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Are you planning your special day and are one of your biggest items to tackle is the family formal list to hand off to your wedding day planner? Let’s begin providing a few of our go-to photography tips on family formals to ease this process at the time of your portraits from New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre! Below are a few wedding day family formal tips from New Jersey Wedding Photographer!

Notify family they will be photographed

If you are planning for a first look we recommend to notify your immediate family of the scheduled session time. Following extended family immediately thereafter, notify family members. As we custom build wedding day timelines we recommend to notify all parties to keep organized ahead of schedule.

Announce extended family at your ceremony

Prior to and following your ceremony, request for your officiant to notify guests and extended family they will be photographed. Apart from this, request for family to stick around moments following the ceremony.

Create a list and provide to photo team for the day of

While creating your family formal list, we recommend to start with the largest groupings first. We will then work our way down to the smaller groupings to photograph all of the possible combinations. Family can be notified to stick around with an announcement. We will work from our portrait list to capture the combinations in a speedy in efficient manner. Your family formals will move as quickly as possible in effort to get you and your family to cocktail hour!

Communicate with your photographer

We highly recommend do educate and clearly communicate with your photographer in regards to your family and their needs. Clear communication will make this process as simple as possible and as easy as possible. Does a family member/friend have an ailment such as a handicap issue? We want to take them into consideration. Do you have a few sensitive issues and groupings to create in an attempt to prevent any complications or awkward situations? Each family is unique and we want to accommodate you to the best of our abilities to make this process as easy and efficient as possible. We recommend to communicate with Michelle on these sensitive issues. We can best aid in this process to make your wedding day family formals as easy as possible.

Schedule appropriately

Have a lengthy family formal list and a first look? First, I recommend scheduling immediate family portraits prior to the ceremony. Following the ceremony, plan on photographing extended family formals during cocktail hour. If you are hosting a traditional timeline, it is essential to capture your combined wedding party, extended family formals, and work our way down to combined immediate family following the ceremony. Last but not least, bride and groom pics are scheduled thereafter. Without a doubt, I highly recommend to extend your cocktail hour by 30 minutes so you can enjoy your cocktail hour.

NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Have these few family formal tips assisted you and eased your mind about your busy, big family portraits on your wedding day? Do you have a huge family that you want family formals with and also want to enjoy your cocktail hour? This is your day and you can have the best of both worlds! Chat with Michelle on her go-to wedding day family formal approach and schedule your consultation to chat all about your wedding day, today!

Michelle Behre is based in Northern New Jersey and specializes in romantic, timeless, and sophisticated weddings.  Her fine art photography style is the perfect blend of editorial and documentary photography. Michelle Behre Photography captures the excitement as the champagne pours to your picture-perfect bridal details. Are you engaged and planning your wedding? We accept a limited amount of weddings per year. Inquire to learn about our New Jersey Wedding Photography services and availability.

Inquire today to learn all about our New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania wedding photography services. We can assist you in photographing your romantic engagement session and your wedding day! Inquire with Michelle for availability and more details, today!

Learn all about how to plan your wedding day timeline and find inspiration for your wedding day color palette!

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Family Formals at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn captured by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre!

Wedding Planning Tips: Family Formals

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Are you planning your special day and are one of your biggest items to tackle is the family formal list to hand off to your wedding day planner? Let’s begin providing a few of our go-to photography tips on family formals to ease this process at the time of your portraits from New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre! Below are a few wedding day family formal tips from New Jersey Wedding Photographer!

Notify family they will be photographed

If you are planning for a first look we recommend to notify your immediate family of the scheduled session time. Following extended family immediately thereafter, notify family members. As we custom build wedding day timelines we recommend to notify all parties to keep organized ahead of schedule.

Announce extended family at your ceremony

Prior to and following your ceremony, request for your officiant to notify guests and extended family they will be photographed. Apart from this, request for family to stick around moments following the ceremony.

Create a list and provide to photo team for the day of

While creating your family formal list, we recommend to start with the largest groupings first. We will then work our way down to the smaller groupings to photograph all of the possible combinations. Family can be notified to stick around with an announcement. We will work from our portrait list to capture the combinations in a speedy in efficient manner. Your family formals will move as quickly as possible in effort to get you and your family to cocktail hour!

Communicate with your photographer

We highly recommend do educate and clearly communicate with your photographer in regards to your family and their needs. Clear communication will make this process as simple as possible and as easy as possible. Does a family member/friend have an ailment such as a handicap issue? We want to take them into consideration. Do you have a few sensitive issues and groupings to create in an attempt to prevent any complications or awkward situations? Each family is unique and we want to accommodate you to the best of our abilities to make this process as easy and efficient as possible. We recommend to communicate with Michelle on these sensitive issues. We can best aid in this process to make your wedding day family formals as easy as possible.

Schedule appropriately

Have a lengthy family formal list and a first look? First, I recommend scheduling immediate family portraits prior to the ceremony. Following the ceremony, plan on photographing extended family formals during cocktail hour. If you are hosting a traditional timeline, it is essential to capture your combined wedding party, extended family formals, and work our way down to combined immediate family following the ceremony. Last but not least, bride and groom pics are scheduled thereafter. Without a doubt, I highly recommend to extend your cocktail hour by 30 minutes so you can enjoy your cocktail hour.

NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Have these few family formal tips assisted you and eased your mind about your busy, big family portraits on your wedding day? Do you have a huge family that you want family formals with and also want to enjoy your cocktail hour? This is your day and you can have the best of both worlds! Chat with Michelle on her go-to wedding day family formal approach and schedule your consultation to chat all about your wedding day, today!

Michelle Behre is based in Northern New Jersey and specializes in romantic, timeless, and sophisticated weddings.  Her fine art photography style is the perfect blend of editorial and documentary photography. Michelle Behre Photography captures the excitement as the champagne pours to your picture-perfect bridal details. Are you engaged and planning your wedding? We accept a limited amount of weddings per year. Inquire to learn about our New Jersey Wedding Photography services and availability.

Inquire today to learn all about our New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania wedding photography services. We can assist you in photographing your romantic engagement session and your wedding day! Inquire with Michelle for availability and more details, today!

Learn all about how to plan your wedding day timeline and find inspiration for your wedding day color palette!

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June 9, 2022

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Mady and Matt’s engagement session was photographed in the beautiful spring season in Vernon, NJ. From the breathtaking views of Wawayanda Lake to sweeping natural vistas, Vernon is breathtaking every where you turn! The couple and New Jersey Wedding Photographer explored the beautiful Wawayanda Lake and captured their romantic, nature-inspired session. Check out their engagement session below captured by Vernon Engagement Photographer, Michelle Behre!

We cannot wait to capture their beautiful moments and memories with their best friends and families by their side! View our favorite images from this couple’s Vernon engagement session below captured by Vernon Engagement Photographer and New Jersey Wedding Photographer Michelle Behre!

Mady & Matt’s ROMANTIC Vernon SPRING ENGAGEMENT SESSION, Vernon, New Jersey

We began our session at the Appalachian Trail. This trailhead overlooked miles and miles of beautiful vistas of the Appalachian mountains.

Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer

A few of my favorite pics showcase the couples natural romance, chemistry, and fun-loving, joyful personalities. They have a TON of energy and their session was so much fun to celebrate their proposal. A few of my favorite photographs from their session include beautiful lifts, kisses, twirls, as they are in the gorgeous landscape painted with beautiful wildflowers that decorate the background and beautiful trees on this trail. Isn’t their session absolutely spectacular?

Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer

The bride-to-be glowing with joy! We are so excited to celebrate this couple’s wedding in the next upcoming months and are so thrilled to capture their engagement session. Time to showcase her beautiful gift! Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous?!

Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer

Time to make a wish!

Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer

Engagement Session at Wawayanda Lake

As we approached the beach, Matt shared a few heartfelt moments with us. As a child Matt’s mom brought him to this beach as a child and he had memories of playing in the sand! How sweet!

A few of our favorite moments include this Cali’ couple hand-in-hand soaking in a few moments at the beach.

Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer

Time to celebrate this couple and their upcoming nuptials with some bubbly! Yayy!!!

Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer

What a fun-loving couple. I look forward to capturing the joy that this couple bring to one another on their wedding day!

Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer

Congratulations, again, Mady and Matt on your proposal! I am thrilled to be chosen to capture your wedding day with at the Sweetgrass Pavilion at Minerals Hotel!

In search of a beautiful natural location for your proposal? Vernon, New Jersey is an absolutely breathtaking location with scenic backdrops that are picture-perfect for your session. Are you planning your proposal and engagement? Are you searching for a beautiful backdrop for your proposal and engagement session? Check out a recent engagement session at the beautiful Vernon, New Jersey for inspiration for your upcoming session!

Want to view some more natural, garden aesthetic sessions photographed by Michelle? View a romantic engagement session photographed at Longwood Gardens HERE and begin planning your session with Michelle today!

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Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer
Vernon New Jersey Wedding and Engagement Photographer

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Michelle Behre Photography is based in Northern New Jersey and specializes in romantic, timeless, and sophisticated weddings. Her fine art photography style is the perfect blend of editorial and documentary photography capturing the excitement as the champagne pours to your picture-perfect bridal details. Are you recently engaged and planning your wedding? We accept a limited amount of weddings per year. Inquire to learn about our New Jersey Wedding Photography services and availability.

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Venue: Wawayanda State Park, Vernon, NJ

New Jersey & Pennsylvania Wedding & Engagement Photography: Michelle Behre Photography

Mady and Matt discovered Michelle Behre Photography a New Jersey and Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer on social media. They moved forward with New Jersey wedding photography services and their Vernon New Jersey engagement session after immediately falling in love with Michelle’s vibrant, colorful, and timeless photographs and her approach to the wedding day.

Inquire today to learn all about our New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania wedding photography services. Visit Wawayanda State Park to see more photos from this property. We can assist you in photographing your romantic engagement session and your wedding day! Inquire with Michelle for availability and more details, today!

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May 25, 2022

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Have you picked your venue yet you’re not sure of the colors of that picture-perfect color palette that will blend beautifully within your venue? Do you feel that you are between colors that you love so much? Below are a few wedding day color palette tips to assist you in your wedding planning process!

Value of the color palette

So first things first here, why is the color palette such a staple in planning? Your colors are the anchor of your wedding day design and décor. The wedding color palette plays a role into your venue, locations, and season, too! Once you have nailed down your colors, your design will be more consistent and feel as if it flows more cohesively. This makes a huge difference in your photos, too! Check out a few samples we have from real, New Jersey weddings photographed by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre!

Top 5 Wedding Day Color Palette Tips

Here are just our top five tips to follow while choosing your wedding color palette and a few sample wedding day color palettes created from real weddings to get you started on planning your very special day!

Define the season that you are hosting your wedding in, in color

You have booked your venue and locked in your date, congratulations beautiful bride-to-be! When you’re thinking of the season, what are your favorite colors? OR do you want to plan and choose your date around something that is special to you? Below are a few ideas to inspire you!

What about summer, classic navy blues? Fall foliage and beautiful muted tones? Soft, winter hues?

Planning your date around a sentimental date such as your anniversary? What about surrounding your first date? Your colors can accent the season that your date is in so beautifully.

You have your season! Now time to set an anchor color

You have chosen your season. Amazing! Your season can inspire your wedding day color palette and vision as you begin planning your very special day. What is the anchor color you may ask? The anchor color will be the “main” color used throughout and several colors will be chosen in addition to this main color to contrast that anchor color.

Choose one or two colors as main anchor colors, then select one or two secondary colors (one of these should be a neutral, which will help blend those focal point colors together seamlessly) for support. To finish it off, choose a fun accent shade—like a metallic-like gold or silver—that you’ll use accent throughout your event.

For example, spring can incorporate a whole range of color such as beautiful spring cherry blossom pinks, vintage baby blues, soft yellows and greens.

Summer, think of soft pinks or pop of bright, bold color to accent that pink.

For fall think of reds, deep maroons, and oranges.

Winter can be dusty blues, winter whites.

Add in some metallics for some bright, beautiful contrast

Want to incorporate the color of your engagement ring? What about some gold or silver metallic accents? Your florist can paint your florals with metallic paint. Décor can incorporate champagne flutes, cake painted in gold. Gold foil lettering on your invitation suite and much more!

Think about your venue and incorporate the colors from your venue

When you first drove up to your venue, the moment you knew it was the one, was it the colors, textures, you loved most? Incorporate those beautiful colors and textures into your palette to give your wedding day color palette that ultimate pop and for your photos to flow beautifully.

Subtle hues for balance and a contrast color

For subtle balance in your color palette, add in a contrasting color to your anchor color to balance your palette. If your anchor color is pink, the contrast color can be green with subtle hues of yellow for a beautiful balance. See Lillian and Adam’s wedding color palette for inspiration below!

Summer Wedding Color Palette Inspiration

Fall Wedding Color Palette Inspiration

New Jersey Wedding Photographers

Michelle Behre is based in Northern New Jersey and specializes in romantic, timeless, and sophisticated weddings.  Her fine art photography style is the perfect blend of editorial and documentary photography capturing the excitement as the champagne pours to your picture-perfect bridal details. Are you recently engaged and planning your wedding? We accept a limited amount of weddings per year. Inquire to learn about our New Jersey Wedding Photography services and availability.

Inquire today to learn all about our New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania wedding photography services. We can assist you in photographing your romantic engagement session and your wedding day! Inquire with Michelle for availability and more details, today!

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May 13, 2022

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Kara and Michael’s heartfelt summer wedding was set at the Hayloft Cottage at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station. Their wedding day includes a day enjoyed with their best friends and family by their side, and moments captured showcasing their genuine, heartfelt love for one another, captured at the Coach House at Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station by Ryland Inn NJ Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre.

The Couple

Kara and Michael met through mutual friends just a few years prior to their wedding. Michael is passionate about his family, friends, his adorable dog, Remi, traveling and hunting. Kara is also passionate about traveling, sharing time with her family, friends, her community volunteer travel missions, and she is passionate about soccer!

The Proposal & Engagement

Head over heals in love, Michael proposed in a romantic setting and one of Kara’s favorite places: the ocean. Overlooking the Atlantic, Michael got down at one knee at West Point Light in Seattle, Washington and asked to share the rest of his life with the one he loves most.

Fast-forward to 2019 and this couple reached out to me in regards to photographing their wedding and of course, I said yes! I was absolutely thrilled and honored to photograph a wedding for a dear friend and so thrilled for their next journey in life together. We immediately began planning their engagement session and I knew the absolutely perfect venue that would accent their personalities and upcoming wedding venue for their Save the Date card!

Check out their fall engagement session hosted at the Waterloo Village in Byram Township, NJ photographed by NJ Wedding Photographer, Michelle, here!

Kara and Michael’s Wedding Day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn

Their wedding was set at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn on a beautiful July day. Kara and Michael designed a warm, relaxing wedding for their family and friends to rekindle, relax, and enjoy after a difficult year of separation.

From the couple

“We have waited a long time for this moment. I think what excites us the most is finally being able to say we are husband and wife as well as finally being able to have a big celebration with our families.”

Their Day

The couple’s aesthetic included a romantic, organic, and natural feeling. The couple’s color palette included colors were of navy blue, cornflower blue, white, green, and gold.

Kara and Michael fell in love with the Ryland Inn’s Coach House.

While walking onto the property, they adored the elegant country setting of rolling grass, colorful gardens, and the hall set in a historic, restored barn. The beautiful stonework, cathedral ceilings, and gorgeous lighting truly swept this couple off their feet. They said yes to this venue as soon as they walked into the Coach House.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

A few highlights captured include Kara’s beautiful bridals and the couple’s first look captured by Ryland Inn NJ Wedding Photographer!

Prep

Bridal prep took place at the hayloft cottage on site just a few steps from the ceremony and reception. Kara stepped into her absolutely breathtaking and detailed Martina Liana of Essense of Australia bridal gown from Seng Couture.

Her hair was completed in a soft, beautiful, natural updo by dear friend, Alexa DiNapoli of Studio DiNapoli and her natural, soft, beautiful beauty completed by Kristin Luciano of House of Luciano.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

In love with how beautiful the Amelia by Bella Belle Shoes accents the Swarovski Crystal Lace on her bridal gown. Absolutely gorgeous!

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography. Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography. Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

 

Bridals

Kara is absolutely glowing. Moments prior to seeing the love of her life on their wedding day we photographed a few bridals.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

First Look

My favorite part of their wedding was their first look. What a heartfelt, genuine first look. Tears shed, a few laughs, and pure wedding bliss.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Wedding Party

Moments after the couple’s first look the wedding party portraits were captured.

Gentleman adorned in Jos A. Bank, accessories with their floral bout’ contrasting so beautifully.

Ladies in Morilee with beautiful bridal bouquets by Roberta Gaudioso.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Ladies of the wedding party dressed in soft, cornflower blue gowns by Morilee.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

The bouquets contrast so beautifully with their bridesmaids gowns!

Ceremony

Guests arrive as the couple, family, and friends relax in the bridal suite in hiding.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Ceremony site details and decor beautifully decorated for Kara and Michael.

Ceremony site arbor handcrafted and gifted to the couple by Michael’s talented father. Now installed in their backyard.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

The couple exchanging an emotional vows. There was not a dry eye in the house!

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Signed, sealed, delivered. The couple made their way to cocktail hour. Next, party time!

Reception Ballroom

One of my favorite details of Kara and Michael’s special day was the abundance of candlelight. This added to the romantic ambience of their reception and the Coach Houses’ space is truly absolutely breathtaking.

Every detail is absolutely breathtaking and the light in the space made for a beautiful sunset lit first dance. How romantic!

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Michael asked Kara to share a first dance together as husband and wife.

These are just a few of my favorite moments captured of their first dance together as the sun set in the background and with family and friends by their side the entire step of the way.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

This couple enjoyed an evening of dancing and entertainment by SCE Music Group’s MC Christian LaGrotteria, a delicious three course meal by Landmark Caterers, and an absolutely scrumptious and creative dessert by La Bon Bakery.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

MC Christian closed the evening with Michael’s favorite, Country Roads!

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

Summer wedding day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography.

What an honor to watch a great friend, Kara marry the love of her life. To be chosen to capture these moments for life for her, well, that’s priceless! What an honor! I am thrilled for this couple and their future!

Congrats Kara and Michael!

Kara and Michael’s Engagement Session

Check out their romantic Fall Engagement Session hosted at the Waterloo Village by NJ Proposal & Engagement Photographer Michelle Behre!

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New Jersey Wedding Photographers

Michelle Behre is based in Northern New Jersey and specializes in romantic, timeless, and sophisticated weddings.  Her fine art photography style is the perfect blend of editorial and documentary photography capturing the excitement as the champagne pours to your picture-perfect bridal details. Are you recently engaged and planning your wedding? We accept a limited amount of weddings per year. Inquire to learn about our New Jersey Wedding Photography services and availability.

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Photography: Michelle Behre Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Coach House at the Ryland Inn | Reception Venue: The Coach House at the Ryland Inn | Event Planning: The Coach House at the Ryland Inn | Videography: Blue Moon Video Production | Donut Wall: La Bon Bake Shoppes | Hair: Studio DiNapoli | Makeup: House of Luciano | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | DJ: SCE Event Group, MC Christian LaGrotteria | Bridal Salon: Seng Couture | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana of Essense of Australia | Groom’s Attire: Jos A. Bank | Bridesmaid Dresses: Morilee | Backdrops: Heirloom Bindery | Invitation Suite: Zola

Conclusions

Kara and Michael discovered Michelle Behre Photography a NJ Wedding Photographer online and moved forward with services for their NJ Wedding at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn after immediately falling in love with the bright, vibrant, colorful photos provided in the galleries on view and approach to the wedding day.

Inquire today to learn all about our NJ Wedding Photography services. Visit the Ryland Inn to see more photos from this property to learn more about hosting your wedding day there and we can assist you in photographing your day!

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August 26, 2021

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Lillian and Andrew’s heartfelt wedding day was hosted at the Crossed Keys Estate in Andover, NJ. Their wedding day includes a day of family-fun, a vibrant color palette accenting their joyful, fun-loving personalities, and a one-of-a-kind love story captured at the Crossed Keys Estate, Andover by Crossed Keys Estate NJ Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre.

 

The Couple

The couple are fun-loving, joyful, and energetic. They love sharing time together with their best friends, their families, and enjoying athletics, and the outdoors. 

The Proposal

Lillian and Andrew began dating in elementary school and the groom asked for Lillian’s hand in marriage two years prior to their wedding. Andrew designed an absolutely beautiful custom heirloom engagement ring. To make his proposal extra special, he incorporated their family and friends, the people that they love the most to celebrate by their side! 

 

Lillian and Andrew’s Wedding Day at the Crossed Keys Estate

Their wedding day was set on a beautiful, early summer day in August. Their day included the people that they love most, a day of fun with their family, and best friends celebrating their very special love.

The couple’s color palette included bright, sunny mustard yellows, contrasting with baby pinks, tropical oranges, an abundance of textures of lush greenery. Their gorgeous color palette was designed and coordinated surrounding Andrew’s custom burgundy suit designed at Indochino, Short Hills

A few highlights captured include Lillian’s bridals and the couple’s first look. Her florals by the Crossed Keys Designs team accented the textures and the jewels of the Justin Alexander gown from Bridal Suite Boutique. Her makeup is done to absolute “natural” bridal perfection by Makeup and Lashes by Joyce and her hair design, so so elegant and soft by Kelly & Co

Prep

Bridal details organized so beautifully captured by Crossed Keys Estate NJ Wedding Photographer.

Bridal Gown, Shoes, and Details at the Crossed Keys Estate captured by NJ wedding Photographer Michelle Behre Photography.

Bridesmaids gather to assist the bride in her finishing touches moments prior to her first look!

Bridesmaids assist the bride as she gets in her dress moments before her first look at the Crossed Keys Estate by New Jersey Wedding Photographer Michelle Behre Photography.

Andrew’s Burgundy suit contrasted so perfectly with his details and florals designed by Crossed Keys Designs.

Blush rose groom boutonniere by Crossed Keys Designs and details photographed at the Crossed Keys Inn by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

Andrew’s custom boutonnière designed beautifully by Crossed Keys Designs. Finishing touches on his outfit incorporated shoes by Steve Madden, a colorful and vibrant tie by Dazi Usa, and the customized, dapper maroon suit by Indochino at Short Hills Mall, Short Hills, New Jersey.

Groom dressed in Indochino custom Tux at the Crossed Keys Inn, in Andover, New Jersey, by NJ wedding photographers Michelle Behre Photography.

Andrew is absolutely ecstatic and is totally pumped to see his bride for the first time on their special day.

Bridals

Moments prior to their first look I captured a few beautiful bridals of Lillian on film. This one in particular is a favorite. This bride is so ecstatic to marry the love of her life and to see her groom. She is glowing.

Beautiful bridal portraits and bridal bouquet of pink roses and maroon dahlias by Crossed Keys Designs at the Crossed Keys Estate by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

First Look

This couple hosted their first look and their bride and groom portraits at the gorgeous gardens beside their ceremony space at the Crossed Keys Estate.

Romantic, vibrant, and colorful wedding photographs of the bride and groom moments after their first look on their summer wedding day at the Crossed Keys Estate by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

Wedding Party

Following their first look, we captured beautiful portraits of their wedding party and family formals! Gentleman adorned in Indochino and Dazi Usa accessories with their floral bout’ contrasting so beautifully.

Wedding party portraits on the lane at this Crossed Keys Estate summer wedding day by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

Ladies of the wedding party dressed in vibrant, glistening velvet, mustard yellow gowns by Lulus.

Wedding party portraits on the lane at this Crossed Keys Estate summer wedding day by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

That gorgeous extra pop of color from their bouquets by Crossed Keys Designs contrasts so beautifully with their maroon dahlias against the groomsmen suits!

Wedding party portraits on the lane at this Crossed Keys Estate summer wedding day by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

There’s nothing better than a perfect day with the love of your life and your bests by your side. 

Wedding party portraits on the lane at this Crossed Keys Estate summer wedding day by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

Ceremony Details

Their ceremony space was was ready with beautiful signage, gorgeous floral decor, petals to toss, and fresh beverages for guests to enjoy!

Custom ceremony decor and hand painted mirror by Crossed Keys Design for this summer, garden ceremony at this Crossed Keys Estate summer wedding day by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

Their color palette was carried throughout so beautifully. Check out this absolutely stunning ceremony arbor crafted so beautifully by the talented team at Crossed Keys Designs, isn’t this amazing?!

Beautiful ceremony arbor by Crossed Keys Design for this summer, garden ceremony at this Crossed Keys Estate summer wedding day by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

The wedding ceremony was set at the beautiful gardens at the Crossed Keys Estate in Andover, New Jersey beside the tent. This gorgeous arbor was designed by the talented, Crossed Keys Designs

Ceremony

A few emotive moments captured on Lillian and Andrew’s wedding day captured that I love most were from their ceremony. Lillian’s father walks his baby girl down the aisle. An emotive moment for all parties, the bride, groom, the bride’s family and the entire crowd. There was not a dry eye in the house.

Emotive moments as the bride walks down the aisle at this summer, garden ceremony at this Crossed Keys Estate wedding photographed by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

Many hugs and kisses as Lillian is now starting a family of her own.

Emotive wedding ceremony at this summer, garden ceremony at this Crossed Keys Estate wedding photographed by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

The couple’s wedding day favors included shot glasses of tequila and lime sat reside beside their tent. They were ready to get their party started upon entrance to their tent!

They also had a tropical pineapple beverage, yum and in their color palette!

So creative!

Wedding day favors and signature cocktails at the Crossed Keys Estate by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

Reception

Check out the gorgeous twinkle-lights overhead, setting a romantic ambiance, the lush greenery, beautiful table-top bouquets, and velvet runners! Wow! 

Summer wedding reception details at the Crossed Keys Estate by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

A few more of my favorite moments captured from their day includes their very exciting grand entrance, bouquet toss, and sunset photos on the swing captured on film. These moments truly encapsulate their fun-loving personalities and energy.

Wedding reception grand entrances at the Crossed Keys Estate by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

This energy is so much fun to capture!

A romantic first dance full of love and joy from this summer wedding at the Crossed Keys Estate in Andover by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

Lillian & Andrew at Sunset

Beautiful candid sunset moments on the swing together.

Romantic summer sunset portraits of the bride and groom from this summer wedding at the Crossed Keys Estate in Andover by New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre Photography.

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New Jersey Wedding Photographers

Michelle Behre is based in Northern New Jersey and specializes in romantic, timeless, and sophisticated weddings.  Her fine art photography style is the perfect blend of editorial and documentary photography capturing the excitement as the champagne pours to your picture-perfect bridal details. Are you recently engaged and planning your wedding? We accept a limited amount of weddings per year. Inquire to learn about our New Jersey Wedding Photography services and availability.

Lillian & Andrew’s Engagement Session

Check out their romantic Summer Engagement Session hosted at the Verona Park by NJ Proposal & Engagement Photographer Michelle Behre!

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Vendors

Photography: Michelle Behre Photography | Ceremony Venue: Crossed Keys Estate | Reception Venue: Crossed Keys Estate | Floral: Crossed Keys Designs | Event Planning: Crossed Keys Designs | Videography: Brandon Matisak | Wedding Cake: Crossed Keys Designs | Linens: Inspired Living by Andrea Martha | Hair: Kelly and Company Hair Design | Makeup: Makeup and Lashes by Joyce | Shoes: Steve Madden | Favors: AllGiftsShop | Handmade Items: Inspired Living by Andrea Martha | Wedding Ring: jordan jack | DJ: Griffon, Pure Event Group | Bridal Salon: Bridal Suite Boutique | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander  | Venue: Crossed Keys Inn | Gifts: HappyManor | Groom’s Attire: Indochino | Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom’s Attire: DAZI USA | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus | Calligraphy: Crossed Keys Designs | Catering: Crossed Keys Estate | Bakery: Crossed Keys Estate | Backdrops: Heirloom Bindery | Film Lab: Photovision Prints

Conclusions

Lillian and Andrew discovered Michelle Behre Photography a NJ Wedding Photographer online and moved forward with services for their NJ Wedding at the Crossed Keys Estate after immediately falling in love with the bright, vibrant, colorful photos provided in the galleries on view and my approach to the wedding day.

Inquire today to learn all about our NJ Wedding Photography services. Visit Crossed Keys Estate to see more photos from this property and to learn more about your wedding day and we can assist you in planning your wedding day schedule!

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February 23, 2021

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With cheerful energy, a contagious smile, and an intentional eye, award-winning New Jersey fine art wedding and portrait photographer, Michelle Behre, captures love stories to stand the test of time.

She uses her refined fine art photography skills to expertly capture the wedding day. From the excitement as the champagne pours to the picture-perfect bridal details, Michelle expertly blends fine art editorial and  documentary photography.

She confidently empowers each client who steps in front of her lens. During your time together, she illuminates your personalities, genuine compassion, and captures the joy that you and your families bring to one another in an unobtrusive fashion.

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