autumn wedding

Blue Heron Pines Golf Club Wedding Photographer| Galloway, New Jersey

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What can I say about Angelli and Chris that I haven't said already? In February of 2017, I had one of the best shooting days while capturing the newly engaged couple, at Longwood Gardens (Read about their shoot, here!) and on a beautiful day in October, I had the honor of capturing their wedding day.

All three of us have become extremely close, so forgive me for being a bit bias, but their weddings had to be one of my favorites. From beginning to end, it was lighthearted and fun and elegant. Everything Angelli and Chris are.

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Their ceremony and reception were held at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway, NJ and every bit of detail that a wedding could have, was showcased to perfection. Between Angelli and her bridesmaids and Chris with his groomsmen; everyone looked their absolute best and their energy beamed throughout the entire day.

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The one thing that kept standing out to me, was the sunset. I know, I know-you're probably thinking "Out of the ENTIRE wedding day, why the sunset?", but it played a significant role in Angelli and Chris' day. Their wedding was warm, inviting, loving and pure-it was the same feelings that were brought to my attention while I photographed them during the later part of the afternoon. I kept saying to myself 'How perfect is this?" and it was.

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Angelli and Chris' reception was a beautifully curated rustic theme with drops of classic romanticism throughout. I absolutely adored their cake (links to venue and vendors, below!), I love traditional wedding cakes, but their cake was unique and had so much character, it was hard NOT to compliment it.

The evening was filled with laughs and happy tears, dancing and great food. It truly was a day that needed nothing more and I was so elated for them and their family and friends. Angelli and Chris are a timeless couple, I guess even "#relationshipgoals"? Their deep love and respect for one another makes me know for certain, that their love, is a love that will last. Through good times and in bad, for as long as they both shall live. 

Here's to forever, Angelli + Chris-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Venue: Blue Heron Pines Golf Club| www.blueheronpines.com

Cake: Simply Sweet| www.simplysweetcupakesnj.com

Bride's Dress: Allure Bridals/Castle Couture| www.castlecouture.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff| www.billlevkoff.com

Groom/Groomsmen: Jos. A Bank| www.josabank.com

Make Up: Perfect Bridals by Christina| www.perfectbridalsbychristina.com

Flowers: The Blue Chrysanthemum| www.thebluechrysanthemum.com

DJ: Centerstage Entertainment| www.mycenterstageevent.com

Aqua Blu Wedding Photographer | Toms River, NJ

This wedding was so incredibly special to me. Mark and I used to be the best of friends, so to be contacted by him and his then fiance, Christa, to photograph their wedding was a true honor!

Christa and Mark are a low-key, laid back couple; and their wedding reflected just that. They were married in a quaint little chapel at Allaire Village. I never photographed a wedding there and I adored the simplicity and romanticism that was held in that space. Christa and Mark were so in love, so content, so happy. Capturing their vows, their smiles and the way they looked at one another was such a wonderful feeling.

After the ceremony, we walked around the grounds of Allaire Village and took amazing shots of Christa, Mark and their bridal party. All of them are so close and silly with one another, they're a family.

New Jersey is such an unbelievably beautiful state, in the Fall. To be in Allaire Village during the Fall is even better! The colors of the foliage, the crisp feel of the Autumn air; all added to the already gorgeous environment that was their wedding and marriage.

Christa and Mark's reception was held at Aqua Blu in Toms River, New Jersey. When they first started searching for reception locations, their intimate party of 60 people made it a little difficult for them to secure a spot. When they arrived at Aqua Blu, they were more than accommodating. Their reception was set up so nicely and had such a warm, intimate feeling to it. They had live music by, Sweet Harmony. It was great to have live music and they were fantastic!

I'm all about sweet little personal touches in a wedding. Mark, is a volunteer firefighter and as he and Christa departed from their reception, they left on a fire truck. It was such a perfect ending to a perfect day. And they had Thomas the Tank Engine on top of their wedding cake. I couldn't handle the amount of adorable that was going on with their wedding.

Here's to forever Christa and Mark-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue and vendor info}

 

Music: Sweet Harmony / http://www.sweetharmonymusic.com

Ceremony: Allaire Village / https://allairevillage.org

Reception: Aqua Blu / http://www.aquablurestaurant.com

Christa's Dress: Oleg Cassini / http://www.olegcassini.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal / www.davidsbridal.com

Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse / www.menswearhouse.com

Cake & Cupcakes: Mandoli's Bakery / www.mandolisnj.com

Hair: Lauren at Appearance Workshop / www.appearanceworkshop.com

Annie & Javier Morales: October 10th, 2015

Annie & Javier. These two are a match made in heaven. Now...Annie & Javier hadn't started dating right away, but...what they have now was right in front of them all along. They were best friends for 8 YEARS before they started dating. Since then, they have been inseparable. They balance each other out perfectly. It's a relationship to truly look up to. Their wedding was a beautiful autumn themed, DIY wedding. Annie had every detail planned, and she did not miss a thing!

Annie had gotten sick before her wedding day - pneumonia! Can I just say that Annie is the strongest woman I've had the pleasure of meeting? If she hadn't told me she was sick, I would have never known! She has a bubbly, fun, out-going personality. I felt like I had known her forever, and surprisingly - her wedding day was the first day we had actually met! We became friends from that moment!

Just how meticulous was Annie in planning her and Javier's big day? How can someone cover up pneumonia? Let me show you. Annie was GLOWING!

 

Even the guys looked awesome! I mean, check out those cuff links! Seriously!? I love when thought gets put into details like cuff links, it isn't something that gets thought about often. When it does, though....Really awesome things can occur. IE: Superhero cuff links on a wedding day.

Now on to the ceremony & reception...

Annie & Javier chose to have their wedding at the beautiful Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

For their First Look, I drove Annie in a golf cart (my first time driving one ;]) to a bridge where she and Javier saw each other for the first time that day. It was a beautiful moment. I always love first looks. I'm so glad Annie trusted me driving her in her beautiful dress in a golf cart, it was not a short drive. =D Also check out that beautiful brooch bouquet Annie is holding. Another awesome DIY detail.

For the reception, it was held under a big, white tent. It was beautiful. Surrounded with colors of autumn. There was a cigar bar, a candy bar, two cakes!!!! (TWO!) Guests were dancing the night away. I won't ever forget Javier's face when he saw his Mario Groom's cake. It was seriously awesome, and such a thoughtful surprise! The amazing thought that Annie had put into this wedding, down to every last detail is something to admire. The little touches here and there, I could hardly keep up. Everytime I turned around I was noticing something else! She even had the cutest (I say cutest in the sense that this was really cute, considering I am one of those people that are terrified of creepy crawly things) spider brooch in her hair! Another fall Halloween element she added. She had personalized the wedding to make it completely her own, and she did it to make her and Javier happy. It was their day. That is something that everyone should admire. I know I do.

 

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your big day, Annie & Javier! I could not have been more honored to photograph such an amazing event!

 

Vendor Details

Venue: Royce Brook Golf Club

Hair: Lake Nelson Beauty Shop

Wedding Dress *Black lace & belt added by Annie to customize*: Demetrios Bridal Salon

Men's Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse

Make-Up: Perfect Bridals By Christina