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!

MANSION AT TUCKAHOE WEDDING: ROEL + KRISTEN

I honestly don't even know where to start with this wedding. The bride, Kristen Alyce, is the founder of Vivre Canvas Couture - an inspired line of wearable original paintings. But before that, she was my best friend. We navigated those awkward teen years together and she stood beside me as I married Chris almost 7 years ago. To be able to celebrate with Kristen and her family (my second family) was pure magic. Knowing Kristen for as long as I have, I knew this wedding would be nothing short of AMAZING. Kristen doesn't believe in the word 'no' and dreams bigger than anyone I've ever known.

So when she told me she set out to design and create not only her own wedding gown, but the gowns of her TWELVE bridesmaids...I couldn't grab my camera fast enough!!! These pieces of art surpassed all expectations! The collection was inspired by South Florida paradise - monstera leaves, banana leaves, palms, plumeria, ferns - all added to the fabric by Vivre Couture artist Amanda Wilson. Each dress, a mix of canvas, acrylic, and thick grey fabric, took more than 30 hours to create. And Kristen couldn't leave out the guys...each groomsman had a custom painted canvas bowtie to match the ladies!

The wedding as whole was very modern, using almost zero color, with stainless steel accents, tropical leaves, and an all white reception space. Just wait until you see their CLEAR tent at sunset!

"I've always dreamed of designing and making my own gown,
so this really is a dream come true!" - Kristen

It wouldn't be a proper South Florida wedding if there wasn't at least one baby lizard in sight! This one decided to camp out in Kristen's bouquet most of the day - he became her little wedding buddy!

Each dress was made for the bridesmaid’s individual style and personality. Styles ranged from asymmetrical, peplum, pleats, strapless, tank, halter, capped sleeves, and even a high-low hem!

Kristen and Roel were married at The Mansion at Tuckahoe, a historic Martin County venue overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Seriously, does it get more beautiful than this?!

“He makes me a better person every single day in every single way,” Kristen says.
“I could never have dreamed him up.”

When Chris LIT-trelly becomes a palm tree to create shade for "the shot!"

The centerpieces were tall palm leaves surrounded by white stones, and the tables were topped with white linens, stainless chargers, and silver accessories. All of the leaves were sourced from friend's yards!

I could live in this sunset!

And they danced the night away!!!! Kristen and Roel, I am so unbelievably happy for you two! I can't wait to see what the future has in store for Vivre Couture! (ooo I made a rhyme!)

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mansion at Tuckahoe • Florist: Amanda Wilson • Photography: Cassi Claire • Design & Fashion: VIVRE Couture • Artist for VIVRE: Amanda Wilson • Planner: FResch Perspective • Video: Sean Conlon • Hair & Makeup: Beauty Boutique and Med Spa • The Shoes: Jimmy Choo & Steve Madden • Jewelry: Provident Jewelry • Men's Fashion: VERSATTIRE • Transportation: Rolls Royce • Favors: Tracy Stern Tea & Co. • Cocktail Hour Music: Summer Gill • Reception Music: NY Sounds Events • Bar Provisions: Code Rum & Honey Bubbles Wine & Natalie's Orange Juice & Starbucks Coffee • Bartenders: Makos Cheerleaders • Catering: Bolay • Rentals: EventMakers • Spray Tanning: Luxe Mobile Tanning • The End!

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

BEST OF 2017: WEDDINGS

Buckle in y'all...this is gonna be a GOOD one! Last year my prayer was that in 2017 time would slow down. Well, let's just say that prayer is still making its way up the list to be answered because 2017 went FAAAAST! Looking back, we had one of our favorite years. Not one, but TWO, destination weddings - one in the San Francisco, CA region and one near Palm Beach, FL. We've been working really hard to attract destination weddings, so my heart feels overwhelmingly grateful. We also had the chance to work at some of the most beautiful local venues - vineyards, estates, beaches, farms, and castles! Whether near or far, we feel so spoiled by ALL of our couples!

To our couples:

Chris and I are living our best life and it's thanks to you. We excitedly jump out of bed every morning because of YOU! From your first email to delivering your album and all the moments in between, you could not make me any happier. Thank you for inviting us into one of the most special times in your life. WE LOVE YOU! <3  

I love this double exposure with their wedding invitation!

Goodness I love SUNSET!

This lavender field at the Wainwright House is AMAZING!

How fun would it be to arrive to your reception on a GONDOLA?! I love the Central Park Boathouse! 

Martha Clara Vineyards has one of the prettiest cocktail hour lawns!

Sunset at the Avalon Yacht Club is so dreamy!

This little nook at the Hacienda de las Flores in Moraga, California was my fave!

This brick-laden solarium at the Highlands Country Club is perfect on a rainy day!

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

BEST OF 2017: COUPLES

How is 2017 over already?! The end of wedding season always comes with mixed emotions, but one of the things I look forward to most is looking back over all of our work from the year. Our annual Best of Weddings post is coming next, but first up...BEST OF COUPLES!!! These are some of my favorite photos from our engagement & anniversary sessions. And yes, it was absolute torture narrowing it down!! This year, our couples brought us to San Francisco, Maryland, New York City, and to some of the most beautiful locations New Jersey has to offer (quiet down peanut gallery, NJ is AWESOME). We love destination engagement & anniversary sessions, so dream big future couples! :)

To my couples:

This is the year!!! Chris and I can't wait to celebrate with you at your wedding! Thank you for all the ways you've brightened my days - from sweet surprise gifts at your sessions, to heartfelt thank you notes, to the most encouraging comments on social media. Let the countdown begin!! XOXOXO! <3

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