THE MADISON HOTEL WEDDING, MORRISTOWN NJ: JOHN + MAXIM

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/holiday vacation! If you're real lucky, you're still eating left over Christmas ham sandwiches like me! ;)

Today, I am blogging my last wedding of the season, and I just can't stop thinking about how much fun this day was! John and Max are two of the coolest kids in town - gorgeous, funny, full of joy and love, and so genuine! Their Madison Hotel wedding included a sunset ceremony in a beautiful glass conservatory, the coolest bouquets ever, and the most unique approach to a "First Look" I've ever seen! :)

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Max and John love all things vintage, handmade, romantic and slightly rustic. I love how they incorporated their vision into every aspect of the day, down to the tiniest detail - including this awesome display of the Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue tradition! :)

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Max was so good to share her spotlight with her completely adorable niece Brianna!

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John also got ready at the Madison Hotel. Huge thank you to my incredible second shooter Leandra for capturing such great memories of John! How cool are these pocket watches he gifted to all his groomsmen?! #iwantone

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Both John and Max opted to have "First Looks" with their parents...how stinkin' sweet!

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On a cold November day, this conservatory full of sunshine was an answer to prayer for the girls!

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I told you these bouquets were awesome! The curly willow, pea pod, and burlap combination is just so cool!

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Max carried photos of loved ones down the aisle with her...

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If you follow my blog at all, you know I've been looooving the "bestie profile pic" part of the day lately! It's just so fun!

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I don't normally include family photos in my blog posts, but this is one sharp looking family and their colors are totally keeping my Christmas spirit alive! ;)

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I've been calling this the "Anti-First-Look" but I'm open to name suggestions! Here's the story...their ceremony was scheduled for sunset and they really wanted beautiful daylight portraits together, but they didn't want to see each other before the ceremony. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! We decided to have a ton of fun and get real creative with ways to get awesome photos of them with their siblings, wedding party, and alone...without catching a glimpse of each other!

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Hooray! Congratulations John and Max!! Love this moment of joy! <3

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The Madison Hotel's historic interior was so great for post-ceremony group photos since it was pitch black outside! Oh November, you and your early sunsets!

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Max and John created homemade Chimichurri sauce favors (YUM!) and a vinyl record guest book. Each guest signs the record at their table and the couple will have a totally unique "guest book!"

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Max's first dance with her father had everyone in tears! He surprised Max with a recorded version of himself singing their first dance song...not only was it incredibly emotional, but he's also insanely talented! Blew everyone away!

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Friends were celebrating from all ends of the earth! :)

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I love being able to show my couples a slideshow of some of their wedding photos on the wedding day, and apparently they love it too! :)

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I was soooo not ready to have my dance skills tested, but you can't turn down the groom! ;)

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What an incredible day! Max and John, you are both so beautiful inside and out! I'm so happy to know you and I know that this day was just the beginning of your happily ever after! xoxoxox!

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Ceremony & Reception Site: The Madison Hotel // Flowers: AW Flowers // Bride's Dress & Veil: L'Fay Bridal // Rings: West Essex Jewelers // Bridesmaids' Dresses: East West Bridals // Groom's & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse // Hair & Make-up: Toni & Guy Hoboken // Invitations: DesignedWithAmore // Reception Entertainment: The Oasis // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!

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