I had the most incredible time capturing Gena and Andrew’s dreamy summer wedding at Park Loft in New Jersey! As you’ll soon see, it was absolutely breathtaking! These two lovebirds actually met at high school parties back in the day, but life had other plans for them. Thanks to Hinge, they reconnected years later, and it was fate! They’re not just a fun-loving, hardworking couple; they’re proud homesteaders with a guilty pleasure for all things bougie and a deep love for animals. I’m thrilled to share Gena and Andrew’s wedding at Park Loft on the blog today!
Getting Ready at Park Loft
The love in the air as Gena and Andrew got ready with their family and friends filled the room. This wedding had a special place in my heart since I actually had the honor of photographing two other weddings in Gena’s family before, including her cousin’s (check out Natalie and Ben’s wedding at Crossed Keys Estate here!) and younger sister’s (view Aubrey and Steven’s wedding at Battello Jersey City here!). It was so special to see all those familiar faces, feeling like I’m part of the family and being trusted to capture yet another incredible occasion. As a photographer, it’s always so rewarding to get referrals from past couples, and it’s a true testament to the trust and relationships we’ve built along the way. I couldn’t be more honored.
A Heartwarming Father-Daughter First Look
There’s honestly nothing quite like that “first look” moment between a bride and her father before the big wedding ceremony. As the father sees his little girl all grown up in her wedding gown, emotions start running high and hearts just overflow with love and pride. And for the bride, it’s a chance to share this super special moment with the man who has always been there for her. To make it even more special, Gena gifted her father personalized father-of-the-bride cuff links. It was such a heartwarming moment.
Wedding Ceremony at The Loft, New Jersey
There’s an undeniable charm to an indoor wedding ceremony, especially when it takes place at a stunning venue like Park Loft. The circular wedding arch, adorned with an arrangement of white flowers and lush greenery, truly stole the show, creating a magical ambiance. As the ceremony came to a close, we ventured outside to capture their wedding day portraits. The picturesque park provided the perfect backdrop for those precious moments that were captured on camera.
On top of it being a gorgeous ceremony, it was incredibly heartwarming and moving. Andrew’s sister was their officiant and it was really emotional. She spoke from the heart and kept tearing up about the couple’s love and commitment to each other, and it was truly a beautiful moment to witness. As a wedding photographer, I love when ceremonies are personal and meaningful like this one was. It was truly so special to witness.
A Beautiful and Lively Wedding Reception
For the reception, the atmosphere was lively and the decor was breathtaking. Everyone’s attention was fixed on the dance floor as the bride and groom shared their first dance. Up on the mezzanine, guests gathered to watch the magic from above. It was one of my favorite reception moments! The father-daughter dance and mother-son dance were sweet, filled with love and connection. But my favorite moment was when the newlyweds snuck away to cut their cake in private. In the midst of all the celebration, they had this wonderful, heartwarming moment together, cherishing their special day.
Gena and Andrew wanted to get some “sexy elevator pictures” on their wedding day, and I was more than happy to oblige! I love capturing the natural chemistry between couples on their special day, and that was certainly the case for Gena and Andrew. The elevator shots turned out great, with Gena and Andrew looking absolutely stunning. After the elevator shots, we headed back to the dance floor which was packed all night long. Everyone was celebrating the newlyweds, and it was such a joy to witness and capture the love and happiness between Gena and Andrew and their family and friends.
A Beautiful Night to Remember
It’s been such an incredible privilege to capture one of the most special moments in Gena and Andrew’s lives. The love and beauty they share is truly remarkable, and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it. I hope these photos bring them endless joy as they look back on this amazing day. Being entrusted by three members of this incredible family has been such a highlight for my career and I wish I could live these wedding days over again and again. I am incredibly grateful and honored to have been a part of their journey.
Mile Square Moments is a wedding photography company based in Hoboken, New Jersey. If you are new around here, you should know that we love getting to know each couple personally. Wondering if we would be the right fit? You might be a MSM couple if you aren’t afraid of getting a little up close and personal in photos. We love natural chemistry and a little PDA around here! BUT, also enjoy a night in binge-watching Netflix. Are you planning a wedding in New Jersey? If you are, Contact us here to find out about our photography/videography packages. We also love stories on Instagram so make sure you say hi!