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Mallard Island Beach Club Wedding

Mallard Island Yacht Club pier

Discount Offer!  $300 off any 2020 Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding

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There’s nothing quite like a summer Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding! One of my favorite venues for a New Jersey summer wedding, it’s a real treat to photograph.  Ashley and Evan’s wedding day was filled with such lovely summer wedding inspiration, I had to share a few. 

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Prep

Ashley was an absolutely stunning bride, flawless in her Kleinfeld gown. Her bridesmaids wore a soft grey, which was lovely with all the stone work around the venue as well as their soft, pastel bouquets.  The bridal suite at the Mallard Island Yacht Club is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen.  With plenty of space for large wedding parties to have hair and makeup done and for family to gather before or after the ceremony.  It’s filled with beautiful furniture perfect for detail shots and natural light which begs for beautiful pre-ceremony portraits.  For couples staying the night, it must be a spectacular place to wake up as a married couple.

Ceremony

There’s a beautiful little stone chapel for the wedding ceremony.  It can also be used for photos before the ceremony in case of bad weather.  One word of caution, the chapel can be a bit of a wind tunnel.  I don’t suggest complicated up-dos for women’s hair in this space.  Easy hair that won’t get completely destroyed in the wind is definitely key here!  At night, they leave candles burning in the chapel which can make for beautiful night portraits if couples can tear themselves away from their reception!

Photo Walk

There are so many beautiful spots for photo walks with the bride and groom.  For couples that want to feel their toes in the sand, there’s a little private beach beside a lawn filled with lawn games for cocktail hour as well as a pier for brides who want water in the background without getting sand on their dress.  There are so many options for photo spots, I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface in the last 3 years of shooting there.

 

 Mallard Island Yacht Club Reception

Some of the best wedding bands I’ve seen have been at the Mallard Island Yacht Club. It is one of the tougher spots to talk couple into going out for some night portraits, but SO worth it when you do!  The food is amazing, the staff is always friendly and organized, and it’s just a joy to shoot in every way.  In fact, I’d love to book a few there for summer 2020. So, I’m offering $300 off any 8 hour (or longer) package there.   Just mention “MallardIslandSummer” to take advantage of this offer!

 
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Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal

 

 

 

 

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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