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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 -

Island Beach State Park Boudoir Photographer| Island Beach, NJ

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You all know me by now, I absolutely adore a good boudoir shoot. This beach themed shoot with Ashley was absolutely to die for. I love when a bride-to-be takes the leap and decides to give her future husband a shockingly sexy, yet elegant photo shoot as his wedding gift.

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Ashley was a total champ-it was chilly and breezy on the beach, but she took it in stride and gave me such amazing poses. At one point, horseback riders rode past us and it just made the day that much better.

I'm a true body positive advocate; I feel all women should embrace their body types and their features and a boudoir shoot with the right photographer can intensify that self love and birth it into a work of personal art.

I had such a great time getting to know Ashley and help her create such a personal, romantic and fun gift for her favorite guy. I hope she felt the same as she looked, beautiful, empowering and on top of the world.

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{links below for venue + vendors}

Location: Island Beach State Park
Hair & Make Up – MLP Dream Team Preferred Vendor Lindsey Herring
Lingerie/Bathing Suit – Victoria’s Secret – www.victoriassecret.com

Anne Marie & baby William: July 24th, 2016

Little precious baby William! Anne Marie chose me to capture baby William's baptism and an intimate outdoor celebration with their family and friends. Anne Marie wanted to have photographs to look back on with her loved ones and of course, of her precious baby boy.

It was amazing to see the love and bond between mother and child. It was equally amazing to see the love and bond baby William already had with every person that attended his special day.

 

Alexandra & Andrew Jacoby: January 2nd, 2016

Alex and Andrew are such an amazing couple. Alex and I have been best friends for years, after high school. She is extremely bright, witty and so much fun to be around. Her husband Andrew is in the Navy and while he was stationed in Hawaii, Alex had planned their entire wedding in mere months.

It was an obvious cold day, but Alex and Andrew's love warmed up the day in its entirety. They both got ready at Alex's grandmothers' home and the two shared their "first look" there, as well. Both of their faces were priceless upon seeing one another for the first time, like I always say in my blogs, those are the moments I live for. To capture their "forever" in a photograph, it's elating.

I will never forget the sky on Alex and Andrew's day. It was the perfect hue of pinks and blues, they really couldn't get any luckier as far as beautiful days were concerned. The sky that surrounded them and their intimate, romantic ceremony was perfection.

Alex and Andrew's ceremony and reception were held with their closest family and friends present at a lovely location called Seabra's Armory in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Alex's dress was stunning, a Lazaro gown, it hugged her beautifully and the fur shrug was the perfect added winter touch. Her hair and makeup held a very old Hollywood look that complimented both her down and Andrew's uniform. It truly felt like the two of them were in a film, they were breathtaking.

There reception was just as lovely and classic. An adorable cupcake tower, friends and family dancing the night away, a candy car and a beautiful "In Memoriam" table for their loved ones who could not be present for their special day. Every bit of detail was just as intimate and romantic as the wedding itself. Just as romantic as their love, as intimate as their relationship.

I really did enjoy photographing Alex and Andrew's wedding, not only because of how amazing their wedding was, but because of the history I have with Alex. To witness your friendship grow, your friend grow, your friend get married and to have the honor of capturing all of that from behind a lens; makes my heart grow.

Here's to forever Alexandra & Andrew,

Meghan Leigh

{Links below for venue & vendor information}

Venue: Seabra's Armory

Bride's gown: Lazaro

 

Victoria & Darin Simon: August 22nd, 2015

Tori and I attended Antonelli Institute together. We were best friends, so to photograph her wedding was an honor, to be asked to document her day meant everything to me. Tori and Darin met while they both worked together and their chemistry was undeniable. Tori has an illuminated personality. She is artistic, creative, yet private. She was the first one to befriend me at Antonelli and it made my college experience that much better. Darin, her now husband, has so much love for Tori. It's as if they are on the exact same level as the other. Complimented, endearing, simply sweet. 

I believe I've said this before, I do love an intimate wedding. I love how a small party can generate an abundance of loving energy. Tori and Darin's wedding did just that. From the intricate details of their reception, to the casual environment, Tori and Darin best showed their love, not only to one another, but to their friends and family in a creative, private way.

There was a relaxed feeling throughout Tori and Darin's day. Nothing seemed uptight, stressed or strained. Everything flowed, everything was whimsical, everything was organic. Their bridal party was fun spirited and you could tell they all shared a bond and an immense love for one another.  There was a definite family unit present. You could see that Tori and Darin's family ran deeper than just their relatives and it was beautiful.

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Tori and Darin's wedding was held in Darin's father's backyard, under a huge tent and it was breathtaking. It was breathtaking just like their first kiss and it was as breathtaking as their first dance as husband and wife. There was nothing less than intense care, admiration and respect between Tori and Darin. Again, I will say, it was an honor to photograph their wedding.

Here's to forever, Tori and Darin-

Meghan Leigh



 

 

Stacie & Chris Clune: May 9th, 2015

I hold Stacie and Chris near and dear to my heart. Their wedding was held at the Greenbriar Oceanaire Country Club in Waretown, New Jersey on a gorgeous day and the energy permeated through every minute and every guest. Their wedding day was a day before my birthday and I will never forget Stacie giving me a birthday card. Moments like that, make certain shoots I've done, more memorable. 

Stacie's personality cannot be matched; she's hysterical, spunky, electric and yet, Chris matches her perfectly. The relationship they have, not only with one another, but with their bridal party was so vibrant, so apparent. Every where I turned, every where I pointed my camera, there was a smile to be captured, a laugh to be heard and comment to smirk at.

The style of the wedding was crisp, light and beautifully detailed. Stacie's dress was a traditional cut with a contemporary flare that paired perfectly with her bridesmaids, groomsmen and obviously her groom. I will never forget how Stacie's hair accessory caught the natural light every time she turned her head, how a simple style could captivate so perfectly. 

Stacie and Chris had written letters to each other on their wedding day and I do have to say, watching them intently read word by word was simply adorable. It was as if no one was in the room with them. Everything seemed to just disappear. And I captured it. I was so thrilled to have captured it. 

In my blogs, I always talk about moments, I talk about details, simplicity, stunning personalities. But these are the things that make the experience, an experience, for me. Each wedding sets itself apart from the next one, not because one is better than the next or more extravagant than the next, but because you feel the energy. Stacie and Chris' energy was undeniable, unavoidable...detailed, stunning, simplistic.

Here's to forever, Stacie & Chris-

Meghan Leigh 

{Links below for venue & vendor information}

Venue:  Greenbriar Oceanaire Golf & Country Club in Waretown, New Jersey

Jackie & Phil Jackson: May 29th, 2015.

Jackie and Phil Jackson's wedding was definitely an event to be remembered and photographed. I was referred to them by their friends, Stacie and Chris, whom I had photographed for their own wedding a couple of weeks prior. 

Jackie and Phil are the type of couple you know have fun. Jackie's personality is beyond a delight; colorful, warm, inviting and her husband, Phil, is the perfect compliment to such a glowing personality. 

 

Their immaculately detailed wedding was held at one of my favorite venues, The Versailles Ballroom at The Ramada in Toms River, New Jersey. The Versailles Ballroom is always a pleasure to work with because every person that is involved in the planning and set up of an event sees to it that it's perfect. The Versailles Ballroom was the ideal venue for a wedding like Jackie and Phil's. I was elated to be photographing there and just as elated capturing the beautiful moments of Jackie and Phil's day.

 

I love photographing pieces that complete the wedding's aura. The dress, the suits, the color palette, floral arrangements and so on and so forth. Jackie's wedding dress was a great combination of both classic and modern style. A pale pink Mermaid styled dress that fit her exquisitely went beautifully with her golden Badgley Mischka stilettos and pale pink and ivory bouquet of Peonies. Her bridal ladies donned crisp, clean lined floor length dresses in Ivory and the groom and his gentlemen looked wonderful in relaxed, yet timeless neutral suits.

The bridal party was just as fun and outgoing as the newly married couple, themselves. The entire day and evening I felt, as though, I was apart of the actual wedding, not just shooting it. I was embraced, like I was family and it added even more to the day for me. 

 

Jackie and Phil's wedding was the first of my weddings, that I've photographed, in an elaborate sizable ceremony and reception. But the elaborate nature didn't once take away from the intimate and romantic energy that surrounded Jackie and Phil, that day. Everything was perfect, everything was beautiful, everything was captured just right. 

Here's to forever, Jackie and Phil-

Meghan Leigh 

{Links below for venue & vendor information}

Venue: The Versailles Ballroom at The Ramada; Toms River, NJ

http://www.versaillescaterers.com/

Make Up Artist: Cupid's Glow, Point Pleasant, NJ

http://www.cupidsglow.com/

Hair: Tracy Thompson of The Style Lounge, Toms River, NJ

http://styleloungehair.com/