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I’m Jill, a wedding photographer based in New Jersey — and I’m so excited that you’re here! Follow along with the blog to get a glimpse into the heart behind my work.

The Herbary at Bear Creek Farm Engagement

Howell Township, New Jersey


I had SO much fun with Leah and Michael at their engagement session! With an autumn absolutely full of rain, Leah reached out to me a few weeks before our session asking if we should move locations to somewhere more… rain-friendly. She had found The Herbary online and it was the perfect setting for their joy-filled engagement photos. I had never been to The Herbary before, but it did not disappoint! Though we had a few raindrops as we arrived, thankfully the rest of the session we were in the clear — and got to enjoy the beautiful greenhouse nonetheless!

These two first met when Michael direct messaged Leah on Instagram! As Leah tells it, “We just texted for a while at first, met in person for the first time at Jets game (we’re both big Jets fans – I have season tickets), and he told his best friend “I’m going to marry her.” We became “official” about a year and a half later at a Sam Hunt concert (also fitting as we both love country music) and the rest is history! We’ve been officially together for 6.5 years but have known each other for 8 years!”

“Our proposal story is (kind of) funny! We had been talking about getting engaged for a while and I tried on rings with my mom and his mom back in July. After that, we kind of let the conversation simmer for a bit. As Labor Day weekend approached, everyone started acting really weird towards me! First, Michael asked me to rearrange my plans for Friday which I thought was very strange. He told me we’d be going to dinner with his parents in the city, but then he said we’d actually be going to the city with his parents on Saturday. This was normal; we go to dinner with his mom and dad in the city often. I got to his house Saturday afternoon and noticed his parents’ car wasn’t there. I thought this was strange since we were going to dinner, but assumed maybe they were out getting gas. Once I got inside, his mom called and asked me to go outside by the pool and take pictures of her flowers so her friend could see — also not weird, his mom LOVES her flowers!”

“I went out there and was taking pictures, and Mike kept telling me to move closer to the flower pot and I had no idea why. Turns out, the ring was in the flowers! It was so sweet and I was surprised! We laughed together and got to have that moment to ourselves, then we went to dinner (not in the city — that was a rouse to make sure I dressed nice and put makeup on), and had champagne and cake with his parents and my parents later at night. It was such a beautiful day too!”

Leah’s ring is a round brilliant diamond in a yellow gold solitaire setting with white gold prongs and a hidden halo. “It is my DREAM ring. I tried on rings with my mom and Michael’s mom, showed him a picture of the ring I wanted, and he went back and made it happen! The jeweler is actually my mother-in-law’s cousin’s husband!”

Together these two love to watch football and movies, go to concerts, go out to dinner, spend time with our friends, go on walks, and go on vacation. I can’t wait to celebrate their love next September at Crossed Keys Estate!

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