Lauren and Sean were married on a chilly but beautiful November day. Preparations began at the bride’s parents’ home, while the groom got ready at a nearby hotel.

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New Jersey beautiful wedding photography

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groom getting ready

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The ceremony was held at Saint Lucy’s Church.

Lauren shares, “I thought I was going to be more nervous for the ceremony, but the minute I saw Sean at the end of the aisle, all of my nerves went away. I couldn’t wait to marry my best friend and celebrate with all of our friends and family. We had a lot of guests at the wedding, but it still felt so small and intimate as we had everyone that we loved all in the same place. It was a day we will never forget and was the best day of our lives (so far!).

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Saint Lucy's Church NJ

Saint Lucys New Jersey Newark Church

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Naninas in the park NJ wedding photography

I love this photo with the vintage Rolls Royce! You both look so happy!

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Naninas in the park NJ wedding

Naninas in the park NJ wedding

Naninas in the park NJ wedding

Vintage Rolls Royce

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Lauren shares, “I don’t know if I can say that I really have a wedding style. I received a lot of input from my twin sister and my sister-in-law as they practically had my entire wedding already planned before I even got engaged! They clearly have great taste. I think everything looked absolutely perfect. Sean and I really wanted to have great food and wanted it to be a really fun time for all of our guests and I think we did a good job of achieving that! I have to give major credit to my florist. I gave her my trust in creating an elegant atmosphere and she completely blew me away with the flowers–from the bouquets to the centerpieces. It was breathtakingly beautiful. I cannot say that I was a bride who had a perfect vision for this day so I really was happy when I saw everything come together all at once.”

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Naninas in the park NJ

Naninas in the park NJ wedding

Lauren continues, “We absolutely loved Nanina’s in the Park when we were looking at wedding venues. It is a beautiful venue, but also makes you feel at home (a very fancy home but also very welcoming!). We had heard that the food was great and when I saw that they offered a macaroni and cheese bar where you got to pick all different types of toppings for your mac n cheese, I was sold! I have heard so many stories of people getting married at other venues who said they didn’t get to enjoy any of the food at their wedding but Nanina’s in the Park made sure that Sean and I got to taste a little bit of everything there was to offer from the elaborate cocktail hour to the unbelievable Viennese hour.”

Naninas in the park wedding photography

Naninas in the park wedding photography

“There were so many little special details, including the “barbell-ini” signature cocktail. Sean and I met at a gym and it is a really big part of our lives. We were able to incorporate that throughout the day which made it really personal and special for us.”

Naninas in the park wedding photography

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Naninas in the park NJ wedding

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Congratulations Lauren and Sean!

More photos in the slideshow:

Check out their engagement session in Hoboken.

Special thanks to the vendors:
Church: St. Lucy’s
Venue: Nanina’s in the Park
Transportation: Rt. 22 Limousine Corp.
Officiant: Father Tom Brosnan
Wedding Coordinator: Lauren Dietrich
Flowers: Perla & Company
Dress & Veil Designer: Lazaro
Bridal Accessories: Elle Garretson Designs
Videographer: Kiss the Bride Films
Band: East Coast Music & Entertainment
Photobooth: VIP Entertainment
Make-up: Makeup By Scarlet
Hair: Melissa D’Aloia & Co.
Cake: A Little Cake
Invitations: Judy Fitzpatrick
Menus / Programs: Paper.Ink.Love Design
Engagement Ring: Khames Jewelers
Wedding Bands: Salvatore & Co., Peter Cardella
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

Crystal and Michael came all the way from New Mexico for a winter wedding in Central Park! Crystal got ready in a hotel near the park.

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The beautiful ceremony took place on the Gapstow Bridge.

The ceremony was performed by Crystal’s best friend, Kathryn. Crystal adds, “We have known each other for only four years but it feels like we have known each other all of our lives!  She is so important to Michael and me and we were so thrilled when she agreed to officiate our wedding!”

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During the ceremony, Crystal and Michael had a special tribute to their new family; Crystal married Michael and gained two daughters and a son.

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Winter Elopement in Central Park NYC

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Crystal shares, “I have always wanted to have a small wedding in NYC and I love winter! Michael and I got engaged in August, and winter was only a few months away! Planning a wedding in a few months from across the country wasn’t easy but it turned out better than we could have imagined. All of our vendors were amazing.  We got our winter wedding and were married on our 8-year anniversary!

The whole day was absolutely beautiful.  It was supposed to be one of the coldest days of the year but it seemed like the universe was on our side.  The sun was out, the wind had stopped and the weather was perfect.  I was so happy to have both of my parents walk me up the bridge. Seeing Michael for the first time that day was incredible. After 8 years together, I still get butterflies when I see him. Our wedding day was better than any fairytale I could have ever dreamed of!”

Michael adds,  “The most memorable moment was when I saw Crystal walking towards me as I was standing at the top of the bridge.  Everything flowed so naturally, it was magical.”

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Family and friends gathered at Brooklyn’s The River Cafe for the wedding reception.

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Congratulations Crystal and Michael!

Special Thanks to the Vendors:
Venue: Gapstow Bridge in Central Park, The River Cafe
Officiant: Kathryn Ebbens
Flowers: Flowers by G Bella
Hair: Liz Nevin
Makeup: Clarissa Luna
Cake: City Cakes NYC
Dress: David Tutera
Groom’s suit: Rothmans
Bride’s shoes: Betsey Johnson
Invitation: The Blushing Belle
Bride’s hair comb: Veiled Beauty
Garter: Bridal Special Day

Jill and Josh were married at The Foundry, a gorgeous, historic metal factory in Long Island City.

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Wedding at The Foundry, Long Island City, NY

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The couple shared a first look before the wedding ceremony. They were SO excited to see each other!

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The Foundry wedding, long island city NYC

The Foundry wedding, LIC NYC

The Foundry wedding, long island city NYC

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The Foundry NYC LIC, adorable flower girl

Jill and Josh had a maid of honor and best man and then asked all of their friends to be included in some fun portraits before the wedding.

NYC wedding The Foundry LIC

NYC wedding The Foundry LIC

NYC wedding The Foundry LIC

Jill shares, “When it comes to our wedding style, we really loved the idea of an art deco/1940’s feel for the wedding, but we also wanted it to be simple and personal. We had fun adding the personal touches like my grandma’s gooey butter cake, cocktails named after people we love, and then bringing New York City into the mix by making our own Chuppah. It began hanging over us, and then we attached balloons that turned it into the NYC skyline as our backdrop. Our friends Lloyd and Michael made the design of the Chuppah possible, and Josh and I spent two full Saturdays painting it!”

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NYC wedding ceremony

NYC wedding Long Island city photography

The band, led by the amazingly talented Corin Ashley, was awesome!

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Ah! I love a champagne fountain! So glamorous and romantic!

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NYC wedding photography, The Foundry

First dance at the Foundry wedding photography

I asked the couple about their favorite moments from the day and they answered, “It was great having so many people we love in one place, and they were there to celebrate US!? Can’t ask for much more.”

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Congratulations Jill and Josh! For more photos check out the slideshow:

Check out their engagement photos in SoHo here.

Special thanks to the team: Venue: The Foundry
Caterer: Indiana Catering
Officiants: Rabbi Paris & Reverend Kessler
Flowers: Village Flowers
Lighting: Universal Light and Sound
Band: Corin Ashley, Murray Hill Talent
Hair: Ernesto Aquino, Tres Jolie Salon

Make-up: Sally Biondo in North Port Long Island

Cupcakes: Sweets First Bakeshoppe

Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller, Bride’s shoes: Rachel Simpson, Fur Coat: Antique Store

Groom’s Suit: John Varvatos

Chuppah: Josh and Jill with “expert instruction and hand holding” from Lloyd Marks and Michael Tavano of MT Customs

Rings: Designed by the bride and groom, made at De Hago

Party favors: Metropolis Soap Company: “We gave everyone organic lip balm (lavender and spearmint for the ladies and anise and spearmint for the men) and a pair of gloves… wintertime necessities! Megan at Metropolis really came through for us and custom designed the labels – all of their products are great quality and made in LIC!”

Photography by: Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz

Anne and Ross told me they don’t have many pictures of the two of them together, so they went all out for their engagement shoot. We went everywhere and had so much fun!

It just so happened that we planned the engagement shoot on Valentine’s day. So the photos started off with a great big heart balloon at the metro station near their home.

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heart balloon Washington DC, engagement photography

Ross has become a part of a family. He says, “Anne introduced me to her little girl, Bridgett, the sweetest and most stubborn dog.  Bridgett is now our little girl and by far the most important part of our lives.”

Anne adds, “Ross has been there for me through so much: my hectic schedule when going to law school at night during our early years of dating, my even more hectic schedule as an associate at a big law firm, and four major orthopedic surgeries. But it was only when I found myself confident that Ross would take as good care of Bridgett when I traveled for work as I would that I was sure I had a keeper! On my first trip away, he even created a blog so I could keep up with Bridgett’s activities and listen to the little noises she makes when she’s sleeping!”

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Next stop, we went to one of the coolest locations I have ever been! Ross found this church while scouting for a vibrant and interesting location to include in the engagement session. This church was recreated by artist Alex Hense Brewer, who was commissioned to re-purpose a dilapidated, vacant  building and create a work of art.

Graffiti church in Southwest Washington DC

Painted colorful church in Southwest Washington DC

Next we made our way to Georgetown by the canal.

Anne and Ross, you guys are TOO cute!

Georgetown, Washington DC, engagement photography

Georgetown, Washington DC, engagement photography

Georgetown, Washington DC, engagement photography

Georgetown Washington DC engagement photography

Georgetown Washington DC engagement photography

Ross tells the great proposal story, “For me, while I have known for some years I wanted to be with Anne for the rest of my life, I knew this year was the year to confirm that she wanted to be with me.  I wanted to make it memorable, fun, and have the moment captured for the rest of our lives.  Anne has always loved going to amusement parks and really wanted to go this past summer.  I knew this would be perfect, but wasn’t sure how to make it work.  The idea I had was to propose on a roller coaster right before/when they take your picture.  The first coaster we road reminded me that I was old and made me start to rethink the idea as I already had butterflies in my stomach and wasn’t sure I could hold them down.  We road another less brain scattering coaster only to find that they no longer provided you with a the picture.  Finally, we road Ricochet which was much more tame and it took a picture.  I convinced her to ride it a second time immediately after, and proposed right before the camera snapped the picture.”

Anne was so surprised, “The Ricochet may be a tame roller coaster but I was breathless and noodle-legged walking off! We now have a picture from the moment that includes two random kids who were in the same car as us and who have no idea what they were a part of!”

Georgetown bridge, Washington DC, engagement photography

Georgetown, Washington DC, engagement photography

Anne looked gorgeous in her little black dress, but she told me on the way to the last stop in the snow that she is really a pony tail kind of girl. She loves heels but feels more comfortable in workout gear. All of a sudden, she unleashed the beast!

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Ross shares the story of how they met playing flag football in college, “I had played in the league for a few years, but not on the Clemson team.  I showed up not knowing anyone and played quite well the first game.  The next game Anne asked if I wanted to warm up with her.  I’ll never forget being equally impressed and embarrassed by how much better than me she threw the football.”

Anne continues, “He scored a couple touchdowns in that second game and it was my turn to be impressed.  He was so fast!  I sent him an email the following day.  We started dating very soon after, and it was quickly evident how much we both loved sports.”

Ross adds, “I like to think that those were the most important touchdowns I ever scored in my life. Over the past nine years or so we have played together in countless flag football games across six or seven different leagues, snowboarded across Pennsylvania and Colorado, and followed the Baltimore Ravens through disappointment and a Super Bowl victory!  We’ve seen hundreds of movies, watched way too many reality shows, and even tried hip-hop dance classes together.”

Football engagement session photography

Football engagement session photography

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So much fun!

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Their wedding will be at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown this summer. The ceremony will be outside in the garden followed by cocktails in the Ritz’s bar and a reception in the Fahrenheit ballroom.

Anne shares, “Bridgett will, of course, be my maid of honor and be a part of the wedding!  She’s still mulling over what she’d like to wear though. Other favorite details of mine so far are the Ritz accommodating a vegan wedding cake and my beautiful gown!”

Ross adds, “I’m most excited to see our vision of the wedding come to fruition and see our friends and families reactions.  We are doing the planning ourselves and I just can’t wait to see it all come together.  I am also quite interested to see Anne in her dress as she has purposely kept all details hidden from me. We’re also extremely excited about the rehearsal dinner as we plan to have it at the new Pinstripes in Georgetown where we will have dinner and then bowl with our friends and family.”

Happy Engagement Anne and Ross!

Jill and Marcus shared their first date in a romantic, rustic bar in the East Village. I met them at The Wren to take their engagement photos.

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NYC wedding engagement photography at The Wren

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Like many single people in New York, Jill and Marcus met online. Marcus shares, “One day, before leaving for work in the morning, I checked to see who had viewed my profile. Who is this “jaygee” and why hadn’t she said hello? I viewed her profile. She was witty, sharp and beautiful. I carefully wrote a note, introducing myself, made an attempt at humor, hit send and hoped for a second look.”

Jill remembers, “I got Marcus’s email while I was watching a Rangers game on TV, chatting with a friend on the phone. Marcus’s alias “asithappened” appeared in my inbox with a short, funny email that made reference to one of the statements in my profile. Impressed with Marcus’s confidence and entertaining email, I responded.”

Jill recalls their first date, “We made a plan to meet at The Wren. It was busy and I was running late. I had this giant bag, and I made a joke that it was a mailbag. I think for a second he really thought I delivered mail.”

Marcus continues, “I got there early and had to use the bathroom so when I came out I was craning my neck and saw her. ‘Jill?’ Then I was being my awkward self, trying to get us drinks and after that we settled into conversation and hit it off immediately. We both work in advertising and knew some of the same people. We had lots in common right off the bat, which made things even more familiar. I think we were both surprised at how easily we vibed together. It was nice.”

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Marcus continues, “During this initial courting period, the NY Rangers were in the playoffs and Jill’s a big Rangers fan. (Her dad took her to her first game when she was thirteen.) So we got to know each other while watching games. I had been a fan of hockey in Hartford starting when my family moved from Florida to Connecticut when I started high school.

Our first summer together we spent lots of time at music shows, walks around the city and museums. We introduced each other to new things – I introduced Jill to my favorite Brooklyn coffee spots, Jill introduced me to the Lemon Ice King of Corona, a Queens staple to keep cool during the hot summer.

During our second summer together, we decided to check out Rhinebeck, NY, for a weekend getaway. It was that weekend that I asked Jill to marry me after hiding “the ring” in her denim jacket before we ventured out for the day.

We’ll be getting married this spring in Tribeca. The NY Rangers will be playing that night so that’s one game we won’t be able to catch. (But hopefully they’ll win!)”

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Happy Engagement Jill and Marcus!

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