Capturing these two lovebirds engagement session around Liberty State Park was a dream come true. It was a gorgeous evening – not a cloud in the sky – and the New York City skylines was certainly showing off for us! I loved learning more about these (almost) high school sweethearts and their touching proposal story.
As told by Rob… “Maggie was my prom date in high school. After prom, we spent the next day in Cape May exploring the town and we have really fond memories of our time there together. During that trip, we took some cute pictures at a small lakeside park which have become some of our favorite pictures, even though we were just friends at the time. Over the years we have gone back to the park and tried to recreate those pictures, but have failed miserably as taking selfies just isn’t the same thing – that last part will be important in a moment.
Nonetheless, when it came time to propose, I knew that the park had to be the spot. We grew up just outside of Long Beach Island and before her parents moved to Florida, they would always say they wanted to do a stay-cation on the island and live like tourists for a week but never got the chance to do so. With the help of Maggie’s older brother, we rented a house on LBI and told Maggie it was her brother’s Christmas gift to the family so that they could finally have their tourist vacation in their hometown.
We spent a wonderful three days in LBI leading up to the proposal, and on the day of we headed down to Cape May to get brunch with some friends. I was worried about how I could get Maggie to the park without her becoming suspicious, but as we drove into town Maggie suggested we go to the park and have our friends take our pictures since all of our previous attempts had failed. I couldn’t believe the luck as she had walked right into my plan without me having to do a thing. Up until the moment I got down on a knee, she had no idea it was happening so I would say the surprise was a success!”
I cannot wait to capture M&R’s beautiful fall wedding at the Jersey Shore!