professional photography

New Jersey Wedding Photographer| Natasha & Matthew

2017-10-13_0082.jpg

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.

2017-10-13_0076.jpg
2017-10-13_0077.jpg

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.

2017-10-13_0067.jpg
2017-10-13_0065.jpg
2017-10-13_0072.jpg

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.

2017-10-13_0073.jpg
2017-10-13_0081.jpg
2017-10-13_0086.jpg

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

2017-10-13_0083.jpg

{links below for venue + vendor info}

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

Groom's & Groomsmens Suits: Men's Wearhouse

Double Trouble State Park Maternity Photographer| Bayville, NJ

2017-10-13_0036.jpg

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!

2017-10-13_0032.jpg
2017-10-13_0033.jpg

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.

2017-10-13_0038.jpg
2017-10-13_0037.jpg

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

2017-10-13_0031.jpg

{links below for venue + vendor info}

Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories - www.sewtrendyaccessories.com

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

2017-10-13_0050.jpg

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!

2017-10-13_0041.jpg

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.

2017-10-13_0043.jpg
2017-10-13_0047.jpg

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.

2017-10-13_0056.jpg
2017-10-13_0058.jpg

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

2017-10-13_0062.jpg

{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 -

Double Trouble State Park Maternity Photographer| Bayville, NJ

2017-10-13_0001.jpg

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!

2017-10-13_0003.jpg

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.

2017-10-13_0006.jpg
2017-10-13_0005.jpg

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

2017-10-13_0004.jpg

{links below for venue + vendor info}

Location: Double Trouble State Park

Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories

Hair & Make Up: MUA Dream Team Lindsey Herring

Island Beach State Park Boudoir Photographer| Island Beach, NJ

2017-08-20_0047.jpg

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.

2017-08-20_0052.jpg
2017-08-20_0048.jpg

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.

2017-08-20_0044.jpg
2017-08-20_0050.jpg

{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

Laurita Winery Wedding Photographer| New Egypt, NJ

2017-08-20_0040.jpg

I love Matthew and Heather's engagement story. Matt got down on one knee and asked the important question after he and his soon-to-be fiance crossed the finish line after a 26.2 mile marathon in Disney. How he managed to keep the ring in his pocket the entire time is beyond me, but he did and she said yes!

2017-08-20_0030.jpg
2017-08-20_0031.jpg

They both planned a beautifully elegant ceremony and reception at Laurita Winery, surrounded by views of sprawling land and a breathtaking sunset as they both made their vows to one another.

I was in awe of the uniqueness of the bridesmaid's dresses, among so many other things. Each lady of the bride wore a dress in the same color scheme, yet showcased their personal aesthetic by individual dress styles! It was creative and tied into the romanticism perfectly; the husband-to-be and his fellow groomsmen all donned light, yet dapper suits. Everyone paired exquisitely. 

2017-08-20_0024.jpg
2017-08-20_0039.jpg

Another sweet detail were the flowers! Heather is allergic to authentic ones, she ordered from EcoFlowers and her crafty-creative bridesmaid arranged them all and they were too beautiful for words. They also gave out succulents as their wedding favors; succulents or any kind of cacti for the matter are perfect for anyone who suffers from pollen allergies. Just know that there are so many other options for floral arrangements and gifts other than silk ones.

2017-08-20_0027.jpg
2017-08-20_0033.jpg

As I walked throughout their ceremony and reception, capturing every memory of their day they could ever think of, I had the exciting moment of working along with one of my favorite vendors: Bahr Cinematography! I always feel wonderful when clients take my advice and choose to hire one of my preferred vendors, because we all work so well together and I feel the photos definitely reflect that.

Here's to forever, Heather & Matthew-

Meghan Leigh

2017-08-20_0041.jpg

{links below for venue + vendor info}

Venue: The Laurita Winery – www.lauritawinery.com
DJ:NJ Sounds to Go – www.soundstogodjs.com

Cake: Chocolate Carousel – www.chocolatecarousel.com
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal – www.davidsbridal.com
Bride’s Ring: Blue Nile – www.bluenile.com
Groom’s Ring: Amazon – www.amazon.com
Bride’s Shoes: C Penney – www.jcpenney.com
Bride’s Make Up: Mac – www.mac.com
Hair: Mia Bella Salon – www.facebook.com/miabellasalonnj
Most Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell – www.adriannapapell.com

Engagement Session: Danielle & Ray| Double Trouble State Park

2017-08-20_0058.jpg

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.

2017-08-20_0054.jpg

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.

2017-08-20_0056.jpg

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.

2017-08-20_0059.jpg
2017-08-20_0060.jpg