Cross Estate Gardens Engagement Session | NJ Engagement
Cross Estate Gardens Engagement Session

Cross Estate Gardens Engagement Session Maggie and Steve

Engagements

September 30, 2020

If you’ve followed my story for any amount of time, you know Italy has a very special place in my heart… so you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Maggie and Steve were engaged in Italy! It was so fun to exchange proposal stories with them but theirs is truly epic. You have to read about it below, as told by Maggie. It was a proposal for the books!

Maggie and Steve were actually engaged a little over a year ago, but they aren’t getting married until next year. Like many couples, they’ve had to deal with COVID-19 and have put their wedding plans on hold. Since these two plan to get married in Italy, they’ve decided to wait a little while before making any big decisions. They’re holding out hope to be married in Gaeta, Italy, and if their engagement session is any indication of what their wedding will be like, I know it will be beautiful.

For their engagement session, I met up with Maggie and Steve at Cross Estate Gardens. This place is so pretty, I always love shooting there. We pretty much had the place all to ourselves, too, so we couldn’t have picked a better day. These two warmed up to the camera right away and we created a perfect mix of timeless, romantic, and fun images. These two were up for anything! Take a peek at some of my favorite images below!

Cross Estate Gardens Engagement Session

Cross Estate Gardens engagement photos bride and groom sit on steps at Cross Estate Gardensengaged couple walks through gardens in New Jersey bride and groom stand on staircase during sunset engagement photos New Jersey engagement session at Cross Estate Gardens bride and groom hold hands walking through Cross Estate Gardens bride and groom walk through gardens for engagement session New Jersey couple sits on steps during engagement photos

How they met

“We initially met when we were in high school in our sophomore year Spanish class. My family moved from Colorado to New Jersey just before starting high school and fate brought me to the small town Steve grew up in. We started dating, but like most highschool couples we split before going away to college. We found our way back to each other in 2009 the summer after our freshman year of college and have been together ever since.”

bride and groom pose in New Jersey gardens for engagement photos engaged couple poses in front of New Jersey door romantic summer engagement session in front of green door bride and groom walk near entrance of Cross Estate Gardens groom kisses bride on the cheek during summer engagement photos

When they knew they had found the one

“We are truly each other’s best friend and soulmate. Having known each other nearly half our lives, I can’t picture my life without Steve in it. We feel so lucky to have been able to experience life and many milestones together and support each other’s dreams along the way. Even when times got hard we always had a shared vision that we would end up married in the end.”

garden engagement session at sunset in New Jersey New Jersey couple poses for engagement session in Bernardsville groom helps bride down steps at Cross Estate Gardens bride and groom sit on steps at Cross Estate Gardens bride hugs groom from behind showing off engagement ring

The proposal

“Steve proposed in the Amalfi Coast of Italy! He had planned a boat day to pick us up in Positano and sail around Capri, stopping to swim, get lunch and drink wine along the way.  He really took me by surprise when he got down on one knee shortly after we boarded. We spent the day celebrating with lots of Prosecco and gorgeous views. It was super romantic and truly a dream proposal.”

Cross Estate Gardens engagement photos with Idalia Photography New Jersey couple poses in gardens of Bernardsville NJ bride and groom kiss under pergola at Cross Estate Gardens New Jersey couple walks through Cross Estate Gardens engaged couple walks through New Jersey gardens during engagement photos new Jersey couple poses under pergola while groom kisses bride's cheekbride and groom pose by pergola posts in New Jersey bride twirls yellow floral dress during engagement photos groom kisses bride while she holds bouquet of white flowers bride and groom kiss in front of Cross Estate Gardens pergola sunset Cross Estate Gardens engagement photos with Idalia Photography groom nuzzles bride during engagement photos in New Jersey bride hugs groom from behind in lavender garden bride and groom pose in Cross Estate Gardens summer engagement session in New Jersey bride and groom hold hands and look over shoulders bride and groom kiss in gardens at Cross Estate Gardens

All about the ring

“My ring is everything I always dreamed of! It’s a gorgeous two-tone rose gold radiant cut that was custom made by my favorite NYC jeweler. We went together to browse styles, but Steve created the final design and selected the stone all by himself.”

custom engagement ring sits on white flowers and berries rectangular diamond ring sits on white flowers engaged couple toasts during NJ engagement photos bride and groom sit on steps during Cross Estate Gardens engagement photos with champagne flutes New Jersey couple sits on bench in gardens bride and groom stand nose to nose during NJ engagement photos groom lifts bride under pergola at Cross Estate Gardens bride and groom walk through gardens in Bernardsville NJ engaged couple holds hands standing on wall at Cross Estate Gardens while groom kisses bride's head

One thing they love about each other

“I love Steve’s compassion and kindness to everyone he meets. He has always made me feel extremely protected, spoiled, and loved.”

“I love Mags’ constant ability to make me laugh and her unwavering support.  She is extremely passionate about all things that are important to her and she is always the most beautiful women in the room.”

sunset Cross Estate Gardens engagement photos with Idalia Photography bride and groom stand on rocks at Cross Estate Gardenscasual summer engagement session at Cross Estate Gardens groom lifts bride during engagement photos in New Jersey groom hugs bride-to-be during Bernardsville NJ engagement photos casual New Jersey engagement session in Bernardsville NJ groom kisses bride's cheek during New Jersey engagement photos engaged couple kisses on steps of Cross Estate Gardens couple sits on steps at New Jersey estate casual Cross Estate Gardens photos with NJ couple

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do?

Pin these images or any from the post above!
Cross Estate Gardens Engagement Session with Idalia Photography

Cross Estate Gardens Engagement Session with Idalia Photography

Cross Estate Gardens Engagement Session with Idalia Photography

Cross Estate Gardens Engagement Session with Idalia Photography

share on:

HI THERE!

If we haven't met yet, I'm Alex! I'm passionate about discovering beautiful stories, documenting genuine moments, and capturing timeless images along the way. Here I share our latest work, a peek into my life, and helpful resources. Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

categories

weddings

editorials

engagements

FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

ALBUMS

for brides

info@idaliaphotography.com

FEATURES

GET THE FREE GUIDE

Do you love natural light but worry that you don't know what to look out for when searching for a photographer? Click below to get my tips so that you feel confident choosing someone to capture one of the most important days of your lives.

6 MUST-KNOW TIPS WHEN HIRING A NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER

A MUST-HAVE FOR ALL BRIDES

Let’s work together!
Contact us for more details.

get in touch

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?