August 19, 2021
Today on the blog, I’m bringing you back to Long Beach Island to share Chelsea and Jeremia’s LBI wedding. It wasn’t the original plan – like nothing in 2020 was – but I have to say that the entire day was filled with so much joy I couldn’t have imagined anything different for them. The truth was, once COVID hit, Chelsea and Jeremia decided to get married anyway. We could not have been happier for them. Unfortunately, their wedding attire did not arrive in time for their 2020 elopement. Once the attire arrived, Chelsea and Jeremia chose to exchange their vows on Long Beach Island, in an intimate setting with only their closest family and friends. The spot on the beach was the same place Jeremia proposed so it felt even more sentimental. The perfect place to start the next chapter of their love story.
Before I share more details of their LBI wedding, a quick introduction. Murphy Studio is a New Jersey wedding videographer (hi – I’m Alan) celebrating with couples all over the northeast corner of the USA (learn more about what locations are on my bucket list here). A couple of years ago, we partnered with Mile Square Moments (an incredible Hoboken wedding photographer), and together we have created joint packages that make wedding planning a little easier. I could go on and on about how important it is to have your photographer and videographer be in sync, but instead, I wrote a whole post about it here. If you are looking for a wedding photo + video team for your New Jersey wedding, contact us here.
Since neither of them had seen each other in their wedding attire, Chelsea and Jeremia chose to have a first look before they exchanged vows. As you can tell on their faces, it was worth the wait. I love when couples chose to have a first look because it allows them to relax a little before the wedding ceremony and have just a few moments to really connect with one another on their wedding day before everything they have really planned begins. It also allows for a more flexible wedding day timeline so if that’s something that you are interested in, make sure to talk to your wedding vendors and make it happen!
After their first look, Chelsea and Jeremia headed to the spot on the beach where Jeremia proposed and exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends. During the getting-ready photos, I noticed something embroidered on Jeremia’s suit and asked him about it. He mentioned that in the original wedding plans when he ordered the suit, it was supposed to be their first dance song. I always carry a Bluetooth speaker on wedding days so I suggested we play it after their vows as a first dance to surprise Chelsea. It was one of those last-minute decisions that ended up being such a welcome addition to the day.
As a photojournalistic wedding videographer, I will always advocate for adding moments over poses. I don’t want to manufacture smiles in my videos, I want to create them. For Chelsea and Jeremia, their love clearly runs so deep for each other that everything else came naturally. There was no shortage of both laughter and tears.
After the ceremony, Chelsea and Jeremia headed to Polly’s Dock and Clamhouse for a micro restaurant wedding reception. If you have a smaller guest list and are looking for some alternatives to a traditional wedding venue, restaurants have absolutely risen to the occasion this year. The sunset photos and video by the water were the perfect ending to a wonderful and emotional wedding day.
Chelsea and Jeremia were just two of the most beautiful people inside and out. I would head back to Long Beach Island to recreate this day anytime! If you are looking for an LBI wedding videographer (or are getting married somewhere else in New Jersey or New York City) and think I might be a good fit, you can learn more about my video packages (and photo/video packages) here. The short version is, I love to capture the real moments on your wedding day. Nothing, and I mean nothing, brings you back to a moment like a video can. If you want to remember what you said during your vows ten years from now, don’t wait until the last minute to book your wedding videographer. Space is already starting to fill for 2022, but if you contact me here, I can get your date saved.
If you read until the end, here’s a little behind the scenes for you to enjoy! For more LBI wedding inspiration, check out this post here.
Vendor Team | Videography: Murphy Studio. Photography: Mile Square Moments. Florals: Ivy on the Main. Dress: Bridal Suite Boutique. Hair and Makeup: Gianna Giacona. Jeremia’s Tux: Jeffrey Scott. Specialty Bracelets: West Village Tribe.