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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