MIA GRACE'S CHRISTENING | JD PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

Mia Grace was welcomed into the world of Christianity with a special gathering in the presence of close family and friends. Godparents, Angelo Silva and Ashley Amorim, were so honored and blessed to be part of Mia's blessed day. The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart. On this day of baptism, may God, who loves us all, smile lovingly upon Mia, so innocent and small, and may he guide her throughout the years ahead as blessings light the pathway where those tiny feet are led. May the Lord give His Angel change over you, to guide you in all your ways. (Psalm 127:3) If we are truly in love with Christ and if we sense how much he loves us our hearts will light up with a joy that spreads to everyone around us. Today's religious ceremony was Mia's first step into the world of Christianity. The holy baptism took place at the beautiful Our Lady of Fatima, Elizabeth, New Jersey and the reception was held at the hall of Arches Hall in Elizabeth, New Jersey for an afternoon of great food and dancing. I was so honored to be part of Mia's baptism and to have the opportunity to photograph her memorable day with her loving parents. Anyone who witnessed Mia's baptism today will have shared a special memory that will be remembered today and forever. Here are a few of my favorites from Mia's baptism. 

EMERY JADE COLON | A WINTER CHRISTENING | JD PHOTOGRAPHY

Today Emery Jade was welcomed into the world of Christianity with a special gathering in the presence of close family and friends. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then baptism is one of the most profound pictures in the New Testament. In baptism, we are celebratory of what Christ has done for us but we are also celebrating the mystery of what Christ has and will do through us and in us. We can spend a lifetime unpacking the riches of all that Christ will accomplish on our behalf, but the picture is simple enough. We bring the child in the conviction and hope that it believes, and we pray that God may grant it faith [Luke 17:2; Ephesians 2:8]. But we do not baptize it for that reason, but solely because of God’s command. Why? Because we know that God does not lie [Titus 1:2]. Today's religious ceremony was Emery's first step into the world of Christianity. The holy baptism took place at the beautiful St. Stephan's Church in Kearny, New Jersey and the reception was held at the hall of Mr. Adam's Steakhouse in Newark for an afternoon of great food and dancing. I was so honored to be part of Emery Jade's baptism and to have the opportunity to photograph her memorable day with her loving parents. Anyone who witnessed Emery's baptism today will have shared a special memory that will be remembered today and forever. Here are a few of my favorites from Emery's baptism. 

JENNIFER & EDGAR | A WINTER WONDERLAND WEDDING | JD PHOTOGRAPHY

Jennifer and Edgar tied the knot at the breathtaking Our Lady of Fatima in Elizabeth, New Jersey. We traveled to Don Pepe for a night of dancing to celebrate an amazing day. It was a Winter cold wedding day and I am very fortunate to have spent it with Jennifer and Edgar. This beautiful couple initially met about fifteen years ago while Jennifer’s brother and Edgar played soccer together which eventually developed into a relationship amongst their families. Jennifer recalls Edgar being at her parent’s house playing PlayStation with her brother and never once thinking that her brother’s friend would one day walk down with her in the hands of matrimony. There were years of separation during their childhood only to be reconnected by an Instagram line on June 14, 2013. Edgar’s personality and his sweetness swept Jennifer off her feet as he would take her out for a long night walk on the beach by the boardwalk. Edgar’s romantic dramatics also included proposing to Jennifer on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015, a moment neither of them will forget. I grew close to Jennifer as I discovered that she lost her father and would be walking down the aisle with her uncle and mother. We sometimes mistake happy moments during a wedding which are overshadowed by the pain of a lost loved one, especially a father who was so deeply instrumental in Jennifer’s life. Life doesn’t always give you the people you want and sometimes it takes away the people you need the most. Jennifer’s brothers, Richie and Dave, had the pleasure of dancing with this beautiful bride during the “father-daughter” dance to the song of “Hermoso Cariño” by Vincent Fernández which did not leave a dry eye in the room. I could not be more honored to document Jennifer and Edgar’s wedding. Head over to their blog and relive all the beautiful moments that were shared on their Winter wonderland wedding.

DELIA TAYLOR ALVES | A ENCHANTED FOREST FIRST BIRTHDAY | JD PHOTOGRAPHY

On this late February day, Delia Taylor Alves celebrated her 1st birthday amongst family and friends as she took them through the enchanted forest.  The centerpieces and the décor captured the escape and adventure into a fantasy world led by our amazing host, Delia, and big sister, Olivia.  The guests to this amazing experience were greeted by Delia in her beautiful blush outfit along with her proud parents, Nelson and Paula.  The event was filled with fun and activities from the bouncy house, face painting, cotton candy along with arts/crafts projects for the kids. The party was held at the Sporting Clube Portugues in Newark and everyone had the honor to be treated with delicious food catered by Valencia Restaurant. Join me in wishing Delia a Happy 1st Birthday and many more filled with enchanted love, health and happiness.  Here are the some of the moments captured at Delia’s 1st birthday.

JONATHAN LIAM SARANGO | A CHRISTENING | JD PHOTOGRAPHY

On this mid-February day, Jonathan Liam was welcomed into the world of Christianity with his special gathering in the presence of close family and friends.Jonathan's presence in the house of God in his adorable little outfit was brighter than the sunshine outside. The sun was shining, we had the church to ourselves and we had a happy celebration in the name of God. Jonathan's proud parents, were overcome with excitement together with Jonathan's godparents, and Jonathan's older siblings Diana and Raul. Today's religious ceremony was Jonathan's first step in accepting God into his life and is the start of an amazing journey of faith. Holy baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirt, and the door which gives access to other sacraments. Gold is usually given to a child in the form of a Religious pendant of either a crucifix, Mother Mary, a Saint, or even the child's first initial. The pendant can be given on its own in a little box or placed on a gold necklace. This gift is molded from a precious metal, it will be cherished and stand the test of time for years to come. Jonathan was blessed and fortunate to have his older brother's pendant passed onto him for this unforgettable day. The holy baptism took place at the beautiful St. Benedict's in Newark, New Jersey and the reception was held at the hall at Fernandes Steakhouse for an afternoon of great food and dancing. I was blessed to be a part of Jonathan's baptism and to have the opportunity to photograph his special day for his loving parents. Today was a gift and everyone who witnessed Jonathan's baptism will have shared this memory with me. Here are a few of my favorites from Jonathan's Baptism. 

STELLA | A WINTER WONDERLAND CHRISTENING DAY | JD PHOTOGRAPHY

On this mid-February winter day with surprising warm temperature, Stella Esme was welcomed into the world of Christianity with her special gathering in the presence of close family and friends. Stella's presence in the house of God in her adorable little outfit was brighter than the sunshine outside. Proud parents, Marylene and Salvino, were overcome with excitement together with Stella's godparents, Alberto and Erika. Today's religious ceremony was Stella's first step in accepting God into her life and is the start of an amazing journey of faith. The holy baptism took place at the beautiful Our Lady of Fatima in Elizabeth, New Jersey and the reception was held at the hall at Our Lady of Fatima and dinner was served by Valencia Restaurant for an afternoon of great food and dancing. I was blessed to be a part of Stella's baptism and to have the opportunity to photograph her special day for her loving parents. Today was a gift and everyone who witnessed Stella's baptism will have shared this memory with me. Here are a few of my favorites from Stella's Baptism. 

NOAH JOHN PEREZ'S CHRISTENING DAY | JD PHOTOGRAPHY

On this cloudy day, Noah Perez was welcomed into the world of Christianity with his special gathering for close family and friends. Noah's presence in the house of God in his cute little outfit was the sunshine that washed away our thoughts of the outside weather. Proud parents, Annabella and Julio, were overcome with excitement together with Noah's godparents, Jose and Rosalinda. Today's religious ceremony was Noah's first step in accepting God into his life and is the start of an amazing journey of faith. The holy baptism took place at the beautiful St. Cecilia's Church in Kearny, New Jersey and the reception was held at Fernandes Steakhouse in Newark for an afternoon of great food and dancing. I was blessed to be part of Noah's baptism and to have the opportunity to photograph his special day for his loving parents. You will never have this day again as today was a gift and everyone who witnessed Noah's baptism will have shared this memory with me. Here are a few of my favorites from Noah's Baptism. 

A TIDES ESTATE WEDDING: Nicole & Brendan | Married

It was a cold morning on this October day, but the freezing temperature would not ruin Nicole and Brendan’s special day as they were going to live the rest of their lives dedicated to one another and live happily ever after. I clearly remember entering into Nicole’s home and taking in her gorgeous wedding dress and all of her pretties for the most special day of her entire life. Nicole and Brendan met on an on-line dating website and they have been inseparable since the day they met.  These two lovebirds had a connection and understanding for one another that you wish for in any couple ready to take that next step. When I look back to their wedding day, I recall the powerful speeches given by the maid of honor and best man including the bride and groom’s emotional responses to the two people who had such an impact on their lives. The sight of Nicole’s face with tears streaming down her face as her maid of honor gave her speech was breathtaking. Nicole and Brendan exchanged their vows at St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey where all of their close family and friends watched their celebration of love.  The wedding reception was held at The Tides Estate in North Haledon to celebrate the night with lots of amazing food and music. Cheers to an amazing couple and may they have everlasting love and happiness!

JENNIFER + ANTONIS + A BETHWOOD WEDDING + JD PHOTOGRAPHY

Jennifer and Antonis tied the knot at the gorgeous Saint George Orthodox Church in Clifton, New Jersey. The threat of inclement weather due to Hurricane Hermine did not stop us from having the perfect backdrop for photos at Lambert Castle in Paterson, New Jersey.  We traveled to The Bethwood for a night of dancing to celebrate such an amazing day. It was a beautiful wedding day and I am very fortunate to have spent it with Jennifer and Antonis. Jennifer and Antonis met through mutual friends at Applebees. Coincidentally, they sat next to each other during dinner and they played rock paper scissor and Jennifer won every time during their meal together. Antonis told Jennifer that he was a great cook and that he would prepare a steak dinner for her if she ever came by his house.  Ironically, the first weekend following their initial meeting was when Jennifer called Antonis to tell him that she was hungry. Antonis drove to Jennifer’s house and picked her up so that he can serve her the most unforgettable steak dinner that she talks about even today.  The dinner triggered a special connection amongst them and they have not lived apart since that night.