new jersey wedding photographer

Downtown Vow Renewal Photographer| Collingswood, New Jersey

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In November of last year, I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful couple's vow renewal and it was such a simple, romantic, important day. I adore vow renewals. No matter if it's after a year, after 5 years, 35 years since a couple has said "I do"-it's always nice to take a day and relive that time in your life when you first spoke those vows to each other on your wedding day.

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Here's to forever, Ashley & Tom-

Meghan Leigh

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{vendor & venue information below)

Location| Downtown Collingswood, New Jersey

Dress| BHLDN www.bhldn.com

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

Tim McLoone's Supper Club Wedding Photographer | Asbury Park, New Jersey

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If you want to talk about stylish, simplistic, romantic weddings-let's talk about Stephanie and Chris' wedding. Absolutely breathtaking. Their day started with themselves and their parties getting ready in two of the most beautiful, modern designed homes in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Asbury Park has amazing homes throughout the town, but the two that Stephanie and Chris had selected were so incredibly dreamy. Definitely a photographer's dream. So much warm, natural light and tied perfectly into getting married in Asbury Park, as well.

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Stephanie's dress was out of this world. It was the perfect cut for her-a low back, semi-mermaid styled dress that laid on her beautifully and gave off this summer, beach wedding energy that was wispy and whimsical. Chris and his groomsmen looked handsome in their tan suits with fresh Adidas that was gifted to all of them, by Chris. I thought that was a nice gesture and definitely added to the already awesome style of the guys.

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Out of all of the beautiful, perfect parts of their wedding-what I loved most was the personable touch of their wedding bands (and engagement ring!). Stephanie's very dear friend, Lauren Priori, owns a private jewelry business in Philadelphia named: L. Priori. Each piece was custom made for both Stephanie and Chris and I adored that added touch. Lauren's jewelry collections are mind blowing and you should have a look whenever you can-classic romanticism at it's finest.

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As Chris and Stephanie said "I do", I will never forget photographing them and taking notice to how perfect the sky was. It was this soft pinkish-purple color and it was exactly the sky you would want on your wedding day-I don't stop snapping photos of the two of them-it all looked so breathtaking.

Stephanie and Chris had their reception at Tim McLoone's Supper Club on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park. It has amazing oceanfront views throughout the place accompanied by a 1940's feel to the decor and general tone-perfect for Stephanie and Chris' wedding reception. Toward the end of the night, they had fireworks and everyone got to watch them together and enjoy them. It was truly a magical day and night for Stephanie, Chris and all of their friends and family.

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Here's to forever, Stephanie and Chris-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor information}

Venue: Tim McLoone's Supper Club - www.timmcloonessupperclub.com

Cake: Chocolate Carousel - www.chocolatecarousel.com

Florist: Flowerful Events - www.flowerfulevents.com

Bride's Dress: Demetrios - www.demetriosbride.com

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal - www.davidsbridal.com

Groom/Groomsmen's Tux: Men's Wearhouse - www.menswearhouse.com

Rings: L. Priori Jewelry - www.lpriorijewelry.com

Hair Stylist: Laurel's Lovelies - https://www.facebook.com/laurelnicolestylings/

Make Up: Melissa Hauck - https://www.facebook.com/hairmuamelissajane/

Downtown Red Bank Engagement Photographer| Red Bank, New Jersey

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Once in awhile, you come across an incredibly special couple. A couple that has so much energy between them, you don't need to be told that they're in love, you just know. That couple, for me, was Kyle and Gabriella.

Gabriella is the best friend of my assistant and I was honored that she chose me to capture her engagement announcement with her fiance, Kyle. They both decided to have their engagement shoot in downtown Red Bank, New Jersey since Kyle was living their while they were dating and they would frequent the amazing restaurants, shops and night life. It was the perfect location to encapsulate this new chapter of their lives together.

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I had so much fun photographing Kyle and Gabriella because they were both so laid back, excited and laughing the entire time. I have so many photos of the two of them laughing at one another, I couldn't possibly share them all. They had such a natural comfort in front of my lens and a natural comfort with each other, as well-which makes the photographing much more simple.

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Kyle and Gabriella's style is also another element I loved so much during our afternoon in Red Bank. They have this classic style that looks like something out of a magazine, a J. Crew catalog-every piece complimenting one another the way Gabriella and Kyle compliment one another. Their style paired with the exposed brick, cobblestone, colorful murals and water enveloping Red Bank, made for a successful engagement shoot!

Here's to forever, Gabriella and Kyle-

Meghan Leigh

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Crystal Ballroom Wedding Photographer| Freehold, NJ

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Amanda and Brian were married on an incredibly rainy day, in July. And when I say rain, I mean, the most rainfall I've seen in a very, very long time. Amanda took it in stride, though. I have to hand it to her. It's completely understandable for a bride to become very stressed when there's inclement weather on her wedding day, but not Amanda. If she was freaking out, you would never know! She held out as long as she could until she made the decision to take her outdoor ceremony indoors.

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Amanda and Brian's wedding was so cute! It had this complete retro feel to it, with little pieces of modernism peeking through here and there. I definitely felt like I was attending a wedding from the late 1950's-early 1960's. From the wedding dress, to the color choices to the attention to detail; retro was definitely it and Amanda, the "it girl". Her and Brian, a hockey player, are incredibly sweet together and it showed throughout their day. So much adoration and trust.

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They say, that rain on your wedding day, is the best of luck. And if you were there to witness the amount of rain that poured on Amanda and Brian's day, you would say that they will have the luckiest marriage on earth.

Here's to forever, Amanda & Brian-

Meghan Leigh

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{venue + vendor info below}

Venue: www.crystalballroomnj.com

Cake: www.chocolatecarousel.com

Florist: www.christysflorist.com

DJ: www.dashofclass.com

Bride's Dress: www.davidsbridal.com

Bridesmaid's Dresses: www.jcrew.com

Groom/Groomsmen's Tux: www.menswearhouse.com

New Jersey Wedding Photographer| Natasha & Matthew

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Natasha and Matthew's wedding was the peak of romantic vintage glam. They found me because I shot Matthew's brother, Anthony, and his wife Heather's wedding at The Crystal Ballroom! I love to photograph weddings of siblings because I have the opportunity to catch up and see how everyone's doing. Natasha and Matthew had a beautifully detailed wedding-from the ceremony to the reception, it was a magical day.

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I adored Natasha's wedding dress, it actually made my eyes pop out of my head. It was the perfect amount of romantic glam with the most attention to detail. It flowed beautifully, it fell perfectly and it was one of those wedding dresses that you see that you think "Wow, it was if it was specifically made for her." The groom and groomsmen donned a light gray suit with champagne ties and pocket squares that complimented the bridesmaid's dresses perfectly.

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Natasha and Matthew had a beautiful outdoor "first look" and ceremony that transitioned to a full on party during the reception. Every single person had the time of their lives and I loved being there to see it! It's always a day of celebration and when you feel the love, not only from the newly married couple, but all of their friends and family; it adds to the already special day.

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The way Natasha and Matthew set up their wedding reception was just as romantic and glamorous as their dress and suit. From the lighting to the table settings and all of the little extras-it was stunning and no detail was overlooked. You can tell that they were really proud with how everything turned out--styled to the max! I loved photographing their day and Matthew's brother's day and I hope I get the chance to capture more family moments in the future.

Here's to forever, Natasha & Matthew-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Bride's Dress & Bridesmaid's Dresses: Hearts for You Bridal

Groom's & Groomsmens Suits: Men's Wearhouse

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 -