October 21, 2010

Bob and I had such a great time with Diana & Mike at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ.  We just adore them!  Two of the nicest people you could ever meet!  And what a sweet NJ beach wedding this was! One of our favorites from this year and we can’t exactly put our finger on why.  Maybe because Diana has such a sunny personality and Mike  is so easy going. Perhaps because both Diana and Mike appreciate the art of photography, so they were really fun to photograph on their wedding day as well as during their engagement session (see May blog archives ).  Or maybe, it’s Diana’s elegant, yet chic, sense of style that just made the day that much more special.   The Flanders Hotel is supposedly haunted, though we didn’t see any ghosts or photograph any orbs, so I guess it’s safe–either that, or they were hiding from us :)  Haunted or not, it’s a charming hotel right on the beach with lots of character that also has a “hall of mirrors.”  After all, a haunted hotel wouldn’t be complete without a hall of mirrors now would it?  The Flanders Hotel Staff was friendly and accommodating.

Diana was simply stunning in her beautiful gown and you’d never know it was 95 degrees, because she and Mike were kool as cucumbers :)  Congratulations again, Diana & Mike!
Ocean City NJ Wedding

bride holding bouquet flanders hotel ocean city NJ

flanders Hotel in Ocean city NJ bride looking out window

one word…gorgeous!  Oh, and the flowers were beautiful too!  Diana’s flowers were created by the folks at Savannah’s Gardenflanders hotel ocean city nj chair with brides bouquet

Bob’s favorite…the shoes absolutely had to make it to the blog–we LOVE color! :)

bride with red shoes walking down the hall of mirrors at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean city NJ

groom looking out window of Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, NJWe’re “fans” of the fans… :)


Flanders Hotel Ocean City, NJ bride and bridesmaids hidding faces behind fans at

Diana’s dad’s hand holding hers as they walked down the isle to Mike

bride holding father's hand prior to waling down aisle

bride and groom kiss on the beach in Ocean City NJ

bride and groom kiss as vail blows over their heads on beach in Ocean City NJ

bride and groom pose on ocean city beach

bride and groom in front of blue whale mural in ocean city NJ

wedding cake made from cupcakes, starfish seating cards at flanders hotel ocean city nj

bride and groom cast reflection on table at Flanders Hotel Ocean city Nj

bride and groom standing in front of mural at flanders hotel in ocean city nj

bride and groom in photo booth flanders hotel ocean city nj

bride fashion pose in hall of mirrors at flanders hotel My favorite…

flanders hotel window bride and groom silhouette

See Diana & Mike’s “real wedding” same day slideshow here:    http://vimeo.com/13439620

wedding details:

Venue:  Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey  | Dress:  Macy’s Bridal Salon by Demetrios | Flowers:  Savannah’s Garden | Entertainment:   Centerstage Entertainment | Cupcakes:  Christine’s Italian Pastries | Invitations:  Diana – yes the bride :)

their songs:

introductions “You Make My Dreams” Hall & Oates (Parents)

introductions “Let’s Get It Started” Black Eyed Peas (Bridal Party)

introductions “All You Need Is Love” The Beatles (Bride & Groom)

cake cutting“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole

first dance | “Blue Eyes” – Cary Brothers

father/daughter |“Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel

stepfather/daughter |“My Girl” – The Temptations

mother/son |“I Hope You Dance” – LeeAnn Womack

last dace“Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey

diana & mike:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Diana: The most memorable moment of the day was when Mike and I met for our “First Meeting” and the anticipation leading up to it. It was great to share a private moment with him before the day started before we became husband and wife (and to get any tears out!).   Mike: Seeing Diana for the first time in her dress during our first meeting. She started crying and it was beautiful.  She was beautiful.

What was your favorite detail?

Diana: My favorite detail was the Mac & Manco pizza after dinner. It was really fun to create a beach theme with the pizza, salt water taffy, and starfish name tags.  Mike: Dancing with Diana to “Blue Eyes” in front of everyone. Loving her more than ever.

Any advice for future bride/grooms?

Diana: My advice to a future bride would be to enjoy every moment of the wedding planning process. It gets stressful and there are so many choices to make and you want everything to be perfect- and it will be. The wedding day goes by so quickly that you need to spread your joy and anticipation out over the entire time you are planning your wedding. When the big day comes, just take it all in!   Mike: Relax, it will all fall into place. Remember to have fun at your own party.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

Diana: The funniest memory would have to be trying to keep a straight face while saying our vows on the beach, while out of the corner of my eye, seeing a guy in a Speedo walking along the shoreline.  Mike: Bob (a groomsman) doing the running man.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Diana: Honestly, I would not change one thing. Everything was better than I could have ever dreamed of.  Mike:  Nope.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

Diana: My favorite wedding purchase was the wedding dress. I loved trying on so many pretty dresses and I miss it already!

Where did you go on your honeymoon? Virginia Beach

Pin It
  • Beautiful photos. Totally love the last one… neat how it looks textured.

  • Bob & Lola- thank you for AMAZING wedding pictures. I love them all so much. I am so happy that these are the memories I will hold close to my heart forever :)

  • beautiful :)

  • The pictures are absolutely amazing! They all capture the beauty of the entire day. I was so happy to be apart of such an important moment in Diana and Mikes’ life together, and its great to be able to look back the pictures to relive their memorable day.

  • Wow, these pictures are stunning! You’re not just photographers but true artists, creating meaningful artwork for couples to have for generations. Love your work!

  • Absolutely stunning! Diana, you look gorgeous (as always). You can tell by looking at these pictures how much you guys love each other. Bob & Lola: you guys did a wonderful job!

  • Nice to see real photography…instead of someone just shooting picures…very nice.

  • So pretty! Love the colors, you really captured a beautiful moment.

  • These are the most beautiful wedding pictures I’ve ever seen and the most beautiful bride! The both of you look great!

  • Amazing photos! Bridal magazine material for sure! They really capture the vibrant mood of the day – it was a dream wedding! Love you guys – thanks for letting me be a part of it!

  • What spectacular photos. I love how the color pops!! Such a nice touch with the colorful shoes. You capture each moment so that I feel like I was right there with you.

  • I couldn’t be happier with our photos. Bob & Lola are great to work with, and they are a master of their craft. Everything looks great!

  • The photos are amazing and extremely creative shots. I would def like for LoRusso Studios to shoot my wedding when I get married!

  • Margaret Colwell-Stingel

    As the mother of the bride, I don’t know where to start. Not only do the photos show the care and love that Diana and Mike have for each other, the photos that Bob & Lola took, allow the viewer to escape into a fairytale of two people ready to begin their lives together.
    I would like to thank Bob & Lola (aka LoRusso Studios) for doing their part in helping my daughter to achieve the wedding that she has always dreamed of.

  • Wow again – your photography is beautiful & creative. Thought the picture of Diana & Mike against the mural was so original. You have a knack for capturing the moments.

  • Absolutely beautiful wedding. I love all the details and how you captured each and every one of them. Red shoes! Gorgeous. Love the reflection too and your black and whites. Excellent work.

  • Awesome! I don’t think I could pick a favorite . They are all so beautiful!
    Great job! Beautiful bride!

  • Perfection, just an amazing photo album for the family to share for generations. Your work is amazing and touching.

  • These are the most amazing pictures i have ever seen and i come from a family of photographers! Beautiful work, great eye.

  • Outstanding … love them all – can’t pick a favourite but I do love the shoes … wish I had thought of that for my wedding!! Your work is phenomenal