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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 -

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

Engagement Session: Danielle & Ray| Double Trouble State Park

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Engagement sessions are so much fun, as a photographer, and I'll tell you why. You really get to photograph a couple in their purest stage of love and happiness. Two people have decided to make a lifelong commitment to one another and I get the amazing opportunity to capture that in a series of blissfully happy and romantic photographs.

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I must admit that I'm partial to Danielle and Ray because...Ray's my cousin. Of course I was ecstatic when I was asked to shoot their engagement session (as well as their wedding) and I absolutely loved the location they chose. What I loved even more though, beyond the location and the act of taking the photos, was that I was encapsulating how much in love my cousin is with his fiance, Danielle.

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Danielle is probably one of the nicest people I have met. She's the type of person who would do anything for you, she has a huge heart, a beaming personality. Completely understandable why Ray asked her to marry him, I wonder how he got so lucky and I mean that in the best possible way. Ever since the day Danielle said "yes", Ray has been completely different-on cloud 9, the happiest he's ever been and that makes my heart practically explode.

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Anniversary Session: Alexandra & Andrew| Cape May. New Jersey

January 2016, I photographed Alexandra and Andrew's wedding and it was absolutely beautiful. A perfect winter wedding filled with amazing people, smiles and obviously love. {Click here to see Alexandra & Andrew's wedding day.} Shortly after the nuptials, Andrew had to travel back to Hawaii where he was stationed since he was in the Navy. They spent almost a year apart; when the wait was over, the two of them spent a few days in Cape May and stayed at a B&B called Angel by the Sea.

As I was driving to meet them, we were experiencing rainy, dreary weather and I was praying to the rain Gods for it to stop. They didn't listen, BUT Alex and Andrew didn't reschedule and we wound up having a great day! Once I saw the wrap around porch of the Bed and Breakfast, I knew we would be getting amazing photographs. We all worried a little less!

By the end of the session, the rain stopped and we grabbed lunch downtown and took more photos. Downtown was completely deserted and we had a blast! It was great to do an anniversary shoot, I love catching up with my newlyweds and capturing a year later. I hope I get the chance to photograph them for every anniversary

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Bed & Breakfast: Angel of the Sea