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Gramercy Mansion Wedding – Michelle & Rob

The Gramercy Mansion in Baltimore, MD, has for a long time been one of my favorite venues to photograph at. The grounds are sculpted but not in a way that looks cookie cutter and staged, and every time I’m there I continue to find new photo opportunities to be had.

Having great couples to work with only makes the experience that much better, and not only do Michelle and Rob have a fantastic sense of humor, they were very much into photos, and put a lot of faith in my vision for shots.

Theirs was a full-on military wedding, and Michelle is now officially an Army Wife! It’s been a while since I’ve shot the dress blues, and I fully enjoyed what was actually my first Saber arch, Saber champagne pop, and cake cutting. So photo set full of Saber overkill, here we go!

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Big thanks to Jim Heine for doing an awesome job second shooting and covering the guys getting ready!

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Michelle and Rob, thanks for making me laugh and serving me such delicious food! Since you asked, I’d rate it in the top 10 guest meals I’ve had in over 100 weddings… you’ll have to provide me with the name of your caterer so I can recommend them to future Gramercy brides… for my own selfish reasons of course…

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Curtis Hotel Denver Wedding – Tracie & Steve

Tracie and Steve are good friends with one of our absolute favorite past couples, so we had high expectations for their wedding, and anticipated a high-energy reception!

Ironically, in all the years we lived in Denver, it is just as we are about to make the move to New Jersey that we had our first opportunity to shoot at the Curtis Hotel. The venue offers a super-fun and very colorful atmosphere, and is located just a short walk from some popular, and equally colorful photo-op spots!

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This rooftop ceremony was simply gorgeous, and the late afternoon light even added a little flare!

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I have told clients again and again, a little uplighting can go a long way to add interest to an otherwise simple reception space, and in the case of Steve and Tracie's wedding, that was an understatement!

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Thanks Tracie and Steve! You guys rock!

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National Park Wedding Photographer – Jackie & Mike

There are some clients who just make you smile from the moment you first meet them. There are some clients whose quirky sense of humor is completely in line with yours. And there are some clients who become more than just clients. Jackie and Mike are EVERYTHING on this list. Sean does not shoot engagement sessions with me, but I remember telling him before arriving at their wedding, that if we had to spend our 5-year-wedding anniversary shooting someone’s wedding, this was the couple to share it with. He was a bit skeptical about how “fun they could actually be” until he met them for himself and immediately knew what I was talking about.

Jackie’s laugh is contagious, Mike’s expressions are priceless, and neither of them are afraid to just be themselves, regardless of how formal the environment. I literally can’t say enough good things about them, or their Black Canyon Inn/Twin Owls Steakhouse wedding this past Friday… but since a picture is worth a thousand words…

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Sean’s only regret on our wedding day five years ago, was that he never did get to taste our actual wedding cake. He carried a slice of it around for a full 45 minutes while he mingled with his guests, before finally putting it down and completely forgetting about it. For our first-year anniversary, he attempted to buy us a new cake to finally complete that missed portion of our celebration… but it tasted awful. Jackie and Mike were amazing, and had their MC announce that they were sharing their special day with their photographers, and promptly smashed more cake in Sean’s face than I have EVER seen on one person’s face in the history of shooting weddings. I laughed SO freakin’ hard, I may or may not have peed my pants just a little.

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Jackie and Mike, thanks so much for choosing us to photograph your amazing day! I'm excited we'll be sharing an anniversary for many many more years to come! :)

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New Jersey Vietnamese Wedding Photographer – Mandy & Tri

I remember my first traditional Asian wedding… there were things I loved - like the colors, dress and organic ceremonies - and things I really thought I would hate - like door pictures and table toasts at the reception (don't shoot me for saying so just yet!). It’s funny how after having the pleasure of photographing just a few of these unique weddings, not only do I still love the things I knew I would from the start… I now use door pictures to try my tongue at my two whole words of Vietnamese, and I freakin’ LIVE for those table toast shots!

Having a great couple like Mandy and Tri to photograph make things all that much more fun as well. They were so welcoming, accommodating, up for anything, and totally shared in our silly sense of humor. We loved every minute of working with these two, and are so grateful they chose us to share such an amazing 15 hours with them!

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Now you get to see what I mean about the toast shots!

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Congratulations you two! :)

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Southern New Jersey Wedding Photographer

They say, “Home is where the heart is,” and my heart will be with Sean, Austin (our two-year-old), and our future son... no matter where in the world life takes us.

As many of you know, I have roots in the Northeast, having grown up in the Philadelphia suburbs, living in New York for about seven years, then moving over to Northeast Pennsylvania, and finally to Colorado in 2011. Colorado is the most beautiful and friendly place I’ve ever lived, but I miss the other pieces of my heart… my family.

Since leaving the Northeast, I have missed so much. This year that list includes the last Christmas I would have ever had with my beloved brother who passed away in a tragic accident this past April. It was the first Christmas he'd been to in over a decade. The emotional impact of his loss has opened my eyes to the truly finite amount of time we have with the people we love on this earth, and it’s time to start making the most of whatever we can get.

Sean is an amazing husband, who sympathizes with my feelings and has facilitated a move to Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is as close as we could get to my family in the Philadelphia Suburbs. In the same way I sacrificed for him when we moved to Colorado in this POST, years later he is doing the same for me. I’m honored to be an example of the give and take that a good marriage should be.

As of now, my plan is to fulfill any existing wedding obligations here in Colorado, but we will no longer be booking in this area.  Our service areas will now include; the entire state of New Jersey, Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, New York City, Baltimore, D.C., Northern Delaware and Eastern Maryland. Our plans to scale back the business are also still in effect, so we will be taking only a small number of select clients from these areas moving forward in order to facilitate re-building old relationships and making new memories.

We have spent the last six years being part of and documenting other people’s most momentous occasions in life… it’s time to start taking some time away to celebrate our own. So South Jersey, here we come!

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Day in the Life Photos by Jim Heine Photography

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