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. 


Photographed by Kristen Lopez
Filmed by Christian Lopez

Richard + Gina | Garden Wedding in Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Richard & Gina | Carmen's Country Inn & Gardens

When I think back to Richard and Gina’s wedding day there are a few key things that come to mind… family, strength, love and laughter. It was an emotional wedding for sure. If I remember correctly there was a lot of rain and it was so hot during the weeks leading up to their wedding day. Gina didn’t seem to worry about it though. Gina’s father passed away when she was a teenager, however on her wedding day Gina was certain that her father was looking down on her from above and that he would give her perfect weather for her special day. So what do you think happened? Richard and Gina had the most beautiful summer day. It was partly cloudy and about 75 degrees. Just the right amount of sunlight glared into their photos together after the first look. It truly was a beautiful thing to witness and you could feel all of her emotions.

Richard and Gina were surrounded by so much loving family, much like most couples on their wedding day, but this time was different… when the bride and groom felt joy, you could feel the joy of the whole room. When they felt sadness, the whole room cried with them. You can tell that their relationship is deeply rooted on the strength they get from their family and loved ones. I won’t forget the heavy moments of Gina hugging her mother ad they remembered her dad and how much he would be wanted to be there. So many genuine moments. Not only was the room filled with love, but it was most definitely filled with SO MUCH LAUGHTER! To this day I remember all the laughs at Richard and Gina’s wedding. Gina in particular had the greatest laugh and the most genuine smile that could light up a room.

These are the moments that make our job so meaningful. We were there to capture every single one of those emotions and it was freaking awesome.


Wedding Photographed by Kristen Lopez
Filmed by Christian Lopez

Bridal Gown Boutique: RK BRIDAL

Groom's Suit/Tuxedo: Suitsupply

Hair Styling & Makeup: Alisha Nycole & Co.

DJ/Band: Ultimate Sound DJs

Florist: silksNmore

Cake Baker: Carmen's Country Kitchen