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Blue Heron Pines Wedding, Egg Harbor City, NJ – Christa & Perry

Last month, I photographed Christa and Perry’s gorgeous Blue Heron Pines wedding. Blue Heron Pines is another one of the venues I am a preferred vendor at and I am always so honored to photograph there!

Perry & Christa attended the same high school and were in the same graduating class. Senior year, they had several classes together. Christa remembers Perry being “too cool” to talk to her in high school. Perry says in their A&P class, Christa sat in front of him and wouldn’t even turn around to talk to him and hand him papers. It wasn’t until a few years after high school when Perry and Christa finally started talking. Since they knew a lot of the same people and had a few mutual friends, they ran into each other one night at a local bar in Galloway & started talking. The same night, Perry wrote on Christa’s Facebook wall, in what he thought was the coolest way to do so, his phone number with the caption “use it.” For some reason, still unknown to this day, Christa “used it” and the rest is history.

Six years after they began dating, Perry proposed on a cool spring day. Christa and Perry went hiking in Asheville, North Carolina as hiking is one of Perry and Christa’s favorite things to do together. Perry loves exploring and forced Christa, which was more difficult than expected, to go down into the cold stream and stand right in front of a beautiful waterfall for their usual “selfie”. Two of Christa and Perry’s good friends were actually standing by with cameras ready to capture the proposal! Perry got down on one knee and Christa said “YES”! Christa thought that was the end of the surprise, but was shocked when she walked into their home and a whole party was set up with her family, friends and lots of champagne!

Our couples favorite moment from their Blue Heron Pines wedding? Seeing one another for the first time as Christa walked down the aisle. As their photographer, my favorite moment was when they sneaked out with me during golden hour for a few sunset shots, we had the perfect sun for it!

Planning their Blue Heron Pines wedding was tough for these two, they did everything out of state as they currently live in North Carolina. But now that the stress of planning their Blue Heron Pines wedding is over and that they have finished honeymooning in St. Lucia, these two are looking forward to continuing their travels and eventually starting a family.

Thank you to Christa and Perry for allowing me to photograph your gorgeous Blue Heron Pines wedding! Scroll through to view my favorites from their day.

Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Matthew Rhein

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Blue Heron Pines

Wedding Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Tafetta Design

Florist: Pocket Full of Posies

Invitations: Magnet Street

Cake: Simply Sweet Cupcakes

DJ & Violinist: Kenny i Entertainment

Videography: DMart Films

Windrift Hotel Wedding, Avalon NJ – Brenda & Robert

Last May, I captured Brenda and Robert’s Windrift Hotel wedding in Avalon, New Jersey. I absolutely love photographing at the Windrift Hotel, not only am I a preferred vendor there but their ballroom is one of my favorites! Brenda and Robert planned a gorgeous elegant beach theme for their wedding day and even though Avalon, NJ had a nor’easter that day, their theme was evident in all their details!

Rob and Brenda met in a health policy class at the Harvard Kennedy School in Fall of 2012. During the second week of school, Brenda’s friend Bernie pointed Rob out to her by sending a text message during class that said, “What about that guy in the 2nd row named Rob?” As the story goes, Brenda looked over at him and his baby face, and typed back, “Bernie! NO! He is 12 years old!” Bren and Rob did eventually get to know each other and shared their first kiss at a Halloween party that fall. Neither of them thought too much of it at first, it turns out Rob “wasn’t looking for anything serious” and Brenda had just met someone else in New York.

As the semester went on, they remained casual friends and took another class together in the Spring. They each had some unresolved feelings for the other, but didn’t know it. At the end of the school year, Brenda presented Rob with a little gift, she gave him a small rubber duck dressed as a doctor. It turns out, Brenda remembered that he had a collection of them in his bathroom and thought it would be a funny little send-off gift as he headed back to North Carolina for his final year of medical school.

A few weeks later, Rob texted saying that he missed her. Brenda wrote back and said that she missed him too. Rob flew to New York City shortly after and they have been together ever since!

Their first date was in Philadelphia at Mercato, a rustic Italian restaurant in Center City. Rob loved it so much that he decided to later propose over their meatballs on February 11, 2015. He hid one of his friends to take pictures, and the whole staff was in on it. Brenda was very surprised and very happy!

 

Brenda and Robert’s most memorable moment of their Windrift Hotel wedding was their ceremony. Their officiant, Matt, is a dear friend of theirs. His words were sweet, smart, and funny. Our couple loved being surrounded by their closest friends and family to exchange vows. One of Brenda’s bridesmaids is also a professional violinist and played while Brenda’s father walked her down the aisle.

My favorite moment of Brenda and Robert’s Windrift Hotel wedding was when they announced the gender of their baby. They set up two baskets where their guests could guess boy or girl (I guessed girl!) and halfway through the evening, they had both their mother’s open up an envelope. It was an amazing moment to capture – IT’S A BOY!

Any advice for future couple’s planning?

Wedding planning can be crazy, but it’s important to remember the day is a celebration of you as a couple. Our advice is keep it simple and authentic to you.

Now that these two have finished planning their wedding, Brenda an urgent care pediatrician at CHOP and Rob, a resident at UPenn in general surgery are looking forward to expanding their family when their baby boy arrives this August (who I cannot wait to meet!). Due to Brenda’s pregnancy, no honeymoon immediately after the wedding, but they plan to vacation in the Cayman Islands in December, one of their favorite destinations!

Thank you to Brenda and Rob for allowing me to photograph your day, despite the rain, we captured so many images I love, scroll through to view my favorites from their Windrift Hotel wedding!

  

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

  

 

 

     

 

 

  

 

Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Josh DeHonney

Wedding Dress Store: Lovely Bride

Wedding Dress Designer: Thiea

Bridesmaid Dresses: Vow to be Chic

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Escape Beauty Boutique

Florist: Affairs to be Remembered

Cupcakes: The Bake Works

DJ: Over-the-Top

Jenna & Mike’s Spring Skyview Golf Club Wedding

In May, I photographed Jenna and Mike’s beautiful Skyview Golf Club wedding in Sparta, New Jersey. Jenna and Mike had a purple color scheme for their day and Jenna described the style of the wedding as a Spring botanical vibe, I loved the flowers she chose as well as all her well thought out details throughout the day that showcased this look! Scroll through to hear all about Mike and Jenna and to see my favorite photographs from their Skyview Golf Club wedding!

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Jenna, an instructional designer and Mike, an NYPD detective met online and had their first date at the Cheesecake Factory. Mike proposed on Christmas Eve in 2015 in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, Jenna never expected Mike to propose in such a public way, so she was pretty shocked and surprised when it happened!

On the morning of their wedding day, I met Jenna in the brand new bridal suite at the Skyview Golf Club. Hair and makeup were nearly finished and she was so excited to see Mike for the first look. Jenna designed all the invitations, escort cards, signs and menu’s for their wedding day and I loved how everything tied unto her purple botanic theme for the day, I also loved the font she chose!

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Once time for the first look, myself and my second photographer brought an excited Mike outside. I LOVED Mike’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time on the wedding day, definitely one of my most favorite first looks ever! After the first look was complete, we used every inch of the Skyview Golf Club for couple and bridal party photos. I love that Skyview has an old rustic barn on the property that is the perfect backdrop for photos – it’s perfect for the rustic bride looking for a barn for her photos!

One of my favorite details of Jenna and Mike’s day was that they chose Mike’s brother to be the officiant of their sweet ceremony Skyview Golf Club Wedding overlooking the golf course. Once the ceremony was complete, we were fortunate enough to steal these two one last time before the reception began and I am so glad we did because the light on this golf course right before sunset is perfect!

What was the hardest part of wedding planning? What was the easiest?

From Jenna: “The hardest part of wedding planning for me was all of the smaller details, like the reception decor and picking out the music. Making decisions about the bigger, more expensive items was actually the easiest part.”

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When I asked Jenna what her favorite memory of their wedding day was, she said it was absolutely their first dance! “I have so many wonderful memories, but my favorite is the first dance, which is surprising because I was really nervous about it! Mike and I were really focused on each other, really in the moment, like time stopped for just a few minutes. It was the only time that day when it felt like it was just the two of us in the room.”

Any advice for future couple’s planning?

“If you can, take your time. Mike and I planned our wedding for a year and a half, so we got a ton of stuff done early and had time to save. Being able to pace ourselves really helped us keep our sanity.”

Now that these two are married and back from their Aruba honeymoon, they plan on buying a home and Jenna hopes to add another puppy to the two they already have. They also hope to have children and to continue traveling as a married couple.

Thank you to Jenna and Mike for allowing me to capture your gorgeous Skyview Golf Club wedding! Scroll through to view more of my favorites from their gorgeous day <3

 

 

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Contributing Vendors

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Alex Peterson

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Skyview Golf Club

Wedding Dress: i do… i do…

Wedding Dress Designer: Essense of Australia

Bridesmaid Dresses: WToo

Hair & Makeup: Beauty and the Blush

FloristLouisa Amabile Testa LLC

Invitations: Papel Creations

Cake: A Little Cake

DJ: Gemini Productions

Angela & Marc’s Normandy Farm Wedding

Last April, I photographed Angela and Marc’s Normandy Farms wedding in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Angela and Marc had a rustic affair with hints of wood, wine and whiskey. These two had a beautiful Summer-like Spring Day and we were even lucky enough to capture some cherry blossom trees before they were gone for the season!

I started the day in one of the hotel rooms with Angela and her mother and bridesmaids. Some of my favorite moments during this time was capturing Angela’s pretty details (I loved Marc’s wood wedding band!), the bridesmaids reaction to seeing Angela fully dressed in her gorgeous Oleg Cassini wedding dress and when an emotional Angela read her card from Marc. And the tears didn’t stop when we did a first look with her Dad!

Once time for the first look, both Angela and Marc were emotional again and I loved capturing it! We did the first look underneath the cherry blossom trees and walked all over Normandy Farms finding the best spots to shoot them. I loved the way Marc looked at his beautiful bride.

Their ceremony was perfect and also Angela and Marc’s favorite part of their Normandy Farms wedding day. It was highly personalized by their sweet officiant, Rev. Kent, our couple had a sand unity ceremony and pout notes in a wine box that they plan on reading to each other on their one year anniversary. And at the end of the ceremony, right before they officially kissed, a bee flew into Angela’s veil and her Maid of Honor and officiant worked together to get it out!

One of my favorite reception details were their favors! Angela and Marc chose little bottles of Jack Daniels with one of their engagement photos on the label, I have never seen my photographs on a liquor bottle before and I thought it was so cute! Another detail I loved is that Angela, a school teacher had her students provide marriage advice that they had at their ceremony, her students said such adorable things like “don’t be mean to each other”, it was such a cute way to involve her students!

Their reception was so fun! I loved the rustic back drop that Normandy Farms Silos Ballroom served for their day. One of my favorite moments was when each Angela and Marc danced with their grandparents after their parent dances. There was not a dry eye in the ballroom for that moment!

Any advice for future couple’s planning?

From Angela: “Enjoy the planning process. It may feel hectic, but don’t sweat the small stuff and keep in mind what the day is truly about. Also, for us, we are so happy we spent a little more on the photography and reverend. They are crucial parts of the day and provide memories we will have forever.”

Angela and Marc honeymooned in Cape May, New Jersey, their dreams for the future include starting a family, advancing in their careers, and traveling.

Thank you for choosing me to photograph your gorgeous and rustic Normandy Farms wedding! xoxox

 

  

    

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Contributing Vendors:
Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Josh Dehonney

Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini by David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Reception: Normandy Farms, Silos Ballroom Blue Bell, PA

Hair & Makeup: Brittany Spaulding and Jason Osborne

Florist: Flowers by Marie

DJ: Sound Sensations DJ

Officiant: Ceremony Heaven – Reverend Kent Foster

 

Andrew & Randy’s New Jersey LGBT Wedding

On March 26, 2017, I photographed Andrew and Randy’s beautiful and joyful New Jersey LGBT wedding at David’s Country Inn in Hackettstown.

I absolutely adored spending my morning with two. When I asked them what their favorite memory of the day was? Andrew said, “We chose to help each other get ready and that was so fun and romantic.” I loved shooting this portion of the day as well and agree it was so romantic capturing these two helping each other with their ties, shirt buttons and jackets. These two shared plenty of laughs and it was a perfect way to start their day!

One of my favorite details of the day is that Andrew, a graphic designer designed all the invitations, menu’s, logos, etc! Their beloved pugs appeared throughout their wedding on everything from their escort cards, the card box and their cake topper. I loved this personal touch!

Before the ceremony, we photographed Andrew and Randy with their bridal party, both best men were their brothers and with their family. This group was so happy and excited and I loved seeing how close these two were to their family’s.

The ceremony was just as unique as our couple! They had the chairs in a circle and they both walked in from opposites sides of the room and met in the middle. There were a ton of tears, sweet words and laughs as these two exchanged rings and vows.

Their reception was modern with a rustic touch. I loved the floral centerpieces on their tables as well as the pug cake toppers they chose for their gorgeous Palermo Bakery cake! Their reception was filled with a romantic first dance, hilarious speeches by the brothers and a lively dance floor.

Advice for future couples:

Don’t stress over everything, it’s not worth it. It will always work out in the end.

Now that they’re married, they hope to start traveling more and really enjoy those moments as a married couple. Andrew and Randy will be honeymooning in Prague this Fall!

Thank you to Andrew and Randy for allowing me to capture this wonderful day, I am honored we share the same anniversary! Scroll through to view more from this beautiful New Jersey LGBT Wedding! <3

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

     

  

  

 

 

Chris & Jamie’s Nassau Inn Princeton Wedding

Chris and Jamie’s Nassau Inn Princeton wedding was a gorgeous Winter wedding this past February. I love the Nassau Inn, not only is it in the most picturesque town of Princeton but it is oozing with history!

I started the day with Jamie and her bridesmaids in a suite at the Nassau Inn. Jamie, a super creative bride set up all her details for me to photograph so perfectly! I loved everything she had from her shoes to her gorgeous fur wrap. Jamie was a beautiful and happy bride and giggled all afternoon – I loved capturing her expressions opening up her wedding day present from Chris to putting on her perfume, this bride was so expressive and stunning!

I adored their first look. Chris, an Airman wore his Air Force dress suit and was such a handsome groom. I loved capturing these two seeing each other for the first time and giggled behind my lens as they each did a twirl to show off their wedding day attire!

Once finished with the first look, we continued with photos at the Nassau Inn, I adored the red bouquets and gold sparkly dresses Jamie let her bridesmaids choose! Once finished at the Inn, we headed to Princeton University for more bridal party and couple photos. Jamie’s bridesmaids all had adorable mittens to stay warm, it snowed quite heavily a few days before their wedding, so they came in handy <3

Their ceremony was perfect. Their officiant was a friend and the ceremony included sweet readings by friends and Jamie’s grandmother as well as a hand tying ceremony. When the officiant asked for the rings, he had forgotten that they were still tied, I love it when funny and sweet things like this occur at weddings, it makes them so much more memorable!

Once the ceremony was complete, it was time for the party and an outfit change for Chris! I loved capturing all these amazing moments from their reception and am so excited to share!

Congratulations to Jamie and Chris, especially on Baby Smith who is due to arrive in November!!! <3

Scroll through to view more of my favorites from this beautiful winter wedding in Princeton, New Jersey!

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location: Nassau Inn

Formal Photo Location: Princeton University

Wedding Dress: Angel Bridal of Haddonfield

DJ: Time Productions DJ’s

Christine & Jeff’s Clark’s Landing Wedding

Last Fall, on a chilly day, I photographed Christine and Jeff’s Clark’s Landing Wedding. Clarks Landing is located in Delran, New Jersey and is a beautiful venue on the river. This venue is incredibly local to me and I love shooting here!

I started the day at Christine’s mother’s house. The girls were having final touches of hair and makeup by BelViso Hair & Makeup. The mood was happy, lots of laughs while the girls sipped mimosas and got ready for the day. I absolutely loved Christine’s dress, the details on her dress were stunning and I loved photographing her in it!

While I photographing Christine, my second shooter Christy was with the guys at their home. I loved all these shots Christy captured of Jeff getting ready, he was such a handsome groom!!

Once at Clarks Landing, we had their sweet first look and then used the grounds for couple photos and bridal photos. I loved that Christine and Jeff were adventurous and willing to go down to the docks for photos!

Christine and Jeff had their ceremony outdoors at Clarks Landing – in the dark! It was actually so dark that their best man had to shine a light over the officiant’s shoulder so she could read her words! It was definitely a hilarious moment and something this couple will always laugh about!

Once the ceremony was complete, it was time for their fun reception! The party started off with a sweet first dance followed by Christine dancing with with her brother and two favorite uncles. Their gorgeous cake by DiBartolo Bakery was one of my favorite details of theirs to photograph, especially since their mini Yorkie was included in the cake topper! The sweet speeches were filled with tons of lots of laughs and finally a nonstop dance floor. I am so happy to share this wedding!

Scroll through to view my favorites from this gorgeous winter Clarks Landing wedding!

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Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Christy Nicole

Reception Venue: Clarks Landing

Wedding Dress: Irma’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Country Way Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: BelViso Makeup & Hair

Florist: Alisha Simone – Elegant Event Flowers

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Cake: DiBartolo Bakery

DJ: Versatile Event Designs

Videographer: Alliance Video Productions

Officiant: Journey’s of the Heart

Nicole & Brad’s Hotel Monaco Wedding

Nicole and Brad’s Hotel Monaco Wedding in Philadelphia was one of the most prettiest weddings I photographed last year. Between the stunning getting ready and reception location of Hotel Monaco and a gorgeous bride in a long sleeved lace dress, this timeless wedding was one for the books!

I started the day with Nicole and her bridesmaids in a suite at Hotel Monaco. I had so much fun capturing the final touches of hair and makeup with Nicole, champagne toasts and laughing with her while it took 5 people to button up the back and the sleeves of her long sleeved lace dress. One of my favorite moments was when Nicole had a fun first look with her bridesmaids, their reactions to seeing her complete in her dress was priceless!

Once Nicole was dressed, it was time for their romantic first look on the roof top of Hotel Monaco. These two were all smiles as they finally saw one another. After a few emotional moments, we used every inch of the roof top for photos before heading to the street to hop in their trolley.

After the first look was complete, we boarded the trolley and headed to Fairmount Park for bridal party and more couple photos. These two were so easy to photograph and I absolutely loved the pink of the bridesmaid dresses next to the black tie look of the groomsmen.

Nicole and Brad’s ceremony was at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia and was a sweet  and traditional ceremony. These two were once again all smiles throughout. At the end of the ceremony, the newlyweds did a sweet exit, only to both trip (they didn’t actually fall!) on the way out. Another fun and funny moment on Nicole and Brad’s wedding day!

After the ceremony was complete, we made a mad dash to Broad Street for the iconic City Hall photos. Our trolley had broken down (!) during the ceremony, so we quickly called an Uber and even though we sat in traffic for quite a bit, we made it before the sun officially set! I am glad we did and quite a story to remember from their wedding day <3

Nicole & Brad’s reception was beautiful! I absolutely loved their floral centerpieces and their favors of wine homemade by Nicole’s father was such a sweet gesture. Our couple did not leave the dance floor as Nicole showed off her dance moves all night! But before the night ended, I was able to sneak these two away for a few romantic night shots outside the hotel.

Thank you to Nicole and Brad for allowing me to photograph your classic Philadelphia Hotel Monaco wedding! xoxo

Scroll through to view my favorites from their day!

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

 

   

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Rachelle & Tim’s Avalon Yacht Club Wedding

I am so excited to share this beautiful Avalon Yacht Club wedding on this cold and snowy March day! Last October, I photographed Rachelle and Tim’s wedding and it was on a perfect Fall October day.

I started the day at a rental home in Avalon with Rachelle and her family. The ladies were having final touches on hair and makeup by Deneen Jensen and Associates while I photographed Rachelle’s details. The house they rented had the perfect amount of natural light and her details were so pretty! My favorite part of bride prep was the first look Rachelle shared with her father, I was an emotional mess photographing his reaction behind my camera!

Once time for the first look, my second shooter, Josh and I set Tim up on the beach and let Rachelle join him. It was a super sweet moment and I am always thankful when my couples brave the wind and sand for beach photos on their wedding day! 🙂

After formal photos on the beach, we arrived at Avalon Yacht club for their outdoor ceremony. The location at the Yacht Club for the ceremony was perfect, I loved photographing their sweet ceremony right next to the water.