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Winter Woodsy Engagement Session | Belfast, Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Matt & Natalia | A Woodsy Winter Engagement

Matt and Natalia are originally from the Poconos, Pennsylvania, but now live in Washington… that’s practically across the country! It was important that they had their wedding in Pennsylvania where all their friends and family are, but this made the planning a bit more tricky. Planning a wedding is already no joke, but planning a wedding from across the country is probably even more stressful. We made plenty of attempts to setup an engagement session way before the wedding, but something always came up.

Soooo… this engagement session actually took place the week of Matt and Natalia’s wedding. Which was not typical for us, but it actually made the shoot extra fun! The fact that they were only a few days away from becoming husband and wife and I got to capture that excitement, was pretty special. Sometimes I even felt that the shoot was actually a good way for them to take a step back and remember what this wedding was all about. They laughed and they enjoyed some quiet moments together in the woods of Jacobsburg State Park. It was pretty awesome! After the shoot, I knew that we were in for a treat on their wedding day. These two are the real deal.

—Kristen

Ocean City Beach Sunrise Engagement Session | New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Zach & Brianna’s Sunrise Engagement Session

Where do I begin with this awesome shoot! Brianna and Zach recently booked us to shoot their wedding in New Jersey in 2019. Typically for most of our couples, engagement sessions take place in the Lehigh Valley area. Well Brianna and Zach had a really special place that they wanted to capture these moments before their wedding next year… Ocean City, New Jersey. They've taken lots of trips there together for many years, so of course we said yes! About a week before the photo shoot in New Jersey, Brianna and I spoke on the phone about some outfit changes and different spots on the beach she'd like to shoot at. All sounded good until she said the word… "sunrise". 

If you know me you know I am definitely not a morning person and usually can't function before 8 AM. So yes, I was super excited for this photo shoot, but not so excited about waking up early. But what the heck… I thought if sunset is awesome, sunrise should be too. So Brianna and I kept chatting and I made one condition for the photo shoot, sort of motivation for me to get out of bed so early, they needed to be willing to get in the ocean. We agreed that at the end of the photo shoot they would get completely in the water and end with some seriously romantic, playful, wet, and sandy shots.

So Christian and I booked a hotel for like 100 bucks and made the trip the night before. 5 AM rolled around and we were ready to go, sort of. It was a gloomy morning so we weren't really sure what to expect as far as a sunrise and what kind of light we get for these photos. As we dove closer and closer to the shore, there was this giant orange circle in the sky—the sun! It was incredible! This light was so gorgeous! And waking up so early was beyond worth it!

Check out some of our favorite moments and stay tune for their save the date video. They are such an awesome couple and we cannot wait to shoot their wedding next year. 

—Kristen