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Engagement Session: Angelli & Chris| Longwood Gardens

Back in October of 2015, I had a couple session with Angelli and her then boyfriend, Chris. The moment I met them both, I adored them. They are so loving and funny with one another, you can't help but feel warm and amazing when you are around them.

In October of 2016 I was contacted by one of my favorite couples; for their wedding and engagement session. Once Angelli said "yes!", she contacted me immediately to schedule their engagement shoot AND to book their wedding date.

On January 28th, 2017, the location of Angelli and Chris' engagement shoot was at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I have never been to anything so beautiful before and Angelli and Chris adore this place. It consists of 1,077 acres of the most beautiful and rare flowers, trees and exotic plants; the design of the outdoor quarters were Versailles inspired. If you need an amazing day trip experience, Longwood Gardens is where you want to go. I can only imagine how breathtaking it is during the warmer months!

Angelli and Chris are more than just clients to me, they are my friends. When we first met back in 2015. we instantly clicked and when you look at their sessions, you can see why. They are just light hearted, charismatic, beautiful people.

It was a cold day. And not like a "Oh, it's just a little chilly"...it was going through your bones, kind of cold and they were amazing sports. We walked around for hours because I couldn't get enough of photos. Everywhere I turned there was water to photograph in front of, unique trees and even a tree house! I was beyond giddy. I had brought my assistant, Michele, along for an extra pair of hands and she wound up being the comedic relief. Any picture you see from that day, of Angelli and Chris laughing, it was because of Michele. All 4 of us definitely had a great day together.

I cannot wait for their wedding, come October. I am going to turn into a puddle of tears because I am such a mush-- Angelli is going to make one gorgeous bride and Chris, a dashing groom. I am so honored to not only be their photographer for their memories, but also to call them my friends.

{links below for venue + vendor info}

Make Up: Perfect Bridals By Christina www.perfectbridalsbychristina.com

Location: Longwood Gardens www.longwoodgardens.org

Assistant: The Michele Collective www.themichelecollective.com

Anniversary Session: Alexandra & Andrew| Cape May. New Jersey

January 2016, I photographed Alexandra and Andrew's wedding and it was absolutely beautiful. A perfect winter wedding filled with amazing people, smiles and obviously love. {Click here to see Alexandra & Andrew's wedding day.} Shortly after the nuptials, Andrew had to travel back to Hawaii where he was stationed since he was in the Navy. They spent almost a year apart; when the wait was over, the two of them spent a few days in Cape May and stayed at a B&B called Angel by the Sea.

As I was driving to meet them, we were experiencing rainy, dreary weather and I was praying to the rain Gods for it to stop. They didn't listen, BUT Alex and Andrew didn't reschedule and we wound up having a great day! Once I saw the wrap around porch of the Bed and Breakfast, I knew we would be getting amazing photographs. We all worried a little less!

By the end of the session, the rain stopped and we grabbed lunch downtown and took more photos. Downtown was completely deserted and we had a blast! It was great to do an anniversary shoot, I love catching up with my newlyweds and capturing a year later. I hope I get the chance to photograph them for every anniversary

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Bed & Breakfast: Angel of the Sea

Drexelbrook Wedding Photographer | Drexel Hill, PA

Fun fact: I didn't officially meet Sarah and Matt until their big day. But that didn't mean they didn't treat me like I was family. And that made me feel truly connected to them. They were incredibly easy to get along with and their friendliness and warmth, made their day go by so fast for us! 

Their chemistry was beyond! They meshed so perfectly well together and you could see that throughout their day. The weather was a bit chilly, BUT SO WORTH IT. It was just such a sweet day.

The foliage at St. Joseph's University was stunning with bright reds, greens, and oranges. We did photos at St. Joseph's because that's where they met, so it had understandable meaning to them. I thought that was so special and sweet that the location they chose for portraits had such significance to them.

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After photos, we headed over to Drexelbrook for a few quick night time shots outside! It was such a gorgeous venue and I was so happy to get a few really amazing evening photographs. Especially the one of Matt spinning her in the gazebo!

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Afterwards, an amazing celebration took place. Every single person was having the best time. Dancing, laughing, joking around, kissing, hugging. There was such warmth and love swirling throughout everyone, it was easy to catch the same feeling.

"We absolutely loved the pictures, but what we loved even more was how comfortable you made us feel! It was a completely painless process and for that we can't thank you enough!" - Sarah Taylor

Here's to forever, Sarah and Matt-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue and vendor info}

DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment / www.silversound.com

Venue: Drexelbrook Catering: www.drexelbrookcatering.com

Bride's Dress: David's Bridal Collection / www.davidsbridal.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom / www.nordstrom.com

Bride's Shoes: BCBG / www.bcbg.com

Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse / www.menswearhouse.com

Cake: Sophisticakes / www.sophisticakespa.com

Florals: Amaranth Florist / www.amaranthflorist.com

Hair: Chelsea at Velour Salon / www.veloursalon.com

Aqua Blu Wedding Photographer | Toms River, NJ

This wedding was so incredibly special to me. Mark and I used to be the best of friends, so to be contacted by him and his then fiance, Christa, to photograph their wedding was a true honor!

Christa and Mark are a low-key, laid back couple; and their wedding reflected just that. They were married in a quaint little chapel at Allaire Village. I never photographed a wedding there and I adored the simplicity and romanticism that was held in that space. Christa and Mark were so in love, so content, so happy. Capturing their vows, their smiles and the way they looked at one another was such a wonderful feeling.

After the ceremony, we walked around the grounds of Allaire Village and took amazing shots of Christa, Mark and their bridal party. All of them are so close and silly with one another, they're a family.

New Jersey is such an unbelievably beautiful state, in the Fall. To be in Allaire Village during the Fall is even better! The colors of the foliage, the crisp feel of the Autumn air; all added to the already gorgeous environment that was their wedding and marriage.

Christa and Mark's reception was held at Aqua Blu in Toms River, New Jersey. When they first started searching for reception locations, their intimate party of 60 people made it a little difficult for them to secure a spot. When they arrived at Aqua Blu, they were more than accommodating. Their reception was set up so nicely and had such a warm, intimate feeling to it. They had live music by, Sweet Harmony. It was great to have live music and they were fantastic!

I'm all about sweet little personal touches in a wedding. Mark, is a volunteer firefighter and as he and Christa departed from their reception, they left on a fire truck. It was such a perfect ending to a perfect day. And they had Thomas the Tank Engine on top of their wedding cake. I couldn't handle the amount of adorable that was going on with their wedding.

Here's to forever Christa and Mark-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue and vendor info}

 

Music: Sweet Harmony / http://www.sweetharmonymusic.com

Ceremony: Allaire Village / https://allairevillage.org

Reception: Aqua Blu / http://www.aquablurestaurant.com

Christa's Dress: Oleg Cassini / http://www.olegcassini.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal / www.davidsbridal.com

Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse / www.menswearhouse.com

Cake & Cupcakes: Mandoli's Bakery / www.mandolisnj.com

Hair: Lauren at Appearance Workshop / www.appearanceworkshop.com

Engagement Session: Ashley & Bryan

This couple, right here; Ashley and Bryan-were too sweet for words. Bryan is in the Coast Guard and he had to go back to Virginia for a couple of weeks the very day of the engagement session, so Ashley found me and we put together a last minute shoot, that was the absolute cutest.

The session took place at the Manasquan inlet which is THE place to have amazing sessions, if you're a lover of the Jersey Shore. When I was driving to the location, I was wondering if Bryan would be wearing his uniform, and he was! I was so excited.

During the shoot, Bryan had contacted his fellow Coast Guard buddies to see if they could bring the Coast Guard boat around so we can get it in a few photographs, and they did! It was amazing to see his friends come together and support this session. It gave me butterflies and the boat looked amazing in the background.

Ashley and Bryan had a sweet sense of humor. They were always giggling and making jokes and kissing one another. It really made them relaxed during the shoot, because it can feel awkward for a photographer to tell you to be natural and you wind up questioning how natural you look. Haha.

Ashley and Bryan are definitely a beautifully happy couple. They have so much adoration for one another and you can see it when they look at one another. There is a simple happiness, a friendship, an organic love.

Here's to forever, Ashley & Bryan-

Meghan Leigh

Branches Wedding Photographer | Long Branch, NJ

Back in June, I photographed Katie and Jose for their engagement session, in Red Bank-I knew when I was photographing their engagement, that these two were meant for one another.

It was really cute when Katie told me Jose was going to be shy during the photography, but I thought he was a natural! Another element that was natural, was their connection. Their love and how close they are to one another was totally organic...and fun!

Besides the fact that Katie and Jose are probably the nicest people you will ever meet, both of their families and friends are equally just as wonderful! I really appreciate when a family, you're photographing, embraces you with open arms. You no longer feel like the odd man out in this celebration, but apart of it. It's such an awesome feeling.

The Pumpkins...OH MY GOD!

The Pumpkins...OH MY GOD!

One things I definitely won't forget about Katie and Jose's wedding, was the hysterical wedding toast that was given by their maid of honor, Katie's sister. She used props, she had us all in stiches-I was actually crying because I was laughing so hard. I really appreciated the effort that everyone made for Katie and Jose's special day.

Here's to forever, Katie & Jose-

Meghan Leigh

{links before for venue & vendor info}

Venue: Branches http://www.branchescatering.com/

Flowers: Keller Flower Studio https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/keller-flower-studio-shrewsbury-nj-218511

Hair: Jessica Stanislawski at Modern Tekniques http://www.moderntekniques.com/

Make Up: Catherine Schork Makeup Artist https://www.facebook.com/Catherine-Schork-Makeup-Artist-610341575661128/

Dress: Davids Bridal www.davidsbridal.com

Signage: JPhannypackdesigns http://jphannypackdesigns.wixsite.com/jessicaphan

DJ: Elite Entertainment http://eliteentertainment.com/

 

 

Lobster Shanty Wedding Photographer | Point Pleasant, NJ

I have to say, Jessyca and Tom were one of the funnest couples I've shot in awhile! The weekend of the 30th not only brought eternal love for Jessyca and Tom, but also...a tropical storm. Something a lot of photographers dread and panic over, but with Jessyca and Tom; it bothered them not one bit. No gust of wind, lightening striking or torrential rain was going to stop this couple from having the time of their life!

I absolutely loved Jessyca and Tom's bridal party. High energy, hysterical and ready for anything. You could tell they were surrounded by amazing people and the amazingness would only grow by these two families uniting.

Jessyca and Tom were married in a beautiful church, Saint Peter's in Point Pleasant Beach and their reception was held at The Lobster Shanty-which is a lovely location to photograph. The church was breathtaking and the ceremony was beautifully presented. 

When it was time to celebrate, not one person held back. Once the party started, it felt like it was never going to end...and I LOVED it. Jessyca, Tom, their friend and families definitely know how to have a good time. Some people dance at weddings, but they all took it to a whole other level! Definitely one for the books.

Jessyca and Tom are a timeless couple. A couple who are connected by not only love, but fun and energy. You can tell that they're best friends, not just husband and wife. I had one of the best times photographing their wedding. I will definitely not ever forget these two!

Here's to forever, Jessyca & Tom-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for venue & vendor info)

Venue: Lobster Shanty http://www.pointpleasantlobstershanty.com/

Dress: Davids Bridal www.davidsbridal.com

Cake: Mueller's Bakery www.muellersbakery.com/

Make Up: Make Me Up Evawww.makemeupeva.com/

Flowers: Tye the Knot with Flowers https://www.tyetheknotwithflowers.com/