Asbury Park Wedding and Trash the Dress | Catherine + Joe

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On the two year anniversary of Catherine and Joe’s amazing wedding, I wanted to look back and celebrate their amazing love and also crazy courage to wake up (stay up?) until the next morning and do a trash the dress at sunrise in the ocean. [Side note, the ocean is cold AF at the end of May]. These guys are some of my favorite people I have ever worked with, being so generous with one another and adventurous with me especially since it was my first ever Asbury Park wedding and beach wedding to boot (which is shameful having grown up in Portland, I know). They completely embraced the Jersey shore vibe, and made me want to shoot weddings in Asbury Park all the time.

Catherine has the best face. Period. And probably the best part is her striking beautiful beauty mark on her right eye, that I love all the more because she was adamant about not minimizing it with editing. Love your gorgeous self!

Although they didn’t want to have a first look, Catherine and Joe were so excited to marry each other they wanted to say hi just before the ceremony. I almost forgot to shoot because I thought this was so touching and I didn’t want to interrupt.

Catherine knows she scored a good one.

My goodness, I wish all of my couples looked at each other with so much kindness and warmth. It makes my job so easy!

When you have a cathedral veil, you know I’m going to want to play with it!

The reception is giving starry night at sea vibes and it’s all I ever want.

After a wedding-photographer-nap (is that the technical term for when you shoot till 1AM and wake up to shoot again at 5AM?), we took in the amazing sunrise lighting with a bunch of portraits again before jumping in the water.

A little bit of fun in the sand never hurts! Although I was super worried about their rings washing out to sea…

Although they were really excited about the idea of trashing the dressing, they did not anticipate the nearly freezing water and weren’t so excited once they got wet. They were troopers there and stuck it out for like 6 minutes longer for a few more photos!

Best part of all of this: Catherine brought her amazing gown to the dry cleaner who had it back to new for $50. And before you ask, no I don’t know where this magical dry cleaner is.