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! 

 

 

photographer - deborahannphotography Wedding Dress - moncheribridals Bridesmaids dresses - David's Bridal Groom and Groomsmen Tux - The Black Tux  Wedding Venue - Rock Island Lake Club Florist - The Floral Gallery Cake Baker - Palermo's  Engagement Ring - Corbo Jewelry Bridal Hair and Makeup - Mariel Guay Invitation Suite - Invitations by Dawn  DJ - Sound Surge Entertainment  Wedding Rings - Jewelry by Eric

WILLOWWOOD ARBORETUM ENGAGEMENT SESSION - FAR HILLS, NEW JERSEY (BRIT + JON)

Brit and Jon met at Manalapan High School (Brit had attended for high school here) where Jon currently works as the high school football coach.  Brit was hired as a long term sub for a physical education teacher.

They hit it off immediately, and they found that their days were intertwined because Brit has all of his players as her students.  She noticed that Jon would always find a way to pop his head in to "check in" on his players as he would tell her.  Soon it became clear to Brit that he was actually checking in on her!

Jon and Brit have been dating for four years and every year they would celebrate their anniversary at their favorite restaurant where he first asked her to be his girlfriend.  This past year they returned to their favorite place where they enjoyed a wonderful time together.

After returning home, there was a gift wrapped for her in their living room.  The gift was a nike shoe box (Jon usually buys her a pair of sneakers since she is a physical education teacher and she is obsessed with them).  When opening the box, she noticed that there were no sneakers to be found.  Inside there was a bottle of jaeger and two shot glasses (this was the first drink Jon bought Brit the first time they went out).  Also inside of the box was the 6th Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince".  Brit thought, "why another copy of the book I already own and have read", but Jon assured her that it was a special edition and she totally needed it!

When Brit opened the book, there was a cut out in the book on the chapter called "the unbreakable vow" and an engagement ring tied with a beautiful purple ribbon inside.  At this moment, Jon dropped to one knee and proposed! 

After saying yes, Jon opened the living room curtains and there in the backyard, were tons of pretty balloons covering the yard!  

Brit and Jon enjoy long walks and bike rides together and often communicate with silly movie quotes!  They love Game of Thrones, are huge New York Ranger fans, and love everything related to sports.  They beg to differ when it comes to football!  Jon and avid Jets fan and Brit a big Giants fan causes some competition in their home.  

I love that they brought their football jerseys for some fun pics!!  

Their wedding will be next July at the beautiful and amazing Bear Brook Valley!!