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bride and groom share romantic kiss in front of pine tress at rose bank winery photographed by allie skylar photography

Labor Day weekend is meant to be spent at a Winery celebrating love!  This past Labor Day weekend, I had the opportunity to photograph Steph and Nick’s beautiful wedding at Rose Bank Winery in Newtown, PA.  Being a Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer, I am always amazed with the rustic charm of wedding venues scattered across the state, and Rose Bank Winery did not disappoint! From the sweeping vineyards, to the rustic wood details, to the scattering of eucalyptus, as the sun sank low behind the vines, I couldn’t imagine a place I would rather be.

Steph and Nick were married in the lawn under an old oak tree, with curious goats watching from their pens at the rear.  As the party moved inside (and I do mean party—- a wedding that starts off with the bride and groom shotgunning a drink is definitely going to be a good one) and the dancing began, Nick and Steph were beaming surrounded by their favorite people.

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bride and groom kiss in the hallway at Longwood Gardens Christmas Spectacular

Usually when it snows, I prefer to stay inside, heated blanket on full blast, hot cocoa in hand, and an endless stream of classic chick flicks on hand.  Say the words “snowy Longwood Gardens Engagement Session” and all those visions of toasty toes fly out the frosted windows.

When Erin and Jay picked an early December date, we never dreamed we would get a chance to capture the first snow of the season.  I am so glad we did and SO happy that Erin is a tough chick who wears her heals and dresses in freezing weather.

We explored the indoors at Longwood Gardens, which was decked to the 9’s for Christmas, yet the crowds could be a bit pushy….. to the point of bear hugging Erin and Jay with shrieks of congratulations 🙂  If you haven’t been to the gardens in a while, it’s worth a trip to check out their renovated fountains— rain, snow, shine, they are breathtaking.

I am just head over heels for these two— and to think, a few years ago Erin and I worked the closing shift at Anthropologie!  I am so glad those late nights folding clothes led to this moment 🙂

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light and airy NJ wedding photography at ocean place resort and spa

All in all, 2017 was amazing.  I had some of the best weddings, worked with the most amazing couples, and grew in a way I never thought possible.  The end of the wedding season was an all out sprint, with the addition of family sessions and trying to balance some sort of personal life (hahaha yeah right…).  I can’t imagine a better place to spend the last wedding of the year than the beach.  Sure, maybe not when it’s freezing, but as far as a state of mind, it was the ideal place to wind down.  So thank you Tana and Bart…. not only for being two of the kindest people, but for giving me the opportunity to enjoy the magic that only the ocean can give.

Due to the early cold that hit the shore in November, Tana and Bart opted (wisely) for an indoor wedding, portraits and all.  Their first look was in the Ocean Place Resort, on the Mezzanine high above onlookers.  We roamed the halls of the resort and found tucked away spots for portraits, never lacking any light on the gloriously bright day.  I’m not sure if I have ever seen two people so effortlessly happy!  Looking at their photos, I can almost hear Bart and Tana giggling.

After portraits, we hopped down the boardwalk (hopped…. haha….. battled the gale force winds!) to McCloone’s Pier House for the ceremony and reception.  McCloone’s Pier House in Long Branch is one of my favorite wedding venues!  It sits out over the sand, reaching towards the Atlantic, surrounded by some of the nicest strip of boardwalk New Jersey has to offer.  They have an effortless way of bringing the beach indoors, down to the littlest detail.

I’m pretty sure the glass windows were vibrating as Tana, Bart, and their loved ones danced and celebrated.  A nightcap with pizza and faces tired from smiling, and the last wedding of 2017 is going down as one of the best.

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bride and groom embrace under a chandelier at The Grove NJ

Tara and Greg, what can I say.  Everything about this wedding was magical!  I was lucky enough to tag along with my dear photographer friend, Elizabeth Mae Photography, and we traveled up to Northern NJ for our last 2 weddings of the year.  It’s pretty amazing working with someone the way we do; she assists me, I assist her.  We share a brain and a love for coffee.

Anyway, Tara and Greg were a perfect second to last wedding of the season.  Theirs was the first strictly night wedding I have been lucky enough to photograph, but since their wedding was at The Grove, we had no shortage of amazing indoor spots for photos.

Their lavish Huppah, adorned with delicate white flowers and hanging glass candles, was the perfect stage for Tara and Greg to exchange rings, vows, and the most romantic kiss.  And let me just tell you about their dancing…. Oh. My. goodness.  NEVER have a seen a group of people who knew how to dance with such celebration!  It was quite dangerous at times.

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