Jayanth & Victoria | The Wilshire Grand Hotel | West Orange, NJ

Jay and Victoria’s wedding at the Wilshire Grand Hotel was truly a treat for all the senses. From the intricate designs of Mehendi artist Mansi Shah of Ruchi’s, to the South Indian delicacies prepared by Raghu & Lokesh of NJ Woodlands , the beautiful ceremony decoration and lighting design by Sajawat, and traditional saris in every color, it was simply magnificent! Makeup artist Linda Manzi of Cinderella Bridez was flawless, and kudos to Hima and Melissa at Dewdrop Special Events, for bringing it all together for a truly extraordinary experience.

President Obama and Marriage Equality

President Obama’s historic announcement this week regarding Marriage Equality was enlightening and particularly welcome, coming on the heels of the disheartening news of North Carolina’s endorsement of Amendment One. In light of the President’s “evolving attitude” on gay marriage, I wanted to recognize a few of my LGBT clients who are pledging their commitment to each other and tying the knot this year. Congratulations to Matt & Leo, Judy & Jodi, Karen & Cindy, and Joy & Rachel. Here are some of my favorite images from their engagement sessions.

Karina & Derek | Westmount CC Wedding

Karina & Derek’s wedding at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ, was the perfect way to start off the wedding season! The weather was fantastic for early March, Raul of Ultrafonk Entertainment had everyone dancing the Salsa, and I couldn’t ask for a nicer couple to work with. Congratulations and I’m looking forward to working on the album with you!

Looking Back at 2011 ~ My Favorite Images of the Year

I finally had some time to put together a little highlight video of some of my favorite wedding images of 2011. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Jay & Victoria Engagement Session at Hoboken Terminal

Hoboken, NJ Engagement portrait session by New Jersey wedding photographer Danielle Richards.

I had the pleasure of photographing Jay and Victoria at the historic Hoboken Terminal for their engagement portraits.  They are a delight to work with, and I’m really looking forward to their wedding in 2012!   Hoboken is such a cool place (except for the parking) but I have more and more couples request their portraits there.  It’s always a challenge to find new and interesting spaces to work in, especially when the area is very familiar.  It seems that each time I work there, I see something different so it remains one of my favorite locales. The terminal waiting room reminds me of a movie set with the beautiful stained glass ceiling and period lighting fixtures, and the neighboring streets are always full of surprises.