Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Dina + Alex = Married! April 23, 2009

Spring Lake, New Jersey – The Mill:

You recently saw the SNEAK PEEK of Dina & Alex’s wedding and after working on the photos for the past few weeks I finished last night!

I was so excited to share the photos today and hear their thoughts.

I really enjoyed spending the day with Dina and Alex with the help of my lovely friend and assistant for the day – Guitree (Thanks G!!).

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We started the day at the salon:

Then we went back to the hotel so Dina could get her make-up done and get dressed.

I couldn’t decide which I loved most for the RING shots.

I think my favorite is the one featured below but I wanted to share the others too:

ALTERNATE RING SHOT 1

ALTERNATE RING SHOT 2

Alex was a great sport about posing for his “getting ready” shots.

I always love the “detail” shots so you can remember every special thing about the day!

Dina’s sister, Ilene, helping Dina get ready for the big moment!

Alex patiently waits for Dina to be ready…

A lil sun flare as we headed off to the Spring Lake Beach.

Dina and Alex’s dog Keena is an important part of their life and Alex’s and brother in law made it possible to include Keena in a few photos of their special day.

She was so well-behaved and had so many different expressions in the photos I took of her that it made me smile and think about my own buddy, Lucas, and how important he is to me.

I love this moment with “the family.”

I loved how the wind was blowing the veil.

HOT! HOT! HOT!

D-E-B-O-N-A-I-R!

I can’t get enough of this moment!

Look at how he’s looking at her!

We arrived at The Mill…

The ceremony…

I took a chance here getting a silhouette with the wide angle lens.  It turned out how I had hoped!

You can’t beat the sun flaring through the huge windows behind them making this photo possible!

A few quiet moments before we headed into the reception.

Check out the cake topper!  Keena!

First Dance goodness.

Sweeter than sugar!

And the lovely friend who put Dina and I together, Ilene, my sorority sister from my days at Rider University.

Thanks Ilene for connecting us!

A beautiful end to a beautiful night!

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Just a Lil Sneaky Peeky: Dina & Alex – Spring Lake, NJ Wedding April 16, 2009

Believe it or not when Ilene contacted me over Facebook discussing her sister’s (Dina) need for a wedding photographer I almost said “no” because weddings aren’t normally my specialty.  I’ve photographed a lot of weddings but always in the shadow of the paid photographer, carefully trying not to step on his/her toes and once for a friend  from my photography forum.

But something felt different for some reason and when Dina wrote me so I scheduled time to talk to her about the event.  Once I heard the details I told her to give me a little time to think it over and come up with a package for her.  Dina and Alex to decided to give me a chance and I decided to give wedding photography a chance.

I processed this photo last night of Dina and Alex on Spring Lake Beach in New Jersey with a texture and when I was done I could just feel the drama coming from this moment captured.  I’m a big fan of texture, as you know, and I’m trying to incorporate here and there through my processing of the wedding.  I’m also being very open to all types of processing for the photos so that Dina and Alex have a variety of looks to choose from for their album.

Every since Dina and I first spoke in November we’ve become friendlier and friendlier and I believe that it’s a friendship that will remain well past the photographer/photo processing/album making stages!  I’m happy to have met her and Alex and I’m dying to finish their photo processing and share them all with them! I keep wanting to break my own rules about sending the link to their gallery before I’m done but then I reel myself back in and remind myself that it will be much better to unveil them all at once.

Isn’t love just beautiful?  You’d think they were the only two people on the beach at the moment.  It doesn’t even seem as if myself and my assistant Guitree were standing there right in their face as this moment happened…. 🙂

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