New Jersey Maternity Photography Session – Nella

In May, I captured Nella’s gorgeous New Jersey maternity photography session at Branch Brook Park, she was expecting a baby boy and I am so excited to finally share these gorgeous maternity photos!

New Jersey Maternity Session PhotographyNella and I have been friends for over a decade, we worked together in the mall when we were college students and have both full-filled our dreams of running our own businesses, she owns a hair and makeup salon in Queens. Nella has always been one of my biggest supporters and I am always so honored when she asks me to be her photographer, check out their engagement session from 2015!

We met on a gorgeous spring day for their New Jersey maternity photography session. We chose Branch Brook Park for the scenery and we found the perfect spots for their maternity session. Nella, dressed in a gorgeous and dramatic red maternity gown and Antonio in a blue button down complimented one another so well. I love the way that Antonio looks at his glowing wife!

New Jersey Maternity PhotographyThese two welcomes their baby boy in July and I am so excited to share photos from their newborn session. Check back in a few weeks for Baby AJ’s blog post! Thank you to Nella and Antonio for allowing me to capture your New Jersey maternity photography session! <3

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Blue Heron Pines Wedding, Egg Harbor City, NJ – Christa & Perry

Last month, I photographed Christa and Perry’s gorgeous Blue Heron Pines wedding. Blue Heron Pines is another one of the venues I am a preferred vendor at and I am always so honored to photograph there!

Perry & Christa attended the same high school and were in the same graduating class. Senior year, they had several classes together. Christa remembers Perry being “too cool” to talk to her in high school. Perry says in their A&P class, Christa sat in front of him and wouldn’t even turn around to talk to him and hand him papers. It wasn’t until a few years after high school when Perry and Christa finally started talking. Since they knew a lot of the same people and had a few mutual friends, they ran into each other one night at a local bar in Galloway & started talking. The same night, Perry wrote on Christa’s Facebook wall, in what he thought was the coolest way to do so, his phone number with the caption “use it.” For some reason, still unknown to this day, Christa “used it” and the rest is history.

Six years after they began dating, Perry proposed on a cool spring day. Christa and Perry went hiking in Asheville, North Carolina as hiking is one of Perry and Christa’s favorite things to do together. Perry loves exploring and forced Christa, which was more difficult than expected, to go down into the cold stream and stand right in front of a beautiful waterfall for their usual “selfie”. Two of Christa and Perry’s good friends were actually standing by with cameras ready to capture the proposal! Perry got down on one knee and Christa said “YES”! Christa thought that was the end of the surprise, but was shocked when she walked into their home and a whole party was set up with her family, friends and lots of champagne!

Our couples favorite moment from their Blue Heron Pines wedding? Seeing one another for the first time as Christa walked down the aisle. As their photographer, my favorite moment was when they sneaked out with me during golden hour for a few sunset shots, we had the perfect sun for it!

Planning their Blue Heron Pines wedding was tough for these two, they did everything out of state as they currently live in North Carolina. But now that the stress of planning their Blue Heron Pines wedding is over and that they have finished honeymooning in St. Lucia, these two are looking forward to continuing their travels and eventually starting a family.

Thank you to Christa and Perry for allowing me to photograph your gorgeous Blue Heron Pines wedding! Scroll through to view my favorites from their day.

Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Matthew Rhein

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Blue Heron Pines

Wedding Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Tafetta Design

Florist: Pocket Full of Posies

Invitations: Magnet Street

Cake: Simply Sweet Cupcakes

DJ & Violinist: Kenny i Entertainment

Videography: DMart Films

Brooklyn Engagement Session – Julie & Izzy

Last May, I photographed Julie and Izzy’s adorable and Brooklyn Engagement Session in New York City. Julie and Izzy are getting married next month at Biagio’s and The Terrace and I cannot wait. Julie and Izzy met at a bar in Jackson Heights, Queens called Novo’s where Izzy was a DJ at. Julie was there with a friend and Izzy was introduced himself, two weeks later, they shared a ride on the 7 train as their first date and the rest is history!

I met these two on a beautiful evening for their Brooklyn engagement session and had such a great time photographing these two and getting to know them. I especially loved their 6 year old daughter, Arlene. She was so fun, so cute and had so much personality! I cannot wait to see her as their flower girl!

Julie loves that Izzy is hard working, dedicated and loving. Izzy loves that Julie is hard working, his best friend and an amazing mother <3

Julie and Izzy are planning a modern and elegant wedding at Biagio’s and The Terrace and I am looking forward to all the salsa music that their band will certainly play! Once they are married, their dream is to live many more healthy years together, continue traveling and possibly extending their family.

Any advice for future bride’s planning?

“Start planning as soon as you can and make sure you enjoy your planning as hard as it is!”

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

“Seeing our two families unite, the beautiful decor and the whole turnout on this project I have worked day and night for the last 9 months for!”

Scroll through to view more of my favorites from Julie and Izzy’s Brooklyn engagement session and be sure to check back this Fall for a full recap from their wedding day!

 

    

Windrift Hotel Wedding, Avalon NJ – Brenda & Robert

Last May, I captured Brenda and Robert’s Windrift Hotel wedding in Avalon, New Jersey. I absolutely love photographing at the Windrift Hotel, not only am I a preferred vendor there but their ballroom is one of my favorites! Brenda and Robert planned a gorgeous elegant beach theme for their wedding day and even though Avalon, NJ had a nor’easter that day, their theme was evident in all their details!

Rob and Brenda met in a health policy class at the Harvard Kennedy School in Fall of 2012. During the second week of school, Brenda’s friend Bernie pointed Rob out to her by sending a text message during class that said, “What about that guy in the 2nd row named Rob?” As the story goes, Brenda looked over at him and his baby face, and typed back, “Bernie! NO! He is 12 years old!” Bren and Rob did eventually get to know each other and shared their first kiss at a Halloween party that fall. Neither of them thought too much of it at first, it turns out Rob “wasn’t looking for anything serious” and Brenda had just met someone else in New York.

As the semester went on, they remained casual friends and took another class together in the Spring. They each had some unresolved feelings for the other, but didn’t know it. At the end of the school year, Brenda presented Rob with a little gift, she gave him a small rubber duck dressed as a doctor. It turns out, Brenda remembered that he had a collection of them in his bathroom and thought it would be a funny little send-off gift as he headed back to North Carolina for his final year of medical school.

A few weeks later, Rob texted saying that he missed her. Brenda wrote back and said that she missed him too. Rob flew to New York City shortly after and they have been together ever since!

Their first date was in Philadelphia at Mercato, a rustic Italian restaurant in Center City. Rob loved it so much that he decided to later propose over their meatballs on February 11, 2015. He hid one of his friends to take pictures, and the whole staff was in on it. Brenda was very surprised and very happy!

 

Brenda and Robert’s most memorable moment of their Windrift Hotel wedding was their ceremony. Their officiant, Matt, is a dear friend of theirs. His words were sweet, smart, and funny. Our couple loved being surrounded by their closest friends and family to exchange vows. One of Brenda’s bridesmaids is also a professional violinist and played while Brenda’s father walked her down the aisle.

My favorite moment of Brenda and Robert’s Windrift Hotel wedding was when they announced the gender of their baby. They set up two baskets where their guests could guess boy or girl (I guessed girl!) and halfway through the evening, they had both their mother’s open up an envelope. It was an amazing moment to capture – IT’S A BOY!

Any advice for future couple’s planning?

Wedding planning can be crazy, but it’s important to remember the day is a celebration of you as a couple. Our advice is keep it simple and authentic to you.

Now that these two have finished planning their wedding, Brenda an urgent care pediatrician at CHOP and Rob, a resident at UPenn in general surgery are looking forward to expanding their family when their baby boy arrives this August (who I cannot wait to meet!). Due to Brenda’s pregnancy, no honeymoon immediately after the wedding, but they plan to vacation in the Cayman Islands in December, one of their favorite destinations!

Thank you to Brenda and Rob for allowing me to photograph your day, despite the rain, we captured so many images I love, scroll through to view my favorites from their Windrift Hotel wedding!

  

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

  

 

 

     

 

 

  

 

Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Josh DeHonney

Wedding Dress Store: Lovely Bride

Wedding Dress Designer: Thiea

Bridesmaid Dresses: Vow to be Chic

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Escape Beauty Boutique

Florist: Affairs to be Remembered

Cupcakes: The Bake Works

DJ: Over-the-Top

Moorestown Engagement Session – Amanda & Ryan

Last May, I photographed Amanda and Ryan’s adorable Moorestown engagement session. We started the session at their home in Moorestown, only a few short minutes from my own home! Once we captured a few of this adorable couple at the exact location where they were engaged (keep reading for the proposal story!), we drove to the Moorestown Community House for a few more portraits there, you’d never know we were battling a prom at the Community House!

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Amanda and Ryan met first met at their company holiday party in 2011. Amanda had just started working for the company so was busy making her rounds getting to know all her coworkers. Ryan and her ended up talking for a while that night but didn’t reconnect until much later but still ended up becoming good friends. Their first date was nearly 2 years after they met in August of 2013 at the Chart House restaurant in Philadelphia. That’s also where they dined the night after we they were engaged!

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From Amanda: “I am 6 feet tall and used to never wear heels, until I met Ryan! He didn’t understand why I wouldn’t ever wear them and insisted that I wore them on our first date. I never felt more secure with my height, more attractive, or more appreciated! He makes me a better person”

3 qualities Amanda loves about Ryan: handsome, intelligent, & loving

3 qualities Ryan loves about Amanda: beautiful, intelligent, & loving

I love that they chose the same 3 qualities about one another without knowing <3

Engaged on 04/01/2017, from Amanda: “The proposal was out of a fairy tale. I went to my mom’s house Saturday morning to visit with my twin nephews. Ryan was going to meet me there after his haircut. After hanging out at my mom’s for a while, she ran into the other room and came back with an envelope and a #1 on it, surrounded by a heart. I didn’t understand what she was giving me. I opened it up and it was a clue! Ryan was sending me on a treasure hunt. My first stop was the salon where we both get our haircut (we’re good friends with our stylist there and she has been there through our relationship from the very beginning). We hugged (and cried!!) and she gave me clue #2, which led me to get my nails done. After that, the nail technician gave me my third and final clue which led me home, but not before I got my hair blown out for the impending engagement photo! I left the salon and pulled up to our home, in Moorestown, New Jersey, I could already see red ribbon inside. I walked in to “Secret” by Maroon 5 playing. There were rose petals on the ground and a long red ribbon leading me to our back door. All along the ribbon were note cards that led me through our life together. The very last note card said, “Open this door to the rest of your life.” I opened our back door and there was Ryan (and my dog, Scruffie!). We hugged and cried and eventually pulled apart so he could ask me to marry him. It was the single most romantic moment of my life and I will never forget it. My dog passed away 2 weeks later and I feel so grateful to have had her there, too.”

These two are planning a rustic and bohemian wedding at the Windrift Hotel in Avalon, one of my favorite venues and a venue I am a preferred vendor at! Their day will be very untraditional and relaxed, I cannot wait! 🙂

Any advice for future bride’s planning?

“Do what will make YOU and your fiancé happy. Everyone has an opinion. But also try not to care so little about others feeling that you start a family war!! It’s a weird balancing act. In the end, it’s truly your day. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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

From Amanda: “I honestly just can’t wait to marry my best friend. It’s cliche, but I’ve never been more sure of something in my life!”

I am beyond excited to capture these two this September at the Windrift Hotel in Avalon. Scroll through to view my favorites from this Moorestown engagement session!

 

   

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New Jersey Newborn Photography with Baby Henry

In early April, I photographed Henry’s New Jersey Newborn Photography session. Henry was a big baby and I loved the way he slept through our entire session and the way he looked wrapped up all tight in my colorful wraps.

I first met his parents, Yuliya and Noah for their maternity session in Central Park last January so I was super excited to meet Baby Henry. When he cracked that little smile, I was so excited, those little faces are why I love photographing newborns!

I absolutely adored my time with this sweet little baby. Scroll through to view my favorites from their in-home newborn session <3

 

 

 

Jenna & Mike’s Spring Skyview Golf Club Wedding

In May, I photographed Jenna and Mike’s beautiful Skyview Golf Club wedding in Sparta, New Jersey. Jenna and Mike had a purple color scheme for their day and Jenna described the style of the wedding as a Spring botanical vibe, I loved the flowers she chose as well as all her well thought out details throughout the day that showcased this look! Scroll through to hear all about Mike and Jenna and to see my favorite photographs from their Skyview Golf Club wedding!

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Jenna, an instructional designer and Mike, an NYPD detective met online and had their first date at the Cheesecake Factory. Mike proposed on Christmas Eve in 2015 in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, Jenna never expected Mike to propose in such a public way, so she was pretty shocked and surprised when it happened!

On the morning of their wedding day, I met Jenna in the brand new bridal suite at the Skyview Golf Club. Hair and makeup were nearly finished and she was so excited to see Mike for the first look. Jenna designed all the invitations, escort cards, signs and menu’s for their wedding day and I loved how everything tied unto her purple botanic theme for the day, I also loved the font she chose!

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Once time for the first look, myself and my second photographer brought an excited Mike outside. I LOVED Mike’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time on the wedding day, definitely one of my most favorite first looks ever! After the first look was complete, we used every inch of the Skyview Golf Club for couple and bridal party photos. I love that Skyview has an old rustic barn on the property that is the perfect backdrop for photos – it’s perfect for the rustic bride looking for a barn for her photos!

One of my favorite details of Jenna and Mike’s day was that they chose Mike’s brother to be the officiant of their sweet ceremony Skyview Golf Club Wedding overlooking the golf course. Once the ceremony was complete, we were fortunate enough to steal these two one last time before the reception began and I am so glad we did because the light on this golf course right before sunset is perfect!

What was the hardest part of wedding planning? What was the easiest?

From Jenna: “The hardest part of wedding planning for me was all of the smaller details, like the reception decor and picking out the music. Making decisions about the bigger, more expensive items was actually the easiest part.”

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When I asked Jenna what her favorite memory of their wedding day was, she said it was absolutely their first dance! “I have so many wonderful memories, but my favorite is the first dance, which is surprising because I was really nervous about it! Mike and I were really focused on each other, really in the moment, like time stopped for just a few minutes. It was the only time that day when it felt like it was just the two of us in the room.”

Any advice for future couple’s planning?

“If you can, take your time. Mike and I planned our wedding for a year and a half, so we got a ton of stuff done early and had time to save. Being able to pace ourselves really helped us keep our sanity.”

Now that these two are married and back from their Aruba honeymoon, they plan on buying a home and Jenna hopes to add another puppy to the two they already have. They also hope to have children and to continue traveling as a married couple.

Thank you to Jenna and Mike for allowing me to capture your gorgeous Skyview Golf Club wedding! Scroll through to view more of my favorites from their gorgeous day <3

 

 

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Contributing Vendors

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Alex Peterson

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Skyview Golf Club

Wedding Dress: i do… i do…

Wedding Dress Designer: Essense of Australia

Bridesmaid Dresses: WToo

Hair & Makeup: Beauty and the Blush

FloristLouisa Amabile Testa LLC

Invitations: Papel Creations

Cake: A Little Cake

DJ: Gemini Productions

Kim’s Maternity Session Photography at Longwood Gardens

Last month, I met Kim for her gorgeous Maternity Session Photography at Longwood Gardens! Kim and her fiancé Tim are expecting a baby girl, so Kim came dressed in a gorgeous pink lace gown that added a beautiful and dramatic look to her pregnancy session.

Kim and Tim (how cute is that!?) became engaged at their gender reveal last February. The plan to reveal the gender was to cut into a cake and see either pink or blue, instead Tim had the baker make two cakes, one that had a pink inside and one that was just a regular vanilla cake. When they cut into the plain cake, Kim immediately was angry that their baker had messed up her gender reveal just to turn around to Tim on one knee. He is lucky she still said “yes” after that prank!! 🙂

Longwood Gardens closes at 6:00 PM, so we began our session at 4:00 and as closing time approached, it felt like we had the entire place to ourselves! We ended the session indoors and I loved all the pink flowers in the greenhouse, it went perfectly with the theme of our shoot.

Kim gave birth this month and I already met Baby Juliana for her newborn session. Stay tuned for images on the blog from her newborn session soon <3

 

   

 

Kerry & Dan’s Long Island Engagement Session

Last month, I photographed Kerry and Dan’s adorable engagement session on at Frank Melville Memorial Park on Long island. This extremely happy couple first met New Year’s Eve 2009 at a mutual friends party while playing beer pong. Their two friends were dating each other, but Kerry and Dan had never met. They both had planned on attending other parties that evening, but after meeting and chatting, they both ended up staying at that party together all night. Kerry had been taking pictures all night, so before they left, Dan asked for her Facebook profile so he “could see the pictures.” They messaged each other for a couple months before Dan asked her to hang out again.

Their first official date was May 1, 2010, the day before Kerry’s birthday. They had the classic first date – dinner and a movie! They dined at Ciello’s in Smithtown, NY and although the restaurant has since changed their name, the memories of them sharing a great meal followed by a late-night movie so they were together when the clock hit midnight for her birthday will always remain. They officially became boyfriend and girlfriend on May 27th of that year, which also happens to be their future wedding date!

Kerry and Dan were engaged on 08/15/2016 while vacationing at Okemo Mountain in Vermont. From Kerry: “Since it was summer, there were very few people there. On our second night, we got dressed up and went to one of the restaurants in the hotel. We had the whole place to ourselves! After ordering, Dan suggested we take a selfie, which I thought was odd because I’m usually the one suggesting photos. Dan came over to my side of the table and kneeled down to be at my level sitting, and held the phone out, but instead of snapping a picture, he hit “record” for a video. I looked at him confused, and he told me to look to my left, where he was holding the ring around my shoulder, and I hadn’t even noticed it! Once I saw the ring, I yelled “Oh my God!” and felt the heat rush to my face. Dan said that I was beet red! He told me how much he loved me and asked me to marry him, and I of course said “YES!” He later told me that he forgot most of what he wanted to say, but the whole proposal is on video!”

How gorgeous is this Vera Wang engagement ring!?! I LOVE the sapphires!

From Kerry: “There wasn’t one specific moment that I knew Dan was the one for me. It was the build up of love, trust, and respect over time that led me to know how different this relationship was. It was effortless, and always filled with love, respect, and support for one another. Everything was mutual, and I knew in my heart that he would be my husband one day.”

From Dan: “Like Kerry said, we had built love and trust over time. But what reassured me that Kerry was The One was when I broke my ankle and leg playing hockey, and she took care of me, staying at my house for two weeks straight to help me when I could barely move. It showed me how much she cared, and that she would always be there for me, in sickness and in health, or when I get injured playing sports. I knew then that I wanted to start looking for a ring.”

Once their wedding has passed, Kerry and Dan are hoping to purchase their first home and eventually, they’d love to build their dream home that Dan, an architect has designed for their future family to grow up and grow old in. Kerry says that they will still be holding hands and being affectionate when they’re 80!

Any advice for future bride’s planning?

“Enjoy being engaged. Wedding planning can become stressful, but if you are in it together, communicate, and take time for yourselves to enjoy being an engaged couple, it will be a much smoother process. Give yourselves enough time for planning and money-saving to alleviate the stress. And remember that everyone is going to give their opinions on what they think is best for your wedding, but at the end of the day, it’s YOUR special day for you and your fiancé, so do what feels right for you.”

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

“Starting our new lives together as husband and wife, and celebrating with family and friends! And of course, the FOOD!”

These two are tying the knot on May 27th of next year at the Timber Point Mansion and I am so thankful they picked me to be their wedding day and engagement photographer! cannot wait to document their day! <3

   

   

  

 

 

Heather and Matt’s Mexico Destination Wedding

Last month, Heather and Matt had a beautiful destination wedding at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa in Mexico. They had a gorgeous and sunny day for their Beach-Chic wedding – from gorgeous details to an emotional first look and one of my happiest couples ever, a highly personal ceremony to dancing all night under the stars on the beach, this destination wedding had it all! Last week I shared their trash the dress session and this week I am so excited to share their full wedding day recap of their destination wedding!

Heather and Matt were engaged Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Originally they had a long weekend in Virginia Beach planned for the holiday weekend, but Matt had hurt his back at work so a long trip wasn’t possible for him, still he promised a special weekend regardless. Matt planned a date night at Denville’s Uptown Art, which was a paint gallery. Heather was already impressed by the date and as the night went on, they shared wine and snacks and had a blast  on their date. Towards the evening’s end, the guests all went onstage with their finished masterpieces to snap a photo for the Denville’s Facebook page. Matt sneakily switched out his painting with a canvas that said, “Will You Marry Me?”, through the nerves Matt mistakenly held this crucial question upside down! As the hosts of the night desperately tried to get Matt to hold his canvas right side up, Heather noticed what was going on just at that perfect time. She had no idea that”something special” would end up being a ring! <3

I started the day with Heather and her bridesmaids, I loved photographing all of Heather’s perfectly thought out details from her pretty Enzoani wedding gown to her “something borrowed” veil borrowed from her sister and Matron of Honor, Brittany’s own wedding day. I split my time the morning of their wedding going from the ladies to the men while they were at the salon.

What was the hardest part of wedding planning? What was the easiest?

From Heather: Hardest – Deciding to go with a non-traditional destination wedding knowing we would be missing some of our closest friends and family members. Easiest – Marrying my best friend.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

“Seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day and our first dance. The ceremony can be nerve wracking and emotional. Our first dance, we got to enjoy ourselves and be in the moment, just the two of us.”

As their photographer, my favorite part of Heather and Matt’s wedding day was their ceremony. Their officiant was Heather’s younger sister (and Maid of Honor) Ashley’s boyfriend, Neal and he did such a good job coming up with the sweetest words to say. Heather and Matt also wrote their own vows and I had a hard time hiding my tears behind my camera!

Any advice for future couple’s planning?

“Although money, everyone’s opinions, and coordinating details can be stressful; focus on the real reason you are celebrating. Cherish writing your vows, enjoy picking out music, and appreciate every family member and friend that is able to attend.”

Now that they’re no longer planning a destination wedding in Mexico, they plan on looking for a house to buy next and traveling. A puppy and kids may be in the near future as well! Congratulations to Heather and Matt on your beautiful Mexico wedding, I am so excited to share these images!

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Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Wedding Dress: Bridal Garden

Wedding Dress Designer: Enzoani – Harrison

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Garden

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: W Too

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Signs, escort cards, welcome packages, tags: Meraki Graphic Design

Hair & Makeup: The Resort Spa

Videography: Adventure Photos

DJ: Visual Sound

Travel Agent: Travel Associates