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!

WILLOWWOOD ARBORETUM ENGAGEMENT: JON + LAUREN

One small dose of bravery. That's all Lauren needed to begin her epic love story with Jon. Just about to start grad school, Lauren made a promise to herself that she would go on every adventure that came her way before she had no more free time. Jon and Lauren were playing on the same Zogsports football team in the city when Jon extended an open offer to everyone on the team to join him and some friends at brunch. Lauren summoned that dose of bravery and accepted...she was the ONLY one who accepted. Even though they barely knew each other, they had the best time and Lauren knew she needed him in her life. What Lauren didn't know was that while Jon's invitation to brunch was for the entire team, he was hoping that she'd be the one to accept! Cue the "awwwww!" Almost four years later, we are more than ready for the wedding!!! I had so much fun photographing these two cuties at the Willowwood Arboretum in Far Hills, NJ. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather! <3

I photographed a good portion of this session on film and I can't swoon enough!!! Just look at these gorgeous tones! Lauren, you're a dream!!

Can't wait to celebrate with you two in July at the Highlands Country Club!!

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POSITANO ITALY ANNIVERSARY SESSION: STEVE + STACY

I think I have a new love...his name is Positano. He's romantic, charming, plays hard to get (to), and makes you feel BEAUTIFUL!!! Aside from the hundreds of stairs climbed on a daily basis, this might be heaven on earth! It was such an honor to capture Stacy and Steve's 10 year anniversary photos in Positano, a picturesque cliff-side town on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We actually ran into Stacy and Steve on the beach the night before their session. We talked for almost 3 hours straight like we've known each other forever! Instant friends, miles away from home. We shared stories of our faith, our business struggles, childhood, marriage, and more. Talking to Stacy is much like talking to your diary! It's this couple's sweet love, genuine hearts, and open kindness that made our trip so memorable. Sure the views were INCREDIBLE, but the conversation and fellowship was the real magic!! <3

The majority of these images were taken on film...look how the water comes to life and almost twinkles!

I can't get enough of these blue tones!!

The terrain coming from Sorrento to Positano was so reminiscent of Scotland!

Stacy, you are so beautiful!!! 

This golden glowy sunset on film brings me right back to this moment! Steve and Stacy, thank you so much for giving us the honor of photographing you! Wishing you 100 more years of joy! 

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Cassi Claire is an Italy & Destination wedding photographer
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SUNRISE WITH THE EIFFEL TOWER, TUILERIES, LOUVRE, & PALAIS ROYAL: JONAH + ASHLEY

You guys. Have you ever had a dream come true? Big or small...it felt amazing right? Ever since the cartoon movie first came out, I was obsessed with Anastasia! We had so much in common and the story was so romantic...finding true love both with long lost family and a handsome man. Ooo la la!  

"Together in Paris." 

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When I fell in love with photography, I dreamed of capturing the romance of Paris for a sweet couple in love. And on our most recent trip, I finally got the opportunity!!! AHHH!! Jonah and Ashley were celebrating their two year wedding anniversary in Paris and the stars aligned. We actually met on Instagram through our favorite shop - Morning Lavender! They were so generous to supply Ashley's GORGEOUS outfit!!! Tulle, blush, and bows...it doesn't get any more magical! <3

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We met on the Trocadéro at sunrise. The sky was still dark and we were the first ones there. As the sun began to peek over the horizon, Ashley and Jonah shared some of the most romantic moments together with the Eiffel Tower looking on from the distance. As the city came alive before our eyes, Ashley and Jonah twirled and danced and kissed and held each other close. 

"The past two years of marriage have been filled with love, laughter, tears, countless hours on the couch, playing games, cooking together, learning new things, exploring new places, and making new friends.
All of these moments are my favorite because they are spent with you.
Life is better with your best friend by your side.
Happy Anniversary Jonah Michael."

From the Eiffel Tower, we went on to explore the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre courtyard, and the Palais Royal. These were some of my favorite spots from our first visit to Paris, and I couldn't wait to introduce Jonah & Ashley to the beauty!! 

How cute is this rose gold Eiffel Tower ring?!

I'm going to let you in on a secret. I made this bouquet!!! It was like Super Market Sweep in that adorable little Parisian flower shop (hollaaa Wax Flowers!). I just kept picking until my arms were full and my eyes were happy. Thankfully I had attended Kerry Patel's Pop Up Floral Shop at Anthropologie a few months prior, so it was actually pretty easy to whip this beauty together!  

Happy Anniversary Ashley & Jonah! May you keep twirling for all your years! <3

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RYLAND INN WEDDING: RYAN + KELSEY (C&CO: KERI)

- - - Guest post by our team photographer Keri - - -

High school sweethearts, Kelsey and Ryan got married in one of our all time favorite venues - The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ! During our first meeting, Ryan and Kelsey described themselves as a couple who is "loving, fun and energetic" but I didn't realize until their wedding how accurate that description was! You learn a lot about a couple when you are with them on their best day ever, and I loved hearing Kelsey and Ryan's loved ones gush over them all day long. Did you know Kelsey can run a 5:15 mile and Ryan is a football legend that can also SING?! How is that even fair?!

I love their colors of dusty rose with hints of green. The white and black architecture of the Ryland Inn enhanced the classic elegance of the affair. The couple wrote their own vows and a mentor from high school even got ordained just so he could perform their ceremony. The ceremony itself was fun and heartfelt, much like Kelsey and Ryan. Then, it was time to party! Congratulations Ryan and Kelsey!

Kelsey, you are SOOO stunning! <3

Their final moments before the First Look!

Possibly my favorite moment...but it's SO hard to choose! 

An emotional moment for everyone as Kelsey was escorted down the aisle by her Grandfather. 

Congratulations Ryan & Kelsey, we wish you about a million years of love and happiness!! 

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Photos by Keri for Cassi & Co. 


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Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ryland Inn • Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers • Photography: Keri for Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Up & Out Salon • The Dress: Lillian West • The Shoes: Valentino • Maids' Fashion: Bill Levkoff • Groom's Fashion: Hugo Boss • Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations • Table Numbers: PaperDainty • Favors: DIY • Music: The Benjamins • Video: Dale Schierholt Pictures • Cake: Palermo's Bakery • And a very special thank you to our AMAZING team Keri and Yumi!

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