Three full years of weddings under our belts, and it’s still true, the classics will always have a piece of our hearts. High school sweethearts, Eunice and Sun had an elegant and romantic wedding at The Chauncey Hotel in Princeton, and we can’t get enough of #allthepretty and endless joy from this adorable couple. A neutral color palette, a timeless lace dress, and of course, a simple - but elegant - tented reception, made for the absolute perfect September day. This wedding from Idalia Photography is proof that sweet + sophisticated will never go out of style!Read More
The only thing we love more than this gorgeous summer wedding from Idalia Photography, is the story of their first date in a Penn Station commuter bar, and the surprise proposal that started it all. Taylor and Leigh Ann are as sweet as they come, and planned an unforgettable wedding day for their closet family + friends at The Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ. From the gray and green color palette and stunning summer florals, to the Leigh Ann's intricate deep-v gown and of course, the endless smiles on the bride and groom, this day one one for the books!Read More
It may be a bajillion degrees out today, but don't worry, we have something gorgeous for you swoon over while you're huddled inside with air conditioning. This stunning wedding from Idalia Photography is pretty much what wedding dreams are made of: an estate out of a fairy tale, an elegant letterpress suite, lush floral design, and of course, a couple completely in love! Juliana and Joseph's wedding at Park Chateau Estate + Gardens was romantic and enchanting, and proof that the classics weddings will still be a favorite in 5 (or 50!) years from now. So go ahead, get comfy and ready to enjoy one of our favorites!Read More
We will always have a soft spot for the classics, and this Indian Trail Club Wedding from Idalia Photography will certainly be a favorite for a very long time. Courtney + John's wedding was romantic, effortlessly elegant and full of love. Inspired by their lakeside venue, they chose a neutral color palette with accents of blush and peach, and combined with stunning florals and thoughtful details, everything was breathtaking. We adore the gold bridesmaid dresses, the stunning grounds of the Indian Trail club and the rustic, hand-lettered signage... but our favorite has to be the never-ending smiles from Courtney and John as they said "I do".Read More
There are some sessions where you can just tell, without reading anything about the couple, how connected and in love they are, and today's session from Idalia Photography is exactly that. Gabrielle + Brian's Laurita Winery engagement session was full of romance, and an energy that is palpable. These two are clearly head-over-heels for each other, and an engagement session this beautiful makes giddy to see their wedding!Read More
Some sunshine and bright colors to help remind us that spring is only a few weeks away! Caitlin + Thomas were married at The Riverhouse at Rumson Country Club on a beautiful August day, and Idalia Photography was there to capture it all. From a stunning lace gown to stunning summer florals, this New Jersey wedding was equal parts preppy and romantic. We loved the nautical touches throughout: sand dollar escort cards, a monogramed buoy and anchors tied into every part of their day.Read More
It's a very happy Friday, indeed. With with all the incredible weather we've been having, warm summer days don't seem so far away... and then there's this gorgeous wedding at the Lake Valhalla Club from Idalia Photography. Christina and Zach created the most beautiful lakeside wedding, full of personal touches and the most stunning greenery. As a paper person, I love how they carried the design all the way through the place cards, but my favorite part has to be their first look. Is there anything sweeter than a couple seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day?
From Alexandra: Christina and Zach met and started dating while in college at Monmouth University. Their wedding day was long-awaited, and they finally tied the knot at Lake Valhalla Club in Montville, NJ last August.
THE WEDDING DAY
The minute we saw Christina that morning, we couldn’t help but notice how she was beaming with joy and excitement. She was just so happy that the day had finally arrived and she was looking forward so much to getting her wedding dress on and seeing Zach for the first time that day. Zach awaited Christina on one of the docks at Lake Valhalla and it was obvious that the mere sight of his beautiful bride calmed his nerves and made him feel at ease. After a few private moments, they were ready to begin their photo session. The lake was a perfect backdrop and we couldn’t have asked for better weather either!
When it came time for their ceremony, I loved seeing the attention to detail that Christina and Zach put into every aspect of the day. Their wedding day had a natural and organic feel to it, and it was sprinkled with hints of rustic burlap and elegant lace that brought it all together. My favorite part of the day was the ring warming ceremony when each one of Christina and Zach’s guests had a chance to say a silent blessing while holding the wedding bands before passing them on to the next guest. What a wonderful way to include your guests in a meaningful way!
How they met:
Christina: Zach and I met by chance! During my last semester at Monmouth University, my housing situation fell through and I ended up living with a few girlfriends from my sorority who were mutual friends with Zach and his fraternity brothers! After a couple of months of hanging out with our friends and spending time together, Zach brought me home for his mom’s famous Vodka Rigatoni and soon after, we became a couple!
Zach: We both met in college. One of our mutual friends brought her over to my house with everyone else and from then on it was history. We really didn’t go on many dates at the start because we were both poor college students, but I remember always going out dinner whenever we could. We have eaten so many things over the course of our relationship, I really don’t remember what the first thing was, ha! I do remember cooking pasta for her once when we first met (first and only time :) haha.
Christina: Zach and I had talked about getting married and about our future often, so I knew he would finally propose one day when he was ready. Over 7 years later, I couldn’t even imagine the day he would finally pop the question. We planned a trip to celebrate my birthday with friends in New Orleans. The day before, after work, I met him to drop off his car to get work done while we were away. As we pulled up to our apartment, I noticed the string lights in the kitchen we plugged in, and couldn’t understand for the life of me how or who had turned them on. I was actually nervous that someone had been in our house and Zach just looked at me and smiled, nodding me to go in the house and find out. I walked up the stairs, and opened the door to see champagne, roses, and music playing. It was truly an out-of-body experience as I realized what was actually happening, I turned around and there he was on one knee with a big nervous smile! I still have no idea what he said, but out popped my twin sister and her husband who had helped set the scene, and I cried for a good two hours that night from utter shock and happiness. I waited a long time for that moment and it was a day I’ll never forget. Zach completely shocked me and we celebrated our engagement with friends in the Big Easy; incredible trip!
Zach: We had a trip planned for a very long time to New Orleans with all of our (still mutual) friends. At the time I scheduled it, it was more for just a fun vacation than an engagement. As it got closer it made more and more sense to do it then. I was really worried about taking it on the plane, etc. so I decided to do it right before the trip. I enlisted the help of her twin sister. I know she wouldn’t have wanted a big production or anything because it was going to be very overwhelming. So I decided to just keep it to her sister and husband. We had to run an errand that morning before the trip. While we were out her sister ran in and decorated the house before we got back. When we got back, the whole house was different and they were standing there. At first she was very confused but turned around to me, on one knee. The next morning we got on a plane to go to New Orleans with all our friends and celebrate. It was perfect!
Vendors: Photo & Video: IDALIA PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue: LAKE VALHALLA CLUB | Wedding Dress Designer & Store: NICOLE MILLER, Nicole Miller Soho NYC | Groom’s Attire: DANTE ZELLER TUXEDO & MENSWEAR | Bridesmaids’ dresses | DONNA MORGAN Groomsmen’s suits: DANTE ZELLER TUXEDO & MENSWEAR | Hair Stylist: BOBBY AND THE BRIDE | Make-up Artist: HOUSE OF LUCIANO | Invitations: HOWLOVELYPAPER | Paper Goods | GREYBERRYDESIGN | DJ/Entertainment: ELITE SOUND ENTERTAINMENT Floral: YUMILA WEDDINGS AND EVENT FLORAL DESIGNS | Cake Vendor: PALERMO’S BAKERY