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Mary + Alex ● New Jersey Wedding Photographer (Nanina’s in the Park)

March 28, 2012

This wedding was so rich with details that I went above and beyond my normal amount of images for a blog post. When I had gone through the photos and picked out the ones I wanted to blog, I ended up with 82 images. 82! That’s how you know a wedding is GORGEOUS!

Mary and Alex were married at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, NJ, a beautiful location and a perfect backdrop for their classic, timeless wedding. Mary and her bridal party got beautified at Cutler Salon in Soho, while the fun hijinks of Alex and his crew were documented at the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel.

Mary and Alex decided to do a “first look” prior to the ceremony, and I was so happy that they did (and that they braved the cold January weather so we could go outside and use the pretty footbridge!). The day flowed very smoothly because we were able to get most family shots done before the ceremony – which meant that Mary and Alex were able to enjoy the entire cocktail hour (okay, minus the 15 minutes I kidnapped them for). If you’re considering whether or not to do a first look, this wedding is a faboo example of when it can be a great timesaver. :)

Thank you and congratulations, Mary and Alex! I had so much fun documenting your wedding and spending the day with you two. Every detail was picture perfect! (makes my job easy! haha)

A HUGE shout out to my second shooter for the day, Kate Meyer, who worked her tail off for 11 hours straight. I also had the glorious chance to work with McKenzie Miller once again (our first wedding together being last January’s wedding at reBar with Janelle + Yevgeny), who is an amazing videographer. We were able to confer and plan beforehand and because of this, even though there were 5 of us total covering photography and videography, we were all able to get the shots we needed without getting in each other’s – or the guests’ – way.


Getting ready at Cutler Salon
Bridal party getting ready at Cutler Salon
getting ready at Cutler Salon
Bridesmaids getting ready at Cutler Salon
Bride getting ready at Cutler Salon
Groomsmen having fun
Groomsmen getting ready
Groom getting ready
Wedding dress at Nanina's
Bouquet and shoes
Bride getting ready at Nanina's
Getting ready at Nanina's

And then – the first look!


First look at Nanina's
Bride and Groom first look at Nanina's
First look
Wedding Party
Ceremony at Nanina's in the Park
Wedding at Nanina's in the Park
Wedding ceremony at Nanina's in the Park
Marriage at Nanina's in the Park
Exchanging of rings at Nanina's in the Park
Ring ceremony at Nanina's in the Park
Married at Nanina's in the Park
Wedding at Nanina's in the Park
wedding at Nanina's in the Park
Wedding at Nanina's in the Park

Wedding guestbooks

Being a huge history/genealogy geek, my favorite detail of this wedding was the seating chart. Mary created a seating chart in a family tree style, using wedding photos dating back generations in both her and Alex’s families. What an amazing idea!!


Wedding family tree seating chart

First dance at Nanina's in the Park
Bride and groom dance at Nanina's in the Park
Wedding first dance

Cake cutting at Nanina's in the Park





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  1. GORGEOUS work, Laura!! A few of these gave me the chills.

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