I first met these two several years ago at Crystal’s sister’s wedding. We had such a wonderful experience working with these folks; needless to say, we were overjoyed at the opportunity to see these everyone again for Crystal & Mark’s wedding day. Contrary to what you’re seeing in these images, Crystal & Mark are not natural photo-takers. Luckily for us, this farm provided us with enough orchards, cornfields and resident peacocks to keep this couple preoccupied for this wonderfully rustic engagement session in Northern NJ. These two lovebirds get extra points for laughing at all my amazing dad jokes, and getting all their yield in roughly an hour. I’d have to say that’s a career record!
Can I just say how much I loved photographing this couple? I mean…who walks around town with a glass of wine in their hand? These guys do, apparently. “Officer…technically, this isn’t a container…so the open-container law doesn’t apply to us!”. Yeup – that’s how fancy people like us do it :). Because Christina & JR are good friends with these guys, everything pretty much made perfect sense :). Bonus points for bringing their adorable dog along for this fun Jersey Shore engagement session.
Melissa comes from a long line of brides (and bridesmaid, most notably her sister) who’ve bestowed upon us the honor of photographing them. Goes to show, word-of-mouth is still king in this digital age, and that we’re still doing something right :). As you may have heard, Hoboken experienced a bit of a tragedy recently. To add insult to injury, this engagement session also took place while we had some crazy person on the loose as well. But nevertheless, with some light walking and elbow grease, we managed to squeeze out this wonderful Hoboken engagement session with Melissa & Gerard.
Though I’m certainly no expert on the Jersey Shore, I can say definitively that Wildwood has to be one of my favorite beach destinations in NJ. I first learned of this wonderful town several years ago when my wife planned an impromptu family trip as a much-needed break from our busy wedding season. I loved everything; from the well-preserved hotels from generations past, to one of the most awesome man-powered vehicles I’ve ever seen in my life: the surrey. Think Fred Flintstone’s car. Now add four passengers and a whole bunch of pedals, and you’ve got a recipe for a jolly good time. Whether the passengers were drunk with happiness (or spirits or whatever have you), I could always count on seeing smiling faces filled with joy as they pedaled along the boardwalk. Sarah & Mike would be no different, as I hitched a ride with them without hesitation (they didn’t have to ask me twice!).
If there are 3 words I could describe this session, it’s “so. much. joy.” Simply non-stop smiles from my first frame to my last. Hannah & Donovan currently hang their hats nearby in Long Island City, and will be hosting their wedding celebrations just a stone’s throw away at the Metropolitan Building. They first met through an amateur co-ed biking group, where I’m told it was Hannah who made the moves on Donovan (high five!). A passing shower did interrupt our session for a brief moment, allowing us the opportunity to sneak in a few drinks at one of my favorite hotels, the Paper Factory Hotel. To be perfectly honest, I can’t wait to get these two in front of our cameras again on their wedding day!