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Cross Estate Gardens Summer Engagement | Julia & Adam

Their Session: Cross Estate Gardens

Julia and Adam’s summer engagement session at Cross Estate Gardens was simply a DREAM! These two are so much fun, and totally down for any and every thing! Slow dance twirls, running through the fields (dodging poison ivy – sorry guys!),

Cross Estate Gardens is one of my favorites spots to shoot in! Between the lush gardens, the fields of tall grass, and the wisteria vine-covered walkway, I can’t get enough of all the little nooks to take amazing portraits!

Because these to met at Rutgers, I loved that at the end of our session they also brought some RU t-shirts to throw on! It plays such a big part in their love story, so I thought it was a fun way to honor that! Want to know more about their story? Ok, let’s dive in!

Their Love Story

I just love the story of how Julia & Adam met. As Julia tells it, “We met in Calculus II at Rutgers! We had to go around the class saying introductions. Julia remembered Adam specifically because he mentioned he played rugby. Adam remembered Julia speaking Polish with the teacher during the introduction. We both got our first chance to talk to each other when we got put in a group together for classwork. We ended up spending that whole class talking about the TV shows Family Feud and Baggage.” Julia continues their sweet story, “Our first date was hanging out at Adam’s freshman year dorm watching the movie Rubber! It was a terrible movie but we spent the whole night laughing about it. At the end of the night, Adam walked me to the bus stop near his dorm, and gave me my first ever kiss. (There is a picture which my roommate took later that night of me lying on the floor in shock.)” Seriously, how cute are these two!?!?! : ) Maybe it pulls on my heart strings a little extra since I met my fiance Ryan during my freshman year of college too, but I have to say this story just melts my heart! I’m obsessed.

Want to hear about Adam’s proposal?! Julia says, “We wanted to take a trip to the most beautiful place in the US for our 5 year anniversary….but we ended up spending our actual 5 year anniversary sleeping in the SFO airport after a snow storm made our original flight get canceled. I panic booked us on a flight that was two hours after I got the cancellation notice, but yet we somehow made it to Vegas after crazy delays. From there, we spent the next three days doing the most beautiful hikes in Zion. He proposed at the top of Observation Point, which was a 4 mile hike up. (He also knows me well enough to let me eat a sandwich before he proposed). It was so magical, even though Adam made the proposal very obvious since he was so excited and kept saying “You’re gonna LOVE this hike” :p Adam claims he knew that I knew he would propose because I’m absolutely terrified of heights and there was no way I would do it otherwise…he was right. : )” I can’t think of a more magical view to to say “YES!” in front of! A+ job on such a magical proposal, Adam!!

When I asked these two to share with me one thing they love about each other, ​Adam said, “Julia has the purest heart that I have ever met. She radiates goodness because of it :)” And Julia said, “Adam is so incredibly kind and patient with everyone he meets and speaks to. The most random people always somehow open up to him like a book and its amazing.”

Julia & Adam

Julia & Adam, thank you for being such wonderful and kind people, and so much fun to photograph! The joy and laughter you two share is absolutely contagious. I loved spending the evening exploring Cross Estate Gardens with you two, and cannot wait to celebrate your wedding at Rock Island Lake Club next year! xoxo

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