Gina & John Engagement Session Verona Park Verona NJ

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April 15, 2021

Engagement Session Verona Park

Gina & John’s Engagement Session Verona Park was a huge and beautiful success! The weather has been so touchy this month that it is hard to keep sessions on their original scheduled days. It wasn’t until about an hour before the session that we decide on the final location and to shoot this day or not. We prayed to the rain gods that we would be able to shoot and they definitely heard our prayers. There was a drop of rain in the sky. Engagement Session Verona Park

I love shooting at this time of the year. Everything starts to bloom and every backdrop is beautiful. These two weeks have been crazy because everyone who wants to do spring sessions wants it during Cherry Blossom season, which is such a very short time frame.

I met Gina & John through a mutual friend and I absolutely love them. We had such a beautiful session yesterday. You could tell that Gina was nervous in the beginning but about 10 minutes after we started she nailed it! John was a rockstar from the start! What I love the most about these two is that they are simple and easy-going people. Engagement Session Verona Park

Gina’s smile is super infectious and they know exactly what to say to each other to get a giggle out of each other. I love their genuine smiles and inseparable connection. You can tell that they are super in love and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding. It is going to be a magical day and all their images are going to be STUNNING! Engagement Session Verona Park

Gina & John are tying the knot in September 2022 at the Palace at Somerset!

A LITTLE Q&A FOR THE BRIDE & GROOM

HOW DID YOU MEET?!

“In June 2012 a few friends and I made a trip to the annual State Fair in East Rutherford, New Jersey. While we were there one of my friends ran into an acquaintance that she had known from cheering with his sister, it was John. After leaving, John facebook messages his acquaintance for my phone number. She gave him my number and a few days later he texted me.” Engagement Session Verona Park

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST DATE!

“Well, it had taken John almost three months to get the first date out of me! When we met at the end of June we had planned to go out together several times and each time I had ditched him or canceled plans last minute. He did not give up though and one night in early September I finally followed through with our plans and let him pick me up to go out and get frozen yogurt.”

“When we got there I noticed I was the only one loading up my cup with yogurt and toppings….come to find out that John was lactose intolerant and could not have any frozen yogurt but took me there anyway because it was what I had suggested.”

HOW DID YOU FALL IN LOVE?

“There was not one time that comes to mind, it was our time that we were there for each other for the good and bad, the time we spent together talking and understanding each other’s feelings. We fell in love over time there are 1000 stories that we could tell to explain why we are in love but it wouldn’t do our relationship justice. We built on to our childhood feeling and became the people we want to become” Engagement Session Verona Park

HOW DID HE PROPOSE?

“Shortly after moving into our first apartment together, John decided that it was finally time to ask me to be to be his wife. John told me in advance he had a surprise for me from the jewelry store for our anniversary, but our date plans would be slightly delayed due to the pandemic. On October 14, 2020, our 8 year anniversary, John presented me with a beautiful diamond… earring set.” Engagement Session Verona Park

“Now that my guard was down, I was truly in for the surprise of a lifetime. On October 24th, 2020, we went to a beautiful park in northern New Jersey where I was surprised with a beautifully displayed fall-themed picnic. John told me that there was a photography bundle included in the package from the picnic company. So we posed, smiled, turned back to back, and when I turned back around John was on one knee.” Engagement Session Verona Park

“He asked the question, I said yes, and everyone else said FINALLY!”

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR ABOUT YOUR WEDDING?

“We are most excited about bringing everyone together and having a big celebration. We are the only people who have decided to have a big wedding in our family so it is going to be special.”

YOUR LOVE STORY IS MADE INTO A MOVIE; WHAT IS THE TITLE?

“Forever and a Day”

DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP IN 5 WORDS

“Faithful, Laid Back, Strong, Supportive, Fun”

WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT MEANS THE MOST TO BOTH OF YOU?

“Our families mean the most to both of us. We love spending time with our families going on day trips, having Sunday dinners, BBQ by the pool, and spending time with our nephews and niece.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT EACH OTHER?!

Gina: “My favorite thing about John is that he has such a big heart. He is the most generous, kind-hearted, and selfless person I know. Even though he may put on a tough front he really does have a beautiful heart and I love that I get to see that side of him.”

John: “My favorite thing about Gina is how hard of a worker she is. Gina is determined, strong-willed and fearless. Every day she wakes up and does what she has to achieve what she wants in life. SIW”

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A COUPLE SINCE YOU STARTED DATING?

Gina: “I think I have grown into a more mature, strong-willed woman. I think I have learned to work for the things that I want and never give up.”
John: “I think I’ve grown into a person who understands the importance of communication. Overall, I think I have just grown up to be the man I never thought I could be.”

FAVORITE QUIRK ABOUT EACH OTHER?!

“Both of our favorite quirk about each other is how weird and silly we can be with each other when no one is around.”

IF YOU COULD SPEND 24 HOURS WITH YOUR PARTNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING

“We would be on a beach somewhere with drinks in our hands, relaxing and listening to music.”

WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST LOVED BY YOUR PARTNER?!

Gina- “I feel most loved by John when he sees that I am stressed and just knows exactly the right thing to do to calm me down and make me feel better.”

IF YOU COULD BE INSANELY TALENTED AT ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?!

John: “I would be insanely talented at lifting/working out.”
Gina: “I would be insanely good at singing.”

FIRST IMPRESSION OF EACH OTHER

Gina – “My first impression of John was that he has a typical HS football player lol.”
John – “My first impression of Gina was she was very pretty…… and tan lol.”

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES?

Tequila sour, Long island iced tea

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDIES AND CHOCOLATES?!

“Kit Kat, Reese’s, anything sour”

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VENDORS

Dress- Lulu’s
Jeans- Abercrombie
Tops- Abercrombie
Dress Pants/Shirt- Express
Engagement Ring- Helzberg Diamonds


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