CONGRESS HALL WEDDING, CAPE MAY NJ: FRED + MICHELLE

MY BROTHER IS MARRIED!!! I know what you're thinking...but wait, Cassi, didn't your brother get married last year? Well, yes, technicaaaallly, but THIS was the big momma wedding we've all been waiting for! I was especially looking forward to this wedding because it was going to be in Cape May, and Cape May is the perfect place for a wedding! I'm so happy to finally call myself a Cape May wedding photographer! And don't even get me started on how excited/nervous I was to be photographing my own brother's wedding! I could barely sleep the night before! My mind was racing with all the fun things I wanted to do with them and all the amazing memories we'd be making! Needless to say, this is going to be a long blog post haha! :)

We started off the day at the Hotel Alcott, where the groom and his groomsmen got ready! I normally leave the groom's morning prep time to my second shooter, but I couldn't let Tina have all the fun! I showed up early to spend some time with the guys...

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When I left to photograph Michelle getting ready, my good friend Tina took over for me with the guys. I love these beautiful photos she captured!

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That's my poppa! He's so happy to have his own bride, Lisa, helping him get ready for the day!

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Congress Hall is the most perfect place for a wedding! I'm obsessed with the bright colors, beauty, and history!

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Michelle and Fred chose coral as one of their main colors, so I was super happy to find this coral wall in Congress Hall!

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Love love love! This "Meet Me at Congress Hall" yellow bike was so fitting!

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Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy is the best in Cape May - hands down!

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The happy couple was serenaded by locals as we walked past!

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Love this photo of my two brothers! They're the best brothers a girl could ask for!

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Wedding ceremony at Congress Hall on a perfect blue sky day!

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Meet Brian & Kelly, my parents best friends - aka my second set of parents!

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My favorite moment!! My niece Mia walking down the aisle!

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I don't normally include family photos in my blog posts, but I think I can make an exception for my own family! #LOVETHEM Oh yeah, and thank you guys for helping me pick out the perfect outfit!

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The aqua blue walls inside Congress Hall are my favorite! My skirt matched the decor!

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My brother Kevin giving his best man toast (and trying his hardest to hide his nerves!).

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Parent dances always make me tear up! Although, this time I was able to do so from my own chair! Once the salad was served, I let Tina take over so I could party with everyone! Best idea I've ever had, thank you Tina! :)

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Me and my aunti Millie!

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I think this is my favorite photo with my parents ever! Even though my left eye clearly didn't want to be in the photo...

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Michelle didn't wait too long for her trash the dress photos, as they ended the night with a dip in the ocean! ! I'm so happy I was able to be a part of the best wedding ever (eh hem...aside from my own, of course!) with the greatest people on earth! Love you all! <3

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Ceremony & Reception Site: Congress Hall // Photography: Cassi Claire // Groom Morning Location: Hotel Alcott // Officiant: Mayor Pam Kaithern // Flowers: The Manic Botanic // Hair Stylist: Creations Hair Boutique // Make-Up Artist: Nichole Martuccio // Bride & Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal // Bride's Shoes: DSW // Rings: Boston Louis Jewelers //  Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse // Invitations: Minted // Programs, Table Numbers, Escort Cards: DIY // Menu Cards: Kimberly Orsillo-Scott // Guestbook: Red Otter Creative // Favors: Donation to American Cancer Society // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Orest Artymiw // Reception Entertainment: Center Stage Entertainment // Photo Booth: Exit Zero // Salt Water Taffy in Candy Bar: The Original Fudge Kitchen // The End!

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