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Maternity Photographer| New Jersey

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Erin and Walter's story is similar to thousands of other couples dealing with the struggles of infertility. But with that struggle, came a miracle in Baby Molly. I absolutely adore Erin and Walter-they have such a natural glow about their love and now their glow for Molly, it's one of the purest emotions to witness.

After years of trekking down the IVF road, Erin and Walter made the decision to no longer continue IVF treatments and shortly after that decision was made, they found out they were pregnant.

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I had the time of my life photographing a beaming couple celebrate the life they had created. There was such love and joy radiating from both Erin and Walter-that it was hard not to come across a photograph that didn't embody those feelings.

A few weeks after Baby Molly was born, I was asked to photograph her at their home and I was absolutely elated. The day after Molly was born, she had to undergo heart surgery and I have so happy to report that she came out of the surgery like the little trooper and miracle that she is and healed perfectly. When I had the honor of taking her first official photos, she weighed in at a sweet 6 pounds 9 ounces. 6 pounds 9 ounces of fighting against the odds, 6 pounds 9 ounces of sheer miracle. A 6 pound 9 ounce bundle of pure joy.

Congratulations, Erin & Walter-

Meghan Leigh

Pregnancy Announcement Photographer| Allaire State Park, New Jersey

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I love when this happens! I had photographed Heather and Anthony's wedding and then I got the phone call being asked if I'd photograph their pregnancy announcement. I couldn't help but get giddy and of course, I jumped at the chance and said yes.

I really like photographing announcements in Allaire State Park because the scenery is spectacular and everyone I've ever photographed there, truly loved the area. It's beautiful in all seasons, it's romantic and whimsical but offers an element of "edge" if need be. With this shoot, Allaire gave us love, joy and an abundance of excitement!

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Congratulations on your bundle, Heather & Anthony-

Meghan Leigh

5th Street Pavillion Wedding Photographer| Beach Haven, New Jersey

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For anyone that lives in New Jersey, "The Shore" is 141 miles long beginning in Perth Amboy and ending at Cape May Point (or beginning at Cape May Point and ending in Perth Amboy-depending on how you look at it.

It's the least uncommon to come across a beach wedding here in our state. But, with something uncommon, comes something spectacularly unique in each couple that says "I do" in front of an ocean scape.

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Alyssa and Gustavo were married on a beautiful October day, underneath a gazebo in Beach Haven, New Jersey. Both families merged as one as everyone sat among one another with the sweet salt air gently blowing through. Alyssa and Gustavo are the sweetest of couples with friends and family beautifully matching both of their lovely personalities. The wedding scheme and style was all things that encompassed beach wedding, Autumn wedding. With romantic shades of blue and hints of deep oranges and pinks; each color enveloped the bridal party and soon-to-be husband and wife perfectly.

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The reception was held at Antoinetta's Restaurant where everyone dined and danced, laughed and embraced, celebrated and made new memories. I absolutely loved photographing everyone and watching two families join together-it's a most beautiful feeling. A feeling that I have the honor of experiencing with every wedding I photograph. I loved the attention to detail especially with their wedding cake and the cake topper that said "Fall in Love". So sweet!

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I will never get tired of capturing weddings along "The Shore"-it's a piece of my life that will always be apart of me. Born and raised along a strip of an island with the sounds of seagulls, the smell of salt water and the feeling of sand between my toes will forever keep me in love. Now, just add an insanely happy and in love couple to that mix and I literally have the best job ever. 

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I couldn't have been happier that Alyssa and Gustavo chose me as their wedding photographer. They are truly a special couple that adores one another in such a way, you can't help but feel light and elated to be around them.

Here's to forever, Alyssa & Gustavo-

Meghan Leigh

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{venue & vendor information below}

Ceremony| 5th Street Pavilion

Cake| A Sweet Memory www.asweetmemory.net

Flowers| Flowers by Addalia www.flowersbyaddalia.com

Videographer| Bahr Cinematography www.bahrcinematograhy.com

DJ| Chris Matthews www.djyourwaywithchris.com

Bride's Dress/Bridesmaid's Dresses| Alfred Angelo - no need to link, he went out of business lol

Suits| Men's Wearhouse www.menswearhouse.com

Hair & Make Up| Lavish Salon www.lavishlbi.com

Reception| Antoinettas Restaurant www.antoinettas.com

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/

Sterling Ballroom Wedding Photographer| Tinton Falls, New Jersey

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On a cold day in January of 2017, I had the pleasure of photographing Scott and Kristin's engagement shoot, so it say that I was excited to photograph their wedding 7 months later, is a total understatement.

Scott and Kristin were married at the Sterling Ballroom in Tinton Falls, New Jersey in front a wonderful group of friends and family. I love working with the Sterling Ballroom because they really know how to host and organize a gorgeous wedding- they also work well with wedding photographer and other vendors-very accommodating.

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Kristin and Scott's wedding was your beautifully themed romantic day-every detail and piece was romantic and vintage in nature-clean style and simple tones. Everyone looked stunning and dapper. Kristin and Scott are another one of my favorite couples because of their sense of humor and how well they compliment each other. Plain and simple, they are by far the cutest of couples. And their friends and family are just as amazing--funny, great senses of humor, loving.

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I love, love, love when a couple makes the decision to do "first looks"-it's a chance for the soon-to-be husband and wife to have a private moment with no distractions. They get to take a moment to look at each other, take it all in, sneak a kiss, shed a tear, say something meaningful and funny. So when Kristin and Scott had their first look, the intimacy of the moment is what makes my job so worth it.

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Kristin and Scott's reception was lovely. The lighting was beautiful, their floral arrangements and place settings weren't overwhelming, which I like. It's nice to be able to appreciate the wedding details throughout the reception when there isn't too much going on. It's always best to select your favorite wedding inspirations and make it your own-and that's exactly what Kristin and Scott did.

It was definitely a magical day for both Scott and Kristin, their family and their friends and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it.

Here's to forever, Kristin and Scott-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor information}

Venue: Sterling Ballroom - www.sterlingballroomevents.com

Cake: Chocolate Carousel - www.chocolatecarousel.com

Florist: Purple Iris - www.purpleirisflower.com

DJ: Off the Chart Entertainment - www.offthechartentertainment.com

Bride's Dress: Curvy Bride/Allure - www.curvybrides.com

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Vera Wang - www.verawang.com

Groom/Groomsmen's Tux: Menguin - www.menguin.com

Bride's Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka - www.badgleymischka.com

Hair Stylist: Tori Kaps of Danielle Victoria Salon - www.daniellevictoriasalon.com

Make Up Artist: Katie Murrison

Allaire State Park Maternity Photographer| Wall, NJ

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I had photographed Kaya and Mason's maternity shoot back in August and it was wonderful. I was their wedding photographer in April and I was delighted that they had reached out to me to capture their first pregnancy!

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Kayla and Mason welcomed a sweet little boy, named Rowan. Rowan is one lucky boy to have Kayla and Mason as his parents and I'm one lucky photographer to have Kayla and Mason choose me to photograph their best memories.

-Meghan Leigh

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New Jersey Wedding Photographer| Natasha & Matthew

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Natasha and Matthew's wedding was the peak of romantic vintage glam. They found me because I shot Matthew's brother, Anthony, and his wife Heather's wedding at The Crystal Ballroom! I love to photograph weddings of siblings because I have the opportunity to catch up and see how everyone's doing. Natasha and Matthew had a beautifully detailed wedding-from the ceremony to the reception, it was a magical day.

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I adored Natasha's wedding dress, it actually made my eyes pop out of my head. It was the perfect amount of romantic glam with the most attention to detail. It flowed beautifully, it fell perfectly and it was one of those wedding dresses that you see that you think "Wow, it was if it was specifically made for her." The groom and groomsmen donned a light gray suit with champagne ties and pocket squares that complimented the bridesmaid's dresses perfectly.

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Natasha and Matthew had a beautiful outdoor "first look" and ceremony that transitioned to a full on party during the reception. Every single person had the time of their lives and I loved being there to see it! It's always a day of celebration and when you feel the love, not only from the newly married couple, but all of their friends and family; it adds to the already special day.

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The way Natasha and Matthew set up their wedding reception was just as romantic and glamorous as their dress and suit. From the lighting to the table settings and all of the little extras-it was stunning and no detail was overlooked. You can tell that they were really proud with how everything turned out--styled to the max! I loved photographing their day and Matthew's brother's day and I hope I get the chance to capture more family moments in the future.

Here's to forever, Natasha & Matthew-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Bride's Dress & Bridesmaid's Dresses: Hearts for You Bridal

Groom's & Groomsmens Suits: Men's Wearhouse