Jersey City, New Jersey
This wedding was a LONG time coming, and I could not be happier that Kate and Aaron were finally able to have their special day! Nothing was going to stop these two from having the wedding celebration of their dreams at last — not even torrential downpours and flooding highways (seriously)!
These two are the absolute sweetest, and it’s been almost 3 years since I took their engagement photos and we began chatting about their wedding. Like so many couples, they were forced to postpone their larger wedding to this year, and instead tied the knot during an intimate backyard gathering that I also photographed last July.
Now, we can finally say they did the dang thing!
The blessing of their marriage at Maritime Parc was almost exactly a year after they officially tied the knot last summer, and was an absolutely perfect day. Like I said, there were some moments of torrential downpour, but you’d never know from the photos!
We started the day at Kate’s parents’ house with some of her gorgeous bridal details. As we made our way through photos with her sweet bridesmaids in the backyard, the skies began to look a bit threatening, but we powered through and weren’t too worried since the ceremony and reception were inside in any case.
From there, we headed to the Hyatt House in Jersey City for Aaron’s groom details and getting ready photos. However, I found it a bit odd that my GPS was estimating it was going to take almost an hour to get there — I do the drive often from Berkeley Heights to Jersey City, and it rarely takes that long.
It wasn’t long until we realized why there was such a backup. When we were a little more than halfway to Jersey City, the skies opened and I witnessed some of the heaviest rain I’ve ever driven through in my life. The highways began flooding and I was driving at a crawl for what felt like forever, until I eventually had to pull over and wait for the storm to calm down. There was lightning on either side of the highway, and some cars began getting stuck as they tried to make it through the flooded lanes.
Thankfully, we made it to Jersey City safely, but the shuttle had already left to take the guys to the venue because it was worried about the flooding. So, we headed over to Maritime Parc, and luckily it wasn’t long until the rain fully stopped. We even had some sunny skies!
From there, it was nothing but an absolutely perfect day. Kate and Aaron had a beautiful ceremony to renew their vows, and we were even able to squeeze in some portraits on the waterfront through the showers. I could not be happier that this sweet, joyful couple got to finally have the special day that they so deserve alongside their closest family and friends.
They say that rain on your wedding day signifies good luck and that your marriage will last. Well, it also rained on the day of Kate and Aaron’s intimate wedding last year, so two time’s a charm! And while they were gifted a beautiful rainbow last year after the skies cleared, this year they were gifted with something that was maybe even more magical — our own private fireworks display in front of the New York City skyline. It was a truly magical moment as all of Kate and Aaron’s guests gathered outside during the reception to watch.
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Shiohama!!! I wish you both a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness together.
Photography: Jill Sahner Photography
Venue: Maritime Parc
Florals: Dawn Melanie Designs
DJ: Elegant Music Group
Hair & Makeup: Artist + Rebel
Bridal Gown: Seng Couture
Bridal Shoes: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss