KELSEY + MATT/CONNECTICUT ENGAGEMENT

HOW THEY MET

In December 2013 fate and two mutual friends brought Kelsey and Matt together!  Kelsey had just moved up to Boston with two of her best friends from college.  Matt had returned up to Bowdoin College in Maine for his third season coaching football.  He actually attended Bowdoin! 

A few of Matt's friends convinced him to stop in Boston on his way back to see family in New Jersey for the holidays. Before heading home to Connecticut, Kelsey's friends persuaded her to accompany them the the same holiday party that Matt was attending.  After being introduced, it didn't take long for them to both realize that the connection they made was something very special!!! 

Kelsey comes from a family that loves football and tailgating, which fit perfectly with Matt's sports-oriented family.  And being engaged and soon to be married to a football coach, well that is a match made in heaven! 

They dated for a long time long distance which was quite difficult with Matt's football coaching schedule, but somehow they managed to make it work!

THE PROPOSAL

On a warm day in June this passed summer in Boston, Matt was eager to surprise Kelsey with a plan he had been putting together for quite some time.  He just got into town from a recruiting trip and picked up the engagement ring.  After getting what he believed to be the perfect ring for Kelsey, Matt now had to put his plan in motion!

Kelsey and Matt had gone to church in the North End of Boston several times together which is truly a very special place for them.  Matt could not think of a better place to propose! The only part that was difficult was how to get her to the church when they were on their way to dinner in a different direction.  He suggested that they should stop and light a candle and Kelsey was all for it.  

When they arrived at the plaza in front of the church, Matt got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and asked Kelsey to marry him!  Kelsey was totally surprised and immediately said yes!! Afterwards, they went to their favorite restaurant to celebrate and call their families.  Later that night many of their friends stopped by Kelsey's apartment to continue the celebration!

One of the things that they enjoy doing together is exploring their new city of Portland, Maine and enjoy cooking together! They also love spending as much time as possible with their families.

Their beautiful wedding will be next May, 2018 at the beautiful Ryland Inn!

 

 

COURTNEY + PETER/NYC ENGAGEMENT

Peter was born in New York, but when he was a child his family moved to Virginia.  Courtney is from New Jersey and went to college at Virginia Tech where she became friends with people Peter knew from home.  Both of them moved back north to NYC after college to start their careers.  

HOW THEY MET

Having a close connection to Rockaway Beach, New York, Peter and his brother participated in a charity event for Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  Courtney and Peter met that night when Courtney joined one of their mutual friends who was in town visiting at the event.  Afterwards, they all went to dinner and Peter and Courtney ended up sharing a cab home.  Courtney will tell you that Peter made her laugh the whole cab ride home! 

After a few months, the couple met up again at a bar during happy hour where Peter was basically forced to ask her out! The rest is history!  They both live in lower Manhattan and enjoy spending weekends having fun in their neighborhoods.  They eventually moved to Flat Iron. Their choice for their engagement session could not be better!!!! 

THE PROPOSAL

Peter and Courtney planned for a lovely September trip to Italy starting out in Rome.  From there, they traveled to the Amalfi Coast.  Their first destination was the Isle of Capri!  Just the sound of that is so romantic!!!  Upon arrival, they had some rain and rough seas, so they waited till the following day for Peter to rent a small boat to tour the island.  As they enjoyed some rose, grottos and beautiful scenery, they approached the Faraglioni rocks, also known as the "Tunnel of Love".  At that point Peter gave the captain the head nod and asked for a photograph.  As Courtney stood for the picture, Peter dropped down on one knee and presented a beautiful engagement ring.  She told him to stand for the photograph and when she looked down, she realized what he was doing!!! Peter told her that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, and there asked her to marry him!! She said yes and they enjoyed three more days enjoying their engagement in Positano.  

WHAT THEY ENJOY TOGETHER

They love trying out all of Manhattan's great restaurant (Italian is their favorite).  When they have free time in the summer, they spend most weekends in Rockaway Beach where Peter's grandmother and family lives.  They love to travel and like most couples, they love to binge watch tv shows on Netflix and making each other laugh! 

THE WEDDING

Courtney and Peter wanted a place to celebrate their wedding day at a place that felt a bit southern seeing they both love the feel of a southern plantation.  When they arrived at the Ryland Inn for a visit, they immediately fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect for their special day.

The happy couple will be getting married May, 2018 and I cannot wait!!!  Congratulations guys!!

 

Photography  -  deborahannphotography   Dress  - lulus   Shoes - christianlouboutin    Ring - dominionjewelers    Bracelet - Cartier    Suit  - my suit    Shoes  - Cole Haan    Sweater - Club Monaco  Earrings - Bauble Bar

APRIL + CHRIS//NEW JERSEY ENGAGEMENT

HOW THEY MET

 April and Chris  both moved to the Richmond, Virgina area in the fall of 2014.  Chris moved back home from South Carolina in September of 2014 and April moved down with her family in November of 2014.   Just four weeks after April arrived in Virginia, she interviewed for a job at the Primrose School of Midlothian Village and little did she know that it was going to be a life changing experience!  Chris's sister Brittany was the first person that April met on the day of her interview.   April was delighted to know that she got the job and  started working at Primrose in December.  About six months had passed when several co-workers started asking April questions about how she  felt about guys with beards and if she was dating anyone.  They all started telling April about Brittany's brother and how he liked kids as much as she did and how he worked out and loved going to the gym.  April thought for a moment about it, but soon forgot about it.

 A few months went by and Chris came up to the school a few times and the office staff would try to help her get a glimpse of him.  She started to know of him more and more but never actually met him.  Brittany started talking about meeting up outside of the school for dinner and bowling so that April could meet Chris casually even if it was just to meet a new friend in a new place since she was new to the area, but it never seemed to happen.  Finally, a week before April's  birthday as they were all talking about getting them together,  April gave in and handed her  phone number to Brittany and thought that she was not getting any younger so why not?

April got a text message soon after from Chris, asking her if she would like to meet him and that he would love to show her some of the sights in Richmond.  April agreed and they chose a local park to meet.   When they arrived at the park they both ended up at different entrances!  They soon met each other and decided just to enjoy the beauty of the park and the outdoors.    They spent the next few hours just walking and talking as if they had known each other forever.  After the park,  they drove to a local restaurant where they sat overlooking the water and had a drink and talked for hours.  After that first day, they have been inseparable!       

THE PROPOSAL 

The last weekend in July, 2017 Chris and April had made plans to go to Lake Michigan to spend some time at the beach. After an enjoyable day, they made plans to go out to dinner with some friends. As they were getting ready to go, their friend Frank asked April if she could take some family photos of them at a local park after dinner.  April was happy to do so!  

 After dinner they all headed to Battell Park.  Once they got to the park,  they walked for a few minutes to a beautiful set of stairs that overlooked the river.  Frank told them to go down to the river and he would meet them there.   As they got down to the bottom of the stairs,  they walked along the river for about a minute and then Chris stopped and asked April to sit and wait for their friends.  They had not been sitting more than 30 seconds before she looked up and Chris was down on one knee in front of her holding a beautiful ring in his hand.  He looked at April and asked her to be his wife and all she could do was cry!  As she reached up to hug him  he whispered in the sweetest voice "Can you take the ring so that I know its a yes!"  Once she let go of him, she said yes and he placed the most gorgeous, stunning ring on her finger and she said yes!!!  

 They spent the rest of the evening celebrating with friends and champagne!!   

Their beautiful southern wedding will be in May, 2018 and I am so delighted I will be a part of this beautiful couple's amazing wedding!       

FASHION BY SEGOVIA//FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

FASHION LOCATION

It was almost a year ago when Stephanie was looking for a photographer to capture her beautiful blog of fashion!   We instantly clicked from the first day (which was really cold)  but we made it through and took some beautiful pictures.

She is incredibly talented and I have learned so much myself about fashion by journeying with her this past year. Monday was a quiet day and we were fortunate enough to shoot at the beautiful Jockey Hollow National Park.  Stephanie wanted a beautiful setting where we could really have some magical backgrounds and we did it!! 

FIRST FASHION LOOK

We usually shoot two different looks and of course, my favorite, the details!!   We started with a beautiful denim jacket with the softest pink faux fur collar!  I actually tried it on!  It is so comfortable and warm!  You can find it at Blank NYC I may have to get one!!! She complimented the jacket with a pretty simple black dress found at Nordstrom.  The most fun detail of this outfit was her boots!  Yes, white patent leather cropped boots!  These beauties are made by Steve Madden and are a must have!  She accessorized with a beautiful pair of sunnies made by Quay of Australia and her watch is by Burberry.  

SECOND FASHION LOOK

For her second look, she chose an adorable blue velvet skirt with a white simple blouse with the perfect sleeves for a more casual look made by Ann Taylor and her boots were gorgeous made by Stuart Weitzman.  For one of her details, she had a small but cute purse by Michael Kors.  

Denim Jacket by Blank NYC / Black Dress by Nordstrom 

White Boots by Steve Madden / Sunnies by Quay of Australia

Velvet Skirt and White Blouse / Ann Taylor

ALYSSA AND JEFF//SEASIDE HEIGHTS ENGAGEMENT

HOW THEY MET

Alyssa and Jeff first met in Ms. Sorrentino's freshman chemistry class in high school.  Jeff was immediately smitten, but Alyssa kept him at arm's length for three years! Eventually she relented, and they started dating senior year.  

After graduation, Jeff moved up to Massachusetts where he attended Harvard University while Alyssa stuck around in New Jersey where she attended Princeton University.  After four long years of New Jersey transit, Newark and New York Penn station, Bolt Bus, and the occasional Amtrak, Jeff moved to Princeton for graduate school, while Alyssa started medical school at Rutgers RWJMS in New Brunswick.  It was so wonderful that they no longer had to have so much distance between them!  A few years later, they made their home in ultra-suburban Franklin Park.

THE PROPOSAL

Jeff being a graduate student, mornings were not his finest hour, but on the morning of April 22, 2017, during a short break in the rain, Jeff proposed on Ortley Beach, New Jersey where they had spent multiple summer weekends together enjoying the beach life at Alyssa's parents home!

When it came time for them to plan their wedding, they wanted a pretty rustic/romantic feel for their wedding.  They found Bear Brook Valley located in Fredon Township, New Jersey, to be the perfect location!  

I was so excited when they contacted me about photographing their wedding day!!  I fell in love with them in about five minutes!!  We joked alot about the other Jeff who happens to be my husband!!

 When it came time to do their engagement session,  I was all about Princeton, but when they told me that Alyssa's family had a beach home,  I was all over it!!  I think my favorite sessions are at the beach.  Seeing Jeff proposed to Alyssa on that very beach, they thought it would be the perfect spot for their beautiful engagement session!  

We planned  their session for October, so we were not sure about the weather, but to our delight, it was about 80 degrees and perfect.!  They were so cute together and spontaneous, that I could not get enough of their love!!!  After we had finished on the beach, they did a quick change of clothes and we all headed out to Seaside Boardwalk, which is such a fun backdrop with all of the pretty colors and rides for the remainder of our session!  Alyssa had spent many years enjoying all of the amusements and now Jeff and Alyssa can enjoy them together!  

Their beautiful wedding day will be in May, 2018 and I am so excited for them!! 

 

photographer deborahannphotography - engagement ring H.B.S. Diamonds  - Alyssa's dress  Apt 9 Jeff's shirt Ralph Lauren - Jeff's pants dockers - Alyssa's shoes Lower East Side Shoes - Jeff's shoes Perry Ellis

ANNABEL /SIX MONTHS OLD

It was such an exciting phone call when I found out that Nicole was expecting her and Ali's first child!  They could not be more delighted to find out that they were having a girl. 

We could not wait until Nicole was 7 months pregnant so we could do her maternity session!  It was so beautiful and I knew that her newborn session would be perfect!!  Annabel was a beautiful newborn with amazing green eyes!!  

I could not wait again until Annabel was old enough to sit on her own.  We did some pretty portraits of the baby and then we could not help but incorporate mom and dad into the beautiful images we captured!!  Hope you enjoy this beautiful family!!! 

 

NICOLE + MICHAEL//CENTRAL PARK ENGAGEMENT

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Nicole and Michael met through the Citicorp Corporate & Investment Banking Associate program in June 2014.  Michael loves to joke and claimed aggressively that Nicole pursued him (if you were to ask Nicole she would tell you that this was not the case at all)!  In reality, Michael disclosed the real story to his closest friend.  

In a sea of 400 men in suits (banking you would assume) , he spotted Nicole's legs from across the room and slowly gathered the courage over the next two months to inch his way closer and closer to Nicole.  When the training program had ended, they both were working on the same floor and became best coffee buddies and very good friends.  They did not start dating until 2016 and they have been together ever since!

THE PROPOSAL

In late June, 2017 Michael and Nicole had not seen much of each other due to a busy work schedule and were in need of some quality time together.  July 4th weekend was just around the corner and there were no set plans to speak of, as far as Nicole knew.  However, in April, Michael set in motion a weekend getaway that they both would never forget!  He enlisted Nicole's father to assist him in making a custom engagement ring and he also made several special plans for the perfect proposal weekend! 

While sitting on the couch at home several days prior to July 4th, Michael handed Nicole a calendar which outlined the getaway he had been planning; a three night stay at the Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown and dinner at their favorite restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

The weekend finally arrived, and while they were sipping champagne and dancing the night away, Nicole sat for a moment to catch her breath.  Michael saw this as the perfect opportunity to propose!!  When Nicole turned around, there was Michael, ring in hand, asking her to marry him!!  After saying yes,  they went to Blue Hill to enjoy a beautiful romantic dinner for two to celebrate!

Their beautiful wedding day will be in April 2018 at the gorgeous Castle Hill! 

 

photographer - deborahannphotography   nicole's shoes - valentino - dress - veronica beard - Suit - suit supply   michael's shoes - tods 

CLAIRE + KEITH//ROCK ISLAND WEDDING

Claire and Keith met in the 5th grade and have been friends ever since!  By the time Claire and Keith were in middle school, she developed a huge crush on Keith.  She would daydream about him and doodle his name all over her books!  (Sound familiar!!) She even had a code name for him with her girlfriends!  In the 8th grade he finally asked her out!  YaY!!  That lasted all of a month; tragically it did not work out.

They stayed friends throughout high school and college.  Keith went off to Stevens Institute and stayed in New Jersey while Claire went to Salisbury University in Maryland.  They always made sure they would get together for lunch whenever they were home on break.  

After college they ran into each other at an Oktoberfest and wondered why they were not dating!!! The next day they went to Chipotle and they were together ever since.  As Claire and Keith would tell you "it feels like we have been together forever".

Keith proposed on September 10, 2016 which was just a few days after her birthday.  She came home with a friend one night to her living room lined with 10 letters from Keith all about funny stories from their relationship over the years! As Claire opened each one and read them she could not stop laughing until she got to the last one and there was Keith's marriage proposal.   When she opened her bedroom door there was Keith down on one knee!

When it was time for the planning of their wedding, they searched many venues but when they visited The Rock Island Lake Club located in Sparta, New Jersey they knew that this was the place!  

On their wedding day, everything was perfect!  The beautiful intimate dining area was perfect for their friends and family to party the night away!  Their beautiful ceremony was held right at the lake where they exchanged their vows under a pretty wooden arbor filled with beautiful flowers! 

One of the things Claire really loved about Rock Island was the bridal suite.  It has a beautiful view of the lake and pretty and bright open space for all of her besties to enjoy their time together preparing for the big day!  Claire chose a beautiful moncheribridal wedding dress and it was stunning!  Her beautiful veil was trimmed with just the right amount of lace and complimented her dress so wonderfully!   Claire is a gym teacher and what is the best thing to buy for a gym teacher, sneakers!  When she went shopping for wedding sneakers, she found those adorable sparkly keds!   

After the girls were ready, Claire and Keith chose to do a first look!  As Keith waited patiently for Claire out on the dock, Claire snuck up behind him and the magic began!  They spent the next hour or so doing their portraits with family and then it was time to take it to the altar!

A close friend officiated their ceremony and they laughed and enjoyed every moment! From there, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Herman started the party and there began their forever!