Spring Lake Engagement

Sep 24

Bailey & Michael

Engaged couple walks barefoot on the beach, hand in hand, looking at each other. She is wearing a maxi dress by Lilly Pulitzer, he is wearing a collared shirt and shorts by Vineyard Vines. On the beach in Spring Lake, N

Bailey and Michael are super sweet and we had the best time shooting their engagement session all over Spring Lake. They even had an Insta-famous special guest make an appearance! Keep reading to see who it was…

We had a picture perfect day for Bailey and Michael’s engagement shoot: everything from the sand to their attire to the bicycles was on point! I love everything about these two, including the movie they chose to describe their relationship – be sure to scroll down to read what they said! Which is why having special guest Brighton the Golden (the Instagram sensation) in their shoot was just so fitting!

Also very fitting: Bailey and Michael’s clothing choices for the day. Bailey chose a pink and blue maxi dress by Lilly Pulitzer, which went perfectly with Michael’s coordinating shorts and shirt from Vineyard Vines (and of course, his shoes from Allbirds). And to tie everything together, the bicycles even coordinated, especially Bailey’s!

I loved everything about these two and I can’t wait to be a part of their big day next month!

Vendors

Engagement Ring: Carats & Stones

Bride and groom on antique bicycles in a park, looking at one another, smiling.
The future bride and groom standing one in front of another, her left hand displaying her engagement ring on his left arm, both looking at the camera, smiling
The future bride and groom standing one in front of another, her left hand displaying her engagement ring on his left arm, both looking at one another, smiling.

How did you two meet?

We met on a dating app and then actually met at Kell’s in San Francisco where we enjoyed a few Guiness and hours of conversation.

Black and white of the future bride and groom standing one in front of another, her left hand displaying her engagement ring on his left arm, both looking at one another, smiling.
The future bride and groom standing one in front of another, her left hand displaying her engagement ring on his chest, both looking at one another, smiling.
Black and white photo of engaged couple hip to hip in park
Engaged couple in park in Spring Lake, NJ, standing behind antique bicycle, looking at one another, nose to nose and smiling.

Describe your relationship in one sentence:

We love each other, challenge each other, and are always making each other happy.

Engaged couple walks alongside antique bikes amongst the homes in Spring Lake, New Jersey. She is wearing a maxi dress by Lilly Pulitzer, he is wearing a blue shirt and coral shorts by Vineyard Vines. By NJ engagement photographer Jaye Kogut Photography
Distance photo of the bride and groom to be laughing while walking alongside antique bikes on a wooden bridge in Divine Park, Spring Lake, New Jersey by NJ wedding photographer Jaye Kogut Photography
Bride and groom to be enjoying a laugh while standing with antique bikes in Spring Lake, NJ
Zoom in on the brides solitaire engagement ring on diamond band by Carats and Stones, which is on her left hand, which is on the handlebars of an antique bike

Describe the proposal

Michael told Bailey he wanted to take a walk on the boardwalk in Spring Lake, NJ on a Friday evening. It was rainy during the day and overcast when we went for our walk so the beach was clear except for the life guards huddled in their sheds. We walked up the boardwalk for a bit and then back when Michael thought it would be nice if we went down on the beach and walked in the sand for a bit. We walked for a while and then Michael asked Bailey if she was happy and then while she was looking at the ocean dropped to one knee and said I want to be this happy forever with the ring. Bailey then dropped down to her knees and hugged Michael. Michael asked Bailey if that meant Yes and that she needed to get out of the sand and let me put the ring on her finger. We walked holding hands back towards the boardwalk and the lifeguards applauded as we walked by. They took the only picture we had from the proposal but it was a great one.

Side view of brides diamond solitaire engagement ring in princess cut, on a diamond band, by Carats and Stones, displayed on a pink flower by New Jersey wedding photographer Jaye Kogut Photography
Brides diamond solitaire engagement ring in princess cut, on a diamond band, by Carats and Stones, displayed on leaves by New Jersey wedding photographer Jaye Kogut Photography
The future bride and groom sit on the brick steps of a porch with Brighton the Dog in a bowtie

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

Must Love Dogs. Because we both met on a dating app and while neither of us owned dogs, it was very much a requirement that the other loved dogs. There are many dogs awaiting us in our future.

Full length candid of bride and groom to be on the boardwalk on Spring Lake beach, holding hands, admiring her engagement ring.
Black and white photo of the engaged couple on the boardwalk in Spring Lake, smiling ,nose to ose
3/4 photo of engaged couple, focusing in on her hand in his. She is wearing Lilly Pulitzer, he is wearing Vineyard Vines.
Black and white photo of the engaged couple on the boardwalk in Spring Lake, smiling ,nose to ose
Black and white silhouette photo of the bride and groom nose to nose by NJ wedding photographer Jaye Kogut Photography

What is your favorite thing about being engaged?

Bailey: Spending so much time celebrating with the person I love. Michael: Continuing to have such fun times and celebrations and thinking about so many more to come.

The future bride and groom walk on the beach in Spring Lake, New Jersey, holding hands and looking at one another (facing away from the camera). She is wearing Lilly Pulitzer, he is wearing Vineyard Vines
The future bride and groom walk on the beach in Spring Lake, New Jersey, holding hands and looking at one another. She is wearing Lilly Pulitzer, he is wearing Vineyard Vines
Black and white photo of the engaged couple holding hands and smilingon the beach in Spring Lake

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

Having all our friends and family together in the same place celebrating with us. Can’t wait for the dance party.

Couple laughing in the surf at Spring Lake Beach. She is wearing Lily Pulitzer, he is wearing Vineyard Vines
Black and white photo of bride and groom standing in the surf on Spring Lake beach, nose to nose.
Engaged couple face to face, nose to nose, smiling. Her left hand on his chest, his right hand in his shorts pocket.
Engaged couple walking hand in hand on the beach, both looking off in the distance towards the ocean. She is wearing a dress by Lily Pulitzer

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Spring Lake engagement photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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