Engagement Session Allentown NJ
THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION
This location never ceases to amaze me! We were back at the barn this week for Emily and Andrew’s engagement session. Every time we show up, I can find new places to shoot on the grounds, and it gets better and better each time.
Our original location for their engagement session was to go to the New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood, NJ. However, because of COVID-19, the state of NJ is still not allowing state parks to issue permits to photograph.
We had to move locations, and when I showed them the barn engagement session I did recently with Kate and Bryan, they were immediately sold.
HOW THEY MET
Emily and Andrew have known eachother since the 4th grade. They went to two separate elementary schools but attended the same Middle School and High School. They both attended Pompton Lakes High School.
Emily said “Evidently, we’ve known each other since the 4th grade upon receiving an old picture of us at a church Peace Camp. However, we really became close friends in 8th grade and grew up together as friends and life partners since then.”
HOW DID YOU FALL IN LOVE?
I asked Emily and Andrew how they fell in love and the best part about this is that they each told me their own answers, and then Emily told me the long term of them falling in love.
“Andrew and I fell deeper in love the longer we matured together since we were 14. Every year since then, our love and friendship continue to grow deeper and stronger, and there is nothing we can’t endure together.”
Andrew said, “There was one day I looked at her doing something mundane, and I thought to myself, ‘this is the one.”
When I asked Emily, she said, “My defining moment of realizing I was in love was going into our freshman year, watching Andrew sing and play guitar at Pompton Day. He sang Viva la Vida.”
It is very rare that a couple can call themselves middle school sweethearts. I am so happy for these two and cannot wait to follow their journey!
HOW DID HE PROPOSE?
Emily and Andrew took a weekend trip to Aruba in December 2019, right before the holidays. On their second night in Aruba, December 11, 2019, is when Andrew popped the question.
As Emily puts it, “Andrew proposed to me under an Aruban sunset at an Italian restaurant near a beautiful lighthouse and the ocean. We took our seats at the restaurant and a saxophone was playing love songs, and the night was beautiful. He seemed so sweet and pretty nervous, and after we placed our order he began talking said he wanted to take things to the next level and that he loved me so much and wanted to spend forever with me, and then he got down on one knee and said, ‘Emily, will you marry me?’ To which my first elated response was ‘ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?!’ To which he said ‘YES, dead serious!!!’ and I said ‘YES!!!!’ and we cried and kissed a lot while the whole restaurant clapped for us! It was probably the most magical night of my life.”
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR YOUR WEDDING?
Andrew said he is the most excited to see Emily in her dress, and finally commit to her fully. All of the pomp and circumstance mean nothing to him. He said all he wants to do is be with her forever. I asked Emily the same question to which she replied, “The moment of walking down the aisle to my husband, because I know we’re both going to have tears of joy.”
Emily said that just being together, sharing our love with all of our favorite people, and dancing together, both fun dancing and slow dancing.
IF YOUR LOVE STORY WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE – WHAT WOULD YOU TITLE IT?!
Emily & Andrew – High School Sweet Hearts & Best Friends to Husband and Wife
DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP IN 5 WORDS
Selflessness, Caring, Fun, Safe and Loving
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT MEANS THE MOST TO BOTH OF YOU?
“Each other, our happiness and our well being. Our common interests are video games, anime, and my plush seal Toasty”