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New Jersey Wedding Photographer

When couples ask as me to describe my style, all I can say is that my wedding photography is vibrant and happy. I’m Gabriela Fuentes, and I’m a New Jersey Wedding Photographer telling love stories through photography for sweet and happy couples in New Jersey. If you want to know about me, what can I say…. I’m easy going and I like to have fun with my brides. I’m a storyteller, and I read a bedtime story to my three year old every night. I love chocolate, and I’m a spend more time in FB that I like to admit.

What makes you different than other wedding photographers in New Jersey? Perhaps, I should let my brides speak on my behalf. Here is what [Kiran Tirmal] a recent New Jersey bride had to say about my wedding photography:

Love them! We knew we wanted Gaby and Danny to capture our wedding day from the moment we met them. They are both amazing and very talented at what they do. Our wedding pictures turned out beautifully. I am usually very camera shy but Gaby made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera. …. “ – Kiran

Please feel free to browse through my site. Here you will find my wedding photography gallery and my Blog. In my blog, you can see photos from my most recent New Jersey weddings, and my personal ramblings. Thank you for stopping by!

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New Jersey Wedding Photographer. Voted Best of the Knot Weddings in 2012 and 2011, among New Jersey’s Top Ten Wedding Photographer, and recipient of Bride’s Choice Awards for two consecutive years. My New Jersey Wedding Photography studio is located Northern New Jersey and covers weddings in Bergen County, North New Jersey, Central New Jersey and The Jersey Shore.

To obtain information about our packages, you may request it here or call our studio to discuss your wedding (201) 867-3634

or info@theweddingcentral.com

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What is Pinterest?

Have you heard a social media phenomenon called Pinterest? If you have, you are probably too busy pinning to bother with this post. But if you haven’t, let me tell you what it is.

Pinterest is pinboard for online photos. If you like tearing photos from your favorite magazines to add them to a board or folder, then you will love Pinterest. With Pinterest, you can create as many Boards as you like, and pin photos from the web to a particular Pinboard. For example, I’ve created different pinboards like Engagement Fashion with outfit ideas for my brides’ engagement sessions. Wedding Ideas, where I let my imagination fly and pin some gorgeous wedding details. Fashion for Him, my grooms also ask for suggestions for their engagements, and actually this board has turned to be more popular than I expected. And my ultimate Christmas wish list, which I cleverly named Fashion.

I think Pinterest is a Bride’s best friend because you can create inspiration boards for all things wedding. Imagine a board for “My Wedding” “Wedding dresses I love” “Shoes to die for.” Then next time you are browsing those addictive wedding blogs and see something you like, you can Pin it to any of your boards, and voila, you have yourself an inspiration board. Pinterest also allows you to add collaborators to your boards, so you can ask your bridesmaids to Pin their favorite outfits to “Unique Bridesmaid’s dresses.”

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Another great feature is the option to follow people or boards you like. If you see something you like, you can simply re-pin to your boards.

You’re sold? Well, before you make dig in, let me warn you, Pinterest is addictive, and once you try it, you will be hooked! I created my account, and it was love at first sight.

You need an invitation to join Pinterest, or you can ask to be added to your waiting list, so if you want an invitation, please be sure to leave your email address on the comment section, and I will be glad to add you!!

Let the pinning begin!!

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Press : Best of the Knot 2012 – Grace Ormonde – Brides Choice Awards – Wedding Channel Blog

2012 is shaping as a great, spectacular year for us. We are incredibly happy and honored to share that we have been named Best of the Knot 2012 in New Jersey for the second consecutive year. Yayyyy!!

We also received Bride’s Choice Award for the second time thanks to our awesome brides.

A huge thank you to all our brides and grooms for choosing us as their wedding photographer and videographer, and an even bigger thank you to those couples who took the time to write beautiful reviews. These awards mean a lot to us, but knowing that we are making you happy by capturing memories of one of the most important days in your lives is our ultimate goal. When we read the greats comments, Danny and I are like high five babe, so thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Ok, so I got all Oscary for a moment, but I mean it, really!!

To continue our share of great news, there is something I’ve been holding off for a couple of weeks: we were featured in Grace Ormonde, Wedding Style Magazine baby!!!! Thank you to my dear friend Lisa from Sweet Grace cake designs for the submission. And thank you to Grace Ormonde for making her gorgeous sapphire pearl cake part of their hall of fame of awesome cakes.

The great news don’t stop there, Wedding Channel featured Kiran and Ankur’s Central Park engagement session.

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New Jersey Wedding Photographer. Voted Best of the Knot Weddings 2011 and 2012, among New Jersey’s Top Ten Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, and recipient of Bride’s Choice Awards 2012 and 2011. The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and wedding cinematography studio owned by Award Winning Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, Gaby and Danny. The studio is located Northern New Jersey and covers weddings in New Jersey and New York City.

If you interested in our talking to us about your wedding, please don’t hesitate call us at 201-867-3634 or email us at info@theweddingcentral.com

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Tips if you are visiting Cancun, Mexico

After our recent trip to Cancun, a few people asked us about about our experience and if we had any recommendations and tips for their own trips. I decided to put a little guide together of the things we learned during our recent trip; hopefully this will help you if you are thinking of visiting Cancun, Mexico. These tips apply if you are visiting on your honeymoon, relaxation and just family vacation.

Check out the All inclusive packages
I didn’t know this, but Cancun is said to be known for its all inclusive deals. Like any place, if you don’t know where to shop or where the good restaurants are, food and drinks can be very expensive, so having an all inclusive option will save you a lot of money. Not everyone likes this option because you are limited to the food at your hotel, but in our case, it worked very well. Just be warned, you will be putting on a few pounds.

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Be aware of timeshares
Upon arriving to Cancun, chances are you will be approached by people asking you where are you visiting from. Most likely, they will try to convince you of accepting a presentation aka. timeshare. You can easily confuse them with airport staff willing to help you, your shuttle, or travel agencies selling tickets to their most popular attractions, but in reality they want to sell you a presentation for a timeshare, and they are very good at it, employing the old car salesman tactics. They will not say timeshare, but something like presentation, tour to my hotel, here is a way you can save money, and they will always ask for a credit card to put a deposit towards your tickets.

Beware. Timeshare people are a plague invading Cancun, and if you are lucky to get away from them at the airport, you will find them at the hotels, malls, and almost anywhere. So do yourselves a favor, and just say I don’t have a credit card.

Mexico’s best asset: it’s people
OK, to be fair, not everyone is out to get tourists. Mexicans are absolutely AMAZING. That was the number one reason we came back because we remembered how awesome Mexicans were. They always have a smile on their faces, and they are super courteous and kind. If it depended on them, they will make sure your stay is as pleasant as possible. In case, you are wondering, everyone speaks English, so no need to look for your Spanish dictionary.

Paradise awaiting

From the moment we landed, I was in love. The blues skies, weather, beautiful beaches and the light, yes the light is just gorgeous. But be adventurous and go beyond the hotel area because paradise is awaiting. Cancun is very close to the Mayan Riviera, and there are so many beautiful places to visit like: Chitche Itza, Cozumel, Tulum, Xcaret, cenotes, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Coral Reefs and so much more.

Because we were staying only 7 days, and we wanted to just sit down and do nothing, we only took two full day trips, and 1 shorter trip.

Chitchen Itza
Visiting Chichen Itza is an absolute must if you are traveling to Cancun. The trip takes about three hours, but you make 2 stops prior to arriving to Chichen Itza. The first stop is a trip to a cenote, which is a type of underground cave with a deep lagoon. This was on top of my list of places to visit before I died. If you dare, you can take a swim. It was a little too cold for me, but Danny did it, and he said it’s one of the best experiences in his live.

After visiting the cenote, we visited a small Mayan Community, where you can buy their crafts or their famous Mayan calendar written in their own paper. Super cool.

After an OK lunch, we continued our trip to Chichen Itza. We feel extremely lucky to have had such an amazing guide. He was incredibly passionate and knowledgable, and he taught us a lot about the Mayans, their history and culture. By the time we arrive in Chichen Itza, we were prepared to understand a little better this amazing civilization.

Price: $50 – $60 per person
Includes: Shuttle from/ to hotel, transportation to Kukulcan Pyramid, tour guide, trip to a cenote, entrance to see the Mayan ruins, and lunch – beverages are not included
Bring: swimsuit, towel, sunblock, hat, water, money, comfy shoes.

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Xcaret
If you love eco tourism, Xcaret is the place for you. Think Disney, but without roller coaster, princesses, fast food and way better, at least for me. The whole park feels natural, and after a while you forget you are in a man made park, even the garbage cans are pretty. There are lots of things to see and experience: you can swim in undergrounds rivers, see Mayan ruins, walk through a jungle trail, take a boat ride where you feel in paradise, or just stop and watch dozens of shows. Xcaret is most known for their animal conservation programs, so logically there are lots of beautiful animals, like sea turtles, one of my favorite animals ever, cage free macaws, tapirs, sharks, manatees, sharks, crocodiles, flamingos, iguanas roaming free and of course, super friendly dolphins. You can schedule swimming with dolphins or sharks.

After much convincing, I agreed to swim through an underground river, but because the thought of swimming through totally dark underground river was a little too much for me, we opted for a river called Manatee, the least underground of the three. I’m still trying to convince Danny that it was a good decision because it was indeed beautiful.

Another must at Xcaret is the 6PM show. The show is absolutely amazing, and it gives you a little taste of Mexico.

Who would have known, but you can also get married at Xcaret, visit Xcaret weddings.

In our case, the travel agency sold us a regular admission, so don’t think you need to get the Plus package. Besides the buffet restaurants, which charge a whooping $29 per person, there is a beautiful open restaurant called Orchids, where the food is excellent and reasonably priced. We paid $35 for the four of us, much better than paying $40 extra per person.

With Xcaret you can even buy your tickets online in the comfort of your home.

Price: $98.10 per person regular admission – $139 per person, plus package (includes an all you can eat buffet)
Includes: Shuttle from/ to hotel, transportation to Xcaret, entrance to Xcaret, and most activities.
Bring: swimsuit, towel, sunblock, hat, water, money, comfy shoes.

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Coral Reefs
If you get a chance, take a tour to a coral reef. It is absolutely an amazing experience. You get to ride a boat, sail through mangroves and do some snorkeling. You will see an beautiful coral reef and get to swim with very curious fish.

Price: $49 per person
Includes: Boat rental, guide, snorkeling gear (new tube)
Bring: swimsuit, towel, sunblock, hat, water, money, comfy shoes.

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I can’t say enough good things about Cancun just that we’re already planning our next visit.

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Taking a break – Vacations 2012 : Cancun, Mexico

It’s been seven years since we took our last real vacation. For a while now, we knew we needed to take a break, but wishing and actually doing something about it are two different things. But Danny totally owned this and booked our trip, and just like that we were on our way to heaven. That’s Cancun for those who don’t know where heaven is.

We were there before, and we just had to go back; this time with our Isabella. The only catch: no computer, no cellphone, no iPad, and definitely no camera. Say, what? I almost died when Danny said no camera. Since Isabella was not part of the “no camera deal,” mommy remembered to pack her little $80 point & shoot canon camera, and that my dears is the camera my husband allowed me to use to record our vacations.

But you know what, these were the best days of our lives, and we enjoyed every single minute, point and shoot camera and all!!

Two of these photos were taken by Isabella… I would love to see if you can guess which ones.

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Thanks to Carlos Lopez, wedding photographer for the first 2 photos

Liberty Science Center Engagement – Rica + Andy

We met on skype. They seemed super nice, cool and they had me at “we are nerds.” Rica and Andy are scientists, and they currently live in California, but they will having their wedding in New Jersey later this year. So our only chance to do their engagement session was during the holidays. We discussed locations for their engagement, weather and theme, and they felt that Liberty Science Center was the perfect place to have their engagement photos, and I was SO happy.

Not in a million years, would have I thought I’d be photographing one of our couples here. It is hands down one of our favorites places, and it never ceases to amaze me. Doesn’t matter how many times we visit, there is always something new. When I realized that they host weddings and events here, I couldn’t wait to tell the world. Seriously, Liberty Science Center is one of the coolest places in New Jersey to get married.

If you have never been there, you should visit. It is a such a magical place, specially for someone who likes learning, science and discovery, and we simply had a blast with Rica and Andy. It was so refreshing seeing them so happy and excited with every exhibition. It was like putting two children in a chocolate factory. Bugs?? Who said bugs? Let’s go there!! We were fascinated by their love towards each other, and they young spirit and for being such good troopers!!

I want to give a special thanks to the staff at Liberty Science Center. Not only for allowing us to take photos anywhere, but for being so nice and gracious. Extra special thanks to Rose to staying with us throughout the shoot, and suggesting awesome exhibits!!

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They built their home!!

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I remember when I got into the touch tunnel…. so much fun. I couldn’t wait for them to tried it, and snap some photos!!

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There was nothing that they wouldn’t try!! liberty science center engagement - nj engagement photographer

This is something I never thought I would see, “square wheels”

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But I guess they were fun!!! liberty science center engagement - nj engagement photographer

No worries, no one was harmed during this session!! liberty science center engagement - nj engagement photographer

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New Jersey Wedding Photographer. Voted Best of the Knot Weddings 2011 and 2012, among New Jersey’s Top Ten Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, and recipient of Bride’s Choice Awards 2012 and 2011. The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and wedding cinematography studio owned by Award Winning Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, Gaby and Danny. The studio is located Northern New Jersey and covers weddings in New Jersey and New York City.

To view more beautiful pictures, visit our Wedding Photography and Videography Blog. And if you interested in our services, and would like to obtain information about our packages, you may request it here.