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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!

Moorestown Engagement Session

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!

Moorestown Engagement Photographer

Moorestown Photographer

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!

Skyview Golf Club Wedding

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!

Skyview Golf Club Wedding

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.”

Skyview Golf Club Wedding

 

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

Heather & Matt’s Mexico Trash the Dress Session!

Last month, I photographed Heather and Matt’s beautiful destination wedding at the absolutely stunning Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and I am so excited to share their Mexico trash the dress session! We met on the eve of their wedding to get in the water and have some fun shooting in the ocean!

I first met Heather at her sister, Brittany’s Blue Heron Pines wedding in October of 2015 and noticed how adorable her sister and new fiancé were on the dance floor, fast forward to 6 months later and these two were meeting me at Sayen Gardens for their engagement session telling me all about how they were planning a destination wedding in Mexico and wanted me to photograph it!

Matt and Heather first met in May of 2014 online. Matt was skeptical about online dating but Heather was a little more open to the process. Matt was interested in Heather’s profile; she appeared to be family oriented, fun, and her love for the Philadelphia sports teams wasn’t a deal breaker. Heather, on the other hand, was more torn about Matt being a New York football fan but it seemed to be a compromise that he was a Jet fan and not a Giant fan! Matthew’s emails to Heather were witty and down to earth so she was very intrigued by Matt and wanted to meet up. They both can agree that ever since they first met, everything has been perfect, even though that first date had the potential to be a disaster. Through the late arrivals (by an hour Matthew!), to a few wrong turns, an overlooked dinner reservation, intolerable spicy food, encounters with the police, and an accidental cell phone leave behind, there was still magic May 2, 2014. There was never a doubt in either of their minds that they were supposed to be together from that point on.

Check back later this week for more of this couple’s story and a full recap from their wedding day but in the meantime enjoy this gorgeous trash the dress session from Mexico!

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Baby Jack’s New Jersey Newborn Photography Session

Last month, I photographed Jack’s New Jersey newborn session in my studio in Moorestown. I have been capturing the Byrnes family milestones for a few years – between Lauren’s maternity shoot for her first pregnancy with Ethan, Ethan’s first birthday and now sweet baby Jack’s newborn session at only 8 days old!

Lauren is actually one of my oldest friends from middle school and I am so thankful we have reconnected and now both now live in the Philadelphia area, I have been able to have many weekday lunches with her and have watched little Ethan grow into the sweetest and most caring little boy, I cannot wait to watch Jack grow into a perfect little boy as well!

This sweet family is perfectly adapting into becoming a family of four even though little Ethan might still be a little apprehensive of his perfect baby brother, Jack!

Thank you Lauren, James, Ethan and Jack for visiting me in my studio! I cannot wait to continue capturing all your beautiful family milestones <3

Scroll through to view more of my favorites from this sweet newborn photography session!

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Angela & Marc’s Normandy Farm Wedding

Last April, I photographed Angela and Marc’s Normandy Farms wedding in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Angela and Marc had a rustic affair with hints of wood, wine and whiskey. These two had a beautiful Summer-like Spring Day and we were even lucky enough to capture some cherry blossom trees before they were gone for the season!

I started the day in one of the hotel rooms with Angela and her mother and bridesmaids. Some of my favorite moments during this time was capturing Angela’s pretty details (I loved Marc’s wood wedding band!), the bridesmaids reaction to seeing Angela fully dressed in her gorgeous Oleg Cassini wedding dress and when an emotional Angela read her card from Marc. And the tears didn’t stop when we did a first look with her Dad!

Once time for the first look, both Angela and Marc were emotional again and I loved capturing it! We did the first look underneath the cherry blossom trees and walked all over Normandy Farms finding the best spots to shoot them. I loved the way Marc looked at his beautiful bride.

Their ceremony was perfect and also Angela and Marc’s favorite part of their Normandy Farms wedding day. It was highly personalized by their sweet officiant, Rev. Kent, our couple had a sand unity ceremony and pout notes in a wine box that they plan on reading to each other on their one year anniversary. And at the end of the ceremony, right before they officially kissed, a bee flew into Angela’s veil and her Maid of Honor and officiant worked together to get it out!

One of my favorite reception details were their favors! Angela and Marc chose little bottles of Jack Daniels with one of their engagement photos on the label, I have never seen my photographs on a liquor bottle before and I thought it was so cute! Another detail I loved is that Angela, a school teacher had her students provide marriage advice that they had at their ceremony, her students said such adorable things like “don’t be mean to each other”, it was such a cute way to involve her students!

Their reception was so fun! I loved the rustic back drop that Normandy Farms Silos Ballroom served for their day. One of my favorite moments was when each Angela and Marc danced with their grandparents after their parent dances. There was not a dry eye in the ballroom for that moment!

Any advice for future couple’s planning?

From Angela: “Enjoy the planning process. It may feel hectic, but don’t sweat the small stuff and keep in mind what the day is truly about. Also, for us, we are so happy we spent a little more on the photography and reverend. They are crucial parts of the day and provide memories we will have forever.”

Angela and Marc honeymooned in Cape May, New Jersey, their dreams for the future include starting a family, advancing in their careers, and traveling.

Thank you for choosing me to photograph your gorgeous and rustic Normandy Farms wedding! xoxox

 

  

    

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Contributing Vendors:
Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Josh Dehonney

Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini by David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Reception: Normandy Farms, Silos Ballroom Blue Bell, PA

Hair & Makeup: Brittany Spaulding and Jason Osborne

Florist: Flowers by Marie

DJ: Sound Sensations DJ

Officiant: Ceremony Heaven – Reverend Kent Foster

 

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