Sunrise Engagement in Central Park

If you’ve ever been stuck deciding between a session at sunrise or at golden hour in the evening, perhaps this blog post is just what you needed. Stephanie & Kevin reached out to me early this year with a desire to do an engagement session. Mind you it was January and temperatures were pretty much ranging in the twenties. But I never say no to an engagement session. So we decided that a sunrise session would work best for their schedule. I woke up at the crack of dawn and made my way to Central Park. The great thing about getting there this early is, you don’t have to worry about the crowds, tourists, dog walkers, bikers, etc. The park was pretty empty. This was actually my first sunrise session and I’ve never realized just how gorgeous sunrise light could be! As soon as we met, Stephanie & Kevin were in such a great mood considering the time and weather conditions, but I really appreciated their enthusiasm for the session! As you can see, they had no problem smiling, having fun, and just enjoying their experience of doing an engagement session. We made our way through the park, and found the exact bench where Kevin had proposed to Stephanie just a month ago! As we made our way there, they shared their engagement story with me. What I love about their story is, there wasn’t any crowds, any fancy dinners, or out of the ordinary plans. They just spent the day together in Central Park and while sitting on the bench, Kevin explained how he felt about Stephanie and casually popped the question! I don’t know about you, but that sounds really sweet and special enough. It kind of reminds me of my own engagement story (Maybe that's why I love it so much). These two are getting married in South Carolina this year, and I couldn’t be more excited for them!

Fall Inspired Wedding Editorial at the Ryland Inn

If you’re looking for inspiration for your fall wedding, then look no further! This fall editorial inspired shoot happened just as we were entering the month of November. The Ryland Inn in New Jersey is the perfect place. It is surrounded by huge trees which turn a beautiful yellow, red and orange autumn hues in the fall. Out inspiration for this shoot was the autumn season. We played a lot with warm colors for everything from the invitations to the table decor. Gold and soft creams were our accent colors which went so beautifully with the warm tones. You simply can not go wrong with a fall wedding. It tends to be a bit cooler, but not too cold where you can’t have the ceremony and reception outdoors. We used a long sleeve wedding gown which was embroidered with the most beautiful floral detail. I am so grateful we had such an amazingly talented team that pulled this beautiful shoot together. You can find links for each vendor below. If you’re a New Jersey bride I would highly recommend checking them out!

Venue- The Ryland Inn , Event Planning & Styling- Events by ASJ, Florals: Main Street Bloomery, Gowns- Sara’s Bridal, Rentals – Lou and Co. Rentals, Invitation Design - The Jess Press, Calligraphy - Willow Lettering Co., Cake- Fancy Cakes, Hairstylist - Amy Kleinrock, Makeup Artist- Michelle Renee Beauty, Jewelry- Johnsen Diamond, Model: Kim Vega-Palacio