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Ilyssa and Corey's Wedding at The Pleasantdale Chateau

Ilyssa & Corey

The Pleasantdale Chateau - West Orange, New Jersey

Life: this crazy, unstoppable thing that never seems to slow down enough! But finally, after a brief hiatus from blogging (and a big move to New Jersey!), we’ve decided to pull it together and post an eclectic mix of past and present wedding days - starting with this oldie but goodie from 2017 at one of the most gorgeous New Jersey wedding venues we’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting at!

Ilyssa and Corey are such an amazing couple, and the beautiful wedding venue they chose to get married at was just a compliment to their incredible love. It was the first time Nicole and I had been at The Pleasantdale Chateau in New Jersey, and as soon as we arrived, we couldn’t help but marvel over the plethora of intimate photo locations that we’d be able to use to capture their venue in all its glory. From the overgrown, jungle-like greenhouse stacked to the ceiling with tropical plants, to the winding staircase in the foyer that seemed straight out of The Great Gatsby, every nook and cranny was filled with light, magic, and - of course - the mesmerizing love of Ilyssa and Corey. This couple was so head over heels, they could have gotten married in a parking lot, and you still would have been able to see the happiness and pure joy pouring out of them the entire day!

Illyssa and Corey’s wedding day was planned perfectly, from timing of bride and groom prep, to the amount of time reserved for bridal portraits, to the summery bonfire afterparty with all their guests (s’mores included!). As always, I tell all of my couples the same thing: when you have a great timeline, combined with a couple that loves each other and wants to have a great time with their friends and family, there’s just no way you can do anything but capture the raw, real moments that come with the type of love that holds no bounds. Timing truly is everything on your wedding day!

This was one of our favorite New Jersey weddings to date, because Ilyssa and Corey let themselves get wrapped up in everything their special day had to offer, and that is all we ever want for our brides and grooms. Letting yourself truly let go and enjoy each other on such a monumental day in your lives can be difficult - after all, there’s always something to worry about! - but that’s exactly why trusting your photographer and their process can be the difference between having a great day, and having the BEST day. And Alyssa and Corey had just that - the best day they could have ever asked for. You should see the 100 page wedding album we custom made for them - it is STUNNING!

We are so thrilled to share this sunny + spectacular day at The Pleasantdale Chateau in New Jersey - we’ve been waiting a long time to show you! Congratulations again to Ilyssa and Corey, we wish you all the best and we can’t thank you enough for trusting us to capture your wedding day!

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Kate & Taylor's Wedding at Peconic River Herb Farm

As a wedding photographer, I often find myself wondering what it is draws people to each other. Sometimes it's a chance encounter on a train platform that leads to a forever. Other times, it's a complicated journey in life that brings you to a small Long Island town you'd otherwise not have heard of. In this sense, I find that experience becomes a lesson in metaphysics - how, as two separate entities, did we ever exist outside of this realm without each other? What could have been out there, besides us two?

For me, wedding and engagement photography is a journalistic experience that allows me to capture two people who have found one of the most important things in the world - love. I get to be that third eye, looking into their spaces and memorializing the way they felt for each other at that exact moment. It's a honor, really, to be able to do that, and every day I'm thankful for the chance to photograph couples from various backgrounds that share that common thread. 

For Kate and Taylor, their journey in love sprouted from the desire to find someone that shared their passion for adventure. Their list of achievements together is staggering, and includes things like a one-of-a-kind pop-up restaurant in Greenport that sources locally from the North Fork, and the shared experience of opening the first snail farm in the United States, set to manufacture escargot for wholesale. But perhaps their greatest journey comes from the way they love each other; unwaveringly, without reserve, and so fiercely, you can't help but step back and marvel at them.

Kate and Taylor's wedding at the Peconic Herb Farm was, without a doubt, the most anticipated event of the year. Friends and family from all over gathered together to witness the marriage of two people who, through hell or high water, have managed to create this picture of love that most only dream about. From a moving speech by Taylor's grandad during the ceremony (that brought guests to tears), to their separate vows that echoed the same poem by e.e. cummings, every element of this bohemian affair was filled with purpose. The idea of purpose especially applies to Taylor's gift to Kate - several letters, tied with string and wrapped neatly in their own envelopes, meant to be opened on special milestones. Fittingly, the bunch was expertly encased in glass with the map of the world etched into it.

Kate and Taylor - I would wish you the entire universe, but it seems you've already found it within each other. Congratulations, and I hope each year is better than the last.