photography

The Stone House at Stirling Ridge Wedding Photographer| Warren, NJ

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I had an engagement session with Christina and Johnny back in January while Christina was home to celebrate the holiday's with her family and fiance. She was living in Ohio while she was doing her residency all while wedding planning and her and I became really good friends. Christina and Johnny even brought their fur baby, Stella, along for the engagement shoot as well and she was such a peach!

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Christina and Johnny's wedding was a perfectly constructed romantic Summer wedding. Every detail screamed a June wedding and I loved it! Christina's dress has got to be one of the sweetest dresses I've seen in a long time and I absolutely loved the pop of color blue shoe! The tone of blue hues and sunflowers completed the tone from the groomsmen's ties, to the table settings at the reception.

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Their ceremony at the church was elegant and romantic and when we arrived at The Stone House at Stirling Ridge, I caught the feels. Everything flowed so sweetly together. AND just for the record, any wedding that has The Motones playing at their reception, is a guaranteed good time. The Motones are probably the best wedding bands EVER and I was so excited I got to see them live and in action at Christina and Johnny's wedding. They were mind blowing.

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The night ended with a 'smores bonfire AND a pork roll sandwich truck for a hot breakfast "sammie" when you left. NEW JERSEY STYLE. It was by far one of the sweetest weddings I've attended. I'm so blessed to have Christina as such a good friend and I look forward to it blossoming in the years to come!

Here's to forever, Christina & Johnny-

Meghan Leigh

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{links below for venue + vendor info}

Venue: The Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Cake: Rudy's

Florist: The Bride!

Band: The Motones

Bride's Dress & Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A Bank

Engagement Ring: Verragio

Hair: DJ's Hair Studio -

Island Beach State Park Boudoir Photographer| Island Beach, NJ

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You all know me by now, I absolutely adore a good boudoir shoot. This beach themed shoot with Ashley was absolutely to die for. I love when a bride-to-be takes the leap and decides to give her future husband a shockingly sexy, yet elegant photo shoot as his wedding gift.

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Ashley was a total champ-it was chilly and breezy on the beach, but she took it in stride and gave me such amazing poses. At one point, horseback riders rode past us and it just made the day that much better.

I'm a true body positive advocate; I feel all women should embrace their body types and their features and a boudoir shoot with the right photographer can intensify that self love and birth it into a work of personal art.

I had such a great time getting to know Ashley and help her create such a personal, romantic and fun gift for her favorite guy. I hope she felt the same as she looked, beautiful, empowering and on top of the world.

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{links below for venue + vendors}

Location: Island Beach State Park
Hair & Make Up – MLP Dream Team Preferred Vendor Lindsey Herring
Lingerie/Bathing Suit – Victoria’s Secret – www.victoriassecret.com

Engagement Session: Danielle & Ray| Double Trouble State Park

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Engagement sessions are so much fun, as a photographer, and I'll tell you why. You really get to photograph a couple in their purest stage of love and happiness. Two people have decided to make a lifelong commitment to one another and I get the amazing opportunity to capture that in a series of blissfully happy and romantic photographs.

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I must admit that I'm partial to Danielle and Ray because...Ray's my cousin. Of course I was ecstatic when I was asked to shoot their engagement session (as well as their wedding) and I absolutely loved the location they chose. What I loved even more though, beyond the location and the act of taking the photos, was that I was encapsulating how much in love my cousin is with his fiance, Danielle.

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Danielle is probably one of the nicest people I have met. She's the type of person who would do anything for you, she has a huge heart, a beaming personality. Completely understandable why Ray asked her to marry him, I wonder how he got so lucky and I mean that in the best possible way. Ever since the day Danielle said "yes", Ray has been completely different-on cloud 9, the happiest he's ever been and that makes my heart practically explode.

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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!

Oyster Point Hotel Wedding Photographer| Red Bank, New Jersey

For most engaged couples, the idea of planning an entire wedding in just a month, is unheard of. In fact, the thought of it can make certain bride's-to-be experience anxiety! But, for Amber and Anthony, they pulled it off. Not only did they pull it off, there were absolutely no flaws.

Amber and Anthony live in California and while they were visiting their friends and family, in New Jersey, their original plan was to have their bridal shower. The more they thought about it, the more the idea of just having their wedding seemed totally doable! And that's exactly what they did. They held an intimate and romantic ceremony and reception in Red Bank, New Jersey. Every detail was classic romanticism and I loved every moment I captured.

What made me smirk was the fact that Amber and Anthony live on the West Coast-a warm, sunny and beachy atmosphere in which Amber swore she would never have a Winter wedding. And yet, here we all were, on the 30th of December; saying "I do's" and making toasts. For a bride who didn't want a winter wedding, Amber played the part beautifully, with Anthony by her side.

Amber and Anthony's reception was held at The Oyster Point Hotel, right on the river. It's an absolutely gorgeous venue and the waterfront view is absolutely breathtaking. Their reception included every person that meant something to both Amber and Anthony and the simplistic detail throughout the reception was beyond sweet.

I absolutely loved capturing Amber and Anthony's day. I was incredibly impressed with how everything came together in such a short amount of time and look to them for inspiration for any couple looking to tie the knot, but stressing out about timing. Honestly, Amber and Anthony did it and so can you!

Here's to forever, Amber & Anthony-

Meghan Leigh

{links below for for venue + vendor info}

Venue: The Oyster Point Hotel www.theoysterpointhotel.com

Florist: Forked River Florist www.forkedriverflorist.com

 

 

 

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

 

Anne Marie & baby William: July 24th, 2016

Little precious baby William! Anne Marie chose me to capture baby William's baptism and an intimate outdoor celebration with their family and friends. Anne Marie wanted to have photographs to look back on with her loved ones and of course, of her precious baby boy.

It was amazing to see the love and bond between mother and child. It was equally amazing to see the love and bond baby William already had with every person that attended his special day.