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Michelle & Ryan | Jersey City Engagement Session

This past year, I was lucky enough to connect with some pretty amazing creatives through the Rising Tide Society. And one of these super sweet and talented ladies, who I am blessed to call a friend, is Michelle (Michelle Elise Artistry)! I’ve had the chance to collaborate on a couple styled shoots with Michelle where she worked some gorgeous hair and make-up magic! Not only is she an insanely talented hair and make up artist, but is also one of the kindest and most caring people I know. When I heard the news that Michelle and Ryan got engaged, I was ecstatic! And when Michelle asked me to photograph her wedding, that excitement was amplified…you could say I was over the moon. 🙂 It’s really an honor to document such an exciting season of life for close friends.

Michelle and Ryan are a perfect match. With the joy they share and the chemistry of  their complimentary personalities, you can’t help but smile when you’re around these two. I had so much fun taking their engagement photos in Jersey City, near their apartment. We took photos in front of the incredible skyline view, down romantic cobblestone streets, and in the most adorable, whimsical community garden!

Michelle had her heart set on shooting in the garden, but when we got there, the gate was locked. Because it was a sunrise session on Labor Day, we didn’t have much hope of that changing. But just when we were about to give up, the kindest man walking his dog past the garden just so happened to have a key. He let us into the garden to shoot for a little while, and gave Michelle and Ryan some homegrown tomatoes as a parting engagement gift! 🙂 He totally made our day!

Michelle and Ryan – Thank you guys for such an awesome morning filled with so much laughter and joy, exploring Jersey City! My heart couldn’t be more full! I love you guys, and am beyond excited to be along for the ride as you start this journey of forever.

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