Emily + John | New Jersey Engagement | Spring Lake, NJ | Featured on Sweetened & Romantic

We met up at Spring Lake; where they got engaged –  fitting to return to this gorgeous location for their engagement session and how fitting for them to be featured on Sweetened & Romantic!

John had been in the Seminary studying for the priesthood from August 2008- December 2012. During that time of learning about Theology, and Pastoral care, “I was forced to get to know myself. Through that process I learned that I needed true companionship and love in my life”. They met online… “Emily made initial contact, and made sure I had her number pretty quickly after ! We met pretty quickly, and had our “first dates” in the city during Christmas time, Rockefeller center’s Christmas tree, Starbucks, and a search for a restaurant without an hour wait”!

Emily noticed his smile right away from his pictures. “They were just warm and inviting. Reading his profile, I saw he had been in seminary studying the become a priest. This immediately resonated with me as I had also been in religious life. I was in the convent for 3 years in my early 20’s. God called me out of that life but I always hoped He would show me where my greatest happiness would lie. Seeing John so open on his profile about his own discernment was a major sign for me. I messaged him immediately, I didn’t want some other woman to get him first! We started talking that day and never stopped’!


I asked them, how did you know you were one another’s soulmates? John answered: “I sort of laughed at this question because of something I said to Emily when I proposed. Soulmate has always been pretty far outside of my vocabulary. It seemed like something in movies and novels put there to make people feel disappointed about their circumstances, and to keep them coming back to purchase their products. However, with Emily there was an immediate level of both comfort and passion that is so very rare. My training in faith teaches me that love is willing the good of the other, and I don’t doubt for a minute that this is the intention we have for each other”.

Emily said: “While I won’t go as far as love at first sight, I knew John was special from the start. At the end of our first date, he kissed me and I felt like I was walking on air. That feeling has never left me. He’s been able to show me that he really gets who I am while (gently) pushing me out of my comfort zone”.



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I asked them what they loved most about your engagement session?
“I loved how John kept me laughing the whole time so I wouldn’t uptight/nervous”!- Emily

“The shoot was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be, and I can tell that Emily immediately fell in love with the teaser shots. That makes me happy”!- John


1 Comment

  1. by Joyce and Alan on August 25, 2016  7:35 am Reply

    How wonderful! Your happiness shines through every photo, every smile. We're so happy for you both.

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