SO many friends recommended the Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets . They real are great for everything from: swaddling to a blanket or a burp cloth. These swaddle cloths function as just about anything and they are awesome because they are large and super soft. My son LOVES these so much, he even sleeps with one as his blanket.
The Blooming Bath Lotus is the perfect way to convert your sink to a tub. We purposely added a large farmhouse style sink to our first floor bathroom in our home for bathing our son and with this lotus tub cushion, it makes the perfect tub for us to use for the next year or so before we upgrade to the full size tub. Bathing him is so easy at a nice height and with the support this lotus shape provides.
I looked at diaper bags for a good two months before I pulled the trigger on one. The Honest Diaper Bag is a really a great bag. I love all of the exterior pockets that it has and that it is fairly fashionable. Most diaper bags are super ugly in my opinion and they all cost a pretty penny but I was very happy with this purchase. It is comfortable to wear and the amount of pockets truly helps keep all of those baby items in designated places for easy access when your hands are full.
I had no idea that a bouncer could really be one of the best items on my registry but at 5 months, my son still loves sitting in his Ingenuity™ SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer™ . We usually put this on our dining room table and our son watches us cook, eat or just relax. He feels included being at eye level with us and we like that he lis strapped in and he loves playing with the attached toys.
The Skip*Hop® Camping Cubs Activity Gym is hands down my sons favorite thing. He can spend hours in this gym and we have added additional toys to the rings and rotate what we leave on the mat to keep him entertained. He is starting to roll over a lot so we just added a soft foam puzzle mat underneath so he doesn’t roll onto our tile floor.
I am going to continue this series to provide you with all of my favorite baby items. I think 5 Things You NEED For Your 3 MONTH OLD will be next so keep your eyes peeled for the next items in this series!
For those of you that don’t know me and stumbled across this page. I am a wedding, maternity & newborn photographer located in central New Jersey. I have a home studio where my clients come for their personalized photographic experience. I am a new mom of a 5 month old and as he grows, I look forward to providing moms and moms-to-be with all of my favorite items from my personal experience with them. To keep in the now, please opt-in for these posts to reach you by email by subscribing to my mailing list on the main page of my website.
I read lots of reviews about different kinds of bassinets before I committed to one and I bought the Bassinest based on a recommendation. We couldn’t be happier with it. Made with C section moms in mind, it sits right next to your bed and has swivel functions so that you can bring baby nice and close to you. One side even can bend down for easy baby scooping, perfect for nighttime feedings and consoling. I am going to miss it so much when my son graduates to his crib.
The Owlet Smart Sock is another item that I wish I used sooner. I bought it also based on a recommendation from friends but did not use it right away. The system monitors the baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and alerts you if either level has an unusual reading. It gives you so much piece of mind when you & your little one need to catch some serious Z’s.
They have been around since the dawn of time but a good Pack N Play with changing and nap station attachments makes one product function as 3! It is a space and money saver for sure. My son has just outgrown the top attachments so now I just change him on the infant platform and I stored the attachments for baby #2.
Silly me didn’t even open the Rock N Play box for the first 3 weeks that I was home and boy did I miss out! My son loves it so much & at almost 5 months, he is totally growing out of it & it makes me seriously sad. It is the perfect height to lay baby in and lay or sit on the couch and the my son loved the rocking, he would fall asleep almost instantly every time. People swear by it and now I know why!
I actually look forward to walks with my son because the BOB Revolution Stroller is insanely smooth to push and SO easy to maneuver. I wish I could take it everywhere but it is harder to transport than your typical stroller. It gets bonus points for its function to work with nearly any car seat brand with an additional attachment.
I am going to continue this series to provide you with all of my favorite baby items.
Part 2 of 5 Things You NEED For Your NEWBORN -will hit the blog soon so keep your eyes peeled!
For those of you that don’t know me and stumbled across this page. I am a wedding, maternity & newborn photographer located in central New Jersey. I have a home studio where my clients come for their personalized photographic experience. I am a new mom of a 5 month old and as he grows, I look forward to providing moms and moms-to-be with all of my favorite items from my personal experience with them. I keep in the now, please opt-in for these posts to reach you by email.
Kristen & Justin held a beautiful rustic fall classic Jersey Shore wedding ceremony at Allaire Chapel located in Allaire Village in Wall Township, NJ on Nov 12th. Their wedding day was simply amazing: from the beautiful weather that they had to their joyous personalities filling the room with love and laughter. It is hard to describe just how magical their day truly was. You can see from the pictures below that everyone had a blast from dawn to dusk!
Kristen & Justin added a ton of personal touches to their day from the wine/love letter box that they sealed during their ceremony to their hand written thank you post cards that were displayed on each individual place setting at the reception tables.
“There is a loose vintage beachy travel theme with our place cards being set up in an antique suitcase we found in New Hope, PA and all of the tables being named after a Jersey Shore town with vintage “Greetings From” post cards for each guest. We will also play ‘Edelweiss’ at the reception, which is a song that is very important to the bride’s family as my late grandfather was from Austria and we have always played that at every family gathering. ”
These are just a few examples of the many special details that Kristen & Justin had sprinkled throughout their special day. I am so honored to have been chosen to document this amazing couples union.
“Kristen’s former college roommate, Jackie, was working with Justin on the base and Jackie arranged for the two of us to meet. Admittedly, it was only out of convenience that Justin was chosen to meet me–he simply lived closer than Jackie’s other single co-worker. Jackie and Kristen went to Hook’s in Seaside together on September 15, 2012 to meet Justin. Justin’s younger brother Dillon was supposed to come as well, but he wasn’t able to. Kristen and Justin hit it off right away and it wasn’t long before Jackie slipped away to the other side of the bar so we could get to know each other better. It was an instant connection, and after leaving the bar that night, we started texting each other immediately, and never really stopped. We went on several more dates in the next week or so, and our connection only grew stronger. It was perfect! (sorry for mixing first and third person–I don’t really know how to write this! lol)”
“Justin convinced me to finally take a day off of work on Friday, August 28, 2015. We went down the Seaside Thursday night and went out to our favorite restaurant, Savor. We woke up super early the next morning to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. We were bundled in hoodies due to the chilly ocean breeze, and were snuggled up on a blanket waiting for the sun to rise. We basically had the whole beach to ourselves. While looking out at the ocean, Justin turned to me and said, “Tin, I have a surprise for you.” I looked over and he was holding the most unique and beautiful ring I had ever seen. He asked me to marry him, and I shrieked and hugged him and could barely even get out “yes” quickly enough. We both had tears in our eyes and were gazing at each other, when, after what felt like forever, I said, “Put it on!!” The ring was still in the box. Justin fumbled to get the ring out, and he went to put it in…my middle finger! We laughed and finally slipped the ring on the right finger and we were engaged! We settled for long enough to watch the sun rise, and then I called my parents…who were not surprised because Justin had asked them when I was out of town a week or so earlier. The rest of the day was beyond perfect. We went out to breakfast to this great place on the bay, but I was too excited to eat. We spent the day on the beach and then I thought we were meeting his mom later that night for some quick pizza. We ended up stopping in at Hook’s (where we met) and Justin continued the surprise by arranging to have my friends and family there for an impromptu engagement party! It was just a wonderful day and everything I could have hoped for.”
Wildflowers Florist, Belmar, NJ
Pin It Up Bridal, Belmar, NJ
Mikaela Bridal from Barefoot Bride in Red Bank
My jewelry is new from Swarovski My veil is also new, and was made by one of my friend’s dads!
Dessy from Bella Bridesmaids
Calvin Klein suit for Justin, Tommy Hilfiger suits for the groomsmen
All are wearing the same burgundy Calvin Klein tie and a slim tie clip
Concorde Limousine (we are getting a 15-passenger mini bus)
Jewelry by Ketti from Gemsmith in Toms River, NJ– custom designed made by Ketti
Chocolate Carousel, Belmar, NJ
Elite Entertainment– Corey
my sister Katie English is doing the video as her gift, Katieography
Historic Chapel at Allaire | 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Wall, NJ • The Breakers on the Ocean | 1507 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ
On October 22nd, Amy & Michael were married in a log cabin located inside Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Their wedding day turned out to be a very cold and windy day with some mild rainfall but that did not stop these two from having an absolutely stunning wedding ceremony and memorable wedding reception.
Amy & Michael were such troopers! They braved the cold, wind and rain to have their portraits photographed throughout the gardens. We walked through several different locations and worked quickly to capture the romantic and colorful images that they had hoped for without keeping them outside for too long.
Their classic and romantic wedding style was perfectly represented from Amy’s convertable wedding gown along with a vintage stole to her bouquet, rich with warm fall colors.
“We met at Rutgers. We had a few mutual friends and started talking over Facebook, that lead to a date. Michael picked me up at the house I shared with girlfriends in New Brunswick. That is where we saw each other in person for the first time. We went to Harvest Moon (the location of the rehearsal dinner) on our first date.”
“Michael proposed on Christmas morning. It was our first Christmas in our house and each of our parents had given us their old Christmas ornaments and decorations. We were decorating the tree in late November and one of the ornaments I took out from his parents was his Grandmother’s and was a little knitted Santa face with a tag on it that said if you pinch the Santa’s cheeks you’ll get a kiss—you pinched the cheeks and the mouth opened and there was supposed to be a Hershey kiss inside. We woke up in our home on Christmas morning, just him, me, and our German Shepherd, Ozzy. We all opened presents and when we were done, because I was somewhat expecting something, I said to him, “Is that all?” He hinted I should look at the Santa face ornament. I went over to it and he had placed a new tag on it that said, “I’m all out of kisses except for one special treat, so close your eyes, open your hand, and squeeze my cheeks.” I did so and the ring popped out onto my hand, when I opened my eyes he was on his knee!”
Wedding Day Vendors
Bloomers ‘N Things in Allentown, NJ
Propaganda in Hamilton, NJ
Betsey Johnson (bridesmaids will have matching but not exact shoes)
Something New & Blue: my shoes! Something Old: my grandmother’s diamond heart necklace Something Borrowed: my mother’s tennis bracelet
Palermo’s Bakery Ridgefield Park, NJ
Twin Oaks Caterer
The Heldrich | 10 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901 • Rutgers Gardens | 140 Log Cabin Road East Brunswick, NJ
On Oct 21st, Allison & Chris held a stunning fall classic, vintage wedding celebration at Lake Mohawk Country Club located in Sparta, New Jersey.
They had the most beautiful vintage details: from their soft, romantic styled wedding invitation to Allison’s lovely Betsy Johnson flats and fabulous three-quarter lace sleeve wedding dress. All of the details that they so carefully selected were simply perfect for their romantic wedding day style.
The fall weather was absolutely perfect for their wedding day and Allison and Chris both shared the same warm glow throughout the day and well into the evening festivities.
“We met through OK Cupid! Chris will tell you that I made him wait two weeks before responding to his message (and that I later told him I figured he must have a sense of humor because the only pictures on his profile were either him in halloween costumes or some of the least-flattering pictures of himself that he could have picked! He didn’t do himself justice). We had brunch at Toast in Montclair for our first date and the rest is history.”
“Our wedding is a mix of things-partly inspired by our favorite colors (blue for the bride and orange for the groom) and partly by all of the fall foliage we hope will be around for our big day. I think we are keeping things pretty simple and classic-we’re handmaking a few things (escort cards, table numbers, welcome bags for the hotel, maybe a couple of carved or painted pumpkins for the decor) but keeping it very manageable and not going overboard! We’ll have a fall foliage-inspired birch bark cake (with cute bride and groom black bear cake topper!) and apple cider donuts from a local farm for people to take home. We will also be asking our guests to sign our big state of NJ wooden ‘guest book’ ”
Warm. Romantic. Emotional. are the words that I use to describe my brand.
My perspective behind the lens is creative, modern and unique with a little rustic chic flair. My goal is for your images to look like they could be published in a magazine: clean lines, soft colors with a little romance and laughter sprinkled in… My photographic style can be described as documentary and editorial. I utilize action posing to create candid moments and I photograph all of your details in an editorial fashion to tell your genuine, stunning love story.
See the Meet Marianne link above to learn more about me and the unique photographic experiences that I offer to my clients.