James and Samantha...Engaged! | a surprise proposal | South New Jersey Engagement session | Wildwood, New Jersey
Meet James and Samantha, they go by Pat and Samm
Samm and Pat began working at a special needs school in Northern New Jersey where they met. They became fast friends after meeting up with each other and other coworkers at the weekly work happy hour every Friday. They did this for about a year and half before one of those happy hours with the coworkers became an unofficial first date. Pat and Samm decided to go to one more bar after their coworkers called it for the night. Pat literally swept Samm off her feet and carried her to the next bar. Neither of them have looked back ever since.
A week after their first date they hung out again and shared their first kiss. They moved in together that following May and the rest is history. You can now find Samm and Pat binge watching shows on Netflix, listening to country music, going on hikes, exploring unique hole-in-the-wall dive bars, or traveling! They are so excited for their next chapter.
I was excited for this session. Pat had contacted me about doing a couple's session with a surprise proposal at the end. After talking back and forth we decided to meet at a Kohr Ice-cream stand and venture down the boardwalk from there. He wanted to propose in the middle of the session so we could include some celebratory photos. Samm was definitely surprised and we got some beautiful shots!
After sharing a cone together we headed on down to the beach. The walkway created a beautiful backdrop for photographs and the colorful beach huts caught our attention so we snapped a few photos over there as well!
The beach was a little soggy from all of the recent rain we had so we couldn't venture too close, but this didn't stop us from finding the perfect spot for Pat to pop the question.
I told Samm I wanted to take a picture of her posing with Pat in the background smiling at her...this was Pat's cue. I set up the pose and Pat was in position. I told Samm that I needed to change my camera lens quick and to hold her pose. Once I was in position I told her to turn around and look at the pose her boyfriend was doing.
Through tears and squeals of delight, she said yes!!
Nothing is more magical than capturing this moment for couples.
After he proposed we snapped a few engagement photos on the beach with the sun setting in the background. We took a few more photos in front of the colorful huts then headed back up to the boardwalk. We also made sure to take photos in front of the famous Wildwood, NJ sign!
They were so excited and I loved witnessing and being a part of this new chapter for them. The love these two share is very evident and I loved hearing their story too!
Congratulations Pat and Samm
Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of capturing this moment for you!
Such a fun and great couple to photograph, and truly enjoyed this session. I have had four surprise engagement shoots in the month of October alone. Love must be in the air! And I will never not be truly honored to capture these moments for couples! I love making their love story come to life a little through my photographs.
All-in-all I have photographed six surprise proposals now...all different love stories, all a little different. But they all end in "She said Yes!"
Memories by Maria
Every photo has a story and every story will have many photos.