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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.

Sunrise Spring Lake Beach Divine Park Engagement

Spring Lake, New Jersey


Talk about the perfect beach engagement photos! Stephanie and Chris’s engagement session was one of my (many!) shoots that had to reschedule due to the rain on Memorial Day Weekend, but we couldn’t have gotten a more perfect morning! There was some serious heat in the forecast, but the sea breeze kept us cool and happy — and working with these two was a dream.

We were originally going to do Stephanie and Chris’s engagement photos in Hoboken, since it’s a really special place to them! As Stephanie tells it…

“We met at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ on January 28th, 2017. Just when Chris was getting ready to leave with his family, he suggested meeting them at the next location because he didn’t want to walk in the cold. Instead, he wanted to take an Uber and finish his last beer. Shortly after, I walked in and was instantly overwhelmed by the beer selection on tap (this was my first time at this bar). While I waited for my friend to finish her phone call, I was approached by Chris. His first comment to me was, “You look tired for a Saturday night! It’s only 8 PM.” I found this amusing and explained that we were rallying from a onesie bar crawl earlier that morning. We instantly connected and conversation was easy! One of my friends later in the night questioned if Chris was “one of my friends from college” because it seemed like we had known each other for a long time! That was over 4 years ago, and we’ve been together ever since!”

Fast forward to January 2020 — Chris told Steph they were going to one of his friend’s 30th birthday parties at Porta in Jersey City (which is one of my favorite restaurants!). But instead, he popped the question! He surprised Steph with all of their family, and spent the night celebrating their engagement.

Steph absolutely loves her ring. Chris’s mom was heavily involved in the ring-making process, and the center diamond was actually originally Chris’s great-grandmother, making it all the more special.

In their spare time, these two love to go to breweries, enjoy the outdoors, go on food adventures, and spend time with their family and friends.

These two are getting married on March 20, 2022 at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them. Congratulations, Steph and Chris!

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