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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!

Wedding Coordinator: Christina Havens
Caterer/Venue: Merri-Makers
Florist: Something Nice Floral Designs
Hair/Makeup: Shear Innovations
Band/DJ: Elite DJ

Wedding Invitations - Absolutely loving this wedding. Was the first image their wedding invitation? Beautiful theme, the blue used is so striking and rich, and all the beach elements used with the wedding stationery is fabulous, especially the starfish place cards in a driftwood sandbox, how awesome is that?! Great pictures too, of course!July 1, 2013 – 1:45 AM

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