Jenna + Zach | Engaged

You know when you meet someone and you instantly click and you feel like you've known them forever? Well that's how it felt when I met my bride, Jenna. She is so sweet and down to earth and I knew right away she was definitely going to be a "Grove Bride." Jenna and Zach are getting married next September at Eagle Manor  in Fairfield Township, NJ and they wanted their engagement session to take place at their venue. Well, kudos to them on this decision because this place is absolutely stunning. The grounds were gorgeous and I can see why they chose this destination as their venue. It looks like it's straight out of The Notebook.

I had so much fun exploring the grounds with them (and their adorable pups Bow and Arrow) and I cannot wait for their wedding next year!

Scroll through to check out their cozy session. 

xoxo- tara

Lifestyle Newborn Session: Zoe Christine

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of doing a newborn session for the Jester family. I have to say, this was one of the sweetest sessions I have done to date. Meghan and Jeremy have so much love for their sweet baby girl, Zoe, you can honestly feel it through their photos. I had so much fun with them and hope that they enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed just being in their company. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and just tryyyy to fight off that baby fever.

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Vintage Bridal Shoot- A walk down memory lane

For those of you who don't know, I am getting married this Memorial Day Weekend! With only 67 days to go, this is considered "crunch time." I am currently finalizing all of the last minute details and deciding which sentimental pieces I'd like to incorporate on the big day. With so many things going on, I had a bright idea. I asked my mom if she would be willing to unbox her 30 year old wedding gown to see if there was anything I could take from it to incorporate into my ensemble... little did I know how magical this experience was going to be.

When we took the box down out of the closet and wiped off the layer of dust, I could feel my mom's excitement and nervousness because she clearly didn't know what we would discover. Would it be in tact? Would it be yellow? Will it still fit?

We lifted the lid and carefully peeled back the tissue paper and there she was, in all her 80's glory, my mom's gown. Was she a little yellow? Yes. Do you think that stopped my mom from shedding a small tear? Absolutely not. 

Once she put on her gown I knew I absolutely had to do a Bridal shoot. When my parent's got married their photographer didn't capture the details of her gown or accessories and didn't do a bridal portrait session. This was my chance to give my mom those detail shots so she will always remember them. I believe every bride (even if she's been married for 30 years) should have portraits taken to capture her beauty.

Her gown was just as beautiful as she remembered and I felt so privileged to share in this moment with my mom. She was so proud of this gown and all of the memories it holds. She insisted that I try it on, and if I'm being honest, I was chomping at the bit to do so!

It fit me like a glove- almost like it was meant for me. And I have to say, I am in love with her veil and almost wish these puffy sleeves were still in style! 

After this experience with my mom I am dying to do another vintage bridal shoot. I have a couple in the works and cannot wait to share them with you! If this is a shoot you would LOVE to get in on, let me know in the comments! 

Until next time...

xx,
tara