Gramercy at Lakeside Manor Wedding Photographers: Gisella & Steven

Vibrant sparklers, romantic candle light, a classic church ceremony and an adorable, authentic couple who just shared the best day of their lives (so far)…

Gisella shared, “Rhinehart photography came highly recommended by close friends and family . We loved their style of photography. They were very relaxed and accommodating. The photographers were both attentive to our needs.  We’re hoping to see a lot of candid shots that captured the moments of our special day.”

It was great to see so may familiar friends, family and guests in attendance at this wedding!  More on that later, but I’ll start with a more stylized shot showing them at Our Lady of Fatima in Newark, New Jersey.

A classic portrait of this stunning bride…

Getting a little deep with this one– how time passes!  Here Gisella prepares for her wedding day in her mother’s bedroom.  You can see her parents wedding portrait in the foreground, Gisella in the center of the frame on her flower girl reflected in the side mirror.

It rained the morning of her wedding, everyone said it was good luck…

I loved the color and lace detailing of the girls dresses, that tree perfectly matched them!

The flower girls looking out the window waiting for Gisella…

Steven’s turn in the spot light 🙂

His mama…

Family traveled from far and wide to be there– Portugal, Brazil and so many other places… here they travel smartly, umbrellas in hand 🙂

Keeping dry and looking handsome…

Catching a ride to the church…

When I arrived, I was thrilled to see Sofia and Paulo’s son, walking around the church.  I had photographed their wedding and engagement several years ago!  I caught this reflection of him…

He was the ring bearer and presented the rings to his uncle Steven with a smile…

I wanted to show the tiny girls, the beautiful church and the guests reactions to them in this shot…

Gisella’s parents look so proud:

Steven shared, “When I first saw her on our wedding day, I couldn’t believe that I was lucky enough to be marrying my perfect woman.”

Steven wipes a tear away as he watches his bride approach:

A kiss to her father…

The moment he “gives her away”– her father’s expression is priceless…

Gisella laughed, “The first thing I thought when I saw him on my wedding day was , HOT DAMN . HE LOOKS GOOD, haha!”

She added, “But seriously, Steve’s made me the best version of myself and I am so incredibly grateful to call him my husband.”

I love to play with reflections, here is a colorful one that I captured…

I love to capture candid moment and expressions like this…

And unique angles, reflections and colors like this…

Kiss the bride…

It’s official!

We traveled from Our Lady of Fatima in Newark to The Gramercy, Lakeside Manor in Hazlet, New Jersey.

Steven helped Gisella with her train.  He shared, “There is no one else I would rather spend my life with. ”

While I love capturing moments, I also enjoy photographing more traditional portraits as well: 

Gisella stated, “We were looking for a classic and romantic, yet modern look.  I loved how the blues of the guys suits and wine bridesmaids dresses complemented  each other.”

Strike a pose…

Gisella shared, “We liked that The Gramercy was a modern blank canvas, it allowed us to create our own style. We liked the dance floor and more than anything else we wanted to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time.”

Gisella shared, “We added candles throughout the venue to make it feel more intimate.”

So happy together:

Steven shared, “Gisella is my best friend. Her personality compliments mine perfectly. We share the same interests and make each other try new and exciting things together. Each new adventure we take together is somehow better than the last.”

I love bringing in architectural elements too, windows, wall detailing and chandeliers in this case…

Gisella shared, “It was easy to just enjoy the day. worry free, stress free. And much of that is because of the friends and family we have in our lives.”

Gisella shared, “Steven has helped me and pushed me into succeeding in things I didn’t think I was ever able to do. I somehow feel like anything is possible when I’m with him.”

I love this shot, so intimate…

They came in a little early to check out the ballroom and practice their first dance…

More reflections, I really had so many interesting places to find them in this venue!

More candlelight…

Their ballroom…

For the first time as Mr & Mrs: 

Their first dance, so much joy…

Dancing on clouds:

Such ambiance…

Steven’s dance with his mother, I framed them in sparkling chandeliers…

I really wanted to capture the joy and emotion between Gisella and her father, here:

Opening the dance floor in style 🙂

Dance lessons for all the wedding guests were provided by DJs Unlimited, here they learn a few Michael Jackson moves…

Gisella smiled, “Our favorite part of our wedding day was seeing our families together and seeing how they were enjoying themselves.”

Born to hand jive, babay…

The flower girl was a real fan of the glow sticks!

These ladies used theirs to battle, haha!

I played with a few different techniques during dancing, this one was panning with a slow shutter 🙂

Cake time!

OMG!

Steven smiled, “Everything was perfect.  Our wedding day could not have gone any better.  We are both so happy.”

Gisella seconded this, “I agree!”

Sparklers!

Gisella laughed, “I don’t know how we got so lucky. It was pretty much the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding. And I’m not saying that because it was mine,  but because I really did have the best time of my life!”

Happily ever after!

It is such a treat for me to see so many familiar faces at a wedding!!!  I photographed Nathalie and Michael back in 2011, Sofia and Paul starting in 2014, Monica and Dave in 2015, all of these couples are amazing and I feel lucky to know them and have been by their side for their weddings, engagements and those of their friends, referring me to their loved ones is the highest compliment I can receive and means so much to me.  Many thanks and much love to each of you, and a huge thank you to Steven and Gisella for entrusting us to capture their wedding day :).

Entertainment: DJs unlimited

Florist: More Than a Gift

Ladies hair &  make up: Vida Artistry

Wedding gown – Jefre Bridals

Bridesmaid dresses – Hollywood Bridals

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