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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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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

   

   

  

 

 

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

 

  

 

 

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

 

Kaitlyn & Tom’s Hoboken Engagement Session

Last Fall, I photographed Kaitlyn and Tom’s Hoboken engagement session. We had a gorgeous Fall day last November for their engagement session and we were lucky enough to capture a little Fall color before winter officially arrived.

We picked this urban location because Kaitlyn had always wanted a city wedding, but chose a rustic Manor in Central New Jersey for their day. This was the perfect compromise to get a great variety in images!

Before finishing our shoot, we walked to a few fun spots in Hoboken, I loved the colorful mural we found as well as the cobblestone streets. Hoboken has so much variety in a small area!

Before we ended our shoot, we got some beautiful golden hour shots with the New York City skyline in the background. Hoboken has one of the best views of New York City for an engagement session!

These two are tying the knot on October 20th of this year at the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey, I cannot wait! Check back late this year for a full recap <3

xoxo

 

   

 

 

 

James & Kat’s Longwood Gardens Engagement Session

James & Kat’s Longwood Gardens Engagement Session was one for the books. I had SO much fun walking around Longwood Gardens with these two on a brisk Fall day last November getting to know them and laughing, plus they were just the sweetest couple!

Longwood Gardens is the perfect spot for an engagement session, their greenhouse is always changing and this year we had gorgeous colorful lanterns in many sections of the greenhouse.

These two seemed to have known one another forever before they finally began dating a few years ago, they even found out after a few months of dating that James attended Kat’s 5th birthday party from her family’s home video! And after seeing each other again post college, they began a romance after meeting again at a New Years Eve party.

Kat an oncology nurse and James an engineer were engaged nearly a year ago in Washington DC, where they both now reside at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

I am photographing James and Kat’s Cape May wedding this Summer and cannot wait! Scroll through to view more of my favorites from their Longwood Gardens engagement session.