BAMBOO BROOK WEDDING - FAR HILLS NEW JERSEY (JESSICA + ADAM)

Jessica and Adam have known each other since high school days.  They both went their own separate ways since then leaving many years between ever seeing each other after high school.  Both of them had pursued their careers and dreams, had other relationships , but never quite found their soulmates.

As fate would have it, their paths crossed once again.  Their friendship picked up right where it left off and well, before long, they were dating and discovering the world and all of its beauty, but this time together.  They have so many things in common that it would have only been destiny for these two to find each other and start their forever together.  

They both love the beach, they share a love for yoga and enjoy spending as many classes together as possible.  Their dear friend and yoga teacher, Gabrielle, actually officiated their marriage which meant the world to them!  

Late last summer Adam brought Jessica out to Bamboo Brook to spend the day  together and they both immediately fell in love with the natural beauty and tranquility of this gorgeous arboretum.  They knew that this would have to be the place where they would be married.  

Their wedding day started with a first look in the gardens of Bamboo Brook.  They wanted that private moment together before the ceremony began.  Soon Jessica's dad greeted her at the entrance to their ceremony where he then presented Jessica to Adam.  It was such a beautiful moment!  They wrote their own vows and cherished every word they spoke.  Once the ceremony ended, they immediately had their first dance surrounded by all of their friends and family.  

Their portrait time was so beautiful and the weather could not have been more perfect.  One of my favorite moments during our time together was watching Jessica just freely dance and swirl around!  Definitely a few moments in time that Adam will treasure in his heart!  

Following their departure from this beautiful garden,  they were joined in Somerville, New Jersey at one of their favorite restaurants, Kyma where the festivities and the celebrating continued on.  

It was a picture perfect wedding in every way, and I was so honored to be a part of this wonderful couple's wedding.  

Photographer: deborahannphotography Florist: trfloraldesign DJ: Encore Entertainment Invitation Suite: Paperless Post Hair: Evolution the Salon Groom's Suit: Express Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero Venue: Kyma Restaurant Ceremony: Bamboo Brook Rings: Israel Rose NYC

ASBURY PARK ENGAGEMENT - ASBURY PARK NEW JERSEY (KATIE + TREY}

Katie and Trey met in 2004 while he was working as a bartender and going to college.  Katie's brother Scott, invited her to a number of dinners at the pub which Katie always agreed to go; perhaps it was to see a certain handsome bartender.

Scott soon encouraged Trey to ask his sister out for a date!  He respectfully declined stating that Katie still had her "21-year old days" ahead of her!

Years later, Katie and Trey's paths crossed again, where they instantly recognized each other and began catching up on all that they have been doing.  Months passed, and Katie and her friend decided on New Year's Eve, 2014 to drive across town and meet up with Trey, his brother and lots of friends to ring in the new year!  After a fun filled evening together, they both did not want the evening to end.  Soon after, they started dating and in less than two years time Katie agreed to spend the rest of her life with Trey!

Their engagement happened on a crisp winter night in lower Manhattan when Trey's dream came true!  They both live in Texas and coming to NYC  was a total treat for both of them.  Katie had spent her early years each summer at her grandmother's home in Bradley Beach NJ. NYC  is probably her favorite city ever so Trey knew it would be beyond special to her!

They found their way to Jane's Carousel near the Brooklyn Bridge.  Trey had lots of surprises planned for her and Katie had no idea that he was going to propose!  First, he found an anklet Katie lost months prior, and presented it as a gift.  This was only to distract her!! Once she suggested that he put it on her ankle, he dropped to one knee and presented the real surprise, an engagement ring.  The two embraced through tears of joy; he altogether forgot to ask the question.  Of course, once asked, Katie answered with a yes!

Their wedding will be in November 2017, in Tomball, Texas at La Tranquila Ranch!  And did I mention that Katie is my beautiful niece!!!  I am so excited to be the one to capture this gorgeous wedding!!  

BEAR BROOK VALLEY WEDDING - FREDON TOWNSHIP NEW JERSEY (DOMINIQUE + KEVIN)

Dominique and Kevin met six years ago on a snowy ski trip in Scranton, PA.  Both of their best friends invited them on the trip.  They somehow ended up on the ski lift totally alone, funny how that happened!!!  

These past six years have been filled with spending time enjoying each other and they always loved being at the beach or near the water.  Kevin planned a beautiful surprise engagement at a new restaurant right on the water in their favorite city, Hoboken.  Dominique was totally surprised when he dropped to one knee and asked her to be his wife!  Kevin even arranged for a drone to be present during the engagement!!  Now that is so romantic for sure!!

When it came time to start the planning of their wedding day, they both knew exactly what type of style they were looking for.  A mix of rustic charm and lots of romantic details was what they were looking to find in a venue.  They happened upon Bear Brook Valley located in Fredon Township, New Jersey when it was actually under construction.  The plans held everything that they had hoped for.  Bear Brook did not disappoint in any way!!!  It was magical.

The day started out with Dominique and her very best friends getting ready at a friend's lovely home located in Mountainside, New Jersey.  Dominique's gorgeous wedding dress was by martiana liana and the lace detail was just spectacular!   The amazing mymakeupartistvictoria did such a beautiful job on each of the girls!   The two little flower girls delighted in their important role in the wedding!  I had the best time while they just posed away!  I loved every minute of it!   Kevin was not far off at the home that he grew up in just about 2 miles away and was joined by his many handsome groomsmen.  

Soon it was time to head to  St. Vincent Martyr located in Madison, New Jersey where they would exchange their vows and become man and wife!   The most beautiful light filtered through the skylights as the ceremony commenced.  It was filled with delight and happiness! 

From there, we all travelled to Bear Brook Valley and by the time we arrived the weather was perfect.  We did have a bit of rain in the morning, but clear skies arrived just in time for the portraits and bridal party fun!! 

There are so many different scenarios when it came time to doing their portraits.  On one side, it is well manicured with a beautiful lake and pergola and on the other side of the property there is beautiful tall grasses and a lovely wooden bridge.  I just love everything about this venue!!!

The whole day was a dream come true and the dancing did not stop all night.  The wonderful band, Paris New York were amazing and kept the crowd dancing the whole night long!

It was such a fun filled and romantic wedding!

The happy couple will be spending their honeymoon in Hawaii.  Congratulations Dominique and Kevin. 

 

Photographer: deborahannphotography Florist: AW Flowers Venue: Bear Brook Valley Bride's Dress: Martina Liana Bride's Shoes:  Badgley Mischka Bridesmaid's Dresses: Revelry Groom's Suit: The Black Tux Groomsmen's Suits: The Black Tux Bakery: Palermo Bakery Wedding Rings: Casale Jewelers Bride and Bridesmaid's Hair and Makeup: My Makeup Artist Victoria Invitation Suite: Minted Videographer:  Mesh Films Band: Paris New York

RYLAND INN WEDDING - WHITEHOUSE STATION, NEW JERSEY (SUSIE + TIM)

The sun was shining so brightly on Susie and Tim's beautiful wedding day.  Tim and his best friends were gathered together at the home that he grew up in.  Many great memories surrounded them all as the wedding day started. The guys enjoyed a few beers at 9:00 a.m. (yes you can do that on your wedding day!) We spent a few hours photograghing lots of fun moments. Tim was so happy that this day had finally arrived.  

Susie and Tim never really had a "first meeting", they lived just two miles apart and were always in each other's lives.  Chance encounters at baseball games, Christmas tree farms, and church, their lives seemed destined to be intertwined.  High school sweethearts, they have always stayed close together even though they lived around the country being separated for many years. 

Twelve years later, they got engaged in January on a snow-covered road in Vermont.  After a weekend skiing at Okemo Mountain there came an overnight snowstorm which set the perfect scene for their weekend.

One thing through the years that Susie always wanted was her dream bike!  Tim decided to surprise her and make that dream come true!  He custom designed this beautiful white cruiser and then hand-built the pretty crate that sits just on the handlebars and to top it off, he burned a personal inscription in the bottom of it.  The bicycle made a very pretty presentation at the reception held at the beautiful Ryland Inn located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.

For Susie, her idea for the perfect wedding was carefully thought out and planned for a long time. She loves things that are soft, and light and airy and pays attention to details!

I arrive at The Heldrich Hotel located in New Brunswick NJ and found Susie and her best friends buzzing around with so much excitement!  The hotel was so beautiful and the room was bright and surrounded with lots of windows.  The girls were given beautiful robes and one of their very special gifts were hand-made embroidered handkerchiefs by Susie's grandmother.  That was so sweet and precious to have received something so priceless from her. 

The hours passed by so quickly while they enjoyed some champagne and got hair and makeup done for this very special day.  Susie's vision came to life through the floral designs that Tracey Reynolds of Trfloraldesign created. There were hanging floral gardens at a few tables at the venue and the tablescapes were stunning! 

It was time to leave for the church and Susie and Tim decided to do a first look in the pretty gardens at St. Francis Cathedral.  From there Tim and Susie  waited patiently for this moment to actually happen.  The ceremony was beautifully presented and they exited as husband and wife!

And now it was off to The Ryland Inn located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.  This venue had everything that Tim and Susie had wanted for their celebration.

The rest of their evening was filled with dancing and great food and most of all love!  Susie and Tim danced the whole night away enjoying every moment of their fairytale wedding day! I was so honored to be a part of this couple's gorgeous wedding. 

Congratulations Susie and Tim!  Your Ryland Inn Wedding was a dream come true! 

Photograher - deborahannphotography, Floral Design - Trfloraldesign, Invitations - Esther Clark Co., DJ - Posh Entertainment, Bridal Gown - Pronovias, Bridal Veil - Elizabeth Johns, Bridesmaids Dresses - BHLDN, Bridesmaids Robes - Plum Pretty Sugar, Bridal Makeup - Face Time Beauty, Bridal Hair - True Beauty Marks, Engagement and Wedding Rings - Tiffany & Co., Bridal Shoes - Stuart Weitzman, Grooms Suit - Suit Supply, Groomsmen's Suits - Menswarehouse, Baker - Palermo's Bakery, Vintage Furniture Rentals - Dovetail Vintage Rentals, Venue - The Ryland Inn

Isabelle Turns One (NEW JERSEY LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER)

I first met the Perrella  Family about a year and a half ago. At the time, Marianna was expecting her fourth child.  She and Chris had three little boys under the age of 4.  I immediately fell in love with the whole family, especially the cutest little boys yet.  They were so warm and huggable that they stole my heart.

Soon it was time for Isabelle to be born and they returned a few months later with this little precious newborn wrapped up tightly in pink! After three boys it is time for lots of pink!  She had the most perfect little lips and was already a big part of this family and surrounded by lots of love!

A year had come and gone when I heard from Marianna asking if I could come to their home to photograph Isabelle's one year celebration.  I was so delighted to get to see this special family again and to see Isabelle walking and quite grown up since our last time together.  It really is amazing seeing how fast they grow up.

Our session started by the pond on their grandmother's beautiful property.  We had some lovely areas to photograph the kids while they were busy playing.  My favorite was the stone wall that we were able to have some fun with.

Our time together was so much fun and it was filled with love, hugs,  and lots of bubbles! I hope you enjoy this beautiful family!

LIFESTYLE NEWBORN TWIN SESSION (ALINA + HEIDI)

When I first began my photography business I decided to become a newborn photographer and incorporate lifestyle. I was fascinated with the thought of having precious little newborns visit my studio and to dress them up and do all kinds of fun things with them.  At the time I did not realize how much work would be involved!  Getting baby to sleep is another story!  But I have to say totally rewarding on every level.

As my company grew, we expanded into the world of Wedding Photography and I totally found another one of my many passions!  I guess you could say I totally love photographing every genre out there!

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Sarah asking  me to come and photograph her newborn twins at their beautiful home. I had never had the opportunity to photograph twins before so saying I was excited is an understatement! 

Over the last few months I had made a decision  to take my newborn sessions to the homes of my clients.  I was finding it was sometimes hard for the family to get out the door so early on in their newborn's life. I am finding that my clients are very happy with this new way of doing their session.    The surroundings of their own home is such a beautiful way to capture their first photographs.

Sarah and Eric's home was so beautiful and I just love old victorian homes!  We started in the master bedroom which I feel is the best place to start.  It makes everyone sort of get comfortable with each other as we start our session. Then from there I was able to do a few details of their adorable nursery (their theme of elephants was so cute)! We actually covered almost every room  in the house to photograph the girls, who by the way were total angels the whole time. They were awake most of the session with a few little cat naps here and there. I loved when they even cried for a moment, Sarah or Eric would just draw in close and the girls would immediately stop!  

I loved that we got to enjoy their front porch swing for a few images.  At the end of our session we snuck the girls outside for a pretty family portrait under the lilac bush!  

Sarah and Eric's love was so beautiful as they cradled and embraced their princesses!  I totally love this family and hope you all enjoy a few of my favorite images!