautiful, eye-grabbing Coptic Orthodox ceremony photos. Certainly one of those “you had to be there” kind of weddings. Come back to our blog in a few weeks for a full set of photos!
Once again, congratulations to our friends Rowais and Marti on their new marriage.