wedding party

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

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

 

Oyster Point Hotel Wedding Photographer| Red Bank, New Jersey

For most engaged couples, the idea of planning an entire wedding in just a month, is unheard of. In fact, the thought of it can make certain bride's-to-be experience anxiety! But, for Amber and Anthony, they pulled it off. Not only did they pull it off, there were absolutely no flaws.

Amber and Anthony live in California and while they were visiting their friends and family, in New Jersey, their original plan was to have their bridal shower. The more they thought about it, the more the idea of just having their wedding seemed totally doable! And that's exactly what they did. They held an intimate and romantic ceremony and reception in Red Bank, New Jersey. Every detail was classic romanticism and I loved every moment I captured.

What made me smirk was the fact that Amber and Anthony live on the West Coast-a warm, sunny and beachy atmosphere in which Amber swore she would never have a Winter wedding. And yet, here we all were, on the 30th of December; saying "I do's" and making toasts. For a bride who didn't want a winter wedding, Amber played the part beautifully, with Anthony by her side.

Amber and Anthony's reception was held at The Oyster Point Hotel, right on the river. It's an absolutely gorgeous venue and the waterfront view is absolutely breathtaking. Their reception included every person that meant something to both Amber and Anthony and the simplistic detail throughout the reception was beyond sweet.

I absolutely loved capturing Amber and Anthony's day. I was incredibly impressed with how everything came together in such a short amount of time and look to them for inspiration for any couple looking to tie the knot, but stressing out about timing. Honestly, Amber and Anthony did it and so can you!

Here's to forever, Amber & Anthony-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for for venue + vendor info}

Venue: The Oyster Point Hotel www.theoysterpointhotel.com

Florist: Forked River Florist www.forkedriverflorist.com

 

 

 

Spring Lake Manor Wedding Photographer | Spring Lake, NJ

Kelly and John were...amazing. A laid back, family oriented pair; Kelly and John complimented one another sweetly. Photography was extremely important to them, so I was honored that they chose me! I wanted to make sure that I captured not only the best wedding moments, but the best moments that showcased who they were.

John and a few of his Groomsmen are former Marines, now police officers, so Kelly made their boutonnieres out of bullet casings. I thought it was such a lovely personal touch, added to the day. And I know that John and his Groomsmen loved that.

Kelly's dress was delicate and whimsical with crystal details sewn in throughout. The flowers were beautifully done by Flowers from the Farm NJ, which popped with color and various wildflower style.

The ceremony was held at the Adelphia Bethesda United Methodist Church and afterward, we took photos at Monmouth Battleground Park. Fun fact about Kelly: she is a HUGE animal lover-so much so that when we were taking photos at the park, she tried to rescue a little turtle that was in the river.

The reception took place at Spring Lake Manor. It was all so much fun and a very relaxed, care free wedding that was filled with love and laughter. I had a great time. It wasn't rushed, everyone was so happy and just enjoying their time. It was really nice for everyone to just be enjoying the moment and let themselves be stress free for a day. It doesn't happen very often.

Here's to forever, Kelly and John-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue & vendor information}

Venue: Spring Lake Manor - www.springlakemanor.com

Flowers: Flowers From The Farm NJ - www.flowersfromthefarmnj.com

DJ: Elite Entertainment - www.elitesoundentertainment.com

Cake: Chocolate Carousel - www.chocolatecarousel.com

 

Crystal Ballroom Wedding Photographer | Freehold, NJ

Heather and Anthony's wedding was a beautiful example of a summer wedding. Even when it rained, Heather's "it is what it is" attitude made, what could have been a damper on her day, only a more positive experience. And isn't it known to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day? Well, Heather and Anthony, your luck will last a lifetime.

They are unbelievably magnificent together. I'll never forget photographing them and thinking to myself how sweet their love is, how silly their love is-unaffected by anyone else in the room, while they were together.

Heather and Anthony's wedding was held at The Crystal Ballroom, which is owned by Hotels Unlimited, in Howell, New Jersey. It's always a pleasure working with The Crystal Ballroom-their staff is so wonderful, accommodating and pleasant. They catered to Heather, Anthony, their family and all of their guests and that's really important when choosing the perfect vendor for your wedding. You want to be able to find a location that makes you feel like part of the family, not just another name in a bride's planner.

 

Heather and Anthony's style was elegant romanticism submerged in navy, blushes, and golds. The bride's dress, by Madison James, hugged her frame seamlessly as she complimented her groom's clean-lined navy tuxedo, by Stephen Geoffrey. Details in a wedding, whether it be in the ceremony or reception make the experience. Heather and Anthony's romantic details tied their personal style and their couple style together exquisitely.

 

What I adored also about Heather and Anthony's wedding, was how absolutely welcoming their family was; especially Anthony's father. So super nice! He kept asking Michael and me if we needed anything and if we were alright. I've said this before, when a couple and their families make you feel like one of them, it makes the entire experience even better.

 

Here's to forever, Heather & Anthony-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue & vendor information}

Venue: The Crystal Ballroom

Wedding Dress: Madison James

Bride's Shoes:  Wonder by Jenny Packham

Groom's Tux/Bow Tie/Groomsmen's Tux/Ties: Stephen Geoffrey from ChazMatazz

Wedding Cake: Chocolate Carousel

Florals: Bloom Floral of Freehold, New Jersey

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