Wed. Oct 1, 2014 by Mary    Portraits

Pursuit 31 Styled Shoot

While we were at the Pursuit 31 Conference last week (which was AMAZING as always, by the way! And I hear that next year's conference sold out in ONE day yesterday! But they are still taking spots on the wait list if you are interested in going next year!) Justin & I had the opportunity to teach both a lighting and a posing course. For the Posing one, we had the most amazing set up including this killer tent and a perfectly styled & beautiful couple. Like I usually end up doing, I spent most of the hour teaching and didn't get a chance to shoot a ton at all. But I was SO grateful that Justin was there and he could spend some more time shooting when I had to run off to the next thing. So basically what I'm telling you is that ALL of these gorgeous shots are his! :)

Also, if there are any of you reading this who would love to be able to work on both your lighting AND your posing (as well as a TON of other stuff that goes into shooting the wedding day) all in one place, we have announced the details for our LAST Walk Through a Wedding workshop of the year! It will be taking place in New Haven, CT on November 5th (with an optional 2nd day of portfolio reviews, post-processing & business stuff on the 6th) AND when you guys sign up this week using the code "EARLYBIRD" that will get you your seat for just $850 (normally $1000). We also have payment plans available, so just shoot me an email if you're interested in that. And you can head HERE to grab your spot (only 8 seats left!!)

And of course, a HUGE thanks to all of the awesome creatives who came together to put on this shoot!!

Our couple: Chelsea & Brock
Dress: Katherine Elizabeth Bridal (that amazing dress was custom made by her!!)
Hair & Makeup: Brushworx
Styling: Juli Vaughn
Design: The Style Stork

Tue. Sep 30, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Crystal Springs Resort Wedding: Amy & Sid

Amy & Sid had an incredible day, and like we said, it was basically like they had TWO weddings all in one!! The morning started off with the Hindu ceremony, with its own First Look, Ceremony, Portraits & Reception. And it was followed in the afternoon with the Western ceremony, with a second First Look, even more fun portraits, and a party that had every guest up and dancing all night long!

There was laughter and hugs and tears and joy. There was bright sun, downpours that always cleared just in time, and beautiful golden light. In short it was a full day. A day full of all the things that matter most. And we were just the ones lucky enough to be there to capture it.

Being at Amy & Sid's wedding actually traces back all the way to one of the first weddings that Justin & I ever shot together: Alana & Dan. Alana & Dan had a best man, Kartik who hired us when he was getting married. And at his wedding, one of his groomsmen was Manu. And when Manu's brother Sid was getting married to the love of his life in Amy...he told them we had to be there too! And the coolest part: Alana & Dan were at the wedding, so it all came full circle!!

Amy & Sid had their amazing day at the absolutely gorgeous Crystal Springs Resort, and with its rolling hills and stunning light it reminded me more of Virginia than New Jersey! We LOVED it there! Here are just a few of our faves from this incredible day! Enjoy!


Tue. Sep 30, 2014 by Mary    The Latest

The Blog is BACK!!!

So Happy Fall you guys!!

Fall....whoa, when did that happen? The last time we talked- I mean really talked- we were heading into some of the busiest weeks of our Summer and I had decided to take a Summer Sabbatical of sorts from the blog to get some rest, some clarity, and to figure out a new direction that I wanted this blog to go in. And now here we are several weeks later with leaves turning colors and the pumpkin spice latte orders racking up at Starbucks.

And this rest has been GOOD you guys. It has been so, so good.

It was time that I needed. Time that I needed to take for myself. Time that I was, quite honestly, afraid to take for myself because I was afraid that our business would implode if I took off the superwoman cape for even a second. I mean, haven't we all been there & felt that at some point?

But 7 weeks to the day later, and I'm here to tell you that's just not the case at all. The wheels aren't going to fall off just because you slow down for a little while. The world doesn't need to have ALL of you all of the time.

And all of those crazy demands to be perfect that we put on ourselves are just that....they are things that we put on ourselves. WE put them there. And we have to be willing to lay them down if we are ever going to move forward. For they are far too heavy to keep carrying around.

Take that deep breath with me now. I give you permission to exhale.

For me, I had just been going and going with the blog. It was one more item on my checklist to mark off. And THAT I was posting each day became so much more important than WHAT I was posting. It had become hollow. It had become habit. It was lacking in heart.

And from the step back of these past 7 weeks, I've been able to see that. To see what's been missing and what I want to get back to. And to catch a glimpse of the places that we've never been willing to go before. I want to be brave. I want to be honest. I want to talk about the things that matter.

And most of all, I want to make sure that the words I'm writing mean something. That they actually help people. Because otherwise, what's the point?

So get ready, because all of that is coming! :) Posts that are brave, posts that have heart, posts that cut beyond the surface and aren't afraid to get real, post that share our lives with you day to day as we try to get closer to who it is that we're becoming.

Posts that take off the cape of having it all together, and get down to the pieces that make up who we are.

Well that and a WHOLE lot of pretty pictures that we have lined up to show you guys!

It's going to be great, I hope. But even more importantly than that, it's going to be real.

It's really, really good to be back you guys. I've honestly missed talking to you so much.

And we have a lot to catch up on.

**Speaking of taking off the capes, we spent last week at the absolutely life rocking & amazing Pursuit 31 Conference. And the incredible team at Tre Creative put together this video of everything that happened. You have to watch it to understand!

**And speaking of pumpkin spice lattes, as a little welcome back gift from us to you to thank you guys for hanging in there with us let's do a $25 Starbucks gift card giveaway. Just leave us a note in the comments and we're going to pick one lucky winner soon!

Tue. Sep 16, 2014 by Mary    J&M Workshops

Nantucket Walk Through a Wedding Workshop

Last month we had the amazing opportunity to see a long time dream come true: we were able to go out and teach our Walk Through a Wedding workshop in one of our favorite places on the PLANET....Nantucket!! Over the years we have gotten to teach Walk Through in some really cool locations: The Netherlands, London, Sydney, and all over the US. But there was just something extra special about sharing a place that is so close to our hearts with our attendees that made this one extra incredible!

We started the three days with a welcome meet & greet at Cru, eating lobster rolls right on the water. And it just got better from there, including welcome bags with chocolate covered cranberries (a Nantucket specialty!), fireside chats at the Nantucket Inn, and a sunset shoot at Brant Point Lighthouse! We had the best group of attendees who came from all over the US & Canada, and they came with an open heart and a willingness to work hard & learn. It was SO awesome to mark this dream off our bucket list! And even better to come away with it with a bunch of new incredible friends!

And of course the whole thing could have never happened if it weren't for a group of insanely talented creatives, led by the amazing Stacie Shea, who gave so generously of their time to come over to the island with us and put together the most preppy perfect shoot ever! It was truly a dream!

With HUGE thanks to:

Event Styling & Coordination: Stacie Shea Events
Hair & Make up: Upstyle Beauty
Paper: Coral Pheasant
Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design
Tablescape: Salt and Pepper Shakers, Mermaid Bottle Opener The Beehive Fairfield
Linens: La Tavola Linens
Clothing and Dress Styling: Beth Chapman Styling for The White Dress by the Shore
Dishware: Juliska
Cake: Jodi's Cakes
And our amazing models: Deszarae, Simon & Lauren

We have just announced the details for our FINAL Walk Through a Wedding workshop of the year that will take place in New Haven, CT on Nov 5th-6th with the theme of "Classic Black Tie Wedding." It's going to be awesome! Seats are incredibly limited and if you want to join us, you can grab your spot by going HERE & be sure to enter the code "EARLYBIRD" to get $150 off your seat!


Sun. Sep 7, 2014 by Mary    Engagements

Coastal Connecticut Engagement Shoot: Shannon & Joe

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