We LOVE when we get to shoot engagement photos with the bride and groom long before the wedding. It gives us a chance to get used to working together and gives them a chance to see that working with us is a relaxing and fun experience. Then when the wedding day finally comes, they are not only comfortable with having us around, they are looking forward to it! This makes the wedding photos so much better! Such is the story of the marriage of Sarah Widman to Gregg Martinez.
The engagement portrait session in Central Park was a blast. It was a beautiful fall day in 2010. The park was alive with beauty and music and Sarah & Gregg fell easily into their roles as lovers in the park as these first few photos show.
When the wedding day finally came, the weather was just as gorgeous, as if the transition from Fall to Spring had been entirely seamless. Gregg and his groomsmen got ready at the wonderfully unique, spanish-style home of his parents while Sarah and her girls prepared themselves at the strikingly modern Widman home, which overlooks Sandy Hook and the Manhattan skyline and is perched just below the majestic Twin Lights of Atlantic Highlands.
When the time was right, Gregg came to meet with Sarah on the balcony of this house, for their “first look” at each other on the wedding day, a reveal which took place in the very spot where they had gotten engaged the year before. Soon after this emotional reunion, Liz and I walked with the guys up to the lighthouse while the girls got a tow from the limo. It was a breathtaking spot for family portraits with the view of the sea in one direction and the European feel of the historic structure in the other.
Then, just when we were feeling like we had already had a big day, full of beautiful pictures, we got in our car and made our way to the newly renovated Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank for the ceremony and reception. Like the bride and groom, the ceremony was very unique. Sarah looked beautiful in her Watters gown, standing beneath a chuppah in the middle of the ballroom surrounded by her friends and family, all seated at their banquet tables. The ceremony ended in timeless tradition, with the breaking of a glass and a kiss and the DJ got the party started!
Thanks so much to both families for letting us be a part of this spectacular day! It is on days like this that we feel like we have the best job in the world and that we are so lucky to be right where we are!
Sarah and Gregg,
May 7, 2011
Ceremony & Reception: Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank, NJ
Flowers: Flowerful Events, Eatontown, NJ