As the winter of 2016 sets in, we take pleasure in reliving the (warmer) weddings of 2015. This will be a blogging marathon and it all begins with Nikki & Billy!
April 26th 2015 was a bit chilly in the morning, just the way that you would imagine an early Spring day to begin but as Nicole Notaro and Billy Hankers began to prepare for their big day with their family and friends, they could feel everything around them begin to warm. This increasingly beautiful day led them from where they began the day in Red Bank to a sweet & memorable ceremony at Star of the Sea Church in Long Branch; from there for some far less serious moments with portraits on the Pier Village boardwalk and then finally to where things really heated up, The Oyster Point Hotel!
For Liz and I, each and every wedding has something that stands out and this day was no different… we will never forget it!
Billy and Nikki had so much fun that day that when we were leaving at the end of the night, this bride and groom apologized! All we could say was “Thank You!” Thanks for such a great day! We loved meeting your friends and family. Thanks for making us a part of this important day… We forgive you. : )
“Stickshifts and safety-belts
Bucket seats have all got to go
When we’re driving
In the car
It makes my baby seem so far
I need you here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
I need you to be here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat”
When we heard the groom singing these words to his bride during their January wedding reception at Clarks Landing, it made us feel really good. We had been feeling really good all day but these few moments of song were indeed the sweet, sweet culmination to Ed & Shade’s perfectly unique wedding day!
We guessed that this couple was somehow special right away when at our very first meeting, they told us that their Persian inspired wedding ceremony would take place on the stage of the fabulous Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. When the wedding day finally did arrive on January 3rd, our suspicions were confirmed when we strolled into Asbury’s Berkley Hotel for getting ready photos and Ed was in his hotel room, 3-D printing his groomsman’s gifts! I have to say, no matter how many years we do this wonderful job… no matter how many times we think we’ve seen it all, there is always something new to see! Thanks Ed & Shade for helping us keep it fresh. : )
And this beautiful rainy day went on just like that with one lovely surprise after another. For instance, if someone had described the setting to you, you could not begin to imagine how beautifully the Paramount stage was decorated for this event. When the giant curtains opened to reveal the lush Sofre-ye-Aghd to their family and friends, all were stunned. It was a sight soon to be overshadowed however by this exquisite bride walking down the long theater isle with her father. The ceremony, rife with exotic ritual and steeped in ancient tradition, was not the final surprise for their guests however and certainly not for us… for when the ceremony was over and it was time for some portraits, the bride asked us if we would mind photographing them on the boardwalk… in the rain! I think she was afraid that we may not have wanted to go but she had no idea how long we have been waiting to hear that very question. We are basically up for anything and have always wanted to do just that so out onto the rainy boardwalk we went. Thanks Ed and Shade for helping us keep it fresh. Did I say that already?
By the time we arrived at the reception at Clark’s Landing, I couldn’t imagine being surprised yet again… that is until the guests were seated, the lights went down and a belly dancer stepped onto the dance floor for a breathtaking 15 minute show! Oh yeah and did I mention that Ed jumped up with the band and sang a Cake song! Really… What a great day! Thanks to Ed and Shade for helping up to keep it fresh! : )
I need you here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
I need you to be here with me
Not way over… in a bucket seat
Ceremony – Paramount Theater, Asbury Park
Reception – Clarks Landing Yacth Club, Point Pleasant
Flowers – Katy Did
Cinematography – Ben Miller
wedding Invitatiion – http://www.minted.com/
Wedding Cake – Bovella’s
Entertainment – Mission Dance
Wedding Dress – Lucksmee Warren
Groom’s Wear – Tux Vip
Make-Up – Eve
Transportation – A1 Limousine
Belly Dance Artist – Yuliya Dancer
OK… You have to try your best to get “The Sunset Shot” when you are getting married at Clark’s Landing! It is essential and every bride and groom gets their own special version of it. In some cases this is what sells a couple on this venue so when Samantha Orens and Matthew Stone wrote on the itinerary of their November 14th wedding…
“4PM Ketubah Signing
4:50PM: BRIDE AND GROOM RUSH TO DOCK FOR SUNSET SHOTS!”
LET’S DO THIS!
IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO BEGIN ON TIME!
…they meant business!
… and thank goodness because it was so worth it, as you will see at the end of this post! But don’t just rush to the end because the whole entirely wonderful wedding of Matt & Samantha Stone lies between this text and that photo! You see, the fun had already begun with getting ready. From there, there was a First Look at Clarks Landing, portraits by the river as well as in the beautiful ballroom and couple of beautifully personal ceremonies, one for immediate family and finally, one for all! Then of course it was party time and this crew knew full well how to party, as you will see!
Liz and I want to thank both the Orens and Stone families as well as the folks at Clarks Landing for making this day so enjoyable, not only for your friends and family but for us too! Liz and I are so happy with the pictures but maybe not as happy as Samantha was. We never post Thank You notes from our couples but this one was so special we just had to do it. Thanks Again! We wish you many thousands of sunsets together!
Bob & Liz
“Hi Bob and Liz,
I wish there was a word for the way I feel about how truly beautiful our wedding photos are. In the last few weeks, I have tried to imagine what the pictures would be like, but was also a little worried because your presence at our wedding was not overwhelming. Matty and I were even trying to remember seeing you buzzing around, but the day is a big blur. I swear, you are both super heroes, and your super powers are stealth movements and sharp eyes!
What I mean to say is, the photos are breathtaking. I am at a loss. You were able to perfectly capture so many emotions and so many hundreds of special moments and I didn’t even notice it when you did! There are almost no pictures of me making weird faces, as I am known to look in candid shots, and Matty does not look at all like a menace to society (which he almost always does in pictures)! I am in awe of you, magic photo genies. You were able to be everywhere during the day in such a fluid presence, and I will forever be grateful for the outstanding images of our most special day.
Now the hard part: picking images for our album!
Ceremony + Reception – Clarks Landing Yacht Club
Flowers – Peter James Florals
Wedding Invitation – Anna Soiree
Wedding Cake – Bovella’s
Entertainment – Elite Entertainment
Wedding Dress – Allure Bridal
Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Wear – Jos A. Bank
Hair + Make-UP – Pink Comb Studio
Transportation – Arrow Limo, Michael Loori Bus Co
When Prajin & Rupa approached us to photograph their October wedding, they seemed a tiny bit apprehensive that we had never before photographed the colorful pageantry and intricate web of ceremonial events that are such a big part of the Indian Orthodox wedding that their families were planning for them. They were however imbued by a certain measure of confidence based on the referral they had received from our good friend (and Prajin’s co-worker) Ali and so, as a result of that referral, Liz and I were asked to document this amazing wedding day!
Thanks so much to Ali for the referral but mainly, we want to give a BIG thank you to Prajin and Rupa for taking the leap and inviting us to share in your wedding, from the sunrise prayers at your homes, to the beautiful and elaborate ceremony at West Side Presbyterian Church and finally to the amazing party at The Westmount Country Club that closed the day!
From here, we will simply let this small sampling of our many photographs do all the talking… Enjoy!
Ceremony – West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ
Reception – WEest Mount Country Club
Event Planning – Davis John Abraham
Flowers – Atlas
Cinematography – Mike Simons
Wedding Invitation – Parekh Cards
Wedding Cake – Palermo Bakery
Ceremony Music – ST Mary’s Church Choir/Dolce Ensemble
Reception Entertainment – DJ USA
Wedding Dress – Martina Lina – Wedding Atelier
Groom’s Wear – Deluxe Formal Wear
Trasnportation – Danaro Limo, Excellent Limo
Some might think that the most impressive thing about John & Maryellen’s wedding is that the ceremony took place at the beautiful St. George’s by the River. As nice as that, in and of itself is, I was most impressed that we were actually allowed to take photographs in the church that day.! Anyone who has ever attended a wedding there knows that photos are not permitted during the ceremony, at all. So… somebody knew somebody… that was cool. : )
Others might think that the most impressive thing about the wedding of Maryellen Vanecek to John Perrine is that the reception took place inside the swanky new Riverhouse at The Rumson Country Club but to me the most beautiful thing about that space is just outside and the spectacular views it offers of the Shrewsbury River. A fine choice for certain, on all counts.
All in all however, I think that Liz and I were most impressed by how close we felt to many of the people in attendance and how warmly we were treated. In years gone by, we had photographed the weddings of John’s two brothers, first Charlie (to Vanessa) in July of 2007 and then Edward (to Kristine) in July of 2012. In all of that time we have gotten to know many of the friends and family members quite well and it was such a comfortable feeling to be with so many of them on that day. It was so wonderful to be “invited back” once again to capture the day in photos! Thank you Etel (a.k.a. mom) for that! Etel, I loved taking those photos of you and your three boys in your back yard for the third time!!!
Liz and I always say that we have one of the best jobs on earth and it’s people like the Perrines, the Vaneceks, the Picciottos and the Campanellis that contribute so much to making our lives so sweet…
<3, Bob & Liz McKay
Ceremony – St George’s By The River
Reception – The Riverhouse at Rumsory Club
Flowers – Boxwood Gardens
Wedding Invitation – Magic Beyond Midnight
Wedding Cake – Ye Olde Pie Shoppe
Entertainment – Jack Goodman Band/Esteem Entertainment
Wedding Dress – Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes – Beholden Bridal
Groom’s Weae – Dante Tuxedos
Make-Up – I Do Hair and Make-up
Hair – Pink comb Salon
Transportation – First Class Limousine