September 30, 2022
Last Summer, I photographed Tina and Joe’s Margate Beach Engagement Session and this Fall, I will capture their Renault Winery wedding! Tina and Joe had their engagement photos taken in both Margate Beach and the Point in Longport, they chose to use Margate as the backdrop because that is their home. They love where they live and feel such a sense of peace when they are home.
Tina and Joe have known each other since they were kids. Tina had a summer home in Margate growing up and knew Joe through family. Tina moved to Margate in high school and while her and Joe attended the same school, he was two years older than her and graduated a year after she moved there. Life went on and Tina went to St. Joseph’s University and he went to Rowan University. Going into her junior year of college, she transferred to Rowan and they briefly dated, but life took them separate ways – careers, moves, other relationships, etc. Two years after college, they both ended up back in Margate and single. He started working for her family’s restaurant during the summer and they flirted all summer long! She would make him a double espresso everyday before work. One night, everyone went out after work and while on the dance floor, she screamed over the music, “I have a crush on you! I like you. Why do you think I always make you espresso? Don’t you like me?” And, as they say, the rest is history!
Engaged on 12/24/2020, the proposal from Tina: “The proposal started off a little rocky. To get the whole story we have to start the day before, December 23rd. I was hosting the traditional Christmas Eve Seven Fish dinner (for the first time!) for our family – a big Italian family! My parents were short workers at their restaurant on December 23rd. I asked Joe to go into work and he said no, he had other plans – he had to pick something up in Philly for his boss. Well now I’m in panic mode because I have nothing done and left Joe with a list of things to do. I called Joe while at work to ask if he followed the list. He told me he did not because he was putting up the fire place mantel. Well, Joe and I don’t really fight, we get in little everyday arguments but this night….We got into a fight! I was stressed about hosting our first Christmas Eve dinner and he’s hanging up a mantle! Fast forward to Christmas Eve, and the dinner turned out perfect. Joe ended the night by proposing to me by the fireplace (with the mantle) and the Christmas tree surrounded by our family! It was perfect. He explained that he had to pick up the ring in Philly and that he wanted the fireplace to look perfect for the proposal with the mantel on! We both laughed about the fight and I apologized for my choice of words I used the night before!”
Tina and Joe are planning a classic and romantic wedding in the Champagne Ballroom at Renault Winery, when they are not wedding planning they like to cook together! Tina loves cooking and likes sharing that with Joe. They also love to go for walks together as they like the quality time on those walks so they can just be together and talk. Once married, their dreams include traveling and they’d like to continue to do renovations on their home. Shortly after, they want to start their family, Tina says Joe will be the best Dad.
Any advice for future couple’s planning?
Do what you want and don’t second guess your decisions!
And finally, what are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?
Tina is looking forward to the church doors opening and seeing Joe for the first time and Joe can’t wait to see Tina in her wedding dress. They both can’t wait to dance and party with all of their friends and family!
Every part of our journey through life is sacred and passes by way too quickly. Susan elegantly captures the story of your legacy from the beginning with marriage and throughout motherhood with each special season it brings.
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