I’m so excited to be sharing Brooke and Daniel’s romantic New Jersey wedding today on the blog! These two were a ton of fun to work with and their wedding party pictures on the beach are some of my all-time favorite beach pictures I’ve ever captured. Let’s just say those cotton candy skies really worked in our favor!
Brooke and Daniel got married back east at the Icona Golden Inn in New Jersey. Brooke is originally from New Jersey and Daniel is from California, but now they live in Nashville.
Fun fact: We met in person the day BEFORE their wedding! I flew in the afternoon before the big day and got to shoot some mock engagements on the beach for them to help calm their nerves. It also gave them a chance to see how I worked. The beach winds were wild as we took photos on the beach, but they just ran with it. I LOVED that about them! After that, I knew they would be great working with whatever the weather threw our way for their big day- and they were!
The next morning was WEDDING DAY! I did not have a second shooter with me like I usually do. As crazy as it was doing it solo, I honestly loved EVERY minute of it. Usually, I don’t get to interact with the groom and the groomsmen as much because my second shooter takes care of this. However, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to this go-around because they were AMAZING- such a fun group of guys!! Both parties got ready in the same hotel, so it made everything more manageable for me when it came to capturing everyone. The location we took these shots in was also perfect for the aesthetic of their wedding album.
Here’s another fun fact for ya: The bride’s name was Brooke, her best friend’s name was Brooke and, obviously, my name is Brooke. Thus, we had triple Brooke power all day! It was so funny watching all of us turn around at once any time our name was said.
When it was time for Brooke and Daniel’s first look, the weather was all over the place. It was freezing outside, and going back and forth between sunshine and rain. That being said, we decided to do their portraits inside. And let me tell ya, the hotel’s natural lighting was drop-dead GORGEOUS. We used a intimate hallway for the first look and a really gorgeous space with a gallery painting of a sailboat, which set the tone for that beachy feel they were going for. After the first look, Brooke requested beach pictures after the ceremony as long as it wasn’t raining. And lucky for me, that’s exactly what happened! The rain cleared out but left some fluffy clouds, making way for the most spectacular cotton candy skies. They are still some of my most favorite bridal portraits on the beach EVER!
All in all, Brooke and Daniel’s special day was a ton of fun and I am grateful they chose and entrusted me to capture the celebration of their love story! Cheers!!
Did you enjoy Brooke and Daniel’s romantic New Jersey wedding? Keep the New Jersey inspiration going with this Sea Isle engagement session!
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