Wow, is 2013 seriously over already?! It feels like just yesterday I was charging my batteries and checking off my to-do list for my first wedding of the season! This year has been beyond amazing. I've met so many incredible people, accomplished so many goals, and even managed to sneak in some vacation time! Before I get to the photos, I'd like to thank a few people for making 2013 such an amazing year!
To my couples...
Thank you for allowing me to live your wedding day with you. Thank you for letting me into one of the most magical (and sometimes hectic) times of your lives. Thank you for helping me live my dream! Your trust and support allows me to live a life of creativity, entrepreneurship, service, laughter, adventure, joy, and most importantly, love! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for choosing me! :)
To my family and friends...
Thank you for your constant support and laughter! Thank you for your blog comments, your crap-we've-been-talking-for-over-an-hour phone calls, your genuine excitement when I gloat about being published internationally (blog post coming soon!), for not calling me pretentious or slapping me across the face when I gloat about being published internationally, and for always asking me to bring more business cards so you can hand them out at work (you know who you are...Dad)! I love you all so much!
To my husband...
Oh my word, where to start! First off, thanks for bringing me home a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha - those things are legit! Thank you for giving up your weekends to spend them with me photographing weddings! There is no greater joy than re-living our wedding day vicariously through our amazing couples' weddings. I love watching the bride and groom share their first dance and being able to flit my eyes across the room to find yours and share a silent "remember when" moment. I love seeing your face light up when you notice I used one of your photos in my blog post (and while I'm at it, thanks for proof-reading every single post!). Thank you for making it so easy for me to believe in love and marriage. Without you, I'd just be a girl with a camera.
I could go on and on, but let's face it...I'm better with photos! Let's kick this bad boy off with some of my favorite photos of the BRIDE AND GROOM!
One of my favorite new traditions that I've seen in 2014 is the FATHER-DAUGHTER FIRST LOOK. This is when a father sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress before the ceremony. I literally cry every time!
And in some cases, the MOTHER-DAUGHTER FIRST LOOK! :)
2013 also brought me to some seriously BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS! Starting with this gorgeous mountain-view ceremony in northern NJ (SkyView Golf Club)...
Speaking of beauty, how about some of the BEAUTIFUL BRIDES of 2013! I love taking the bride aside for a few minutes - there's nothing like a bride's glow on her wedding day! :)
And what's a wedding without your best friends?! Yea, that's right...I'm talking about the WEDDING PARTY!! Like these bridesmaids who serenaded the newlyweds with "Going to the Chapel of Love!"
The wedding DETAILS are one of my favorite things to photograph! Couples spend months planning out the perfect accessories and decor to make their dream wedding come true. From the rings to the bouquets to the cake topper - everything is hand selected by the couple, and my couples have some seriously good taste!
Lastly, let's look at the REAL MOMENTS of 2013. These are the moments where I'm so glad I have my camera in my hand - the sweet moments, the funny moments, the is-this-really-happening moments! :)
Thanks for re-living my year with me! Here's to a happy, healthy, and sweetly blessed 2014! :)
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Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!