Happy Anniversary to Monique & Darryl Hughes and thank you both sooo much for bringing us along for the ride; a ride that really began for us some 16 years ago now!
In July of 2004, Liz and I were working (and playing) at The Half Moon Resort in Jamaica, photographing the wedding of our mutual friend David Tarver. On one of those 4 lovely days of happy gatherings, we met Mr. Darryl Hughes and by the end of our trip he proclaimed, “If I ever get married, you two are going to shoot my wedding!”. Well, talk is often cheap people but not in this case because you see, some 14 years later, our phone rang and it was Darryl, calling to say that he was ready to get that party started!
And party they did on a fine Sunday, June 7th, 2015! It was the day that Darryl’s nephew finally got that limo ride that he had been waiting for, the day that the bride was fashionably late for an amazing ceremony in a Red Bank church that Darryl’s family had been parishioners at for many, many years and it was also the day that this bride and groom took over the ballroom at The Breakers in Spring Lake and brought the house down with their wonderful family and friends.
Liz and I can’t express enough how happy we are to have shared that day with you both!
Happy 1st Anniversary!!!
Thanks for remembering us Darryl… : )
Ceremony – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Red Bank
Reception, The Breakers, Spring Lake
Flowers – Boxwood Gardens
Cinematography – Michael Simons
Wedding Invitation – Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Cake – The Chocolate Carousel
Cocktail Entertainment – The Al Wright Unit
Reception Entertainment – DJ Scott Fenner + DJ Matty Moo
Wedding Dress – Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s Shoes – Alan Fine Shoes
Groom’s wear – Nordstrom
Make-Up – Yolanda Chestnut
Hair – Li-Mai Green
Transportation – Concorde Limo
Happy Anniversary to Ben & Kelsey, married on June 6th, 2015 at the beautiful Bayhead Yacht Club! Liz and I remember the day well… the beautiful day, the struggle with the bow tie, the trollies, the touching daylight ceremony in the clubhouse ballroom followed by that amazing cocktail hour! You did n’t want to pose for bride and groom portraits, preferring to spend precious time with family and friends and the wonderful portraits we got in the very short time that you allowed us. : ) We’re so glad that we did it! Then, shortly after your guests took the short walk across the bridge to the boathouse, you both arrived at the reception by boat and were welcomed like conquering heros! American Pharaoh won the triple crown that very same day.
The room was a DYI dream come true. Your families had come together to design and build the entire thing; the farm tables, the banners, the flags, the lights, the decorations, the favors and even the fabulous 1/4 moon “photo booth”!
The day was so big that we recruited the help of our good friend Mike McLaughlin, photographer extraordinaire, to “man the moon booth”. Thanks Mike, both for that and that beautiful light painting of the boat house at night.
Mostly, we want to thank you, Ben & Kelsey for trusting us to capture it all in photographs…
Happy 1st Anniversary!
On May 30th, 2015, Caitlyn Matena said her vows with Frank Sullivan at The First Presbyterian Church in Rumson, NJ! They followed this up with an amazing reception at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright! We wish we could have been there but fortunately, we had the fabulous Sara on board to photograph it for us. It looks like it was such a fun day! As nice as it is to have our associates photographing weddings for us, we are always a little jealous when a wedding is as nice as this one, and we didn’t get to document the good times ourselves. We just love our job… what can I say?!
Big congratulations go out to Frank and Caitlyn and big thanks as well from all of us here at McKay Imaging! At least Liz and I got to experience your day in photographs! Thanks to Sara for doing such a wonderful job. When it comes to photographers, we sure know how to pick ’em! : )
Big Congratulations to Ali Neary and Darryl Saucedo who were married at the gorgeous St. Clement Church in Matawan, photographed at the glorious Deep Cut Park in Middletown and celebrated at the fantastically scenic Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, certainly a winning trifecta of locations for any Jersey wedding!
Darryl and Ali were so sweet and so easy to work with! Thanks so much to you and to your friends and families for that. You were so deserving of the random fireworks show that closed the night out for you, as if it was made to order! May that same kind of good luck continue to light up your lives throughout the years… we hope to see you both again, sometime soon!
All the best,
Bob & Liz McKay
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