I love to travel and explore equally as much as I love sipping iced lattes on my front porch. I’m a proud puppy mama to a little maltipoo with a big personality. I am a firm believer in hugging over handshakes, that a house is not a home without a pineapple (or twenty), and that you can never have too many throw pillows.
I’M JEN LARSEN
I’M A SOUTHERN-AT-HEART WEDDING & ANNIVERSARY PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN NEW JERSEY, SERVING COUPLES WORLDWIDE.
You know when you meet someone and you realize that they’re meant for you? Yeah, well… sometimes that happens to me with the couples I photograph! Ashley and Jeff have a way about them that makes it feel like you’re hanging with old friends even if you’ve just met. We visited Ocean City, NJ for their engagement session, as it is a special place Ashley’s family visits every year. We walked around on the boardwalk, went to Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy (Jeff’s favorite!), the music pier, and of course, the beach at sunset! They brought some really sweet details to photograph too, which added an even more personal touch to their session! As you’ll soon find out when I tell you about their proposal, Ashley ADORES Disney, so they brought their Disney buttons from when they got engaged, and a hand-painted “Up” themed ring box! The whole shoot was a blast, and these two were such naturals, with the way the are playful together and share this contagious throw-your-head-back kind of laughter. We finished off the night by having a slice of Manco & Manco’s pizza together, which was absolutely delish! It was so much fun hanging out with these two and finding out more and more things we have in common, (my favorite and most amusing being that both Jeff and my boyfriend, Ryan, have to walk on the left side! When we were taking photos and I had Ashley & Jeff hold hands, and Jeff switched positions to be on the left I was cracking up!) These two are seriously the best. You’re going to love their love story; read on!
Ashley and Jeff met in their Psychology class in high school. He was a senior and she was a junior; they were both very quiet, shy people, so they spent that entire year liking each other, but never really acting on anything. Through the years, they kept in touch, but that faded as they both went to college and started their careers. A few years ago, Jeff noticed that Ashley had shared a lot of pictures on social media from her first marathon in Disney World and the Dumbo Dare races in Disneyland. It caught his attention and he reached out to say hello! They went on a few dates and picked up where they left off in high school, but now that both of them are a bit different and much more outgoing from how they were then; everything just clicked! The chemistry and connection they had in high school hadn’t change at all. They love trying new things together and being creative with their date nights, like picnics, camping in the living room, bike riding, hiking, snowball fights, and Nerf gun fights!
Remember those Disney buttons I mentioned? Well, get comfy and make sure you have your coffee (and maybe some tissues) ready, this story is a good one! Ashley shared with me:
Ashley and Jeff, thank you for spending the day showing me around your stomping grounds! I had the best time with you two and am so thankful celebrate this exciting time in your lives! Wishing you both the happiest engagement full of Disney trips and new adventures, and I can’t wait for your wedding next year!