Destination engagement: Wildwood and Cape May, NJ

Aug 13, 2018

Destination engagement photoshoots: have you noticed them, popping up here and there? You may be noticing the beginning of a wedding photography trend that’s quickly, quietly growing in popularity—and with good reason.

Engagement photos are already a great way to capture the unique love you share with your partner in a setting that’s more flexible than your wedding venue. But with destination engagement photos, you lift geographical limits completely. That’s a powerful thing. You can choose to celebrate anywhere on the planet; just pick a place that makes your heart sing. (Plus, you get an excuse for a vacation! Personally, I never turn that down.)

Recently, I photographed engaged humans Jake and Valentina in both Cape May and Wildwood, New Jersey. The pair met while in college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he proposed to her while they were on vacation in New Orleans. They’re a fun-loving, adventurous, and very progressive couple.

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Jake and Valentina chose the location for their destination engagement pictures for a few reasons. The first was sentimental, since Jake’s family has been vacationing at the Jersey shore since he was small. The second was practical: they were planning to be there for vacation, anyway! And the third was, of course, aesthetic. With both sweeping, pristine beaches and buzzing, colorful boardwalks, the area is positively packed with beautiful backdrops.

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Now, I have to admit that this destination engagement shoot was especially meaningful for me. Jake is my brother, and Valentina my soon-to-be sister in law! But all the benefits of this meaningful, beautiful form of engagement photography still apply.

For example, we had a wonderfully flexible timeline. Unlike a typical engagement shoot, which is often just a couple of hours, destination engagement photography can take place over multiple days. Having more time made it possible to highlight both locations at their best. We visited the beach at dawn and (after a nap) the boardwalk at dusk. It also allows for plenty of variety, since we can visit as many spots within the destination as time allows.

Anyway, I’m in love with these images, and I’ll never forget photographing two of my very favorite people against these dramatic, meaningful backdrops.

If you could be photographed anywhere in the world with your partner, where would you choose? I think I’d pick Iceland, or somewhere on the Mediterranean. Hmmm…

P.S. Keep scrolling for more images!

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Destination engagement: Beach and Boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. July 2018, Rebecca Gatto Photography

Picturing yourself in these photos? Let’s talk 🙂

 

 

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