Avalon Engagement Photography | Danielle & Michael

Avalon Engagement Photography | Danielle & Michael

We first met Danielle at a bridal open house down the shore earlier this year. We absolutely loved chatting with her (and her mom, sister and future mother in law) and getting to know her, so we were beyond excited when she chose us to be such an important part of her wedding day!  When we started planning her and Michael’s engagement session, there was no doubt that they’d have an Avalon Engagement Photography Session!  They love it there, and visit Michael’s parents house as often as they can!

As the day approached, there was a fear of one of the crazy pop-up storms that we’ve been having all summer… BUT we lucked out!  While it may have been a bit stormy looking when we were on the beach, the sun popped out for about 10 minutes while we were shooting on the bay!  So, we definitely took advantage of it!  Ryan and I were also excited to get to meet and play with their new puppy Ralphy! He was so cute with his little floppy ears and all the love!  Can’t wait for their wedding next fall in Avalon! <3

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Longwood Gardens Engagement Photography | Renee & Ted

Longwood Gardens Engagement Photography | Renee & Ted

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible!” – When Harry Met Sally

The wedding industry is so amazing to be a part of!  You meet some of the sweetest people along the way.  Renee is definitely one of those people! The funny part is that Renee and I probably crossed paths a lot growing up, but never even knew it!  We grew up only 5 minutes from one another, and went to all of the same schools – she was just a few years ahead of me. I have been following her work as an Event Planner, with Events by Renee, since I became a wedding photographer.  A few years ago she launched another division – Party Host Helpers and she is now all over the country!  To say she is a rockstar would be an understatement!  This woman can do it all!

Earlier this year, Renee and Ted were vacationing in Antigua with some friends of theirs. Secretly, I was hoping he would pop the question on their trip! On January 13, 2019 (exactly 11 years after Ryan proposed to me!) Ted got down on one knee by the oceanside and asked Renee to be his wife! I feel like there was a collective YAY!! across the entire wedding industry!!  We are all so happy for our girl!  I was already excited to see her wedding photos and she hadn’t even chosen any vendors yet!

So, when Renee contacted us to capture the day that her and Ted say their I do’s, I could not have been more honored to say YES! (and of course a bit nervous because I want her day to be captured so perfectly!)  December can’t come quick enough!

We met up with Renee and Ted last week for their Longwood Gardens Engagement Photography.  Everywhere you look, there is beauty and colors and flowers and waterfalls!  We just wandered around and captured their love as we strolled along.  They were so easy to capture!  The love and laughter between them was so sweet!

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Sassafras River Maryland Engagement Photography | Amanda & Marc

Sassafras River Maryland Engagement Photography | Amanda & Marc

From the moment that Amanda and Marc contacted us, I just had a feeling that we would get along! Over the past 10 months, I’ve loved getting to know them through email, but was so excited to finally meet them in person!  When we met up for their Sassafras River Engagement Photography, we clicked (no pun intended) immediately and had the BEST time together!  The love could be felt and the laughter, contagious! They made us love our job just that much more, and we are so thankful for that!  We can’t wait for their wedding at One Atlantic in less than 3 months!!

The Story of Amanda and Marc

Over a decade ago, Amanda met Marc at a party being thrown by her cousins friend.  Should have Amanda been at this party?  Probably not, since she was grounded!  However, for some reason, her parents allowed her to go, since she was going with her cousin.  Had they of said no, I may not be writing this blog post right now!  That evening, these two met, fell in love, and the rest, they say, is history!

The Proposal – July 3rd, 2016

It was just like any other typical Fourth of July weekend getaway, or so Amanda thought!  After finding coverage for work, Marc and Amanda met up with her sorority sisters and headed down to her parent’s vacation home along the Sassafras River. The first few days consisted of typical holiday festivities – boating eating, jet skiing, drinking. On Saturday, July 2nd, while splashing around on huge inflatable floats, Amanda said to Marc “This would be the perfect weekend for you to propose to me!” This was nothing out of the ordinary for Amanda to say. But before Marc could say anything, her mom jumped in and said to stop pressuring him or it will never happen!  Amanda laughed it off and floated away with her sorority sisters. Little did she know everyone started panicking that she knew what was going to happen the next day!

On July 3rd, Amanda’s parents informed her that her Aunt wanted them all to come over to her private beach that night to watch the sunset.  Again, this was nothing out of the ordinary, because watching the sunset on her beach was a routine activity in her community!  After a few instances that left them rushing to get to her aunts house before sunset, they were finally there!  Marc kept saying “I don’t know if we’re going to get to see a sunset tonight because of how cloudy it is.” Amanda said “Who cares, we are here with everyone, have a beer and have fun!”  She could not figure out what was causing him to be uptight and aggravated about the sunset.

After a little while of standing and mingling, Marc asked her to come down onto the beach to take a photo with him. So, each one of her family and friends stood in a line as her and Marc struck a pose for a photo.  Little did she know, each of their phones were about to record a moment that would change their lives forever.  Marc turned to face Amanda and said “While I have you here…” and got down on one knee.  Marc told her she was his everything, and without hesitation, Amanda said “Put it on!” haha!  Amanda’s aunt was able to capture this picture perfect moment with the pinks and oranges of a beautiful sunset behind them!

Sassafras River Engagement Photography

When choosing a location for their engagement photos, Amanda knew she wanted to go back to where it all went down – her Aunt’s private beach!  We may have had to reschedule due to the crazy rain storms we’ve been having, but we lucked out with the most amazing night!  With the sun setting over the Sassafras River, we explored the area that changed their lives so much and captured these two perfectly! I hope you enjoy the sneak peek!

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Romantic Monmouth University Engagement Photography | Genevieve & Brian

Romantic Monmouth University Engagement Photography | Genevieve & Brian

From our first meeting over some coffee and tea at Starbucks, we knew that Genevieve and Brian would be one of our favorite couples! We felt like we could just sit around and chat for hours with our new friends!  We loved hearing their love story, which ultimately helped make the decision of where their engagement photos should be!  Genevieve and Brian decided that a Monmouth University Engagement would be perfect! I just about died, because, have you seen that campus?! Gorgeous!! I was so excited to capture their love in a place that meant so much to them both!

The Story of Genevieve & Brian

Gen and Brian met one another at a fraternity party at Monmouth University. Since she was going to school for business and him for criminal justice, they hadn’t really crossed paths until then! They talked that night, and well, as they say, the rest is history!  Their love only grew from there!  This past fall, Brian and Gen visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and along WaterWorks behind the museum, Brian asked Gen to be his wife!  How romantic!!  We can’t wait to capture when these two say I DO at One Atlantic next year!! <3

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I mean, come on… how gorgeous is this area?! It’s like glorious ancient Italian architecture right in the middle of a college campus!!!

 

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Fun Frankford Hall Engagement Photography | Gabrielle & Marc

Fun Frankford Hall Engagement Photography | Gabrielle & Marc

From the moment we met Gabrielle & Marc at Starbucks, we felt like we were hanging out with old friends.  So, of course we were thrilled when they decided that they wanted us to capture their wedding! These two are so much fun, so comfortable together, and just so in love!!  When we were talking about their engagement session, so many ideas were thrown around… from the Flyers stadium, to Xfinity Live, to Disney, etc. and we finally decided on Frankford Hall Engagement Photography!  I’m so glad that we did!  We were able to get in before it opened to the public, and just had the best time getting to know these two even more!!  We can’t wait to capture their wedding at One Atlantic next year!! <3

The Story of Gabrielle & Marc

Gabrielle and Marc have known one another since second grade, and lived about 30 seconds form one another their entire lives! Growing up, they may have seen one another around, but never really spoke.  Fast forward to their early 20’s, they reconnected through friends while out one night, and their love story officially began!  They absolutely love Disney – they had their very first vacation together there!  They went back to Disney in December of 2017 to celebrate Gabrielle’s Dad’s 50th birthday!  Marc knew that this would be the perfect time to propose!  Since Gabrielle’s dad knew it was going to happen, he made sure that one of the Disney photographers would be able to capture the moment, in a private area in front of the castle!  It was absolutely magical!

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Hill Creek Farms – Farm to Table Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Inspiration

Hill Creek Farms – Farm to Table Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Inspiration

Hill Creek Farms and Rastelli Market Fresh create the freshest collaboration on the block! Being able to enjoy amazing, farm fresh food in a beautiful outdoor setting with your closest friends and family, sounds like the most perfect evening to us!

A Farm-to-Table Inspired Rehearsal Dinner

Hill Creek Farms teamed up with A Garden Party florist to design a beautiful Farm-to-Table inspired rehearsal dinner! A Garden Party helped to showcase the beautiful outdoor space among the orchards! Most of the florals were grown right in South Jersey at Woodland Flower Farm, The Other Acre Farm and from A Garden Party’s own garden!!  We were beyond honored to capture all of the details of how an actual rehearsal dinner could take place!! Newly engaged Kayla & Brandon offered to be our couple for this inspiration shoot, which we are so thankful for!  They were so in love, and the perfect couple to showcase such a beautiful area! Plus, we can’t wait to capture their wedding next year at The Reeds at Shelter Haven!
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From Hill Creek Farms Website:

“Hill Creek Farms is glad to announce it has partnered with Rastelli Market Fresh to bring our guests the best of two worlds. The Sorbello family, a fourth-generation grower of apples, peaches, and vegetables, has combined forces with the Rastelli family, a fourth-generation local food-service and culinary giant. This home-grown dynamic duo now offers you South Jersey’s most exciting experience in prepared foods, ready-to-eat meals, and world-class farm-to-table dining.
“For the freshest fine dining experience around, reserve your place at one of our renowned farm to table dinners. Our one-of-a-kind dinners utilize the freshest ingredients available, with no additives or preservatives in sight. As a farm to table dinner guest, you will be treated to a night of culinary excellence from the award-winning team led by Rastelli Market Fresh with their team of Chefs led by Chef Joe Muldoon as they serve you locally sourced salads, entrees, and desserts. Apples are the prime focus of everything we do here at Hill Creek Farms, so expect to see creative and flavorful dishes straight from our very own apple harvest, alongside elegant pairings of local meats and cheeses.”