These two were married this past June and before I can share their amazing Salamander Resort wedding in Middleburg, VA, I have to share the beautiful summer day we spent walking around Hoboken, NJ and capturing moments in their neighborhood! I love engagement session for many reasons, but one of the biggest is that it allows me to get to know each couple. I believe in storytelling in my approach to wedding photography. No ‘one size fits all’ approach here. I truly believe each day is different, each couple is different, and capturing them authentically is what inspires me. Getting to know a couple, hearing the stories of their love, their relationship…this all helps me artistically interpret their wedding day even that much more genuinely. By knowing that Megan and Terry pushed the coffee table aside in their apartment one night, turned on Pandora, and danced to what seemed like a million songs to find ‘the one’ for their first dance on their wedding day, this added a whole extra layer of story and emotion to capturing their first dance on their wedding day. And what I feel in my heart – the couple’s love, joy, happiness – always comes out in my images. The more I know about how THEY love each other, the more I can capture these subtleties on their wedding day, the more I can connect with them and their story, an the more I can pour that love for them back into the images I capture. Can’t wait to share these two, whom I adore, on their June wedding day, and for now, enjoy their sweet moments from their Hoboken session!
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab
From the moment I met Jody and Benji, I knew their wedding was going to be a ton of fun and full of style! The two of them definitely know how to have a good time, and they have the best sense of humor together (the video they recorded for their wedding website is out of this world amazing. I literally laughed out loud too many times to count). They story of how they met, shared here in their wedding feature on Washingtonian Bride & Groom, shows they also have such a sweet connection. It’s so clear that Benji really adores Jody, and that Jody is completely smitten with her man. One of my favorite moments on the wedding day was when Jody opened a card from Benji that had a pop-up ferris wheel. She had joked about having a giant one at their reception. And while that didn’t work out in the end, Benji found the perfect card and gift to show that for the rest of his life, he would work hard to make his wife’s dreams come true (annnnd to tease her a little about her one ‘Bridezilla moment’ as they called it. This playfulness between them is one of the things that makes their love so great!).
Jody has amazing taste. I knew after her engagement session (featured here on Style Me Pretty), that her gown and bridal look would not disappoint. She was so stunning in her Enzoani wedding gown with such a unique neckline and her Jimmy Choo blue suede heels. She truly was flawless. And of course Benji made sure his style game was on point to match his beautiful bride. They both love the water, and the Woodlawn Manor Farm was the perfect mix of stately beauty and laid back elegance for their big day. They choose to exchange vows underneath a giant oak tree right by the water’s edge, which Jody had adorned with tiny bud vases with an assortment of roses and other flowers. It was so pretty! They danced the night away in the newly constructed barn on the property, but not before Jody’s dad, Benji’s mom, Jody’s sisters, and the Best Man gave some really touching toasts. All of them had everyone in tears, both from laughing and from the sweet words they shared. Guests were treated to lots of fun lawn games by the water, in an evening that was both elegant and laid back. It was truly perfect! Jody and Benji, thank you for having me capture your love story! It was such a honor! You two are so much fun and have such a special love!
Venue: Woodlawn Farm | Planner: Sweetface Events | Florist: Flowers by M | Gown: Enzoani | Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist: Ariel Lewis | Stationary: The Dandelion Patch & Wedding Paper Divas | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo |Bride’s Jewelry: Family Heirlooms | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids Jewelry: J.Crew | Groom’s Suit: Geoffrey Lewis | Groom’s Details: J.Crew | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Caterer: R&R Catering | Lighted Sign: Brightly Ever After