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I capture the unspoken — the glances, the silences — drawing from New York's pulse and the richness of global cultures. Every wedding is its own intricate narrative. Rooted in theatre and life's everyday rhythms, I document moments both transient and timeless. 

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Wedding at the Park Chateau

Wedding at the Park Chateau

Who? : Gabriella + James

What? : Preparations, first look, portraits, ceremony, and reception at a New Jersey wedding venue.

Where?  The Park Chateau, East Brunswick, New Jersey

When? : November 2018

Our vision is to capture the real moments of the day between us, and the people we love. We are all about capturing the love in the room and making sure we have memories of our loves ones from this day. While we do want to have the traditional posed photos (for posterity) what we really love are the special, intimate moments, the laughter, the smiles, the tears, the bad dance moves, the hugs, the kisses, the joy and pain and love of the day. However you capture that, we love in your photos. I think we are drawn to the intimacy of your images.

I first met Gabriella and James over a year ago, on the coldest of fall days in Asbury Park.  They’d hired me to take their engagement images, and we laughed our way along the boardwalk in the misty, freezing weather.  That would be a wonderful wedding to photograph I remember thinking.  I hope they hire me when they start those plans.

A bit later I heard from them again – they’d set a date, picked a venue, and were full steam ahead with the wedding plans.  On another cold day – this time with brilliant light – we got to work together again, this time when they became husband and wife!  What a beautiful day, what remarkable people, what a gorgeous venue.  Who says summer is the best wedding season?  I beg to differ.  Give me a crystal-clear cold winter wedding day anytime! (Especially if it’s with these two!)

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

The Park Chateau is, in a word, ridiculous.  (And for those of you who know me, you know that’s a compliment!)  The biggest getting-ready room has multiple makeup stations, a place to WASH YOUR HAIR, and a huge main room big enough to fit my entire apartment into.  And that light?  Don’t get me started! Cheers to any client brave enough to stand in front of an open door in freezing cold weather because the light is really great when I open the doors, are you okay with that? Gabriella got ready surrounded by her mother and the other amazing women in her life.  I love it when everyone comes together in those final moments of preparation to help out! James also got ready at the Park Chateau (images forthcoming from my second photographer!) and then waited nervously in the chapel to see Gabriella for the first time. It was COLD outside.  I know I’ve talked about how winter has been coming, but y’all, it’s here.  The freezing air took our breaths away, but Gabriella and James were still willing to hop outside for a few quick images by the pond! After that, it was time to go inside and get warm.  We stopped on the famous Park Chateau stairs for an image of Gabriella alone before beginning on our list of family and wedding party groupings. After the family and wedding party images we had a quick second to dart into the library and take a few images in front of the fireplace, a handful more portraits of the two of them together – and then it was time to warm up and freshen up for the ceremony.

The sweet sunset ceremony was followed by cocktail hour, and then off to the reception! After the first dance (which was freaking awesome) came some sweet, emotional toasts.  Then it was time to dance, dance, dance! We closed the night out with a few more images in the cold!  I am always so grateful to clients who are willing to brave the elements for a few more images!

When describing her hopes for their wedding day, Gabriella expressed her desired day to be “Warm.  Romantic.  Dramatic.  Joyful.   Sincere.”  The day was all of that and so, so much more.  It was a huge honor to be a part of the day, and to get to know these remarkable human beings just a bit better.  Congratulations, you two!

Park Château Estate & Gardens: A Majestic and Romantic Wedding Venue in New Jersey

Park Château Estate & Gardens, nestled between New York City and Philadelphia, offers a breathtaking setting for a wedding that combines the grandeur of a French château with the charm of a lush country estate. This exquisite venue, with its elegant architecture, stunning gardens, and sophisticated décor, provides a dreamlike backdrop for couples seeking a fairytale wedding experience.

The Grandeur of Park Château Estate & Gardens

Upon entering the gates of Park Château Estate & Gardens, guests are transported into a world of opulent elegance. The estate’s main building, inspired by the grand châteaus of France, exudes a sense of timeless luxury. Its magnificent façade, ornate detailing, and sweeping staircases set the stage for an unforgettable wedding day.

The estate offers several spectacular spaces for ceremonies and receptions. The Chapel, with its stunning architectural design and serene ambiance, provides a sacred space for exchanging vows. The Grand Ballroom, characterized by its high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and palatial windows, offers a lavish setting for a grand reception. For more intimate gatherings, the estate’s numerous salons and dining rooms offer a blend of elegance and warmth.

Enchanting Photographic Opportunities Amidst Beauty and Elegance

The beauty of Park Château Estate & Gardens extends to its expansive grounds, providing a wealth of stunning backdrops for wedding photography. The manicured gardens, with their blooming flowers, ornamental fountains, and picturesque gazebos, create a romantic setting reminiscent of a classical European garden.

The estate’s interiors, with their luxurious décor and rich architectural details, provide a range of elegant backdrops for capturing the day’s moments. From the grandeur of the ballroom to the intimacy of the private suites, each space within Park Château offers its unique charm.

A Personalized and Luxurious Wedding Experience

Park Château Estate & Gardens is committed to providing a personalized and exclusive wedding experience. The estate’s culinary team, known for their exquisite cuisine, crafts custom menus that cater to the couple’s tastes and preferences. The attentive staff ensures that every detail of the wedding, from the planning process to the final send-off, is executed with the utmost care and professionalism.

Embracing the Charm of New Jersey

Located in East Brunswick, Park Château Estate & Gardens benefits from the tranquility of its countryside setting while being conveniently accessible from major cities. The surrounding area, rich in natural beauty and historic charm, offers additional opportunities for exploration and enjoyment for wedding guests.

A Wedding Venue Like No Other

Choosing Park Château Estate & Gardens for your wedding means stepping into a setting of unmatched beauty and elegance. It’s a place where fairytale dreams come to life, surrounded by the splendor of a grand estate and the enchanting beauty of manicured gardens. In the heart of New Jersey, Park Château stands as a testament to romance, luxury, and the timeless allure of love.

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