We had a blast photographing Liz and Steve's Stateroom wedding on Long Beach Island! Talk about a fun group... they made our 11 hour workday feel like anything but work. I knew from the time I met the future Mr. and Mrs. Bell, they'd be great to work with. They are such a sweet couple and they come from great families. On the morning of their May wedding, I started the day with Liz and her girls while Bud was with all of the guys at the home of the best man and maid of honor.
Their wedding ceremony took place at St. Mary's Church in Barnegat, followed by a beautiful cocktail hour and reception at The Stateroom of LBI. It was my first time at this Long Beach Island venue and I was in love with so many of its features, from the upscale yet beachy cocktail hour floor to the reception hall surrounded by windows with a balcony perfect for great views of the sunset over the causeway.
The reception was full of non-stop dancing by all, and even a little singing of some Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift (my favorite moment of the night). Steve concluded the evening with a sweet serenade of "Jersey Girl" for his new wife.
You can find a variety of shots from Liz and Steve's special day below, but first, here is their love story...
Liz and Steve met when working together in high school. They went to senior prom together and instantly hit it off! Liz was always attracted to his funny personality! Throughout the years they became inseparable and moved in together in anticipation of starting their lives together.
It was the weekend of her cousin's wedding (July of 2012) that Steve knew he was going to propose to Liz! Friends and family were at her brother Frank's house for his birthday BBQ. Since everyone but Liz knew Steve's plan, throughout the evening everyone kept anticipating him proposing but with a big family (and lots of male brothers & cousins) Steve was nervous to do so! Finally towards the end of the evening Steve asked Liz to go for a walk on the beach across from Frank's house. That is when he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him! They returned to Frank's house with everyone cheering and bottles of champagne! They were engaged for almost two years, during which they bought their first home together. Getting married on May 31, 2014 was just the perfect start to a wonderful life together!!
Make-up Artist: Nicole (MAC)
Hair Stylists: Donna Stroffolino and Judy Clevenger
Florist: Reynolds Garden Shop
Limo: First Class Limousine
Catere: The Stateroom (Ship Bottom, NJ)
Cake: Carlo's Bakery (The Cake Boss)
DJ: Mike Thompson Entertainment
Wedding Dress: Castle Couture
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Groom & Groomsmen Watches: G-Shock
Groom's Wedding Band: Blase DeNatale Jewelers