[Engagement] Melissa & Kyle – Lake Minnewaska in the Catskill Mountains

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When Melissa & Kyle first suggested Lake Minnewaska for their engagement session, I was over the moon. Unbeknownst to many, I do maintain a secret bucket list of places where I really (really) want to photograph my couples (I suppose the cat’s now out of the bag). So somewhere between my cartwheels and the two hour drive it would take for me to get there, I was a giddy little fan-boy who was about to go on an epic adventure with my couple.

I’ll spare you the sordid details of my disastrous (almost 4 hour) journey to the Catskills that afternoon, so we’ll just focus on the positives for the purposes of this post :). Because I ended up (super) late, we started their Catskills engagement session right at Golden Hour (we couldn’t have timed it more perfectly). The light was amazing, and Melissa & Kyle were in great spirits and willing participants with all my zany ideas – all the key ingredients to one of the most fun and epic engagement sessions the Catskills has ever seen :).

[Engagement] Trish & Pat – Chatham, NJ

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This engagement session was originally supposed to take place in Chicago, where Trish & Pat currently hang their proverbial hats. But as we all know, COVID had other plans, which resulted in Trish & Pat taking a road trip adventure back to their hometown of Chatham, NJ to photograph their engagement session. We started their session in town, with a few beers and wine (which I concur is the best possible way to start any session), and visited some of the spots around town that were especially sentimental to them. We’re so thrilled to have captured a glimpse of their history in this special place, and we absolutely can’t wait to see these two love birds again next year!

[Wedding] Evelyn & Justin – The Legacy Castle in Pequannock, NJ

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“Figure it out.  Get it done.”

If there’s one lesson I learned throughout my childhood, it’s that our successes in life are only limited by our unwillingness to be fearless, our fear of the unknown, or our occasional feelings of defeat and despair. These roadblocks are all mental, of course. It doesn’t have to be this way, and our mindsets are what separates the folks who get things done, and those who don’t.

Needless to say, Evelyn & Justin get things done.

Otherwise, Justin wouldn’t have mustered up the courage to approach Evelyn on that one fateful day to chat her up on her doorstep all those years ago. Otherwise Evelyn & Justin wouldn’t have attempted to host a gorgeous tent wedding at the Legacy Castle, even when their original wedding plans were sidetracked by one of the most relentless pandemics the world has ever seen in the past 100 years. But against all odds, they did it, and they did it masterfully.

Evelyn & Justin officially became husband and wife at the Hawthorne Gospel Church on this beautiful summer day before celebrating with their closest family & friends at the Legacy Castle. We couldn’t be more happier for these two, and we wish them a million years of happiness :).

Venue & Catering: The Legacy Castle // Ceremony/Officiant: Hawthorne Gospel Church, Pas. Carland Wright // Hair: Brush and Blush LI // Make-up: Rachel Mathew // Dress: Maggie Sottero at Lotus Bridal // Shoes: Harriet Wilde Shoes // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Jewelry: Kay’s Jewelers // Floral/Décor: Dahlia Floral Event and Design // Entertainment: 180 Entertainment // Stationery: BasicInvite.com, OnlyBelieveCo // Favors: OnlyBelieveCo // Cinematography: Intrigue Wedding Films // Planner/Coordinator: Events by Iris Inc.

[Family] Norsworthy Family – Pasadena, MD

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If there’s anything that I’ve learned in this past month of shooting past clients and old friends alike, it’s realizing how quickly time can sometimes slip between our fingers. What’s even more amazing is the fact that I’ve continued to stay in touch with many of these awesome people after knowing them 10, 15, and even 20 years. For Lindsay & Justin, I feel like it was just yesterday when I photographed their wedding. In fact, it feels like yesterday when were passing each other in the hallways of our high school. Lindsay and Justin now have two adorable girls of their own and I’m just so incredibly happy for them.

And over 24 years of friendship is certainly cause for celebration, amiright?

[Engagement] Devi & Nick – Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA

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As our country began it’s painfully slow road to recovery from this pandemic, most of us have been eager to emerge from our shelters for fresh air, human interaction, and any semblance of normalcy in our lives. Although this fight is far from over, we in the Northeastern US have made incredible progress. With this progress comes a lifting of restrictions, a little bit more freedom of movement, and (sorta kinda) back to our regularly scheduled programming. So once we got the green light from the State of NJ and health officials, we opened our calendars and *BOOM*: our wonderful clients filled all our dates, just like that.

I imagine some of them were just looking for an excuse to get out of the house :).

So how does one plan an engagement session amidst an ongoing pandemic, aside from the standard protocols of social-distancing and mask-wearing? You avoid all the other germy, mouth-breathing humans, that’s how :). So when we photographed Devi & Nick’s engagement session at Longwood Gardens, that’s precisely what we did, masked up and all. Thankfully, Longwood Gardens offers plenty of space to spread out, with some relatively cool, shaded areas to boot. After almost 5 months of lock-down, I’ll pretty much take anything at this point. But with all the gorgeousness at Longwood Gardens at our disposal on this very beautiful summer day, we absolutely got back way more than we could’ve ever imagined!

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