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Tue. Jun 10, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Gotham Hall NYC Wedding: Nandita & Georgio

As soon as we walked into the suite where Nandita was getting ready on Sunday, I knew it was going to be a good day. This room had incredible light and beautiful, elegant furniture. You photographers out there will feel me on that, that it just makes the day SO much better when everything just works right from the beginning! And that sort of became the theme for the day....everything just flowed so easy and everything was so, SO beautiful with great light!

Nan & Georgio are honestly a DREAM of a couple! They are all the things we look for in our ideal J&M couples & love about them.....they are first & foremost, SO in love! Their joy is the kind of happiness that fills a room, even one as big as Gotham Hall. Their love is bigger. It fills up ever corner & every heart that it touches. And it just makes you happier that love is a thing that exists in this world. Secondly, and almost just as important to why they are such a dream couple, these guys trust us completely! Ahhh I can't tell you how much life that breathes into us. To have the freedom to shoot it however we see it, and for them to be down for anything if it means good pictures! Brides out there, I can't tell you how much that does for your photographers! Us creative types do our best work when you allow us to...create!! :) Nan & Georgio, thank you SO much for giving us the time & the freedom to create art and tell stories, not just a list of "supposed to" shots! We fell more in love with photography, and more in love with,, because of you.

Besides all the reasons that we loved the day, N&G just had what you would call a textbook perfect wedding day! Gorgeous, not too hot, breezy weather, a huge gathering of friends & family who love them dearly, a heartfelt, emotional ceremony, amazing dancing and a super fun party, hugs, laughter, happy tears, and one of the most emotional father-daughter dances I've ever witnessed. I usually get a little teary behind the camera, but this was the first time in while where I had to take a deep breath & pull it together! Throw into the mix greek dancing, classic black tie plus a white dinner jacket outfit change, a dress the bride designed herself and had custom made (with optional lengths! :) the insanely beautiful backdrop that is Gotham Hall, and a super talented team of creatives that was a JOY to work with....and honestly, it just doesn't get any better than that!

N&G, we love you guys to the moon & back! I hope you are sipping something fruity in Mexico, but when you get back we have a date for wine tasting on Long Island! Because you guys are now officially our Clients Turned Friends....for life!!

SO much love!

Hotel: Langham Place Fifth Avenue
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gotham Hall
Planning & Coordination: Toby Sarna
Hair: Olympia Colandrea of Da Noi On Fifth
Makeup: Robin Schoen
Caterer: Laurence Craig Catering
Floral: George from 13th Ave Florist
Cinematography: Josh & Jim of Clark + Walker Studio
DJ: International Sounds

Wed. May 28, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Robison Mansion Colorado Wedding: Rene & John

Happy Thursday!!

So we were supposed to share Rene & John's stunning Robison Mansion wedding yesterday, but our server was down all day. Apparently, we got a TON of traffic from our Nantucket pictures, and they shut us down! How rude, right?? :) We're still working out some kinks, but for the most part we're back up & running! So without further ado....Rene & John's big day!

These two were married this past Sunday, when every weather report was calling for thunderstorms all day. As we drove up to the mansion, there was thunder & lightning and we could see crazy big storms in either direction. But as the time for the ceremony approached, the clouds parted and bright, golden sunshine emerged. And it stayed that way all day!

Rene & John had an absolutely gorgeous pink-themed wedding and the flowers? The flowers were INCREDIBLE!! Rene is a photographer herself, so we had no doubt it was going to be amazing! Theirs was a day filled with family and thankfulness and DANCING....all the important things! And there were a few things that made their day extra special. The first is that Rene & John's First Kiss was their actual first kiss. So when that part in the ceremony came, everyone broke out into cheering and I've never heard that much glass clinking at a reception in my life! :) The other thing that made their day so amazing, was that you could just tell that everyone surrounding them was really pulling for them and this marriage. They believed in them. They believe in this life that they're starting together. And you could just tell that they are going to be cheering for them for the rest of their lives!

Rene & John, thank you SO much for inviting us in and making us such a part of your day. Thank you for hiring us before you were even officially engaged...what a HUGE honor that is! Thank you for sharing your love with us and your happiness. It was truly an honor to witness. And my hope is that you'll still be loving just like this for the next fifty years!

So much love,

Venue: Robison Mansion
Event Coordination: Entwined Planning
Beauty: Spice Hair
Blooms: Charlene Canady
Catering: Classic Catering
Baker: Sweet Cheeks Cakery
Photography: Justin & Mary, but we couldn't have done half as much without our ahhh-mazing second shooter for the day Miss Sarah Perkins !!

Thu. May 22, 2014 by Mary    Weddings

Maine Wedding: Michelle & Matt

Happy Thursday friends!

And ohhhhh is this ever a HAPPY day! I've been working alllll morning on this one & I am finally ready to show you the amazing day that Michelle & Matt had this past weekend at Migis Lodge in Maine. Let's just start by saying that it was supposed to POUR all. day. long. on these two. All day! And then.....golden sunshine! Beautiful warm golden sunshine from beginning to end. And their closest friends & family. And love. And laughter. And beautiful, jaw-dropping details from a powerhouse team of creatives led by the insanely talented MStarr Events. And more smiles. And love. And laughter. And the kind of day that makes you feel grateful to be a part of it and grateful for clients who love & trust you completely.

Michelle & Matt booked us over two years ago as one of the very first things they did in their planning, and as soon as we met them the first time we knew...they were our DREAM kind of couple. And that was just confirmed again and again all day with them on their wedding, including when they snuck away during their reception to come and personally thank each and every one of their creative team. They are grateful and gracious and carry themselves with so much grace. They are the kind of people who make everyone around them feel like the most important person in the room. And so that day, there were over a hundred of us who were just counting our blessings to be there to celebrate with them as they promised forever.

Michelle & Matt, there are no words that could ever thank you enough for being who you are. Your love is one for the ages and I know it will be inspiring the people who are lucky enough to come into your lives for generations to come. Just love like this always. The world needs your example.

So much love!

Venue & Catering: Migis Lodge
Design, Styling, Coordination: MStarr Event Design
Cinematography: Jeremy White
Florals: Petal Floral Design
Lighting & Draping: Ryan Designs
Rentals: New England Country Rentals
Linens: Nuage Designs
Invitations: Julie Song Ink
Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew
Groom's Tux: J.Crew
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux
Custom Ties: Fox & Brie
Hair & Makeup: Lena Hartford - Hair That Moves
Photography: Justin & Mary

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,

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 never will! Love like this always!

So much love!

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