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Cedar Lakes Estates Spring wedding | Anna + Tyler Wedding Weekend Anna & Tyler’s beautiful flower filled Cedar Lakes Estates Wedding. Planner – Social Life EventsRentals – Petina RentalsFlorists – Mimosa FloralsVenue – Cedar Lakes Estates

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Oheka Castle Wedding wedding | Daisy + Carl This New York couple made Oheka Castle their home for the weekend. I’ll forever treasure the experiences I had with Daisy and Carl. From enjoying a dinner at Bartello with a sunset view of the  New York Skyline to drinks at their wedding after party, they let me in with hearts wide open. Daisy who recently got selected as one of Variety’s women of the year 2022 and Carl a wildly successful entrepreneur are the quintessential expression of work hard play hard. They wanted their guests to get a glimpse into their lives, summers in Montauk & Music festivals, and winters in Paris & Europe. LOUD music, pampas grass, and authentic Parisian dessert were the highlight of the day. The Bride wore a Rime Arodaky french dress and beautiful pearl Jimmy Choos, while the groom wore a custom velvet suit with shoes handcrafted in Italy by Del Toro. Florist – Bastille FloralsVenue – Oheka CastlePlanner – C&G weddingsDress – Rime ArodakyShoes – Jimmy Choos

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Cedar Lakes Estates Spring wedding | Saadiah + Tim Wedding Weekend Imagine renting out a cabin with some friends for the weekend and having the party of a lifetime, that’s exactly how Saadiah and Tim’s wedding felt like. From the fresh crisp mountain air to the college themed after party, these two sure know how to curate a memorable guest experience. The weekend began with a rehearsal dinner and specialty cocktails as they welcomed their loved ones and friends. Since many had travelled from far and near, it made sense that the next day began like it would at summer camp; swimming, lawn games, hammocking and more,  as Saadiah and her bridesmaids in high spirits got ready singing along to the likes of Latto’s big energy. I can still remember the emotions as Saadiah walked down the aisle to Tim, the tears of joy, the overwhelming love and the laughter that filled the amphitheater as these two exchanged vows. That sunset felt like a scene out of a Rom com as the lake glistened and the birds sang. And as expected when the reception began all the chairs were empty, as the guests drunk on love and wine danced the night away. Saadiah […]

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Cape May Elopement | Alex + Kelly | Stay Lokal

  I recently came across a method of farming called the slash and burn, whereby you cut down the trees on a plot of land then set fire to the remaining foliage to provide nutrients to the soil for the newer food crops. Kelly + Alex’s Cape May elopement which began at Stay Lokal was the beginning of my beauty from ashes. It’s no secret that the wedding/events world took a major hit due to COVID 19, and even now there’s much to be sad about, many have lost loved ones, businesses are going out of commission and there’s great division in our world. But we’ve also seen the beauty of humanity & community like never before. And I hope that you can find inspiration from this post and believe that there’s much to look forward to. Alex + Kelly, have been a bright lamp post on the road of my journey. I still remember tearing up when Kelly was reading her vows to Alex, it was a reinvigorating moment that reminded of the very great POWER OF LOVE. And it confirmed my convictions that LOVE IS NOT CANCELLED. So remember no matter how hot the flames are, I believe […]

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Micro Wedding inspiration – Hill Physick Philadelphia – Featured in Modern Luxury Magazine

This was one of the most creative shoots I worked on in 2019 and interestingly enough I think now provides lots of inspiration for an intimate micro wedding. It was a dream to have this published in Modern Luxury weddings Magazine.   The whimsical 18th century garden of Hill-Physick caught the eye of the team at Garces Events, who partnered with Kate Boyle—event designer at Sara Rea Design. “I thought it would be perfect for two busy doctors who love the history, want something stunning but also a high-end intimate wedding. Our idea began there, and we built an amazing team to create a luxe shoot,” says Boyle. The four-story brick house, decorated with beautiful, French-influenced neoclassical furnishings, is reflective of the time period but also provides a stunning backdrop for modern couples—who can transition from a cocktail reception in the parlor to dinner in the garden through floor-to-ceiling windows (that also serve as doors). “The garden is a magical space that we believe is a hidden gem in Philadelphia,” says Boyle. Claudia Harmon, owner of Jollifier Floral Design, styled the space with intentional blooms such as herbs with medicinal properties like mountain mint and lavender and anatomical oddities like […]

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Cedar Lakes Estates Proposal | New York | Keith + Kaitlyn

As I hid away in the pines overlooking the Amphitheatre at Cedar Lakes Estates, watching these two young summer lovers, head over heels for each other with the reflected light from the lake, glistening in the background, I was ravished by their love. The wind, the pines, and the birds all sang in anticipation for that moment when Keith would get on one knee and ask Kaitlyn to spend the rest of his life with her. Even the sun graced us with her presence and sparkle that serene evening. It was an honor to spend my birthday with these two.   Your love reminds me of summer Cherry Lips and raspberry wine, Jasmine flowers on climbing vines, Palm leaves rustling in the sunshine, Wishing we could slow downtime.   Christy Ann Martine    

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5 reasons Cedar Lakes Estates is THE dream glamping NY wedding venue

From the drive up to Cedar Lakes Estate through the Hudson Valley, to the mountain top overlooking the Shawangunk Mountains, Cedar Lakes Estate is indeed “one perfectly peaceful lakefront escape combining culinary adventure with rustic radiance.” After being fortunate enough to photograph a few beautiful weddings at this luxury estate venue, I just had to create this shortlist of 5 Reasons why I think Cedar Lakes Estates is THE dream glamping wedding venue In New York.   Cedar Lakes Estates An Unforgettable glamping experience; I still remember those long late-night bonfire conversations with friends, oh, the sticky s’ mores and remnant smell of smoke on my clothes. These are some of my favorite memories and Cedar lakes Estate, once a 1920’s summer camp, evokes all the feelings of nostalgia. I can only imagine what a weekend wedding with family and friends at cedar lakes would feel like. It would be an adventurous experience, comprising of mountain top yoga, team competitions, an outdoor movie night, and deep personal bonfire chats. It would be an experience of a lifetime.   Below are images of what a rehearsal dinner could look like at the pavilion     Say “I do” with a view […]

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Cairnwood Estate Wedding | Black Gatsby Themed Wedding | Danielle + Adam
March 24, 2020 by Afrik Armando in Stories, Weddings 0 Comments

A fundamental part of every wedding I shoot is understanding the personality of my couples; that is the things which get them excited, their passions, dreams, and aspirations? The purpose of this is simple, photographing a wedding is like doing a tango dance with the couple, to get the best, we learn to sway to the tune of their story. My job is to create that space where they can be free to be who they really are. When I first met Danielle & Adam in person, I quickly learned how dear black culture was to them. For this reason, we related on so many levels, from talking about the school systems to industry representation, to give you an idea of how deep we went, I think that first meeting lasted for about 4 hours. So going into their wedding with this in mind, I sought to represent the essence of their story. Two working professionals passionate about empowering their communities and creating opportunities for others. I think what stood out to me most was when Danielle brought in paintings to cover the ones present during the cocktail hour and reception. The art was by Gilbert Young, a black artist […]

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A Benjamin Franklin Officiated wedding | Ridgeland Mansion | Susie + Chris
March 11, 2020 by Afrik Armando in Stories, Weddings 0 Comments

FEATURED ON PHILADELPHIA WEDDING MAGAZINE Weddings come in all shapes and sizes but I don’t think I’ll be forgetting Susie + Chris’ wedding anytime soon. The more I grow in the wedding world, the more I’m learning about the things which matter most. At the end of the day, it’s not just the decor, the flowers or venue as amazing as these things might be, these are just tools to enhance the story & guest experience. When all is said and done, the heartbeat of everything is purely the personality of the couple. This is one of the main reasons Susie + Chris’ wedding meant a lot to me. Not only were they extremely kind and generous, but I couldn’t hold back my tears as I heard all the lovely stories shared about these two, from their friends & loved ones. It’s amazing cause sometimes we don’t realize how much impact we have on the lives of others. There’s so much more I could tell you about them, but I’ll let you read their story on this Philly Magazine article published for their wedding. It was truly an honor to serve them and a special thanks to all the amazing […]

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Junebug Featured Earthy New York Wedding | Ilya + Victoria
February 26, 2020 by Afrik Armando in Stories, Weddings 0 Comments

  One of the reasons I find this wedding peculiar is because it epitomizes the power of the community. It’s always a great thing when you could hire a team of creative vendors to work on your special day and make your vision come true, but when it came to Ilya and Victoria’s wedding, they choose a different route. They wanted their wedding to feel like a happy family gathering and that’s exactly what it was. The florals, dessert, stationary and even the furniture, were all carefully handcrafted by members of their church community.   And after their ceremony, they didn’t go the route of having a traditional reception program but rather opted for a Laissez-faire occasion. Wherein people were free to do whatever they wanted. Lawn games, blowing bubbles and heartfelt patio chats were the highlight of the evening. It really felt amazing to watch a community bond together over one couple’s wedding. Thank you Ilya & Victoria for letting me share your most special day with you. I’m also beyond grateful to JuneBug Weddings for featuring this story on their blog. Event Planning – GLDN Soul Events Wedding Venue – Best View Barn Catering – Zeina’s Cafe Cake – Serendipity Cakes Stationery […]

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