Goodness. This couple completely rocked their engagement session with me the other week. And I knew they would, right from the beginning of our consult meeting. They are two of the sweetest people, and you can just tell when you spend time with them that they are perfect together. They met when they were just 15 in study hall at Hunterdon Central, where they were introduced by Keith’s cousin and first discovered their mutual love of music. They’re both drummers, and as Kellie put it, it was “competition at first sight”.
They remained good friends and started dating not too long after graduating high school. Kellie told me at our consult meeting that she had secretly had a crush on Keith throughout high school, and that she feels so lucky that she is getting to spend the rest of her life with her high school crush. Keith is definitely a lucky guy himself – he loves Kellie’s energy and creativity, and appreciates her determined spirit as she works towards her RN while working a full-time job. For Kellie’s 25th birthday, they went to the Domincan Republic. The morning that they arrived, after a long evening of traveling, Keith woke Kellie up asking her to go for a sunrise walk on the beach. Her reaction was, as I think pretty much anyone’s would be in that situation, to roll over and to tell him she’s going back to sleep. He kept asking though, so she eventually caved and they went for that romantic – only slightly groggy – sunrise walk on the beach. When they were back in front of the hotel, Keith got out a scrapbook that he had made for her commemorating their relationship – from the notes they passed in high school to pictures of the adventures that they had gone on in college. And on the last page, he had sewn an engagement ring and “will you marry me?” Obviously, she said yes, and it was all captured on Keith’s stealthily hid GoPro!
We started off their engagement session at the timelessly beautiful Princeton University campus, exploring and taking pictures in probably half of the archways there. It was a windy Sunday evening, but the forecast called for the wind to die down as the day wore on, so we went ahead and did the session as scheduled. Well, not surprisingly, the forecast wasn’t exactly accurate, and the wind was borderline crazy at times. The gusts weren’t about to stop these two though from having a blast during their engagement session – Kellie embraced the wind and had fun with it! Keith even got an opportunity to experience some of the tribulations of having long hair in the wind :)
Kellie and Keith love to spend time exploring outdoors and finding new places to discover in their truck while jamming out to their favorite music. So naturally, we had to go to a location where we could do all of those things. Enter Rosedale Park in Pennington, New Jersey (a big thank you to Abigail Gingerale Photography for introducing me to this park!) We started off with a few portraits in the field near the parking lot as the sun was setting below the tree line. They wanted a picture with them in their cowboy boots and hats, so Keith pulled the truck up to the edge of the lake (with only a little bit of off roading – to which Kellie responded, “I knew he was going to do that. That’s so us”).
Kellie was telling me how her and her sister have been making most of the details for their wedding day so that they perfectly reflect Keith and Kellie’s relationship together – I can’t wait to capture their wedding day in just over a month!