When I met Toni-Anne and James, I knew I would love them!
At our initial consultation they told me they chose to have their wedding at Mays Landing Country Club! I really do love country clubs. Maybe it’s because I’m from South Jersey and we have so many here in Atlantic County, or for the simple fact they country clubs are just so elegant and gorgeous. Either way, I was excited about their day! Their engagement session however was at one of my other favorite locations. It was at The Historic Smithville Inn, and when I told them I would be bringing my couch they were so excited! It was November and Smithville just felt so festive! My couch is green, and it went with the whole romantic holiday theme that Smithville had going on. Also, my love for styling shoots was able to shine! I have a special kind of love for embellished pillows! Ask my husband, he knows all too well how I enjoy a fancy couch! Anyway, I saw their eyes light up when they saw my couch and the snugglie blankets! It was so inviting and they were able to get super comfy and cozy! Toni-Anne and James are adorable. They didn’t need help posing, they just knew how to interact with eachother! It makes me happy, because I know that on their wedding day, they’re going to just be naturals! Here are some photos from their engagement session!
From the beginning of their day, I knew it would be amazing. Toni-Anne had the most gorgeous details. I am such a fan of Betsey Johnson shoes it’s not even funny. Maybe because my own wedding shoes were Betsey Johnson, or maybe it’s because they’re just so feminine and pretty. Either way, I loved photographing them! She has so many rustic details throughout the day, and for those of you who know me, know I love anything rustic! Her dress though, was such an elegant princess dress! When she put it on, it was just made for her. It’s the kind of dress that every little girl dreams of for their wedding day. There are no other words! Toni-Anne was STUNNING! Her and her bridesmaids also had the more gorgeous floral robes! I highly recommend these! They just look so pretty!
She did a first look with her dad, which, let me tell you, was one of the most adorable things ever! I have to say, if any soon to be brides are planning on doing this, totally do it. Your dad will cry because his princess is getting married, and you will get to feel like a little girl again showing off your amazing dress up clothes. It’s very emotional, but it is a very proud moment for dad, and definitely makes him feel like he is still special! (And yes, he IS still and always will be special, but it’s a very emotional time for dad, because after all, his little princess is finally growing up)
Details come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Not just shoes, or jewelry, but special notes from that special man of yours too! James wrote Toni-Anne a note for her to read before the ceremony. I don’t know what it said, but it really did maker her smile! Things like this really make the day memorable. She will most likely keep this card in her wedding keepsakes forever, and be able to look back on it and remember everything he was thinking the day of the wedding!
When the ceremony was about to start, I just knew it would be amazing! The sun was shining and it was so warm outside! The bridesmaids looked fabulous and Toni-Anne and James could not stop smiling!
When I first met Lauren and Justin, they told me to be myself, have fun, and enjoy hanging out with them.
It honestly felt like I was meeting up with two old friends. We just clicked automatically. During their consultation we began to plan their engagement session. They wanted to climb ontop of a building to capture the sunset. Later on, unfortunatly plans changed. They did however end up taking my husband and I off roading with their amazing dog, Ruger in their jeep! It was probably the most fun engagement session, and most down to earth experience I had ever had. Lauren and Justin weren’t about frills, or anything fancy. They wanted something real. Their dog, was probably the most amazing part of the day. He was like an extremely well behaved child who went with the flow and did what he was told. They made a sign to go around his neck for their save the dates, and he actually stood there like a handsome little boy. Here are some photos from their engagement session:
So for their wedding day, I knew I was going to have an amazing time!
They had their wedding at The Smithville Inn!
It’s so perfect here. The historic towne of Smithville is quaint, and just set up for photos. It’s gorgeous, and so are they!
I have to say, that Lauren and Justin, are such an amazing couple. I know I talk about couples in love all the time, but they really are so much in love, it’s hard not to get emotional around them. Their wedding had me a bawling mess. So many tears, all day long. So many moments where you couldn’t help but cry because what was happening was just so beautiful. Weddings like these, are key reminders of why I do what I do, and why I am so passionate about capturing these moments.
I could chat all day about how perfect they are, and how amazing their day was, but I am just going to show you the photos.
Lauren and Justin, thank you SO much for trusting me to capture your day, and for allowing me to be there and enjoy these moments with you! I wish you nothing but love and success in your future together!
The Bokeh Love Photography Gear List
I have had some requests on the type of gear I use. So, I’ve compiled a Photography Gear List of everything that I use (AND LOVE!) First and foremost I want you to know that I have partnered with Amazon, to be able to share all of my favorite products with you, so when you click on the links below, they will take you directly to Amazon to give you the most amazing prices on all of these products. Second, I am a Nikon girl so all of the products I have listed below are for use with a Nikon camera. I have always used Nikon, and will continue to do so! I love their products, their cameras, their speedlights, everything! So, if you are looking to upgrade your gear this season, check out my list, you may find something that you absolutely need!
- Nikon D4 – http://amzn.to/1TYXzsh
- Nikon D800 – http://amzn.to/1TYXJ2X
Speedlights & Speedlight Accessories:
- Nikon SB910 Speedlight – http://amzn.to/1M1iPXQ
- Nikon SB800 Speedlight – http://amzn.to/1M1iTHa
- Nikon SD800 Quick Recycling Batter Pack for SB800 – http://amzn.to/1M1j2dz
- Flash Mount – http://amzn.to/1M1j6dl
- Phottix Strato II Multi Receiver & Transmitter – http://amzn.to/1M1jVTx
- Phottix Strato II Receiver – http://amzn.to/1TZ1hSG
- Neewer 47″/120cm Octagonal Softbox – http://amzn.to/1TZ1zcm
- Westcott 28-Inch Medium Apollo Softbox – http://amzn.to/1TZ2fOF
- CowboyStudio 7′ Light Stands – http://amzn.to/1M1ksVm
Lenses & Lens Accessories:
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G – http://amzn.to/1TYZlJX
- Nikkor 35mm f/2D – http://amzn.to/1TYZBIJ
- Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR – http://amzn.to/1M1jAQE
- Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D- http://amzn.to/1M1jzw1
- Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED – http://amzn.to/1M1jNDv
Bags & Cases:
- Black Rapid Camera Strap – http://amzn.to/1ISDMUN
- Epiphanie Lola Camera Bag – http://amzn.to/1NUacWs
- Epiphanie London Camera Backpack – http://amzn.to/1NUajRV
- Pelican Carry On Case – http://amzn.to/1NUaqgp
I think that’s it! I would love to hear how helpful this article was for you! If you are just starting out in photography or if you just needed some gear inspiration! Email me at Lauren@bokehlovephotography.net
Best of luck, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
*All Images in this post are ©Nikon and ©Epiphanie and are used from Amazon.com
Melissa & Peter had a contemporary wedding at the lovely Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake, NJ!
I met Melissa & Peter earlier in the year for their engagement session. They decided to go to Laurita Winery! You can view their session here. It was a perfect day then, and I am still in love with their session. They are so in love and it shows in the photos. I was so excited for their day, we even chatted about it at the winery. She had everything planned out and was excited and ready for it to finally be here.
When I arrived at the venue I was instantly blown away by the gorgeous lobby! I knew I would be incorporating the iron stair case with Melissa’s dress! Her details were so pretty, and that veil! I love a gorgeous veil! Fast forward to their ceremony, a skylight Atruim! It was just stunning! The sun was shining, and it felt so nice on our skin (with the air conditioner of course!) Their day could not have turned out any better. Blue sky’s and beautiful weather. They truly on their engagement session AND were lucky newlyweds on their big day!
Doolan’s Shore Club was a fastastic venue. Everyone there was amazingly kind, and I could tell they really cared about their couples. I love talking about venue’s when they just do it right, and let me tell you – they do it right! The night was, nothing short of AMAZING, like a dance club, where everyone knew eachother! Melissa sure does know how to party! She was on the dance floor for most of the night! All in all it was an amazing night, and I was so happy to be a part of it!
If you’re looking for a fun venue, check out Doolan’s Shore Club! They will be sure to impress, and definitly give me a call! I would be honored to shoot your wedding and would LOVE the oppourtunity to visit Doolon’s again!
Lauren and Matt had their wedding at Sand Barrens Golf Club!
I was VERY excited to go back here, because it is one of my favorite locations to shoot! The grounds are super pretty, and I ADORE their front entrance. When we started the day, it was over cast, but then it started to POUR RAIN. Every bride gets upset when it rains, but, as professionals we can only stay super positive and reassure them that everything will be JUST FINE. And everything WAS just fine. Lauren was DROP DEAD GORGEOUS in her wedding dress, she had the prettiest details, and Matt was super calm all afternoon. We did have to have an inside ceremony which was a bit crazy, but it all worked out.
I have to say that Sand Barrens was able to come up with a plan very fast, and they were amazing all night long! It’s always nice when we can work together with one goal in mind – the newly weds! It’s their day, and we need to make it perfect for them! I think we all came together and helped make this day amazing for them. If you are looking for a venue that can pull bunnies out of a hat – this is the place, you need to book a Sand Barrens Golf Club Wedding!
Lauren and Matt, not only were amazingly calm the entire night, but they had such a gorgeous wedding. Their bridal party was dressed black tie with black lace dresses with the most lucious red rose bouquets! Their theme held true through each table and even the cake. I love when a theme works seamlessly! It was very romantic, and most importantly, these two know how to have a good party!
A HUGE THANK YOU to both Lauren and Matt for allowing me to capture their memories on this extra special day! I had a blast, thank you for having us.
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