New Jersey has played a large role in Jenn and Vikki’s love story from the very beginning. After falling for each other after a night out in Asbury to purchasing their first home together in Hoboken, it only made sense to take their engagement pictures on the charming cobblestone streets and in the quiet alleyways that they call home. Donning their favorite leather shoes by FRYE and two of the many plaid shirts that fill their closet, Jenn and Vikki are absolutely glowing in these images captured by The Fox & The Hare Photography for their endearing Hoboken engagement session.
The Love Story
Jenn and Vikki first met at a sports banquet at Baruch College in New York City. They became friends after the banquet, but following graduation, they hardly saw each other. When Jenn caught wind that Vikki was moving to San Diego, she took Vikki to lunch in Asbury, New Jersey, to say goodbye. “We had such a wonderful time reconnecting that we extended our lunch to beers at Porta Beer Garden, a stroll along the boardwalk and lying on the beach under the stars talking the night away,” Vikki says. “Neither one of us had ever connected with another like that before.”
After Vikki moved to San Diego, Jenn made a trip out to visit her. “I brought her to the Little Italy Farmers’ Market — it’s one of the best in the country,” Vikki says. As they wandered around the market, they paused to take in a live performance of Jersey Boys on one of the stages. As the sun was setting, they put their arms around each other, swayed to the music and sang along. “I thought to myself there, ‘Wow, there is no one on this entire planet I’d rather be doing this with,’” Vikki says. “As we walked home with our arms around each other, I looked over at Jenn — her eyes were golden green and twinkling from the sunshine. The corner of her eyes lifted as the most beautiful and genuine smile quickly formed. I knew at that moment I wanted to admire that smile every day for the rest of my life.”
Three years later, Jenn and Vikki had planned a romantic getaway to San Francisco. “We rented a Mustang convertible and drove down the coast through the valleys and mountains to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-sea,” Jenn says. “We blasted ‘I’ll Fly With You’ by Gigi D’Agostino while cruising up and down the 17-mile drive. We parked the convertible facing the sunset, sat on top of the car and sang ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler as loud as we could — it was the best day of our lives. I wanted her to be forever mine as soon as possible.” The very next day, Jenn contacted a family friend to make Vikki a ring, and she began planning the proposal. “The following weekend I had family and friends decorate our rooftop with candles, tea lights and photos of us taken over the years,” Jenn says. “And I had a neighbor who is a pastry chef create a small, almond and raspberry three-tier cake with edible roses on top.”
On a warm October evening, Jenn asked Vikki to join her up on the roof. “When Vikki opened the door, she saw candles and teal lights on the floor, which created a path to the cake,” Jenn says. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran was playing, a nod to a wedding they attended three years prior when Jenn and Vikki shared a memorable dance to the tune. “I walked Vikki along the path, viewing the photos and reminiscing the shared memories,” Jenn says. “When we reached the end of the path, I took Vikki into my arms and began dancing with her. When the song ended, I got down on one knee and said, ‘Vikki, will you make me the happiest girl in the world and marry me?’” Vikki was flooded with emotions and tears streamed down her face. “I said, ‘of course!’ and my hands shook with joy as Jenn placed the ring on my finger,” she says. “I had always been so sure of a future with Jenn, and the proposal made my bond with her permanent.”
“Jenn lowering herself down to one knee for me,” Vikki says. “I’ve never had that experience before, and to know the person I am in love with feels the same way about me is the best feeling in the world.”