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Wedding: Abby & Shane

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If you’re a fan of Josh Liba Photography on Facebook, then you’ve likely already seen previews of the pictures from Abby & Shane’s Wedding!

I really loved all the color choices and smiles in this wedding.  An elegant and touching service in a light soaked venue, and a great reception and party in the evening with wide, gorgeous windows overlooking the lake.

But the most beautiful thing about any wedding is the love between two very special people.  Abby and Shane, you might remember, were the first (and currently only) couple to request that I do their engagement shoot with dogs!  What a wild and memorable shoot.  More memorable than the photo session was the great and playful love between these two.  They know what they want, are cooler than an icebox, and personalized every little thing at the wedding!  The details of the day and the closeness of the family were absolutely terrific to see, and I loved capturing every moment of it.

Congratulations Abby and Shane!

Notes for Family:  If you know Abby and Shane personally and would like to request access to the full gallery, please drop me an email:

Notes for photographers:  All shots are either Nikon D300s or D7000 with the following lenses:
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 (Reception dancing only), Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC (Main general lens), Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 (Ceremony closeups), Nikon 85mm f/1.4D (Most prep shots and all single formals), Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro (Ring shot only)


We began the day the house of one of the Bridesmaids….  So full of color and character, I love it!  The stylists came to the house and did an awesome job with the variety of styles for each bridesmaid, and Abby herself.  Maggie went to work on the makeup, and really knocked it out!  I love when hair and makeup come together so well.  More than that, everything complemented the beautiful dresses picked.  I love the details down to the flower Abby wore for the day:

Just LOOK at these gorgeous, fresh bouquets.  They stayed looking great throoughout the day, and the arrangement was impeccable.

After everyone was set with hair and makeup, it was time to go!  Check out the awesome shoes below!  Wild!  I love, love, love Abby’s dress selection.  Unique, absurdly complimentary, and Abby had the guns (arms) to pull the whole thing together!  Very awesome, and the big bow on front is just too cute.  Look close, and there was a wonderful texture in the dress that I absolutely adored.

Many Queen songs were sung throughout the day, a favorite being “We are the Champions” as pictured above.  Music courtesy of Josh Liba’s iPhone. 😀

Both guys and gals were looking great, and the stage was set for a beautiful ceremony!

Many thanks to the Waterview for creating such a well-maintained venue for both the ceremony and reception.

Also, just wanna note that Abby picked, bought, and put together her OWN table centerpieces and arrangements!!!  Wow, did they turn out great or what?  Amazing.

My goodness, it was pretty cold outside!  After some celebratory drinks and cocktail dishes, the wedding party decided to bear the coldness just long enough to capture some beautiful formals!  It’s situations like this where I need to work fast before those goosebumps get out of hand!

Ahhh, you two are so CUTE, I love it!  Shane remembered exactly how I posed them for the engagement shots.  Play to the camera!  Works every time.  I love the kiss… but I also love the after-kiss just as much!  Maybe more.  It’s just so… happy!

After the formals, we went inside to take pictures with the rest of the family in the beautiful lobby area.

The sun setting, and the sky turning a romantic shade of blue against the warm glow of the Waterview interior, made for a terrific contrast of colors.  All were in a great mood and ready to get this party started!  The very detailed, very pretty wedding cake was on display against the windows facing the lake.

I love candids.  Not just candids where people don’t know you’re taking a picture.  When done wrong, it can be boring and unflattering (When the food comes out, the camera should go down.  Nobody likes to be immortalized in photo while eating a juicy steak.)  My style is to catch the embraces, smiles, and conversation between people that love each other.  If I hear a joke being told, I will shoot the punch line.  If you havent seen that friend for years and they have a new child, I’m capturing that moment.  Hard to do alone?  Definitely.  And I know there are countless good shots that I personally missed!  These are just a sampling of all the love that went around that evening.

Good thing everyone and their Mom owns a camera too!  I mean it!  Mom has her own camera.

Time to get down!  Being small and ninja like, I love to take dancing photos – WHILE dancing.  It’s really the only way to get the best action shots.  When you’re bouncing and stepping and moonwalking with a wide angled camera down low… this is what you get!  I love taking pictures from inside the circle.  This was a fun loving crowd fo sho!

Later in the evening, past the cake cutting, Abby changed into a more comfortable and elegantly simple dress for dancing.  Cute!  By this time, the party was in full swing, and even Dad was getting down.  Literally!

Time to go home!  Well, actually, time for Abby & Shane to finish packing and take off for their tropical honeymoon!  Congratulations!

Thank you Abby and Shane for a beautiful wedding and a wonderful time.
Remember to check out these shots and more on Josh Liba Photography on Facebook, and visit!  Thank you!

Vendors to Thank:

Makeup: Maggie Esquivel

Bride and Bridesmaids Hair Styling: Brenda from Hair and Beyond, Rye NY

Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Kyle Riccoboni

Dress (OH MAH GOODNESS): La Sposa

DJ: Stephan Vega

Wedding and Reception Venue: The Waterview, Monroe CT

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. jimmy banjeet #

    really nice pics

    May 20, 2011
  2. likov #

    You did a great job here. Very nice and inspiring since i have almost the same equipment. Keep up the good job!!!

    May 20, 2011
    • Thanks very much! After a lot of learning, and with the right glass, you can achieve nice results on DX cameras! Definitely keep it all up!

      May 20, 2011
  3. Jenny #

    Amazing, consistent and impeccable work (as always!). This wedding seemed very playful and joyful. Every shot is great, but I think my favorite is the image of the maid of honor tearing up. Very ‘in the moment’. And the series of dance photos is crazy good!

    May 21, 2011
    • One could definitely tell that the Maid of Honor deserved to be just that. Very close friends, and hey, she even did the makeup! For everyone! It was very touching to see, and I was glad to have noticed it. 🙂 Thanks Jen!

      May 21, 2011
  4. David #

    Josh, this is really really awesome!

    May 21, 2011
  5. rafael #

    You were one more blessing. To bring back to life every single HAPPY moment, you got talent and I thank you from the bottom of my kidneys YOU KNOW WHAT I mean, Ralph (dad)

    May 25, 2011
    • WHOA! A comment from Dad himself! 🙂 I am so glad that you were there, and such a happy father! Smiling people make the photos beautiful, so thank you for all the smiles!

      It was my pleasure to help record this beautiful occasion for you. Many blessings for your children. 🙂

      May 25, 2011
  6. Maggie #

    Best Wedding Album. Ever.
    Josh, you are quite literally the man!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy looking at their pictures make me. You really captured their cool spirit and their effortless smiles. Thank you for that, these shots will bring back memories of one of the happiest days of our lives forever, as Abby and Shane’s friend it’s very comforting to know the amount of love they have for each other, and your shots are so vivid they almost make it tangible. I will definitely be ordering some soon, it’s just hard to narrow it down to which ones! 🙂

    June 2, 2011
  7. You have been so consistent in your work, actually i cant say work you seem to enjoy it too much;-). But I am quite impressed. You have the ability to bring out all that your ‘clients’ wish to accomplish and more.These pictures were simply amazing. Whenever I need a little pick me up at work I sneak a peek to Josh Liba Photography….Who will take your pics;-)

    November 3, 2011
    • Thank you so much! That’s a mighty awesome comment.
      Glad my joy for pictures comes out in my ‘work!’ Thank you!

      November 3, 2011

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