The wedding story of Caren Caterina and Joseph May is one of good humor, of love and of a lot of good luck as well! Caren and her mom Elaine were the first family members that we met as this wedding photo journey of ours began to unfold. They instantly struck us as sooooo incredibly nice, so funny and so… cute! And Mr. Caterina was no different… when we arrived at the hotel for getting ready pictures on the day of the wedding, he greeted us in the hotel lobby in a t-shirt with a bar code on it that read “Scan for Payment”! Is that funny or what? You gotta love these guys! : ) I left Liz there to take pictures with the girls and headed out to meet the groom, Joseph May at The Crystal Point. This quaint and elegant seaside venue is where Joe and his best man were getting ready for all of the wedding day magic that was soon to follow at that very same location. Joe was a real gentleman and what we would come to realize as the day went on, is that this gentle giant of a man loved his bride “completely” and at all times did so with his heart firmly planted on his sleeve! Caren, in return, could not get the smile off of her face! It was so heartwarming to witness, especially knowing what we did about how these two lovebirds had met… by luck. Good luck that is!
Well, when most people think of superstorm Sandy, good luck is not what first comes to mind, unless of course Sandy happened to miss you completely. Well, suffice it to say that it did not miss Caren… but, as if to prove that every cloud does indeed have a silver lining, the Universe was in fact lining Caren up for some unexpected good fortune… for who serendipitously showed up at her door to inspect her construction repairs but Joseph May… her future husband! You’ve gotta love that! A more bittersweet story would be hard to find but of course, as good luck, lots of love and some good humor would have it, by the wedding day, only the sweetness remained!
Thanks so much to Joe & Caren for writing us into your wedding day story. We wish you both a lifetime of continued good fortune!
Ceremony + Reception – Crystal Point Yacht Club, Point Pleasant
Entertainment – Elite
Flowers – Purple Iris
Cinematography – Parasol Video
Ladies and gentlemen; the brides are approaching the starting gate… and they’re off!
We were super excited when Jennifer & Katharine came into the studio and told us that A. they planned to get married B. that the ceremony would happen on the beach, in front of their reception hall, McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park and C. that they wanted their First Look to take place at the fabulous Monmouth Park Race Track! We were not just excited, in fact, we were chomping at the bit! (sorry) : ) And just like the rest of this couple’s wedding day, both the reveal and the portraits at the track delivered all of the joy that they promised!
We had a clue that all of this fun would be coming, though. Just the year before, we had photographed the wedding of Michael Canning and Jennamarie DeVito.. that’s where we met Jen & Katharine. (You can see that wedding by clicking HERE if you like.) During that wedding, we ran roughshod all over Asbury Park and Red Bank doing portraits of the bride and groom and Katharine & Jen were on the very short list of friends (2 to be exact) who got to spend the day riding on the trolly with the bridal party. Good friends that they are, they ran that entire race with us, attending to the bride and groom here and there and sharing in the revelry. Then, quite memorably, they spent the rest of that night partying like there was no tomorrow!
This was a good indicator to us that Jen & Katharine’s wedding would be another unforgettable fun fest from beginning to end and they certainly did not disappoint! The excitement and anticipation as each girl got ready for the big day was palpable; the reveal, incredibly intimate: the ceremony, positively touching for all; the reception, pure, unbridled FUN!
Well, this race has just begun and the finish line is no where in sight! When the other runners are friends and family, everybody wins! Liz and I wish you both all of the best in the years to come! Thank you both so much for including us…
Ceremony – Asbury Park beach
Reception McLoone’s Supper Club, Asbury Park
Flowers – Sunset Florist and Bride’s Mom
wedding Invitation – Minted
Wedding Cake – The Chocolate Carousel
Ceremony + Reception Entertainment – This is it!
Wedding Dress – Casablanca, The Barefoot Bride, Red Bank
Bride Shoes – Rachel Simpson, Converse
Transportation – First Student
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