Surprise Proposal Lavallette Beach Toms River, NJ

2018 was the year of surprise proposals for me. I had several gentlemen reach out to me with their ideas to propose at the Jersey Shore, specifically on Lavallette Beach. Some vacationed here while dating and others had a family home here and wanted to pop the question while attending a family reunion.

Tommy wanted to propose on the beachfront and had an elaborate design created to make the proposal just perfect. He went to the beach early and spread flower petals in the shape of a heart and lit battery powered candles around the spot where he also had a hold bottle of champagne waiting for them.

He proposed to his long time girlfriend, Meg, and she was very surprised. They sat and sipped champagne and went for a short walk with me up and down the waterfront and on the boardwalk.

Tommy proposing while I pretended to be photographing surfers in the water.
After she said yes, I ran to the other side and caught her reactions.
Tom proposing to his long time girlfriend on the beach in Lavallette New Jersey 08735
There was a lot of kissing going on 🙂
This is the beautiful spot that Tommy created for them on the beach.
Meg taking in the excitement of Tommy proposing minutes prior.
Meg admiring her ring and her new fiance!
I wanted to incorporate the Lavallette lifeguard rescue boat.
Walking the shoreline and admiring the stunning ring Meg just received.
A beautiful sunset captured before they left me to celebrate with family.

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My name is Marianne Bley. Some refer to me as a Professional Wedding Crasher, others The Baby Whisperer.

I have been building relationships and delivering spectacular wedding experiences to couples for the last 12 years. I have photographed over 300 weddings and have an extensive list of testimonials across the web.

4 years ago, I took the leap into specializing in newborns as well. I have spent this time working side by side with doctors and nurses in my local hospitals, as well as, taking private training lessons with various newborn specialists and leaders in the newborn photography industry to learn everything I can about these beautiful little people. Since then, I have photographed over 3,000 babies!

My work doesn't stop there, I assist clients in designing stunning displays to grace the walls of their home and/or business. By utilizing their personal style and color palette when planning their session, I am able to create displays that fit seamlessly into their current home decor. 

Whether you are looking to show off that new flashy new engagement ring or celebrate the growth of your family, I am your girl!


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