As we have said, time and time again, there are few things we like more than photographing a wedding for a friend and seeing a lot of friendly and familiar faces on the big day! Destination weddings come in at a close second to that as one of our favorite things. When those two things come together… well, that’s perfection… but those 2 details were just a couple of the reasons why the wedding of Melissa Maxted to Kyle Thompson, one year ago today, was such a wonderful day for us. You see, their wedding day marked the third time that we’d had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Melissa!
We’ve known Melissa since she was a teenager. Her very creative folks, mother Megan Perendeville and super step dad Mike Harper have been friends of ours for many years, not to mention our very favorite picture framers. Many years ago, Mike and Megan hired us to photograph the kids (Melissa and her brother) and we did a stunning night portrait of them in the streets of Red Bank. We liked that one so much that Liz still has a print of it hanging in her office. That was the first time… Some years later, Mike and Megan called on us once again, this time to recreate a classic art masterpiece with photography that they could use as a Thanksgiving card for their business, Frame to Please. We chose the classic “Freedom from Want” by Norman Rockwell and Melissa one again served as a model! You can see that image by clicking HERE. Second shot of Melissa… in the bag!
Fast forward to April 2015 and Melissa is sitting in our office discussing photography for her August 14th wedding at The Diamond Mills Hotel in beautiful downtown Saugerties New York! Well, as you will soon see when you look at the pictures, the third time was a charm!
Thanks so much to both families for bringing us “over the border” to celebrate with you and document your big day. Thanks for the very fun rehearsal dinner and the beautiful, emotional wedding day. We wish you both a very Happy 1st Anniversary and the very best in the years to come!
First off all we want to say Happy 1st Anniversary to to Dylan & Kristen Gandossy! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to take all of these beautiful wedding pictures!
We can’t say it enough… there is nothing we love more than when a family asks us to photograph every single one of their children’s weddings. There is really no greater compliment for a wedding photographer! Big thanks to Bruce & Nina Johnson for that!
Way back in 2007, we had the privilege of working with big sister Nicole, for her wedding to Matt Merklinger at what was then The Ocean Place Hilton. That’s where we met Nicole’s sister Kristen. Shortly thereafter, we did portraits of the entire family on the beach… then maternity photos and baby pictures, more than once! Time marches on…
…Fast forward to 2014 and there we are, talking to Kristen & Dylan about photographing their own wedding on July 25th, 2015. Just like her sister, Kristen tied the knot at the lovely St. Leo’s in Lincroft. With some things, tradition is important. Unlike Nicole however, Kristen took the party to Red Bank and the fabulous Molly Pitcher Inn on The Navesink River….and party then did! It was another wonderful night on the water with family and friends.
Tradition… it’s important to Liz and I as well… and we love when our photography becomes somewhat of tradition in someone else’s home. As we said, we really can’t think of any better compliment. There may be no more weddings coming up for the Johnson family but we look forward to the many milestones to come. For today however, we want to wish a happy, happy Anniversary to Kristen & Dylan!
Ceremony + Reception – The Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank
Flowers – Sickles Market
Video – Hurricane
Wedding Invitation – Kleinfeld’s Paper
Wedding Cake – Ye Olde Pie Shoppe
Entertainment – Faze 4 Orchestras
Wedding Dress – Kleinfeld, Maggie Sottero
Bride’s Shoes – Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Wear – Hugo Boss
Hair + Make-Up – Hot Mess Studio
If the old saying is true that rain on your wedding day is good luck then Richard & Ashley Schwalje have a LOT of good luck coming their way. : ) It pretty much rained all day last June 27th, 2015 and on this, their first anniversary, they certainly deserve the beautiful weather that we’re getting today!
As photographers, rain on a wedding day always challenges us… and we like a challenge! First of all ladies and gents, we know that you all choose to have your ceremonies on the beautiful Molly Pitcher deck, overlooking the Navesink River but should it rain on your big day, an inside ceremony is beautiful as well as you will see in these photos. Rich & Ashley were a little disappointed in the rainy day at first but soon forgot all about it as they got lost in the beauty of one great moment after another, the getting ready, the first look, the ceremony and portraits all took place in the beautifully diverse interior of The Molly Pitcher Inn and Liz and I milked it for all it was worth! Thanks so much to both families for allowing Liz and I to document such a fine wedding day between two very sweet people.
Ashley & Rich… Happy Anniversary!
Ceremony + Reception – Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
Flowers – Petal Beach
Officiant – Father Testa
Wedding Invitation – Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Cake – Ye Olde Pie Shoppe
Entertainment – Bachelor Boys Band
Wedding Dress – Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes – Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Wear – Joseph A. Bank
Hairm + Make-Up – Milagro Spa
Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Connie Kwiatkowski requested our presence at the marriage of their daughter Brie Anne to Adam John Niciewski on Friday, the twenty-sixth of June, two thousand and fifteen! It was the third time that they had requested our presence!
The first time was for their daughter Meghan to Mr. Brennan McDermott in 2011 at The Barclay in Belmar, New Jersey. The next call was for the 2013 wedding of their son Ray to Katelyn Smith. That shindig took place at The Breakers in Spring Lake. Well, the third time was certainly a charm! Like all of Bob & Connie’s children, Adam and Brie tied the knot at St. Rose in Belmar and keeping with what seems to be a family tradition, they had a Jersey Shore reception but this time at the wonderful Waterview Pavilion, on the other side of Belmar, by the river!
Adam and Brie really had a fantastic wedding day! The room was spectacular and the band electrified the crowd to be sure that a good time was had by all. Thanks so much to Brie & Adam for putting your trust in us. We had a great time too!
We love when we get to see the same family members again and again as the years go by. Thanks so much to Bob & Connie for making sure that we were there to document all of your most important family events! It makes us feel a little like family too…
Brie & Adam; Happy First Anniversary!!!! I can’t believe that a year has passed already…
Bob & Liz McKay
Ceremony – St. Rose, Belmar
Reception – Waterview Pavillion, Belmar
Flowers – Wildflowers
Wedding Invitation – Wedding Exclusive
Wedding Cake – Chocolate Carousel
Entertainment – Daddy Pop
Bride’s Shoes – Betsy Johnson
Groom’s Wear – Men’s Wearhaouse
Hair and Make-Up – Vanity 18
Tranportation – Long Branch Trolley