If you are looking for an engagement session that begins with beers at a quintessential dive bar and ends with a gorgeous sunset, these photos are for you! When I first met Melissa, I could swear that I had known her forever. We were talking about how she and Dan had met, and she told me that they had actually met at Riggers Bar. For those of you who are not at all familiar with New Jersey, Riggers is a bar on the strip in good old Seaside Heights. Seaside Heights is the town in which the notorious ‘Jersey Shore’ TV show was filmed, and while I’m not 100% sure if the cast made a visit to Riggers or not, they totally should have. It is a total hole in the wall. I was even more excited when Melissa mentioned doing some of their engagement photos inside Riggers. I always love a challenge, and I love even more when my couples want to do fun and different things for their session, so I was totally in.
We were greeted by some Riggers regulars (a couple of them even told us that they, too, had met in Riggers), and we were cheered all around. Total celebrities for the evening.
After the bar, we headed over to Lavallette to grab some beachy sunset photos. I just love these two, and I loved being able to just hang out with them and do their photos – because that is exactly what it felt like. Like I was just chilling with some of my best friends on the beach, and then also getting adorable photos of them being cute together.
I cannot wait for these two to tie the knot this November at The Grand Marquis!!
Location: Riggers Bar, Seaside Heights + Lavallette, New Jersey