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Wed. May 7, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

New York City Wedding: Kristen & Andrew

The second wedding in our double header weekend took us in to the City for Kristen & Andrew's Mandarin Oriental Hotel wedding! And they had an absolutely STUNNING day! From the rain that held off until all of the portraits were over to the gorgeous florals to Kristen's absolutely jaw-dropping Vera Wang dress, it was a day where everything just fell into place! We loved all of the New York touches that K&A put into to their day, from the city skyline cut-out place cards to a stop in Times Square for the portraits, to a reception overlooking the Freedom Tower. It was amazing!

We also loved this couples tribute to old, new, borrowed & blue! Kristen wore her mom's incredible pearl beaded crown which was her old & borrowed. And then Andrew gave her a gorgeous pair of Frank Pollack earrings as her something blue to go with her new dress. And then the icing on the {literal} cake was that these guys had Sylvia Weinstock make their cake...the fondant flowers on it looked like the real thing! Incredible! And then maybe our favorite part of all is that we got to capture the whole day, working alongside our good friends Jeremy & Ashley from Jeremy Mitchell Cinema!

Kristen & Andrew, thank you SO much for allowing us to be the ones there with you on your day! It was an honor we won't soon forget! We hope you have the best time in Greece, and that these pictures will help you remember your amazing day!

So much love,
J&M











































































































































Tue. May 6, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Tappan Hill Mansion Wedding: Meg & Dan

Meg & Dan's Tappan Hill Mansion wedding was absolutely stunning! We had the honor of photographing these two this past weekend, along with both of their incredible families! I can't remember the last time two sides of a family have ever made Justin & I feel more welcome, appreciated & cared for. We absolutely ADORE our couples ...and it is even more amazing when we can the families that made them into the incredible people that they are!

Meg & Dan had the absolute perfect day after a week long of torrential downpours! It was warm & sunny, and it meant everyone got to hang out on the stunning veranda at Tappan Hill for one spectacular sunset. Later, they toasted and laughed and cried and danced the night away. It was the kind of day that you never want to forget, and M&D, my hope is that with these pictures....you never will! Love like this always!

So much love!
J&M











































































































































Mon. Apr 28, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Antigua Wedding: Lauren & Gary

Ohhhhhh what could I ever say about this wedding that would ever properly do it justice?

Let's just start with this: Lauren is amazing. She's just one of those people that everybody falls in love with instantly. She has a light and a joy about her that you just want to be around as much as you can. It's infectious! When you're with her, you feel like you could take on the world....as long as she's there taking it on with you. Lauren is an incredibly talented in her own right, and we first met her a few years back when she came to one of our Walk Through a Wedding workshops in Chicago. Not too long after that, she told us that when the time came for her we had to be her wedding photographers. I secretly crossed my fingers & hoped that it would be true, because I couldn't imagine giving up that huge honor to anyone else!

Then there's Gary. For those of you who don't know, a little while back Lauren battled cancer. Like a warrior. She did the treatments, she lost her hair, she has the scars to this day to prove it. And never ever once did she stop smiling through it or complain. She was the brave face to the world....but Gary, Gary was the quiet rock that she was standing on. Throughout the vows and the ceremony and toast after toast, we heard stories of how Gary never left her side. Of how he was at every single treatment. And how he always made her feel like the most beautiful girl in the world, even when she didn't feel like it. See, Gary's love is not the fleeting, when things are good kind of love. His is a love that will last forever whatever comes their way. Because it already has. And we all love him for that.

Lauren & Gary together are a Kenny Chesney song and a cold beer on a beach somewhere. They are a comfy couch and a blanket, cuddled up with their dog Goose. They are rooftop deck sitting and cheek to cheek slow dancing. They are not letting the microwave timer run all the way out and leaving socks out laying around. They are lightning fast witty banter and they challenge and push each other to be their best. They live in every moment to its fullest. They are the kind of friends who love with their whole heart.

A couple of days ago, on the cliffs of Antigua, they promised forever and they promised right now, they promised every second. Surrounded by forty of their closest friends & family, they laughed and cried and they laughed some more. They slow danced and fast danced....and serious face dance off danced. They strung bistro lights- five hundred and forty seven of them- and they warmed their faces in their glow. They sat at tables, decorated to perfection by people who love them so much that they flew in just to take care of it. And when the party was really getting going, a flash mob of all their guests broke out and surprised them. Because with people like Lauren & Gary, you just find a way to teach forty people from all over the country how to spontaneously do the same dance at the same time. There was never any question.

L&G, we love you to the moon & back and to Antigua & back. I will never EVER be able to tell you what a humbling, HUGE honor it was for us to be there with you and your amazing friends & family who made us feel like just part of the crew. I still can't believe it happened. Lauren, I am SO proud of you. Gary, I am SO thankful for you and how you love without fail. If I have my way, you guys will ALWAYS be in our lives. And we will vacation in Antigua & go to Kenny Chesney concerts until we are old & wrinkly together. My prayer for you both is that sixty years from now, you will still be dancing cheek to cheek. And when you look at each other you'll still smilie & say....

I don't see how you could ever be, anything but mine.

xoxooxoxoxoxox!!!
M:)





































































































































































Tue. Apr 1, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Silverbrook Farm Wedding: Ashley & Jeremy

Well now, today is an EXCITING day!!!

We shot Ashley & Jeremy's Silverbrook Farm wedding back in October, the day before our own anniversary actually! And we've kept them off the blog until they were featured over on Southern Weddings!! That feature is officially live so now we can share with you our full post recap of their incredible day.

So how do I even go about putting into words what it was like to shoot their wedding? Let's start with the fact that they are now some of our best friends. We have had the absolute honor to document some of their biggest moments over the years, from their "engagement shoot" at the sunrise shoot out to their elopement in Vegas, to now the big party or what came to be known as #mitchellstaketwo. And we fully expect to be the ones who get to document their 50th anniversary party too! I'm just sayin.

Ashley & Jeremy are some of the most giving, thoughtful, above & beyond friends I could have ever asked for. They constantly push me to be a better person. To think kinder, to always look at the positive, to be the kind of friend who just shows up. My life hasn't been the same since these two came into it, and to watch them promise their lives to each other was one (wait, two!) of the happiest moments of my life.

Ash & Jer, I fully expect to be old & wrinkly with you guys. And to still be going on adventures. Thank you for letting us be part of the ride. Your love will inspire a generation.

We LOVE you!
M:)





























































































































Photographer: Justin & Mary Photography / Videographer: Josh Gooden / Planner: Antonia Christianson Events / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Silverbrook Farm / Florist: Floral and Bloom / Dessert Baker and Caterer: Sweet Water Cuisine / DJ: Amanda Pearl of Fat Cat Productions / Photo Booth: Liz & Ryan/ Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang “White” / Paper Products: Paper Dolls Design / Hair Stylist: Ian McCabe / Makeup Artist: Sarah Rillon / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groom’s Attire: Levi Denim, J.Crew Shirt, Forever 21 Blazer, Etsy Bow Tie, and Aldo Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew Shirt, Levi Denim, and H&M Shoes / Chalkboards, place cards, and window panes: Coastal Calligraphy and Design











Thu. Mar 27, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Branford House Wedding: Emily & Tolga

Welcome back!! And now for the full post from Emily & Tolga's stunning Branford House winter wedding! These two had an incredible day, with just the perfect amount of snow falling during the portraits to make everything feel like a dream! Between that and the candlelit ceremony and the Thai lanterns at the end, theirs was the kind of day people dream of! And we especially loved Emily's Vera Wang gown, those stunning & sophisticated bridesmaids dresses, and Tolga's bespoke tuxedo & velvet tie! Enjoy!!

Married: Emily & Tolga


Location: Branford House
Catering: Gourmet Galley Catering
Flowers: Hana Floral Design
Videography: Jeremy White of Fairfax
Films rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals
Hair and makeup: Larissa Lake Makeup Artist & Co.
Photography: Justin and Mary






























































































































 
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