We headed back to one of our favorite New Jersey Wedding Venues, the Park Chateau in New Brunswick, NJ for Gabriella and Brett’s wedding. Shot back in 2018, we’re just getting around to blogging these wonderful images!
The day started with Kathryn and her bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done in one of the suites within the Marriott Syracuse Downtown and Justin and his groomsmen in another. If you’ve ever been part of a wedding bridal party, you know how quickly a large space can feel crowded when there are a bunch of people getting dressed – so once Justin was on his way to the church, we had Kathryn move to his suite to finish. Her sisters and mother helped her into her gorgeous Monique Lhuiller dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. She finished her look with some stunning diamond earrings and bracelet.
It was then time to see her girls and her Dad, both an emotional moment that ended in lots of happy tears! Quick shout out to Kathryn’s makeup and hair team, Francesca Roman and Stacey Guerra, they did a phenomenal job! She looked radiant and we were able to really capture her beauty with the help of her hair and makeup team!
The church where Kathryn and Justin made their promises to one another was held at Our Lady of Pompei Church, the church Kathryn has been going to since she was a child. After a beautiful homily by their priest, Kathryn and Justin recited their vows and were pronounced husband and wife. Kathryn and Justin opted for a receiving line to thank all their guests for coming and followed it up with a special bubble exit – one of our favorite things to photograph! It’s such a great photo op!
We then headed to Upper Onondaga Park for formal photographs. Quick note about the park – this was the location Kathryn’s parents took their wedding photos when they got married! It was really special to her to take her photos here and as you’ll see, we were happy to do so because it was beautiful! After photographing there for an hour, we headed back to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for their wedding reception and cocktail hour.
The details of their wedding were fabulous! Upon entering the main reception room floor, you were greeted with a huge floral wall and your place cards. The reception room was nothing short of spectacular – this grand room with high ceilings, chandeliers, and a balcony that made a great place to capture many of the events happening that night. The floral arrangements done by Backyard Garden Florist added the perfect touch to complete Kathryn’s dream wedding. 45Riots lived up to their reputation and kept the dance floor packed all night! Another special shout out to Pam and MaryRose of Pamela Beth Weddings who helped keep everything running smoothly – without them we wouldn’t have had such a successful weekend!
Kathryn and Justin, you were a pleasure to work with since the moment you reached out to us over a year ago! We enjoyed every minute of your wedding weekend and we’re so thankful you chose us to be part of it!
We headed to Syracuse, NY for Kathryn and Justin’s wedding weekend and the first event we photographed and filmed was her rehearsal dinner and welcome party at Skaneateles Country Club. The day started with gorgeous weather but shortly after the event started, a rogue storm rolled in. It wasn’t long though that the storm passed us and left us with the most beautiful, dramatic sky! We quickly took Justin and Kathryn out to the docks to shoot some portraits. After some dancing and entertainment, we capped the night off with a fireworks display over the Skaneateles Country Club. What a way to start the weekend!! Wedding photos and film coming soon!
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That was us and blogging. For some reason it just doesn’t come easy for us! There’s just so many other things to do that it’s easy to neglect this part of the business. BUT, starting today, we’ve subscribed to Narrative, a blogging tool that will hopefully get us to do more of these posts! So here’s our first one in a loooooong time and it brings us back to the gorgeous wedding of Becca & Paul’s from the Lakehouse Inn.
Have you ever seen the real life Ken & Barbie? Well look no further than our stunning bride and handsome groom Christina & Nick! When they were deciding on their Tribeca Rooftop Wedding Photographer, they knew they wanted someone to help them remember their Tribeca Rooftop wedding, but they also wanted that photographer to capture the way they felt. We were honored they chose us! When we first met Christina & Nick we were heading into the Central Park Conservatory for their engagement session. Six months later and it was time to capture their wedding day at the Tribeca Rooftop.
The day started at The Dominick Hotel where both Christina and Nick got dressed and ready for their big day. After getting into her Christos gown, Christina had a tender moment with her dad. We love these moments where Dad sees his daughter for the first time! Nick wore a custom My Suit suit, monogrammed with his initials on the inside. They exchanged cards and gifts, a Rolex for Nick, a bracelet and new golf shoes for Christina (she comes from a family of amazing golfers, including herself!).
Then it was off to their ceremony which took place at the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the corner of Mott St and Prince St. This church has so much history and the interior was breathtaking! Nick and Christina said their vows and were announced husband and wife!
We jumped in our cars and headed to the Tribeca Rooftop where the rest of the night would play out. We took advantage of the cobblestone streets outside Tribeca Rooftop and the surrounding areas – the perfect location for portraits! Because it was raining, most of the cocktail hour was spent indoors but luckily the rain let up towards the end and Christina, Nick, and her guests were able to enjoy the roof deck and awesome views of Manhattan.
The reception was filled with laughs, happy crying, dancing, and memories they will cherish forever. Christina and Nick, thank you so much for choosing Michael Justin Studios to be your Tribeca Rooftop Wedding Photographer – we wish you many years of happiness!
We just got back home from our wedding at Tribeca Rooftop with Christina and Nick but before we could go to sleep, we had to look through a few of the images that we captured today. We are so excited to start editing all the amazing moments! Christina and Nick, you guys were a dream to work with and we hope you’re still partying hard on that dance floor!
This Bridgeview Yacht Club Wedding was one of those picture perfect events – a gorgeous bride, a handsome groom, a fun bridal party, and family members who were kind to us at every opportunity. The crew was lead by Mike Ngo and Donnell Culver with additional camera work by Mike Giardino and Ishan Upadhyay.
Daniel and Karen have a unique love story – they met at a 4th of July Party 7 years ago, although they grew up just around the corner from one another their whole lives. Karen actually had no plans for the evening and was at the beach when she saw a friend who she hadn’t seen in awhile. He invited Karen to a party at his house that night. It was a last minute invite but because she didn’t have any other plans, she decided to go. Turned out Dan was invited to the party pretty last minute as well.
The party was a themed party where you were supposed to dress up as your dream job. Because she was invited so last minute, Karen didn’t show up in a costume. And since she didn’t know many people at the party, Karen almost left…until Dan walked in. He immediately got her attention. In fact, she made the first move. “So what are you supposed to be?” she asked. It wasn’t her best work but it got them talking. They ended up talking the rest of the night and bonded over the fact that they both thought the 4th of July was the best holiday.
Over the 7 years that they have been together, they’ve fallen in love with each other in many different ways. When they are apart from one another, they miss sharing experiences, whether good or bad, and telling the other about it.
Their Bridgeview Yacht Club Wedding was a perfect location for the couple – both really into boating and the water, they were able to keep a nautical theme throughout their day.
What was your favorite memory from your wedding?
Saying our vows and the first dance were both very special moments for me. I also enjoyed towards the middle of the night when we got pulled away for photos. At first I didn’t want to leave the room but it was really nice just having a moment of silence with Dan and being able to really take in the events of the day.
Your dress was GORGEOUS. Tell us about it and why you picked it!
I was looking for a lace gown with a low back. I loved how simple yet classic it was.
Did you have a theme to your wedding? If so, tell us about it!
We had a nautical theme. Dan and I have a sailboat that we restored together and it’s a big part of our relationship. Our wedding was at the Bridgeview Yacht Club right on the water. Dan actually made the trip over from Connecticut to the wedding venue on Long Island a few days before the wedding.
We bet your groom never looked so good! Tell us about his outfit.
Dan got his outfit for the wedding from Men’s Wearhouse. He wanted something practical that he and his groomsmen would be able to wear again so he went with a nice gray suit. He looked great as always.
Describe your day in 1 word
You’ve now been through the ups and downs of a wedding – any advice for other brides and grooms?
Don’t stress the small stuff. The small details may seem like such a big deal in the moment but you realize on the day of how little that stuff really matters. When it comes to the photos have as detailed of a plan as possible so you don’t have to worry about it the day of. Michael Justin’s team was great at staying on schedule and making sure all the photos I wanted were taken.