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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

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/

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

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 -

Bear Creek Mountain Resort Wedding Photographer| LeHigh Valley, PA

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Kayla and Philippe's wedding was absolutely darling. They were married at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and I actually stayed there the day before AND after the wedding because I really wanted to experience this place. It was amazing and such a great choice for a venue. Kayla and Philippe actually approached me while I was shooting their dear friends (and mine), Renata and Mark's wedding and it made me elated that they loved my work so much, they decided to chose me to capture their special day.

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As soon as I met and Kayla and Philippe, we instantly clicked-which is so incredibly important when you're photographing someone or a couple. You want to be able to have a comfortable relationship and have fun, too! They are so in love and so entertaining watching them get ready for their day and interacting with one another and their friends and family. Kayla and Philippe have 2 beautiful children who were flower girl and ring bearer and stole the show. I'm sure they would agree with me.

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Kayla was an absolute classic beauty. Her dress was romantic and fit her perfectly. Her hair and makeup was simply natural and her entire bridal party looked just as timeless. I mean, black tie, hello?

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One of the most memorable times of that day was after the ceremony. Kayla desperately wanted something from Wawa and for anyone who isn't a New Jersey or Pennsylvania, Wawa is probably the coolest thing since sliced bread. I rode in their limo bus (my first time) and even though I got a wee bit car sick (I'm a mess), we arrived at glorious Wawa and I decided to take some shots of everyone while we were there. I shared one of the photos on my INstagram and Wawa re-posted the image on their business Instagram and needless to say I was pretty happy about it.

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I had such a great day and night with Kayla, Philippe, their friends, family and Renate and Mark since they were in attendance! Everyone enjoyed themselves, there was nothing but laughs and happy tears and dancing. They are going to have such a beautiful marriage.

Here's to forever, Kayla & Philippe-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Venue: Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Wedding Cake: Simply Sherry

Flowers: Levengood's

DJ: Soundfactor

Bride's Dress: Allure Bridal

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Vera Wang/Men's Wearhouse

Bride's Shoes: Adidas

Rings: Zales & Kay

Makeup: Bobbie Jo Bridal