Madison & Alex | Central Park Engagement Session

Madison and Alex are the ultimate super chill, super cool, west coast couple. (I mean, check out that jumper and hot sauce shirt!) They moved to New York City from California last year, after dating in college, and getting engaged at the Mayan Ruins in Mexico. When the two of them first reached out after finding me on the Bridechilla vendor directory, I knew they were going to be a ton of fun.

On the sunny morning of their Upper West Side engagement session, we started out at their local community garden. They are hoping to grow their own food in the future, so they have planted their own little plot right in Manhattan! The stunning green ivy wall made the perfect backdrop. The flowers, fruits, and veggies were the most beautiful colors for photos, as was the orange blanket they brought from the vacation when Alex proposed. From the garden, we ventured over to the iconic Central Park, exploring all the small, magical paths, tunnels, and bridges along the way.

Congratulations to the happy couple! Can’t wait for your spring wedding in Cali!

Jenna & James | Prospect Park Engagement Session | Brooklyn, NY

James proposed to Jenna in February, after six years of dating. Following a busy fall season in their respective careers, the pair had time to finally think about scheduling an engagement session when Jenna found my work on Instagram. We hit it off over the phone. She mentioned that they are a Taurus and an Aries, love color, and are always laughing together.

The couple knew they wanted beautiful, autumnal foliage, as well as their candid and casual style, to be reflected in their photos. Being mid-November, the leaves were already rapidly falling, but we were lucky to get a session in on one of the very last weekends with lush, colorful trees! Would you believe NYC got hit with six inches of snow two days prior?! Thankfully, it melted away just in time.

It was so much fun wandering around Prospect Park and playing in the leaves with these two! Congratulations on your engagement and future together, Jenna & James!

Sara & Kelly | Musical Engagement Session | Queens, NY

The best thing about Sara & Kelly is how strong their love for each other is. They are adorably silly and totally compatible, always laughing. And they are unbelievably talented! Music and performance is a big part of their lives, as individuals and as a couple. It was so special to capture this connection as part of their engagement session. I loved getting to explore their Queens neighborhood and photograph Sara’s custom designed engagement ring and those cool guitar string bracelets Kelly made.

A funny thing happened a few years ago. Sara and I were working together at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan when she told me that if she ever got married, she would want me to photograph her wedding. Weddings seemed like far off dream at the time, but I had taken her headshots and some photos of a show she and Kelly were in, and I guess she liked my stuff!

We recently reconnected over chocolate martinis, and now it’s all happening! So excited to know these wonderful people and to photograph their wedding next June!

Jennifer & Manny | Coney Island Engagement Session | Brooklyn, NY

One morning, in Texas, Jennifer was scrolling Offbeat Bride when she happened upon a wedding I had photographed being featured that day. She and her new fiancé, Manny, had a trip to NYC planned and thought an engagement session in the city could be fun. When Jennifer reached out and told me they liked street art and bagels (two of my very favorite things), I knew we'd be friends.  

Their session ended up being on one of the hottest days of the summer during a week filled with thunderstorms. We got lucky with a lot sunshine! In order to beat the heat, we took a stroll down the pier to feel the breeze and obviously had to stop for ice cream! I loved their relaxed vibe, Jen's colorful engagement ring, and the way they had each other laughing the entire time.

Congrats to this super fun, very happy couple!