It's time to kick things off with our first wedding of 2017!  Dave and Joanna made for a great start to the year!  The week leading up to the big day was filled with unseasonably warm February weather (we're talking 70 degrees!), but as the weekend got closer the forecast took a turn.  26 degrees with 20-25MPH winds, brrrr!  These two make a great team, took it all in stride, and didn't let it stop them from getting the photos they wanted.  The whole day was filled with love and laughs (especially when Joanna revealed her 'bag-of-tricks') and we are loving everything about them and their photos!  Enjoy!

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Joanna spent the morning getting ready with her sisters at her home in Toms River.  I kind of love when a wedding day timeline allows for a bride to get ready at home... especially when they have pets!  Dave and Joanna have 2 of the biggest, fluffiest, cutest pups ever!  Once Joanna was looking all flawless her matron of honor helped her into her dress and pearl jewelry.  We had a few minutes for bridal portraits before we dashed out the door to the ceremony, and off we went!

WEDDING CEREMONY AT THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF TOMS RIVER.

WEDDING PORTRAITS AT THE BEACH IN LAVALLETTE, THE OCEAN BAY FIREHOUSE, AND OUTSIDE WHITE SANDS HOTEL IN POINT PLEASANT, NJ.

While the chilly temps kept us inside the church for family photos, these guys were ready to brave the cold for their wedding portraits.  Well we lucked out because Dave, Joanna, and their bridal party were great sports!  They were all smiles as we jumped in and out of the cars at the beach in an attempt to strategically avoid the cold and wind.   The next stop was Dave's fire station, and the two of us were like kids in a candy store!  We really enjoyed incorporating the fire house, the gear, and the firetruck, and they were happy to let us get creative with it.  We had planned the day with them so that we could get some pictures at sunset, and we got to the hotel just in time!  Once we had those it was definitely time to warm up!  

WEDDING RECEPTION AT THE LOBSTER SHANTY IN POINT PLEASANT, NJ.

The short drive from their hotel was just enough time to thaw out and get ready to party!  Narcissus Florist worked their magic again in the ballroom with a mix of tall and short centerpieces.  Their beach themed cake, starfish escort cards, and personalized pint glass gifts were the perfect accents for that beachy vibe.  We love the ballroom at the Lobster Shanty for many reasons, but one of the best... the chandeliers!  You can definitely see how they add to the colorful fun feel of the detail and dancing photos.  Dave and Joanna opted for uplighting as well, which we also love!  These guys, their family, friends, and wedding day were pretty much awesome all around.  Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs, we wish you much love and happiness! 

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