Engagement Session Windows on the Water
Hillary and Luke’s Engagement Session Windows on the Water in Millstone Twp., NJ, was gorgeous and probably the most fun we’ve had on a session in a while. These two are so much fun, and I cannot think of any better way to start our spring sessions for 2021 than these two. Engagement Session Windows on the Water
I met Hillary and Luke through a mutual friend of ours, and we became friends instantly. They were a joy to work with and really did an amazing job. My favorite part was definitely using Luke’s car!! Not very often do we get to use a car for an engagement session and not only that but a car that we can pose a lot with. Engagement Session Windows on the Water
We flew the drone and finally were able to get some amazing images from our drone as well! Windows has so much to offer, and I cannot wait to get back there at the end of the year and shoot their wedding. It is truly going to be a beautiful and magical wedding.
These two are huge Disney buffs, just like me. I finally found people who love Disney just as much as I do. Of course, we had to Disney bound an outfit, and they chose Beauty and the Beast. That is my favorite Disney classic movie of all time, so I was jumping for joy when I showed up and saw the movie they picked. We danced to “Beauty and the Beast,” and these two are secretly really good at dancing. Engagement Session Windows on the Water
Hillary kept telling Luke how handsome he looks, and she couldn’t take her eyes off him the entire session. It was adorable.
She said to me that she channeled her inner “Outsiders” for their second outfit with the car. It was hilarious. This was by far my favorite part of the session. Their style choice, car, and look of everything were exceptional. Beyond what I expected it to be. We shot inside and outside the car; it made for some really creative shots. Some of the best we have ever had using a car. Sometimes it takes the right couple with the right setting for these photos to come to life. Engagement Session Windows on the Water
My favorite photo from their entire session was when Hillary was in the hood of the car. That is a shot that I have wanted to do for a while, and we finally had the right couple to do it. I cannot begin to express how excited I am about these photos.
We ended with beautiful photos during blue hour out in the open fields. Some simple & beautiful shots to wrap their session. It was a truly magical session. I love how fun they are, and that makes our job SO much easier.
I cannot wait for these two lovebirds to get married. Hillary & Luke will be tying the knot in October 2021 at Windows on the Water in Frogbridge.
A LITTLE Q&A FOR THE BRIDE & GROOM
HOW DID YOU MEET?!
“On a bright, September morning in 2007, after frantically missing the bus on the first day of Middle school and my dear mother rushing me into the car, I made it to the doors of Northern Burlington County middle school. I cautiously climbed the stairs up to the 7th-grade hallway, filled with the adrenaline, excitement, and fear of meeting new people at a bigger school, and opened the door to Mrs. Graph’s homeroom.” Engagement Session Windows on the Water
“Being that I was late, I was the last one to take my seat. I took my assigned seat in front of a boy with blond curly hair and big blue eyes, who was busy making (pretty hilarious) jokes with another boy he knew well. As I listened, I laughed to myself. When Mrs. Graph called attendance, we learned that our last names were Levanduski and Lovenduski.” Engagement Session Windows on the Water
“Of course, this sprang a conversation of relation, or knowing people of the same name, wondering if even with the 2 letter difference, we could somehow be related (which of course we were not-thankfully! Haha). This quickly sparked a friendship of playing jokes on others, pretending to be siblings, or cousins, distant relatives, and youthful flirtation of who’s name was better. Luke was one of the first new people I met on the first day of middle school. I had no idea that at that moment, my life would be forever changed.” Engagement Session Windows on the Water
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST DATE!
“Luke pulled together his money to take me to a nice sit-down dinner as two 15-year-olds. We ate pasta specials and enjoyed being out like “adults.” It was at Farnsworth House in Bordentown in the summer of 2008 (end of Freshman year).”
HOW DID YOU FALL IN LOVE?
“With our names so close in spelling, Luke and I were placed in every class together and alphabetically seated next to each other in every class. We quickly became close friends. Over the years, we even sweetly liked each other. He was my first kiss in 8th grade, and we always enjoyed each other’s company. Over time, we realized that we liked each other more than friends. On the last day of freshman year of high school, Luke told me he had something very important to tell me at the end of the day.”
“We split up to take our final exams, with my head in the clouds and butterflies in my stomach thinking of what he may say. This daydreaming, of course, led to me receiving a C on my geometry final, but I really couldn’t have cared less at the time.”
“At the end of the day, while students ran through the halls laughing with the excitement about summer, we met in the cafeteria. Luke pulled me to the side to tell me that he had feelings for me and wanted me to be his girlfriend. I anxiously paced and twiddled my thumbs as I sputtered out that I felt the same way. From that day, we were inseparable- a package deal throughout all of high school. Not only first love but best friends.”
HOW DID HE PROPOSE?
“On Saturday, September 19, 2020, Luke let me know that we were going on a big date! We had had a Covid 19 exposure scare, and because I am immune-compromised, Luke had been staying at a hotel until tests came back negative. When tests were finally returned after days of waiting, Luke was finally coming home! After all of that stress and longing to be together, we were so excited to have a lovely day together! My Luke had a perfect idea.”
“When we were 16 years old, Luke and I had carved our initials in a heart in a tree at our local park- we always spent so much time there and loved it as kids. Luke’s idea for our date was to visit “our tree” and take some pictures of us with the carving. Then, we went out to a delicious dinner in the next town where we had our first apartment together. I couldn’t wait to see our tree!” Engagement Session Windows on the Water
“We arrived at the park, and it felt so wonderful to be back in that space where we had run around together as kids. We walked down the trail path holding hands and chatting. When we found our tree, Luke pulled out a tripod from his backpack. As someone who adores having pictures and videos of us, I was over the moon, and my heart warmed knowing that he was taking pictures for me.” Engagement Session Windows on the Water
“When he started the video, he asked me to talk to the camera about our tree. Eventually, Luke turned to me and said, “Do you remember what I told you when we carved our initials in this tree 10 years ago?” Feeling the energy in the air, I giggled excitedly and said no. He then said, “I said, one day, I was going to ask you to marry me,” as he went down on one knee and pulled out the most gorgeous, sparkling ring I had ever seen. Tears of joy filled my eyes as I fell to my knees myself- overwhelmed with happiness and love and gratitude at this moment.”
“Luke asked me to marry him. As I said, “yes!” I ran into his arms- so excited to be his wife and to be officially his forever.” Engagement Session Windows on the Water
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR ABOUT YOUR WEDDING?
“To be married to the love of my life.”
YOUR LOVE STORY IS MADE INTO A MOVIE; WHAT IS THE TITLE?
“Two Letters to True Love”
DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP IN 5 WORDS
“Loving, supportive, caring, fun, lasting, meaningful.”
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT MEANS THE MOST TO BOTH OF YOU?
“Each other, family, and our sweet little cat, Bandit (whom we call Bum).”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT EACH OTHER?!
Hillary – “My favorite thing about Luke is his laugh and then the way he makes me laugh in return. Nothing makes me happier than being with him- he’s my best friend.”
Luke – “My favorite thing about Hill is her genuine caring nature and infectious positive energy. She makes my day every day, and I am so lucky to have her.”
HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A COUPLE SINCE YOU STARTED DATING?
“We’ve known each other since we were kids and greatly influenced each other in the people we’ve grown into- we’ve grown dramatically as individuals and as a couple. :)”
FAVORITE QUIRK ABOUT EACH OTHER?!
Hillary – “My favorite quirk about Luke is that every night, his body twitches right before he falls asleep.”
Luke – “My favorite quirk about Hill is the fact that she unconsciously sticks her tongue out when she concentrates.”
IF YOU COULD SPEND 24 HOURS WITH YOUR PARTNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
“If we’re honest, we would spend the day being lazy together- laying together on the couch, watching cooking competitions, eating pizza, having sex, and maybe smoking some weed. ;)”
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST LOVED BY YOUR PARTNER?!
Hillary – “I feel most loved by Luke when he holds me. I fit perfectly into the crook of his neck with my chin- like we were two puzzle pieces made for each other. When he hugs me, I feel my body relax- like I’m at home.”
Luke – “I feel most loved by Hill when she scratches my hair. After a long day, I lay my head in her lap, and she strokes my head, making me feel super loved. That and when she makes my turkey sandwiches every day for lunch. :)”
IF YOU COULD BE INSANELY TALENTED AT ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?!
Hillary – “I would be a dancer (I can’t dance so people who can amaze me)”
Luke – “I’m already a drummer and absolutely love music. I would want to be an extremely talented musician.”
FIRST IMPRESSION OF EACH OTHER
Hillary – “I thought Luke was super cute and funny in the 7th-grade homeroom.”
Luke – “Hill walked into 7th-grade homeroom, and I thought she was SUPER pretty- and I was SUPER confused by the name thing.”
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES?
“We’re not drinkers- we stick to Gatorade. Haha”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDIES AND CHOCOLATES?!
“We both weirdly love cow tails.”
Ring – Phil Practico Jewelers