I can’t even tell you how much I had been looking forward to this wedding. I met Chrissy and AJ when they were recommended through some friends, Nicole and Harry, that I have known since I was a kid spending my summers at the Jersey shore. We have had the fortunate chance to get to know Chrissy and AJ pretty well before this wedding, so I was looking forward to all the details, not to mention this was my first beach ceremony. We have shot engagement sessions and portraits on the beach, but I have always wanted to shoot a beach ceremony. They had perfect weather, bright blue skies, and friends and family spilling out tears of joy. Speaking of tears, these two were so proud of themselves for not crying at the ceremony. Well, all that changed about 5 minutes into the reception. AJ started singing the words to their first dance song “Just the way you are” by Jason Mraz, and it was over. It was an emotional occasion between them, and while the rest of the room may have disappeared to them in that moment, we were all feeling it. I had to wipe the tears away from my eyes, so that I could see through the camera lens. It was the best first dance I have ever witnessed… true, raw, emotion. AJ had given us the heads up that he could, and would be performing the entire dance from Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean. As great as it was to photograph, I am kind of jealous that I didn’t just get to sit back and watch. DJ Anthony Passante of Dinardo Brothers kept the dance floor packed all night. I love photographing a reception with great dancing, laughter, and people having an amazing time. I look back on this wedding and think about the awesome venue, perfect beach ceremony, crazy dancing, details, and photos captured, but most of all, I am grateful for the people I meet along the way. Chrissy and AJ, thank you for choosing us to be part of your day! We are so glad to call you our friends.
Ceremony- Brigantine Beach, NJ
Reception- Seaview hotel and Golf club -Galloway, NJ
They wanted to make sure we got a shot of the 4 of us together…