There is nothing quite like a good love story, and the story of Kasey and Yashas is sure to warm your heart. This adventurous couple first met on Tinder back in 2014, when Yashas was at the University of Illinois and Kasey was back in Illinois for the summer. Despite lots of “long distance” over the years and even living on different continents, their love never faded. After spending an entire year apart due to the pandemic, they finally reunited in Italy on August 1, 2021 and got engaged on top of the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence.
Their love story continued with an adventure elopement in the mountains of Washington state with only their immediate family in attendance, followed by a trip to Alaska for everyone. And a year later, I had the honor of photographing their wedding reception at Lokal in Jersey City. Join me as I relive the magic of their special day!
A Review as Sweet as the Couple Themselves!
Working with Kasey and Yashas was an absolute delight! Moments like these remind me why I love what I do. Before I share their wedding photos, I just have to share the sweetest review they left that absolutely warmed my heart.
We were truly honored to have Devin from Mile Square Moments capture our anniversary celebration/wedding reception in July! Devin initially impressed us with her professionalism and warm personality. She was invested in getting to know us and our style, and she was respectful of the fact that our event wasn’t a traditional “wedding.” We appreciated the flexibility in her package options and were grateful that she worked with us to customize the experience to what we envisioned.
On the day of the event, Devin perfectly executed the plan we had designed together! She expertly navigated family and friends group shots and ensured she captured every other detail and moment from the night. We received a generous number of preview shots soon after the event, and we couldn’t wait to see the rest.
Receiving our gallery was the most exciting day! Devin captured so many moments that will live in our memory forever. She included a balance of the decor, the reactions of our family and friends, the dancing, and all the little moments in between. The photos all turned out so beautifully, and we are so thankful for the time and care she took with curating our gallery.
Devin was organized and communicative throughout the entire process, from the initial call, to the event itself, to providing our photos afterward. Her work is stunning, and we are so happy to have been able to work with her. If you choose to book Mile Square Moments to photograph your event, you won’t regret it!
Portraits Against the Breathtaking Backdrop of the NYC Skyline!
Kasey and Yashas’s portrait session kicked their wedding day off, and they did not disappoint. I met these two at the New Jersey waterfront, against a backdrop of the New York skyline, where they both looked stunning. From playful moments to breathtaking embraces, it was clear in every moment how much these two love each other. Their shared sense of fun and adventure shone through in every photograph.
Once we wrapped up their couple portraits, their family met us by the water so that we could capture family portraits before their reception. If you’re considering an elopement now and a reception later, but don’t want to miss out on those classic wedding day family portraits, just know that this is always an option!
During the wedding reception, we took advantage of the gorgeous NYC skyline backdrop and captured a few photos as the sun started to set. I loved seeing the unique charm that the softer light added to their gallery.
Cocktail Hour and Wedding Reception at Lokal
Once we wrapped up the formal portraits, everyone gathered for cocktail hour at Lokal. The view of the New York skyline was the perfect backdrop for the intimate gathering of family and friends. Lokal is one of my favorite New Jersey wedding venues and for good reason. Keep scrolling for all of the fun travel details that reflect their love story!
And, of course, there was plenty of delicious food and drink to go around. The reception was filled with heartfelt speeches, boisterous laughter, and lots of love. The dance floor was a popular spot throughout the night, filled with energy and excitement. It was clear that the couple’s love radiated throughout the room, making everyone soak up the joy of the moment. Everyone was so thrilled to finally be celebrating their marriage with the happy couple!
One of my favorite moments during the reception was when Kasey and Yashas performed a surprise choreographed dance for their guests. It was an inside joke between Kasey and her mom (who jokingly said she would never do it!), and it was one of the most fun and memorable moments of the evening.
A Memorable and Intimate Wedding Reception at Lokal
Kasey and Yashas’ adventurous love story is one for the ages. Their incredible journey started on Tinder, taking them on a whirlwind adventure across the globe, and finally leading to an unforgettable wedding celebration. Their love and sense of fun were palpable throughout the day, filling every moment with magic and adventure. Every detail of their reception was thoughtfully planned to create the perfect celebration. I was so grateful to be able to play a small part in it.
Mile Square Moments is a wedding photographer based right here in Hoboken, New Jersey. We get to know each couple personally. Every time. You might be an MSM couple if you aren’t afraid of getting a little up close and personal in photos (PDA is A-okay!). Additionally, you enjoy a night binge-watching Netflix just the two of you. Are you planning a wedding in Hoboken, New Jersey? Or beyond? You can contact us here to find out about our photography and videography packages. For more stunning NJ wedding inspiration, we are also constantly sharing love stories on Instagram.