HIGHLANDS COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING: JON + LAUREN

We had the BEST day with Jon and Lauren! The amount of love surrounding these two was awe-inspiring...from the most fun wedding party (seriously, these bridesmaids are my new BFFs) to their thick-as-thieves family! You could feel the cloud of love over the entire venue! Speaking of which, Highlands Country Club looked stunning as always. Lauren's visions of soft blue accented with greenery and giant white blooms were totally brought to life! :)

Lauren and her sweet momma made me cry!

First Look with Dad followed by a First Look with her groom!! <3

What was your first impression of your fiance?

"When I first saw him he seemed like someone who was laid back, athletic and an overall good guy, but I
didn't know much about him. Jon had cousins coming in from out of town and they were going to be exploring the city. He extended the invite to the team, and I was the only one to accept. Jon and I barely knew each other and there I was at brunch with his two cousins, his sister and him, and we had the best time just wandering through the city hanging out. From that day on I knew that I needed him in my life, whether it be best friends or more." - Lauren

A little behind-the-scenes!! The making of the photo above! ;)

Jon, describe Lauren in 5 words:

"Warm-hearted, Adventurous, Charismatic, Passionate, Fun-Sized"

Lauren, describe Jon in 5 words:

"Loving, Thoughtful, Hilarious, Loyal, Inspiring"

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"We are most excited to be utterly surrounded by all the people we love so dearly."

And of course, a few FUNbooth photos! 

Congratulations Lauren & Jon!!! We wish you a million years of happiness and adventure! <3

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Venue: Highlands Country Club • Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Bridal by Alexandria • The Dress: Maggie Sottero • The Shoes: Chase & Chloe • Maids Attire: Azazie • Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse • Invitations: Minted • Table Numbers: Keystone Steel Co. • Favors: Seniman Calligraphy • Music (Ceremony): Amadeus Quartet • Music (Reception): Dan Haas Band • Cake: Pastry Garden • Cake Topper: WeddingPros • Film Scans: The FIND Lab • And a special thank you to my AMAZING team Chris and Karina!

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey, NYC & Destination wedding photographer
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CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION MERRILL CENTER, ANNAPOLIS WEDDING: KEVIN + KATE

I can't gush enough about these two and how wonderful this wedding day was!!! Kate and Kevin invited us to attend their rehearsal dinner and morning-after brunch as friends. From the moment we arrived we felt as if we knew their whole family forever! INSTANT friends! It's no wonder these two are so infatuated with each other. They both shine so brightly and love so easily...it's magnetic! 

Hard to believe Kate and Kevin grew up only 10 minutes apart, but didn't meet until a chance encounter in a physical therapy office in 2013. After a little match-making by another PT aide, Kate and Kevin started chatting online. They messaged each other almost every day, mainly about their shared love of the Baltimore Ravens! The day they finally met in real life, Kevin was assigned to be Kate's physical therapy aide. Kate was SO embarrassed to have this cute guy telling her how to do these silly floor exercises (and watching her do them)! Meanwhile, Kevin thought she was GORGEOUS, but he was too busy with school and his future career for a girlfriend. Kate knew what she wanted though. Her never-ending persistence and kindness stole Kevin's heart. #GIRLBOSS

This beautiful locket had the whole room in tears. Kevin secretly gathered pieces of family heirlooms to create a NEW heirloom just for Kate. The inside contains a piece from Kate's grandmother's corsage (who passed away), a fabric swatch & beads from Kevin's mom's wedding dress, her great grandmother's wedding band (who shares the same anniversary date as the newlyweds), a dried flower from Kate's mom's bouquet, as well as a piece of blue fabric from her mom's garter! 

Kate you are STUNNING! 

Chris, you can't always be the bride! #diva

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Moment you are most looking forward to:

"The First Look. I can't wait for Kevin to see me in my dress and to finally be married!" - Kate

FAVORITE!

Absolutely ADORED this wedding party!!!

The Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, MD was the perfect backdrop for this beach-loving couple!!

Just wait until you see this beach-inspired reception designed by Elle Ellinghaus Designs! I need these rose-colored goblets in my life! And y'all, writing inside an oyster shell is HARD. I've tried it and failed miserably. Major props to the bride Kate for making it look easy!! 

This color palette though...LOVE!

Remember that shared love of the Ravens?! Their parents surprised the couple by hiring POE the Ravens Mascot to crash their cocktail hour!

One of my favorite things to do (if there's time) is to surprise the couple with a same-day slideshow of their wedding photos! Guests LOVE seeing the photos so quickly! And who doesn't love instant gratification?!

Streamers are always a good idea! 

Congratulations Kate & Kevin!!! We wish you all the happiness in the world!! <3

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Venue: Philip Merrill Environmental Center • Florist: My Flower Box Events • Photography: Cassi Claire • Planner: Elle Ellinghaus Designs • Catering: Rouge Catering • Hair: Emily Pforr - Til Next Time • Makeup: Rachael Wontrop • The Dress: Theia Tara • Veil: Proposal To Promise • Rings: Traynham's Jewelers • The Shoes: Le Château • Maids Fashion: Bella's Bridesmaid • Men's Fashion: J Ferrar & Sperry • Invitations: Just Ink on Paper • Table Numbers: Shabby 4 Shore • Music: String Poets & J White Productions • Video: Lee Russell Films • Cake: SugarBakers • Film Scans: The FIND Lab 

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

RYLAND INN WEDDING: RYAN + MELISSA

Gosh I just adore these two!!! Their love story is so similar to mine & Chris's so we've felt a very special connection with them from the beginning. They found each other young, love & respect each other deeply, and just can't get enough time together! It's the perfect recipe for a long and happy marriage! <3 Melissa and Ryan wanted a very classic, but beautiful and romantic wedding. Their blush & neutral color palette was the perfect match for the Ryland Inn's white and stone inspired design. Twisted Willow Flowers created delicate and timeless floral arrangements to help bring the couple's vision to life. Every little moment was perfect!  

"I am going to marry this girl.
We were BEST friends before we ever started dating.
She has the best work ethic, is so kind-hearted and always
looks out for the people she loves." - Ryan

The Ryland Inn recently built a new bridal cottage...I would rent it for this bathtub alone!

Ryan started tearing up before he even turned around to see his bride...my heart can't take it!!! 

"Charismatic, goofy, cuddly..." words they used to describe each other!

Yup, definitely goofy!! We kept each other laughing ALL DAY!!! 

#BROMANCE

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"When I am standing up at the altar with our best friends and family, the second Melissa turns the corner with her father. I have played this over in my head and the real thing will only surpass it." - Ryan

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"When Ryan and I walk down the aisle after the ceremony and we have those few seconds alone as husband and wife. I think it will be the FINALLY moment." - Melissa

Ryan embraced his Irish heritage and kicked off the reception with a surprise professional bag pipe performance!

Dress change mid-reception? YES PLEASE!

Thank you so much for giving us the honor of photographing your day Ryan & Melissa! WE ADORE YOU! <3

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Venue: The Ryland Inn • Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Nancy Caroline Beauty • The Dress: Anne Barge • The Shoes: Kate Spade • Bridesmaids: Lulus • Suits: Men's Wearhouse & Calvin Klein • Invitations & Table Numbers: Little Black Dress Paperie • Music: Almost Easy Entertainment LLC • Cake: Palermo's Bakery • Film Scans: The FIND Lab

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
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RYLAND INN WEDDING: MATT + NIDIA

Matt and Nidia's wedding day at The Ryland Inn was INCREDIBLE! When I meet a bride who loves the little details as much as I do, I'm basically in heaven. Each item Nidia chose for her day was both thoughtful and beautiful!  Being from St. Vincent originally (a tiny island in the Caribbean), Nidia had steel drums playing during the ceremony and cocktail hour. One of their signature cocktails was inspired by their first trip abroad to Costa Rica. Even her glittery Jimmy Choo shoes held special meaning as she bought a matching pair for her sweet sister! The care that Nidia and Matt put into every choice was so evident. The care they put into each other was so evident! I can't gush enough about these sweet souls! Thank you Nidia & Matt for making Chris & I feel like family! <3

Can every engaged couple please buy these vow books from Blush Paper Co?

I finally understand stamp collecting!

Brb, crying cuz my lashes will never look this good...

The floor to ceiling windows at the Ryland give the prettiest light!

Cocktail hour had me craving that Island life!!

Nidia's cousin surprised everyone with the most incredible cultural dance routine!!

Congrats Matt & Nidia!! Thank you so much for all your kindness and we wish you a million years of joy!

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Venue: The Ryland Inn • Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair: Beyoutifulbride • Makeup: Makeup By JaySaunz • The Dress: Maggie Sottero • The Shoes: Jimmy Choo • Maids Fashion: Hayley Paige • Men's Fashion: The Black Tux • Invitations: Hudson Paperie • Vow Books: Blush Paper Co • Calligraphy: Alane G. Gianetti • Music: Posh DJs & Feelin’ Irie • Cake: La Bonbonniere • Film Scans: The FIND Lab

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

LOTTE NEW YORK PALACE WEDDING: MICHAEL + TU

Tu and Michael's story began with a lot of differences...born on opposite ends of the world, very different cultures, different languages, food, and even weather! But as we know from years of romantic comedy training, our difference often bring us together. Tu and Michael are both so SMART. They met during their first day of class in their Masters program at MIT. At the end of class, the professor said they had to stay in the same seats for the
rest of the semester. So for an entire semester, instead of paying attention in class, Tu would giggle to Michael
and draw in his notebook! She *may* have even pretended to be bad in accounting class just so she could ask Michael for help studying haha! Of course, Michael didn't mind the attention from the cute girl in yellow glasses! Their fun conversations turned into love which led to this beautiful wedding day! Tu and Michael were wed in one of the most beloved cathedrals in the world - St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. They celebrated their union afterwards at the Lotte New York Palace just across the street. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day or a better #DREAMTEAM! We loved working with Jackie and Rachel at Busy Bride Planning

The views of the city from this suite at the Lotte New York Palace were incredible!

Love this sweet moment!!! 

Possibly my favorite photo! 

The wind on this rooftop threatened to steal Tu's veil several times...but Tu danced in the breeze anyway! 

Okay, I can't even with this one. I usually only photograph portraits outside in natural light, but this staircase was calling my name. How EPIC is this?!

Quick light test with my Christopher before the newlyweds had an emotional first dance!

Congratulations Tu and Michael!! Wishing you years and years of happiness! <3

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Ceremony: St. Patrick's Cathedral • Reception: Lotte New York Palace • Florist: Prudence Designs and Events • Photography: Cassi Claire • Planner: Busy Bride Planning + Consulting • Hair: Beautini • Makeup: Infinite Charm • The Dress: Pronovias • Maids Fashion: Azazie • Men's Fashion: Jos. A. Bank • Invitations: East Six • Save The Dates: Lion In The Sun • Stationary: Bonomo Paper Company • Music: Jasper Stapleton • Video: Well Spun Weddings • Cake: Cake Alchemy • The End!

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