A remarkably warm spring day, a smooth timeline and paired up with an amazing team, equal the perfect recipe to photograph my first wedding of the year.
A beautiful day for Michelle and Chris that started with the grooms prep and ended at the beautiful Addison Park in Aberdeen, New Jersey.
Michelle and Chris opted to have their first look at a very special location, one dear to Michelle’s heart – Ocean View Cemetery in Staten Island, New York – were the bride’s grandfather was buried.
A first look is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time and takes place just before the ceremony. There are many reasons a couple may choose to have a first look, but most importantly it allows the nerves of the day to subside, centering the bride and groom, helping them to be more present during the ceremony. As a photographer, I love this – it allows for a smooth timeline, more available light and lots of picture time!
Right after the first look, I was able to grab some beautiful portraits of Michelle and Chris together. Michelle was just stunning!
Then it was off to the ceremony, held at The Church of Saint Clare in Staten Island, New York.
The reception was held at the Addison Park in Aberdeen, New Jersey, where we ended the night with the cake cutting.
Hair: (Mike from) Visage
Makeup: (Patty from) Visage
Florist: Flowers by Bernard
Wedding Gown Designer: Henry Roth
Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: Men’s Warehouse
Lead Photographer: Vanessa Joy Photography
Cinematographer: Rob Adams Films