Boho Luxe Fall Winter 2017

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Boho Luxe Fall Winter 2017

BOHO LUXE IS A HAND-CRAFTED LINE OF JEWELRY DESIGNED BY DARIA BAGHERI.

Inspired by nature, Boho Luxe uses mixed metals and semi-precious stones that evoke natural beauty. I love these designs...they are beautiful! (and made right here in Monmouth County, NJ) I had the best time working with Daria and her girls as we put together her Fall Winter 2017 Glam Collection Look Book! Check out her amazing creations at www.boholuxejewelry.com

A New Blessing!

I'm so happy to share that Chris and I are expecting a baby! This news came as the greatest gift to me. I had prayed for a baby throughout the past year and come March my wish came true. It was really special to make offerings for this baby at many of the beautiful places we traveled to...The sacred waters of Alta Vista, Nayarit México, The great temple of Kamakura, Japan, and even the Hawaiian birthing stones of O'ahu. I am so grateful to now have the opportunity to become a mother. I've been enjoying my pregnancy so much. Words can't describe the miracle of watching your body grow and feeling your little babe move inside of you. It's the greatest honor to get to create a new life with the person you love most in the world. I've been taking it easy this past wedding season but am looking forward to jumping back in full force come 2018. In the next few weeks I'll be sharing many different comfort measures and tools for birth and postpartum preparation that I've been finding useful along this journey to my doula/yoga website www.moonmamayoga.com. I'm so excited for the amazing moments ahead!

Here we are on our local beach just a few weeks ago...officially at 30 weeks pregnant and Buddha belly status. Baby and I were watching Daddy catch a few waves. 

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A Seaside Soireé!

I was recently invited to document Mary's 50th birthday celebration held in her beloved town of Stone Harbor, NJ. There truly is something magical about the calm and serene beaches of Stone Harbor. It's here that Mary and her family have spent countless Summer vacations and have made many happy memories by the shore. Not only was this Mary's birthday celebration, but it was also a family reunion complete with family members traveling from Hong Kong and Thailand to celebrate this special day. The party was hosted in a beautiful tent set next to the beach at the Women's Civic Club of Stone Harbor. Guests mingled and dined beneath twinkling lights as the nearby sound of the waves crashed on shore. What a perfect Summer evening! It was truly a pleasure to work with Kristin Barse and her team of Bel Momento Events, along with Event FX Design, Feast Your Eyes Catering and Charlie Whiskey Design. Everyone worked together to create a romantic and magical birthday evening for this very special woman and her beautiful family. Congratulations Mary! 

Kerry and Kevin - Long Beach Island, NJ

For Kerry and Kevin, Long Beach Island represents a place of friends, family, and a lifetime of happy memories in the sun. It was here that this beautiful couple decided to host their wedding day on what was one of the most spectacular Summer weekends of the year. Special thanks to the amazing Tatiana Jones of Whimsy Weddings for creating such an elegant and seamless celebration. I know that I probably included way too many photos in this blog post but there were so many moments throughout the day that pulled on my heartstrings. I am so happy that these two loving, fun, and vivacious people came together in this life! Congratulations Kerry and Kevin.

Erin and Matthew - Lancaster PA Wedding

A long long time ago I was a budding Photography student at the School of Visual Arts. It was there that I met my lovely friend Erin who happened to be my next door neighbor. When I look back to college days in NYC I fondly remember the fun times that we all had together. You can imagine how thrilled I was when Erin told me she had met the love of her life and invited me to document her wedding day! Erin and Matthew were married at the historic Inn at Leola Village in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They were blessed with clear blue skies, warm weather, and an enormous outpouring of love from their amazing group of family and friends. I couldn't be happier for these sweet souls to have been joined in marriage. Congratulations Erin and Matt! 

The Sabine Family - Jersey Shore, NJ

I met Elizabeth Sabine a few months ago. I was walking through one of my favorite stores in Spring Lake, NJ when I came across a painting that I had seen in my dreams. It was a beautiful, ethereal, abstract seascape and it moved me beyond words. I came to find out that it was painted by a local female artist, so of course I had to meet her! A few weeks later, Elizabeth and her 3 beautiful children met me in Spring Lake Park and I came to find out that she was even more lovely than her paintings. I was invited to photograph her family on a crisp Fall afternoon and it was a pleasure to witness all of the sweetness in their interaction. To this day that painting hangs above my fireplace and I am blessed to have Elizabeth as a new friend. :) 

Ali + Bobby - Point Pleasant, New Jersey Wedding

Ali and Bobby grew up spending Summers in the same sleepy beach town of Normandy Beach, NJ. However, it wasn't until they were in college in Vermont that they finally met one another...and the rest is history! They fell in love along the beaches of the Jersey Shore  and continued to build their life together here. It was only fitting that they would host their wedding in this beautiful place that has meant so much to them throughout their lives. They were married at Clarks Landing on a perfect December day, surrounded by the love of their family and friends. The weather was amazing and even the sun came out to smile on this amazing couple. A very special thank you goes to Michael Simons Video Production...I love working with Mike and his team. Congratulations Ali and Bobby! 

Jessica and Ralph - Jersey City, NJ Wedding

Jessica and Ralph were married on a sparkling December day at Jersey City's beautiful Liberty House Restaurant. We had so much fun photographing amongst New York City's soaring skyline. I loved everything about working with these two... especially the mix of Jessica and Ralph's Chinese and Dominican cultural roots. From gorgeous dancing lions to some seriously hot merengue there was so much love, joy, and festivity surrounding this very special couple. A huge shout out goes to the lovely Kim of Marquis Florals for coordinating such a spectacular day and to Mark and Courtney of Project 8 videography. Congratulations Jessica and Ralph! 

Grace and Joe - Atlantic City, NJ

Grace and Joe share a love for one another that is so tender and so true. Here are a few favorite photos from their elegant wedding day which was held within the gorgeous setting of One Atlantic. Special thanks to the lovely Kristin Barse of Bel Momento Weddings for her amazing planning and coordination of the day. 

Sonia + Michael - Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Sonia and Mike are two dreamy souls who were meant to find one another in this life. Love, joy, and beauty surrounded them on their heartfelt wedding day. I am so grateful to have been invited to document their beautiful celebration. Below are a few favorites from their day...

Annie + Jeff - Bonnet Island Estate

Jeff and Annie hosted a beautiful Summer wedding at the Bonnet Island Estate. Surrounded by tranquil marshland, soft breezes, and their wonderful family and friends - Annie and Jeff said "I do" and officially began their adventure together. Congratulations! 

Marilyn + Shaun - Oahu, Hawaii!

Marilyn and Shaun are soulmates who share a passion for nature, adventure, surfing, teaching, family, and of course... one another. The North Shore holds such a special place in Shaun and Marilyn's hearts. It's here that they have built their life together. The wedding day began at Sunset Beach. Shaun and the boys started with a morning surf and the girls got ready in a gorgeous home overlooking the waves. Their ceremony took place at St. Peter and Paul Church overlooking Waimea Bay, one of the most legendary and prestigious big wave surf breaks in the world. During their ceremony Shaun and Marilyn received a wedding blessing in Hawaiian that was so sacred I had goosebumps on my arms and tears in my eyes (as did everyone else in the church!). Their reception was held at Dillingham Ranch. This beautiful destination extends to the ridge line adjacent to the Mokuleia Forest Reserve and the Waianae Mountains, offering views of Kaena Point and the incredible beaches of the North Shore. It was truly an amazing and intimate celebration in paradise for everyone in attendance. Shaun and Marilyn are so blessed to have wonderful families and all of their guests were so fun, caring, loving and encouraging. Thank you so much to the amazing team at Moana Events for helping to create the most beautiful, unique and elegant wedding for this special couple! Congratulations Shaun and Marilyn! 

Angela + Brian - Oakdale, NY!

Angela and Brian were married in the beautiful St. Patricks Church of Bayshore, NY and their reception was held nearby at The Bourne Mansion. This stunning mansion was the summer home of Frederick Bourne (Owner of the Singer Sewing Co.) and was built in the late 1800’s. It is located along the gorgeous Long Island Sound. The grounds are covered in huge swaying oak trees, tall lush pines, and an enormous lawn that offers sweeping views of the blue water and the sailboats going by. 

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Tali + Michael - Brooklyn, NY!

Tali and Mike hosted a gorgeous wedding steeped in rich Jewish tradition with a touch of Brooklyn modernity! The day started off with Tali and her close friends and family getting ready at the über chic Paper Factory Hotel in Astoria, Queens. From there we headed over to the amazing Greenpoint Loft where Mike was blown away when he saw his beautiful bride. 

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Merritt + Rob - Asbury Park, NJ!

Merritt and Rob share a love that can only be described as unique and inspiring. When I first saw them together at Merritt’s brothers wedding two yrs ago, I knew that they would be getting married in no time. Sure enough, a few months later I got the call that Merritt and Rob were engaged and were planning a wedding to be held at Porta, my favorite local restaurant. 

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Mary + Justin - Mantoloking, NJ!

Mary’s father has kept his boat at a local boatyard since Mary was a small child and she holds the memories of being on the boat with her family near and dear to her heart. When Mary and Justin got engaged they didn’t even think twice about where they would host their wedding celebration. Beaton and Son’s boatyard of course! With some hard work and a whole lot of creativity they changed the boatyard into a spectacular nautical setting for their wedding day! 

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Hitomi and Michael - New York City!

Tomi and Mike are the kind of people who you meet and instantly feel as though you’ve known them for years. Their warmth, joy, laughter, and love for one another exuded throughout their entire wedding day. As self proclaimed foodies, Tomi and Mike chose to celebrate their gorgeous wedding at Haven’s Kitchen, one of their favorite New York City eateries and cooking schools! Located in a carriage house just two blocks from Union Square, Haven’s Kitchen prides themselves on education, sustainability, and respect. 

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Jessica + Brandon - Princeton, NJ!

In 1996 my family and I moved to a new house in Farmingdale, NJ. It was the summer before I started the 5th grade and naturally I was nervous about meeting new friends and entering a new school. It wasn’t long before our family befriended our neighbors, The Joudreys. They were warm, loving, kind, and fun…and to top it off there were 3 boys the same ages as my siblings and I. 

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Ann + Philip - Cape May, NJ!

Ann and Phil are a couple whose hearts are full of love and adventure. Together they share a wanderlust for traveling this incredible world. When we first met, they told me the story of their recent trip to California in which they rented a conversion van. Just like two hippie-gypsy lovers they traversed the Pacific Coast, stopping wherever they pleased. 

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