Spring wedding at Stony Hill Inn

Bride and groom during a reception sneak out

Amanda and Michael’s romantic spring wedding at Stony Hill Inn, was truly lovely in every way.  The day began at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights where I started with the girls and Paul with the guys.  The large windows were perfect for natural light bridal portraits, and Amanda looked so stunningly beautiful, I could have photographed her all day long…oh, wait…we did.  

The couple got married at their family church, St. Joseph Church in Bogota.  I knew the church was special to them, and decided beforehand to surprise them with a few quick romantic shots after we finished family formals.  Family formals aren’t my favorite part of the day, so a moody church shot is a nice reward for my having gotten though them!  Mag mod diffusers are such a quick and easy way to light these shots.  I pop on a grid, a CTO gel and an sphere, for soft, but focused light.  I really think they’ll treasure these forever.

It was a misty, wet, spring day and Amanda didn’t want to get the bottom of her lovely gown wet, but luckily the Stony Hill Inn  has a large patio perfect for big bridal parties.  Cocktail hour music was provided by the lovely and talented Gina Corso, on her electric violin.  Gina is a real friend we’ve been fortunate to photograph on many occasions, but it’s always really special to hear her play at weddings.  

After several hours of our couple drinking, dancing and partying, I approached Amanda one more time (cause I’m kind of ridiculously determined).  “The outside is all lit up and it’s beautiful.  Are you sure you don’t want to take a quick dip into the grass for a pretty night portrait?”  The resulting night portraits are SO beautiful.  I’m so grateful to have the trust of our clients, and so very happy to give them our absolutely best every single time.

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10 replies
  1. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    What a beautiful wedding at The Stony Hill Inn and St. Joesph’s Church! I absolutely love the bridal portraits and the wide shot of the church.

  2. Samantha Jay Photography
    Samantha Jay Photography says:

    I am obsessed with this Stony Hill Inn Bride! The necklace that drops down her back is so so cool! Gorgeous!

  3. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    Love this wedding at Stony Hill Inn!! The reception looks like such a good time. I think the bride will be so happy with those shots of her dancing on the dance floor. And the close up photos of her jewelry while she was getting readg are awesome, my fave!

  4. Ashlee
    Ashlee says:

    Your weddings always have the perfect combination of details, fun and romance! The Stony Hill Inn is stunning! I’m always swooning over your night photographs too!

  5. Amy Elizabeth
    Amy Elizabeth says:

    Loving that nighttime wedding portrait so much! New Jersey’s Stoney Hill Inn looks like such a romantic Northeast wedding venue.
    Black White and Raw Photography always brings so much life into wedding photography, and that portrait inside St. Joseph Church in Bogota is raising the bar again. Love it all!

  6. Parker
    Parker says:

    Wow, Hilton Hasbrouck Heights is gorgeous and as usual, I’m in love with your bridal portraits and detail shots! Stunning wedding photography Lori!

  7. Adrienne
    Adrienne says:

    The Stony Hill Inn looks like such a fun place for a wedding. Gorgeous photos, and I love that the bride wore red lipstick!

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