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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.

Joy-Filled Spring Lake Beach Engagement

Spring Lake, New Jersey


A beautiful spring day with Chiara and Mackenzie in Spring Lake! These two first met in college, but as Chiara tells it, “It was definitely not love at first sight.”

“We met in college at UConn during Mac’s senior year (I was a junior at the time). Our sorority and fraternity were assigned as homecoming partners. My group of friends and Mac’s friends meshed well and we all ended up hanging out a lot together. After college, I was in law school and Mac was in engineering school both in the greater New Haven area. We kept in touch and would grab dinner (always sushi, of course) every few months. We did not start dating until after I took the bar exam and moved back to New Jersey. Mac definitely made the first move to take our relationship just beyond friends. He would deliver food to my friends and I while we were studying for the bar exam. We had our first “real” date at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, and the rest is history.”

These two got engaged in Napa Valley, California at Chateau Montelena in November of 2021 (not too shabby)! “We were planning the trip for a long time, but it was delayed over a year because of the pandemic. The trip was to celebrate both of our 30th birthdays. We ate a lot and drank a lot of wine, so overall it was a great trip and memory.”

Chiara’s ring is absolutely beautiful. “It is set on 6 platinum prongs, because I am clumsy and Mac knew I would definitely be whacking my hand on things. My dad’s childhood friend is a jeweler, so Mac had it custom-made by him. My mom’s ring was also made by the same jeweler. We did not pick it out together, but I have a simple and classic style so we discussed it briefly before.”

Together Chiara and Mackenzie live in Asbury Park, NJ and love going to the beach. “We spend our summers between the Jersey Shore and Green Hill Beach in Rhode Island. We both grew up going to the beach with our families all summer, so we both enjoy just lounging, reading and playing beach games.” These two also love to eat and try new places and cuisines together, visit NJ’s wineries and breweries, and entertain at their home.

I’m so excited to capture their special day at The Ryland Inn next February, it’s going to be such a beautiful and cozy winter wedding!

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