A vintage-glam wedding with a reception that would leave Gatsby himself in awe! Jennifer’s vintage styled diamond engagement ring inspired the classic, glam wedding.
Jennifer & Rory chose a classic color palette of ivory, black and gold. The gold sequined bridesmaids gowns and classic tuxedos really brought her theme to life. So did her Ostrich feathered centerpieces– more on those later…
Jennifer contacted me looking for a wedding photographer that was an artist and had a unique eye for details and moments.
She wanted her wedding photos to have style, life and color. She wanted me to capture elegant portraits, crisp details and candid moments as they unfolded throughout the day.
Here are some of her detail photos. I made sure to bring in gold tones, clean lines and had some fun using reflections as well… gotta love the Jimmy Choos ;)!
In the moment… here the ladies finish wedding day preparations.
I like the energy of this photo, you get a sense of everything that is going on– from breakfast and mimosas to hair and make-up and everything in between.
There is also a sense of balance and layering with the table in the foreground and mirrors in the background. You can even see the bride perfectly reflected in the mirror to the right:
Jennifer was fortunate to have her sisters and sister-in-law as make-up artists and hairstylist. They did a fantastic job along with Melanie Eggie of Melanie Rae Artistry.
I like the artistic, surreal feeling of this next photo. You can see Jennifer’s sister as she works, videographer, Michael Garrity as he works, the Atlantic City skyline in the background as well as my husband’s arm in the foreground pointing to the lamp to see if I need him to move it out of the shot, haha.
The lamp is actually reflecting the golf course and I think everything came together beautifully in this shot:
Jennifer had always wanted a Michele watch and mentioned it to Rory years ago. She was absolutely floored when she opened up her wedding gift and saw this rose gold, diamond studded Michele!
She loved its classic, vintage feel of the Atlantic City Country Club and thought it was interesting that the term “birdie” and “eagle” were first coined there in the early 1900’s as well as that the locker room still has engraved name plates on Frank Sinatra and even Al Pachino’s locker. 🙂
Her father’s company built the new edition, part of which you can see in the background of this next image. I love the lush greenery and vibrant blue of the sky iwth Jennifer in the foreground…
Love these dresses– you all look stunning, ladies!!!
The bridesmaids’ bouquets were created using roses, peonies and chrysanthemums in shades of blush and ivory.
Betina’s at Parkview also incorporated beads as well that added to the vintage glam aesthetic:
Rory is confident, honest and straightforward. He is intelligent, ambitious, charming and a gentleman to the core.
I love this next photograph, because I believe it those attributes are visible…
The handsome groomsman with the ring bearer– this pint-size gentleman has a huge personality– wait until you see him on the dance floor!
Jennifer and Rory chose to have a first look before their ceremony. It allowed them to enjoy cocktail hour with their wedding guests and bridal party and spend some quality time alone together, too.
I love his expression in this next photo as he sees Jennifer– pure joy!!!
I like to capture interesting angles when possible, here I captured a birds eye view of Jennifer and Rory walking together…
Rory shared that he fell for Jennifer because she is independent, strong, confident and motivated. She is also beautiful and has a the perfect personality for him, too.
Jennifer shared that she tends to be more type A– always planning and on-the-go and Rory helps her to relax and have fun, which brings more balance and happiness into her life.
These lovebirds are incredibly driven, their lifestyles are full of intense competition, but together they take time to enjoy life…
… they even stop and smell the roses (hehe, sorry I couldn’t resist!!!)
While I love candid, emotional photos, I also make sure to get portraits as well. Here Jennifer’s veil caught the wind at just the right second:
While most of their portraits were classic, soft and romantic, I wanted this one to be a little more creative and out of the box.
Here they stand in the shade of a tree, surrounded by the vibrant colors of summer and in the distance, the Atlantic City skyline…
Back to her other main-man, her nephew, the ring bearer 😉
A more traditional portrait of the bridal party…
While they saw each other at the first look, the moment that Jenn was escorted down the aisle by her father surrounded by all of their friends and family was an emotionally charged.
Rory watched Jennifer walk towards him and it was almost too much to take in…
Jennifer’s tears flowed, emotion is so beautiful!!!
This next photograph allows you to see the lovely decor and architecture of the Atlantic City Country Club. Again, some of Jennifer’s father’s handiwork…
Could this kid be any cuter? No way– look at him listening to the minister and holding the rings!
I like Jennifer’s expression in this next image, and you can see her father is also smiling…
They used unity sand rather than candles, it complimented the venue well as they were so close to the ocean.
I underexposed this photo to partially silhouette Jennifer and Rory and draw attention to the back-lit glass and cascading sand…
Man and wife…
Guests mingled– I shot though the elegant French doors to give this photo a sense of space…
Coconut shrimp and many other hors d’oeuvres were served…
Ostrich plumes added to hydrangeas are draped with crystals and strings of pearls.
Gold table clothes and chargers are flanked by bottles of champagne which were the guests’ favors…
Everyone moved to the ballroom where Rory and Jennifer shared their first dance and the bridal party and guests all cheered on the new Mr & Mrs!
I like all of the emotion in the frame (the bride and grooms’ kiss, the applauding bridal party) as well as the beam of light caught from the spotlight, the sparkling dresses, and the feathered centerpiece peeking out from the distance.
Ah the napkin challenges– Rory and Jennifer invited several wedding guests who were members of “rival gyms.”
The challenges began organically and were hysterical. What began as “gym vs. gym” concluded as “side vs. side”, as entire wings of the ballroom began involved.
To say their guests knew how to have fun is a huge understatement…
Jennifer and Rory liked the Gatsby theme in terms of decor, but wanted to take it to the next level with a epic party.
They hired DJ Evan Ruga from POSH Entertainment who was a master mixer and had a stunning light display.
Ostrich feathers eventually made their way from the centerpieces to the dance floor.
Something about this next photograph reminds me of Beyonce and Destiny’s child 🙂
Most Djs have colored lights of some sort, but these were powerful and absolutely amazing to work with photographically speaking.
I knew that Jennifer loves vibrant color and wanted a club atmosphere, this totally did the trick! It didn’t hurt that their friends were awesome :).
Yes, the Stay Puft Marshmallow man made an appearance!!! Haha, I love that a feather is falling from his hand and you can see the movement of the crowd and Jennifer laughing.
I’ll end my dance floor highlight reel with table number crowd surfing… epic:
Rory had been collecting authentic Cuban cigars for years and he shared a small portion of his collection with guests at his wedding. Here he is enjoying one himself.
I’ll end this blog set with Jennifer and Rory’s “happily ever after” moment. It happened on the balcony at sunset.
It looks like you two are literally living the dream :).
Jennifer and Rory, it was such a pleasure to work with you on your outstanding engagement session and wedding. Iam so excited to hear what you think of these photos! Please feel free to post them on social media etc.
If you haven’t had enough of Jennifer and Rory yet, check out thier engagement session here and hear the backstory of how they met.