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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

Blue Heron Pines Golf Club Wedding Photographer| Galloway, New Jersey

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What can I say about Angelli and Chris that I haven't said already? In February of 2017, I had one of the best shooting days while capturing the newly engaged couple, at Longwood Gardens (Read about their shoot, here!) and on a beautiful day in October, I had the honor of capturing their wedding day.

All three of us have become extremely close, so forgive me for being a bit bias, but their weddings had to be one of my favorites. From beginning to end, it was lighthearted and fun and elegant. Everything Angelli and Chris are.

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Their ceremony and reception were held at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway, NJ and every bit of detail that a wedding could have, was showcased to perfection. Between Angelli and her bridesmaids and Chris with his groomsmen; everyone looked their absolute best and their energy beamed throughout the entire day.

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The one thing that kept standing out to me, was the sunset. I know, I know-you're probably thinking "Out of the ENTIRE wedding day, why the sunset?", but it played a significant role in Angelli and Chris' day. Their wedding was warm, inviting, loving and pure-it was the same feelings that were brought to my attention while I photographed them during the later part of the afternoon. I kept saying to myself 'How perfect is this?" and it was.

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Angelli and Chris' reception was a beautifully curated rustic theme with drops of classic romanticism throughout. I absolutely adored their cake (links to venue and vendors, below!), I love traditional wedding cakes, but their cake was unique and had so much character, it was hard NOT to compliment it.

The evening was filled with laughs and happy tears, dancing and great food. It truly was a day that needed nothing more and I was so elated for them and their family and friends. Angelli and Chris are a timeless couple, I guess even "#relationshipgoals"? Their deep love and respect for one another makes me know for certain, that their love, is a love that will last. Through good times and in bad, for as long as they both shall live. 

Here's to forever, Angelli + Chris-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Venue: Blue Heron Pines Golf Club| www.blueheronpines.com

Cake: Simply Sweet| www.simplysweetcupakesnj.com

Bride's Dress: Allure Bridals/Castle Couture| www.castlecouture.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff| www.billlevkoff.com

Groom/Groomsmen: Jos. A Bank| www.josabank.com

Make Up: Perfect Bridals by Christina| www.perfectbridalsbychristina.com

Flowers: The Blue Chrysanthemum| www.thebluechrysanthemum.com

DJ: Centerstage Entertainment| www.mycenterstageevent.com

Double Trouble State Park Maternity Photographer| Bayville, NJ

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I had photographed Ashley's wedding last April (Read about Ashley & Angelo's wedding day here!)-when I found out that Ashley was expecting, I HAD to be the one to help her capture her beautiful bump!

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I absolutely love to use Double Trouble State Park in Bayville, NJ as one of my go-to spots for location sessions. It's the best of both worlds, really. I have the water and the beautiful New Jersey woods and no matter what the occasion, my clients are so pleased with how beautiful the background is.

Ashley's maternity dress was perfect! I've noticed that I've become slowly obsessed with maternity dresses specifically made for shoots, just as this because the material and colors used make every mother-to-be a maternal chic Earth Goddess and it photographs perfectly.

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Ashley has always been sweet and bubbly, ever since the day I met her. Through our first consultation, to her wedding day and now with her maternity session. I just know how much of an incredible mother she's going to be. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of yet another special day for you, Ashley.

-Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Location: Double Trouble State Park

Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories

Hair & Make Up: MUA Dream Team Lindsey Herring

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: Cathleen & Jonathan

Photographing Cathleen and her fiance, Jonathan, was such a beautiful experience. They are so in love and silly and sweet with one another, it made the shoot go by so quickly. What I loved most about Cathleen and Jon's session was the fact that they took you on a story. Each location we shot at, had a meaning, it was part of their journey and they got a chance to relive every monumental part of their relationship so far.

Where They Met

Where They Met

Cathleen met her future husband at Ocean County College-he works security and she worked at the coffee kiosk. The day he came in to talk to her, she was reading her favorite book, Jane Eyre. I loved being apart of this and hearing about how they first met!

Where They Had Their First Date

Where They Had Their First Date

Cathleen and Jon's first date was at Starbucks. I loved photographing here because it was so intimate-they were sitting at the same table as their first date, which was perfect! Cathleen's best friend wrote "bride" and "groom" on reusable Starbucks cups, which is the perfect memento for their session. It was really cute the way Cathleen used her scarf to kiss Jonathan...

Where He Proposed

Where He Proposed

Jonathan proposed to Cathleen in Island Heights, at the end of the dock, one late night. I was so happy to recreate this for them, so they would have photos to look back on (in the daylight!) where they first got engaged.

Let's Talk About the Cake

Let's Talk About the Cake

For the shoot, Cathleen made this cake (a hobby of hers) and used real roses to decorate it. I will not lie and tell you that we all didn't eat a slice once the photo shoot was done. It was delicious, by the way! I loved that Cathleen and Jon matched, unintentionally and I thought it was so sweet watching them interact and giggle with one another.

Here's to forever, Cathleen & Jonathan-

Meghan Leigh

Spring Bridal Boudoir: Brittany

Last Spring, I photographed Brittany, in Oceanport. This photo shoot was for her now husband, as a wedding gift.

I really love how confident Brittany is. She had lost a lot of weight and her body positive vibes was beautifully captured, in every photo. She customized the boudoir session by wanting to be outdoors, since her then fiance, loves the outdoors so much. I thought it was a really sweet idea that she kept her fiance's favorite thing (besides her), in mind.

I absolutely love the intimacy that's captured, during a boudoir session. Brittany was an amazing subject to photograph and I can only imagine how much her husband loved his wedding gift.

Here's to confidence and beauty-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for boudoir session info}

Make up: Perfect Bridals By Christina http://www.perfectbridalsbychristina.com/

Lingerie: Victoria's Secret www.victoriassecret.com

Flowers: Desiree Dean Designs www.desireedeandesigns.com