Beneduce Vineyards, Pittstown NJ Engagement Photography Session {Cassie & Gerry}

Cassie and Gerry. What a beautiful couple. Their relationship grew throughout their years in high school, but they first met much earlier than that – sharing Cheerios when they were about 2 years old! How crazy and sweet! One of the things I love about Cassie & Gerry is their blog, Life and Other Beautiful Things its all about preparing for the November wedding, including rebuilding a home together and lots of beautiful wisdom on relationships. It was a very blessed afternoon spending time at Beneduce Vineyards with Cassie and Gerry, photographing them in this very special time in their lives. We cannot wait for your wedding!


Cassie and Gerry brought Cheerios, the thing that first brought them together as children when they shared it as a snack. I can’t get over the cuteness!

After shooting for a while, the dark clouds started to come in. Literally half the sky was bright and sunny, while the dark storm clouds rolled in on the other side.

The storm did not bother Cassie and Gerry at all, in fact Gerry studied meteorology and just loves a good storm. We were all excited about taking some photos in the rain. I love the spontaneous romantic feel of a kiss in the rain.

When everyone was sufficiently wet, we went inside the winery to enjoy a little tasting of the fabulous Beneduce wines.

This Shot Gun Red wine was named for the shot gun shells found in the ground during grape growing. It was super yummy.

Want to leave Cassie and Gerry some love? Leave a comment in the box below!

August 16, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Gina D'Urso - Oh my gosh! That is INCREDIBLE! The pictures in the rain are breathtaking. I’m super speechless. WOW!

August 16, 2012 - 3:54 pm

RoseAnn D'Urso - So jealous! What a beautiful couple! What beautiful photos!

August 16, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Ann Boyle Delaney - Absolutely stunning! God Bless
Love, Ann

August 16, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Susan Glova - Oh soooo gorgeous…both the couple and the photos!

August 18, 2012 - 4:03 am

Marie D'Urso - Absolutely LOVE all these pictures! Cassie & Gerry, you are so photogenic. Love is definitely in the air…and Paul, you captured it superbly. Carolyn…great captions to the pictures.

August 18, 2012 - 4:06 am

Margaret Falcone Celentano - So So Beautiful! <3

So So Beautiful!

August 18, 2012 - 4:07 am

Dawn Giarrusso - Absolutely gorgeous!!! So excited for you, Marie!!

August 18, 2012 - 5:52 am

Ibtihaj Kanj - Absolute beauty combined with highly artistic photographer!
Cassie, you’re beautiful, adorable and glowing with love with your handsome Gerry.
Those pictures are good for a magazine cover, honestly, you’re both so photogenic and very happy!
Congratulations and best of luck.

August 18, 2012 - 11:29 am

Donna Brenner - How beautiful! They look so in love…the vineyard is such a romantic place for pictures!

August 18, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Donna Brenner - I would love to visit this vineyard…what is the winery like?

August 18, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Mary Ellen Catterton - Cassie & Gerry, the pictures are beautful! You are such a lovely couple! You are getting married on my Birthday!

August 21, 2012 - 7:49 am

Linda Hagen - Captures the moments perfectly! You could see the love in their eyes. Congrats and God Bless! Thank your for sharing. Esp love the Cheerio story! Much love to you always!

August 22, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Barbara Marie Hosack - Wow – I enjoyed these beautiful pictures so much! (The stormy ones were especially breathtaking!) Congratulations, Cassie and Gerry – May God’s plan for your marriage be amazing!

August 23, 2012 - 3:00 am

Margaret Smith - Cassie, I am happy I got to meet Gerry. Your photos are all wonderful, the dark one gave me goosebumps, it was so great!

August 23, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Christine Caveness - Wow! How wonderful to get such amazing shots.Got to pull these out when your children’s children think you can’t relate to young love!

August 24, 2012 - 12:17 am

Paul Tomasello - It was beautiful, and the wine tasted great!

September 27, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Published! {Delightfully Engaged} | Paul Francis Photography - […] Cassie & Gerry’s engagement session has been published on the Delightfully Engaged blog! Click HERE to see the full blog post! […]

December 27, 2012 - 11:42 am

Highlawn Pavilion, Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange NJ Wedding {Cassie and Gerry} | Paul Francis Photography - […] and Gerry met before they could even talk. If you saw the post from their engagement session you have heard the story, but it bears repeating. They were about two-years-old when Gerry stole […]

Hoboken New Jersey Engagement Photography Preview {Kate and Sean}


Sunday afternoon we had the honor to photograph Kate and Sean’s engagement session. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for walking through Hoboken, enjoying the view of the waterfront, and photographing this beautiful couple. We will be sharing more photos soon, but enjoy this preview to hold you over! Congratulations Kate and Sean!




Monday Marriage Moments {The Secret of Happy Couples}

-We love marriage just as much as we love weddings. Take a moment to prepare not just for the wedding, but for the marriage –


Have you developed a habit of happiness? That’s one of the chapter titles in one of my favorite books on marriage by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot. Most of my family and friends describe me as cheerful, so this concept should be a given for me, right? Not always…

Just the day before taking these photos of Priscilla & Casey, our car was hit from behind. Don’t worry, no one was hurt – but it kind of put a wrench in the mix of our plans for that day. A situation that could easily frustrate a person, maybe even ruin their day. And if we are being honest here, it did frustrate us. We spent the first part of our long wait for the tow truck irritated at the situation, but thankfully we were able to move past it. Instead of wasting all those hours of waiting being annoyed, we let go and decided to enjoy this time alone together while our son was spending the day with Grandma. We watched the traffic passing by, talked and relaxed. Paul joked that the people who passed us were probably surprised to see us smiling and laughing next to our damaged car. It took us some time, but we let go of what was clearly out of control and made the best of the situation.

What is the secret of happy couples? According to the Drs. Parrot and a UCLA study, it is “adjust[ing] to things beyond his or her control” (p. 66) Do we do this all the time? No. But we are aware of it, we try to keep it in mind, and we do our best. And our best is all we can offer and ask of each other. So are there ways you can develop a habit of happiness? How do you adjust to things beyond your control?


ps. The happy couple in the photos above are from Priscilla & Casey’s  engagement session.  Their wedding is coming up soon in just 12 days!


Never Stop Dating {Not Out for Dinner}

Going out for dinner seems like the default date. And that’s usually fine by me because I love going out to dinner (who doesn’t love delicious food without the work or cleanup?), but it is nice to switch it up and do something different. In fact, I believe that changing things up is one of the ways to inspire passion, if not just for the variety, because it  moved us to do each of the 3 steps written in that post.

(photo taken with Paul’s iPhone)

Last week Paul and I had planned a date night, but because of the circumstances, were not able to go out until late – which meant after dinner. When I suggested going out for drinks, Paul was a little reluctant. That’s not really his thing. Sure he loves a beer as much as the next guy, but he’s never been the one to hang out at a bar. Because Paul is so sweet, he decided to advance my preferences and we went out. We went to a new restaurant & bar, but instead of sitting down and eating a meal as we usually would, we sat at the bar, had a couple of drinks, snacked on appetizers, and watched the Olympic competition on the big screens. And we had a great time – even Paul. Not only did the place have a great atmosphere, but it was fun to be dressed up and go “out” (a novelty for us as parents) while still just relaxing with my husband – chatting, laughing, commenting on the Olympics and being merry. Even Paul enjoyed it more than he expected he would.

We finished off the night going for a walk and decided we ought to do this again.

Now, I would love to hear your ideas. How have you changed up your normal date night routine? What date ideas have you enjoyed that did not include going out for dinner?


(photo taken with Paul’s iPhone)

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