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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.

Spring Lake Divine Park Engagement

Spring Lake, New Jersey


The perfect night for a coastal engagement session with Kelli and Danny! These two are so sweet, and were total naturals in front of the camera. They have been together for about three and a half years now!

As Kelli tells it, “We first met at a bar called the Happiest Hour in NYC. It was a random Thursday night in August and we were both out with our coworkers! I eyed Danny first, and our groups kind of gravitated toward each other as the night went on. He bought me a vodka soda (classic) and we started talking. We ended up sitting down at a table together and splitting a cheeseburger, and the rest is history! Every year on our ‘meet-aversary’ we go back to that bar for burger night.”

Danny officially popped the question this past November! “The plan was to grab brunch at Halifax in Hoboken for a triple date with two of my friends from high school. The morning of, he suggested we go to Hoboken early (we live in NYC) to walk around a bit before brunch. Once we got off the PATH, he brought me to the pier and proposed in front of the skyline! Afterwards, we went to one of our favorite bars in the West Village with all of our close family and friends there to surprise me! The funny part to this story is that I was out SUPER late with my friends the night before because one of them was visiting from out of town (unknowingly for my own engagement that weekend) and I was pretty tired and hungover engagement day. Danny definitely had a bone to pick with my girlfriends after that…”

Kelli’s ring is absolutely stunning! “It’s a cushion cut on a gold band with a hidden halo. I am OBSESSED! We went ring shopping together a few times and I found two stones that I loved. Then I let him pick between the two for a small element of surprise!”

Although they are getting married at Battello in Jersey City, these two chose a beach setting for their engagement session. “We are beach bums in general! Growing up, my grandparents had a house in LBI, so I spent many summers at the Jersey Shore. Danny’s family is from Siesta Key, FL so we go back there and spend lots of time on the beach and water. Every summer since Danny and I met, we plan at least one beach weekend together or with friends.”

Together these two live in Manhattan, and while Danny is a full-time law student Kelli is just finishing up her nurse practitioner degree — so needless to say they spend a lot of time at home studying or doing homework! When they can, Kelli and Danny love to try new restaurants, binge watch TV, and travel.

I can’t wait to document their special day next May at Battello, it’s going to be absolutely beautiful!

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