posted by Tracie Van Auken on August 8, 2013 Return to Weddings

Marena & Matt at Seaview Resort, Galloway, NJ

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Jersey shore! JPG has had the privilege of traveling from Philly to shoot a handful of Jersey weddings this summer, one of which being Marena and Matt’s I-do’s at Galloway’s Seaview Resort.

Marena and Matt’s wedding was held at the gorgeous Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The wedding party got ready in incredible suites upstairs. Marena couldn’t stop saying how the wedding didn’t feel “real” yet. Matt surprised her with a beautiful handbag that she absolutely loved, and she gave him Tiffany cufflinks. She told us a story about how she had to convince him not to buy his own for the big day. In remembrance of his late grandfather, Matt kept a bottle of Macallan malt liquor in his room.

Luckily, Marena and Matt had a bright and sunny day for their outdoor ceremony. We shot their first look on a veranda above the ceremony space with pretty columns and nice lighting. Matt couldn’t stop telling Marena how beautiful she looked. I think he was a little stunned! The historic golf course had beautiful landscaping and a wide green lawn, so we shot the bridal party out there on vintage adirondack chairs. On stairs below the veranda, Marena made a unique ceremony entrance by emerging from the front instead of the back of the aisle, giving everyone a great view.

Guests took refuge inside after sitting in the hot sun at the ceremony. Matt’s best man made a touching and funny speech about Matt driving down from NYC every weekend to see Marena and working so hard to win her over. It was great to see both of their families during the evening look so genuinely happy about their blending together.

Marena and Matt, we wish you the best as you take these first steps together as a married couple. Thank you for choosing JPG Photography to be part of such a special day for you both.

Best,
Tracie

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