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Kristina & Filip | Cross Estate Gardens Engagement

Bernardsville, New Jersey

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Welcome to Cross Estate Gardens, a place that looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale — yet located conveniently in Bernardsville, New Jersey!

Shooting Kristina and Filip’s engagement session was actually the first time I had been to the gardens, and it did not disappoint! The grounds are immaculately kept, and it’s the perfect backdrop for whimsical and romantic photos. From the wisteria-covered pergola to the garden of native plants, Cross Estate Gardens is truly magical, and I encourage anyone who is looking for a location for their engagement photos to visit and you’ll instantly fall in love.

Kristina and Filip were a joy to work with! Earlier that morning I had been shooting an engagement session in Central Park, so the quiet and emptiness of the gardens was quite the difference — no need to edit tourists out of the background of photos here!

This sweet couple actually first met on a blind date, and have been together ever since! Filip proposed to Kristina on the morning of her birthday, and she was totally shocked. He had been so excited to show her her “present” and, although she had initially thought that present was going to be a bike, I think it’s safe to say she was pleasantly surprised when he got down on one knee and popped the question instead!

These two will be tying the knot in August 2021 in Macedonia, and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them! I will also be photographing Kristina’s bridal shower this summer, and can’t wait to keep the celebration going. Congratulations Kristina and Filip!

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