Bella was baptised on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church in Edison, New Jersey. She hardly made a sound the whole time even though she was the center of attention. After the church we went over to the American Legion in Metuchen, New Jersey for a great after party! She hit the bottle pretty hard and showed everyone how it’s done.
We spent four days in the Hudson Valley of New York visiting places like Warwick, Sugar Loaf village, New Paltz, Benmarl winery and Huguenot Street. We stayed at the Inn at Stony Creek and the hospitality was top notch as usual! Some of my favorite photos are toward the bottom. I stood out in the freezing cold determined to photograph the Orion constellation. It was a cloudy night, so it was a bit tricky!
Today is the one year anniversary of our wedding. Planning our wedding was a lot of fun and hard work. So many thanks go out to all the people that helped us along the way! I think we spent just about every waking hour planning some aspect of the wedding.
It took a while to find talented people that also meshed with our personalities. I particularly had to find a photographer and videographer that really won me over. Jen Rutherford handled the photography and Rob Villano handled the videography. Very professional and easy to work with. Absolutely no worries.
One of my favorite pieces to create was the cake topper which we ended up putting near the cake instead of on top of it. This was the first time I had seriously sculpted anything since high school. I used air drying clay and coated it with a water based polymer to give it strength. (I made a smart decision by minimizing the amount of branches on the tree. It would have been much too difficult to move without worries on the day of the wedding.) A nice side effect of the polymer was that it gave the tree an icey appearance! The snow was added toward the of the project as a final touch.
All of the print pieces were designed by us and used the “GrekoDeko” and “Hightower” fonts throughout for consistency. We wanted everything to have a nice, classy appearance that would compliment the feeling of Shadowbrook.
It was great to break out the comping skills to make prototypes for Lindsay. The invitations themselves went through several revisions. Originally we were going to do a black invitation, but it was too cost prohibitive to print on black paper. Luckily, I planned ahead in case that happened. The design was solid and looked just as good inverted.
Our ceremony and reception was held at Shadowbrook. Our friend/life-cycle celebrant, Dana Zipkin, presided over the ceremony. People are still raving about the ceremony, so I highly suggest Ceremonies by Dana if you are tired of the same old crap at weddings.
Bayann and I connected for a photo shoot celebrating the one year anniversary of Bay’s Style Diary & Boutique. It also happens to be Valentine’s Day and she brought balloons and other lovely trinkets to use as props. Our shoot began at Battleview Orchards in Freehold, New Jersey and we wrapped up the shoot in downtown Freehold. Check out more photos from this fun series!
I took a walk through Princeton, on a grey Thursday afternoon. Lake Carnegie froze over and that was my first stop.
From Lake Carnegie I made my way to Nassau Street and through Princeton University campus.
Princeton University Chapel had some interesting reading material upon entering.