justin and steph

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Justin!

I am so excited to share this post today, 10 things you probably didn't know about Justin! He is my husband and the man behind our wedding edits!  It was so fun to come up this list of facts about Justin. It all just makes me love him even more!

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1.  HE IS A TWIN.

Bet you didn't know that! Justin and his brother and were born around midnight, so they actually have separate birthdays.  I know, pretty unique right? His twin brother, Julius, was born first on August 15th and Justin came soon after just after midnight on August 16th!

 

2.  HE IS HALF FILIPINO.

That's right! Justin's dad is full Filipino and came to the US when he was just 16 years old.  His mom is Irish, so that is where he gets the brown hair and freckles from! One of Justin's favorite meals is Pansit, a traditional Filipino dish!

 

3.  HE IS A FAN OF SOUR CANDY.

He's got a sour tooth! Sour Patch Kids is probably his favorite, or those sour candy straw things... he loves it all!

 

4.  HE LOVES VIDEO GAMES.

You name it, he has probably played it!  When he is not editing a wedding film, you can most likely find him on the computer playing one of his computer games until very late at night!

 

5.  HE WORKED WITH TAYLOR SWIFT.

Ahhhhhhhh! He was the on-set editor for Taylor Swift's music video, Blank Space! It was a couple day shoot at Oheka Castle and he basically put the edit together on set as they were shooting.  He worked along side director, Joseph Kahn.  And long story short, the picnic scene in the music video where Taylor's boyfriend is on the cell phone, that is actually his cell phone! You'll have to ask him to tell you full story, I promise its a good one!

 

6.  HE LIVED IN LA FOR 6 MONTHS.

Soon after Justin graduated from college, he received a really cool opportunity to live and work in LA with legendary music video editor, Dustin Robertson! He worked on music videos for Mariah Carey and Katy Perry to name a few! And he actually lived right on Melrose Ave where he could see the Hollywood sign from his bedroom!

 

7.  HE WAS HIT BY A CAR IN 2ND GRADE.

Okay, so I know this is totally not something you were expecting to read! Thankfully Justin is okay and nothing too serious happened.  It could have been a lot worse.  This happened when Justin was only in 2nd grade, he was playing outside with his friends and ran across the street to get the ball and that was when the car hit him. He was unconscious for few minutes and they took him to the hospital and praise the Lord, it was nothing serious and he didn't even break any bones!

 

8.  HE WAS ACTUALLY A CAT PERSON BEFORE WE HAD A DOG.

I remember always going over to Justin's house in high school and seeing his cat Goober!  He loved that cat and pretty sure he was the cat's favorite! Surprisingly, he was never really a big fan of dogs.  But after we started living together and I begged him for a dog and now he loves them!  Our dog is basically our baby!

 

9.  HE LOVES MEALS IN A BOWL.

Some of Justin's favorite meals come in one big bowl.  Soup, stews, salads or basically anything he can mix up together... he loves!  One of his favorite meals I make him is meatball stew!

 

10.  HE PLAYS GUITAR FOR FUN.

Pretty much all of Justin's family has a natural talent for music.  They all just have a very good ear for beats and music.  This is probably what makes Justin so good at mixing the audio and music for our wedding films!  Justin's dad plays the guitar and drums and both Justin and his twin brother play the piano and guitar!

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Steph!

Today on the blog I am sharing a personal post... 10 things you didn't know about me!  

I always love reading these kind of blog posts from others, so today its my turn! I had so much fun coming up with this list!  It has a little bit of everything, some of the things I love, some of the things I enjoy and even some things that just aren't for me! Hope you enjoy reading and get to learn a little bit more about me!

1.  I AM A MORNING PERSON.

I love to get up early and watch the sunrise! Seriously, it is one of my favorite times of the day.  Everything is quite, calm and peaceful. And there is nothing like getting up early and having the whole day ahead of you to accomplish 'all the things".

 

2.  I WENT TO AN ALL GIRLS ART COLLEGE.

Moore College of Art & Design is one of the only all girls art schools in the country with only about 500 students! It's located right in downtown Philadelphia next to the Franklin Institute! It was such a great experience being around so many talented, inspiring and creative women!

 

3.  I HAD JAW SURGERY.

Incase you were wondering why I have braces on, it has to do with my ongoing recovery from jaw surgery.  I know, it sounds a little scary and it totally was!  My mouth was wired shut for 5 days and I wasn't allowed to chew food for 3 months! Let's just say, I got pretty good with blending up foods and making smoothies!  It was definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I wouldn't trade the journey for anything. I also blogged all about my journey and you can read it here.

 

4.  I'VE DONATED MY HAIR 3 TIMES.

The first time I donated my hair was in high school,  a whole 13"!  The 2nd time was in college and I donated 11". And the 3rd time was just a couple years ago and I donated about 10". Maybe, just maybe I'll do it again! What do you think?

 

5.  I LOVE CHEEZ-IT'S.

This might be one of my all time favorite foods, and for sure, my favorite snack! I pretty much like all the flavors but if I had to choose one, it would be the BIG Cheez-It's, not sure why but to me they just taste better! Excuse me, while I go grab a box to eat now!

 

6.  I DO NOT HAVE A GREEN THUMB.

I love having plants in our home or the thought of even growing a garden! But for some reason I just can just not keep plants alive, I am talking simple ones too like bamboo and succulents!  Either I water them too much or too little, not quit sure! So for now I'll stick to the fake greens!

 

7.  I AM ALWAYS COLD.

Yup, pretty much always cold unless its above 75 degrees. In the winter, you can find me hibernating, snuggled up with blanket, Uggs on because my feet are always cold and dreaming about summer!

 

8.  I DIDN'T EAT SHELLFISH FOR 20 YEARS.

When I was just a baby, I broke out in hives and the only thing I ate differently that day was shrimp.  So my doctor told my parents I was allergic to shellfish (I guess back in the day they didn't do allergy test to confirm this!) So for the first 20 years of my life I never ate any shrimp or crab!  Finally in my early 20's I got an allergy test done and it came back I was not allergic!  Not sure if I grew out of it or maybe I was just never really allergic to it in the first place!  Either way, snow crabs are now one of my favorite foods!!!

 

9.  I LOVE TO BAKE.

I probably get this from my mom! I love experimenting with new recipes and being creative with decorating cupcakes, cakes, cake-pops and basically anything sweet! After college, I actually had started a baking blog called Sweet Escape, which I guess you can say was my first entrepreneurial journey!

 

10.  I MADE MY FIRST VIDEO IN HIGH SCHOOL.

I guess you can say I was a filmmaker before I ever called myself one. I compiled all the photos and videos my friends and I took throughout our high school years and made a 15 minute long recap video of all the memories we shared together!  It is such a great memory to have!

Eagle Oaks Country Club Wedding // Nicole + Anthony

Eagle Oaks Country Club Wedding Video

Nicole and Anthony's wedding day was beautifully planned from start to finish; from their first look to their custom vows to their charming venue and all the little details of the day. It was perfection! 

These two did their first look at Monmouth University; the very same location where they first met each other. We shot the most perfect little courtyard garden for the big reveal.  Be sure to check out the video to see Anthony's reaction to his bride- it is so sweet!  Later that day Nicole and Anthony shared their custom vows as they were surrounded by all of their friends and family.  It was so special to witness the love these two share for each other!

We have been so looking forward to capturing Nicole and Anthony's wedding.  They are part of the trio-of-friends we have been so lucky to shoot weddings for. It all started in 2015 with Christine and John's wedding, then in 2016 we shot Jessica and John's wedding and this year, Nicole and Anthony's wedding. We have loved getting to know each of these friends the past couple of years and of course capturing all of their epic dance moves during reception!

Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Appezzato!

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Wedding Vendors

Videographer: Tonemedia
Venue: Eagle Oaks Country Club
Photographer:  Something Blue by Susan Elizabeth
DJ: Xtreme Entertainment
Hair: Ashley P Make Up: Perfect Bridals by Christina
Florals: Brandywine Floral Design
Wedding Cake: Eagle Oaks; Sugar flowers by Daniel Colonel
Wedding Dress: Three Graces Bridal - Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

..... BONUS CONTENT!

Here we are with our trio of brides and grooms, minus the other John- where you at John?!  Christine (2015), Jessica (2016) and Nicole (2017) We have loved every moment capturing all of your weddings.  We are so lucky to not just call you our clients, but our friends!  Thanks to Susan for capturing this memory for us!

The Stone Terrace Wedding // Erinn + Bryan

The Stone Terrace Wedding Video

Erinn and Bryan traveled all the way from Maryland to tie the knot in Erinn's home state of Jersey. So many of their closest friends and family traveled from all of the country just to share this special day with them.  And we were so honored to be apart of their wedding day and witness the love these two share for each other.  It is truly something special!

Ever since Erinn and Bryan's engagement, they have been so excited about planning their wedding together. Erinn has been one of the most organized and detailed brides (#goals).  Every part of this wedding was beautifully planned.  Including the amazing calligraphy art, done by Joanna Hope Chen, that was displayed throughout the reception venue.  Be sure to check out their Erinn and Bryan's highlight to see all the beautiful goodness!

We started off the day in Robbinsville at the Holiday Inn, where they both got ready before heading to downtown Princeton where their ceremony took place at the beautiful St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church. After we headed to their venue The Stone Terrace for photo session then cocktail hour and reception.  We loved working along side their photographer's Caroline and John from Caroline Yoon Photography (a husband and wife team!), who traveled all the way from California!  

Erinn and Bryan are two of the sweetest people ever and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness as they begin this new chapter together as husband and wife! #eatdrinkandbebende

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Wedding Vendors

Videographer: Tonemedia
Venue: The Stone Terrace by John Henry
Church: St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Princeton, NJ
Photographer: Caroline Yoon Photography
DJ: Chris Mathews
Hair: Salon NV, Makeup: Genna Verde
Florals: Monday Morning Flowers
Wedding Cake: Cramer's Baker
Wedding Dress:  Exquisite Bride - Romona Keveza
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkof
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Bank