Angie and Eric’s summer wedding in New Jersey was filled with love and laughter. The bride, Angie, has one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen! From praying before the ceremony (instead of a first look) to an incredibly personalized ceremony, the whole day was incredibly meaningful. Although like many other couples in 2020, the original wedding plans looked a little different. Surrounded by only their closest family and friends, Angie and Eric chose to have a micro wedding now rather than wait another minute to start their life together.
If you are planning your own summer wedding in New Jersey, New York, or beyond, let me jump in and quickly introduce myself. I’m Devin – lead photographer here at Mile Square Moments and currently still in shock that I was named the top photographer in Hoboken by Hoboken Girl last year (check out the full list of amazing local businesses here). I love connecting with new couples and learning more about their love stories. It’s one of my favorite parts of the job! If you are looking for photo packages for your wedding day, learn more about my services by clicking the button below!
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I can’ even begin to dive into the details of this wedding, without sharing Angie’s sweet words about the day. Even during COVID-19, I work with the best couples ever!
Working with Devin was amazing! I got married on August 1st, 2020. Through the uncertainty of COVID-19 Devin was so sweet and made us feel so comfortable. She was easy to work with, hard working and on top of things. I love that she was genuinely excited for us. Our photos are beautiful and it shows how gifted she is. I’m happy that she was a part of our day.
Praying Together Before the Ceremony
Angie and Eric wanted to keep things more traditional on their wedding day. They DID have to make a few changes (like downsizing their guest list), they wanted the first moment Eric saw Angie to be when she was walking down the aisle. No first look! Instead, they both “hid” in different rooms of the church before the ceremony and exchanged sweet moments with their loved ones. Right before the ceremony, Angie and Eric held hands outside the church (not facing one another) and said a prayer before starting their new life together.
Personalizing the Wedding Ceremony
As you can (hopefully) tell, I love getting to know each couple personally. Because, I really believe your wedding day should feel uniquely yours. Likewise, one of my favorite parts of Angie and Eric’s wedding day, was how custom the ceremony was. For example, they wrote their own vows and they were incredibly meaningful. The officiant also made the ceremony personal to them. I love the line (you might have caught it if you watched the video) about how “this decision has not been made quickly or impulsively”. They thought about who they wanted to commit to a lifetime with and decided on each other. We love passion around here (and Angie and Eric sure have it!) but at the end of the day, commitment is what makes a marriage.
Bride and Groom Photos After the Ceremony
We chose an outdoor location near the church to take a few bride and groom portraits of Angie and Eric. The church ceremony happened later in the day, so when we started taking photos, we weren’t doing so in the high heat. Traditionally, without a first look, you get stuck taking photos in the “awkward middle” part of the day and the lighting can be harsh. Angie and Eric’s photos went flawlessly because it was a little later in the day. Since it was a summer wedding, we didn’t want photos when the sun is hot. I also had the chance to photograph some of the dreamy details during this time. Angie’s dress and the sentimental touches she added to personalize her bouquet were stunning.
A Summer Wedding in New Jersey
Angie and Eric’s wedding day was short and sweet. We didn’t get together until about 3 in the afternoon. Still, we only had about 3 hours total of photography coverage. However, every minute was so special. With a micro wedding, you may find that you want to work with a more condensed timeline because you don’t have as many moving pieces and you want to spend more time with your family and friends (and less time taking photos in between the wedding ceremony and reception). Whatever you decide, your day should reflect your values and wedding day priorities. If you are planning a New Jersey wedding and are looking for a photographer, please don’t hesitate to contact me to check availability (or ask any questions) here. I’m always happy to help my couples with their timelines as well so don’t worry about having all the details finalized before reaching out!
Mile Square Moments is a wedding photography company in New Jersey. For more information on our packages (including a Photo/Video package with Murphy Studio), you can head to our services page here. As you can tell, we love getting to know each couple personally. As well, you might be a MSM couple if you love a night in binge-watching Netflix. Also, you also aren’t afraid of a little PDA in photos. Also currently planning a wedding in Hoboken, NJ or beyond? Get in touch here to inquire about our photography packages. Prefer Instagram? We love sharing fun love stories on Instagram. For another micro wedding ceremony indoors, check out this stunning traditional wedding ceremony in New York.