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Hi! I'm Karina. I love photographing weddings + special moments throughout the East Coast! I'm happily married to my best friend and I LOVE love. I'm overjoyed to share these beautiful love stories with you!

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Estate at Florentine Gardens Wedding // Kayla & Nick

Kayla and Nick’s wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens was a fairytale! As their wedding photographer, I had the privilege of capturing their gorgeous wedding day, from the breathtaking first look to the enchanting ceremony and lively reception. I love Florentine Gardens this time of year- the rose garden is in full bloom and the weather is amazing! It was a perfect sunny day for their outdoor ceremony. They are such a fun, easygoing couple! Scroll on to see this beautiful day unfold:

The Wedding Details:

The Morning:

Kayla wore a stunning gown with a lace cape rather than a veil, and it was *a moment*. Just stunning! Both Kayla & Nick got ready at the venue’s on site Bridal and Grooms suites.  Kayla’s bridesmaids had blue and white floral print pajamas for getting ready. For the wedding, they wore classic black bridesmaids gowns.

Before the ceremony, Kayla shared heartfelt first looks with her father, her twin brother, and finally, Nick himself! Kayla & Nick had their first look in the Rose Garden. The light was just perfect and I’m obsessed with these photos! How stunning are these two!! 

Florentine Gardens Wedding Ceremony:

Under the romantic gazebo at Florentine Gardens at golden hour, Kayla and Nick exchanged their vows surrounded by a magnificent floral arch adorned with white hydrangeas and delicate babies breath. The outdoor ceremony was short and sweet, allowing their love to take center stage on this magical day. With the rose garden in full bloom and the sun shining brightly, it was a picture-perfect day for an outdoor ceremony!

An Enchanting Reception Space:

Laurelwood Designs worked their floral magic, transforming the reception space at Florentine Gardens into a wonderland of white roses and babies breath. The candlelit atmosphere added a touch of romance, while the delicate babies breath enhanced the elegance of the centerpieces. I love how the babies breath surrounded their candle centerpieces. The ballroom, filled with round and long tables, created an inviting and intimate ambiance for the couple and their guests.

Unforgettable Moments and Dancing:

Among the many highlights of the evening, one moment stood out: Kayla’s surprise outfit change into a little white dress. Kayla and Nick reentered the reception dancing joyfully, accompanied with a giant robot (!!) This unexpected twist ignited the dance floor, setting the stage for a night of celebration and dancing.

Kayla and Nick, you are an extraordinary couple, and I am so grateful to have been part of your special day. Your love, beauty, and fun-loving spirit shined through every moment. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, laughter, and countless unforgettable memories together. Congratulations, Kayla and Nick!

Florentine Gardens Wedding Photographer:

If you’re planning your dream wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens or anywhere else in New Jersey, don’t hesitate to reach out! As an Estate at Florentine Gardens wedding photographer, I’d love to capture your love story!

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: Karina Mekel Photography

Videography: TMT Videography

Venue: Florentine Gardens

Hair: Bridal by Jessica

Makeup: Makeup by Kandice

Florist: Laurelwood Designs

Music: Mystic Entertainment Group

See more wedding photos from this Spring Wedding At The Ryland Inn! Or contact me anytime to inquire about photography for your wedding!

Karina Mekel is a romantically whimsical NYC wedding photographer capturing special moments throughout the East Coast. Follow along with these timeless love stories on Instagram @karinamekel or get in touch with Karina here.





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