My First European Destination Wedding

As a wedding photographer, I think it’s safe to say that every wedding photog dreams of shooting a wedding in Europe. It is #goals for pretty much anyone in the wedding industry. But to be honest, I didn’t expect it to happen to me in only the second year of my business, and here we are, it’s 2019 and I’m blogging about my first European destination wedding.

My friends Lisa & Richard were long distance dating for about a year. He lived in London while she was here in NY. One week he came to visit and we all went out for dinner, and I jokingly said that if they do get married and have their wedding in Europe I’d totally be their photographer. I had no idea that Richard (who is actually from Hungary) was planning to propose a few months after I had said that. And later that year in December I found myself on a flight to Budapest for the first time ever. It was everything I could have imaged.

The venue was an old mansion that belonged to an old Hungarian family that goes back to the 18th century. It was converted into a hotel but still retained some of the rooms as part of a museum. It was full of treasures left behind from the family including personal items, clothing, typewriters, etc. This wedding was special because I am actually really good friends with the couple. Lisa is by far the goofiest bride I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I especially loved her request for a goofy shot before the first look which I’m sure you’ll catch below. But she was such a beautiful and classic bride. As for Richard, he was as dapper as could be. Lisa was walked down the aisle by her son Justin who also shared a teary-eyed first look with his mom and her maid of honor was her gorgeous daughter Juliana. Everything from start to finish was so special and beautiful. Because it was a destination wedding, it was intimate with only the very closest family and friends in attendance.

This wedding will be forever special to me and my career as a wedding photographer. It has given me a desire to experience more weddings abroad as well as the cultural experiences that come with shooting in different countries. I know this career of mine will certainly continue to take me places. Congrats again to Lisa and Richard and a huge thank you to them for giving me the honor of capturing their fairy tale wedding!

P.S Did I mention they’re expecting their first child in September! *Gasp!!! Congrats to them!

Fall Inspired Wedding Editorial at the Ryland Inn

If you’re looking for inspiration for your fall wedding, then look no further! This fall editorial inspired shoot happened just as we were entering the month of November. The Ryland Inn in New Jersey is the perfect place. It is surrounded by huge trees which turn a beautiful yellow, red and orange autumn hues in the fall. Out inspiration for this shoot was the autumn season. We played a lot with warm colors for everything from the invitations to the table decor. Gold and soft creams were our accent colors which went so beautifully with the warm tones. You simply can not go wrong with a fall wedding. It tends to be a bit cooler, but not too cold where you can’t have the ceremony and reception outdoors. We used a long sleeve wedding gown which was embroidered with the most beautiful floral detail. I am so grateful we had such an amazingly talented team that pulled this beautiful shoot together. You can find links for each vendor below. If you’re a New Jersey bride I would highly recommend checking them out!

Venue- The Ryland Inn , Event Planning & Styling- Events by ASJ, Florals: Main Street Bloomery, Gowns- Sara’s Bridal, Rentals – Lou and Co. Rentals, Invitation Design - The Jess Press, Calligraphy - Willow Lettering Co., Cake- Fancy Cakes, Hairstylist - Amy Kleinrock, Makeup Artist- Michelle Renee Beauty, Jewelry- Johnsen Diamond, Model: Kim Vega-Palacio