I knew I wanted to offer a free styled session to one lucky couple that followed my facebook business page. I knew I wanted the theme to be "Fall, In Love." And I knew I wanted to work with the amazing Mekina Saylor of Picture This, Plan That. What I didn't know is who would win the session! I watched the votes stream in for a whole week...one hundred, two hundred, three hundred...six hundred.

Only a few votes separated first and second place...

It was back and forth up until the last minute! With one last push for their friends vote, Ben and Cayla took the win by only 35 votes! I am still blown away by their efforts, and am so happy to have met such a beautiful couple with such a high value of photography.

Ben and Cayla were married in 2011, and this was such a fun way to celebrate their love! They were so at ease in front of the camera, even when I made them feed each other repeatedly AND throw peanuts at me! :) Ben so easily brought smiles and laughter to Cayla's face...from his little tickles to his silly faces. And Cayla has this delicate beauty and charm that just makes you immediately love her. Their love is honest, pure, and sweet, yet full of laughter and little perfect moments. Thank you Ben and Cayla for valuing our work and for being the most adorable couple ever!!

And of course, a huge thank you to Mekina Saylor. Mekina took my tiny little idea of a theme and blew it out of the water! She is a master of event design, and I love every single element to this styled session. From the perfect bucket of apples, to the vibrant raspberries and blueberries, to the gorgeous burlap and lace!

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Photography: Cassi Claire // Event Design: Mekina Saylor of Picture This, Plan That // Food: The Bean & Union Square Green Market // Fall in Love Toppers: A Sweet Little Note // Berry Garland: Craft Supple House 

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