February 14, 2022
Early last Summer, I photographed Carley and Alex’s Corson’s Inlet Engagement Session in Ocean City, NJ! We chose Corson’s Inlet for the backdrop to their session as they loved how private Corson’s Inlet is compared to the rest of Ocean City. My happy couple also enjoy going to the beach and growing up, they both vacationed in Ocean City so they felt it would be a calm and peaceful setting for their engagement session and that it was!
Carley and Alex met while working for the same company where they were both part of the purchasing department. Alex started a couple months after her and they began their relationship with saying simple hello’s to one another every time they saw each other, this eventually led into exchanging phone numbers in the hallway months later. Their first date was at Yard House in 2016 before going out in the city for Carley’s best friend’s birthday.
Carley knew Alex was the one very early on in their relationship, within the first couple months she could envision herself marrying him. Their relationship is so natural and fun and it still is! He fits right in with her family and she fits in well with his. Alex says there wasn’t just one moment but after a few months of dating, he knew she was the one!
Engaged on 10/17/2020, the proposal from Carley: “In October 2020, we had a weekend planned in the Poconos with Alex’s family for his Aunt’s 60th birthday. The girls planned a birthday brunch for Alex’s aunt where we enjoyed breakfast and mimosas while the boys went to check out a few stores in the area (what they were really doing was scoping out a good place for Alex to propose). Saturday morning arrived and everyone woke up early because we had planned to go on a nice hike as the scenery was beautiful with the foliage. As we were getting ready, I remember I was folding some clothes and laid them on top of Alex’s duffle bag (little did I know the ring was sitting right in that bag). Alex also was wearing his nice pair of jeans so I proceed to say “why are you wearing those nice jeans on a hike??” Still in that moment I had no idea what was coming. We all hop in the car and Alex’s sisters see this scenic outlook that they wanted to stop at to take some pictures (the backdrop was amazing with the different color trees!) This wasn’t out of the ordinary because his sisters always like to take pictures. There was a pergola overlooking the lake and his sisters proceed to take pictures with their boyfriends and then they say “Carley and Alex, it’s your turn.” So we go up to the pergola on this sunny, blue sky, crisp day and the next thing I know Alex gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him. As I am in shock, shaking and of course saying yes, the one other thing in my mind was “is my family here?” I kept whispering to Alex as everyone is looking at us, “where is my family, where is my family?” Next thing I know, I see my mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend running towards us as they were in hiding which was another major surprise! We all popped champagne, took pictures and celebrated and after all there wasn’t really going to be a hike. Alex’s family and my family came back to our rental house and threw an engagement party for us where we were able to celebrate all day long. It was a day I want to relive over and over again and a day I will never forget!”
Carley and Alex are planning a wedding in the Vineyard Ballroom at Renault Winery next month! Their vision includes neutral tones with lots of greenery within the centerpieces as well as the bouquets. When these two are not planning their rustic and elegant wedding, they love to begin their day with a good cup of coffee! They also enjoy going to the shore with their families in the summertime and traveling to Naples, Florida in the wintertime. They like to watch the Eagles, play golf tournaments and watch different series on Netflix. They also enjoy working out and motivating each other to eat healthy. And when they’re not working out, they love to try new restaurants and hanging out in their backyard listening to country music.
Once married, they hope to continue to travel, there are so many places they want to see! They also envision having children and they hope to purchase a vacation home in Florida one day.
Any advice for future couple’s planning?
Planning is more fun when you keep it stress free! Plan a little at a time and in advance is key.
And finally, what are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?
We both are looking forward to celebrating us and our love especially with all of our friends and family!
Carley had her hair done by Laura Paliotta.
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