My name is Marianne Bley. I am a wedding, newborn & branding photography specialist. My home studio is located on Chadwick Beach Island in Lavallette, Ocean County New Jersey 08735.
I am passionate about capturing life's milestones, both big and small, for couples and growing families and assisting them in preserving their images by creating stunning wall displays and tabletop heirloom products to grace their living spaces with the ones they hold most dear to their hearts for generations to come.
Kristen & Justin held a beautiful rustic fall classic Jersey Shore wedding ceremony at Allaire Chapel located in Allaire Village in Wall Township, NJ on Nov 12th. Their wedding day was simply amazing: from the beautiful weather that they had to their joyous personalities filling the room with love and laughter. It is hard to describe just how magical their day truly was. You can see from the pictures below that everyone had a blast from dawn to dusk!
Kristen & Justin added a ton of personal touches to their day from the wine/love letter box that they sealed during their ceremony to their hand written thank you post cards that were displayed on each individual place setting at the reception tables.
“There is a loose vintage beachy travel theme with our place cards being set up in an antique suitcase we found in New Hope, PA and all of the tables being named after a Jersey Shore town with vintage “Greetings From” post cards for each guest. We will also play ‘Edelweiss’ at the reception, which is a song that is very important to the bride’s family as my late grandfather was from Austria and we have always played that at every family gathering. ”
These are just a few examples of the many special details that Kristen & Justin had sprinkled throughout their special day. I am so honored to have been chosen to document this amazing couples union.
Check out their awesome wedding day below!
“Kristen’s former college roommate, Jackie, was working with Justin on the base and Jackie arranged for the two of us to meet. Admittedly, it was only out of convenience that Justin was chosen to meet me–he simply lived closer than Jackie’s other single co-worker. Jackie and Kristen went to Hook’s in Seaside together on September 15, 2012 to meet Justin. Justin’s younger brother Dillon was supposed to come as well, but he wasn’t able to. Kristen and Justin hit it off right away and it wasn’t long before Jackie slipped away to the other side of the bar so we could get to know each other better. It was an instant connection, and after leaving the bar that night, we started texting each other immediately, and never really stopped. We went on several more dates in the next week or so, and our connection only grew stronger. It was perfect! (sorry for mixing first and third person–I don’t really know how to write this! lol)”
“Justin convinced me to finally take a day off of work on Friday, August 28, 2015. We went down the Seaside Thursday night and went out to our favorite restaurant, Savor. We woke up super early the next morning to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. We were bundled in hoodies due to the chilly ocean breeze, and were snuggled up on a blanket waiting for the sun to rise. We basically had the whole beach to ourselves. While looking out at the ocean, Justin turned to me and said, “Tin, I have a surprise for you.” I looked over and he was holding the most unique and beautiful ring I had ever seen. He asked me to marry him, and I shrieked and hugged him and could barely even get out “yes” quickly enough. We both had tears in our eyes and were gazing at each other, when, after what felt like forever, I said, “Put it on!!” The ring was still in the box. Justin fumbled to get the ring out, and he went to put it in…my middle finger! We laughed and finally slipped the ring on the right finger and we were engaged! We settled for long enough to watch the sun rise, and then I called my parents…who were not surprised because Justin had asked them when I was out of town a week or so earlier. The rest of the day was beyond perfect. We went out to breakfast to this great place on the bay, but I was too excited to eat. We spent the day on the beach and then I thought we were meeting his mom later that night for some quick pizza. We ended up stopping in at Hook’s (where we met) and Justin continued the surprise by arranging to have my friends and family there for an impromptu engagement party! It was just a wonderful day and everything I could have hoped for.”
Wildflowers Florist, Belmar, NJ
Pin It Up Bridal, Belmar, NJ
Mikaela Bridal from Barefoot Bride in Red Bank
My jewelry is new from Swarovski My veil is also new, and was made by one of my friend’s dads!
Dessy from Bella Bridesmaids
Calvin Klein suit for Justin, Tommy Hilfiger suits for the groomsmen
All are wearing the same burgundy Calvin Klein tie and a slim tie clip
Concorde Limousine (we are getting a 15-passenger mini bus)
Jewelry by Ketti from Gemsmith in Toms River, NJ– custom designed made by Ketti
Chocolate Carousel, Belmar, NJ
Elite Entertainment– Corey
my sister Katie English is doing the video as her gift, Katieography
Historic Chapel at Allaire | 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Wall, NJ • The Breakers on the Ocean | 1507 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ
Marianne Bley is a wedding, newborn & first year photography specialist that is passionate about capturing life's milestones, both big and small, for couples and growing families and assisting them in preserving their images by creating stunning wall displays and tabletop heirloom products to grace their living spaces with the ones they hold most dear to their hearts for generations to come.
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