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Tim McLoone's Supper Club Wedding Photographer | Asbury Park, New Jersey

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If you want to talk about stylish, simplistic, romantic weddings-let's talk about Stephanie and Chris' wedding. Absolutely breathtaking. Their day started with themselves and their parties getting ready in two of the most beautiful, modern designed homes in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Asbury Park has amazing homes throughout the town, but the two that Stephanie and Chris had selected were so incredibly dreamy. Definitely a photographer's dream. So much warm, natural light and tied perfectly into getting married in Asbury Park, as well.

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Stephanie's dress was out of this world. It was the perfect cut for her-a low back, semi-mermaid styled dress that laid on her beautifully and gave off this summer, beach wedding energy that was wispy and whimsical. Chris and his groomsmen looked handsome in their tan suits with fresh Adidas that was gifted to all of them, by Chris. I thought that was a nice gesture and definitely added to the already awesome style of the guys.

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Out of all of the beautiful, perfect parts of their wedding-what I loved most was the personable touch of their wedding bands (and engagement ring!). Stephanie's very dear friend, Lauren Priori, owns a private jewelry business in Philadelphia named: L. Priori. Each piece was custom made for both Stephanie and Chris and I adored that added touch. Lauren's jewelry collections are mind blowing and you should have a look whenever you can-classic romanticism at it's finest.

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As Chris and Stephanie said "I do", I will never forget photographing them and taking notice to how perfect the sky was. It was this soft pinkish-purple color and it was exactly the sky you would want on your wedding day-I don't stop snapping photos of the two of them-it all looked so breathtaking.

Stephanie and Chris had their reception at Tim McLoone's Supper Club on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park. It has amazing oceanfront views throughout the place accompanied by a 1940's feel to the decor and general tone-perfect for Stephanie and Chris' wedding reception. Toward the end of the night, they had fireworks and everyone got to watch them together and enjoy them. It was truly a magical day and night for Stephanie, Chris and all of their friends and family.

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Here's to forever, Stephanie and Chris-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor information}

Venue: Tim McLoone's Supper Club - www.timmcloonessupperclub.com

Cake: Chocolate Carousel - www.chocolatecarousel.com

Florist: Flowerful Events - www.flowerfulevents.com

Bride's Dress: Demetrios - www.demetriosbride.com

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal - www.davidsbridal.com

Groom/Groomsmen's Tux: Men's Wearhouse - www.menswearhouse.com

Rings: L. Priori Jewelry - www.lpriorijewelry.com

Hair Stylist: Laurel's Lovelies - https://www.facebook.com/laurelnicolestylings/

Make Up: Melissa Hauck - https://www.facebook.com/hairmuamelissajane/

Downtown Red Bank Engagement Photographer| Red Bank, New Jersey

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Once in awhile, you come across an incredibly special couple. A couple that has so much energy between them, you don't need to be told that they're in love, you just know. That couple, for me, was Kyle and Gabriella.

Gabriella is the best friend of my assistant and I was honored that she chose me to capture her engagement announcement with her fiance, Kyle. They both decided to have their engagement shoot in downtown Red Bank, New Jersey since Kyle was living their while they were dating and they would frequent the amazing restaurants, shops and night life. It was the perfect location to encapsulate this new chapter of their lives together.

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I had so much fun photographing Kyle and Gabriella because they were both so laid back, excited and laughing the entire time. I have so many photos of the two of them laughing at one another, I couldn't possibly share them all. They had such a natural comfort in front of my lens and a natural comfort with each other, as well-which makes the photographing much more simple.

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Kyle and Gabriella's style is also another element I loved so much during our afternoon in Red Bank. They have this classic style that looks like something out of a magazine, a J. Crew catalog-every piece complimenting one another the way Gabriella and Kyle compliment one another. Their style paired with the exposed brick, cobblestone, colorful murals and water enveloping Red Bank, made for a successful engagement shoot!

Here's to forever, Gabriella and Kyle-

Meghan Leigh

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Double Trouble State Park Maternity Photographer| Bayville, NJ

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4 years ago, I had photographer Miranda and Joe's wedding and Miranda was my first ever boudoir shoot! I'm forever indebted to her for allowing me to shoot her for her boudoir since it was my first session and I was incredibly nervous. Now, Miranda and Joe are the proud parents of a beautiful little boy, Luke. But, when Luke was still a bun, we had a maternity shoot at one of my favorite parks. You guessed, Double Trouble State Park!

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I really love these two. They are a very chill and loving couple. They were so excited the day of this shoot (even though it was probably the hottest day of the Summer!)-Miranda looked stunning in her Evergreen flowing maternity dress and Joe was in complete adoration of his wife. I could really see how attentive he was and how much of an amazing father he was going to be.

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Miranda and Joe are such a photogenic couple, as well. They both have piercing eyes and compliment each other beautifully. I'm so happy that I've been a part of their memories and I am elated that Miranda and Joe are proud parents to a very healthy and very adorable little boy. Congratulations, you two! Luke is extremely lucky to have you for his parents.

-Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories - www.sewtrendyaccessories.com

Engagement Session: Kristin & Scott| Red Bank Riverside Park & Pazzo

On January 14th, I photographed an engagement session for a cool couple, named Kristin and Scott. Kristin had mentioned to me that their first date was at this amazing Italian restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey called Pazzo. I contacted Pazzo and asked that if we all had lunch there, would they be willing to let us capture a few moments and the people of Pazzo were all about it!

Kristin and Scott had met while Scott was here on a work visa from Ireland. They hit it off right away and you can see how loving and silly they are with one another. Scott had me cracking up the entire day, once I composed myself--I could focus on their session!

It was great getting to know Kristin and Scott better as we walked through Red Bank, ate some pizza and talked about their wedding day in August. It's going to be an amazing party and I can already tell that Scott will be the life of the party. I loved how Kristin looked at Scott throughout the day, so much love and comfort in her eyes. 

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

Engagement Session: Christina & Johnny| Seaside Heights, New Jersey

I had so much fun shooting Christina and Johnny's engagement. Currently, Christina lives in Ohio so she can work her residency and Johnny lives in New Jersey. We all know long distance relationships can be hard, but for them--they make it work.

It's difficult for them to coordinate schedules, but they both knew that they wanted an engagement shoot. While Christina was in New Jersey, we all went to Seaside Heights and had an amazing day! Even Stella, their fur baby had a great time! For a "supposed to be" cold day in January, we were greeted with beautiful skies and 60 degree weather.

FUN FACT ABOUT STELLA: This pups eats glazed donut holes.

I already felt like her and I were soulmates. Christina and Johnny brought a box of 25 with them and I'm pretty sure I ate more than Stella. They're so good, I can't even apologize. Stella was very interested in my camera and kept wanted to check it out and she was very much excited about the people who kept passing us by. She's the cutest pup ever!

During their shoot, I felt like I knew them for years and I absolutely love that feeling. I've been so fortunate to feel so connected to each and every one of my clients throughout my career. It makes the photography process fun and makes my clients relax when in front of the lens. I cannot WAIT for their wedding in June. It's going to be so much fun and such a sweet day!

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