It was a cold, snowy day in February for Jenna and Michael’s Crystal Plaza Wedding. I had photographed at this particular Livingston, New Jersey venue several times before but never during the day and never in the snow! Jenna and Michael were total troupers in the freezing cold weather, braving the snow without coats and not complaining once. This sweet wedding is the perfect example of what you’d want a winter celebration to be : warm, loving, and with beautiful crisp light!
The bride requested that I take a picture of her engagement ring on the heel of her Jimmy Choo shoes. I worked with the beautiful light pouring in through the windows to create an image with texture, depth, and dimension.
When rooms are crowded it can be hard to find a location to hang the dress that isn’t in the midst of the madness. My assistant and I hung Jenna’s gown in the hallway and lit it with a bit of video light to make it really pop out of its’ surroundings.
When we arrived the bride was finishing the last touches on her hair and makeup. I love this simple black and white image from that time of the day.
Many bridesmaids and bridal party members don’t love the idea of posing for pictures in the cold and snow. This particular bride’s eight bridesmaids had no problem braving the snow and cold. I think the effort was well worth it!
I really couldn’t believe how long the bride and groom were willing to be outside in the freezing weather. The sunset was beautiful and I truly applaud their willingness to stick it out for some gorgeous images.
The interiors of the Crystal Plaza ballroom were covered in blues, purples, and crystals for a wintery look.
Did I mention they they just kept braving that cold weather? Jenna and Michael, thank you.
The Crystal Plaza does an extraordinary job with the cakes and pastries at their wedding receptions.
I absolutely love the dramatic backlight on the couple as they enter their wedding reception.
Many bands and entertainment companies do a less-than-stellar job of lighting dance floors. The Rhythm Shop brought extraordinary lighting and did a truly professional, dramatic job of lighting the room.
The entire feel of the reception was one of a nightclub. Very masterfully and dramatically done!