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Hoboken Engagement Photos

Aug 4

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Hoboken Engagement Photos :: Alyssa and Al


Once year I try to give back to my community by holding a contest or just simply paying it forward with my work. This year, Alyssa and Al won our “Ultimate Engagement Giveaway” contest!
I partnered with several area vendors to shoot these amazing Hoboken Engagement Photos.

 This year’s engagement giveaway surprise was exciting from the absolute start: in addition to winning the engagement photo shoot with yours truly, the giveaway included Alyssa’s hair and makeup by The Pin Up Girl, floral bouquets for the shoot and a complimentary consultation with event designer/planner Magnolia West Events, and custom save the dates by Lace and Belle!

The surprises didn’t stop there though! Read on to see what BIG surprises were included for the first time ever….

This year we wanted to make the surprise BIGGER and BETTER then ever before.  So, we incorporated a few EXTRA surprises along the way for Alyssa and Al… which included a complimentary highlight video of the entire day from Spinners Entertainment, designer dresses lent by Castle Couture AND a lovely picnic in the park, with an incredible view of the NYC skyline, provided by Encore Catering.  We did this as a ‘go big or go home’ and we really enjoyed seeing Alyssa and Al light up when we kept rolling out more surprises for them that day! Oh! Their photo shoot was certainly not complete until Meghan of Lace and Belle personally dropped of a handmade wooden sign, too! 🙂 After all the surprises were brought out, Alyssa had fun picking out her designer dress from Castle Couture (Thanks Gionna!) and we had a total of three fabulous outfits to work with so Alyssa and Al had plenty of options for their save the date cards!

From the start, I knew today was not just going to be exciting because of all of the surprises in store, but extremely special: in addition to wearing her gorgeous engagement ring by Marisa Perry Atelier, stunning bracelet from Cartier and amazing necklace from Van Cleef and Arpels throughout the shoot, Alyssa wore her grandmother’s wedding band.  Including a special family heirloom always adds to a shoot, and I always encourage my couples to do so. Plus, I love hearing the stories behind them!

To begin the day, the first style (of three) that Alyssa and Al sported was casual attire.  Alyssa’s outfit consisted of a Club Monaco top, Paige jeans, and shoes from Target. Al wore a J.Crew button down, Bonobos jeans, and Johnston Murphy shoes. For the second style of the day, a bit more on the “chic” side, Alyssa wore a Club Monaco jumpsuit and Sam Edelman shoes, while Al wore a Bonobos shirt and blazer paired with J.Crew pants. The final style was the most “formal” of the three. This style was where Alyssa was able to choose from one of the many dresses that were brought as a surprise by Gionna from Castle Couture.  Alyssa chose an intricately beaded Scala dress, which she paired with her Sam Edelman shoes. Al was super comfortable in the blazer and pants he wore for the second outfit, so he kept it on for the third and final outfit style.


Engagement Ring: Marisa Perry Atelier // Dresses: Castle Couture // 
Bouquets and Coordination: Magnolia West Events // Hair and Make Up: The Pin Up Girl  //  
NYC Skyline Picnic:  Encore Catering // Video: Rob Fitzgerald of Spinners Entertainment //
Highlight Video Music: Owls and Lions // Signage: Lace and Belle

Here are some behind the scenes, followed by Alyssa and Al’s engagement photos below!


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If your love story was a movie, which movie would it be?

No Strings Attached


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Describe your relationship in one sentence:

Our relationship is full of laughs and love!

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How did you two meet?

We met through a mutual friend in Hoboken.

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Magnolia West did an amazing job on multiple bouquets for Alyssa that day!


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This amazing dress was from Castle Couture – Alyssa picked it out right inside of her living room from the rack that Gionna brought over as a surprise!


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Describe the proposal

I planned a trip to Napa for Al’s 30th with our family and friends. Little did I know, Al was also doing some planning of his own. When we got to Silver Oak Winery we did a tour and he took me out to the vines to propose. There was lots of good wine and champagne to celebrate with our family and friends afterward!


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What are you most excited about for your wedding? (Vows, dances, party, etc.)

Seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle in the church, then celebrating with our family and friends!

Magnolia West Events


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Hoboken Engagement Photos by Jaye Kogut Photography

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