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Paper Flowers + Rats…

I have always jokingly said that if you’re going to call your restaurant “RATS”, you had better be sure that you are beyond excellent! This is where Rats, in Hamilton, NJ hits the mark perfectly… they live up to the “hope”. : ) The same can be said for paper flowers… if you are going to make them for a wedding, they better be beyond excellent and well… this family spent a good part of a year before the wedding doing just that; making the perfect flowers (little sculptural beauties) for a wedding at New Jersey’s primer sculpture garden, Grounds for Sculpture.
That day, they became Andrew & Alexandria Chiusano, surrounded by family, friends and the captivating sculpture, “The Nine Muses”. Once the ceremony ended, it was a short walk to Rats where all were treated to amazing culinary delights and unforgettable moments!
We present this wedding as proof that an amazing wedding celebration can be captured in photography in just 6 short hours! Ali & Andrew, thanks for paying so much attention to detail and treating us all to this thoughtful day of sensory delights!
Happy 1st Anniversary! May the rest of your days be as wonderful as your wedding day!
Bob & Liz

Find a job that you love and you’ll never work another day in your life!

When our good friends Tom & Eileen told us that Eileen’s sister was getting married at Avenue in Long Branch, NJ and that they wanted to speak to us about wedding photography, we could not have been happier. It was music to our ears because we just love when a wedding that we are “working” is stocked with friends. : ) We always believed in the proverb, “Find a job that you love and you’ll never work another day in your life”, but when there are friends in the room, the day is just that much sweeter!
We had already met the future Jamie & Kathy Welsh, more than a few times over the years at various gatherings at our friends homes but things were about to get much more personal… The couple had recently given birth to twins, Conor & Ava and the kids were going to be a big part of the day as well! Liz began the day with the bride in one of the many splendid rooms at The Bungalow Hotel, just a hop, skip and a jump down the street from their venue. I was with Jamie in another room for some getting ready pictures and the twins soon arrived, all dressed up… in their coach (a double stroller) looking quite ready for action.
After a very sweet first look, a few photos and a short walk down the street, the whole family was taking in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic at their wedding ceremony on the rooftop deck of Avenue. Then, when those very emotional moments came to a happy ending with a kiss, the big fun began, just a few steps away! It was nap time for Conor & Ava and party time for Mom & Dad!
We could not be more thankful for this opportunity to spend this important day, doing what we love , and doing it with friends… Thanks so much to Kathy & Jamie and a very Happy 1st Anniversary to you both! Happily, I’m sure we will see you and your family again soon! : )

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Ceremony + Reception – Avenue, Long Branch
Flowers – Floral Sentiments
Wedding Invitation – Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Cake _ Sugar Rush
Entertainment – SCE Event Group
Wedding Dress – Barefoot Bride
Bride’s Shoes – Christy Ng Shoes
Groom’s Wear – Ledbury
Make-Up + Hair – Milagro Spa
, Red Bank

Katherine + Luke, Married at Clarks Landing – Happy 1st Anniversary!


A Wedding Day marked by Cherry Blossoms and Good Cheer!

On the day that Katherine Gibson said “I do” to Lukas De Lorenzo, April 30th, 2016, the cherry blossoms were peaking at Spring Lake Park and the mood was jubilant to say the least!
It seems as though we were almost destined to photograph this wedding! Just a few years earlier, we had photographed Katherine’s maid-of honor, Katelyn’s wedding to Ray Kwiatkowski and a few years before that, Ray’s sister Meghan’s wedding to Brennan McDermott. In June of 2015 we photographed another Kwiatkowski wedding as well when sis ted Brie married Adam Niciewski! Top all that with a referral from the bride and groom’s venue, the great Clark’s Landing Yacht Club and the deal was nearly sealed. We never take anything for grated but we absolutely love when people consider working with us as a family affair… even when the circle goes a bit outside of the family. Thanks so much Katherine & Lukas!
Their ceremony at St. Rose Church in Belmar was another “family” tradition and the choice could not have been better! Their Clark’s Landing reception was AMAZING, just as you would expect from the fine folks at Clark’s. The party rally rocked, just as it always does when the band Mission Dance is leading the charge and that particular group of friends get together for a big event such as this!
Congratulations to Katherine & Lukas and Happy 1st Anniversary!!!
<3 Bob and Liz
Ceremony – St Rose Church, Belmar, NJ
Reception – Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
Flowers – Wildflowers Florist, Wall, NJ
Cinematography – Mike Simons
Wedding Invitation – Art Paper Scissor Design
Wedding Cake – Bovellas
Entertaiment – Mission Dance
Wedding Dress – Hayley Paige
Bride’s shoes – Kate Spade
Groom’s Wear – Men’s Wearhouse
Make-Up – Make-up by Eva
Hair – Renarde Salon, Wall, NJ
Transportation – Great American Trolley Company

Karley + Jeff, Nauvoo Grill wedding photographer

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Happy 1st Anniversary to Karley & Jeff Lidzbarski! It was 1 year ago today that this couple, who now run an organic farm together right here in Monmouth County, got married at The Old First Baptist Church in historic Middletown and celebrated that union at The Nauvoo Grill Club in the quaint little riverside village of Fair Haven!
We first met Jeff around this time, just last year, although we have been enjoying the fruits (literally) of his labor for the last decade or so. Karley however, we have known for quite a long while. My first memory of meeting Karley was when she worked as a sales girl in a little local Red Bank boutique on Monmouth Street called Margaret’s but there’s a good chance we knew her even earlier than that from the days of getting lunches at Second Nature, our local neighborhood organic health food store. She was just one of these people that we always used to see around town, back when Red Bank was…cool, for lack of a better word. Then, in the years to follow, we would always see her working hard at Farmer Ed’s stand, on almost any given Sunday at our local farmers market.
So, fast forward about 15 years or so and there we were, on a fine Winter’s day last January so happy to be photographing her beautiful, low key wedding day. There were so many unique and fun details, from the bride’s cowboy boots to her richly colored, natural looking bouquet; from the very thoughtful place cards to the stylish, naked wedding cake. And the unique details went even further, from the choice of venues themselves right up to the inclusion of master of vinyl, Neil O’Brien, aka Foggy Notion as their DJ. For us, it was a room filled with a welcoming vibe, brought on not only by the atmosphere that Karley & Jeff provided but by the sight of a lot of familiar faces from the days when Liz and I first made Red Bank our home. Nights like that make us love our job all that much more!
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