I have always loved working at Congress Hall, and Tara and Tom’s wedding was no exception. Since it opened in 1816, Congress Hall has been the premiere location for weddings, events, and vacations right in the heart of Cape May, New Jersey. I love the proximity to the beach, the vibrant colors of the bride’s getting ready room, and the kindness of the hotel staff. Despite the unseasonably crazy heat, the team at Congress Hall stayed cool and made sure that everyone was well cared for – and hydrated!
Before we began the getting ready images in Founder’s Hall, I took a few seconds alone to photograph the bride’s exquisite engagement ring.
I always try to look for new and interesting places to make images, from details to portraits. I loved finding this pocket of light, old bench, and great warm wall in one of the nooks at Congress Hall.
The bride got ready in the gorgeous Founders Hall room. I loved the incredible directional light and deep blue walls.
The bride had three wonderful bridesmaids. I love this image of them together.
With a few adjustments, I was able to make the window light in Founders Hall a single, simple, perfect light source. I love how the light is burning through the bride’s veil in this image.
I love this sweet moment between the bride and her bridesmaid. I think the hands clasped together tell a strong emotional story, even without a single facial expression.
Salon Vanity and Rita Hazan did a wonderful job with Tara’s wedding look. Her hair was loose and simple, while her makeup was subtle and delicate.
The bride and groom opted to see each other before the ceremony. We spent some time on the Grand Lawn at Congress Hall, creating portraits along the way.
I LOVE this simple head wreath. Robertson’s Flowers did an incredible job, as always.
Despite the extreme heat, the bride and her dad stayed cool the whole way down the aisle.
After the ceremony, I had a few moments alone with the bride and groom before the wedding reception began.
Tara and Tom, I cannot thank you enough for braving the heat for a few more beautiful images.
I especially love working at Congress Hall because there are so many incredible locations to create portraits on the wedding day.
Don’t Call Me Francis was the band at the wedding reception. As always, they were delightfully sweet to work with.
The bride and groom’s first dance was sweet and charming
I love the vibrant blue walls and checkerboard floors in the Congress Hall ballroom.
Tara and Tom, thank you so much for trusting me with your day! Thank you for sweating your way through the portraits, for being such troupers in the hot weather, and for being all-around luminous all day long!