Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived for the ceremony in South Beach, Staten island.  The setting was more than lovely, it reminded me of the many weddings I shoot in Florida, palm trees and everything!  We are of course part of New York City but we are in fact an island onto our selves. and took care of all the arrangements.  The happy couple Michelle and Tom were glowing.  They were so much fun to photograph,  I naturally loved every second of it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

“The Knot” best of weddings winner
Brides choice awards winner –
“Top 100 independent restaurants” – Restaurant Hospitality Magazine
“America’s top 100 restaurants” – Restaurants and Institutions Magazine
“Best of the best” place to get married – Asbury Park Press Readers’ choice awards
“A “long driveway” takes you into a “world of magic” at this Shrewsbury traditional American set in a “beautiful” Georgian Mansion on a “sprawling” estate; the “utterly elegant”, “fairy-tale” location and “old-world” ambiance make it an “experience to remember” and a natural site for “weddings” – Zagat Survey

My last wedding of the year was for Brandice and Matt at the beautiful Shadowbrook on Route 35 in Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 just south of Red Bank.  Call them at 732 747 0200. 
Third generation of restaurateurs & hoteliers
Owners Robert and Ronnie both grew up in Lakewood, NJ, where they went through the Lakewood school system. Robert attended the renowned Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, graduating with honors and being a member of Ye Hosts Honorary Society.  Ronnie spent her college years on the East Hill of Ithaca at Ithaca College.  Robert began working at an early age in his parents hotels in both Lakewood and Bradley Beach, while playing on Lakewood State Championship Basketball Teams.  Robert worked at every position both front and back of the house.
Robert and Ronnie started working together managing a famous seashore restaurant and club during their summer breaks from college.  Robert and Ronnie married in 1971 and later that year purchased Shadowbrook with Robert’s dad and brother.  They have developed Shadowbrook into the landmark that it is today, acquiring sole possession in 1985.  Robert and Ronnie support and contribute their time and resources to many local, state and national charities and organizations.  They are willing to help anyone in need and through Shadowbrook, assist scores of charities each year. They have been honored by many organizations for their community work.  Each year they donate meals to over 1,000 children with cancer for the Francis Foundation.
Robert and Ronnie would like to thank their dedicated family of employees at Shadowbrook for their support.  They have employees that have been with them since 1971. There are over a dozen employees with over 20 years of service and over a dozen with over 10 years of service.  Because of their employees, they have been able to obtain the time and resources to help others!
Robert and Ronnie live in Holmdel, NJ and have two daughters, Ali and Daryl, both Cornell University Hotel School graduates. The family shares interests in sports and vintage sports and racing cars. The Zweben’s travel extensively and attend food events all over the world. They incorporate new ideas in d├ęcor, cuisine and service that are culled from their experiences. The Zweben Family’s goal is to provide a menu, a service and an ambiance that are unsurpassed for you special occasions. Their dedication to excellence is evident in every aspect of Shadowbrook.

Monday, November 9, 2015


I love weddings, each one is totally different...  of course when I am shooting for my friends or family
I cannot help but feel like I want to do even more for them.  For Lauren and Erik I brought a second shooter (whose edits I have not even seen yet) and I know my friends will be overjoyed when they realize how many images they will be getting.  

Friday, July 31, 2015