When Alyse first called me, I remember feeling like she sounded so happy that I could physically feel the overflowing joy in her voice. She is, in fact, the sister-in-law of the sister of the first wedding I shot in Philadelphia (Are you confused yet? She’s baby Lucas‘s aunt!). Take that to mean that Alyse & Justin are the third wedding I have shot in this amazing group of individuals and so when she contacted me about shooting hers I couldn’t have been more excited. And for good reason – Alyse & Justin got married on a perfect afternoon on a quiet beach of the Jersey shore. Afterwards, they had their reception – which was a party to top all parties – at Merri-Makers at the Water’s Edge. Truly, it’s hard to top a reception that goes from speeches so emotional even your vendors are tearing up to Adele sing-offs between the groomsmen. NO JOKE. Such a fun day!
Enjoy the images! xo.
As a sidenote, sadly, it is my understanding that this venue has since been destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. Can I just say how weird it is prepping a post about a place that doesn’t exist anymore? But, Merri-Makers as a whole runs several venues around the area and I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Is this not the sweetest groom reaction ever (see bottom left)? It made EVERYONE get emotional.
Alyse & Justin are very close with their siblings, so they surprised them mid-reception with a SIBLING DANCE. And, I thought this was just the sweetest idea. And, as you can tell, their siblings loved it too. 😉
And then, at the end of the very last song, Justin ran up, grabbed Alyse, and spun her around up in the air. What a way to end a reception! Plus, how great is her reaction on the left (below) when he went to lift her. Cracks me up!