wedding planning

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

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

 

 

 

Drexelbrook Wedding Photographer | Drexel Hill, PA

Fun fact: I didn't officially meet Sarah and Matt until their big day. But that didn't mean they didn't treat me like I was family. And that made me feel truly connected to them. They were incredibly easy to get along with and their friendliness and warmth, made their day go by so fast for us! 

Their chemistry was beyond! They meshed so perfectly well together and you could see that throughout their day. The weather was a bit chilly, BUT SO WORTH IT. It was just such a sweet day.

The foliage at St. Joseph's University was stunning with bright reds, greens, and oranges. We did photos at St. Joseph's because that's where they met, so it had understandable meaning to them. I thought that was so special and sweet that the location they chose for portraits had such significance to them.

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After photos, we headed over to Drexelbrook for a few quick night time shots outside! It was such a gorgeous venue and I was so happy to get a few really amazing evening photographs. Especially the one of Matt spinning her in the gazebo!

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Afterwards, an amazing celebration took place. Every single person was having the best time. Dancing, laughing, joking around, kissing, hugging. There was such warmth and love swirling throughout everyone, it was easy to catch the same feeling.

"We absolutely loved the pictures, but what we loved even more was how comfortable you made us feel! It was a completely painless process and for that we can't thank you enough!" - Sarah Taylor

Here's to forever, Sarah and Matt-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue and vendor info}

DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment / www.silversound.com

Venue: Drexelbrook Catering: www.drexelbrookcatering.com

Bride's Dress: David's Bridal Collection / www.davidsbridal.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom / www.nordstrom.com

Bride's Shoes: BCBG / www.bcbg.com

Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse / www.menswearhouse.com

Cake: Sophisticakes / www.sophisticakespa.com

Florals: Amaranth Florist / www.amaranthflorist.com

Hair: Chelsea at Velour Salon / www.veloursalon.com

Aqua Blu Wedding Photographer | Toms River, NJ

This wedding was so incredibly special to me. Mark and I used to be the best of friends, so to be contacted by him and his then fiance, Christa, to photograph their wedding was a true honor!

Christa and Mark are a low-key, laid back couple; and their wedding reflected just that. They were married in a quaint little chapel at Allaire Village. I never photographed a wedding there and I adored the simplicity and romanticism that was held in that space. Christa and Mark were so in love, so content, so happy. Capturing their vows, their smiles and the way they looked at one another was such a wonderful feeling.

After the ceremony, we walked around the grounds of Allaire Village and took amazing shots of Christa, Mark and their bridal party. All of them are so close and silly with one another, they're a family.

New Jersey is such an unbelievably beautiful state, in the Fall. To be in Allaire Village during the Fall is even better! The colors of the foliage, the crisp feel of the Autumn air; all added to the already gorgeous environment that was their wedding and marriage.

Christa and Mark's reception was held at Aqua Blu in Toms River, New Jersey. When they first started searching for reception locations, their intimate party of 60 people made it a little difficult for them to secure a spot. When they arrived at Aqua Blu, they were more than accommodating. Their reception was set up so nicely and had such a warm, intimate feeling to it. They had live music by, Sweet Harmony. It was great to have live music and they were fantastic!

I'm all about sweet little personal touches in a wedding. Mark, is a volunteer firefighter and as he and Christa departed from their reception, they left on a fire truck. It was such a perfect ending to a perfect day. And they had Thomas the Tank Engine on top of their wedding cake. I couldn't handle the amount of adorable that was going on with their wedding.

Here's to forever Christa and Mark-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue and vendor info}

 

Music: Sweet Harmony / http://www.sweetharmonymusic.com

Ceremony: Allaire Village / https://allairevillage.org

Reception: Aqua Blu / http://www.aquablurestaurant.com

Christa's Dress: Oleg Cassini / http://www.olegcassini.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal / www.davidsbridal.com

Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse / www.menswearhouse.com

Cake & Cupcakes: Mandoli's Bakery / www.mandolisnj.com

Hair: Lauren at Appearance Workshop / www.appearanceworkshop.com

Lobster Shanty Wedding Photographer | Point Pleasant, NJ

I have to say, Jessyca and Tom were one of the funnest couples I've shot in awhile! The weekend of the 30th not only brought eternal love for Jessyca and Tom, but also...a tropical storm. Something a lot of photographers dread and panic over, but with Jessyca and Tom; it bothered them not one bit. No gust of wind, lightening striking or torrential rain was going to stop this couple from having the time of their life!

I absolutely loved Jessyca and Tom's bridal party. High energy, hysterical and ready for anything. You could tell they were surrounded by amazing people and the amazingness would only grow by these two families uniting.

Jessyca and Tom were married in a beautiful church, Saint Peter's in Point Pleasant Beach and their reception was held at The Lobster Shanty-which is a lovely location to photograph. The church was breathtaking and the ceremony was beautifully presented. 

When it was time to celebrate, not one person held back. Once the party started, it felt like it was never going to end...and I LOVED it. Jessyca, Tom, their friend and families definitely know how to have a good time. Some people dance at weddings, but they all took it to a whole other level! Definitely one for the books.

Jessyca and Tom are a timeless couple. A couple who are connected by not only love, but fun and energy. You can tell that they're best friends, not just husband and wife. I had one of the best times photographing their wedding. I will definitely not ever forget these two!

Here's to forever, Jessyca & Tom-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue & vendor info)

Venue: Lobster Shanty http://www.pointpleasantlobstershanty.com/

Dress: Davids Bridal www.davidsbridal.com

Cake: Mueller's Bakery www.muellersbakery.com/

Make Up: Make Me Up Evawww.makemeupeva.com/

Flowers: Tye the Knot with Flowers https://www.tyetheknotwithflowers.com/

Crystal Point Yacht Club Wedding Photographer | Point Pleasant, NJ

Jackie and Jim are one of the coolest couples I've worked with. They both have an intense love for music. Jim is in a band and even DJs for a handful of weddings a year! Every little detail of their ceremony had aspects of music woven in.

September 10th was a scorcher of a day, but Jackie and Jim didn't let the rays get to them. Their outdoor ceremony, held at the Crystal Point Yacht Club, was absolutely beautiful with the water as their background.

When it came time to celebrate Jackie and Jim's special day, every element of their reception tied into music-which I absolutely loved!

Each table, in place of numbers, was a band name for each concert they've ever been to.

Each guest's seating card looked exactly like a ticket to a concert. For their guestbook they had records for guests to sign.

They certainly didn't skimp out on their DJ - This Is It really was amazing. They kept every guest dancing all night long. The energy never slowed down or stopped.

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At the end of the night, a bunch of their guests surprised them by coming out with trumpets, pots and pans with drum sticks, you name it! It was an amazing end to a musical evening.

The day came together perfectly and I was so happy for them. I cannot wait to get their album and canvas to them so they can display their wedding photos for everywhere to enjoy!

Here's to forever, Jackie & Jim-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue & vendor information}

Venue: Crystal Point Yacht Club - www.thecrystalpoint.com

Flowers: Jersey Shore Florist - www.jerseyshoreflorist.com

Videographer: Above & Beyond Studios - www.abweddingstudio.com

DJ: This Is It - www.thisisitentertainment.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