Heather and Tom - Wedding at The Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake Resort, Poconos PA Photography

There is always something special I take from every wedding I photograph. It’s usually a feeling or a memory, or maybe even an image in my mind or from my camera. With Heather and Tom, I came away with a new friendship with two extremely caring and genuine people. From our very first meeting, they made sure that not only their photography needs were being met, they also made sure that I felt like more than just a vendor at their wedding. This relationship helped us all enjoy their wedding day to the fullest, and it made for some of my favorite photos of 2018. Thanks for being so wonderful, Heather and Tom!

Best of 2018 Wedding Photography - NJ Wedding Photographer

Well, well, well…. Here we are again. Another year has passed, and I’m still blown away by the fact that I get to capture one of the happiest days of people’s lives for a living. To be completely honest, when I got into wedding photography, I didn’t expect to like it. I’d always thought of wedding photographers as grumpy, jaded, uninterested people with cameras telling people what to do at weddings, just waiting for the minute they’re done for the day. I quickly learned that that doesn’t have to be the case, and that weddings offer so many opportunities for a photographer to express creativity, constantly hone their craft, and most importantly, to help couples immortalize the moments of their wedding day. I really don’t know if I’d be as enamored with photography as I am now if it weren’t for weddings and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way.

That group of wonderful people, the ones who make my career worthwhile, is predominantly made up of the people who chose and trusted me to document their weddings. I’m thankful for every last one of you, and I hope that the photos and memories I provide you with show you how truly grateful I am. Because of you, I’m able to continue doing what I love, and most importantly, you’re the reason I can say that I can’t wait to go to work weekend after weekend. Thank you.

Another faction of that group of wonderful people are the ones who help me succeed in the world of wedding photography. First and foremost, I need to thank my wife, Melissa. You’ve been the single biggest inspiration for me these last few years, and I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve helped me with this year, from assisting on weddings to getting better at SEO and everything in between. Dennis, thank you as always for all the opportunities you’ve provided me with while second shooting for you. Last year I thanked Dennis for letting me beat him in golf so often. I hate to admit it, but this year it was pretty much an even split. I even managed to shoot a 117 somehow. Yikes. Touché, Dennis. Tommy, thanks for coming through in the clutch while shooting for me, and for having me as part of your team. I don’t know if I’ll ever enjoy fast food as much as I did with you in Maryland. Chris, thank you for bringing me along to shoot with you at some awesome weddings. And thanks for reminding me that I need to be more active to keep up with you (thanks to the Apple Watch for that, too.) To everyone who has shot with me/assisted for me, Tommy, Brandon, Danny, Justin, Matt, thank you guys for all of your hard work and company this season. Garret Torres Photography wouldn’t be where it is today without you.

Alright, that’s enough writing to last me through 2019, maybe even 2020. Here’s what you all came here for:

Sara and Michael - Ledges Hotel - Hawley, PA Wedding

Anyone who knows me knows that I love wedding ceremonies near waterfalls. Sara and Michael had that, plus a killer party in a nearby restaurant, their closest family and friends, and almost an hour of night portraits. As if that wasn’t enough, Sara and Michael are two of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. They were up for anything, and all day I felt as if I was among lifelong friends. Needless to say, their wedding was the bomb. Check it out below!

Kayla and Nuri - Perona Farms Wedding - Andover, NJ

Some weddings really stick out in my mind when I recount all the ones I’ve photographed. It’s only been two weeks, but I can already tell Kayla and Nuri’s will be one of those weddings. I had such a great time working with everyone involved in their day, and it was so stress-free that it almost felt like something was wrong. Kayla and Nuri won’t be the only ones wishing they could redo their wedding day over and over again.

Side note: if you need to set up a retirement fund, talk to Nuri. Reach out to me and I’ll give you his info. I can say from experience that he’s fantastic to work with! And though I can’t speak from experience about Kayla, I think I’m safe to assume that she’s a wonderful teacher :)

Ashley and Justin - Chandelier at Flanders Valley Wedding, Flanders, NJ

Back before I was a wedding photographer, I worked at Modell’s Sporting Goods.  So did these two kids named Ashley and Justin.  I was very close with each of them in my three years at the company, so when they got engaged 1. I was super happy for them, and 2. I really wanted to shoot their wedding.  They reached out to me shortly after and I was ecstatic for the opportunity.

Their wedding was nothing short of amazing.  It was packed with tons of love, smiles, tears, and beautiful moments.  There are a lot of photos in this post, but don’t blame me.  You can blame Ashley and Justin for having a killer day.

April and Jason - Stroudsmoor Country Inn Wedding - Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Sometimes you meet a couple who you know are just perfect for each other. April and Jason are that couple. You could feel the strength of their connection simply by the way they looked at each other. Their wedding day was full of smiles, happy tears, and love from everyone there. Not only were April and Jason perfect for each other, they were the perfect fit for me as well. What really sealed the deal was when they told me they’d love to take even more time to do extra night shots. I mean, come on. Night photos are my favorite. And you want me to do more than I expected to be doing that night? Amazing.

Paige and Matt - Rock Island Lake Club Wedding - Sparta, NJ

I had a really tough time with this one.  Not the wedding... Paige and Matt's wedding was IN.CRED.I.BLE.  I had a tough time choosing a manageable amount of photos to post on this blog.  I was ready to put every single one on here.  Paige and Matt were so fun to work with, and much to my pleasure, everything ran on time and we had tons of time for portraits (this starts with hair and makeup, and The Mane Event always does a fantastic job of being on time, so thank you for that!)  I did manage to whittle down my selected favorites, and I invite you to take a look at them below!

Dana and Tyler - Mill Lakeside Manor Wedding - Spring Lake, NJ

I go way back with Tyler.  In 6th grade, I had three hits off of him and scored the only run of the game to beat his team.  It was one of the highlights of my Little League career.  We played baseball together through high school, and he is one hell of an athlete.  I met Dana while I was in high school, and through our common friends we spent plenty of time together and became good friends regardless.  Everyone had been waiting years for them to finally get married, and when they did, I was honored to be there to capture it.

Jennifer and Paul's Wedding - Tyler Arboretum - Media, PA

The first time I ever met Jennifer and Paul was at their wedding.  The fact that they live almost three hours away from me might have something to do with that.  Anyway, once the day finally arrived it was like we’d known each other for years.  They’re two of the most genuine and caring people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with, and their wedding was filled to the brim with all kinds of emotion.  I had such a blast working with these two and their loved ones.  The photos below are a few of my favorites, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

Angie and Austin's Backyard Wedding - Saugerties, NY

When Austin contacted me about photographing his wedding I knew I had to be a part of it.  I had classes with Austin my first year of college, and he quickly became one of my favorite people.  He met Angie towards the end of that year, and though I hadn't spent much time with her before her wedding, I knew she was just as fun and outgoing as Austin.  Their wedding was an incredible reflection of their easy-going attitudes and an all-around blast to photograph.  Don't just take my word for it, though, keep scrolling...