Ultimate Engagement Giveaway

Sep 2

Princeton University Engagement Shoot

Alisha and Donovan

engaged couple standing next to each other, looking at one another, in front of Blair Hall on the campus of Princeton University a floral bouquet of peaches, blues and whites by Magnolia West Events in her hand. Bride to be in a light blue sleeveless peplum dress from Castle Couture by John Paul Ataker, he in a shirt by Calvin Klein, tie by Bar III, pants by Old Navy.

As everyone knows, once a year I try to give back to my community by being a part of an “Ultimate Engagement Giveaway” contest, or just simply paying it forward with my work. This year, the most adorable couple ever won; myself, along with several area vendors, spent time with them on the campus of Princeton University. Alisha and Donovan are so cute! Read on to learn more about these two lovebirds, the vendors, and see the incredible photos…

 This year’s engagement giveaway was spearheaded by The Princeton Bride, and wow, did they put together some fun for Alisha and Donovan!

This super sweet couple decided on having their shoot at Princeton University, as Donovan went to school there. It was a super sentimental location, that was spiced up with hair and makeup for Alisha by Salon Pure, as well as choices of attire for her by Castle Couture, and topped off with florals by Magnolia West Events. An amazing surprise: Alex Marrero Studios was there to film it all!

From Castle Couture, Alisha chose a pale blue, sleeveless peplum dress by John Paul Ataker. It had a darling ruffle down the back of the skirt that made the photos that more delicate and sweet! Her dress went perfect with Donovan’s white Calvin Klein button down shirt, khaki pants from Old Navy, and blue patterened tie from Bar III.

Shooting these two lovebirds with the stunning florals, dress, and having Alex shoot the video was amazing. These two are so in love, its adorable! What an amazing pair they make! The best part (for me, at least) is I get to watch them grow as a couple and see them on their wedding day! I can’t wait till May 2021!

Thank you both so much for giving us all the opportunity to be a part of some of the happiest days of your lives. Cheers to the next few years, let alone a lifetime of happiness!

Vendors:

Hair and Make Up: Salon Pure // Dress: John Paul Ataker // Dress Atelier: Castle Couture // Engagement Ring: Hamilton Jewelers // Florals: Magnolia West Events // Video: Axel Marrero Studios

Bride and groom to be holding hands while walking around the campus of Princeton University, a floral bouquet of peaches, blues and whites by Magnolia West Events in her hand. Bride to be in a light blue sleeveless peplum dress from Castle Couture by John Paul Ataker, he in a shirt by Calvin Klein, tie by Bar III, pants by Old Navy.
Bride and groom to be facing the camera, he kissing her cheek on the campus of Princeton University, a floral bouquet of peaches, blues and whites by Magnolia West Events in her hand. Bride to be in a light blue sleeveless peplum dress from Castle Couture by John Paul Ataker, he in a shirt by Calvin Klein, tie by Bar III, pants by Old Navy.
Bride and groom to be holding hands while walking around the campus of Princeton University, a floral bouquet of peaches, blues and whites by Magnolia West Events in her hand. Bride to be in a light blue sleeveless peplum dress from Castle Couture by John Paul Ataker, he in a shirt by Calvin Klein, tie by Bar III, pants by Old Navy.

How did you two meet?

We met at camp in Morristown NJ where we were both employed as camp counselors for the same grade level. I (Alisha) had the girls group and Donovan had the boys.

black and white photo of the engaged couple looking at one another in front of Blair Hall on the campus of Princeton University
black and white photo of the engaged couple holding hands while walking, looking at one another, in front of Blair Hall on the campus of Princeton University
Engaged couple in background, holding hearts on twine with their wedding date in front of them, by Jaye Kogut Wedding Photography. Her light blue sleeveless peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture, gold block heels by Sam Edelman. Her hair and makeup by Salon Pure.
Engaged couple in background, holding hearts on twine with their wedding date in front of them, in focus, by Jaye Kogut Wedding Photography
Engaged couple walk in front of Little Hall on the campus of Princeton University. She is wearing a pale blue peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture. He is wearing a shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy, tie from Bar III. Jaye Kogut Photography, New Jersey engagement photographer
couple standing against the brick wall outside Little Hall on the campus of Princeton University. His arms are crossed, looking to his right at her, nose against hers as she has her arms on his upper right arm.

Describe your relationship in one sentence:

A fun, quirky, loving comedy show that we hope will last a lifetime!

Couple facing away from camera, holding hands. Blue sleeveless peplum dress with back ruffle by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture, gold block heels by Sam Edelman. His shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy. Photo by Jaye Kogut Photography, NJ engagement photographer
Couple facing away from camera, holding hands behind her back, kissing
Couple facing away from camera, holding hands behind her back, she looking over her left shoulder back at the camera.
Bride and groom to be standing face to face in a garden, a floral bouquet of peaches, blues and whites by Magnolia West Events in her hand. Bride to be in a light blue sleeveless peplum dress from Castle Couture by John Paul Ataker, he in a shirt by Calvin Klein, tie by Bar III, pants by Old Navy.
black and white photo of the couple standing in a garden, looking at one another, laughing.
Bride and groom to be nose to nose in a garden, a floral bouquet of peaches, blues and whites by Magnolia West Events in her hand.
round diamond solitaire engagement ring on a diamond eternity band by Hamilton Jewelers sitting atop a peach flower

Describe the proposal…by the groom to be!

We got engaged in Lake Tahoe in Feb 8, 2019. We went there for a winter vacation, but little did Alisha know I had been planning and building a ring with Hamilton Jewelers for the past two months prior. Before arriving, I worked with the hotel to set up the room with roses, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, and a card. When Alisha turned around from looking outside at the view of the snow-covered mountains, I was on one knee behind her and proposed!

Engaged couple stand in a garden; she in front of him, his arms around her at her waist, her hands on his, showing off her diamond engagement ring from Hamilton Jewelers. She is wearing a pale blue peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture. He is wearing a shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy, tie from Bar III. Jaye Kogut Photography, New Jersey engagement photographer
Black and white photo of engaged couple he standing behind her, she with her head looking back at him.
Engaged couple dance and twirl in a garden. She is wearing a pale blue peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture. He is wearing a shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy, tie from Bar III. Jaye Kogut Photography, New Jersey engagement photographer
Engaged couple he standing behind her, holding her arms outstretched as if flying . She is wearing a pale blue peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture. He is wearing a shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy, tie from Bar III. Photo by Jaye Kogut Photography, Central NJ wedding photographer

What is your favorite thing about being engaged?

Alisha: Knowing that we are one step closer to getting married and starting a new chapter of our lives together.

Donovan: I love having my best friend to hold each day and night and knowing that we will spend forever together 💍😇

Black and white photo of engaged couple he standing behind her, arms wrapped around her, she with her head looking back at him, kissing.
Engaged couple he standing behind her, arms wrapped around her, she with her head looking back at him, smiling. She is wearing a pale blue peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture. He is wearing a shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy, tie from Bar III
Black and white photo of couple , bodies facing each other, holding hands, her face turned towards the camera, laughing, while he is smiling at her
Engaged couple nose to nose in a light embrace on the campus of Princeton University. She is wearing a pale blue peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture. He is wearing a shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy, tie from Bar III

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

Celebrating us with our closest friends and family but most importantly, all the days that come after! 

Black and white photo of couple sitting, laughing, on a concrete bench on the campus of Princeton University
Engaged couple, she to his right, with her left hand on his shoulder, right hand holding his arm, on the campus of Princeton University. She is wearing a pale blue peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture. He is wearing a shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy, tie from Bar III
Engaged couple, she embracing him from behind, on the campus of Princeton University. She is wearing a pale blue peplum dress by John Paul Ataker from Castle Couture. He is wearing a shirt by Calvin Klein, pants by Old Navy, tie from Bar III

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Princeton University engagement photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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