Shelby and Lawrence decided to elope! We turned their engagement session into a celebration photo shoot.

Shelby shares, “Lawrence and I met back when we were both in college. Looking back, it seems almost like fate that we sat next to each other. After two and a half years together (and two apartments, four foster animals, six escape rooms, and countless puzzles), Lawrence proposed at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

We began planning a traditional wedding, but we soon realized neither of us enjoys the spotlight nor the pomp and circumstance of a big event, and were happily married at City Hall with only our parents and my brother in attendance. Although it was a considerable downsizing from our original plan, we felt that such a small, intimate wedding was exactly what we were looking for.

A big wedding isn’t for everyone and I feel so grateful I have a (permanent!!!) partner who was willing to marry me, whether in the grand Plaza Hotel or a tiny chapel at City Hall.”

I think this is my favorite photo from their session. As we were getting ready to take some photos in this busy area along the water, the waves suddenly crashed right at our feet. I love these expressions on Shelby and Lawrence’s faces.

Congratulations Shelby and Lawrence!

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Rachel and Dan were married at the Temple Emanu-El in Closter, New Jersey.

The couple shared a first look in the courtyard.

Rachel shares the story of how they met, “I was having a pretty standard day at my Verizon FiOS sales job at the corporate VZ store on Rt. 4, smiling and helping customers. I was always sure to make contact with every person that walked through the door. In walked Dan, wearing his signature black hat and unusually large black Spider jacket. He had let his beard grow out this cold 2013 winter.

I approached him, “Hi there, do you have FiOS in your home yet?” The closer Dan got to me, the taller he seemed. His eyes were staring right into mine, his smile showing through his beard. “Actually no, I need to speak with you….”

We got engaged on the Eiffel Tower August 16, 2018. Following “Thank you! That’s so nice, you don’t have to” and, eventually a teary “YES,” Dan and I walked the streets of Paris in a daze of love and happiness.”

Married!

During the reception, we had some time to sneak away for some portraits since the sky had cleared.

Congratulations Rachel and Dan!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue and Caterer – Northern Valley Affairs at Temple Emanu-El, Les and Marty (shoutout to bridal attendant Andrea and all of the amazing staff)
Florist – Dalsimer Spitz & Peck (John Kiesecker)
DJ – Unique Musique (Larry & Dean)
Photo booth – Milestone Photobooths (Shayn Satten)
Hair – Erica Martinez
Makeup – Katie Hroncinch
Photography – Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Rachel and Michael were married on a beautiful September day at the Brooklake Country Club.

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Rachel shares, “One of my favorite moments of the day was the first look. It was so exciting and emotional to see Michael for the first time that day, and when I went to tap him on the shoulder I could feel the tears coming! For me, that was really the moment that kicked off the day and made everything feel so real.”

The ceremony was held outdoors under the beautiful summer sky.

Michael shares, “My favorite moment of the day was breaking the glass at the end of the ceremony. Not gonna lie, I was a bit nervous that the glass wouldn’t break, but then I heard the crack and the resounding mazel tov! I was so excited and happy to finally be married to Rachel.”

Rachel shares, “I would say our wedding style was classic and elegant. We fell in love with Brooklake Country Club as soon as we went to see the venue. The golf course setting was perfect and so picturesque for an outdoor ceremony followed by the reception in the beautiful ballroom. We chose primarily neutral colored florals in ivory and blush with pops of pink and greenery, which stood out nicely against the bridesmaids’ black dresses.”

Congratulations Rachel and Michael!

Check out photos from their engagement session here.

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue: Brooklake Country Club
Flowers: Anna Rose Floral & Event Design
Band: Jerry Kravat Entertainment
Videographer: Stoner Media Wedding Films
Hair/Makeup: Mon Sheri Beauty
Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tux: Ralph Lauren
Rings: Golda Jewelry, Ken & Dana Design
Invitation: Reed Cohen Papers & Events
Cake: La Promenade
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Megan and Jeremy just moved into a beautiful house near Barr Lake State Park. A trail circles the lake and includes scenic views of the mountains, wildlife, a small beach, and bridges, which have special meaning to Megan, because she is from Pittsburgh, a town full of beautiful bridges.

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Megan shares, “Jeremy and I met in early 2015. He was new to Colorado and had just started dating an upstairs neighbor in my apartment complex. I stole him away almost immediately, and we were inseparable as of late April. We went on our first adventure together Memorial Day weekend – camping at Colorado National Monument on the west side of the state near Grand Junction. The weather was beautiful when we left, but then it rained… and hailed, and rained some more, but we didn’t let that dampen our fun. When we were driving back to Denver at the end of the weekend, Jeremy beat me to it and said, “I love you” first. We drove through some snow flurries near Georgetown, and then proceeded to see three rainbows before getting back home. One of the best weekends ever!

Since then Jeremy and I have continued to grow both individually and as a couple, loving and supporting each other through the good and the bad, every step of the way. Never have I been more in tune with another human being in my life, let alone one that I love so deeply and unconditionally. I absolutely cannot wait for our special day – we are finally going to tie the knot at Chief Hosa Lodge in Golden, CO on September 14!”

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Happy engagement Megan and Jeremy!

Location: Barr Lake State Park
Makeup: Beauty by Liz Liz Boyle
Yellow dress: Free People

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We welcomed our second child, a sweet baby boy, this June!

August Blair was born on June 14, 2019 at 4:33pm measuring seven pounds and five ounces, and twenty and a half inches and with lots of dark hair.

We affectionately call him Augie.

Ollie is excited to be a big brother! When he met Augie for the first time we had him swaddled up and Ollie said “My baby brother doesn’t have arms.” He gave us all a good laugh!

I love baby toes! And all that hair!

We are happy to be home, healthy and full of smiles and snuggles and adjusting to life as a family of four.

Thank you to everyone who has written us such wonderful comments! I was so touched to get so many nice messages from past brides and grooms I have worked with, along with all our amazing friends and family.

Check out more photos on instagram @PhotosbyJS and my personal account @OurAdventuresBigAndSmall.

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