Baby on the way and be back soon!

As we prepare to welcome our baby girl into the world, I wanted to let you know that I'll be starting my maternity leave this week. I have several posts and guest bloggers lined up for the Summer so be sure to check back in once a week to see what's going on and say hello! You can also follow me on Instagram (@brklynview) to see what our new family is up too.

A friendly reminder: I will be out of the office from June 29th - September 14th, 2015. I will have limited access to email and will respond to all wedding inquires and press requests in a timely manner. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated during this exciting time in our lives!! xo, Jainé


Gorgeous Wedding Floral Inspiration with Brooklyn Bride and Bows and Arrows

I absolutely love when I'm able to collaborate with a few of my favorite wedding vendors. When my friend Vané from Brooklyn Bride asked if I wanted to photograph a wedding floral inspiration styled shoot with Bows and Arrows, I jumped at the chance. Though this shoot took place a while ago, I still wanted to share a few of my favorite images from their gorgeous collaboration. You can also see the full featured on bklyn living blog posts here: part one, part two and part three. Enjoy!


A Charming Brooklyn Heights Engagement Session. Brooklyn Wedding Photographer.

Wandering the beautiful streets of Brooklyn Heights you can get lost among its beauty. The iconic neighborhood is filled with timeless brownstones, historic carriage houses and enough charm to last a lifetime. It was the perfect location for Meg and Charles spring engagement session. This timeless couple loves to travel and enjoy the sweeter things in life together. They met through mutual friends at a concert and have been together ever since. Charles is wearing is "Nantucket Reds" in honor of their favorite island, Nantucket, which is where the happy couple is getting married later this year! I cannot wait to be part of their wedding day and thrilled to share a few of my favorite photos from their brooklyn engagement session. Enjoy! 


501 Union Brooklyn Wedding featured on Refinery29

I'm so honored to share that Ashley and Jonathon's art deco inspired wedding at 501 Union was featured on Refinery29's website. See the full article here and revisit their amazing brooklyn wedding here. Enjoy! xo
Brooklyn Wedding Photographer


10 Tips for finding the perfect wedding planner by Jove Meyer Events

I'm so excited to introduce you to my friend and amazing wedding planner Jove of Jove Meyer Events. I've had the wonderful opportunity to work and collaborate with Jove on several gorgeous weddings and he's always a joy and so much fun to work with. (also, he's super organized, just like me ;) I'm absolutely thrilled to have Jove join us today as part of my ongoing Meet The Expert series on the blog. So grab a cup of your favorite coffee (or tea!) and enjoy! xo, Jainé

Brooklyn Wedding Planner

Hi Everyone! I'm Jove and I'm so happy to be here today talking about my top 10 Tips to help you find the perfect Wedding Planner for your big day. At Jove Meyer Events, we specialize in crafting personalized weddings that are a reflection of the couples' style, personality and relationship. I believe in a relaxed approach when guiding couples through the planning process, creating an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Jove Meyer Events is known for crafting fun and unique weddings of all shapes and sizes! I hope you find these tips helpful and happy wedding planning - Jove.

1 - Search for someone who gets your style. Your wedding should be a reflection of your style and personality, make sure your planner shares the same aesthetic as you so it will feel like you. If you hire someone who is all pink uplighting and crystals and you want natural and earthy it may not work out well. Most great planners can stretch themselves to fit your style, but finding someone who shares your style is so much easier!

2 - Search for someone who understands your vision. You want a planner who gets what you are going for and is excited about your ideas and will take them and make it happen and bring them to the next level. Its not fun to hire someone who cannot see things the same way you do, then it can just be an uphill battle of explaining over and over again! 

3 - Search for someone you would want to hang out with over a cocktail or coffee! You should love your wedding planner, they should be relatable, friendly and someone you would want to hang out with and be open and honest with. The more personal your relationship is with your planner the better they can tailor the wedding to who you are! If you would want to be their friend in real life then they would be a great fit as your planner.

4 - Stalk their instagram / social media and make sure you love what they do. It's the time of social media, we all stalk someone before a date, well at least I know I do, so why not do the same with your wedding planner?!? Check out their social media and or twitter and make sure you vibe with what they post and the other weddings they have done, who knows you could be on their instagram sooner than later with your big day!

5 - Be open and honest about your vision. Your planner should be excited about helping to make your wedding vision a reality! Be true to who you are and what you want at your wedding. Your planner should share in your excitement and ideas, not break them and you down with "tradition" and "business as usual" banter. Its your big day, make it feel like you and make sure the planner is on board with it as well!

6 - Make sure your budget aligns with their past and present wedding budgets. It can be awkward to talk about money, but its super important that your planner has worked with budgets like yours before. You want to make sure they feel confident and comfortable to get you everything on your wish list with the resources you have. The last thing you want is an empty promise and to have to pay much more than you planned for your wedding. Be upfront and honest about your budget and your list of wants and make sure its possible and that the planner is happy to make it happen with what you've allocated.

7 - Make sure you're comfortable with the planners process. How they communicate and plan weddings! - No planner approaches weddings the same. Some hold your hand all the way through, some make all the decisions for you, some collaborate with you on each item. Make sure you vibe with the planners approach to wedding planning and know who you will be working with, them, their assistant or their other planners. There is no right way to plan a wedding, just make sure you are happy with the way you planner does it!

8 - Make sure you have read their online reviews and love what past couples have said! Pretty pictures on a website are great but you want to make sure your planner has a reputation to match! Go online and check weddingwire, the knot and yelp to find out what past clients have said. Read as many reviews as you want to get a sense of the planners work ethic. Also do not be afraid to ask the planner for a past couple to speak with if that's important to you!

9 - Make sure they have a legit company that they run full time. No offense to anyone who does it part time or on the side, but you want a planner who lives and breathes weddings! There are many people who get married and then start a wedding planning company on the side, more as a hobby or part time work, while I am sure they are great I suggest going for someone who is all in! Professional planners bring years of experience and vendor relationships to the table. What you pay for in service you get back in quality and experience!

10 - Make sure they are personable and sociable. Your wedding planner will spend a lot of time with you and your friends and family, be it in person or online. A great wedding planner should be a very social one, they work with many people in the planning process and should know how to manage family relationships and tough characters, lets be honest every family has at least one! They also should be able to take control of a crowd and lead the day with confidence and ease so you can rest assured that everything will go according to plan!

Thank you Jove for sharing your amazing insight and advice with all of our readers! To learn more about Jove and the services his company offers, be sure to visit him at jovemeyersevents.com and follow him in Instagram JoveMeyer.


Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session featured on Style Me Pretty

So thrilled that Cara and Rob's stylish Brooklyn Bridge engagement session was featured on Style Me Pretty New York's wedding blog! You can see more photos from their adorable engagement session here - Enjoy! xo


Weddings in Color book is now available for Pre-Order!!

I'm beyond excited to share that our book, Weddings in Color : 500 Creative Ideas for Designing a Modern Wedding is now available for pre-order!! I worked along side my wonderful friends Vané Broussard of Brooklyn Bride, Minhee Cho of Paper + Cup Design Studio and Michelle Edgemont for almost a year to bring this incredible book to life. It's a modern, fun and completely colorful twist on how to infuse modern designs into your wedding day.

Every single photo in the book is photographed by me and to say it's been a labor of love would be an understatement. Besides getting married, having our baby girl in a few short weeks and starting my own wedding photography business, this might be one of the most important things I've ever done in my entire life!! I'm so proud and honored to have been able to create such a wonderful tangible item for all future, present and past brides to use for their wedding inspiration. I can't believe the day is finally here for you all to see it!!

Pre-Order your copy of Weddings in Color at these exclusive online retailers:
Barnes and Noble

Weddings in Color is 240 pages of modern wedding inspiration and will be shipping November 3rd, 2015 - three months earlier than originally planned. Hooray!! Excited?? Pre-order your copy today!!


Central Park Engagement Session Photos featured on Style Me Pretty

I'm so thrilled that Crystal and Thomas' Central Park engagement session was recently featured on Style Me Pretty New York wedding blog - hooray! See more from their sweet photo session here. Xo


Hushed Commotion Featured in Inspire Weddings and Confetti DayDreams!

It's such a honor to have your work featured in several amazing wedding publications. I'm thrilled that Hushed Commotions 2015 collection was recently featured on Confetti Daydreams, MyWedding and Inspire Wedding Magazine. Hooray! xo, Jainé


Hawaii Travel Photography. Destination Wedding Photographer.

I'm excited to share a few of my favorite photos from our trip out west to Los Angeles and Hawaii. We visited the City of Angels for two days before heading over to the Hawaiian Islands of O'ahu and Maui. While we were in LA, we visited LACMA and I finally got to see the lampposts sculptures in person. We had dinner with my cousins at Mozza Restaurant. It was one of the best meals I've ever had and we even saw a few celebrities! We visited the Griffith Observatory, Frank Lloyd Wright House and had breakfast at the delicious Square One Restaurant. We stayed at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood which was the perfect location for a quick trip in the city. Then we were off to Hawaii....

Welcome to paradise! Our first stop was Duke's on Waikiki Beach before heading to our Airbnb on the North Shore of O'ahu. We had our own one bedroom apartment just a few steps from the famous Sunset Beach. It's a surfer's paradise next to the Banzai Pipeline. We woke up and went to bed with the sound of the sea. It was so relaxing!

I'll admit it, I'm OBSESSED with LOST and since we were in O'ahu where they filmed the entire LOST series, I wanted to take a tour of "the island". We aren't "tour" type of travelers (we prefer the off beaten path) but this was one exception we were willing to make. We took a private Hummer tour by KOS Tours on the Kualoa Ranch and it was awesome!! Our tour guide took us to the best LOST locations and I was in heaven (or was it purgatory? a little show humor for you ;). The next day, we went to the actual beach where the crash site was filmed and drove down to the YMCA to see the Others barracks. 

We went to Waimea Bay and spent a few nights enjoying the small beach and surfer town of Haleiwa. We enjoyed Matsumoto Famous Shaved Ice and delicious Thai Food from the Elephant Truck. My husband got to relive many wonderful memories from one of his favorite movies growing up - North Shore. He was very "Hallie". 

Our next stop was the beautiful island of Maui. It's more build up but the access to sea life is something I've never been exposed to before. We stayed at the Westin Hotel and saw Humpback Whales breaching from the beach.  It was UNREAL!! We found a few quieter beaches and were lucky enough to swim with the sea turtles. They just show up looking for food to eat along the rocks. It was one of the most magical experiences of my life. We had dinner at the Mama's Fish House right on the water and enjoyed local favorite seafood specialties.

This is my favorite photo of our trip and my husband took it with a cheap, underwater camera we bought at Walgreens. This is what we were swimming next too! Sea Turtles are just amazing and calm. It was the best and last shot on the roll of film and worth every penny! He took this at the Black Rock in Maui right before we were heading back to New York.

Maui Destination Wedding Photographer

In Maui, everyone says that you have to have to take the Road to Hana. We rented a Jeep Wrangler and took the road that has so many turns, twists, cliffs and amazing outlooks that I didn't think I was going to make it! We made it halfway to Hana and it was so worth it. We ate lunch on a secluded black beach at the bottom of the road and watched the tides come in and out.

Our two weeks in Hawaii were simply amazing! I was sad to leave but happy to come home. We had an unbelievable trip and so thrilled to finally see what Hawaii's beauty is all about. I loved O'ahu and Maui and would absolutely love to go back. It's a dream of mine to photograph a wedding in hawaii. Aloha and Hang Ten!!