I am in love with my recent Belmar Marina + Beach Engagement Session featuring the beautiful couple, Renee and Bryan! I had the best time with them! It was a stunning, perfect weather day for their Engagement session! The light, cool breeze in the air and the sunshine glistening off the water in the marina and at the beach all came together to make a perfect session!
To begin the engagement session, we walked the docks of the Belmar Marina! Renee wore a lovely pink floral dress that added the perfect pop of color! I love the nautical vibe of the marina, and all the amazing boats in the background.
After touring the marina, we headed to Belmar Beach! The couple love the beach and were thrilled to incorporate it into their session. For the beach photos, Renee changed into her second look, which was a lovely, white bohemian inspired dress, with a level of elegance! She looked stunning! Playing off this theme, we incorporated a bohemian inspired set up on the beach where they sat in the sand for a few portraits!
As Renee and Bryan walked around the beach holding hands and taking in the calmness of the ocean waves, I was struck by how perfect they were together. I loved watching them interact and laugh together. They shared parts of their love story with me, which I always LOVE learning. Hearing couples’ love stories is always so inspiring!
They were facebook friends for years before they connected in person. After turning him down once, Renee’s mom encouraged Renee to reach out to Bryan, because she had such a good feeling about him and she was right! Renee, stated that upon reaching out to him, “immediately, Bryan responded so sweetly and asked me to go on a date. It was refreshing to finally have a guy that knew what he wanted. Our first date was truly perfection, and the rest is history…”
“Bryan majorly surprised me! He was starting a new job so a proposal was the last thing on my mind. I was running a big event at work that day and he texted me, ‘I’ll pour wine to celebrate.’ I thought aww how cute. Little did I know, I would walk into an apartment lined with rose petals. “Perfect” was playing to a slideshow of all four years worth of our pictures from the beginning to the present. He was down on one knee. I remember falling to the ground in shock and he kept saying, ‘come her babe, come closer.’ I was in such shock! I obviously said yes without hesitation… even before seeing the ring! Afterwards, he had our immediate families at my parents house for a celebration. All the thought that went into it was so adorable. The best part was how surprised I was!”
“My ring is special because it’s what I told him I wanted, but he added his own custom touches. He chose the band and setting, which is what makes it even more beautiful to me.”
“I love how safe, protected, and comforted Bryan makes me feel. I have many ailments and Bryan being in the medical field is extremely helpful. He gets me. He understands my little quirks and empathizes with my big problems.”
Renee and Bryan’s romantic engagement session was such a treat to photograph! It makes my heart so happy to watch couples begin their journey together! I love witnessing the joy and love between newly engaged couples. This is such an exciting and fleeting time in a couple’s life together. Their big day will be here before you know it! I can hardly wait until next summer when these two tie the knot! Until then, Renee + Bryan, enjoy every moment of your engagement!
I hope you enjoyed Renee + Bryan’s Belmar Marina + Beach engagement Portraits! Here are a few other romantic, engagement sessions: Pennsylvania Longwood Gardens Engagement and NJ Bay Head Beach Engagement Session.
Jocelyn Cruz Photography is based in South New Jersey and serves the surrounding areas of PA and NJ. Please contact me if you want more information about our wedding photography!