Jen and Lou’s story began in the workplace in 2002 when they were both engineers for the same company. Pak was also a structural engineer with the firm and knew Jen and Lou both well. Antonis came along as an intern in 2006 but Jen had recently left the company so he missed her. However, he worked quite a bit with Lou who was a civil engineer. In 2009, Pak shot their engagement in New York City and they booked us for their wedding in August of 2010. That day was a hot, humid, rainy day which put a severe damper on our plans for a photo session in the park. Instead, Pak and I set up a studio at The Mezzanine in Newark, NJ for the formal images. We had to work around some negatives (weather, light, time) and some positives (romance, willing subjects, and acrobats!) and ended up with images that demonstrate the love Jen and Lou have for each other. Jen and Lou, you’re an amazing couple. We’ve seen you together since your wedding and it’s clear you’re perfect for each other.
First our favorite shot from their 2009 Engagement session:
Now on to August 2010. Jen got ready at The Mezzanine, where the reception would be held later that day. Her mom, sisters, dress maker, and make-up artist were all there, busily getting everything ready. They allowed Pak and I great liberty in documenting the preparation and were more than willing to play along as models.
After Jen was ready, we did some formal images with her mother and sisters. Pak and I had set up the studio earlier in anticipation of coming back after the ceremony, so we made use of it with the girls since we had plenty of time and nobody wanted to go out into the rain!
Then it was off to the beautiful St. Lucy’s Church in Newark, NJ. The stained glass, ceiling, and light were all extraordinary and gave some incredible photo opportunities.
After the ceremony, we and the wedding party rushed back our “studio” at The Mezzanine for formal images during the cocktail hour. The original plan had called for formal images at Branch Brook Park (which has a gorgeous gazebo), but the weather decide it would rather keep us indoors. Jen and Lou, to their credit, were great sports and never let their spirits get down. Adapting to conditions is a something anybody involved in weddings knows all about, and their understanding allowed us to make the best of an unpleasant situation.
Jen had surprised Lou with acrobats (she now makes her living as a juggler and performer). Their routine was brilliantly done and everyone stopped to watch.
Jen and Lou danced together for the first time as a married couple, and then Jen prepared a choreographed number with her juggling coach that showed off her moves. You can move, Jen!!
Congratulations, again, you two. We wish you the absolute best in your lives together. Lou, see you in the office. Jen, see you on stage!
– Antonis and Pak