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Beach Wedding, Lavallette, NJ

March 28, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2018

Lavallette, New Jersey

Ali and Jeff

Technically, it was the last day of summer. Perhaps, had Ali & Jeff decided to have their wedding elsewhere, we may have felt the first stirrings of fall. But here on the beach, the sun shone bright and the temps made it feel like a warm August day.

Typically, I shoot in and around the Hudson Valley area in New York. That’s kinda my jam. But today, my old school friend was getting married and she had asked me to come out to the beach in New Jersey to capture her wedding. She and Jeff currently reside in California, but Ali had spent her summers at the beach in Lavallette. So it made sense that she would choose the very same beach to hold her nuptials.

In between hugs from high school friends, we shot Ali as she got ready. Traces of her grandfather’s presence could be felt and his memory was incorporated into everything. From sentimental pieces embedded in her bouquet, to the old fob watch he wore, Ali honored his memory in many touching ways.

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The Wedding

Friends and family made the trek out to Lavallette in order to share this special day with Ali & Jeff. Guests sat and stood barefoot in the sand as Ali & Jeff recited their vows. The sun shone bright and the waves ebbed softly. Married under a temporary arch erected only an hour before, Ali & Jeff’s wedding was perfect.

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Family formals were done on the beach and the sun set peacefully as Ali & Jeff enjoyed private moments reflecting on their journey. THey walked hand in hand. They laughed. Kissed. They even cried. As a photographer, it was absolutely sweet to work with them. As a friend, it was even more special.

Ali and Jeff continued to enjoy their wedding at a local spot for their reception! There, we all enjoyed good laughs, good food, and good fun! And yes – I did too! I mean, I did go to high school with her!

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MEET Summer

Photographer, artist, mother, outdoor lover, inspired by movement & motion, good light, and you.

I 'm a wife and mother. I love lazy Saturday mornings with a cup of coffee. I prefer nights on the couch with my family but also enjoy craft beers and apps in a swanky bar. I love being outdoors and I'm eternally grateful I get to experience all four seasons! I dig personal touches & homemade items over commercial goods. Admittedly, I also love shopping on Amazon Prime.

When I'm not in the Hudson Valley, you can find me enjoying time up in the Adirondacks at my second home. I find myself drawn to nature and the world we live in and often let it act as my muse when shooting.