RYLAND INN WEDDING: RYAN + MELISSA

Gosh I just adore these two!!! Their love story is so similar to mine & Chris's so we've felt a very special connection with them from the beginning. They found each other young, love & respect each other deeply, and just can't get enough time together! It's the perfect recipe for a long and happy marriage! <3 Melissa and Ryan wanted a very classic, but beautiful and romantic wedding. Their blush & neutral color palette was the perfect match for the Ryland Inn's white and stone inspired design. Twisted Willow Flowers created delicate and timeless floral arrangements to help bring the couple's vision to life. Every little moment was perfect!  

"I am going to marry this girl.
We were BEST friends before we ever started dating.
She has the best work ethic, is so kind-hearted and always
looks out for the people she loves." - Ryan

The Ryland Inn recently built a new bridal cottage...I would rent it for this bathtub alone!

Ryan started tearing up before he even turned around to see his bride...my heart can't take it!!! 

"Charismatic, goofy, cuddly..." words they used to describe each other!

Yup, definitely goofy!! We kept each other laughing ALL DAY!!! 

#BROMANCE

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"When I am standing up at the altar with our best friends and family, the second Melissa turns the corner with her father. I have played this over in my head and the real thing will only surpass it." - Ryan

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"When Ryan and I walk down the aisle after the ceremony and we have those few seconds alone as husband and wife. I think it will be the FINALLY moment." - Melissa

Ryan embraced his Irish heritage and kicked off the reception with a surprise professional bag pipe performance!

Dress change mid-reception? YES PLEASE!

Thank you so much for giving us the honor of photographing your day Ryan & Melissa! WE ADORE YOU! <3

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Venue: The Ryland Inn • Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Nancy Caroline Beauty • The Dress: Anne Barge • The Shoes: Kate Spade • Bridesmaids: Lulus • Suits: Men's Wearhouse & Calvin Klein • Invitations & Table Numbers: Little Black Dress Paperie • Music: Almost Easy Entertainment LLC • Cake: Palermo's Bakery • Film Scans: The FIND Lab

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

RYLAND INN WEDDING: MATT + NIDIA

Matt and Nidia's wedding day at The Ryland Inn was INCREDIBLE! When I meet a bride who loves the little details as much as I do, I'm basically in heaven. Each item Nidia chose for her day was both thoughtful and beautiful!  Being from St. Vincent originally (a tiny island in the Caribbean), Nidia had steel drums playing during the ceremony and cocktail hour. One of their signature cocktails was inspired by their first trip abroad to Costa Rica. Even her glittery Jimmy Choo shoes held special meaning as she bought a matching pair for her sweet sister! The care that Nidia and Matt put into every choice was so evident. The care they put into each other was so evident! I can't gush enough about these sweet souls! Thank you Nidia & Matt for making Chris & I feel like family! <3

Can every engaged couple please buy these vow books from Blush Paper Co?

I finally understand stamp collecting!

Brb, crying cuz my lashes will never look this good...

The floor to ceiling windows at the Ryland give the prettiest light!

Cocktail hour had me craving that Island life!!

Nidia's cousin surprised everyone with the most incredible cultural dance routine!!

Congrats Matt & Nidia!! Thank you so much for all your kindness and we wish you a million years of joy!

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Venue: The Ryland Inn • Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair: Beyoutifulbride • Makeup: Makeup By JaySaunz • The Dress: Maggie Sottero • The Shoes: Jimmy Choo • Maids Fashion: Hayley Paige • Men's Fashion: The Black Tux • Invitations: Hudson Paperie • Vow Books: Blush Paper Co • Calligraphy: Alane G. Gianetti • Music: Posh DJs & Feelin’ Irie • Cake: La Bonbonniere • Film Scans: The FIND Lab

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

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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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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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!