After talking to Anna, I knew we would be a great match. Which is, in my opinion, very important for your wedding day. When choosing a photographer, number one, you should like their images and number two, their personality. Not only will you spend more time around your photographer than anyone else that day, the more comfortable you are, the better the images. Anna and I had a lot in common, a love of art, video gaming and animals. We bonded over some Starbucks and I was very excited for her big day by the time we left!
After spending all summer landscaping and getting ready, the festivities were at Anna and Cosimo's house in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. The house is on a hill overlooking the lake and lugging rocks and mulch and flowers up and down that hill was some pretty serious exercise. They did all the work themselves and did an amazing job. It was gorgeous!
The things Anna and Cosimo love the MOST are each other, Dave Matthews (I know if they could they would follow Dave around all year, every year.) and their Morkies, Baxter and Dexter (Anna makes their food and they have a better wardrobe than I do.) It was very important for them to have both Dave and the dogs involved.
With a Dave song playing and surrounded by their closest friends and family, Anna and Cosimo tied the knot with a friend officiating. Their fur-babies made two adorably clad (in custom tuxes!) ring-bearers. I love a small, intimate wedding. The vows were said, kisses shared and then it was time to party!
The first dance was, (you guessed it) Dave Matthew's "Steady As we Go" and everyone joined in towards the end. It was obvious that the whole group had such an amazing time eating, drinking and dancing the night away.
It was an honor and pleasure to be involved in telling their story.
Special thanks to Jeri Houseworth for the referral and Lauren Kearns for photographing with me!
Invitations: Tessa Brown
Dress: Galina Signature from David's Bridal
Dog's Tuxes: Amazon
Cellist and Dad: Vladimir Panteleyev
Photography: Barbara Wentzel + Lauren Kearns
DJ: Nick Cavaleri - Be The Good Entertainment
Guitar: Nic Freeman
Catering: Chef Ken Salmon
Tower of French Macarons: Sweet Expressions
I'm very excited to share this Ryland Inn winter wedding! Jessica + Jon are an amazing couple who were not only up for anything, they are also awesome people who make you feel like a welcome friend. I absolutely loved being able to photograph the two of them. When we first talked, Jessica was hoping for snow and got her wish two days before the big day. Which was great, because on the wedding day they had both snow and almost 50 degree weather. Win, win! Everything was beautiful, from the bride's shoes, to the custom shirts and tuxes (which were made by a member of the bridal party, Mitch Gambert) and having George (the most handsome horse I've ever seen) there for pictures. Just make sure to keep an eye on your bouquet as George finds them tempting. ;)
Florist: Elise Holck- Calico Country Flowers, Hackettstown, NJ Men's Tuxedos & Custom Shirts: Mitch Gambert - Gambert Shirts, Newark, NJ Groom Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo Bride Dress: Mira Zwillinger - Purchased at Elizabeth John's, Morristown, NJBride Shoes: Rene Caovilla Bridesmaids: J Crew BridalPre-ceremony PJ's: Ralph Lauren Band: Craig Scott Orchestra, Rochelle Park, NJ Make-up: Jenny Mañe Bride Hair: Heather WhitmerBridesmaid's Hair: Heaven Boutique SalonPhotographer: Barbara Wentzel Photography, Hainesport, NJVideographer: Michael Simons Video Productions, Belford, NJVenue: The Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station, NJHorses: Five Star Equine LLC, Whitehouse Station, NJ Jewelry: Martin Jewelers
Special thanks to Rhiannon Livardo for being an awesome second shooter!!