Amanda & Jeremy :: The Downtown in Red Bank :: NJ Wedding Photography and Cinematography

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Amanda & Jeremy :: The Downtown in Red Bank :: NJ Wedding Photography and Cinematography

Amanda and Jeremy are just the nicest freaking people you're likely to meet. Photographing them was a blast not only for that reason, but getting to shoot at The Downtown in Red Bank was really cool. Bar/Restaurant downstairs, small event space upstairs, and normally not used for weddings, Amanda saw the potential for their intimate wedding. Enjoy the photos, thanks to Dan Ackermann for shooting with me and providing some of the awesome images below. 

-Ben

 

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Jessica + Marc :: SDE :: NJ Cinematography + Photography :: The Gramercy At Lakeside Manor :: Hazlet, NJ

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Jessica + Marc :: SDE :: NJ Cinematography + Photography :: The Gramercy At Lakeside Manor :: Hazlet, NJ

Plenty of chances roll by, where we do not get to say I love you in the right way. Today, Seeing how Jessica kept every ticket, wrist band, race bib, and trinket from every single thing that she and Marc did as a couple and made it into a book, I witnessed one of those moments where "I love you" is said perfectly. From Marc's desire to look perfect for Jessica with his custom tux, to Jessica's dress, which had an amazing skirt that she took off to make an entirely new dress after their ceremony and surprise Marc, this couple did it all to make their partner realize they were for real. They love strongly, and they show it with intensity, fun and excitement. Here's to 100 years good luck for this awesome couple. Enjoy their Same Day Edit.

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Love At First Look

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Love At First Look

Everyone has a different vision for their wedding and exactly what they want it to be like. We offer many different services to our future couples and have seen an increase in “First Looks” throughout the past couple of years. A First Look is when a bride and groom see each other for the first time, before their ceremony. First Looks capture the tender and raw emotions of the exact instant when couples see each other for their first time on their special day.

Couples question what is so special about First Looks or why they would want to see one another before the ceremony. If you are set on seeing your significant other for the first time at the altar, then obviously a first look isn’t for you. However, if you are interested in seeing your fiancé in a setting that is more personal and intimate, then maybe a First Look is something you would be interested in. Here are some benefits of the First Look:

 

Stress Reliever

First Looks will relieve the stress of walking down the aisle without seeing your significant other first. Couples who have first looks are generally less nervous for the ceremony since they already had time with each other before. First Looks give couples the chance to express their love and tell one another how amazing they look. This can also help eliminate any anxiety that the bride may have about what her groom will think of her as she walks down the aisle.

 

Photo-Ready

You will be fresh out of the hair and makeup hair, and will look your absolute best for your photo-op. You won’t have to worry about trying to rush and getting in quick hair/makeup touch ups after your ceremony. This can also help eliminate additional costs by not having to pay for your hair/makeup artists to stay longer to fix you up before pictures.

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Lighting

Since First Looks are generally done in the daytime, it will give you the perfect lighting for your pictures, especially in those fall and winter months when the evenings get dark earlier. Often times, couples have a 3pm ceremony and it could be an hour long, leaving no time before darkness sets in during months later in the year.

 

Creativity

Get creative and have fun with this…you only have one chance at it, so you might as well enjoy it!  We have seen couples use blind folds, special entrances, standing back to back, shoulder taps, turning knobs to entrance ways, long walks to your love, etc. This is a good way to get creative, show your personalities and surprise your love with how great you look.

 

Ceremony At The Same Location As The Reception?

For couples having their ceremony at the same location as their reception, the ceremony will go straight into the reception without having to put the party to a halt. You won’t have to try and quickly gather everyone needed for pictures and your guests won’t have to wait around for you to be done with your photo shoot to begin enjoying themselves and celebrate your marriage. Some couples even have to skip their cocktail hours in order to get their photo shoot in…you paid a lot of money for those hors d’oeuvres, you don’t want to miss out! Get your First Look done and then go grab one of those fancy signature cocktails that are waiting for you.

 

Your cinematographer and photographer can capture the truest footage of the love you share and the happiness of seeing each other for the first time on your special day. First Looks are highly recommended for easy fluidity of your day, capturing that special “look” and being able to provide you that moment to look back on forever.

 

-Gab-

Endless Wave Blogger

 

 

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Look Your Best In Your Wedding Pics With These 6 Simple Tricks

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Look Your Best In Your Wedding Pics With These 6 Simple Tricks

Your wedding photos and film are one of the few things from your day that will be around long after your wedding day is over. Whether they are being displayed around your home, posted to social media or arranged in an album, they will be passed along throughout your family for generations. You want to be able to look back on that day knowing that you looked and felt your absolute best; not cringe and hide them from your family. Mentally and physically preparing yourself for your big day is just as important as picking out the perfect centerpieces.

We have come up with some tips that you should add into your wedding preparations to make sure that you look amazing in your photos and film. 

 

Healthy Diet

If you want to have beautiful footage from your wedding and feel good about yourself, a healthy diet is extremely important. Maintaining a healthy life-style helps to control your weight, improves your mood, boosts your energy, clears up your skin and prevents illnesses, which I can bet 100% of brides and grooms have listed as their pre-wedding goals. Track what you are putting into your body and ask if anyone in your bridal party wants to join you with your workouts. Keep a consistent schedule for your workouts and book your other obligations around that scheduled time. Also, meeting up with a friend will help to make sure that you actually show up, especially on those days when going to the gym is the last thing that you feel like doing.  If someone else is counting on you to be there, you won’t want to let them down. Also make sure you are staying hydrated; drinking water is not only crucial for hydration, but it also helps to clear up your skin. Studies have shown that people that consume more water throughout the day actually take in fewer calories. If you look good and you feel good, your pictures will come out like you’ve always dreamed they would.  

 

Spa Day

You are most likely spending an arm and a leg for your wedding flowers, so why not spend a little more and treat yourself to some pampering. Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, in addition to the work stress and other real life issues you might be dealing with. Hitting the spa before your wedding is a great way to clear your mind, to relax and to eliminate body aches. Sweat your stress out in the sauna, get a facial to help you feel renewed and get a manicure/pedicure to look fresh – even the guys!

 

Catch Your ZZZs

About three weeks to a month before your wedding, it is suggested that you pick a sleeping schedule and stick with it – even on the weekends. Getting enough sleep is SO important. Make a schedule where you hit 7-8 hours per night. Your mind will probably be all over the place (thinking about your color scheme and if you chose the perfect favors) but you need to be able to beat the jitters and control your sleeping habits. Lack of sleep can cause you to get sick, be overly exhausted and form those not-so-cute black circles under your eyes.  You want to be able to feel good from the inside and not have to rely on coffee and ten pounds of foundation.

 

Hair/Makeup Trial

Most brides do this anyway, but if you don’t have this planned, I highly suggest you add it to your list. Even if you have been getting your hair done by the same person for years and you’re always on the same page with hairstyles, you don’t want to risk it for your wedding day.  Speak to your hairstylist/ makeup artist about what you envision your hair and makeup to look like.  Print out pictures if possible, so that they know exactly what you have in mind. Just because you have a picture, doesn’t mean the hairstyle or style of makeup you have chosen will necessarily look good on you, or come out exactly like the models. Don’t forget to bring any hair accessories you plan on wearing that day as well. Practice makes perfect.

 

Limited Tanning

UGH this is such a sensitive subject for me but we need to talk about it. I, myself, am guilty of over-tanning before proms, weddings and other major events. Let me be honest, I regret every second of it. Most brides feel the need to tan before their wedding so they don’t look pasty or get washed out by their white dress. Tanning is okay but keep it to a minimum. Definitely do not go tanning the day of your wedding or even the day before. Stop your tanning approximately five days before your wedding date to reduce redness or that unwanted orange glow. If you have never gone tanning in your life, do not start off with a spray tan – you will literally look like a Dorito. Start your tanning two months before your wedding and hit up a low level bed at first. If you want to spray tan, get a trial spray done a month in advance to see what you will look like and to find the perfect shade for you.  Get the spray about a week before the wedding, this way it will semi fade and won’t stain your dress.

 

Don’t Be Hung-over

The worst thing that I could imagine on the morning of a wedding is being hung-over. I’m sure you will have a drink or two at your rehearsal dinner but keep it at that. You want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. Hangovers cause so much harm to your body that is seriously so unnecessary for your wedding day. Hangovers create nausea, increased heart rate and anxiety levels (which you do NOT need more of the day you get married,) dehydration which causes your face to be puffy, stomachaches, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, increased sensitivity to light and sound, etc. Could you imagine being so hung-over that you are throwing up before your pictures and possibly popping a blood vessel? You just took care of your body and skin for several months preparing for this day - don’t blow it all by getting hammered the night before.

 

There is so much preparation that goes into putting together a wedding but you cannot forget to take care of yourself first. Your health and happiness is what’s most important and the main reason why you’re getting married in the first place! Put together a schedule for yourself including these tasks well before the wedding and it will be a lot easier than you think. Getting started before will lead you to keep the routine and continue to live a healthy lifestyle even after the wedding is over. 

 

-Gab-

Endless Wave Blogger

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Katie & Peter :: Knowlton Mansion :: NJ Wedding photography & cinematography

I just love the people we get to shoot with. Within 5 minutes of meeting them I knew Pete & Katie are just straight up fun, our engagement shoot confirmed that, and the wedding was the topper on the cake. We got to shoot in Philadelphia at the Knowlton Mansion (I love any excuse to get into Philly). So check it out! Thanks to Eric Sager for second shooting with me, and continually blowing my mind. Thanks!

-Ben

 

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