My eyes lit up when I heard it..."an aquarium wedding."
She was handing me her AQUARIUM wedding?! I had to suppress all of my desire to jump up and down like a 2 year old! A great photographer friend of mine, Jillian Glaser, had just found out she had a beautiful new surprise on the way. I was so incredibly honored that she asked me to work with Casey and Candy since she was due right around their wedding date, and even more honored that C+C agreed to the change in photographer!
Candy envisioned a "fish and feathers" theme wedding. Having a theme wedding can quickly go from a cool idea to...well, over the top. But Candy stayed classy while incorporating fun and cute "aquarium" touches to her day. She mailed watercolor invitations to give her guests a glimpse at what was to come, their signature drink was a Sharkbite Martini, she hand-drew all sorts of sea creatures as her table "numbers", and even her dress matched the theme with "waves" of ruffles.
First Looks are so important! Blog post coming on that topic soon, but here are my top 3 reason for loving First Looks:
1. Just look at all that emotion in their faces - swoon!
2. More time for creating gorgeous portraits with variety in locations.
3. We get to shoot while there is still yummy natural light!
Favorite wedding party photo ever! How can I top sharks?? Bonus to photographing an aquarium wedding? Getting to see some of the aquarium exhibits without an admission ticket...hollaaaaa!
And lastly, me with the cuties! Don't judge me for my lack of make-up...after over 10 hours of sweat (and tears), make-up has a tendency to disappear without permission!
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Ceremony & Reception: Adventure Aquarium // Photography: Cassi Claire // Florist: Michael Bruce Florist // The Dress: La Sposa via Helen Bohn Bridal // Shoes: Touch Ups via Bliss Bridal Boutique // Hair: Mother of the Bride // Feather Headpieces: The Headband Shoppe, Gilded Shadows, & Wildspirits // Hummingbird Garter: GarterLady // Bridesmaid Dresses: B2 via Helen Bohn Bridal // Bridesmaid Necklaces: JBMDesigns // Guys’ Suits: Jos. A. Bank // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Band: Stereo Junkies // Reception Lighting: Dynamite FX // Table Numbers & Place Cards: DIY // Favor Bags: Beau-Coup // Candy: Candy Warehouse and Metro Candy // Cake: DiBartolo Bakery // Cake Topper: Garden4Arts // And a special thank you to my second photographer Lauren Allison!
Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and castle weddings!