When I first met Anne and Kevin, two things were clear. First, they love reading and wanted to incorporate that love into their summer wedding at The Estate at Eagle Lake. And secondly, their wedding was going to be all about their love of family and their closest friends.
Anne also shared that this is her second marriage, and she wanted to do her photography the right way! It’s no surprise that since that first meeting, I just couldn’t wait to document their story!!
The couple chose the beautiful Estate at Eagle Lake in Chesterfield New Jersey for their early summer wedding in May. Check out this post all about this beautiful venue and why it’s one of my favorites!! It was a perfect location for their family and friends to gather, as they had use of the entire estate grounds all day. Guests enjoyed strolling the summer gardens and sitting on the beach by the 6 acre natural lake.
Your wedding morning is the perfect time to relax and unwind with your wedding party. Anne and Kevin enjoyed hanging out with Kevin’s son & daughter, their Best Man and Maid of Honor, and Anne’s mom. They also invited their closest friends to join them in the bridal suite for drinks and laughs, then took time to practice their first dance before getting dressed. It was a perfect, laid back way to kick off their big day!
After getting ready together, Anne & Kevin joined their family in the lush Estate at Eagle Lake gardens for portraits. We planned ample time in their timeline to document the couple with their parents and siblings in emotional and heartfelt portraits. We also had so much fun laughing as we photographed the couple with Kevin’s son & daughter, who were serving in the roles of Best Man and Maid of Honor for their parents’ special day.
After family portraits, the couple strolled the expansive Estate at Eagle Lake grounds for portraits by the koi pond, on the deck and overlooking the lake. They even took a few moments for a private dance in the Estate chapel!
Anne & Kevin’s ceremony continued the theme of love, support and family. Anne planned to proudly walk herself down the aisle, then at the last moment beckoned Kevin to help her down the stairs to much laughter and applause. Flanked by both of their children, the couple were married by Anne’s brother, while Kevin’s siblings provided heartfelt readings.
After the touching lakeside ceremony, Anne & Kevin asked all of their guests to gather by Eagle Lake for a photo! Then guests enjoyed cocktails on the top deck before joining the couple in the tent for their reception. The tent was decked out with red roses and old books, and the couple even featured a table with their favorite books where guests could treat themselves to a copy!
After Anne slipped into red dancing shoes and an adorable short version of her wedding gown, the couple kicked-off the party with a rocking choreographed first dance! They even celebrated Anne’s mom’s birthday with cake, then wowed guests with a reverse garter toss where Anne took the garter off Kevin and tossed it into the crowd! It was such a fun and special night!
Photographer: Gen Palmer Photography
Venue: The Estate at Eagle Lake
Florist: Bloomers Weddings
Hair & Make Up: Mar & Co. Beauty
Catering: Summit Catering
Event Decor: Lilac & Lace
Entertainment: DJ Bill Fuzzy Zeller
Transportation: Arrive in Style
Gen Palmer is a South Jersey wedding photographer who captures authentic, emotion-rich images.
Gen loves working with couples who cherish relationships over things, and who value printed photographs to display and enjoy their memories every day.
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