Princeton Engagement Session – Eric and Alissa

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Eric and Alissa met through mutual friends while studying at Princeton University. They love playing board games together, watching goofy TV shows, watching sports, and traveling to new places together. Eric’s sense of humor is his secret weapon…he seems serious at first, but he is really very funny when you get to know him!


Eric proposed in December 2015.  It was only two days before returning home for Christmas. Eric asked Alissa if she wanted to get ice cream that evening. It was a fairly regular outing for them, particularly when the weather is cold. Alissa gladly accepted with little idea that anything out of the ordinary was planned. Eric came and met her after her choir concert, and on their way to Halo Pub (the ice cream place), Eric stalled in front of Nassau Hall. As a bit of a campus architecture nerd, Alissa frequently pauses here every time she walks by. They chatted for a minute before Eric was sure that the timing was right and his roommate, Adam, was in position. Eric went down on one knee and removed the ring from his pocket…despite Alissa’s complete surprise, she did manage to say yes! He hadn’t forgotten about ice cream though. After taking a few more photos in front of Nassau Hall, they took a slightly longer route to Halo Pub to allow Adam to beat them there. This should have tipped Alissa off because Eric is usually very picky about taking the shortest possible path. She was too distracted though, and upon arriving, about 20 of their friends were there to surprise her. It was an all-around success!

Princeton University campus holds a special place in their hearts for so many reasons. There was no other option but to shoot their engagement session there. We really tried to use the architecture to our advantage, since it has such special meaning to them.

All of my wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session. It’s one of my favorite things to shoot, because not only does it give my clients some great photos, but it’s a great way for us to get to know each other. For many couples, this is their first photo shoot and since we try to keep it relaxed, it’s a fun way to get them comfortable in front of a lens before their wedding day.

Thanks to my other shooter, Jess!

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