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On September 25th, 2022, I had the immense pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Ashley and Benjamin at the historic beachfront landmark, The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ. Their story, filled with serendipitous connections and a shared love for the beach, made their special day even more magical.

Ashley and Benjamin met in the modern way many couples do—on Tinder. Their mutual love for the beach was an immediate connection, and as they got to know each other, they discovered numerous mutual friends and shared experiences. It seemed as though fate had woven their paths together long before they ever met.

Their first date took place in Howell, NJ, in July 2017. They watched “Despicable Me 3” at a local movie theater and then went out for ice cream. What was supposed to be a simple evening turned into hours of conversation, and they quickly felt at ease with one another. They officially celebrate their dating anniversary on August 11th.

For Ashley, it was love at first sight.

She knew Benjamin was the one almost immediately and was certain she wanted to marry him after their third date. Benjamin recalls sitting on a bench at the Point Pleasant boardwalk during that third date, captivated by the glow that seemed to surround Ashley. He felt at home with her.

Benjamin’s proposal on September 15th, 2020, was as romantic as their love story.

He recreated the magic of their third date by taking Ashley to the end of the Point Pleasant boardwalk, near the jetty where the boats come in. There, he had arranged mason jars filled with shells and candles in a circle. As Ashley realized what was happening, Benjamin proposed. To her delight, her best friends and parents, who had been hiding nearby, jumped out to cheer and celebrate the moment.

Ashley admires Benjamin’s kind heart and the overwhelming love and care he shows towards her and his family and friends. His sense of humor keeps her laughing every day. Benjamin, in turn, loves Ashley’s drive to be the best version of herself and her boundless care for the people she loves, including him.

Their dreams for the future include a beautiful home filled with many dogs and a few children, fulfilling their career goals, traveling to new places, and growing old together. Most importantly, they plan to continue loving each other as deeply as they have since day one.

Knowing their love story, I was thrilled to capture their wedding day.

Their vintage/retro 50’s style, mixed with mid-century modern elements, beachy glam, and classic vibes, was a photographer’s dream. Ashley’s attention to detail was evident in every aspect of their wedding, from the bride prep to the Jersey Shore surprises at the end of the night, which included salt water taffy, boardwalk pizza, and Johnson’s Popcorn.

As the night unfolded, guests danced alongside Ashley and Benjamin, celebrating their union with joy and love. The laughter, the tears, and the heartfelt moments made their wedding day unforgettable. I am so grateful to have been a part of their journey and to have captured the beautiful memories they will cherish for a lifetime.

Ashley and Benjamin, your love story is a testament to the magic of fate and the beauty of genuine connection. From the first date in Howell to the enchanting proposal on the Point Pleasant boardwalk, your journey has been filled with love, laughter, and countless cherished moments. Photographing your wedding at The Flanders Hotel was an honor, and I am thrilled to have been a part of such a significant chapter in your lives.

Here’s to a lifetime of happiness, adventure, and endless love. Congratulations, Ashley and Benjamin!

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Vendors/Creatives:
Venue: The Flanders Hotel
Photographer:
Bokeh Love Photography
Videography:
Chris Pelley Films 
Florist:
Manic Botanic
Cake Artist:
Stefan at Blue Dolfin Sweets
DJ:
DJ Keith at Dance Party DJ’s
Makeup Artist:
Kelsey McKay
Hair Arist:
Val Clarke at Brides by Valerie Clarke
Wedding Dress:
Brides by Young in Rochelle Park, NJ 
Wedding Dress Designer:
Eddy K
Bridesmaids Dresses:
Bella Bridesmaids 
Tuxedos:
Men’s Warehouse

Weddings

July 17, 2024

Ashley and Benjamin: A Flanders Hotel Wedding

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I absolutely loved Jamie and Connor’s Beach Wedding at the Deauville Inn. But first, let me tell you about their love story…

Jamie and Connor’s love story is one that feels straight out of a romance novel. Their journey began on a summer night in Avalon, NJ, on July 3, 2018, which also happens to be Connor’s birthday. It was a night filled with celebration and serendipity. Connor was renting a shore house for the summer with one of Jamie’s college roommates. Jamie decided to visit her friend, and they ended up celebrating Connor’s birthday at a local bar. Jamie insists she wasn’t playing matchmaker, but sometimes fate has its own plans. Jamie and Connor met, exchanged numbers, and felt an instant connection that night.

Over the next few weeks, their connection deepened as they chatted constantly.

Their first date was at Tria Wine Bar in Philadelphia, where Jamie recalls feeling an immediate bond with Connor. He was charming, easy to talk to, and had her laughing all evening. From that first date, Jamie knew Connor was someone special. The more she got to know him, the more she fell in love with him.

Their relationship blossomed, and on August 19th, 2021, Connor proposed.

After a long day at work, Jamie had planned dinner reservations at a new restaurant in the city. Little did she know, Connor had his own plans. In the cozy intimacy of their living room, Connor proposed, and Jamie said yes, marking another unforgettable moment in their journey together.

Together, Jamie and Connor share many passions—traveling, trying new restaurants, watching sports, and attending concerts. Jamie describes Connor as fun-loving and positive, with a great sense of humor that draws everyone to him. Their love is vibrant and infectious, a testament to their deep connection and shared joy.

Jamie had one special request for their wedding day: romantic sunset beach portraits.

We made sure to capture that magic! Their wedding was held at the Deauville Inn on September 10, 2022, in a luxurious tent on the beach, just steps away from the water. The sunset was breathtaking, and we walked out on a dock to get the perfect view for their portraits. The evening was capped off with sparklers, adding a fabulous sparkle to their unforgettable day.

Jamie and Connor’s wedding was a beautiful celebration of their love, surrounded by family, friends, and the stunning backdrop of the beach. Their plans to travel to Greece for their honeymoon, a place that perfectly captures their love for the beach and adventure, will surely create even more beautiful memories.

Thank you, Jamie and Connor, for trusting me with your memories! I wish you nothing but love, luck, and success in your marriage together!

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Vendors/Creatives:
Venue: Deauville Inn
Photographer: Bokeh Love Photography
Videography: Scarlett Creek Productions – Nick Marmarou
Day of Coordinator: Judy Brenna @ Deauville Inn
Florist: A Garden Party
Cake: Deauville Inn
DJ: Dinardo brothers – Mike Dinardo
Makeup Artist: Your Day Your Way – Jess Spina
Hair Stylist/Artist: Niki Bachman
Wedding Dress: Simplicity Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tux: Suit Shop

 

 

July 16, 2024

Romantic Beach Wedding at the Deauville Inn

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Selecting the perfect photographer for your Cape May wedding is an essential decision in capturing the cherished moments of your special day. With a multitude of talented professionals in the industry, finding the right fit that aligns with your vision and style can be quite a challenging task. From intimate beach weddings to elegant ballroom affairs, the photographer you choose will play a pivotal role in crafting lasting memories. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the intricate process of selecting a photographer for your Cape May wedding, providing valuable insights and tips to help you make an informed decision that will beautifully encapsulate your love story.

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Interpreting Your Wedding Vision in New Jersey

Understanding your wedding vision is the first step in choosing a New Jersey wedding photographer who can truly capture the essence of your special day. Whether you’re planning a grand celebration in one of the luxurious ballrooms of Avalon or a serene beach ceremony on the shores of Cape May, your photographer needs to comprehend and connect with the atmosphere and emotion you wish to evoke. The right South Jersey wedding photographer will not only have the skill to take stunning photos but also the sensitivity to understand the unique narrative of your love story. They will listen attentively to your desires, offer creative suggestions, and collaborate with you to ensure that your wedding photos reflect your personal style and the joy of your New Jersey wedding.

Expertise Matters: Quality South Jersey Wedding Photography

When it comes to immortalizing your wedding day, the expertise of a South Jersey wedding photographer is non-negotiable. A professional with extensive experience in wedding photography brings more than just technical skills to the table; they possess an intuitive understanding of lighting, composition, and timing to create captivating images that stand the test of time. Look for a portfolio that showcases a diverse range of moments, from candid laughter to the intricate details of the wedding attire. The best New Jersey wedding photographer will demonstrate a mastery over the craft that translates into vivid, emotion-rich photographs. This level of quality ensures that every photograph from your day tells a part of your story, whether it’s an intimate exchange or a grand gesture, with the clarity and beauty it deserves.

Why Location Knowledge Counts: Cape May, Asbury Park, and Beyond

A photographer’s familiarity with the location of your New Jersey wedding can make a significant difference in the outcome of your photos. Knowledge of the local areas like Cape May, Wildwood, and other NJ wedding destinations provides the photographer with a unique advantage. They are aware of the lighting nuances, the most picturesque backdrops, and the hidden gems that can turn a simple photo into a work of art. Whether it’s the sunsets in Cape May or the Murals in Asbury Park, an experienced NJ wedding photographer can navigate these environments efficiently, saving precious time during your wedding day. They can also offer valuable advice on the best times and locations for your portraits. This insight is particularly beneficial for beach weddings in New Jersey, where the tides and tourist crowds can impact your photography schedule.

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Beach weddings in New Jersey offer a unique opportunity for stunning wedding photography. The expansive sands, the rolling waves, and the changing colors of the sky in Cape May or along the east coast of the Jersey Shore create a magnificent canvas for your wedding pictures. A skilled NJ Beach wedding photographer knows how to capture the serene beauty of these coastal locations while focusing on the intimate moments between you and your partner. They understand how to use the natural light to its fullest, ensuring your photos have a soft, romantic quality that echoes the tranquil setting. When you look back on your wedding album, the combination of the photographer’s expertise and the natural allure of the beach setting will allow you to relive the magic of your beach wedding day after day.

Capturing the Romance: Ballroom Weddings in NJ

Ballroom weddings in New Jersey call for a photographer who can artfully capture the elegance and grandeur of the occasion. The opulent interiors, with their sparkling chandeliers and sophisticated decor, provide a rich backdrop for timeless wedding photography. A seasoned New Jersey wedding photographer will have the expertise to navigate the dynamic lighting and capture the romance of your ballroom setting. They aim to encapsulate the luxury of the environment while focusing on the emotional depth of the wedding party and guests. From the first dance to the joyous celebrations, the photographer’s attention to detail ensures that the splendor of your ballroom wedding is immortalized. With each photograph, the grandeur of the occasion is woven into your narrative, creating a story as enchanting as the setting itself.

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Let’s Talk: Scheduling a Consultation

Scheduling a consultation with your potential New Jersey wedding photographer is a critical step in ensuring you’ve found the right match. It’s an opportunity to meet and discuss your vision, expectations, and any specific requests you may have for your wedding day. During the consultation, you can ask questions about their style, approach, and how they handle the unpredictable nature of a wedding day. It’s also the perfect time to review their portfolios and get a feel for their work firsthand. A face-to-face meeting allows you to gauge their personality and confirm that they’re someone you’ll be comfortable with during your wedding. Remember, the best Cape May Wedding photographer will not only take great photos but also contribute to a positive and seamless experience. So, let’s talk and start crafting the photography plan that will tell the story of your day.

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At Bokeh Love Photography, we understand that your wedding photos are more than just pictures—they are a legacy of your love story. Our focus on attention to detail and passion for storytelling sets us apart as a premier New Jersey wedding photographer. Our work is characterized by a warm, romantic glow that is the signature of our commitment to excellence. We pride ourselves on capturing the small, intimate moments that might otherwise go unnoticed, as well as the grand, sweeping emotions of the day. With every click of the shutter, we’re creating the heirlooms you’ll treasure for a lifetime. We invite you to explore our gallery and see the difference that a dedicated, passionate artist can make in preserving the memories of your South Jersey wedding. Let us be a part of your journey and help you celebrate your love with photographs that will stand the test of time.

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March 21, 2024

Selecting the Right Photographer for Your Cape May Wedding

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