Thursday, October 12, 2017

Caitlin + Ryan's Engagement Session • Jersey City + Manhattan • New Jersey/New York Wedding Photographer

You say New York, I say 'when?'

I fell in love with the city during my first visit almost two decades ago!
So when Caitlin and Ryan reached out to me and mentioned they would love to have their engagement photos taken with the city skyline as the backdrop I was beyond excited!

We met in Jersey City for the first part of their session and after exploring the waterside we took the ferry to the other side of the Hudson River and spent some time in Battery Park and the neighborhood.

Caitlin and Ryan met during their freshman year at The College of New Jersey, to be exact - it was while they were moving into the same freshman dorm!

Here's their engagement story:

On Fourth of July weekend 2016, Caitlin's parents were organizing a Fourth of July party at their house. Caitlin thought the party was going to be like any get together her family hosted -burgers and hot dogs on the grill, beer in the cooler and a great time with family. Little did she know, Ryan had planned an elaborate surprise that would make the weekend unforgettable - the proposal. 
On Saturday, July 2, 2016, Caitlin, Ryan and Caitlin's sister Jen went on a picnic to where Caitlin & Ryan met - the campus of The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Caitlin & Ryan loved to go on picnics in fun places, such as Central Park and Governor's Island in Manhattan, and had discussed going to TCNJ for a picnic for a while - so Caitlin was completely oblivious to what was about to happen. After eating lunch, Caitlin, Ryan and Jen went on a walk around campus. After stopping for photos at the fountain in the Science Complex, Ryan turned to Caitlin and professed his love for her.
To say Caitlin was completely astonished when Ryan went down on one knee and popped the question would be an understatement. After some stunned silence, she (finally) said yes. 

To make the day even more special, remember that Fourth of July party her family was planning? It turned out to be a surprise engagement party with Caitlin & Ryan's families and best friends. It was one of the best days of their lives.

Congratulations, Caitlin + Ryan! I am so excited to photograph your wedding next June!