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I'm Tori, a portrait and wedding photographer based in central New Jersey. Thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet; I'm so happy you're here. Come check out the full galleries from recent weddings and portrait sessions, behind the scenes, personal posts, helpful tips and more. Please feel free to take a look, and let me know if there is anything special you'd love to see in a future post. I hope to hear from you soon!

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Weddings

April 29, 2019

Rock Island Lake Club Spring Wedding, Sparta, NJ | Gianna & Victor

Gianna and Victor are two of the kindest, funniest couples I’ve met, and it was such an honor getting to celebrate this huge day for them by photographing every moment! Their day was stunning from the always-beautiful Rock Island Lake Club that they chose to the incredibly detailed reception decor and florals throughout the day!

Every time I talked with Gianna about their day, she had so many unique ideas that were executed so tastefully! I loved the boho vibes incorporated throughout their day, Gianna’s overflowing, textured bouquet, Victor’s awesome plaid, blue suit, and alllll of the amazing portrait spots at this venue! It was also such a joy getting to work with my incredibly talented friends, Sam of Makeup by Samantha Linn and Julie of Styles on Location, who slayed the hair and makeup game on all of these lovely ladies!

Gianna and Victor’s friends and family came to PARTY and they were excited from the moment these two tied the knot to get on that dance floor! You MUST check out the reception photos at the end of this blog post to see the insane 9-foot robot that made a special appearance at the reception! So many incredible moments throughout the day and it was so clear how much love these two are surrounded by! I’m so grateful to have been a part of it! 🙂

If you want to see more of these cuties, make sure to check out their adorable pumpkin patch engagement session we did last fall!

Gianna and Victor, your day was all sorts of perfection, and it was beyond special to have been a part of the process along the way. Thank you for including me in helping you make certain decisions and just letting me share in the excitement over these last few months! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you and your love story. I can’t believe you’re finally married!!! YAY! Such a beautiful day for an even more beautiful couple. Enjoy the married life, Mr. and Mrs. Cruz! Love you both so much!!! <3

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wedding dress hung in window, bride in robe
wedding invitation suite flat lay detail shot

Their Love Story

These two met online on a dating website. Gianna said it was funny because she never believed in those dating sites since she never had much luck finding winners! However, when she came across Victor’s profiles, she saw that they were apparently a 100% match, so she went for it and sent him a message! They talked for a couple of months and got to know each other. He tried meeting her several times and taking her out, but she was too nervous! Finally, Victor asked her to be his Valentine, and she finally decided she would go out with him! 🙂 He picked her up at her house, which she said, for some, it might be crazy to give her actual address, but it felt like they were already dating, so she fully trusted him! They got to know each other’s families, and then he took her to the city for a comedy show and dinner! That date sparked a love story that led us to this beautiful wedding day! <3

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wedding bands in bouquet
versace perfume wedding, bride looking at wedding gown
bride getting makeup done

The Proposal

Gianna says, “So Victor and I were talking about marriage for a while, we both knew we wanted it, but we were always nervous to take that big step. Victor would put the topic off for quite some time, until one day we went to a couple of jewelry stores just to look for what I would like… I had no idea the proposal would be coming sooner than later. On Christmas Eve, we went to his aunt’s house to enjoy the holiday with family, the night was going as normal as it would be until his aunt pulled me to the side asking me to go see her new bedroom, which just had gotten re-done. As she’s walking me to her room, she gets to the door and sort of pushes me in and closes the door behind me lol, I walked into candles and rose petals all over. Victor was standing there with a bouquet of roses, each rose he gave me, he told me why it is that he loves me and how much I mean to him. The last rose he took out was a silver rose, that’s when he got down on one knee, opened the rose (which was a box) and asked me to marry him. Honestly, he said so much and I wish I could remember it all but I was in lala land!”

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close up of bride's ring on hand
bride laughing in robe
bride's mother zipping wedding gown up
bride's mother zipping wedding gown up
wedding bands rings
bride in wedding gown
bride putting earrings in
bride holding perfume bottle
bridesmaid putting bride's heels on
bridesmaid putting bride's heels on
bride in wedding gown black and white
bride first look with father
bride first look with father
bride first look with father
groom colone and watch details
groom putting shoes on
groom putting cufflinks on
wedding day cufflinks
groom getting ready on wedding day
groom suspenders
groom getting ready on wedding day
groom details
groom portrait, plaid blue suit
groom portrait, plaid blue suit
groom portrait, plaid blue suit
groom and groomsmen laughing on couch
groom portrait blue plaid suit
groom and groomsmen laughing
groom's mother putting his boutonniere on
church details
bride waiting to walk down aisle with father
bride waiting to walk down aisle with father
flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle
groom seeing bride for first time
bride walking down aisle with father
bride walking down aisle with father
bride walking down aisle with father
bride and groom wedding ceremony confetti exit
bride and groom wedding ceremony confetti exit
bride and groom wedding ceremony confetti exit
bride and groom toast
bride and groom toast
bride and groom in rolls royce
bride and groom in rolls royce
bridal party laughing and walking
bridal party laughing
bridal party
bridal party laughing and walking
bridal party laughing and walking
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
wedding reception boho style details
wedding reception boho style details
wedding reception boho style details
wedding reception bride and groom introduction
bride and groom first dance
bride and groom first dance
wedding toasts
wedding toasts
wedding toasts
wedding toasts
wedding toasts
wedding reception dancing
wedding reception dancing
bride and groom cake cutting
bride and groom cake cutting
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
wedding reception dancing
wedding reception dancing
wedding reception dancing robot
wedding reception dancing robot
wedding reception dancing robot
wedding reception dancing robot
wedding reception dancing robot
wedding reception dancing robot
wedding reception dancing robot
wedding reception dessert
wedding polaroids

Vendors
Second Photographer | Daniella Peck
Photography Assistance | Jaclyn Steele
Ceremony Venue | Our Lady of the Lake Parish
Reception Venue | Rock Island Lake Club
Dress Boutique | Bijou Bridal
Shoes | Bella Belle Shoes
Hair Stylist | Styles on Location
Makeup Artist | Makeup by Samantha Linn
Wedding Rings | Jared
Decor | Enchanted Allure Events
DJ | Love of Music Entertainment
Florist | Gala Florist
Videographer | Live Pictures Studios
Cake | Palermo’s Bakery
Bridesmaids Dresses | Bijou Bridal
Groom Attire | The Suit Store Outlet
Groomsmen Attire | Robert’s Tuxedo
Invitation | Rachel Marvin Creative
Officiant | Fr Jim

Rock Island Lake Club Spring Wedding, Sparta, NJ | Gianna & Victor

April 29, 2019

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