GARDEN CITY HOTEL WEDDING: ETIENNE + AILEEN

I could not think of a more perfect start to the 2017 wedding season!!! Aileen & Etienne were married at The Garden City Hotel - we had the most perfect weather, fully bloomed cherry blossoms, and a dreamy golden sunset! But, above all that, we witnessed the most beautiful love from these two! It was overflowing as I watched them treat every single vendor like they were part of the family! Chris and I couldn't stop talking about their kindness, glowing smiles, and hearts of gold!! <3 Congrats you two!!! 

I want this ring!!! 

Etienne & Aileen's First Look was so sweet! 

We had cherry blossom trees in FULL BLOOM!!! Photographer's DREAM! 

For the record, Adirondack chairs are HEAVY, but it was totally worth it for this gorgeous photo! Thank you bridesmaids for pushing for this one!!! :)

After the ceremony, we went back outside for some sunset photos - best decision ever!

I have so many favorite moments from the day, but this tops the list. Here I am with THREE of my #CassiClaireCouples! Kaitlin (Aileen's sister) & Rory were married in 2013, George & Mary were married in 2014, and now Aileen & Etienne in 2017! What a joy to have everyone reunited again!!! Love you guys! <3

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Venue: The Garden City Hotel • Florist: Pedestals Floral Decorators • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair: Kelly Russo & Jessy B • Make-up: Christina Amador Beauty • The Dress: Pronovias Barcelona • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN • Groom's Tux: Custom Tux, Men's Wearhouse • Groomsmen Tuxes: Vera Wang, Men's Wearhouse • Bride & Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar • Rings: Ken and Dana Design & HL Gross & Bro Jewelers • Invitations: Simple GD • DJ: Tommy's Tunes • Videography: Birchfields • Favors: Favor Universe & Jam homemade by Grandma • And a very special thank you to my AMAZING team Keri & Chris!

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!

OCEAN CITY MARYLAND ENGAGEMENT: KEVIN + KATE

We had the most incredible weekend photographing Kate and Kevin's engagement photos in Ocean City, MD!!! And that's saying something because it was 50 degrees, windy, rainy, and generally just GROSS. And yet, we managed to laugh the entire time and keep each other warm in spirit! After an incredible engagement session, we stuffed ourselves silly at 94th Liquid Assets & Candy Kitchen Shoppes! Congratulations you two! Chris and I are SOOO happy we got to spend the weekend together! Let the countdown to wedding begin!!!!

Kate, you are so beautiful!! 

Little did I know these brightly colored rock candies I found at Candy Kitchen would be the perfect backdrop for a great ring photo, while also matching Kate's love for Lilly Pulitzer! 

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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!

LIFESTYLE NEWBORN SESSION: BABY BEN

When I first started my business, I photographed EVERYTHING. From babies to senior portraits to birthday parties. Then, I fell in love with weddings and said "That's it! I'm specializing in weddings from now on!!!" And I swore I'd never photograph anything else but weddings. But then my couples started having babies...the cutest little itty bitty babies. It was time to start making exceptions. Introducing, lifestyle newborn sessions exclusively for #CassiClaireCouples!!! Nicole and Oscar were one of our 2014 wedding couples, check out their wedding! They quickly became our real-life friends. Nicole and I found out almost immediately that we're basically the same person -perfectionists with a HUGE dose of silly!! :) Which, I think, happen to be great characteristics for a new momma! Oscar will be father-of-the-year as he teaches his son how to become an incredible kind, loving man...and to play soccer for Costa Rica of course!

Baby Ben, I hope someday you realize how blessed you are to be surrounded with love from these two! For now, enjoy being a snuggly little bundle of joy! I pray this season doesn't go by too quickly! #cassiclairebabies

Ben's nursery was themed around stars, so Nicole created these amazing constellation paintings based off this Style Me Pretty tutorial!

Chewie has already adjusted to her role as big sister! 

I have to admit, the pose below wasn't entirely my own idea...it may have been done before. #lionking

And I'll leave you with my favorite Ben-face of the day...."Did I do that?!"

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SAN FRANCISCO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: ALEX + RACHEL

Chris and I love to schedule at least one session every time we travel someplace new! We've done sessions in London, Venice, Florence, Colorado and several other awesome places across the US...which now includes SAN FRANCISCO!!! (I'm not freaking out, you're freaking out). For Rachel & Alex's engagement session, we got to photograph three architectural greats: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and San Francisco City Hall! Oh, and I love that you can't even tell it was like negative 1,000 degrees (aka 48 degrees) outside in these photos. Rachel was a champion in her sleeveless dress! I'm pretty sure she was imagining herself walking on the sun in order to stay warm! Congratulations Rachel & Alex!! I'm so excited for the two of you! <3

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is the PERFECT place for an engagement session or wedding portraits! I can't get over these columns!

San Francisco was especially exciting for me because...I have a mild obsession with bridges. Yea, I'm super weird. Once, on a road-trip with a friend, we drove about 100 miles out of the way so I could drive the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel (26 miles of, you guessed it, bridges & tunnels). While this would be some people's worst nightmare...it's like heaven to me! I love the art of the structure, but I especially love being the passenger so I can feel like I'm flying out over the water! Needless to say, I was pretty stinking excited to see the Golden Gate Bridge. No amount of Full House opening credits could prepare me for how beautiful it'd be in real life! <3

Sometimes the wind is my best friend...

San Francisco City Hall is an iconic photo location! Chris and I spent a whole afternoon there on a different day of our trip and we couldn't WAIT to take Rachel & Alex there for some photos. Sadly, the inside was closed for a private event, but the outside is just as gorgeous!!

Rachel and Alex: Congratulations again on your engagement! We are so excited for you two!!! Thanks for spending the afternoon with us!

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