[Engagement] Kelly & Rob – New Jersey Wine Country

Rob poses along a barn wall during his engagement session with awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Kelly poses along a barn wall during her engagement session in NJ wine country with awesome central New Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

I remember meeting these two lovebirds one rainy evening not long ago. I had arrived early for our meeting at a local bookstore chain, and settled in with my coffee while I watched tiny droplets form on the giant windows next to me. It’s a similar affair for most of my week nights when I’m not shooting, conjuring my plans for world domination of the wedding photography industry, while tucking myself quietly between the maternity and monster truck sections of the magazine racks.

Cat sits by a barn wall during Kelly & Rob's engagement session in NJ Wine Country with awesome New Jersey Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

The cafe was filled with the usual types: studious students, couples on their first dates, retirees looking for a quiet place to read their papers along with other wedding photographers. Wait. Other wedding photographers? Of course, Central New Jersey is filled with them, to the brim actually :). How was Kelly & Rob ever going to find me in this sea of leather bound albums and swipe-y iPad action going on around me?

Kelly and Rob pose in a vast field of tall grass during their engagement session in NJ Wine Country with awesome Central NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

I felt a tap on my shoulder. “Are you Ben? You look kinda wedding-photographer-y” Well, who am I to argue with such an astute observation :).

Kelly and Rob share a kiss in the vineyards during their engagement session in NJ wine country. Captured by awesome Central NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

After a brainstorming session that lasted a couple of weeks, we decided to trek across New Jersey wine country for Kelly & Rob’s engagement session. Wait, NJ has a wine country? You better believe it :). Karis and I are huge wine drinkers (though not so much at the moment – involuntary sympathy sobriety on the account of #2 on the way), so we felt totally at home with the open country. It was a nice change of scenery from the urban jungle of New York City.

Kelly and Rob share a kiss in a NJ winery during their engagement session with awesome Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Kelly lays her head on Rob during their engagement session in NJ wine country with awesome Central NJ Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Kelly and Rob pose for the engagement session in NJ wine country with awesome central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

How cute are these two?

Kelly and Rob pose for their engagement pictures in NJ wine country with awesome Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Kelly and Rob play in a field during their engagement session in NJ wine country with awesome Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

When we tired ourselves in the open fields, we took a spontaneous drive around the country side.

Kelly and Rob pose inside the woods during their engagement session with Central NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Kelly and Rob sit in front of an old garage during their engagement session in Central NJ with awesome New Jersey wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Rob and Kelly jump in the air for their engagement session in Central NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

When couples ask me if they could squeeze in a quick jumping shot for their engagement session, my answer will always be an emphatic “HEEEEYLLZ YEAAAH!” Many thanks to Hopewell Valley Vineyards for their kindness and generosity, and a big “WOO HOO!” to one of our newest couples to take the plunge this year with Ben Lau in attendance. We are so incredibly honored to be capturing Kelly and Rob’s special day. Cheers to many more jumping pictures in your futures :).

(Eat,) Drink and be married! Ben

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