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Tori + Brian // Atrium Country Club, New Jersey Wedding // Destination Wedding Photographers

So…Tori doesn’t know this…but I’m starting this post on my plane ride. The plane ride TO New Jersey…

Why you ask?

Well, because  this is the hardest part about posting weddings. And well this one…is very special to me.

Just 9 years ago, Tori + I were started college at The University of Bridgeport. I’ll never forget our days in Seeley Hall. We were lucky enough to live about 2 doors down and over our 4 years there became good friends. Being a collegiate athlete is something no one understands unless they’ve done it. It’s hard work, dedication…sweat, tears. But its also family. And even tho she was a gymnast and I a volleyball player, we shared a bond that not many understand. Not to mention we were both loud, crazy and liked to party 😉

I remember graduation day like the back of my hand. I, for one, was ready to get the hell out of there. It was a great experience, but hey, I belong HERE. In Chicago. Well, the suburbs. Not on the East Coast.

I remember my phone ringing the morning of graduation.

“Hey gurl, HEEEEEEEEEY. Where are you? Are you here yet? Make sure you find me before we walk. We gotta get a PICTUREEEEEE.” Yes, she was as obsessed with photos as I was. Little did I know that 5 years later I would be where I am, and she would ask me to shoot her wedding.

As we start our decent in NJ, I have one question on my mind. What will Brian be like?

Fast forward to right now. Its 1:00 am, a Sunday night, on a holiday weekend, and I am dying to finish this blog post for her. While I started writing the post just over a month ago, Tori has questioned me on a weekly basis to find out when her story would be ready. As much as it pained me to tell her “just be patient; wait a little longer” I knew I had to. I wanted this post to be perfect. No, no, PERFECT.

Oh, and what’s Brian like? AMAZING. Sweet. Caring. Handsome. SO IN LOVE WITH TORI. <3

And with that, I introduce Mr. + Mrs. Zuber! Their day was filled with so much love, laughter and LOTS of color.

I feel blessed, to say the very least, that we were able to travel out to New Jersey to capture this special day.

Tori, I LOVE YOU GIRL! <3 And Brian? Take care of her…or I’ll come find you! 😉

// The Vendors //

Getting Ready // Hilton Parsippany

Ceremony // St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

Hair + Makeup // Jen Hartzman

Florist // Linda Curto

Bridal Gown // Allure Couture

Reception Venue // The Atrium Country Club

Cake // Palermo’s Bakery

DJ // POSH Entertainment

Kearstin myers - Jess you did an amazing job . Everything looks amazing. Tor you of course look amazingly beautiful love you girl

Jessica Morrison - What a beautiful wedding and beautiful photos!! I love the end of the night shot with the elevator! 🙂

Tori Zuber - Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy finally! jk–you do amazing work–can’t rush that!! I am soooo glad you were able to shoot my wedding! It’s going to be really hard choosing pictures for the books! ahhh! I knew I was going to book you when you first started your company–just had to find Brian 😉 Love love love the pics and love love love you!! (and julie is pretty cool too!) FABULOUSSSSS

Laureen Andre - J&J another beautifully shot wedding! You girls get more and more amazing every day! I just love your work!
Laureen Andre


Karri Mupo - Wonderful job on the photography, beautiful newlyweds and a fabulous wedding. Also,I absolutely love the photos of my 2 year old!

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Colleen + Al // Rock the Frock // Turks + Caicos

To say we are blessed with would be a total understatement. Our clients really are all AMAZING and each one of them will hold a special part in our hearts forever.

We were lucky enough to meet Colleen + Al through Shannon of Shannon Gail Weddings + Events and they brought us out to Providenciales, Turks + Caicos to be a part of their special weekend. In case for some odd reason you missed their wedding post, head over HERE. Like NOW. Holy Amazingness Batman 🙂

We were double lucky when they said they wanted to do a Rock the Frock session! We seriously LOVE these sessions. Gives us another excuse to hang out, have some fun and get some INCREDIBLE images.

The morning after the wedding, C+A got up early to head down to the beach with us. Can we say TROOPERS?? We had to run for cover a few times as some storms passed through, but right when it stopped, he hopped out and kept shooting!

Aaaand the wait is over!! Enjoy our images from this GORGEOUS island!

C+A, THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for giving us this opportunity. We love you guys!

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Samone + James // Hotel Baker Wedding // St. Charles, Illinois Wedding Photography

Finding the words to start each wedding post is always ones of the hardest parts of the job.

One of the things we enjoy most is how well we get to know our clients before their big day. It makes the day run smoothly and really, we get to actually feel like we are a part of it, and not just another vendor to work it.

Samone + James’ wedding was nothing short of amazing. I knew the moment we met with them last year that the process of working with them would be fabulous and that we would leave knowing it wouldn’t be the end of our relationship.

If you missed it, HERE is their awesome Arcada Theatre engagement sesh that we shot earlier this year!


Pay attention to this vendor list because everyone was UH-MAZINGGGGGG.

:: The Vendors ::

Ceremony + Reception // Hotel Baker, St. Charles, Illinois

Hair + Makeup // James Tricoci Salon, South Elgin, Illinois

Florals // Town + Country Gardens, Elgin, Illinois

DJ // Something 2 Dance 2

Bridal Gown // Pnina Tornai

Ceremony Lighting + Drapery // Elegant Event Lighting

Chair Covers, Sashes + Napkins // Bella Novia Couture

Cake // Oakmill Bakery

Without further ado, here is S+J’s PERFECT wedding day! <3

AYKM with these shoes?!?!?!?! AND they’re PINK? GUHHHH.

Fun fact #1 : Samone got to go to THE Kleinfield’s in New York City to search for her AMAZING Pnina gown.

Fun Fact #2  : Samone actually got to meet Pnina Tornai!!!  um, JELLY.

THIS, is Rylee. S+J’s daughter. She might be THE cutest little girl in the entire world. <3

Hotel Baker was a ridiculously AMAZING backdrop for this wedding.

Samone + James decided not to do a first look, but they did however want to get a shot before the ceremony. She found some ideas on Pinterest, and I have to say, I am IN LOVE with this idea for couples who’d rather keep the tradition.

Samone’s sister Cassadee is quite the artist. Check out the back of these AMAZING programs! She drew each member of the bridal party!!! AYKM with that talent?!?!

Samone’s uncle performed the ceremony and also sang as she walked down the aisle.

And from this point forward…things were….emotional. To say the very least. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wipe a tear or two of my own behind my camera.

Directly after the ceremony, we got to hop on a little boat with the bride + groom to go take pictures. And the light?


Bella Novia Couture did an amazing job GLAMMING up the reception and Town + Country created THE largest centerpieces we have EVER seen!!! GORGEOUS!

And here, folks, is THE coolest thing I have EVER seen for an escort card idea.

As guests pulled off their cards, the photo was still showing behind it. So cool and oooooh soooo different!

First Dances are always sweet….but then. Oh yes. Flash Mob!!!!! <3

Annnd we ended the night with one last photo in the Rose Garden with string lit trees and crystals still hanging.


S+J, your wedding was seriously AMAZEBALLS. We wish you guys nothing but the best and we can’t wait for the future! 🙂

** UPDATE **

How could I forget this photo??? S+J we love you guys!!! <3

Samone LANGAN - i want to cry!!!! these are AMAZING just like u guys!!!!! i love them!!! they are all so great, i dont have a fav!!!! i cant wait to see the rest! WOW breath taking!!!!!

Jessika Feltz - Dude, I am speechless. This wedding was… Amazing.

Anna - the most beautiful wedding ever!! 🙂

Kathleen Torres - Samone, these photos are gorgeous. Best wishes and congratulations!

stacey kotlarz - Absolutley gorgeous pictures! Love love love the door picture fabulous idea!

angela - BEAUTIFUL!!! these pics were absolutly amazing!!!

Jessica - These photos are the best. So gorgeous!

Ginger - Absolutely gorgeous!!! Congratulations Samone & James!!

Lee - These are amazzzzing!

Lm - Love it! The pictures are amazing I wish I was able to be there!!

Ally B - Soo beautiful!!!

Jen - that was a perfect day and they were able to capture all the special moments. The perfect pixs and the perfect wedding!

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