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Carriage House Wedding Photographer | Galloway, New Jersey

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I love working with people like Renata and Mark. I knew that any couple who would have a pie bar at their wedding (obvs) and pork roll sandwiches (How very New Jersey of them!) as parting gifts, would be an absolute joy to work with. 

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I met them for breakfast for our consultation, where I discovered how well their personalities and sense of humor meshed together. They were a couple destined for each other. I was so comfortable with them that I could not wait for their wedding day. 

 

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Renata was every bit as breathtaking and beautiful on their long awaited day. She looked radiant as ever in her beautiful gown and pearl encrusted Converse. I loved that we did a first look before the ceremony, it was so worth it to capture Mark's face as he saw his future wife on their wedding day. 

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Renata and Mark's wedding took place at the Carriage House, and was one of the most beautiful winter weddings I've had the pleasure of shooting. Despite the cold month, everything about the wedding was warm and cozy. There is a kind of old world charm there that makes it such a pretty place to be for an event as intimate as a wedding. 

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Many of the decorations were made by Gammy, Renata's grandmother! She even knitted shrugs for the bridal party to wear. Their families and guests were so welcoming and friendly - Gammy even had me sit and eat pie with her. 

The ceremony made me cry like a baby, of course! Renata shared a dance with not only Gammy, but with her new father-in-law. It was so sweet to witness the new bonds forming between these two families. 

 

 

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And of course the most fun married couple would have a football tossed instead of the garter ... Classic! 

And of course the most fun married couple would have a football tossed instead of the garter ... Classic! 

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Venue: The Carriage House

Hair: Lindsey Herring - MLP Dream Team Preferred Vendor

Make Up: Make Up By Jenielle

Florist: Anastasia Salerno

Shoes: Converse

Cake: Luscious & Sweet Gourmet Bakery

 

Rock Island Lake Club Wedding Photographer | Sparta, NJ

I met Ashley last year when she inquired with me about wedding photography. I had photographed her friend's wedding a few months prior. The minute I met Ashley I could tell that this wedding was going to be amazing. She radiated happiness, she was a giggly woman with a bubbly personality. I couldn't wait for her wedding!

Ashley & Angelo held their wedding on April 22nd, 2016 at Rock Island Lake Club, a stunning venue in Sparta, NJ that sits on a lake with beautiful views. I'm so grateful Ashley & Angelo decided to have me be their photographer. I felt like I had made a friend with Ashley, she is such an inviting person. Made me feel like I had known her for years. I love when I can relax and be myself with couples, and luckily I've been blessed with so many couples that I just click with. 

So I don't keep rambling about how amazing Ashley & Angelo are together, check out these awesome photos we captured throughout the day!

 

Thank you so much, Ashley & Angelo! You two will always have a special place in my heart. I wish you both nothing but happiness and lots of giggles!

Venue: Rock Island Lake Club

Cake: Palermo's Bakery

Florist: Gala Florist

DJ: Platinum Entertainment

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

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

 

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.