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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

Heather and Matt’s Mexico Destination Wedding

Last month, Heather and Matt had a beautiful destination wedding at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa in Mexico. They had a gorgeous and sunny day for their Beach-Chic wedding – from gorgeous details to an emotional first look and one of my happiest couples ever, a highly personal ceremony to dancing all night under the stars on the beach, this destination wedding had it all! Last week I shared their trash the dress session and this week I am so excited to share their full wedding day recap of their destination wedding!

Heather and Matt were engaged Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Originally they had a long weekend in Virginia Beach planned for the holiday weekend, but Matt had hurt his back at work so a long trip wasn’t possible for him, still he promised a special weekend regardless. Matt planned a date night at Denville’s Uptown Art, which was a paint gallery. Heather was already impressed by the date and as the night went on, they shared wine and snacks and had a blast  on their date. Towards the evening’s end, the guests all went onstage with their finished masterpieces to snap a photo for the Denville’s Facebook page. Matt sneakily switched out his painting with a canvas that said, “Will You Marry Me?”, through the nerves Matt mistakenly held this crucial question upside down! As the hosts of the night desperately tried to get Matt to hold his canvas right side up, Heather noticed what was going on just at that perfect time. She had no idea that”something special” would end up being a ring! <3

I started the day with Heather and her bridesmaids, I loved photographing all of Heather’s perfectly thought out details from her pretty Enzoani wedding gown to her “something borrowed” veil borrowed from her sister and Matron of Honor, Brittany’s own wedding day. I split my time the morning of their wedding going from the ladies to the men while they were at the salon.

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

From Heather: Hardest – Deciding to go with a non-traditional destination wedding knowing we would be missing some of our closest friends and family members. Easiest – Marrying my best friend.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

“Seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day and our first dance. The ceremony can be nerve wracking and emotional. Our first dance, we got to enjoy ourselves and be in the moment, just the two of us.”

As their photographer, my favorite part of Heather and Matt’s wedding day was their ceremony. Their officiant was Heather’s younger sister (and Maid of Honor) Ashley’s boyfriend, Neal and he did such a good job coming up with the sweetest words to say. Heather and Matt also wrote their own vows and I had a hard time hiding my tears behind my camera!

Any advice for future couple’s planning?

“Although money, everyone’s opinions, and coordinating details can be stressful; focus on the real reason you are celebrating. Cherish writing your vows, enjoy picking out music, and appreciate every family member and friend that is able to attend.”

Now that they’re no longer planning a destination wedding in Mexico, they plan on looking for a house to buy next and traveling. A puppy and kids may be in the near future as well! Congratulations to Heather and Matt on your beautiful Mexico wedding, I am so excited to share these images!

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Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Wedding Dress: Bridal Garden

Wedding Dress Designer: Enzoani – Harrison

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Garden

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: W Too

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Signs, escort cards, welcome packages, tags: Meraki Graphic Design

Hair & Makeup: The Resort Spa

Videography: Adventure Photos

DJ: Visual Sound

Travel Agent: Travel Associates

Heather & Matt’s Mexico Trash the Dress Session!

Last month, I photographed Heather and Matt’s beautiful destination wedding at the absolutely stunning Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and I am so excited to share their Mexico trash the dress session! We met on the eve of their wedding to get in the water and have some fun shooting in the ocean!

I first met Heather at her sister, Brittany’s Blue Heron Pines wedding in October of 2015 and noticed how adorable her sister and new fiancé were on the dance floor, fast forward to 6 months later and these two were meeting me at Sayen Gardens for their engagement session telling me all about how they were planning a destination wedding in Mexico and wanted me to photograph it!

Matt and Heather first met in May of 2014 online. Matt was skeptical about online dating but Heather was a little more open to the process. Matt was interested in Heather’s profile; she appeared to be family oriented, fun, and her love for the Philadelphia sports teams wasn’t a deal breaker. Heather, on the other hand, was more torn about Matt being a New York football fan but it seemed to be a compromise that he was a Jet fan and not a Giant fan! Matthew’s emails to Heather were witty and down to earth so she was very intrigued by Matt and wanted to meet up. They both can agree that ever since they first met, everything has been perfect, even though that first date had the potential to be a disaster. Through the late arrivals (by an hour Matthew!), to a few wrong turns, an overlooked dinner reservation, intolerable spicy food, encounters with the police, and an accidental cell phone leave behind, there was still magic May 2, 2014. There was never a doubt in either of their minds that they were supposed to be together from that point on.

Check back later this week for more of this couple’s story and a full recap from their wedding day but in the meantime enjoy this gorgeous trash the dress session from Mexico!

xoxox