I originally met Sara and Tony by chance at a mutual friend's birthday party. It came up in conversation that I was a photographer, and we discussed scheduling a family beach session with them and their son Anthony. But, family session plans turned into other plans, as we set a date for their engagement session at the Barnegat Lighthouse that incorporated one of Tony's other loves... fishing. They didn't yet have their wedding details finalized, but we knew we'd work together again once they did!
Sara and Tony's wedding ceremony and reception would take place at Cafe Madison in Riverside, NJ, a deceiving venue from the outside. It was one of the coolest venues I've shot at to date, with a beautiful ballroom and cocktail area with an indoor/outdoor feel with its picnic tables, open ceiling and hanging lights. Their decor was fall vintage, with lace and pearl accents and beautiful glittered pumpkins included in the centerpieces. Sara's florals by Leigh Florist included complimenting flowers in bright pinks and oranges... one of my favorite bouquet designs yet.
Their son Anthony was incorporated into their big day, with both a role in the ceremony and a special dance with mom during the reception. He was definitely a star of the show with his natural cuteness and monster faces. Watching him light up when he saw his mom in her wedding dress was such a cute moment! Before the reception started, Sara brought Tony and Anthony into the ballroom to check out the surprise cake she planned with Dibartolo Bakery... an amazing 3-tiered cake featuring a split design... half vintage, half fish! We had so much fun celebrating on the dance floor all night long with this group... We didn't want it to end!
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING VENDORS:
- Venue | Cafe Madison
- Entertainment | Time Productions
- Florist | Leigh Florist
- Hair | Alexandra Keating & Brittany Franco (Rizzieri Studio Salon)
- Makeup | Nikki Evans of Nikki's Artistry
- Cake | Dibartolo Bakery
- Printing | MKCreative
- Pumpkins | North Star Orchards (New York)
- Wedding Dress | Allure Bridals (Phia James)
- Bride's Shoes | Kristin Cavallari
- Bridesmaids' Dresses | Allure
- Groom and Groomsmen Wardrobe | Calvin Klein (Men's Wearhouse)
- Transportation | Hillman Bus Service