Category Archives: New Jersey

Marybeth + Ryan

Marybeth and Ryan's families had known each other and were good friends for many years before Ryan's sister and mother playfully convinced Marybeth that she should go on a date with him.  Marybeth agreed and said their first date was "amazing'!  The two instantly clicked and she knew right away that Ryan was the one for her.  After that first date, the two were always together.

Ryan's proposal couldn't have been any more amazing too!  They both had talked about marriage for a while and had already shopped for the ring together.  But Ryan chose to surprise Marybeth with the time and place, popping the question in front of a crowd at a Dual Sport Motorcycle Race!  He had coordinated earlier with the president of the motorcycle club to use the microphone and propose with Marybeth on stage and in front of their family and friends (and a bunch of strangers!).  Marybeth was so happy that her loved ones were all included and there to witness this special moment.

The weather was absolutely divine on their picture-perfect, late spring wedding day.  Marybeth got ready and had her hair and makeup done wearing a bright and beautiful white floral and avian patterned robe at her family's home, which is just minutes from their ceremony and reception location.  She and her bridal party made sure to take time out to celebrate with confetti and champagne during their early afternoon preparations!

After her bridesmaids dressed out of their matching deep blue floral robes and into their pretty, glittery champagne and rose colored gowns, Marybeth slipped into her gorgeous wedding dress.  Her gown featured an off-the-shoulder design and an amazing lace overlay with delicate beadwork. She wore her long blond hair down in lovely waves and with pearl accents, fastened a mid-length veil, trimmed with a few tiny, sparkly sequins to the back of her hair.  So stunning!  We couldn't wait for Ryan to be seeing his beautiful bride very soon!

The groomsmen got dressed, accessorizing with Max-4 Camo neckties, and Ryan put on his matching camouflage vest.  Then, they all took their spots in anticipation at the ceremony location.  The ladies grabbed their wonderfully romantic bouquets filled with blush and ivory blooms (and a hint of blue in Marybeth's!) surrounded by delicate Baby's Breath, and met them there!

Marybeth and Ryan's ceremony was held outdoors right on a lake at a beautiful private residence in Port Elizabeth, NJ.  With the cabin in the background, all the perfect rustic details and the woodsy, lakeside setting, we don't think there was ever a more romantic, country wedding out there!

The guests all rose, some from their fantastic haystack seats, to watch Marybeth walk down the aisle as Ryan, all smiles, caught his first sight of her from under the lovely arch overflowing with luscious pink, blue and ivory flower arrangements.  As the sun began to set, Millville's mayor, the Honorable Michael Santiago, officiated their ceremony and led the two in reciting their vows to each other, vows even filled with occasional bursts of laughter, before pronouncing them as 'husband and wife'!

We were there to follow along all day with Amanda Erickson Design + Photography's wonderful photo sessions capturing the bridal party, family and the couple of honor, and especially loved the sweet photos of Marybeth and Ryan on the dock.  Be sure to visit Amanda's Facebook page and scroll down to see her post featuring a ton of fantastic photos from the day!

After the ceremony, everyone remained onsite for the gorgeous tented reception.  Marybeth and Ryan danced a terrific first dance together, then shared a sweetheart table while the most down-to-earth, heartfelt toasts were given by Marybeth's matron of honor and Ryan's best man.  Everyone smiled and laughed along to the wonderful stories, and were touched as well, especially as Ryan's best man reassured Marybeth's parents that she was in great hands with Ryan.

After dinner and beautiful parent dances, the party amped-up as DJ Rick Perez from BME Event Group played the hits that kept all their guests on the dance floor!  Everyone had a ton of fun dancing (some literally 'getting down' on the dance floor!) and laughing the night away!

Marybeth and Ryan's wedding day was definitely filled with romance and love, but most of all this wedding was fun, fun, fun!  We were so happy that we were able to share in the celebration too on this absolutely perfect wedding day.  Congratulations to Marybeth and Ryan and best wishes in your new life together!

 

Photographer:  Amanda Erickson Design + Photography - Southern NJ

Floral Design:  Shelly Hall Scarpa

Hair Stylist:  Jessica DeVita

Makeup Artist: Airbrush Makeup by Felicia - Vineland, NJ      

Wedding Dress:  Allure Couture

Entertainment:  BME Event Group - DJ Rick Perez - Vineland, NJ    

Cake:  Century Bakery - Bridgeton, NJ   

Caterer:  Verna's Flight Line Restaurant - Millville, NJ

Officiant:  The Honorable Michael Santiago, Mayor of Millville - Millville, NJ     

Venue:  Private Residence

 

 

Danielle + Bob

Danielle and Bob met at a country club through their sisters who happen to be neighbors.  Their relationship continued to develop and before too long, each knew they had found the one!  Bob decided to propose right after Christmas at one of their all-time favorite restaurants, Dock's Oyster House.  When the time was right, he got down on one knee at the restaurant and everyone there clapped and cheered for them!

Let's fast forward to their wonderful wedding day!  Danielle got ready at her parents' home as Bob prepared for the day at their house.  Her bridesmaids and adorable flower girls were all there with Danielle to get ready and to celebrate with her.  And we loved the matching robes they wore for their photo shoot!  The bridesmaids then dressed into their champagne gowns in mismatched styles, their colors coordinating perfectly with Danielle and Bob's blush, tan and green color scheme.

Before Danielle put on her beautiful gown, she took a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the day to read a love note from Bob.  Then her mother and her bridesmaids all helped her into her gown and fastened her amazing bridal shoes.

Danielle wore a gorgeous lace covered gown with an off the shoulder, sweetheart neckline and a dramatic fit and flare skirt.  Her hair was pulled up but loosely in back with a mid-length veil fastened for the ceremony.  What a beautiful bride!  Her bouquet from Betina's at Parkview, overflowing with blooms in blush and white in between lush greenery, was breathtaking.

The couple did not have a first look before the ceremony, instead choosing to see each other for the first time as Danielle walked through the doors at Sacred Heart Church.  It was so touching to see Bob's anticipation as he waited for Danielle to reach him and stand by his side at the altar.  Their officiant, Reverend Edward Namiotka delivered a beautiful Mass and led the couple in reciting their traditional vows.

Before the reception, professional photos were taken by Intrigue Photography on the lake at Bob's grandmother's house.  And what a beautiful setting this was!  It was a true pleasure also to work alongside Intrigue Photography for this wonderful wedding event.

Then, it was off to their reception at Lucien's Manor!  As always, Lucien's looked so beautiful and elegant and the amazing floral arrangements and candles in votive and hurricane vases added to the romance.

Danielle and Bob descended the staircase, entering the ballroom at Lucien's and after their guests warmed up the dance floor, the newlyweds took center stage for their beautiful first dance.  Then, Danielle's two matrons of honor and Bob's best man delivered perfect, heartfelt toasts to the couple before the blessing and sweet parent dances.

That whole evening, everyone had so much fun dancing to the fantastic music of Central Park!  It truly was a perfect day, and we'd like to echo the words of Danielle's matron of honor in wishing the couple a lifetime of sweet memories.  Congratulations to Danielle and Bob!

 

Photographer:   Intrigue Photography - Sewell, NJ 

Floral Design:  Betina's at Parkview - Galloway, NJ

Hair Stylist:  hair by DeLash - Kelli DeLash - Hammonton, NJ

Makeup Artist:  Kiss n' Makeup Artistry - Geysha Tomassone - Southern NJ

Ceremony:  Sacred Heart Church - Christ the Good Shepherd Parish - Vineland, NJ

Officiant:  Reverend Edward Namiotka - Woodbury, NJ  

Entertainment:  Central Park - Lindenwold, NJ

Venue:  Lucien's Manor - Berlin, NJ

 

Stephanie + Jason

Stephanie and Jason's wedding was our first for this year and we couldn't have been more excited to capture their big day and kick off the new (early!) wedding season!  They're such a sweet couple and were such a joy to film!

The two met through mutual friends in Washington, DC.  Steph's best friend from college invited her to play on a kickball team there, and Jason just so happened to be on that team.  They met that very first day of games, a day that marked the beginning of a beautiful relationship!

Jason's thoughtful proposal plan years later was sure to incorporate the place and people that drew them together in the beginning.  On one of the warmer November days, they went down to Washington, DC for a day trip to see the sites. After visiting the National Monument and on their way to the Capitol Building, Steph noticed that Jason had fallen behind her.  She turned to see that he was on one knee, asking for her hand in marriage!  She said yes!  Friends and family were notified first, of course, then they visited Arlington National Cemetery (where Stephanie's grandmother is laid to rest) and had lunch with the same friend from Steph's college who set them up at that eventful kickball game!

Let's fast forward a bit to their beautiful wedding day!  Jason and his groomsmen prepared for the day at a hotel while the team at Anthony J Hair Studio professionally styled the bridal party's hair and applied their makeup for the big day! Then, it was off to Steph's parents' home so she and her bridal party could get dressed.  Steph's bridesmaids wore such lovely matching deep navy blue gowns, only her maid of honor's featuring a different neckline, in keeping with the couple's navy and silver color scheme.  Their bouquets from Fleurdlin in pink and white looked delightful against the navy blues.

With some help from her sister, her maid of honor, Steph put on her gorgeous trumpet silhouetted dress, all covered in lovely lace.  It featured a sleeveless design with an amazing halter neckline and delicate buttons down the back.  In her long hair, she had a mid-length veil and a dazzling hair clip.  Steph looked so beautiful!

We were thrilled that the two exchanged love notes on their wedding day and were there to capture Steph reading hers aloud during a quiet pause in morning preparations.  We always love to listen to and film these card readings because it's one of the most emotional, personal parts of the day.  And it's a perfect way for the couple to communicate for the first time on this important day.

The two decided to keep with longstanding tradition and skip the first look before the ceremony.  So Steph and Jason saw each other for the first time as she entered through the doors on her father's arm at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sewell, NJ.  Jason's expression at seeing Stephanie for the first time in her gown was wonderful...he just couldn't stop smiling and couldn't stop looking over at her as he walked her those last few steps to the altar.  They had a beautiful, traditional wedding Mass and recited their marriage vows to each other.

Then, Philadelphia Trolley Works whisked the wedding party away to the reception venue.  Steph and Jason chose Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia for their fantastic reception, and before joining their friends and family in the clubhouse ballroom, enjoyed another fun photo shoot, even taking a walk together in the bright sun outside! We always love working with Ray Hennessy and his assistant at Crushed Box Photography (formerly KGM Expressions) and this day was no exception!  The whole bridal party had a terrific time posing for formal and candid photos, ignoring the slightly chilly weather, and looked simply great together!

Steph and Jason then entered the ornate ballroom to the cheers of their friends and family!  The two danced a rollicking, perfectly choreographed intro dance which led right into their slower, beautiful first dance on the grand ballroom floor.  The couple seemed to be dancing on a cloud.  After the first and second courses of dinner, Steph danced with her father and Jason with his mother.  Following that, we were treated to wonderful toasts from Steph's maid of honor (her sister) and from Jason's best man (his brother), an outpouring of love for the couple.  Then, guests danced the night away as DJ Jason Roy played the music that kept the whole place rockin'!

Steph noted afterwards that the day went by so fast, which honestly is something we hear so often from the couples we film.  We're so glad we were there to capture their day so they can watch all the highlights and relive the memories for years to come!  Congratulations and best wishes to Stephanie and Jason!

 

Photographer:  Crushed Box Photography - Clementon, NJ

Floral Design:  Fleurdlin - Washington Township, NJ

Hair Stylist:  Anthony J Hair Studio - Sicklerville, NJ

Makeup Artist:  Anthony J Hair Studio - Sicklerville, NJ

Ceremony:  Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church - Sewell, NJ

Officiant:  Rev. Msgr. Roger E. McGrath - Sewell, NJ

Transportation:  Philadelphia Trolley Works - Philadelphia, PA     

Entertainment:  DJ Jason Roy - Philadelphia, PA

Cake:  DiBartolo Bakery - Collingswood, NJ

Venue:  Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia - Pine Hill, NJ

 

Elizabeth + Ray

Like we've found with so many couples we've had the pleasure of filming over the years, Liz and Ray met each other through mutual friends.  The two hit it off immediately, locking eyes when they were introduced, and talked with each other all evening long.  Before they parted ways for the night, they exchanged phone numbers, promising to reach out again right away.  They were surprised at how much they had in common, so much so that Ray even jokingly proposed to Liz that first evening!

The real proposal came one evening after Liz came home from work.  Little did she know that Ray had been practicing his proposal speech with her father all day!  They went for a walk in the park across the street from them and Ray began to reminisce about how they met and about his fake proposal.  Then, Ray told Liz, "If I were to do it again, I would do it like this..." as he got down on one knee and asked Liz to be his wife!  And this time she said 'yes'!

Liz got ready for the day with her bridal party at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Mt. Laurel, NJ.  Salon Muse styled the party's gorgeous hair, then their makeup was perfected by Make Me Sparkle.  As her bridesmaids dressed into their beautiful long, red gowns, Ray and his groomsmen and groomsmaids were also getting ready at the hotel, dressing into their modern black suits with red neckties and long, black gowns.

Later at her venue, Liz put on her amazing Maggie Sottero wedding gown.  It featured three-quarter length sleeves and a gorgeous lace illusion bateau neckline.  The beautiful lace overlay covered the entire gown from top to train.  And she accessorized her short hair with a mid-length veil attached with a sparkling headband that coordinated perfectly with her dress.  Liz was such a stunning bride! The couple chose the timeless and very formal color scheme of red, black, gold and ivory for their event, and we loved how that vivid red on Liz's shoes really popped against her white dress!

Liz and Ray decided to have an exciting first look before their ceremony was set to begin.  So there in the chapel at Lucien's Manor in Berlin, NJ where their ceremony would soon take place, the two saw each other for the first time on this special day.  Their ear-to-ear smiles were so sweet!

After the first look, the couple and their bridal party enjoyed a fun and creative photo shoot outside at Lucien's Manor, where the couple even practiced their first dance!  We were so happy that Liz and Ray's photographer was none other than Serena Star Photography!  We filmed Serena's own wedding with our sister company, Cord 3 Films and then later filmed another wedding where she and her husband, Dave, were also guests!  It was so fantastic to be working with Serena, Dave and her team!

Beautiful music by Party of Three announced the start of Liz and Ray's marriage ceremony at Lucien's Manor.  It was a wonderful ceremony, filled with such special, personal touches, which included their lovely, custom-made vows to each other.  Before long, they were pronounced 'husband and wife' and shared that momentous first kiss!

Always glamorous, Lucien's Manor was decorated so beautifully for this wedding event and included masks and other décor for a masquerade party theme.  Rosebud Floral Art provided such amazing floral centerpieces overflowing in luscious shades of red.  Their fabulous wedding cake from Lucien's was a masterpiece and Liz and Ray's cake topper featuring characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas was so unique and so much fun! This entire wedding was planned and executed perfectly with the professional help of Alissa at Kiss of Bliss!

After the newest Mr. and Mrs. were introduced at the top of the staircase, Liz and Ray danced their first dance together on Lucien's dance floor.  Then, we heard some truly fantastic toasts from their family and wedding party.  We especially loved how their wedding day was described as the beginning of their new story, with this day marked as "page one, chapter one".

DJ services from East Coast Event Group brought the music that kept the party rockin' all night long!  And the packed dance floor proved everyone was having a ball!

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Ray!  We wish you all the best as you begin this new chapter in your life together!

 

Photographer:  Serena Star Photography - Pittsgrove Township, NJ  

Floral Design:  Rosebud Floral Art - Pitman, NJ

Hair Stylist:  Salon Muse - Mt. Holly, NJ

Makeup Artist:  Make Me Sparkle - Lumberton, NJ

Wedding Coordinator:  Kiss of Bliss - Alissa - Marlton, NJ   

Wedding Dress:  Maggie Sottero

Entertainment:  East Coast Event Group - Langhorne, PA   

Ceremony Music:  Party of Three - Williamstown, NJ

Cake:  Lucien's Manor - Berlin, NJ

Venue:  Lucien's Manor - Berlin, NJ

Accomodations:   Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Mt. Laurel, NJ