Princeton University Engagement

Jul 31

Courtney and Kevin

Bride to be sitting in the lap of the groom to be, both looking at the camera, smiling. She is wearing a black sleeveless dress by Aqua, he is wearing a 3 piece black suit by Calvin Klein, without the jacket.

I love when my couples come to me with a particular idea in mind for their engagement sessions with me. Sometimes its on a farm, where they want to be relaxed and rustic, and sometimes it’s not. And “not” is exactly what Courtney and Kevin wanted for theirs! These lovebirds knew what they wanted from the start, and I knew the perfect place to make it happen: Princeton University. Then add some sassy dresses, heels galore and a three-piece suit? I was so excited to shoot these two as soon as I saw them! Read on to see how our session went…

The minute I spoke to Courtney and Kevin, I knew we’d have a fantastic time working together! They were thoughful, creative, and knew what they wanted. And that came through in every aspect of their engagement session. From their attire to Courtney’s DIY signage, everything was perfectly them!

Courtney’s attire was classy and had just that extra amount of sass that made the shoot at Princeton University exactly what she wanted: a bit different then what she and Kevin are planning for the wedding, yet perfectly them. When they arrived, she was in a sleeveless, short, mock turtleneck black dress by Aqua from Bloomingdales, with this super awesome metallic mauve heels by Kelly & Katie, only available at DSW. Kevin complimented her perfectly in his black, three piece suit by Calvin Klein. Sass and class: I loved it! For her second outfit, Courtney changed into a short, strapless white dress, with this stunningly intricate gold applique that wrapped around the bodice by Lilly Pulitzer, her “go to” designer. She paired this dress perfectly with gold tassel stiletto heels by Badgley Mischka, and finished the entire ensemble with earrings and a necklace by Kate Spade New York. Kevin even changed it up a bit by changing his tie from a burgundy patterned one (that he wore to compliment Courtney’s black dress) to a solid black one so as to compliment the white and gold dress perfectly as well!

While Courtney and Kevin looked amazing for their engagement session, Princeton University made a magical setting for their session to take place. Not only because of the history of the school and the town, but the architecture is to die for. The buildings are so unique in their makeup that the opportunities for amazing shots exist pretty much everywhere on campus. The campus embodied everything that Courtney and Kevin were not only looking for, but embodied and encircled them as well. I mean, just look at their photos….

We had so much fun together during their engagement shoot, and I cannot wait for their wedding! Courtney and Kevin were perfect in picking every aspect of their engagement shoot: the location, their attire, and even their DIY signage. I know as a photographer, I could not have asked for a better couple! I can only guess as to what these lovebirds have planned for their wedding day, and I’m sure I’m not the only person who cannot wait to see it all on their big day!

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Hair: Up & Out Hoboken // Make Up: Beauty on Location //

Bride to be in an Aqua black sleeveless short dress with her arms wrapped around the right arm of the groom to be, dressed in a black Calvin Klein 3 piece suit
Black and white close up shot of the groom to be looking down at his bride to be while hugging her, her eyes cast down, while smiling
Black and white photo of the bride to be looking up at her groom to be, while having her arms wrapped around his waist
Bride to be dressed in a short black dress by Aqua, shoes by Kelly & Katie from DSW, holding hands with her groom to be, dressed in a 3 piece suit by Calvin Klein, in front of Nassau Hall at Princeton University
Bride to be dressed in a short black sleeveless dress by Aqua, leading her groom to be, dressed in a 3 piece black suit by Calvin Klein, with one hand while walking behind the ivy covered Nassau Hall building on the campus of Princeton University
Bride to be in an Aqua black sleeveless short dress with her arms wrapped around the right arm of the groom to be, dressed in a black Calvin Klein 3 piece suit, with his suit jacket thrown casually behind his left shoulder
Bride to be in an Aqua black sleeveless short dress, standing in front of her groom to be, wrapped in his arms, both looking at the camera, smiling. He is dressed in a black Calvin Klein 3 piece suit, without the suit jacket

How did you two meet?

We met through a mutual friend.  Kevin was visiting his friend from back home, who was my neighbor and good friend at Fairfield University.  It was at a stoplight party (wear a green shirt – go / yellow- proceed with caution / red – in a relationship).  The party was not designed to be a mixer per se, just in a series of college parties we were trying to diversify the various party themes.  I saw Kevin standing in the corner and thought, he is very handsome and awkward, which I found appealing as someone who finds comfort in Excel spreadsheets.  I asked one of my friends who he was, since I hadnt seen him at any of our group get togethers before, and he walked me right over and introduced me.  It has been a decade of knowing each other ever since!  We actually have a picture from the night we met in our green shirts 🙂

Black and white photo of the bride to be standing in front of her groom to be, wrapped in his arms, she is looking at the camera, he is looking down at her.
Bride to be sitting in the lap of the groom to be, kissing him. She is wearing a black sleeveless dress by Aqua, he is wearing a 3 piece black suit by Calvin Klein, without the jacket.
Black and white photo of the bride to be wrapping her arms around the left arm of the groom to be. He is gazing down at her, she is looking at the camera, smiling
Bride and groom to be holding a "love" sign, while having their arms wrapped around one another's waist, in front of the archway
Oval diamond engagement ring with diamond halo on a diamond band resting on a purple flower

Describe the proposal

For years Kevin and I would go to Jones Winery in Shelton CT.  Whether by ourselves, or with our friends, it was always a great time, fantastic wine, and a place filled with wonderful memories for us.  It was the place of one of our first dates and the place for our favorite dates over the years.  In addition to the winery, for years we also would get our pumpkins from Jones Pumpkin Patch (little known fun fact: groom is quite the artful pumpkin carver), which also held great memories over many years.  

We were walking through the pumpkin patch with some of our friends and I was wondering to myself how deep into the patch we were going (Kevin is pretty quick to decide on a pumpkin).  As we were reaching the end of the grounds, Kevin started talking to me about our relationship and I look over and he was already on one knee!  Our friends were staggered in the patch taking pictures and ready to celebrate with some champagne!  I was completely surprised and I am a very very hard person to surprise (I always sleuth and figure things out!). We then left the pumpkin patch and proceeded to Jones Winery to celebrate with a private tasting of all of our favorite wines from there.  Was such a wonderful, perfect proposal in a place so sentimental and special to us.

Bride to be in a white strapless short dress with gold applique at the torso by Lilly Pulitzer, gold strappy heels by Badgley Mischka leading her groom to be in a solid black 3 piece suit by Calvin Klein. On the campus of Princeton University.
Bride to be in a white strapless short dress with gold applique at the torso by Lilly Pulitzer, gold strappy heels by Badgley Mischka, sitting on a bench with her groom to be (in a black 3 piece suit by Calvin Klein). The bench is in a garden filled with various green foliage, along with a bit of purple hydrangea.
black and white image of the bride to be and her fiance sitting on a bench. She has her hair in one hand, while leaning against him, while he sits and holds her with his left arm on her left arm
The engaged couple sitting on the steps of a large white building with large columns and two wooden doors on the campus of Princeton University. He is sitting facing the camera in a black suit with white shirt and black tie, she is leaning against him with her legs outstretced on a stair in a light colored dress
black and white photo of the couple looking at each other and and laughing, zoomed in on their face and upper bodies while still sitting on the steps of a building at Princeton University
hand painted, rustic looking "C & K" with burlap and small floral decor on them, standing on the marble steps of a building while the couples feet are on the step above. You only see their feet facing each other, with one of her feet in the air "Hollywood Kiss" style
Courtney and Kevin kissing in front of a large building on the Princeton University campus, with two columns, stairs and a set of brown double doors. they are kissing in the distance while holding out a hand painted, rustic looking & in front

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

We are most excited about having so many people we love in one room celebrating us.   We are very excited for our first dance, and I am really looking forward to spending time with my dad that day, both in getting ready to walk down the aisle and for our father/daughter dance.

bride to be in white sleeveless gown with gold applique at the midsection facing camera, eyes down, right hand on building, left hand on hip
engaged couple leaning against column of building on the campus of Princeton University. He is in a black suit, leaning against the column, left foot bent up against the colum, she is in his arms, right leg bent up "hollywood kiss" style. She is in a short white strapless dress with gold applique at the waist, along with gold strappy heels, long hair slightly curled and flowing down her back
Black and white photo of the engaged couple leaning against column of building on the campus of Princeton University. He is in a black suit, leaning against the column, left foot bent up against the column, she has his suit jacket in her hands. She is in a short white strapless dress with gold applique at the waist, along with gold strappy heels, long hair slightly curled and flowing down her back

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

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