Sandy Hook Engagement // Danielle & Pete

Engagements

Danielle & Pete

I am so excited for Danielle and Pete’s Westmount Country Club wedding this weekend, I just had to share their sweet engagement session from last fall! Danielle and Pete postponed their wedding twice due to COVID and I can’t wait to see them finally say their vows and celebrate with their loved ones!

Last October, I met Danielle and Pete down the shore to capture their Sandy Hook engagement photos. The day was filled with sun, fun, and the most adorable pup!

Fall engagement photos with bride in white off-the-shoulder dress.

Sweet Sandy Hook Engagement

Danielle and Pete headed down the shore to capture the prettiest NJ beach engagement photos. They included a very special guest in their beach engagement photos: their adorable Frenchie, Grover! This little pup was quite dapper in his bow tie and was so cute in photos!

Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel
Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel

How They Met

It all started on Hinge.. yes, the dating app! Danielle and Pete were both new to the app and began chatting. The two were happy to learn they lived nearby each other: Pete was just getting out of the police academy and was working in Montclair, only a few miles from Danielle’s house in Caldwell. They met up for the perfect pre-Cinco de Mayo date where they ended up talking until the restaurant closed! Danielle and Pete went on more dates that same week and soon became inseparable. This sweet couple was clearly meant to be!

Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel
Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel
Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel

How He Asked

Pete pulled off the perfect surprise when he proposed! Danielle and Pete were enjoying a wonderful spring cruise with friends in the Southern Caribbean. On the second night in Antigua, everyone dressed up for formal night and photographers took their photos. Danielle was hungry and eager to get to dinner, but Pete got down on one knee as the photographer continued shooting! It was such a sweet moment! Pete had snuck off earlier to scope out the perfect place to propose!

Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel
Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel

Sunset Sandy Hook Engagement Photos

As the autumn sun set, Danielle and Pete toasted their adorable Mr. and Mrs. champagne glasses to their sweet future together. Danielle shared with me that Pete told her he knew from the day they met that he’d marry her. These two are so truly in love and it was such a joy to capture this sweet time in their lives!

Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel
Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel
Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel
Sweet Sandy Hook engagement photos at NJ beach in the fall captured by NJ wedding photographer Karina Mekel

Thank You

I was so excited to capture Danielle and Pete’s romantic and fun Sandy Hook engagement photos! It was wonderful to see this sweet couple laugh together and enjoy a perfect fall day down the shore. Thank you for choosing me as your NJ wedding photographer! I can’t wait to capture your beautiful wedding at the Westmount Country Club!

Engagement Photo Location: Sandy Hook Beach in Highlands, New Jersey

See more beautiful beach engagement photos from this summer Sandy Hook Beach engagement session! Or contact me anytime to inquire about photography for your wedding!

Karina Mekel is a romantically whimsical NJ wedding photographer capturing special moments throughout the East Coast. Follow along with these timeless love stories on Instagram @karinamekel or get in touch with Karina here.

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