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Shamus + Caroline, Bayonet Farm, Holmdel, New Jersey


On October 11, 2014 Caroline McGeehan was married to Shamus McClelland at Bayonet Farms in Holmdel… or so the story goes. : ) Three hearts were in fact joined on that day (just ask their young daughter Rylee)!

In honor of this fine day, which began with music, love and good spirits and ended with the moon shining through the mist with a bright beauty the likes of which we’d never seen, we would like to offer the family this sweet merry Scottish blessing…

“Wherever you live in the world so wide,
We wish you a nook on the sunny side,
With much love and little care,
A little purse with money to spare,
Your own little hearth when day is spent,
In a little house with hearts content.”

Bob & Liz McKay
Ceremony + Reception – Bayonet Farm, Holmdel
Flowers –, Highlands
Wedding Invitation – Aprilink/Etsy
Catering + Wedding Cake – Mumfords
Ceremony Music – Bill Brennan
Cocktail Entertainment – Dark City Strings
Reception Entertainment – Erich the DJ Guy
Wedding Dress – Anna Campbell
Groom’s Wear – JCrew
Make-Up – Kelly McGee
Hair – Sebastian’s Hair EM
Lighting and Party Rentals – Paul David

Tara + Matt, Clarks Landing Yacht Club wedding photographer

01mckay_clarks-landing-dock-3Tara & Matt!
Tara Williams and Matt Shinn treated their friends and family to their amazingly beautiful, fun and elegant wedding at Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant, New Jersey! This venue is always a great choice as Don and the crew at Clarks are simply among the best at what they do and the ambiance and food are to die for… But it was not the only great choice that this couple made. To begin the day, Tara & Matt chose to have their first look and portraits done at Matt’s family home. Apparently, Matt’s father has been landscaping their property for years, paving slate and stone pathways through gardens around the entire perimeter of their land.. Just beautiful! You would think that he had been doing all of that work all along with this day in mind because the location was just perfect, as you will see.
Thanks so much to Ashley Dwyer for referring us to Tara & Matt. Thanks to the staff at Clarks Landing and to Mr. Shinn for making it so easy for us to make Tara & Matt’s photos look beautiful. Mostly, thanks to Mr. And Mrs. Matt & Tara Shinn for entrusting us with this important task and being so wonderful to us on the wedding day. We loved the day and love the photos and hope that you do too!
Best of luck to you both! We are looking forward to staying in touch… ; )02mckay_ring03mckay_dress-shoes04mckay_make-up05mckay_flowers06mckay_bride-getting-dressed07mckay_earrings08mckay_boutiennieres09mckay_groom-getting-ready10mckay_groom-ready-111mckay_grooms-men12mckay_groom13mckay_shinn114mckay_shinn415mckay_shoes16mckay_girls17mckay_leaving-house18mckay_shinn619mckay_first-look-120mckay_first-look-221mckay_bride-groom-1-22mckay_bride-groom-223mckay_bride-groom-324mckay-bridal-party-125mckay_bridal-party-126mckay_bride-groom-427mckay_shinn328mckay_bridesmaids-drinking29mckay_bridal-party-230mckay_bridal-part-331mckay_shinn532mckay_family-clarks-landing33mckay_clarks-landing-dock-234mckay_clarks-landing-dock-535mckay_clarks-landing-dock-136mckay_clarks-ceremony-137mckay_clarks-ceremony-338mckay_clarks-ceremony-239mckay_clarks-ceremony-540mckay_clarks-landing-ceremo41mckay_clarks-ceremony642mckay_clarks-ceremony743mckay_clarks-details44mckay_clarks-landing-245mckay_clarks-landing-346mckay_clarks-landing-647mckay_clarks-landing-448mckay_clarks-landing-149mckay_clarks-landing-550mckay_clarks-landing-951mckay_clarks-landing-752mckay_clarks-landing-853mckay_shinn254mckay_clarks-landing-1155mckay_clarks-landing-1056mckay_dock-night-shot
Ceremony + Reception – Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
Flowers – Barlows
Cinematography – Michael Simons
Officiant – Anthony Testa
Wedding Invitation – Couture Studio
Wedding Cake – Bovella’s
Entertainment – Elite
Wedding Dress – Allure, The Wedding Store by Liz Clinton
Bride’s Shoes – Jessica Simpson
Grooms Wear – Greywell Tailors
Make-Up – Make-Up by Denise
Hair – Salon CoCo Bond
Transportation – Long Branch Trolley

Marissa + Brian, Brielle Riverhouse and Allaire State Park wedding photographer

01mckay_allaire-state-park-5-Our first wedding in October of 2014 was that of Marissa Segarra to Brian Dreher. The little bit of rain that hit the ground early that morning did nothing to dampen spirits that day and instead made our surroundings glisten beautifully. The day started with a heartwarming First Look at the family home of the bride (once the groomsmen got their car fixed that is) : ) The ceremony and photos to follow took place at Allaire State Park, a venue so old-timey that the pictures can make you question not only the era but the place as well! “Is this really New Jersey?” you might ask yourself just before the ensuing beach photos ground you once again… Yes, this is certainly New Jersey! And what a beautiful day on the Jersey Shore it was; one that would culminate with a reception at a classic Jersey Shore venue, The Riverhouse in Brielle. The Riverhouse offers astonishing views of the Manasquan Inlet right out into the Atlantic Ocean and so was the perfect place to finish the day.
Thanks so much to Brian and Marissa for the opportunity to capture your day in photographs! Thanks to the Riverhouse for your outstanding hospitality. Mostly, thanks to Brian and the boys for getting that car fixed, a service without which none of this might have happened! : )
All the best to you both! Please keep in touch…02mckay_imaging_rings03mckay_imaging_shoes04mckaya-imaging_bride-ready05mckay_imaging_cufflinks06mckay_groom-ready07mckay_car-boys08mckay_grooms-men09mckay_first-look-110mckay_first-look-211mckay_bride-groom12mckay_flower-detail13mckay_allaire-stae-chapel14mckay_allaire-ceremony-115mckay_dreher316mckay_dreher217mckay_allaire-ceremony-218mckay_dreher519mckay_allaire-ceremony-320mckay_allaire-ceremony-421mckay_allaire-ceremony-522mckay_allaire-ceremony-623mckay_allaire-ceremony-724mckay_allaire-state-park-825mckay_allaire-state-park-4-26mckay_dreher627mckay_dreher128mckay_dreher429mckay_allaire-state-park-730mckay_allaire-state-park-631mckay_allaire-state-park-232mckay_allaire-state-park-333mckay_allaire-state-park-134mckay_beach-portraits-135mckay_beach-portraits-336mckay_beach-portraits-237mckay_river-house-details38mckay_river-house-party-139mckay_river-house-party-240mckay_river-house-party-3-41mckay_river-house-party-442mckay_river-house-party-743mckay_river-house-party-944mckay_river-house-party-8-45mckay_river-house-party-1146mckay_river-house-party-647mckay_river-house-party-1048mckay_river-house-party-5
Ceremony – Allaire Chapel
Reception – Brielle Riverhouse
Flowers – Purple Iris
Wedding Invitation – Carlson Craft
Wedding Cake – Chocolate Carousel
Entertainment – Mazz Entertainment
Wedding Dress – Bridal Garden
Bride’s Shoes – Clarks’s
Groom’s Wear – Mens Wearhouse
Make-Up and Hair – Christina DePascal
Transportation – Long Branch Trolley

Carol Sawicki - April 21, 2015 - 11:16 pm

I finally saw the wedding pictures .
beautiful simply beautiful I wish I could have been there.
lots of love

Christine + John, Molly Pitcher Inn wedding photographer

01red-bank-1_mckayOur wonderful associate Sara photographed Christine & John’s wedding for us this past September 20th. Liz and I were busy photographing the wedding of Joe & Kelly Wicklander on that same day (you can see their blog post, posted just before this one). Although we were not present on the wedding day, I will always remember meeting Christine here at the studio; she was so sweet…

Christine wrote this little “Tid bit” on the subject of her engagment:

John proposed to me the day before Mother’s Day in 2013, as he says to put a smile on my face since my mother recently passed away.
Placing my gorgeous engagement ring in my favorite drink, a mojito while I was dressed in my pajamas. So very memorable!
Then our rush to make all of our wedding arrangements in NJ while planning a move to Houston, TX.

Thank you,
Christine & John Post

We are always a little jealous when our associates photograph a wedding for us that we would have loved to be at. Nice work Sara! Lucky you. As nice as it was to work at Bonnet Island that day, we love John & Christine’s venue, The Molly Pitcher, just as much. We’re not big fans of cloning but it sure would have come in handy on this day. How nice it would have been to be both places at once! : )

Thanks so much to John & Christine for putting your well placed trust in Sara. Our associate photographers always do us proud!02dress_mckay03mckay_post104bouquets_mckay05bride-getting-ready-5_mckay06bride-getting-ready-4_mckay07bride-getting-ready-1_mckay08bride-getting-ready-2_mckay09bride-getting-ready-3_mckay10cufflinks_mckay11groom-getting-ready-2_mckay12groom-getting-ready-1_mckay13groom-getting-ready-3_mckay14groom-getting-ready-4_mckay15mckay_post216church-1_mckay17church-2_mckay18church-3_mckay19church-4_mckay20church-5_mckay21church-6_mckay22church-7_mckay23church10_mckay24church-9_mckay25mckay_post426church-8_mckay27river-side-gardens-1_mckay28river-side-gardens-2_mckay29mckay_post530red-bank-2_mckay31river-side-gardens-4_mckay32river-side-gardens-5_mckay33river-side-gardens-3_mckay34mckay_post335red-bank-4_mckay36red-bank_wow_mckay37molly-pitcher-dock-1_mckay38molly-pitcher-details_mckay39molly-pitcher-party-1_mckay41molly-pitcher-party-3_mckay42molly-pitcher-party-4_mckay43molly-pitcher-party-5_mckay44molly-pitcher-party-10_mcka45molly-pitcher-party-12_mcka46molly-pitcher-party-9_mckay47molly-pitcher-party-8_mckay48molly-pitcher-party-7_mckay49molly-pitcher-party-6_mckay50molly-pitcher-party-11_mcka51red-bank-steets_mckay
Ceremony – Our Lady of Fatima, Piscataway
Reception – The Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
Flowers – Forever Flowers, Piscataway
Cinematography – Project 8, Mark Serrano
Wedding Cake – Ye Olde Pie Shoppe, Little Silver
Ceremony Music – KDK Muzik
Wedding Dress – Vera Wang, David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes – J Crew
Boots – Lucchese
Groom’s Wear – Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse
Make-Up – Jennifer Delossantos
Hair – Anna Pluhowski, C-touch Salons

Joe + Kelly, Bonnet Island wedding photographer

01bonnet-island-portrait-3_mckay-imagingYou might think that there was nothing extraordinarily challenging about shooting a wedding for a couple as good looking as Joe Wicklander & Kelly Hameline at a location as beautiful as Bonnet Island Estate in Long Beach Island, NJ. Well, if it were any other wedding, you might have been right but this was no ordinary wedding. You see, the brides father, the head coach for the Wagner University football team had postponed a scheduled game in order to attend his daughter’s wedding. This was big news in the sports world and so a network TV station was doing a story on it on the day of the wedding and so, in addition to our usual duties as wedding photographers, we had about a 1/2 hour window to take a nice family photo, download it, retouch it and upload it to the network so they could show the photo on a Jumbotron at a game and include a shot of the Jumbotron in their live broadcast! No pressure there right! : ) Then in the middle of family photos, we all took a break to run in and watch the broadcast on TV, with Liz and I sweating bullets, hoping that the photo had gone through. And… wait for it… touchdown! Maybe even an extra point… : )
Once the network news part of the day was over, Liz and I could settle in and do what we do best, which was to document this beautiful wedding at that spectacular location! Joe & Kelly had both gotten ready right there at Bonnet Island which is always a great idea if you want to keep your wedding day simple and relaxing. They had a sweet first look down on the dock and then did all of their family photos before the ceremony. When Joe & Kelly’s sweet ceremony was over, we did a giant group shot of ALL the guests on the terrace and it was off to the party. Miss!on Dance rocked the house once again, as they do so very well…
Thanks so much to the staff at Bonnet Island for being so good to us and most of all; BIG thanks to the Hameline and Wicklander families for giving us the opportunity to share in this important family day!02mckay_wicklander103bonnet-island-1_mckay-imaging04bonnet-island-8_mckay-imaging05bonnet-island-5_mckay-imaging06bonnet-island-6_mckay-imaging07mckay_wicklander708bonnet-island-9_mckay-imaging09bonnet-island-11_mckay-imaging10bonnet-island-2_mckay-imaging11bonnet-island-12_mckay-imaging12bonnet-island-4_mckay-imaging13bonnet-island-3_mckay-imaging14mckay_wicklander215bonnet-island-7_mckay-imaging16bonnet-island-10_mckay-imaging17bonnet-island-groom_mckay-imaging18bonnet-island-13_mckay-imaging19bonnet-island-14_mckay-imaging20bonnet-island-17_mckay-imaging21bonnet-island-15_mckay-imaging22bonnet-island-18_mckay-imaging23mckay_wicklander524mckay_wicklander325bonnet-island-16_mckay-imaging26grooms-men_mckay-imagingmckay_bonnet-island-nbc-27bonnet-island-ceremony-1_mckay-imaging28bonnet-island-ceremony-12_mckay-imaging29bonnet-island-ceremony-2_mckay-imaging30mckay_wicklander631bonnet-island-ceremony-4_mckay-imaging32bonnet-island-ceremony-3_mckay-imaging33bonnet-island-ceremony-5_mckay-imaging34bonnet-island-ceremony-8_mckay-imaging35bonnet-island-ceremony-6_mckay-imaging36bonnet-island-ceremony-9_mckay-imaging37bonnet-island-ceremony-10_mckay-imagingmckay_bonnet-island-group-38mckay_wicklander439bonnet-island-portrait-1_mckay-imaging40bonnet-island-portrait-4_mckay-imaging41bonnet-island-portrait-2_mckay-imaging42bonnet-island-estate-details_mckay43bonnet-island-wedding-1_mckay-imaging44bonnet-island-wedding-2_mckay-imaging45bonnet-island-wedding-4_mckay-imaging46bonnet-island-wedding-3_mckay-imaging47bonnet-island-wedding-8_mckay-imaging48bonnet-island-wedding-10_mckay-imaging49bonnet-island-wedding-6_mckay-imaging50bonnet-island-wedding-9_mckay-imaging51bonnet-island-wedding-7_mckay-imaging52bonnet-island-wedding-12_mckay-imaging53bonnet-island-wedding-13_mckay-imaging54bonnet-island-sunset_mckay-imaging
Ceremony + Reception – Bonnet Island Estate, Manhawkin
Event Planning + Catering – Merri Makers
Flowers – MDS Floral Design
Wedding Invitation – Spilled Ink Press, Chicago
Wedding Cake – Bake Works
Ceremony Music – La Mer Ensembles
Reception Entertainment – Mission Dance
Wedding Dress – Augustua Jones
Bridesmaids Dresses – Jenny Yoo
Make-Up – Deanna Lewis
Hair – Picture Perfect Wedding Hair

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