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Loeb Boathouse Central Park Engagement

New York, New York


I truly clicked right away with Ashley and Sal! These two are so much fun, and we had the best time in Central Park capturing their engagement photos.

Ashley and Sal first met through mutual friends who were dating at the time. As Ashley tells it, “We went out in Jersey City for our friend’s birthday and met for the first time at the Airbnb we had before going out for the the night. I picked Sal out in a picture before meeting up with the guys, so I guess you could say I made the first move! From there, we hit it off. After that night we didn’t talk for a little while, and then Sal messaged me on Instagram asking to go on a date. After that, we’ve been together ever since! We’ve been together for five and a half years!”

Sal officially asked Ashley to marry him in his hometown! “Sal, his family, and friends are originally from Cape May. So, right around Halloween time Sal told me we were going to Cape May for a Halloween party at his friend’s house. While we were down there, we decided to go to grab food at a local restaurant before the Halloween party. As we are walking downtown waiting for our reservation, he tells me that the local hotel has really cute decorations for the fall and we have to go see them. We walk down and then in the middle of the courtyard at Congress Hall, he pops the question! I was so surprised! Little did I know there was a photographer and our parents hiding away during the whole thing, who soon jumped out and made the moment extra special. Moments later, we walked over to the beach and when we get there all of our family and friends are standing in a big group with a giant sign that said ‘just engaged!’ After the proposal, Sal had set up for everyone to stay in an Airbnb on the beach and we spent the weekend celebrating. It was the best day, but the only downside was there was no Halloween party!”

Ashley’s ring is absolutely stunning. “My ring is an oval diamond in the middle set pretty high up! It has a band with diamonds around it 3/4 of the way. It’s elegant, classy and timeless which is exactly what I was looking for! Sal picked it out himself with a little guidance from me! We showed each other pictures before being engaged, so it wasn’t a complete surprise but Sal picked which one he thought was the best fit for us.”

Together these two live in East Rutherford but are house hunting and looking forward to finding their forever home! They love adventuring with their dog, Koa, as well as going to the beach and trying new restaurants. “We definitely consider ourselves huge foodies, and we love a good winery also! On our days off we like to explore new places, dive into a good tv show every so often, and cook new recipes together.”

I’m so excited to celebrate these two next August at The Ryland Inn, it’s going to be an absolutely amazing day!

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