Amanda + Andrew
10 | 16 | 15
The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ
I never realized how much coffee was consumed on a day of the wedding but over the last few weddings I'm starting to get an idea - and as a coffee lover. I love it.
I've known the Laufer family now for a few years and have been a part of many of their friends and families amazing events. Every time I see them I'm greeted with a warm smile and hug from Momma Laufer and it makes the day that much better. As I get further and further back to these weddings that were a few months ago - I can't help but realize how much they stick around in my memory - From the amazing details - to the incredible moments I get to document.... Including cutting a hole in Andrew's Bow tie to make sure it had a nice snug fit (sorry if it was a rental... they'll never know.)
This was officially my last wedding of 2015 and I couldn't of found a better couple to spend it with. After their first look we jumped in my SUV and headed down to Morristown to grab a few more shots of just the two of them. I love the option of just walking around and grabbing more candid locations rather than really scouting prior - it just gives a more candid feel to the shoot and we're able to find amazing light in new locations. After shooting them for a few and having some laughs we headed back to The Park Savoy and met up with the eager bridal party (many of whom I already knew :-). After family photos and a quick Groom Crowd Surf it was onto the ceremony. I usually hang back with the bride as my assistant shoots them walking down the aisle as it allows me to catch the emotions of the bride moments before her family gives her away to the waiting groom. I loved the shots of Amanda and her dad in this setting, both smiling ear to ear knowing that this was the start of an incredible journey.
After the vows it was onto the party, and boy did they party! The setting was stunning with the thought and planning of the details and capped off with an amazing dance and dip at the end. The drinks flowed and the crazy poses cracked me up as they jumped into the Photo Booth with crazy faces and laughter. Luckily I was able to sneak the couple away for a few more photos and ended the night back at the ceremony spot with an gorgeous showering of flowers.
Thank you for having me be a part of your incredible wedding day!
Loved this shot from her snack bag. Being a phtoographer it made me laugh since you often say CHEEESEEEEE!!!! By the way - the answer is - Yes they are ready!
Amanda + Andrew
Sami + Eli
01 | 17 | 16
Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
First of all let me apologize for the sheer number of photos I'm about to post. I tried my hardest to narrow these down for you. I started off at 500 - knocked it down to 300 - knocked it down to 200 - and finally ended up with around 150 and I feel like I've given up. I spent close to 4 hours just trying to wrap my head around the fact that there were SO many that I loved.
Samantha and Eli's wedding was held at the beautiful Bellevue hotel in Philadelphia. When I arrived I couldn't help but laugh when Sam's mom told me that I "Cleaned up nice" (after I showed up for an engagement shoot in shorts and t-shirt. She then told the story to the ladies in the room how she immediately understood my apparel after she saw me walk out side and start rolling around on the city streets :-).
I loved the atmosphere and bubbliness of the room immediately with lots of laughter and excitement reverberating off the walls - a perfect place to start shooting and probably the reason why I couldn't narrow it down any further! After a few getting ready and detail shots we called up all the girls for a few photos and some champagne which was a blast. I told Samantha that if the champagne started spraying a little bit - just enjoy the moment and don't worry about me or the camera (it's weatherproof). She immediately asked if she should shake it up first then (which would of been awesome - but I think the hotel may have been a tad upset). After popping the cork and pouring out drinks it was off to Eli's room. Still getting ready I took the opportunity to grab a few more details and plan out the rest of the day. With another cheers I was back to Sam's room to get the final prep and set up their first look.
I set up my cameras and enjoyed the excitement of Eli as he entered the room, brimming with anticipation to see his lovely wife to be. Hiding her I set them back to back and let the magic happen - and boy did it happen. The look on Eli's face was incredible and awesome to capture as he gazed with wide eyes at his bride. After giving them a second to relax from the excitement we were off to grab a few more photos of them before the ceremony! The first thing I noticed when I walked in the hotel was the awesome staircase that I wanted to get them on as we made our way downstairs to the snow. After a few shots we headed outside where Sam was so enthused about the snow (which she had prayed for!) After a few more photos it was up to the Ketubah and the ceremony and reception!
The room was a buzz with joy and love for the couple as they officially became man and wife. With a gorgeous hanging flower chuppah they, along with their family, celebrated each other and the life forthcoming. With a smash of a glass and kiss they through up their arms and headed off to the party.
The reception room was decorated and lit to perfection thanks to the stunning work of Evantine Designs. The food was incredibly presented and the guests were taking it all in. When it was time for intro's the bride and groom rolled out like Rock Stars and danced the night away. Leaving the dance floor for the stage several times as their guests lifted them into the air and then joined them! With a gorgeous cutting of the cake and some amazing words by friends and family the night came to a close as one of the most memorable weddings of my life.
Thank you having me be a part of your day! I hope these images do justice to the incredible love you two have for each other and the love of your family that they carried through the day!
- Drew Noel
Christina + Justin
01 | 08 | 16
Cescaphe Ballroom - Philadelphia
New years resolution that I'm gonna stick to: Start Blogging again. It's been about 4 years since I was blogging, accepting facebook as an easy alternative... Unfortunately it doesn't show the full day like a good ol' blog does! So here we go. A new year - A new blog and hopefully I'm going to be able to put one to two up per week and start working my way back in time while adding new weddings as they come in!
These two were just straight awesome. Thank you so much for having me be a part of this incredible day. I love it when my couples allow me to do what I do best - capture the candids and create some stellar imagery for them to have for generations of memories. Starting off at the Lowe's Hotel in Philadelphia is was apparent we were gonna have a blast. Christina was just as happy as ever and Justin was joking around with his guys confident in the day and the memories they'd share. Time and time again small gaps of silence were broken up with laughter and joy and I couldn't of been happier to be in the middle of it. After their "First Look" it was obvious how perfect these two were for eachother - Christina wiping small drops of joy from Justin's eyes as they both looked around for tissues. Then off we went, working our way from center city to old city capturing everything a long the way. The ceremony was beautiful and unique as a surprise bagpiper welcomed guests to the church and for the first time in my history of being a photographer the "I do's" were said alter left as the couples slipped on the rings and gave eachother the first kiss as Hubby and Wifey.
As expect the reception kicked off and they laughed - drank - and danced the night away with joyous friends and family. Cake of course got a little messy - but hey, you only get to do that once right?
At the end I was both sad to leave and happy to have this be my first wedding of 2016.
You two rock. Thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Deana + Matt
12 | seven | 12
Clifton, New Jersey
First of all - let me start off with one of the best parts f the day. As soon as I arrived I was greeted with a loud scream, a hug and an awesome quote. "Drew's here - Now it feels like a wedding" (or something like that lol). I had been looking forward to this wedding for quite a while - especially after Dean showed me her "research" Which consisted of a lot of photographers rated with a classification system of "Meh, Ehh, ok, NOOO!!!, and bleh." I had the awesome rating of "Lovee!!!!" which means the pressure was on to produce some stellar images and live up to expectations! The weather of course knew this - and was not trying to make my day easy. With a schedule sunset of 4:30, the weather decided to throw some cloud cover that made it seem to set an hour earlier. No to be outdone Deana and Matt pushed through the rain and cold to capture some stellar images. After the ceremony and crazy weather - it was on to the reception, where the party started off right! Fog machines and drinks aplenty made for an amazing night! Thanks you two!
I had asked Deana a little bit about the two of them:
"To this day we still argue about who pursued who when we started dating for the second time. Matt's a cop - obviously, and I work in Revenue Management. According to Matt, I have a "geeky math job" which to this day he still doesn't know how to explain to anyone what I do for a living. We fit together like a pair of socks - we are incredibly similar and things just do not feel right if we aren't together. We are foodies and chronic eaters and fell in love over many late night dinners in restaurants across the tri state area. I married an older man....by just two days. We are the same age, born under the same sign (if you believe in that stuff) and have incredibly similar personalities. We are both Gemini's which means that we both have two people living inside of us; which essentially means that there are 4 people in our relationship."
If you want to read some more about it - she also sent me THIS link - Pretty hillarious :-)
Thanks for being such an amazing couple - and such a blast to hang out with!
Found an awesome book of comics in the house!
Loved the effort she put into these shots!
Rains good luck on the wedding day!
Apparently somethig was funny...
Rain only gives us the option for some awesome photos!
Yeah - They got some bad ass in them.
Note to brides! - Smoke Machines = bad for photos - Low lying Fog - AWESOME!
This was the first shot with the new Helicopter cam!
Christie + Sean
09 | 07 | 12
Olde Mill Inn
Basking Ridge, NJ
So a few days after returning from Fiji we were off to shoot once again in the homeland! I had been looking forward to this wedding for a while after meeting Christie and Sean and seeing the excitement towards taking photos. Off we went grabbing some details, some portraits, some group shots, some candid, some party, and some goofy. At the very end of the night it had just started to rain which cooled off the ground - not to be outdone by mother nature I sprawled out across the puddles to grab an epic photo of the new couple. After standing back up and realizing just how soaked I had become - they were nice enough to let me know I could change back into "Pre party clothes." Thanks you two!!!!
Loved the light in this shot!
And you thought they were ordinary groomsmen.
Loved this shot of their first kiss.
I think they rocked out
Christie getting into it...
Sean playing it cool.... Christie just playing it.
Does it get any more intense than this for a "Just Married" shot?