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5th Street Pavillion Wedding Photographer| Beach Haven, New Jersey

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For anyone that lives in New Jersey, "The Shore" is 141 miles long beginning in Perth Amboy and ending at Cape May Point (or beginning at Cape May Point and ending in Perth Amboy-depending on how you look at it.

It's the least uncommon to come across a beach wedding here in our state. But, with something uncommon, comes something spectacularly unique in each couple that says "I do" in front of an ocean scape.

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Alyssa and Gustavo were married on a beautiful October day, underneath a gazebo in Beach Haven, New Jersey. Both families merged as one as everyone sat among one another with the sweet salt air gently blowing through. Alyssa and Gustavo are the sweetest of couples with friends and family beautifully matching both of their lovely personalities. The wedding scheme and style was all things that encompassed beach wedding, Autumn wedding. With romantic shades of blue and hints of deep oranges and pinks; each color enveloped the bridal party and soon-to-be husband and wife perfectly.

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The reception was held at Antoinetta's Restaurant where everyone dined and danced, laughed and embraced, celebrated and made new memories. I absolutely loved photographing everyone and watching two families join together-it's a most beautiful feeling. A feeling that I have the honor of experiencing with every wedding I photograph. I loved the attention to detail especially with their wedding cake and the cake topper that said "Fall in Love". So sweet!

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I will never get tired of capturing weddings along "The Shore"-it's a piece of my life that will always be apart of me. Born and raised along a strip of an island with the sounds of seagulls, the smell of salt water and the feeling of sand between my toes will forever keep me in love. Now, just add an insanely happy and in love couple to that mix and I literally have the best job ever. 

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I couldn't have been happier that Alyssa and Gustavo chose me as their wedding photographer. They are truly a special couple that adores one another in such a way, you can't help but feel light and elated to be around them.

Here's to forever, Alyssa & Gustavo-

Meghan Leigh

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{venue & vendor information below}

Ceremony| 5th Street Pavilion

Cake| A Sweet Memory www.asweetmemory.net

Flowers| Flowers by Addalia www.flowersbyaddalia.com

Videographer| Bahr Cinematography www.bahrcinematograhy.com

DJ| Chris Matthews www.djyourwaywithchris.com

Bride's Dress/Bridesmaid's Dresses| Alfred Angelo - no need to link, he went out of business lol

Suits| Men's Wearhouse www.menswearhouse.com

Hair & Make Up| Lavish Salon www.lavishlbi.com

Reception| Antoinettas Restaurant www.antoinettas.com

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

Sterling Ballroom Wedding Photographer| Tinton Falls, New Jersey

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On a cold day in January of 2017, I had the pleasure of photographing Scott and Kristin's engagement shoot, so it say that I was excited to photograph their wedding 7 months later, is a total understatement.

Scott and Kristin were married at the Sterling Ballroom in Tinton Falls, New Jersey in front a wonderful group of friends and family. I love working with the Sterling Ballroom because they really know how to host and organize a gorgeous wedding- they also work well with wedding photographer and other vendors-very accommodating.

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Kristin and Scott's wedding was your beautifully themed romantic day-every detail and piece was romantic and vintage in nature-clean style and simple tones. Everyone looked stunning and dapper. Kristin and Scott are another one of my favorite couples because of their sense of humor and how well they compliment each other. Plain and simple, they are by far the cutest of couples. And their friends and family are just as amazing--funny, great senses of humor, loving.

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I love, love, love when a couple makes the decision to do "first looks"-it's a chance for the soon-to-be husband and wife to have a private moment with no distractions. They get to take a moment to look at each other, take it all in, sneak a kiss, shed a tear, say something meaningful and funny. So when Kristin and Scott had their first look, the intimacy of the moment is what makes my job so worth it.

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Kristin and Scott's reception was lovely. The lighting was beautiful, their floral arrangements and place settings weren't overwhelming, which I like. It's nice to be able to appreciate the wedding details throughout the reception when there isn't too much going on. It's always best to select your favorite wedding inspirations and make it your own-and that's exactly what Kristin and Scott did.

It was definitely a magical day for both Scott and Kristin, their family and their friends and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it.

Here's to forever, Kristin and Scott-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor information}

Venue: Sterling Ballroom - www.sterlingballroomevents.com

Cake: Chocolate Carousel - www.chocolatecarousel.com

Florist: Purple Iris - www.purpleirisflower.com

DJ: Off the Chart Entertainment - www.offthechartentertainment.com

Bride's Dress: Curvy Bride/Allure - www.curvybrides.com

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Vera Wang - www.verawang.com

Groom/Groomsmen's Tux: Menguin - www.menguin.com

Bride's Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka - www.badgleymischka.com

Hair Stylist: Tori Kaps of Danielle Victoria Salon - www.daniellevictoriasalon.com

Make Up Artist: Katie Murrison

The Stone House at Stirling Ridge Wedding Photographer| Warren, NJ

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I had an engagement session with Christina and Johnny back in January while Christina was home to celebrate the holiday's with her family and fiance. She was living in Ohio while she was doing her residency all while wedding planning and her and I became really good friends. Christina and Johnny even brought their fur baby, Stella, along for the engagement shoot as well and she was such a peach!

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Christina and Johnny's wedding was a perfectly constructed romantic Summer wedding. Every detail screamed a June wedding and I loved it! Christina's dress has got to be one of the sweetest dresses I've seen in a long time and I absolutely loved the pop of color blue shoe! The tone of blue hues and sunflowers completed the tone from the groomsmen's ties, to the table settings at the reception.

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Their ceremony at the church was elegant and romantic and when we arrived at The Stone House at Stirling Ridge, I caught the feels. Everything flowed so sweetly together. AND just for the record, any wedding that has The Motones playing at their reception, is a guaranteed good time. The Motones are probably the best wedding bands EVER and I was so excited I got to see them live and in action at Christina and Johnny's wedding. They were mind blowing.

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The night ended with a 'smores bonfire AND a pork roll sandwich truck for a hot breakfast "sammie" when you left. NEW JERSEY STYLE. It was by far one of the sweetest weddings I've attended. I'm so blessed to have Christina as such a good friend and I look forward to it blossoming in the years to come!

Here's to forever, Christina & Johnny-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Venue: The Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Cake: Rudy's

Florist: The Bride!

Band: The Motones

Bride's Dress & Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A Bank

Engagement Ring: Verragio

Hair: DJ's Hair Studio -

Bear Creek Mountain Resort Wedding Photographer| LeHigh Valley, PA

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Kayla and Philippe's wedding was absolutely darling. They were married at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and I actually stayed there the day before AND after the wedding because I really wanted to experience this place. It was amazing and such a great choice for a venue. Kayla and Philippe actually approached me while I was shooting their dear friends (and mine), Renata and Mark's wedding and it made me elated that they loved my work so much, they decided to chose me to capture their special day.

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As soon as I met and Kayla and Philippe, we instantly clicked-which is so incredibly important when you're photographing someone or a couple. You want to be able to have a comfortable relationship and have fun, too! They are so in love and so entertaining watching them get ready for their day and interacting with one another and their friends and family. Kayla and Philippe have 2 beautiful children who were flower girl and ring bearer and stole the show. I'm sure they would agree with me.

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Kayla was an absolute classic beauty. Her dress was romantic and fit her perfectly. Her hair and makeup was simply natural and her entire bridal party looked just as timeless. I mean, black tie, hello?

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One of the most memorable times of that day was after the ceremony. Kayla desperately wanted something from Wawa and for anyone who isn't a New Jersey or Pennsylvania, Wawa is probably the coolest thing since sliced bread. I rode in their limo bus (my first time) and even though I got a wee bit car sick (I'm a mess), we arrived at glorious Wawa and I decided to take some shots of everyone while we were there. I shared one of the photos on my INstagram and Wawa re-posted the image on their business Instagram and needless to say I was pretty happy about it.

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I had such a great day and night with Kayla, Philippe, their friends, family and Renate and Mark since they were in attendance! Everyone enjoyed themselves, there was nothing but laughs and happy tears and dancing. They are going to have such a beautiful marriage.

Here's to forever, Kayla & Philippe-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Venue: Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Wedding Cake: Simply Sherry

Flowers: Levengood's

DJ: Soundfactor

Bride's Dress: Allure Bridal

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Vera Wang/Men's Wearhouse

Bride's Shoes: Adidas

Rings: Zales & Kay

Makeup: Bobbie Jo Bridal

Laurita Winery Wedding Photographer| New Egypt, NJ

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I love Matthew and Heather's engagement story. Matt got down on one knee and asked the important question after he and his soon-to-be fiance crossed the finish line after a 26.2 mile marathon in Disney. How he managed to keep the ring in his pocket the entire time is beyond me, but he did and she said yes!

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They both planned a beautifully elegant ceremony and reception at Laurita Winery, surrounded by views of sprawling land and a breathtaking sunset as they both made their vows to one another.

I was in awe of the uniqueness of the bridesmaid's dresses, among so many other things. Each lady of the bride wore a dress in the same color scheme, yet showcased their personal aesthetic by individual dress styles! It was creative and tied into the romanticism perfectly; the husband-to-be and his fellow groomsmen all donned light, yet dapper suits. Everyone paired exquisitely. 

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Another sweet detail were the flowers! Heather is allergic to authentic ones, she ordered from EcoFlowers and her crafty-creative bridesmaid arranged them all and they were too beautiful for words. They also gave out succulents as their wedding favors; succulents or any kind of cacti for the matter are perfect for anyone who suffers from pollen allergies. Just know that there are so many other options for floral arrangements and gifts other than silk ones.

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As I walked throughout their ceremony and reception, capturing every memory of their day they could ever think of, I had the exciting moment of working along with one of my favorite vendors: Bahr Cinematography! I always feel wonderful when clients take my advice and choose to hire one of my preferred vendors, because we all work so well together and I feel the photos definitely reflect that.

Here's to forever, Heather & Matthew-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Venue: The Laurita Winery – www.lauritawinery.com
DJ:NJ Sounds to Go – www.soundstogodjs.com

Cake: Chocolate Carousel – www.chocolatecarousel.com
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal – www.davidsbridal.com
Bride’s Ring: Blue Nile – www.bluenile.com
Groom’s Ring: Amazon – www.amazon.com
Bride’s Shoes: C Penney – www.jcpenney.com
Bride’s Make Up: Mac – www.mac.com
Hair: Mia Bella Salon – www.facebook.com/miabellasalonnj
Most Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell – www.adriannapapell.com

Branches Wedding Photographer | Long Branch, NJ

Back in June, I photographed Katie and Jose for their engagement session, in Red Bank-I knew when I was photographing their engagement, that these two were meant for one another.

It was really cute when Katie told me Jose was going to be shy during the photography, but I thought he was a natural! Another element that was natural, was their connection. Their love and how close they are to one another was totally organic...and fun!

Besides the fact that Katie and Jose are probably the nicest people you will ever meet, both of their families and friends are equally just as wonderful! I really appreciate when a family, you're photographing, embraces you with open arms. You no longer feel like the odd man out in this celebration, but apart of it. It's such an awesome feeling.

The Pumpkins...OH MY GOD!

The Pumpkins...OH MY GOD!

One things I definitely won't forget about Katie and Jose's wedding, was the hysterical wedding toast that was given by their maid of honor, Katie's sister. She used props, she had us all in stiches-I was actually crying because I was laughing so hard. I really appreciated the effort that everyone made for Katie and Jose's special day.

Here's to forever, Katie & Jose-

Meghan Leigh

{links before for venue & vendor info}

Venue: Branches http://www.branchescatering.com/

Flowers: Keller Flower Studio https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/keller-flower-studio-shrewsbury-nj-218511

Hair: Jessica Stanislawski at Modern Tekniques http://www.moderntekniques.com/

Make Up: Catherine Schork Makeup Artist https://www.facebook.com/Catherine-Schork-Makeup-Artist-610341575661128/

Dress: Davids Bridal www.davidsbridal.com

Signage: JPhannypackdesigns http://jphannypackdesigns.wixsite.com/jessicaphan

DJ: Elite Entertainment http://eliteentertainment.com/