Olesya & Mathew // A Roaring 20's Gatsby Wedding at the Thayer Hotel in West Point NY

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“We are all here for a reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past and become an architect of your future.”                - Robin Sharma

 

Olesya and Mathew have done just that. They started building a future together. 

One Italian guy and a sexy Russian girl who are both architects, and while working together they got the chance to know each other better and turn a friendship  into a beautiful LOVE relationship. Mathew realized that Olesya didn’t just have a pretty face and quickly fell in love with the smart woman working next to him. First, an invite to the movie theater, then dinner dates and soon after she was brought to his house to meet not only his immediate family but 50 other close family friends.  Olesya couldn’t resist and she gave in right there since family is a very important aspect to her life. 

2017 came and Mathew took Olesya to Gabriel Kreuther, a fancy french restaurant in NY, the night went on and before it was time to head out the waiter came to their table brought a dumpling box filled with coffee beans and right there in the middle was the unexpected moment with the most expected ring. Next to it was a plate that spelt  “Will you marry me?” with chocolate syrup.

She couldn’t resist it! 

So on November 18, a rainy fall day Olesya and Mathew surrounded by their loved family members and special friends entered the ballroom of the Thayer Hotel in West Point NY to say yes to each other and become Mr and Mrs Smith. 

A roaring 20’s style Gatsby themed wedding filled with beautiful ladies dressed with their sparkly feathered dresses, lots of music and vodka. Everyone had the time of their lives. 

The burlesque dancers started the party with an impressive choreography and as the night went on guests were surprised with many other special treats. 

It was an unforgettable night! 

Thank you for letting me be a part of such a special moment in your lives and have a night surrounded by so many happy people.

I wish you guys a lifetime of wonderful memories! 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

 

Bridesmaids and specially to maid of honor and bride's sister - who helped with decor, hair and makeup. 

Parents - who helped plan and decorate this beautiful wedding

DJ:  Jimmy Dee entertainment 

Burlesque dancers:  Shirdance New York

Wedding dress:  David’s bridal

Gatsby reception dress:  Sue Wong

Shoes:  Badgley Mischka

And of course the beautiful venue:  The Thayer Hotel in West Point NY. 

 

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Angela & Anthony // A Rustic Summer Wedding in New Jersey and a Fairytale Castle Wedding in France

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They first met at the dentist office when both of them were due for a cleaning visit and that's why they say it was " LOVE AT FIRST SMILE ".

Anthony was very audacious to ask the secretary for Angela's phone number but little did he know that his smile had caught her eyes too and Angela was very brave to go ahead and make the first call.

Their first date was at Le Singe Vert in NYC, when they met for dinner and Anthony surprised Angela with a beautiful bouquet of peonies. 

The classy Frenchman stole her heart and her Latina moves brought him to his knee.

Born and raised miles away from each other and from the United States, this was the place where they were meant to find one another and build a life together. 

3 years after they met, on a beautiful afternoon while walking the gardens of Boboli in Italy, Anthony proposed and she said yes, not only once but twice. 

On July 1st, a rainy forecast made way to a sunshine day as Anthony and Angela entered the ballroom of The Bernards Inn to say yes to a lifetime of beautiful memories.

Surrounded by her family and a few of Anthony's friends, the night went on with the sound of American and Latino music where the guests had a blast on the dance floor.

A dreamy wedding took place for the second time at Domaine De Chales, a beautiful castle in France. Alongside his family and friends this time, and in a French way, the party last the whole entire night. Once again they celebrated and had a unforgettable time. 

Wishing this couple a lifetime of happiness and that everything comes in double! 

 

Special thanks to the vendors:

 

Venue: The Bernards Inn in New Jersey and Domaine De Chales in France

Decor: Andrea Tesla

Wedding Planner: Valerie (L'Colorie Ambiance)

Videographer: Steve Soares Photography 

DJ: Alejandro De Jesus (DJ Salty)

Flowers: Jardiniere Fine Flowers (Mike)

Dress: Vera Wang White

Suit: Bar III

Cake: The Bernards Inn Baker 

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Officiant: Anika Johnson


The Bernards Inn

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Domaine De Chales / France

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Rebecca's First Year of Life // Beautiful Memories from Newborn until One

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For over one year I have had the pleasure to capture life's special moments of this incredible family, Bianca Bessa, Haroldo Moreira and Rebecca Faith.

Since Bianca found out she was expecting, she started to plan a whole first year of beautiful memories with Rebecca. I have captured the most adorable months of Rebecca growing up like when she was a newborn, 3 months old, sitter session, a family outdoor session when Rebecca turned 9 months old and of course her one year old session along with a cake smash. Also last but not least, Rebecca's first birthday party which was unbelievably beautiful!

If you would like to know a little bit more about Rebecca's life I would encourage you to visit Bianca's personal blog on Instagram @biancabessac where she shares tips about being a mom and her life with Rebecca.

Now be ready for a screen full of cuteness…


 

For her newborn session, Bianca chose to do a lifestyle session where we captured the environment in which they live. 

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As Rebecca turned 3 months old, Christmas was around the corner and we decided to shoot some photos for their Christmas cards.

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A sitter session is done between 6-8 months when the baby is already sitting by themselves, Rebecca did amazing and we got the most adorable images.

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9 months came along and they decided they wanted to do a outdoor family session. 

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For her cake smash, Rebecca came to the studio and we first shot some images with her birthday dress, which, by the way was just adorable. All detailed and embroidered in pearls and a pearl tiara she really looked like a doll. For the cake smash she wore a tutu dress and she definitely smashed that cake.

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For those who doesn't know, Brazilians make a big deal about their kids first birthday party. Rebecca's first birthday was held at the Branches Catering in West Long Branch, where she had a lot of fun around family and friends. The DJ played kids songs and the animator brought all the little (and big ones) to the dance floor. A table full of sweets and party favors decorated the minimalist details of a doll tea party theme and everything looked incredibly beautiful.

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Wishing this family many more years of happy moments and a life full of beautiful memories. 

 

A round of applause to all the vendors:

 

Decor:  Ipanema Decorations - Solange Borges

Venue & Catering:  Branches Catering

DJ:  Richard

Videographer:  Fabio Seghetto/ Seghetto Films

Favors:  Bianca Bessa

Bombons:  Gio Docinhos

Cake:  Flora Cake

Dress:  Cecilia Calvacante

Debora & Denis // An Intimate Oceanside Wedding

On a beautiful sunny day, April 2nd  2017, at 5pm, Debora and Denis entered the ballroom of McLoone's Pier House located at Pier Village in Long Branch to become Mr and Mrs Silva.

Surrounded by a small group, they celebrated their special day with family and close friends. Their parents who live out of the country watched every minute of this beautiful ceremony on FaceTime and gave them their blessings live! What an unforgettable moment!

As the night went on they had their first dance, toasts, delicious food and champagne. 

All throughout the night there was the sound of live BRAZILIAN and AMERICAN music and guests had a blast on the dance floor!

Wishing this sweet couple happiness in every day of their lives!

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE VENDORS:

 

Venue: McLoone's Pier House

Florist and decor: Shirley Borges

Band: Felipe Prata

Desert: Rute bem casados

Cake: Erica Sweet Heavenly

 

 

 

WHY AND HOW I BECAME A PHOTOGRAPHER

Since I was little, I enjoyed looking at photographs. I always felt joy picking up a bag full of old pictures and looking at photographs of my family and I. I had so much fun seeing how we all got bigger and older, how the clothes we wore were not in fashion anymore and the ugly hair cuts we used to have. There were some images that I could remember the moments, there were others that my mind couldn't remember and there were some of them about my family that I didn't even know and was fun to hear their stories. Tears of joy reliving moments and some sad moments realizing that some of those people weren't with us anymore. And that's how life is, the mind can remember moments but photographs make moments last forever. Out of a bunch of images you can tell a life story. Could you imagine your life without any pictures? 

Well, going back to the original point of this blog, it hasn't been since I was a child that I decided to become a photographer. It took me years to find out what my gift was. 
When I finished high school I decided that I would go to college to become a pharmacist like my father used to be, but after 2 years of college and a lot of ups and downs, my plans changed and I decided to move from my original country Brasil to the USA. A country that I live in today
 for over 15 years and it was here where everything started. 
In 2004, almost 4 years after I moved here, I bought my first digital camera. Lots of pictures were taken with that camera until one day an idea occurred to me. I was at a retreat with my friends when a couple came to me and asked me to take some pictures of them. With a camera in my hands and a smile on my face, I wasn't really sure what I was doing, I said yes and captured some images. After I was done they asked me to see the pictures and told me the images were beautiful, actually better than the engagement pictures they had just got done. They told me I was good at what I was doing and that I should became a photographer. I said thank you and laughed but I wasn't interested in the whole photography business yet.

 

But since some things are meant to be, a couple weeks later I picked up a newsletter and saw an announcement for a photography class in NY. With all the compliments still on my mind I decided that I should go at least to learn how to work my camera and at that first class is where I fell in love with photography. It was amazing! A few days after, I bought a professional camera and 3 months after that  I was shooting my first client at her wedding. After that day, a few years passed and I had done many other classes and registered special moments for many families, women, mothers, couples, kids and it is with a lot of love that I am able to do what I do. The smiles on my clients faces is what makes my decision to become a photographer stronger each day. The same way of when I was a child and had joy seeing the memories that my family created through photography, today I have the joy in creating beautiful memories for lots of people and families that will last forever. Just like I found out what my gift is, I hope that everybody can find joy in what they do, so this world can be a better place filled with happy people!