If the old saying is true that rain on your wedding day is good luck then Richard & Ashley Schwalje have a LOT of good luck coming their way. : ) It pretty much rained all day last June 27th, 2015 and on this, their first anniversary, they certainly deserve the beautiful weather that we’re getting today!
As photographers, rain on a wedding day always challenges us… and we like a challenge! First of all ladies and gents, we know that you all choose to have your ceremonies on the beautiful Molly Pitcher deck, overlooking the Navesink River but should it rain on your big day, an inside ceremony is beautiful as well as you will see in these photos. Rich & Ashley were a little disappointed in the rainy day at first but soon forgot all about it as they got lost in the beauty of one great moment after another, the getting ready, the first look, the ceremony and portraits all took place in the beautifully diverse interior of The Molly Pitcher Inn and Liz and I milked it for all it was worth! Thanks so much to both families for allowing Liz and I to document such a fine wedding day between two very sweet people.
Ashley & Rich… Happy Anniversary!
Ceremony + Reception – Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
Flowers – Petal Beach
Officiant – Father Testa
Wedding Invitation – Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Cake – Ye Olde Pie Shoppe
Entertainment – Bachelor Boys Band
Wedding Dress – Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes – Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Wear – Joseph A. Bank
Hairm + Make-Up – Milagro Spa
Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Connie Kwiatkowski requested our presence at the marriage of their daughter Brie Anne to Adam John Niciewski on Friday, the twenty-sixth of June, two thousand and fifteen! It was the third time that they had requested our presence!
The first time was for their daughter Meghan to Mr. Brennan McDermott in 2011 at The Barclay in Belmar, New Jersey. The next call was for the 2013 wedding of their son Ray to Katelyn Smith. That shindig took place at The Breakers in Spring Lake. Well, the third time was certainly a charm! Like all of Bob & Connie’s children, Adam and Brie tied the knot at St. Rose in Belmar and keeping with what seems to be a family tradition, they had a Jersey Shore reception but this time at the wonderful Waterview Pavilion, on the other side of Belmar, by the river!
Adam and Brie really had a fantastic wedding day! The room was spectacular and the band electrified the crowd to be sure that a good time was had by all. Thanks so much to Brie & Adam for putting your trust in us. We had a great time too!
We love when we get to see the same family members again and again as the years go by. Thanks so much to Bob & Connie for making sure that we were there to document all of your most important family events! It makes us feel a little like family too…
Brie & Adam; Happy First Anniversary!!!! I can’t believe that a year has passed already…
Bob & Liz McKay
Ceremony – St. Rose, Belmar
Reception – Waterview Pavillion, Belmar
Flowers - Wildflowers
Wedding Invitation – Wedding Exclusive
Wedding Cake – Chocolate Carousel
Entertainment – Daddy Pop
Bride’s Shoes – Betsy Johnson
Groom’s Wear – Men’s Wearhaouse
Hair and Make-Up – Vanity 18
Tranportation – Long Branch Trolley
Happy Anniversary to Monique & Darryl Hughes and thank you both sooo much for bringing us along for the ride; a ride that really began for us some 16 years ago now!
In July of 2004, Liz and I were working (and playing) at The Half Moon Resort in Jamaica, photographing the wedding of our mutual friend David Tarver. On one of those 4 lovely days of happy gatherings, we met Mr. Darryl Hughes and by the end of our trip he proclaimed, “If I ever get married, you two are going to shoot my wedding!”. Well, talk is often cheap people but not in this case because you see, some 14 years later, our phone rang and it was Darryl, calling to say that he was ready to get that party started!
And party they did on a fine Sunday, June 7th, 2015! It was the day that Darryl’s nephew finally got that limo ride that he had been waiting for, the day that the bride was fashionably late for an amazing ceremony in a Red Bank church that Darryl’s family had been parishioners at for many, many years and it was also the day that this bride and groom took over the ballroom at The Breakers in Spring Lake and brought the house down with their wonderful family and friends.
Liz and I can’t express enough how happy we are to have shared that day with you both!
Happy 1st Anniversary!!!
Thanks for remembering us Darryl… : )
Ceremony – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Red Bank
Reception, The Breakers, Spring Lake
Flowers – Boxwood Gardens
Cinematography – Michael Simons
Wedding Invitation – Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Cake – The Chocolate Carousel
Cocktail Entertainment – The Al Wright Unit
Reception Entertainment – DJ Scott Fenner + DJ Matty Moo
Wedding Dress – Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s Shoes – Alan Fine Shoes
Groom’s wear – Nordstrom
Make-Up – Yolanda Chestnut
Hair – Li-Mai Green
Transportation – Concorde Limo
Happy Anniversary to Ben & Kelsey, married on June 6th, 2015 at the beautiful Bayhead Yacht Club! Liz and I remember the day well… the beautiful day, the struggle with the bow tie, the trollies, the touching daylight ceremony in the clubhouse ballroom followed by that amazing cocktail hour! You did n’t want to pose for bride and groom portraits, preferring to spend precious time with family and friends and the wonderful portraits we got in the very short time that you allowed us. : ) We’re so glad that we did it! Then, shortly after your guests took the short walk across the bridge to the boathouse, you both arrived at the reception by boat and were welcomed like conquering heros! American Pharaoh won the triple crown that very same day.
The room was a DYI dream come true. Your families had come together to design and build the entire thing; the farm tables, the banners, the flags, the lights, the decorations, the favors and even the fabulous 1/4 moon “photo booth”!
The day was so big that we recruited the help of our good friend Mike McLaughlin, photographer extraordinaire, to “man the moon booth”. Thanks Mike, both for that and that beautiful light painting of the boat house at night.
Mostly, we want to thank you, Ben & Kelsey for trusting us to capture it all in photographs…
Happy 1st Anniversary!
On May 30th, 2015, Caitlyn Matena said her vows with Frank Sullivan at The First Presbyterian Church in Rumson, NJ! They followed this up with an amazing reception at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright! We wish we could have been there but fortunately, we had the fabulous Sara on board to photograph it for us. It looks like it was such a fun day! As nice as it is to have our associates photographing weddings for us, we are always a little jealous when a wedding is as nice as this one, and we didn’t get to document the good times ourselves. We just love our job… what can I say?!
Big congratulations go out to Frank and Caitlyn and big thanks as well from all of us here at McKay Imaging! At least Liz and I got to experience your day in photographs! Thanks to Sara for doing such a wonderful job. When it comes to photographers, we sure know how to pick ‘em! : )