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Dreamy Sunset Lavallette Engagement

Lavallette, New Jersey


Carleigh and Bryan’s engagement session… ohhhh my gosh where to begin?! When Carleigh asked me if they could use her family’s boat for their engagement photos, I couldn’t have said yes fast enough! I love when couples incorporate unique elements during their session, and being on the water always takes the cake!

These two have been together for over seven years! As Carleigh tells it, “Bryan and I met our freshman year of college at the University of Delaware. From the moment we met, the spark was pretty instant. It took some time for us to actually make it official since our friendship was so strong. I made the first move but Bryan was persistent.”

Fast forward a few years, and Bryan popped the question! “On Friday, June 3rd I came home from work to an empty apartment. Bryan had texted me that he left a “surprise” in the apartment prior to me getting home. I opened up our bedroom doors to a beautiful dress (that I told him months before “oh I would love to get engaged in this dress one day but I’ll never know when that is happening!”) with a note on top telling me where to meet him in Hoboken down by the water — no texts, no calls, and to wear the dress. We met down by the water on 11th street and that is where he proposed!”

Carleigh’s engagement ring is SO stunning. “I have a beautiful oval cut, engagement ring. It has a gold band with small diamonds along the sides. We went together back in February to look at rings just to get educated and see some options in person. We did not leave with a ring that day, however, I think Bryan knew exactly what he would be looking for after.”

These two knew they wanted to do their engagement photos in Lavallette, as its always been a huge part of Carleigh’s life — and Bryan has learned to love it in the time they’ve been together! “We spend a portion of each summer down there with family and friends, it’s our home.”

Together these two live in Hoboken where they love to explore and get dinner and drinks. I am so excited for their fall wedding next year at The Ryland Inn, it’s going to be a beautiful day!

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