On January 7th, I photographed my first wedding of 2023, Emily and Jason’s Madison Hotel wedding in Morristown, New Jersey. Emily and Jason had a classic vintage winter wedding that included white flowers, candles, and vintage books.
Emily and Jason actually met before they really knew one another. Emily was working at a Broadway ticketing company and Jason works at a hotel. One day she came into the hotel to drop off some chocolate as a little nudge for them to use her company. Six months later, they went on their first date on January 23, 2018 at Blue Bar in New York City where Emily almost stood Jason up (whoops!). But luckily, Jason texted her and said he was on the way, so it was too late to bail. He asked if he could buy her a drink before she got to the bar since she was running late, and the rest was history! During this date, they talked about what they do for a living and Jason said, “I remember you!” from when she dropped the chocolates off at the hotel.
Jason knew Emily was the one during their Paris trip. They went on an anniversary trip back in 2020, right before the pandemic hit. On the last night of the trip, they talked about moving in together, and that’s when he knew. Emily says that she knew Jason was the one about a year into their relationship when they attended one of Jason’s friends’ weddings. It was the first time Jason mentioned anything about them getting married, and it was just overall a really fun night.
Engaged 11/26/2021, the proposal from Emily: “I thought I knew exactly when, where, and how Jason was going to propose to me. We were celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, but we were also doing an early Christmas celebration too, with my family, since he couldn’t get more time off of work the next month. I thought it was going to be in front of the Christmas tree, opening presents with my family but it turns out, he had been planning the proposal with my family for quite some time! My Mom, sister, and my niece all scoped out potential spots for a proposal. My family hung up string lights, fake candles, signs, and everything. When my dad picked us up from the airport, I thought it was random when he mentioned my mom had gotten tickets to a “light show” that we were going to, but thought it was just one of those random things my mom does. Turns out, there weren’t enough lights for a light show, but there were enough for a sweet and intimate proposal. My family was hiding out in the bushes, waiting for when we arrived!”
Their advice for couple’s currently planning their weddings is to pick a venue that is mostly inclusive. Their venue included the food, cake, reception, ceremony, tables, chairs, linens, etc, not having to go to dozens of vendors to plan everything out has taken so much stress off of the couple, Emily says she couldn’t have imagined having to use separate vendors for everything!
On their wedding day, Jason was most looking forward to being with both of their families. Since Emily is from the South, her family hasn’t been able to interact a lot with his, so it will be nice to have them both in one place. And Emily couldn’t wait for the dancing!
Thank you Emily and Jason for choosing me to photograph your classic winter wedding at the Madison Hotel!
Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography
Venue: The Madison Hotel
Wedding Dress: Adorn Nashville – Rita Vinieris CAMILA Dress
Bride’s Shoes: loeffler randall heels for the ceremony, custom wedding converse for the reception
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Three Strands Stationery
Hair Stylist: Laura Braunstein Salon
Makeup Artist: Madison Mclain
Florist: Crest Florist
Cake: Calandra’s Bakery
Videographer: Behold Films
Officiant: Raymond Rainey
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