Corey & Kevin’s Longwood Gardens Engagement Session

Last month, I photographed Corey and Kevin’s colorful Spring Longwood Gardens engagement session! Longwood Gardens is one of my absolute favorite locations for an engagement session, every season looks so different than the last and it always provides a stunning background for any type of session. During this trip, I was lucky enough to capture the cherry blossoms at their peak bloom in mid-April, my absolute favorite backdrop on earth!

We started the session in the conservatory at Longwood Gardens, I absolutely loved all the Spring color we found and captured. One thing I love about April engagement sessions are the blooms, I cannot wait to discover new places next year and I am already dreaming about those cherry blossoms again!

I am photographing these two in only a couple of short weeks at the Reeds at Shelter Haven, I cannot wait to see these two again on June 10th!

xoxo

 

  

 

 

Danielle & Tom’s Batsto Village Anniversary Session

Danielle and Tom were married on April 8, 2016 and in mid – April of this year, we met at Batsto Village for their anniversary session! Batsto Village is the perfect spot for any type of session – anniversary, engagement or family! The rustic backdrops and open space was the perfect setting with the best sunlight!

This adorable couple met in the summer of 2010 when they both worked at Wawa, they worked separate shifts but had a 15 minute overlap in shift. After a few weeks of flirting, Danielle convinced Tom to go ice skating with her, since he had never gone before. The ice skating itself didn’t go very well, but they been together ever since. At the end of that summer, Danielle went back to campus at Rutgers New Brunswick and Tom stayed in South Jersey. They both really missed each other and realized it wasn’t just a summer fling.

Tom proposed on a lazy Sunday morning. After waking up, Tom made Danielle a delicious breakfast. When Danielle went to go let their two dogs outside, she came back to Tom on his knee. They were married in a rustic barn in North Jersey on a chilly April day in 2016. Tom is not a good dancer and they had spent a few weeks prior practicing their first dance in their living room. On the day of the wedding, it was like they had not practiced. Danielle laughed the entire time.

One thing I loved about this session is Danielle and Tom used items from their wedding day. Those gorgeous red shoes were Danielle’s wedding shoes and Tom’s suit and shoes was what he wore on the wedding day as well <3

Their dream in their marriage is to be happy and they are excited to see what life has in store for them. They celebrated their one year anniversary by dining at the Moshulu in Philadelphia.

Any advice for couple’s on their first year of marriage?

Marry your best friend. Communication is key.

I whole heartedly agree. Danielle and Tom, it was a blast getting to know you two, congratulations on your first year of marriage!

 

 

 

  

   

Andrew & Randy’s New Jersey LGBT Wedding

On March 26, 2017, I photographed Andrew and Randy’s beautiful and joyful New Jersey LGBT wedding at David’s Country Inn in Hackettstown.

I absolutely adored spending my morning with two. When I asked them what their favorite memory of the day was? Andrew said, “We chose to help each other get ready and that was so fun and romantic.” I loved shooting this portion of the day as well and agree it was so romantic capturing these two helping each other with their ties, shirt buttons and jackets. These two shared plenty of laughs and it was a perfect way to start their day!

One of my favorite details of the day is that Andrew, a graphic designer designed all the invitations, menu’s, logos, etc! Their beloved pugs appeared throughout their wedding on everything from their escort cards, the card box and their cake topper. I loved this personal touch!

Before the ceremony, we photographed Andrew and Randy with their bridal party, both best men were their brothers and with their family. This group was so happy and excited and I loved seeing how close these two were to their family’s.

The ceremony was just as unique as our couple! They had the chairs in a circle and they both walked in from opposites sides of the room and met in the middle. There were a ton of tears, sweet words and laughs as these two exchanged rings and vows.

Their reception was modern with a rustic touch. I loved the floral centerpieces on their tables as well as the pug cake toppers they chose for their gorgeous Palermo Bakery cake! Their reception was filled with a romantic first dance, hilarious speeches by the brothers and a lively dance floor.

Advice for future couples:

Don’t stress over everything, it’s not worth it. It will always work out in the end.

Now that they’re married, they hope to start traveling more and really enjoy those moments as a married couple. Andrew and Randy will be honeymooning in Prague this Fall!

Thank you to Andrew and Randy for allowing me to capture this wonderful day, I am honored we share the same anniversary! Scroll through to view more from this beautiful New Jersey LGBT Wedding! <3

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

     

  

  

 

 

Baby Logan’s Newborn Session

Last month, I photographed baby Logan’s newborn session!

I first met Nikki in elementary school and we played softball together and were in the same girl scout troop growing up. Chris and I were in the same 4th grade class and I was so honored when they reached out to me to do their newborn session when their baby arrived. Mom and Dad requested a mostly blue newborn session, which was so fitting as they’re both members of the New York City Police Department!

I love photographing newborns, especially tiny ones like Logan who love to sleep! This little boy was such a pleasure to photograph and I couldn’t get enough snuggling him! I am starting to love in-home newborn sessions almost as much as I love photographing them in my studio.

Scroll through to view my favorites from this adorable newborn session with Baby Logan!

  

 

  

   

Chris & Jamie’s Nassau Inn Princeton Wedding

Chris and Jamie’s Nassau Inn Princeton wedding was a gorgeous Winter wedding this past February. I love the Nassau Inn, not only is it in the most picturesque town of Princeton but it is oozing with history!

I started the day with Jamie and her bridesmaids in a suite at the Nassau Inn. Jamie, a super creative bride set up all her details for me to photograph so perfectly! I loved everything she had from her shoes to her gorgeous fur wrap. Jamie was a beautiful and happy bride and giggled all afternoon – I loved capturing her expressions opening up her wedding day present from Chris to putting on her perfume, this bride was so expressive and stunning!

I adored their first look. Chris, an Airman wore his Air Force dress suit and was such a handsome groom. I loved capturing these two seeing each other for the first time and giggled behind my lens as they each did a twirl to show off their wedding day attire!

Once finished with the first look, we continued with photos at the Nassau Inn, I adored the red bouquets and gold sparkly dresses Jamie let her bridesmaids choose! Once finished at the Inn, we headed to Princeton University for more bridal party and couple photos. Jamie’s bridesmaids all had adorable mittens to stay warm, it snowed quite heavily a few days before their wedding, so they came in handy <3

Their ceremony was perfect. Their officiant was a friend and the ceremony included sweet readings by friends and Jamie’s grandmother as well as a hand tying ceremony. When the officiant asked for the rings, he had forgotten that they were still tied, I love it when funny and sweet things like this occur at weddings, it makes them so much more memorable!

Once the ceremony was complete, it was time for the party and an outfit change for Chris! I loved capturing all these amazing moments from their reception and am so excited to share!

Congratulations to Jamie and Chris, especially on Baby Smith who is due to arrive in November!!! <3

Scroll through to view more of my favorites from this beautiful winter wedding in Princeton, New Jersey!

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location: Nassau Inn

Formal Photo Location: Princeton University

Wedding Dress: Angel Bridal of Haddonfield

DJ: Time Productions DJ’s

Christine & Jeff’s Clark’s Landing Wedding

Last Fall, on a chilly day, I photographed Christine and Jeff’s Clark’s Landing Wedding. Clarks Landing is located in Delran, New Jersey and is a beautiful venue on the river. This venue is incredibly local to me and I love shooting here!

I started the day at Christine’s mother’s house. The girls were having final touches of hair and makeup by BelViso Hair & Makeup. The mood was happy, lots of laughs while the girls sipped mimosas and got ready for the day. I absolutely loved Christine’s dress, the details on her dress were stunning and I loved photographing her in it!

While I photographing Christine, my second shooter Christy was with the guys at their home. I loved all these shots Christy captured of Jeff getting ready, he was such a handsome groom!!

Once at Clarks Landing, we had their sweet first look and then used the grounds for couple photos and bridal photos. I loved that Christine and Jeff were adventurous and willing to go down to the docks for photos!

Christine and Jeff had their ceremony outdoors at Clarks Landing – in the dark! It was actually so dark that their best man had to shine a light over the officiant’s shoulder so she could read her words! It was definitely a hilarious moment and something this couple will always laugh about!

Once the ceremony was complete, it was time for their fun reception! The party started off with a sweet first dance followed by Christine dancing with with her brother and two favorite uncles. Their gorgeous cake by DiBartolo Bakery was one of my favorite details of theirs to photograph, especially since their mini Yorkie was included in the cake topper! The sweet speeches were filled with tons of lots of laughs and finally a nonstop dance floor. I am so happy to share this wedding!

Scroll through to view my favorites from this gorgeous winter Clarks Landing wedding!

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Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Christy Nicole

Reception Venue: Clarks Landing

Wedding Dress: Irma’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Country Way Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: BelViso Makeup & Hair

Florist: Alisha Simone – Elegant Event Flowers

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Cake: DiBartolo Bakery

DJ: Versatile Event Designs

Videographer: Alliance Video Productions

Officiant: Journey’s of the Heart

Kelsey & Matt’s Montauk Point Engagement Session

Last month, I photographed Kelsey and Matt’s gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Montauk Point Engagement session. Kelsey is actually one of my best friends so I am so happy they have chosen me to be their wedding photographer!

Kelsey and Matt first met when they were in high school, but did not begin dating until 2008. Matt is a musician and they reconnected at one of his band’s shows. Kelsey and her friend went to an after party following the show, and when she lost her ride home, Matt wouldn’t let her walk home by herself so instead, he walked her home. How romantic! 🙂

I asked Kelsey how she knew Matt was the one and she said: “I knew I loved him after only a few months. But, I knew he was the one when I saw how well he fit in with my family. It was just natural. Everyone loved Matt as much as I do.”

Kelsey and Matt were engaged right before Christmas this past year. From the bride: “I was working late because it was our employee holiday event at work. I was tired and cranky and couldn’t wait to get home. I walked into the house and Matt was waiting with our dog Betty. He asked me to come stand in a certain spot in the living room. All I was thinking was that I wanted to put my bag and my coat down. He wouldn’t let it go. So I stood in the spot. Then he got down on one knee. And I said yes!”

When Kelsey and Matt are not wedding planning, they like to go to the beach with Betty, they love going to concerts together, they also enjoy their backyard fire pit and drinking wine. They are planning a January 13, 2018 wedding at the Three Village Inn and Kelsey describes the wedding as “Classic with a vintage rustic charm”. After the wedding, they are looking forward to starting a family. They want to build a happy home full of love and want to grow into older versions of themselves. And true to their rock and roll souls, they want to ride their motorcycles off into the sunset together as two happy old people still very much in love. <3

Any advice for future bride’s planning?

“Elope. Haha. The advice everyone gives you really is accurate. It’s an undertaking! But, remember that the day is about celebrating the love of the couple getting married. That’s what matters.”

And finally, what are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?

“The dancing and the party!! We are dancing fiends and always tear up the dance floor at our friends’ and family’s weddings. Now it will be our turn to tear it up as husband and wife. (Finally!!)”

Scroll through to view more from this beautiful engagement session in Montauk Point!

 

 

 

 

Chris & Christina’s Grange Estate Engagement Session

A couple of months ago, I photographed Chris & Christina’s Grange Estate Engagement Session on a very warm February day! Chris and Christina first met at work, she had been with the company for 10 years and he started about 5 years later. They were friends and she always felt a strong connection to him, finally that connection became stronger and they started hanging out more. I love that they share so many similarities and interests –  not only do they share the same name but they also share the same birthday!

Christina always knew he was the one, she says “He always made me feel like I could be myself around him. I feel safe and loved when I am with him and have always felt that way.”

The proposal was on 11/18/16, from Christina: “One of my favorite Disney movies growing up was Beauty & the Beast. A few weeks before we got engaged, Disney released Beauty & the Beast from the vault and it was available to watch. I had been begging him to watch it for weeks. One night after work we planned a date night, we went to a small BYOB near our office and then headed home for a quiet night. He mentioned watching Beauty & the Beast and of course I jumped at the idea. We turned off all the lights, poured ourselves a glass of wine and watched the movie. He was so calm and cool, it just seemed like an ordinary night. Little did I know what really was going on in his head. After the movie, he went downstairs and when he came back up, he had the rose lit up in a glass case with the most beautiful ring inside, he got down on one knee and he asked me to marry him. It was my own little fairytale. It was the most amazing night and something I will never forget.”

When Christina and Chris are not wedding planning, they are going out to eat, drinking wine, and playing with their pup, Lady. These Disney fanatics are planning an elegant fairy tale wedding, which ties in perfectly with a winter – Christmas – New Years theme since their date is December 30th, 2017. After the wedding, they are looking forward to starting a family as well as continuing traveling and experiencing new things together.

Any advice for future bride’s planning?

One thing I have come to realize during this process is you can’t please everyone. So, you need to be true to you and your fiancé’s wishes. It’s your day and that’s all that matters.

And finally, what are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?

I can’t wait for the first time I see him in my dress. I know it’s going to be an emotional moment for both of us and I can’t wait to experience that. We are also writing our own vows so I am really looking forward to saying those words to him.

Scroll through to view more from this adorable Grange Estate engagement session and check back early next year for a full recap of their day!

xoxo

 

 

 

  

Jacyln & Tom’s Asbury Park Engagement Session

Late last year, I photographed Jaclyn and Tom’s adorable winter Asbury Park engagement session. Jaclyn and Tom met through mutual friends at Rowan University and have been together for seven years.

From the bride: “I knew he was the one because we never wanted to spend a minute apart when we met; he became my best friend very quickly. We also persevered through a lot of life changes in our 7 years together: graduation, living long-distance, moving in together, rescuing and raising our two dogs together, and some career changes. From the time we got to know each other on a deeper level, I couldn’t picture my life without him!”

Jaclyn and Tom were engaged in August of 2016 while kayaking in Treasure Island at Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant, Tom is so sweet that he even woke up earlier that morning to dig “Say Yes?” into the sand! Jaclyn had a feeling he would propose soon, but this was a complete surprise!

Coffee is Jaclyn and Tom’s thing, so we had to find a way to incorporate it into the shoot! I loved the cute “bride” and “groom” mugs they used for the session. These two are also avid Jeopardy watchers, they love to hike, kayak and camp. According to Jaclyn, they’re beach people, so they love living in Point Pleasant, where they can walk to the beach together, listen to island music, read, and relax together. They have chosen Martell’s Water Edge as their wedding venue and it’s obvious why, they’re going with a rustic, yet beachy vibe, since the venue is oceanfront.

This adventurous couple are planning to tie the knot in September of this year. What are they most looking forward to? Their honeymoon in New Zealand!

Any advice for future bride’s planning?

Don’t worry about traditions and etiquette so much – just do what feels right for you and your partner.

And finally, what are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?

I’m most looking forward to the ceremony and being surrounded by our family and friends when we’re saying our vows.

Scroll through to view my favorites from this sweet Asbury Park engagement session!

xoxo