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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

Drexelbrook Wedding Photographer | Drexel Hill, PA

Fun fact: I didn't officially meet Sarah and Matt until their big day. But that didn't mean they didn't treat me like I was family. And that made me feel truly connected to them. They were incredibly easy to get along with and their friendliness and warmth, made their day go by so fast for us! 

Their chemistry was beyond! They meshed so perfectly well together and you could see that throughout their day. The weather was a bit chilly, BUT SO WORTH IT. It was just such a sweet day.

The foliage at St. Joseph's University was stunning with bright reds, greens, and oranges. We did photos at St. Joseph's because that's where they met, so it had understandable meaning to them. I thought that was so special and sweet that the location they chose for portraits had such significance to them.

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After photos, we headed over to Drexelbrook for a few quick night time shots outside! It was such a gorgeous venue and I was so happy to get a few really amazing evening photographs. Especially the one of Matt spinning her in the gazebo!

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Afterwards, an amazing celebration took place. Every single person was having the best time. Dancing, laughing, joking around, kissing, hugging. There was such warmth and love swirling throughout everyone, it was easy to catch the same feeling.

"We absolutely loved the pictures, but what we loved even more was how comfortable you made us feel! It was a completely painless process and for that we can't thank you enough!" - Sarah Taylor

Here's to forever, Sarah and Matt-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue and vendor info}

DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment / www.silversound.com

Venue: Drexelbrook Catering: www.drexelbrookcatering.com

Bride's Dress: David's Bridal Collection / www.davidsbridal.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom / www.nordstrom.com

Bride's Shoes: BCBG / www.bcbg.com

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

Cake: Sophisticakes / www.sophisticakespa.com

Florals: Amaranth Florist / www.amaranthflorist.com

Hair: Chelsea at Velour Salon / www.veloursalon.com

Crystal Point Yacht Club Wedding Photographer | Point Pleasant, NJ

Jackie and Jim are one of the coolest couples I've worked with. They both have an intense love for music. Jim is in a band and even DJs for a handful of weddings a year! Every little detail of their ceremony had aspects of music woven in.

September 10th was a scorcher of a day, but Jackie and Jim didn't let the rays get to them. Their outdoor ceremony, held at the Crystal Point Yacht Club, was absolutely beautiful with the water as their background.

When it came time to celebrate Jackie and Jim's special day, every element of their reception tied into music-which I absolutely loved!

Each table, in place of numbers, was a band name for each concert they've ever been to.

Each guest's seating card looked exactly like a ticket to a concert. For their guestbook they had records for guests to sign.

They certainly didn't skimp out on their DJ - This Is It really was amazing. They kept every guest dancing all night long. The energy never slowed down or stopped.

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At the end of the night, a bunch of their guests surprised them by coming out with trumpets, pots and pans with drum sticks, you name it! It was an amazing end to a musical evening.

The day came together perfectly and I was so happy for them. I cannot wait to get their album and canvas to them so they can display their wedding photos for everywhere to enjoy!

Here's to forever, Jackie & Jim-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue & vendor information}

Venue: Crystal Point Yacht Club - www.thecrystalpoint.com

Flowers: Jersey Shore Florist - www.jerseyshoreflorist.com

Videographer: Above & Beyond Studios - www.abweddingstudio.com

DJ: This Is It - www.thisisitentertainment.com

Desiree Dean Designs Promotional Shoot: March 11th, 2016

Desiree Dean, owner of Desiree Dean Designs, hired me to take her promotional photos for her website and other marketing materials for her business. Desiree is a brilliant florist and is my go to when it comes to incorporating florals in any of my shoots. From bouquets to centerpieces and beautifully constructed succulent and floral crowns, necklaces and bracelets. Every time I order something from Desiree Dean Designs, I'm beyond stunned.

We had decided to hold the shoot at Cattus Island Park in Toms River, New Jersey. It's an amazing park with trails, bodies of water and hidden areas perfect for photography. As soon as Desiree arrived, she was in heaven! Desiree is a dog lover and while we walked through Cattus Island Park, her eyes instantly lit up at the sight of the multiple dogs being walked around by their owners. We wound up settling at a rustic picnic table where Desiree set up a sweet tea party setting complete with her custom floral arrangements. Her attention to detail was an instant reminder of the reasons why I adore her. The arrangements photographed lovely and simply showed off Desiree's eye for the art of florals.

The day of the shoot, Desiree went all out. She had hired a clothing, hair and makeup stylist and everything just worked! Desiree was so comfortable in her element; setting up for her editorial shots, the pops of colors that highlighted her face with her outfit, the warmth of the mock table setting had made the experience so sweet.

It was a delight to photograph Desiree. Desiree wasn't just a client. She's more than a client, she's my friend. A fellow female business owner, a collaborator. A talented florist that goes beyond your typical arrangements, she's an artist; a floral visionary.

{Links below for venue & vendor information}

Desiree Dean Designs

Hair by: Elan Studios

Makeup by: Blush by Elan

Location: Cattus Island Park

2015 - A Reflection

When I reflect back on 2015, I think about how truly blessed I was. This past year my business really took off, and I'm headed in a direction where I've wanted to be for quite some time. I've put in a lot of work, and I've loved every minute of it. I've met photographers and other creatives that I couldn't be happier about meeting. If you want to succeed at something, you must throw yourself into it, body and soul.

I have been gifted with the most amazing brides & grooms around. I work with such sweet couples, and each and every one of them tells such a sweet love story and I wrap myself up in their special day. Thank you, to each and every couple I have photographed, I cannot wait to see where life takes you. I cannot wait to see you all travel, to make a house a home, to have children if that's what you wish to do, and watch your extended family grow. I love seeing my couples evolving, it brings me so much joy. Thank you so much, I really have love for you.

When I look forward to 2016, I see success. I see optimism. I see travel. I don't know what the future holds for me, but I know I'm going to take it and run with it. I'm going to make every year to come what I want it to be. I couldn't imagine my life without photography in it, without weddings in it. I want to also thank everyone who has been a part of my 2015, my 2014, and all the years before. All the years leading up to this. Without your motivation, without your positive vibes and encouragement, I'm not sure where I would be. You all mean the world to me.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Now....the best moments, memories, & photographs of 2015.