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    We are Brooke and Eric, husband and wife, the photographers, the passionate and fun loving team, the BE in Be Creative! Our job is to document the happiest moments of peoples lives. The purpose of this blog is to share some of our favorite images and acknowledge the wonderful people we get to meet. Eric was named one of the top photographers in the world by the WPJA and Brooke is also an international award-winner. But most importantly we love what we do, the people we get to know, and we hope it shows through our work. This blog is brand spanking new as of 2010. We have many years of work cataloged on our old blog too so please go take a peak.

Fairleigh Dickinson University Wedding Published in Brides New Jersey

I’ve never posted a year old wedding before but I thought this would be appropriate for two reasons. One – because it’s Andrea and Travis’ year anniversary! And Two because their wedding was published in the current copy of Brides NJ! Andrea and Travis you guys are so amazing, unique, creative, happy, fun, in love – everything we could hope for in a couple to photograph. We had a fabulous time with you and wish the absolute best for your future together. Thanks for choosing Be Creative Photography!

Andrea put all the details together herself. There were pops of red all around. A cupcake tiered cake, a candy table, chinese takeout boxes to take the candy with, beautiful table numbers. Everything had a handmade look and set the tone for a very creative and colorful wedding. If you are interested in having your wedding at this location you can contact the staff at Fairleigh Dickinson via this website.

Travis’s son was the best man and ring bearer. He was so cute all day and night and during the ceremony he was full of smiles and a lot of wiggling around. I don’t blame him! He had 100 people staring at him and he wasn’t sure what was going on, until it was time to hand over the rings. He loved to watch that part very closely!

Notice Andrea’s jeweled, bare feet. Very sweet.
I absolutely love this location to photograph at! Fairleigh Dickinson Campus is very pretty. We often take our engagement sessions here.
Travis’s dad giving a speech that the couple loved!

During their first dance.

A couple portraits. Aren’t these two gorgeous! Andrea’s dress was a fabulous vintage find off of Ebay! I love that!

Can you believe this one! Woooohooo!

Happy Anniversary you guys! Hugs from me and Eric to you and your families.

Sincerely,
Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Fight Ovarian Cancer with Kelly Ripa and Electrolux

I just received my Daily Candy Newsletter and learned that it is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This is something near and dear to my heart. I post this in celebration of my Aunt Cheryl who has been winning the battle against Ovarian Cancer for many years now! I love you very much Aunt Cheryl!

So please join Kelly Ripa and Electrolux in the fight against Ovarian Cancer.
Every day you log on and send a T-mail to someone new you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a new Turquoise Sky washer and dryer inspired by the brightly-hued ribbon that is the symbol for Ovarian Cancer.

Send your T-mail and a $1 will be donated to the OCRF (for a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $30,000). With every T-mail sent, you will join Electrolux and Kelly Ripa in supporting the OCRF and help raise much-needed funds to increase awareness and support research to find a cure.

Jessica & Matt’s Wedding – Fiddlers Elbow Country Club

Jessica and Matt were blessed with a beautiful day, wonderful friends and family, and a rocking party on their wedding day. Here is a shot by Eric of the guys heading out for the ceremony.

I love this one of the bridesmaid admiring the dress.

Jessica’s sister was so happy for her! She was an awesome maid of honor, helping her with her dress, getting her whatever she needed, smiling, laughing, dancing, and she gave an incredible speech. She set the tone for a good time.

Mom couldn’t fight the tears.

I love this portrait Eric took of Grandma.

Here is the best man and groom waiting for the ceremony to begin. Matt looks a little nervous, bracing himself and the cross looming over head. No pressure!

Here is a sweet moment Eric captured during the ceremony. During the full mass Jess and Matt sat next to each other and they were laughing and glancing at each other endlessly. It was really sweet.

Here is the same photo processed with a vintage affect. If you like it comment in the box below.

They had these great streamer poppers for the exiting of the church. I remember trying to climb up on a lamp post, stand thingy and a guest came over and helped me up and made sure I didn’t fall. So much for being a fly on the wall for this scene.

Ahhh, the post ceremony bliss. I think every couple must really enjoy this ride to the reception, especially if you are in such an great, vintage Rolls Royce. It’s nice to have a little bit of time alone on your wedding day. We just popped our camera in really quick and then let the couple take off together sans photographer.

We were following the car and trying to get a shot like this for the longest time. But we couldn’t quite position ourselves behind the Rolls Royce to get the best shot. Until Eric busted a move, cut off another car, and bam – got me right where I needed to be. Haha, if you only knew what went on behind the scenes like in this moment.

The happy moms!

Eric loves a window box photo.

UH! I just love the green and the light glowing through her veil.

This was another beautiful spot but we had to watch for flying golf balls.

The beautiful decor at Fiddler’s Elbow.

Matt and Jessica during the first dance.

Haha, this is great. The band handed over the mic to the bride and groom. Aren’t they so cute!

There was no shortage of dancers at this wedding. The dance floor was packed the entire time.

Thank you Jessica and Matt! We had such a wonderful time with you and we can’t wait to design your album! Sincerely, Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Ceremony: St. Bernard’s of Clairvaux Church in Bridgewater, NJ
Reception: Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ
Dress: Cristina Arzuaga, NYC
Band: Starlyte
Florist: Bernadette Mitchell – Fiddler’s Elbow
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Hair: Luke from Michael’s Salon
Makeup: Cristina Rescinitti from Mac

Miriam & Randy’s Wedding – Waters Edge

This was a fabulous NYC wedding! You may recognize Miriam and Randy from their Lower East Side engagement session. We had so much fun with them! I started with the girls and Eric started with the guys – all conveniently located at the same hotel, Tudor Hotel. Here are the girls admiring Miriam and Randy’s bling.

One of my absolute most favorite portraits. Isn’t she so glamorous!
I haven’t mentioned yet that it was raining AGAIN for this NYC wedding. I mean POURING! But right when we showed up it stopped. I like to think we are the lucky charms.
A very different and fantastic portrait of Randy by Eric! Isn’t he so great!?! Both Eric and Randy, haha.

Love this one of the girls helping Miriam maneuver around a ginormous puddle.

We were so fortunate that the rain stopped and we were able to do the first meeting and more photographs at this Tudor City garden.
I love how lush and beautiful it is after a rain storm. And I love the look in this photo – excitement, love, adoring each other.

This was taken during the Ketubah signing.
Cutest of cutie pies hamming it up for me!
Randy wins the award for the hardest smash during the glass breaking ceremony of any Jewish wedding we have ever photographed. If you look closely, you can actually see glass flying in the air. Isn’t Miriam’s expression priceless.
What a beautiful, smiling bride.
Yay, it’s official!
Both the ceremony and the reception were held at the Water’s Edge in Long Island City. What an awesome reception site. This water taxi shuttled all of the guests from NYC to the venue. Isn’t that wonderful! Here are the first batch of guests arriving.

Party time!

Woo hoo!

I’ve mentioned in the past that Miriam is a dancer, well turns out Randy can also get his groove on. What an unbelievable and sexy first dance they had! It was amazing!

Here they go! Bustin out the routine.

AAAAHHHHHHH, I love this dress twirl and how Randy is so into her! Great performance you guys! I’m sure everyone is still talking about it. I’d love to see the video!

Miriam’s father’s speech was a really big deal. Everyone was hanging off of his every word! Screaming and shouting and loving every little thing he said. I remember a lot of the speech but one of my favorite lines was, “May all your pains, be Champagne”. It’s true, I love the speeches. I am such a sap and I try not to cry at every one.

Miriam’s sister was such a sweet heart! She loves these guys so much and gave them an incredible speech and acknowledged how she found herself in the very fortunate situation of living on their couch for a while. Lucky girl! Nothing like being a little sister – something I can completely relate to.

Gotta love the ladies huddle. Especially when they spin her around and fluff and feather her dress all about. What a fun crowd! Can we do it again guys!!!!!????

And the boys did not disappoint.

Here are our two most favorite guests! Julie and Tim, our friends and the very wonderful referral source for this wedding. Thank you so much guys!

Love the flower girl in this photo (and everyone else too). She is so psyched to be at this party and she reminds me of a little Miriam.

And one of the many wonderful night time shots we were able to grab on the fly.

Congratulations to the fabulous, sassy, talented, loving and kind Miriam and Randy! We are very excited to show you all of the pictures. It was so hard to choose just these. See you soon.

Sincerely,
Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Dress: Pnina Tornai Kleinfelds
Shoes: Filippa Scott
Tuxes: Randy’s was Hugo Boss
Hair and Makeup: Ryan Nickulas for hair, Heidi of Damalinyc for makeup
Ceremony and Reception Site: Water’s Edge, Long Island City
Florist: Spitz and Peck
Wedding Planner: Bianca Blag
Band: Soul Solution featuring Charmaine

Cathy - This wedding just looks so joyous. Every single shot explodes with either love or happiness. Awesome job! They’re definitely going to love them.

Dennis Bullock - Amazing coverage…good stuff!

One more photo…

Eric here:  I just was going through Shianling and Josh’s photos and noticed this photo wasn’t included in our original blog post.  I couldn’t resist posting it up here for two reasons…  1.  Becuase I love the photo  2.  Because I am an apple Junky. 
Enjoy 🙂

Christine - oooooh – do this for mine! i just got greg an iPhone!!!
(see you on 11.9.08!)
~christine~

Maggie and BE (Brooke & Eric)

Many people are coming over for a meeting and seeing this really big dog and asking, “You have two dogs? Where’s the little puppy we saw on the blog?”. THIS IS HER! She got so big so fast! And if you come to the house today you wouldn’t even believe your eyes. She’s been shaved down since this picture and she looks so funny. Like a skinny, humungous, Chihuahua – unrecognizable accept for her cute personality. We’ve also changed her nickname from Shaggy Maggie to Maggie the Menace.

And here are some even more ridiculous pictures of the two of us. Whenever Eric gets a new lens, a new camera, or cleans all the equipment he takes about 1,000 pictures of me to make sure the equipment is working correctly.  After about 100 pictures taken of me, I couldn’t take it any more, so I turned the tables on him, unfotently he thought it was hysterical to imitate me. 

Katrina (UK) - After reading your blog especially this one, I think it is hilarious!!! The dog is still cute as ever, however menance, he might be! *wink*

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