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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.

Christina and Marc’s Wedding – Westmount Country Club

Congratulations to Christina and Marc. You may recognize them from their Hoboken engagement photos and their adorable pup Stewie! Their wedding ceremony also took place in Hoboken and the reception was at the Westmount Country Club. I started with the girls who were all having a blast getting ready together. They all loved this shoe shot so I thought I’d post it.

This was taken during their first meeting. Marc was so happy!

Awww, I just love this one too. Such pure happiness and love here.

This was just funny. I’m lying on my back trying to get the perfect angle and this darn pigeon just walked back and forth. He/she was rentless to all of my shoeing away. I don’t have many fears but for some reason birds just totally freak me out. Thankfully the bird never came towards me or started flapping and flailing around. I would have been running away.
I love this tunnel at the Shipyard. We’ve taken lots of photos here and they always look completely different. I love the windows and sillhouettes here.

A gorgeous bride and a beautiful veil.
You saw how high Christina’s shoes were didn’t you? She is a pro and walked out on these rocks for the NY skyline and water.

The bridal party was lined up in a straight line and I loved how their varying heights mimiced the skyline behind them. Still it looked much better and was much more fun to have them all running toward the camera.

We all had a lot of laughs at the wedding! The priest was full of jokes. The favorite was when he announced them for the first time as “Mrs. and Mr. Christina Valdes!”

Yay! They tied the knot and it was time to party. What a great bridal party. These guys cheered them on all day long.

During their first dance everyone gathered around and cheered again. I love the lighting at the Westmount. It’s so warm and golden.

A lot of crazy dancing at the wedding. These two guys were having a good time. Check out the floating tie. There was also a brotherly dance off between Marc and his brother.

This was taken during a slideshow that Christina and Marc put together of their baby and family photos from growing up. Everyone really enjoyed it.

Christina and Marc, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and your family! We can’t wait to do your album! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.

And a special thank you to Nancy and Jon for referring Christina and Marc to us! We will be posting your wedding and engagement images soon.

Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Mary and Jeff – Stowehof Inn

Mary and Jeff’s wedding was last winter.  I thought it would be a nice change to show a couple of their album spreads.  And in the heat of the summer to show a chilly, winter wedding, why not? I love the whole album but here are a few of my favorite spreads. 

All the girls were getting ready in the bridal suite and Mom and Grandma were there too. Mary was beyond excited and everyone was full of smiles!  Her bridal portraits, some intentional and some not, came out so incredibly sweet! 

Mary asked me to do these portraits on the veranda looking over the mountain. I focused on capturing the train of her dress and the scenery. I love how these came out too.  And I love that Mary knew what she wanted and asked me to go to some locations with her.  Photographing your wedding is always a collaboration of our ideas and yours.  

The Stowehof Inn, in Stowe, Vermont is a beautiful location for a winter wonderland wedding. We really enjoyed going there! Our room was beautiful and cozy. The weather was crisp, the snow was perfect on their wedding day. No slush and a little sunshine. We all had so much fun! After the ceremony they went for  a horse drawn carriage ride.  I was in snow up to my knees to get these shots. There was no way I was missing it!  I would have dug a snow tunnel if I had to, haha! They didn’t even know I was around and were surprised that I caught them.  There are 4 pages in their album of the carriage ride.  Here are just two of them. The others are from a distance with the mountains in the background.
Inside was a beautiful lodge. Their decor was candle light and white tree lights. The flowers were deep, red beautiful roses cascading along the tables in antique silver urns.  And I loved her table numbers too. Mary is a vet and the table numbers were photos of all of her friends animals.

The reception was so much fun! Mary’s step-brother caught the bouquet. I love how the moms are behind the bridesmaid who caught the bouquet making sure that he behaves.

Congratulations Mary and Jeff!  We are so happy for you and can’t wait to see you again one day soon!  Please keep in touch and enjoy your album!  Wishing you love and happiness always.

Sincerely, Brooke and Eric

mary - Dear Eric and Brooke,
We really can’t say enough about you both! You were a huge part of our day and so it was very important that you were both so fun to be around:) I will never forget seeing Eric on his back in the snow to get the “perfect shot”! That is dedication. We can’t wait for our album to arrive and as we have said in the past would be more than happy to serve as a future reference for you.
Best of luck to you both!
Mary and Jeff

To our friends Lisa & Alex

We recently received a touching email from Lisa & Alex . We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Alex’s Grandmother. We decided to post this in memory of her and to thank you for your very kind note. Thinking of you, Brooke and Eric

(from Lisa and Alex)

Dear Brooke and Eric,

We absolutely LOVED the album. We loved the layout, we loved the cover, we were amazed by the photo quality, and it was absolutely wonderful to see the story of our day. You both did a spectacular job with the photos, as we’ve told you many times, and Brooke, we very much appreciate your patience and creativity in working through the album with us.

The album actually arrived the night before Alex’s grandmother passed away, which is why it took us so long to follow up. That also meant, however, that we had the album for the week of sitting shiva (mourning) during which we saw everyone from both of our families. The album sat out on Alex’s father’s table for the week, where dozens of visitors — many of whom were at the wedding — had the opportunity to enjoy it. Everyone was extremely impressed and several people said it was the most beautiful photo album they had ever seen (we agree!!!). It was especially nice to have the album because of the gorgeous photos you took of Alex’s grandmother. While Alex’s grandmother’s passing prevented us from expressing our appreciation for the album earlier, having the album when we did was a wonderful gift to us and our families at a difficult time.

Thank you again for your outstanding work. We could not have picked better photographers, and we wish you and Be Creative Photography all the best!

Alex and Lisa

Jen & Brad’s Wedding at Eagle Ridge Golf Club

Congratulations to Jen and Brad! They had a fabulous wedding at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, NJ.  Allan Zapeda photographed this one with us because it was during Brooke’s broken foot period. He did awesome, thanks buddy!  We started at the girls and caught some very touching moments. Grandma’s reaction to seeing Jen for the first time. Priceless!
As I was editing Jen and Brad’s photos I discovered what Jen does when she is just so happy she doesn’t know what else to do – I’ll call it her happy place!! When Jen is in her happy place she connects foreheads with whoever she is with. I guess it’s when you are not sure if you should cry, laugh, or scream. I love it and have to admit that Brooke and I do this sometimes too! It just really feels comforting, loving, and grounding. I love these unspoken, emotional moments during their wedding. Here is the first of many…
Brad waiting to see Jen for the first time.
I love this photo. This is right before the ceremony. One bridesmaid is fixing her nail and another is helping her drink. It’s the bridemaids doing the bridesmaid thing.

Here is Jen in her happy place again!!! This is right after the ceremony, Jen and Brad went into the library all alone. I was outside the door using a super zoom to catch this great moment.


Here Jen and Brad are are in the Rolls Royce waiting to leave the church to go the reception. The Rolls was stalling and not working, so what does Jen do….. go to your happy place 🙂

Maybe this is Brad’s happy place also?!?!?!

We went outside for a few minutes as the sun was going down. Us photographers call the last hour of light the “golden hour” and we just love it!! The light during the golden hour is so soft, warm and very flattering.

Here Jen’s niece is dancing, holding her dress, swinging back and forth. Jen saw here doing this and decided to copy her, so fun.

Brad is such a funny guy. I have no idea what he said to get this, but I’m sure he had it coming!

Jen and Brad, thank you for choosing Be Creative Photography. We wish you a lifetime of happiness and many more years of going to your happy place 🙂

Joseph Bayot - Wow that dancing shot is amazing…wonderfully vivid colors although the moment is what matters the most and you’ve captured that so well.

I live in Jersey City, and if you ever need someone on a random day to hold your lighting equipment, I’d love to see you two work and perhaps pick your brain a little bit if you have some time between moments.

Shiangling & Josh’s Wedding – 91 Horatio at the Upper Crust

Shiangling and Josh are creative souls. I’m honored that they love our work and chose us for their wedding. Check out their engagement story which was published in the post. Josh – 2 points for creativity and romance. They were married on a very rainy day in NYC! Some people may have gotten upset about that, but not them or any of their guests for that matter. When it started raining during their garden ceremony it was as if all the guest threw their hands up in the air and said “awww, what the heck, let’s roll with it”. I’m going to steal a lyric from David Sylvian, “there is always sunshine above the gray sky and I will try to find it”. I heard this song in a video created by this couple and I fell in love with it. It just happens to be the most perfect lyric for this post.

We started at the W Hotel in Union Square. Eric with the guys and I with the girls. Here’s a cool shot of the boys heading off for the ceremony.

I love these ring shots so I put them both up. I rarely put details on the blog so I’ll indulge you with these.

How amazing is this boutonnière? I absolutely love it. I love anything green, purple, and nature inspired. The flowers were done by Gerald E. Palumbo from Seasons, a floral design studio.

The beautiful bride Shiangling! She is so happy and sweet.

Eric and Josh were talking about their iphones, so they decided to play around 🙂

The ceremony was at the Jefferson Market Garden in Greenwich Village. That’s right, same spot as Miranda and Steve in Sex and the City. Eric climbed a tree to get this shot. It was raining really hard and nobody cared. I think this is actually right before the down pour. When we arrived at the ceremony I couldn’t believe it but the same officiant that married Eric and I also married these two, Rabbi Renee Feller! It was so good to see her.

Eric here, I just want to take a minute to talk about this photo, it’s one of my favorites in a long time. It gives me the chills every time I look at it. First the obvious, Shiangling and Josh are madly in love and nothing can ruin this. They are soaking wet as if someone dumped a couple of buckets on them. And what is so amazing to me, is that the rain isn’t bumming them out one bit. They are so present in this moment, celebrating each other and their love, their energy is so strong, everyone around them couldn’t help but be excited for them. The next thing that I love about this photo is the people around them. Do you notice the little girl on the bottom, soaking wet, unhappy, but not budging an inch from her assigned position. Also look at the two women on the outside (Josh’s mom and sister), they are clearly struggling with the down pour, but also can’t help laughing and being so happy. This photo is truly a perfect moment capturing what amazing people both Shiangling and Josh are! A moment like this is a good life lesson. As my 5 year old nephew Jake would say, “You get what you get and you don’t get upset!”

I love this photo as well. Big passionate kiss! Notice below the little girl 🙂

Ahhh, the post ceremony bliss!

The little girl is still wet 🙂

Unfortunately the rain was so loud during the ceremony that they could not hear each other’s vows. While trying to read the vows during the ceremony, Shianling stopped reading, looked up at Josh and screamed, “I LOVE YOU”! It was so funny and wonderful. Here you can see the vows and the effect of the rain.

When the rain stopped we were able to do a few quick portraits. They all came out beautiful but here are just two to tease you.

Their reception was held at 91 Horatio at the Upper Crust. They served incredible food. I tried this little chocolate truffle that was the best damn piece of chocolate I have ever had! This shot is during their first dance.

These are the men in Josh’s family during the Hora.

Shirley’s maid of honor giving a speech.

The newlweds and their guests.

The bride and groom made beautiful speeches for each other too!

Shirley’s mom.
Josh and his sister. Josh’s family came in from Australia for the wedding.

Thank you very much for having us photograph your wedding. It was such a wonderful experience to be a part of the very unique day and to be in the company of the wonderful people in your life. Congratulations and stay tuned for the rest of your images! Sincerely, Brooke and Eric of Be Creative Photography

allan z. - you guys are super WPJA shooters! every photo is a winner! idk how you do it!

Jen and Bryan

Eric writing here: Jen and Bryan’s engagement session was never blogged so we are doubling up!  Their engagement session was in Montclair in the fall.  Brooke and I had so much fun with Jen and Bryan, we all got along so well and instantly got into a groove. We started the shoot right at one of their favorite restaurants which is next store to where they live.

We then headed to a field to play around, we were stopped and asked if we were shooting a JCrew ad. Isn’t that funny!?!?

Jump off a stump, why not?  They wanted the perfect shot so they tried quite a few times to sync their air time.

It was really cold and they were tired from all of their jumping. They cuddled next to the stump and we were able to capture this lovely moment.

We stopped in the middle of the street here, almost got run over by a hooligan, but it was too beautiful to pass up. And it happened to be in front of their dream house in Montclair. Oh the lovely homes in Montclair.

Now onto their wedding, unfortunately Brooke could not attend because of her broken foot. She was so devastated to miss it. But luckily our friend Monika stepped in for the day. Thank you Monika! This was taken during their first meeting.

We found a beautiful grass hill to shoot in, a lot of brides and grooms would get nervous going into this stuff, but Jen and Bryan charged right in, what troopers!

Jen is so comfortable in front of the camera, she could be a model 🙂

One of my favorite things to do is to line up the bridal party and have them run!

I love this photo!! The girls are on the way to the ceremony, everyone is nervous, excited and just a little bit chaotic. Jen is holding the doors open like her marriage depended on it.

The father daughter dance was emotional.

The speechs brought down the house.

Thank you Alissa for referring Jen and Bryan to us. And great job on the graphics for the wedding. You are so talented! We shot Alissa and Mikes wedding last year, unfortunately our blogging fell behind last year. But you can see their engagement session here.

Jen and Bryan, congratulations! Thank you for choosing Be Creative Photography.

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