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Just because. Thank you to all our clients for making this year special!

I want to give a Big Thank you to our 2015 couples. Last year was a whirlwind. Between weddings, engagements, album designs, and trying to deliver more than 25,000 photos on time, blog posts where postponed until I had delivered the last wedding and the last album. Now that things are calmer, and winter finally arrived, I will be posting more blog posts. In the meantime, here are some of our beautiful couples of 2015 that I didn’t get to post.

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Hello, and thanks for visiting our page. We are Danny and Gaby, and we are Documentary wedding photographers based in Northern New Jersey. We love to capture candid and romantic wedding photos in a documentary style. We photograph weddings all over New Jersey and New York. To view more beautiful wedding pictures, check out other Wedding Photography gallery or visit our Photography Blog. And if you interested in our services, and would like to obtain information, you may request it here.

What is a Memory ?

The other day, Danny and I were talking to one of our couples about their recent wedding, and our wedding. What we all remembered from our respective weddings, and what we don’t remember at all!

Because I’m a very visual person, I have always wondered about the significance of memories. What makes us remember some things and forget others. My obvious answer is that we remember the things that are important to us, the things that impact our lives either in a positive or negative way, and the things that change us.

Yet, there are very special moments in my life, including important parts of my wedding that I can’t remember. At least not without the help of a photo. So what makes a memory? The scientific definition tell us that “memory is an organism’s ability to store, retain, and recall information and experiences.”

So what happens when we can’t remember important events? Is it possible to build memories with the help of images and photos? Is it possible that a picture will help you recall an event or experience ? I definitely believe so.

These questions, and more importantly the answer, have made me re-evaluate the importance of what I do and how it impacts other peoples lives. I realize that I’m doing more than taking photos, I am safe keeping memories.

Photography FAQ – What is a First Look?

So what is a first look? Since that notion has become more popular, many brides ask that question because they are not really sure what it means. A first look is a moment staged and set up by a wedding photographer for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony. Normally, bride and groom would agree with your wedding photographer on site away from family and friends to give them privacy and to make that moment just for them. Ok, not really away, but a few feet away. The groom would be looking away -at the wedding photographer – while the bride starts walking down towards him. She will tap his shoulder, and he will turn around and see his beautiful bride for the first time.

After they have had a moment to themselves, we head to take some bride and groom portraits, then of course we take pictures with the family and the bridal party. We tuck away the bride before guests arrive. That pretty much sets you free to relax and enjoy your wedding.

Certainly, I don’t impose myself on any of my brides and grooms, but whenever I am asked for my professional opinion, I recommend the First Look. Here is why. A lot will happen on your wedding day; a couple in love will get married, greet guests, mingle, have a first dance, dance with parents, eat, toast, have a bouquet and garter celebration, cut the cake, have their bridal portraits, and portraits with bridal party and family. If the ceremony and reception will happen at the same place, all that will happen in five and half hours.

By having a first look, you are basically adding two more  hours to your wedding day, which means that you will get two hours of photography instead of the forty to forty five minutes you end up having if you are having your pictures taken during the cocktail hour. This translates to having more time for those magazine bridal portraits you like, and for more candid and fun pictures with your bridal party and family. Since you already had your pictures taken, you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour, which means that both of you can eat, and be happy. If you are not having a private cocktail hour, you can mingle with your guests, and greet them during this time. This is such a great time for candid and photojournalistic pictures.

Yes, you will be giving something up. The first time he sees you at the altar wearing your wedding gown, but he will still be just as happy to see you walking down the aisle.

What is a wedding photography first look?

What is a wedding photography first look?

What is a wedding photography first look?

What is a wedding photography first look?

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Voted Best of the Knot Weddings and among the New Jersey’s Ten Wedding Photographers and Wedding Videographers. The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and wedding video studio owned by Award Winning Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, Gaby and Danny. The studio is located Northern New Jersey and serving Bergen County NJ, Northern, Central NJ, Jersey Shore and New York City Metropolitan area.

How to trust wedding reviews and know who is legit?

The other day, a group of wedding professionals and myself were discussing some concerns brides are expressing: How to trust wedding reviews? Which ones are legitimate? And the bottom line: Who to trust among so many wedding professionals out there? This got me thinking…. and thinking… and thinking so more.

Reviews are a catch 22.
Reviews are a catch 22 for any wedding professional. They make us look good and bad, but we need them.

No reviews: not good – signals lack of experience – “they’re probably just starting”
Bad review: no trust – signals bad reputation – “run Forrest, run.”
Somewhat good reviews: some trust, some doubt – not enough trust- “Uhm, not sure. Next!”
Too many good reviews: too good to be true – fishy – “Really how can everyone just love them. They must be posting those reviews to look good.”

So what’s next for wedding professionals and brides. As a professional, how can I prove that my reviews are legit? And for brides, how can you trust they are legit?

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Too many options…
First of all, I must admit that it must be daunting for any bride to choose a wedding vendor out of hundreds that are out there. On the other hand, because there are so many options, it means there is a vendor with a style, personality, experience and price range that is right for every bride.

But how can you find them?
How do you discern the real professional from scams. The experienced from the inexperienced. “The one who is charging way too much, if I can get the same thing cheaper.”

Engage with them!
This is what I do whenever I’m looking for a service. Point out the ones whose work you like, and engage with them. Follow them on Fb, or twitter, and follow their blog via their RSS. That way you know what are they up to; how are they like; if their personalities are a good match with yours and that of your fiance; how many weddings they do a year, which will tell you how much experience they have.

This will give you The bigger picture of who they are. And let them know you are out there. Once you know them, and have seen their work and their weddings, the reviews will make more sense. You may start pointing out reviews to real people, “Oh, this is the girl from the garden wedding; oh yeah, I know who she is.”

how to know which wedding reviews are legitimate

PS. Ok, the pictures with tags are cheesy, but you get the point.

Credits
Confused bride: Nila del Rio, from Black Tie White Veil Events
Wedding Planner: Veruschka del Rio, from Black Tie White Veil Events
Make up artist: Veronica Garcia

The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and cinema wedding video boutique that strives to bring contemporary wedding photography, and cinematic wedding videos. Our studio is located in Hoboken Weehawken area and covers weddings in Northern New Jersey, Jersey Shore, Central NJ,  and Manhattan and New York metro area.

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Photography Q&A – Getting your Wedding Published

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a conference given by Rebecca Crumley, Wedding Photo Editor of The Knot magazine. I’ve been following her on twitter for some time, and she is absolutely a joy. Rebecca cares so much about her job, and she was extremely gracious when I asked her for an interview for our blog about how to get your wedding published.

How to get your Wedding Published

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What advice can you give brides who want to have their weddings published?
Really take the time to come up with creative ideas that are both unique to you and original. Take inspiration from everything we share on theknot.com, but if you directly copy the ideas, it’s already done. But more importantly, it’s your wedding and remember that—it’s not a media event!

What are the things you are looking for in a wedding submission?
Details, details, details. It’s very important that you work with your photographer on your time schedule to leave time for décor photos. It takes time to pull it off properly, so if your goal is to have your wedding published, this needs to be allotted for in your day’s schedule.

What are the top must have wedding details?
Cake, bouquets, stationery (yes! Bring your invitation to the wedding day so your photographer can shoot it), an overall of both the reception and ceremony before the guests arrive, candid bridal party shots, table décor, boutonnieres, favors, exits, and more details….

What is the worst mistake a bride can make in terms of wedding decor?
Broad answer: not consistently matching your colors. So make sure your stationery matches the overall palette

Fine tune answer: wrinkled linens

Where can a bride get inspiration for her wedding?
Follow TheKnot.com “Wedding Obsessions” blog – www.theknot.com/weddingblog – where we report on the little details that impress us. And, of course, browse through the thousands of inspirational photos we have on www.theknot.com/photos.

What nice wedding trends are you seeing for 2011?
Right now we’re seeing a buttoned-up version of the shabby-chic wedding: slightly more formal while still casual. But we’re projecting with the buzz of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and the hyped royal wedding of Prince Charles that brides will be gearing up to go all formal again soon!

The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and cinema wedding video boutique that strives to bring contemporary wedding photography, and cinematic wedding videos. Our studio is located in New Jersey area and covers weddings in Northern New Jersey, Jersey Shore, Central NJ,  and Manhattan and New York metro area.

The First Wedding Picture

It is said that the first Wedding Portrait to be photographed was that of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The royal couple married in 1840, but this picture was recreated for the camera in 1954, and taken by royal photographer Roger Fenton. By the mid 1800s, wedding photography was popular among high society, but because of its high cost, couples had only one wedding portrait taken, and they wore their best clothes, and not necessarily their wedding attire. It wasn’t until the very late 1800s that people began to pose wearing their wedding clothes.

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Wedding Picture

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography – Dalal and Omar Wedding Photos

We headed to the New Jersey Botanical Gardens to take Dalal and Omar’s wedding pictures. Dalal is such a beautiful woman, and the camera absolutely loves her. I could have photographed her all day. Specially in such an amazing place. The NJ Botanical Gardens is a beautiful state with the most well kept gardens.

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

The New Jersey Botanical Gardens is such a magical place. The gardens, the light, everything is simply beautiful and perfect there.

NJ Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

Hoboken Wedding Photography | Sadie + Marvin

I love my job, and then there are days I love it even more, like shooting Sadie and Marvin wedding pictures. Sadie and Marvin are one of the sweetest couples I’ve had the privilege to work with. Their wedding day unfolded so organically and smoothly as any wedding photographer would only dreamed off. I arrived early at Sadie’s house for some getting ready pictures, and then headed out to Hoboken for their wedding pictures. Marvin and Sadie decided to see each other before the wedding, which allowed us time to walk through the streets of Hoboken, NJ for some urban wedding pictures.

I love brides who dare to wear red lipstick on their wedding day. Sadie looked absolutely gorgeous.

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

The First look... I don’t know who was more anxious?

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

This couple is so in love.

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

This is one of my favorite pictures with the New York City skyline.

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Danny has a good sense of humor, and as much as we loves romantic pictures, he loves some fun wedding pictures as well. Side note – they really do love each other.

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Smoking…

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

It’s just wonderful to see a bride and groom forget completely that they’re being shot and just be themselves – picture on right – And then be so comfortable posing.

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

The first dance.

Hoboken New Jersey Wedding Photography

There are not enough words to describe how happy I was shooting Sadie and Marvin wedding. I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and cinema wedding video boutique that strives to bring contemporary wedding photography, and cinematic wedding videos. Our studio is located in Hoboken Weehawken area and covers weddings in Northern New Jersey, Jersey Shore, Central NJ, and Manhattan and New York metro area. Owned by Award Winning Storytellers, Gaby Fuentes and Danny Morales, professional wedding photographer and videographer.

The Imperia Sikh Indian Wedding – My photo of the week

Karan and Karishma’s traditional Sikh Indian Wedding at the Imperia in Somerset, New Jersey. As we were waiting for Karan and Karishma’s parents to arrive, the sun was setting behind the bride and groom, so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to take this backlit portrait of the bride and groom. Backlit pictures are some of my favorite shots, so that’s why this is My Photo of week.  I hope you like it.

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New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Gabriela Fuentes captures wedding and engagement photography and the in-between moments. Voted Best of the Knot Weddings, and recipient of Bride’s Choice Awards. The Wedding Central is an wedding photography boutique studio owned by Award Winning Photographers Gaby and Danny. The studio is located Northern New Jersey and covers New Jersey and New York City.

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

To view more of Karan and Karishma Sikh Indian Wedding Photos at The Imperia in Somerset New Jersey.