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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.

Whimsical & Romantic Wedding at The Olde Mill Inn

Basking Ridge, New Jersey

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Jaclyn and Kevin are married! This sweet couple had an absolutely stunning celebration at the quaint and classic boutique hotel, The Olde Mill Inn.

These two have been together for seven years now, and initially met through a dating app (just like me and my own husband)! As Jaclyn tells it, “Kevin and I met through the infamous Tinder app back in July 2015, agreeing to meet up for the first time at the Boat Basin in NYC. Despite me being a little late (I won’t admit how late), Kevin stuck around and we chatted for hours. The date ended with Kevin smoothly hailing a cab for me on the first try. We had only a couple of more dates in the city, including a Central Park picnic with his new pup (Caesar), before we made it official!”

Kevin proposed to Jaclyn on Labor Day weekend of 2020, and she was beyond surprised! “Every year, we go to Ramapo Reservation with our pup, Caesar, and hike up to a private little area with this awesome view. We went really early as we wanted to avoid crowds. I should have known then that something was up because Kevin is not a morning person, and he woke up with no problem! We made the trek up to the top of the rocks, and I put down my stuff so that I could take a picture of Kevin and Caesar for their annual picture. I turned around to see him on one knee with the ring.”

Jaclyn, of course, said yes! Her engagement ring is a custom-made round-cut diamond set in rose gold. “It’s perfect! While Kevin did ask me what style of rings I like months before the proposal, I had no idea he was going to propose when he did — especially since we were in the middle of a pandemic. Kevin didn’t know what my finger size was so when I had fallen asleep one night, he tied a string around my finger and brought that to the jeweler.”

As they began planning their wedding, these two knew The Olde Mill Inn was the venue for them from the first moment they stepped inside. “It has the perfect blend of old world charm and elegance that we were looking for, and we adore the courtyard space just outside of the indoor reception area which makes it easy for our guests to flow in and out as they please. We also love that everything is in one place — from hotel rooms, to the ceremony and reception spaces, and, most importantly, the bar for the after party just a short walk away.”

Jaclyn and Kevin’s wedding day brought the most beautiful, crisp fall weather and sunny skies. Katherine of Thistlebee Florist (one of my favorite floral designers in the area) did the most incredible job bringing their day to life with stunning florals from their arbor to the grand staircase in the venue’s lobby, and all of the bouquets and boutonnières in between. Jaclyn looked truly stunning thanks to the incredibly talented Charlotte (hair) and Kristen (makeup), two of my other vendor friends who I am always beyond delighted to see working with my wedding clients. Frelinghuysen Arboretum was the perfect setting for their portraits, and a big shoutout to Jaclyn’s sister for surprising her with an authentic San Francisco trolley to carry the wedding party and family to and from the venue!

Overall this day could not have been more perfect, and I feel so lucky to have been able to capture Jaclyn and Kevin’s wedding. Congratulations again to this sweet couple on their marriage!

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Vendors:

Photography: Jill Sahner Photography
Venue: Olde Mill Inn
Video: Kress Films
Hair: Hairstyles by Charlotte
Makeup: KC Glamour
Florals: Thistlebee Florist
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
DJ: Posh DJs
Invitations: Minted
Gown: Badgley Mischka from I Do I Do
Cigar Bar: The Mobile Cigar Lounge
Rentals: Lovely Luxe Rentals



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