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Engagement Session: Angelli & Chris| Longwood Gardens

Back in October of 2015, I had a couple session with Angelli and her then boyfriend, Chris. The moment I met them both, I adored them. They are so loving and funny with one another, you can't help but feel warm and amazing when you are around them.

In October of 2016 I was contacted by one of my favorite couples; for their wedding and engagement session. Once Angelli said "yes!", she contacted me immediately to schedule their engagement shoot AND to book their wedding date.

On January 28th, 2017, the location of Angelli and Chris' engagement shoot was at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I have never been to anything so beautiful before and Angelli and Chris adore this place. It consists of 1,077 acres of the most beautiful and rare flowers, trees and exotic plants; the design of the outdoor quarters were Versailles inspired. If you need an amazing day trip experience, Longwood Gardens is where you want to go. I can only imagine how breathtaking it is during the warmer months!

Angelli and Chris are more than just clients to me, they are my friends. When we first met back in 2015. we instantly clicked and when you look at their sessions, you can see why. They are just light hearted, charismatic, beautiful people.

It was a cold day. And not like a "Oh, it's just a little chilly"...it was going through your bones, kind of cold and they were amazing sports. We walked around for hours because I couldn't get enough of photos. Everywhere I turned there was water to photograph in front of, unique trees and even a tree house! I was beyond giddy. I had brought my assistant, Michele, along for an extra pair of hands and she wound up being the comedic relief. Any picture you see from that day, of Angelli and Chris laughing, it was because of Michele. All 4 of us definitely had a great day together.

I cannot wait for their wedding, come October. I am going to turn into a puddle of tears because I am such a mush-- Angelli is going to make one gorgeous bride and Chris, a dashing groom. I am so honored to not only be their photographer for their memories, but also to call them my friends.

{links below for venue + vendor info}

Make Up: Perfect Bridals By Christina www.perfectbridalsbychristina.com

Location: Longwood Gardens www.longwoodgardens.org

Assistant: The Michele Collective www.themichelecollective.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

{links below for venue + vendor info}

Bed & Breakfast: Angel of the Sea

Branches Wedding Photographer | Long Branch, NJ

Back in June, I photographed Katie and Jose for their engagement session, in Red Bank-I knew when I was photographing their engagement, that these two were meant for one another.

It was really cute when Katie told me Jose was going to be shy during the photography, but I thought he was a natural! Another element that was natural, was their connection. Their love and how close they are to one another was totally organic...and fun!

Besides the fact that Katie and Jose are probably the nicest people you will ever meet, both of their families and friends are equally just as wonderful! I really appreciate when a family, you're photographing, embraces you with open arms. You no longer feel like the odd man out in this celebration, but apart of it. It's such an awesome feeling.

The Pumpkins...OH MY GOD!

The Pumpkins...OH MY GOD!

One things I definitely won't forget about Katie and Jose's wedding, was the hysterical wedding toast that was given by their maid of honor, Katie's sister. She used props, she had us all in stiches-I was actually crying because I was laughing so hard. I really appreciated the effort that everyone made for Katie and Jose's special day.

Here's to forever, Katie & Jose-

Meghan Leigh

{links before for venue & vendor info}

Venue: Branches http://www.branchescatering.com/

Flowers: Keller Flower Studio https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/keller-flower-studio-shrewsbury-nj-218511

Hair: Jessica Stanislawski at Modern Tekniques http://www.moderntekniques.com/

Make Up: Catherine Schork Makeup Artist https://www.facebook.com/Catherine-Schork-Makeup-Artist-610341575661128/

Dress: Davids Bridal www.davidsbridal.com

Signage: JPhannypackdesigns http://jphannypackdesigns.wixsite.com/jessicaphan

DJ: Elite Entertainment http://eliteentertainment.com/