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Amanda + Shane, Windows on the Water wedding photographer

01mckay_capone4First of all, Liz and I would like to thank Marybeth Boorom, our former next door neighbors and wedding clients (see Eric & MB’s wedding here), for introducing us to her workmate Shane Capone and his beautiful bride-to-be, Amanda DeGennaro, whose beautiful beach wedding we photographed just this past September.
From the couple’s “first look” on the pier in Island Heights to their lovely and personal ceremony on the beach at Windows on the Water and then into the reception, where friends and family partied the night away, Amanda & Shane could not get the smiles off of their faces. We are going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking here and as you will see, it was a truly perfect day!
Thanks so much to the DeGennaro and Capone families for making us feel so welcome and big thanks to Amanda and Shane for one of the sweetest reviews we’ve ever had! We just had to share it… (check it out on Wedding Wire by clicking here _”Amanda 09/20/14″).
Shane and Amanda, we wish you both lots of health, happiness and prosperity and look forward to seeing you both again soon…!02mckay_capone103getting-ready1_mckay-imagin04getting-ready3_mckay-imagin05getting-ready2_mckay-imagin06bride-dressing2_mckay-imagi07bride-dressing3_mckay-imagi08bride-dressing1_mckay-imagi09groom-dressing1_mckay-imagi10grooms-men_mckay-imaging11mckay_capone212groom-dressing2_mckay-imagi13first-look1_mckay-imaging14first-look2_mckay-imaging15bridal-party-1_mckay-imagin16bride-groom-2_mckay-imaging17shoes-on-dock_mckay-imaging18mckay_capone319brides-maids_mckayi-imaging20bride-groom-1_mckay-imaging21bride-groom-4_mckay-imaging22mckay_capone623bride-groom_dock_mckay-imag24windows-on-the-water_sea-bright225windows-on-the-water_sea-bright126windows on the water_sea bright327windows-on-the-water_sea-bright428windows-on-the-water_sea-bright729sea-bright-ceremony130windows-on-the-water_sea-bright631windows-on-the-water_sea-bright532windows-on-the-water_sea-bright833sea-bright-ceremony234beach-wedding-5_mckay-imagi35beach-wedding4_mckay-imagin36beach-wedding-3_mckay-imagi37beach-wedding-2_mckay-imagi38beach-wedding-1_mckay-imagi39windows-on-the-water-1_mcka40windows-on-the-water-1_mckay-imaging41windows-on-the-water-4_mckay-imaging42windows-on-the-water-2_mckay-imaging43windows-on-the-water-2_mckay-imaging (1)44windows-on-the-water-3_mckay-imaging45windows-on-the-water-7_mckay-imaging46windows-on-the-water-10_mckay-imaging4717mckay_capone548windows-on-the-water-8_mckay-imaging49windows-on-the-water-11_mckay-imaging50windows-on-the-water-9_mckay-imaging51windows-on-the-water-6_mckay-imaging52sea-bright-beach_mckay-imaging
Ceremony + Reception – Windows on the Water, Sea Bright
Flowers – Flower Station
Wedding Invitation – Holland Designs
Wedding Cake – Chocolate Carousel
Wedding dress – Alfred Angelo
Bride’s Shoes – Kate Spade
Groom’s Wear – Men’s Wearhouse
Make-Up – Dina Gardner
Hair – Joe Spadaro
Transportation – VEI Limo

Lisa + Eric, Clarks Landing Yacht Club wedding photographer

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We loved photographing the wedding of Eric Nelson to Lisa Setrin this past Autumn! The couple themselves were super sweet and that is always good but at the reception, we also ran into the parents of a couple of our past brides and grooms, those of Sarah Widman (& Gregg Martinez) as well as the parents of Matthew (& Lindsay Couture) Pess. It seems that all of these couples parents are long time friends! We just love referrals on so many levels; everyone feels comfortable with us already and there is a familiarity that makes us comfortable as well. It was so nice seeing everybody!
If you’re doing a beach wedding on The Jersey Shore, The Ocean Place Resort and Spa is an excellent choice for a spot to get ready. The rooms are big, bright and cheerful and make getting ready fun and for Lisa & Eric, the wide boardwalk and beach right behind the hotel was the perfect location for both their first look and their bridal party photos. And speaking of perfect locations for pictures, Monmouth University was the next stop! Shooting these portraits of Eric & Lisa were easy… they are so good together!
The next and final stop on this big and memorable day was Clarks Landing Yacht Club, certainly one of our favorite choices in venues for both it’s impeccable service, delicious food, it’s bright and beautiful ballroom and splendid water views! This couple seemed to have gotten everything right! Here at Clarks Landing, Lisa and Eric’s guests were treated to an outdoor ceremony that featured, quite memorably, a surprise guest appearance by the Rabbi Seagull!
Then it was time to party, a bigger treat yet and something this couple was quite good at! Thanks so much to the staff at Clark’s for being the perfect hosts. Thanks to Mission Dance for rocking the house and most of all, Thanks to Lisa, Eric and the whole Nelson/Setrin Clan for making the day so nice for everybody. We hope to see all of you again soon; maybe at another wedding on another brilliant day…

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Ceremony + Reception – Clarks Landing Yacht Club
Flowers – Peter James
Wedding Invitation – Anna Soiree
Wedding Cake – Bovellas
Entertainment – Mission Dance
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero
Groom’s Wear – Tommy Hilfiger
Make-Up + Hair – Jon Lori
Transportation – Long Branch Trolley

Jacki + Kevin, Clarks Landing wedding photographer

01mckay_bostel4OK people! You just need to take one look at Kevin & Jacki’s wedding to understand why people love to have their weddings on the Jersey Shore! (If this couple looks familiar, you may remember seeing the Engagement photos we did of them in Washington Square Park, NYC, last November. (Click here to check it out).
Although Kevin got ready at his family beach house a little further south, our journey that day took us, for the most part, all over Spring Lake NJ. Jacki got ready at the charming Breakers on the Ocean, then the couple were married at the ceremony at the quaint and historic Church of the Holy Trinity and lastly bridal party portraits by the bridge at the beautiful Divine Park which surrounds “Spring Lake” itself as well as photos on the beach of course, where a faraway storm threatened but never broke.
Then, with most of the heavy lifting done… : ) it was time to PARTY and Clark’s Landing Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, as always, was happy to provide the setting! What a spectacular night! Thanks so much to Jacki & Kevin for understanding that the Jersey Shore was the best place to take their vows and celebrate the event (pretty impressive for a couple of city folks) and even bigger thanks for sharing it with us!
Best of luck to you both! We look forward to seeing you both again soon…
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Ceremony – Holy Trinity Episcopal, Spring Lake
Reception – Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
Event Planning – Busy Bride, New York
Flowers – Something Nice
Cinematography – Michael Simons
Wedding Invitation – The Papery
Wedding Cake – Bovellas
Entertainment – The Savoy Stompers; Elegant Ensembles
Wedding Dress – Ramona Kevesa, The Wedding Salon
Bride’s Shoes – Kate Spade
Groom’s Wear – Custom Suit
Make-Up – House of Luciano
Hair – Pin It Up
Transportation – Great Amercian Trolley

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Wow! This has been our busiest year ever and we are very thankful indeed. We have been working very hard to get everyone their photos and we are right on track! Some of you already have your pictures and some are still waiting. Thanks for your patience. They say that “good things come to those who wait!” Some of you “blog stalkers” may have also noticed that we haven’t blogged in quite a while, and so… we wanted to give you all this little sneak peak to share with your families and friends on this important family holiday. Enjoy!
Once again, we are so thankful to everyone who helped to make 2014 such a fantastic year for us and hey… it was an even better year for all of you, right?! : ) We are so happy that you made Liz and I, as well as our associates Sara and Brandi, such a big part of this milestone in your lives! Have a great Thanksgiving!!! We’ll see you all soon…
Jacki + Kevin
September 6, 2014
Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
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Lisa + Eric
September 7, 2014
Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
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Amanda + Shane
September 19, 2014
Windows on the Water, Sea Bright
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Jenessa + John
September 19, 2014
Sheraton, Eatontown
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Kelly + Joe,
September 20, 2014
Bonnet Island Estate, Manahawkin
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Christine + John
September 20, 2014
Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
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Marissa + Brian
October 4, 2014
River House, Brielle
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Tara + Matt
October 10, 2014
Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
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Caroline + Shamus
October 11, 2014
Bayonet Farms, Holmdel
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Monica + Patrick
October 11, 2014
Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
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Emmy + Nick
October 12, 2014
Gramercy Park Hotel, New York
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Maryellen + John
October 18, 2014
Rumson Country Club, Rumson
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Rupa + Prajin
October 25, 2014
Westmount Country Club, West Paterson
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Samantha + Matt
November 14, 2014
Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
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Alexandra + Anthony, Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank wedding photographer

01molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-15So, every wedding really is a little different!
In this case, despite the fact that the groom’s mother Kathy (Go Kathy!) booked us for this wedding almost a year before it was to take place; and with the exception of our usual meeting about 30 days before the wedding, we really didn’t get to know Alexandra and Anthony (the bride and groom) very well at all until the big day came around! This is pretty unusual for us but you see, Kathy had done most of the heavy lifting on this one. In fact, I spent so much time on the phone with Kathy in the days leading up to the wedding that I feel like she and I could open a wedding planning business together! Whaddya say, Kathy? We did a good job on this one! : )
When the wedding day did come however, we fell right into it with Anthony and Alexandra, the way that old friends can pick up a conversation after years of not speaking. They are a really sweet couple.
On this day, we began at the church, the bride and groom having opted out of getting ready pictures. We love when people change things up on us a bit. It keeps life interesting and keeps us on out toes!
So, after a very beautiful ceremony at St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen, it was off to The Molly Pitcher Inn for a very, very classy evening with the Lips and Aiello families. With the tables bursting with beautiful flowers arrangements by Flowerful Events, the walls enhanced with uplifting uplighting and the airwaves thick with the musical stylings of their very big and bold band, Elegant Ensembles, the Molly Pitcher ballroom was transformed into a place where everyone could forget their troubles, have fun and really feel the love!
A lot of thought went into this wedding day and it was really pretty perfect. Kathy really wanted “the kids” to have a good time and I have to honestly say that this bride and groom could not get the smiles off of their faces all day long! Nice job Kathy! Kudos to The Molly Pitcher staff as well. Most importantly, our big congratulations go out to the new Mr. & Mrs. Anthony & Alexandra Aiello. It’s been great getting to know you….02St-Francis_mckay-wedding-203St-Francis_mckay-wedding-304St-Francis_mckay-wedding-105St-Francis_mckay-wedding-506St-Francis_mckay-wedding-407St-Francis_mckay-wedding-708St-Francis_mckay-wedding-809St-Francis_mckay-wedding-610St-Francis_mckay-wedding-911St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1012St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1113St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1214St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1315St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1516St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1417St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1618St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1719St-Francis_mckay-wedding-2020St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1821St-Francis_mckay-wedding-1922molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-5mckay_molly-pitcher-wedding_124molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-325molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-426molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-227molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-6mckay_molly-pitcher-wedding29molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-730molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1031molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-932molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1433molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1234molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1735molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1136molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1337molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1638molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1839molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2040molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-1941molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2142molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2243molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2344molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2445molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2546molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2747molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2949molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-3150molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-2651molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-3252molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-3453molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-3354molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-3555molly-pitcher-inn_mckay-30
Ceremony – St Francis Cathedral
Reception – Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
Flowers + Lighting – Flowerful Events, Eatontown
Wedding Invitation – Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Cake – Ye Olde Pie Shoppe
Entertainment – Elegant Ensembles
Wedding Dress + Shoes – Hollywood Bridal

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