Nicole and Jake

Long Beach Island, New Jersey



Photography | Tom Russo Photography | @tomrussophotography

From the Photographer

Jake and Nicole met back in 2015 when they were both in college. They were introduced by Nicole’s cousin, who happened to be friends with Jake. They went on several dates in Pennsylvania, the state their colleges were in and the rest was history! Ever since being together, the couple has vacationed to Long Beach Island each summer with Jake’s entire family with Nicole’s parents and friends joining in as well. LBI is a special place for them, as it holds many memories of their families becoming close and their special vacations together there. The session was very special as it took place during the one week of the year that the entire family heads down to LBI for their vacation. Every setting, there are at least five family members in the background cheering the couple on and it made the session that much more special and memorable for everyone involved.


Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

Jake and I met at Temple University at his apartment. I was visiting my cousin, Jim, who just so happened to be heading to Jake’s to hangout before a party. Once we got there I met Jake and started a conversation with him. All night it was clear I was into him and eventually he showed that he was into me and now the rest is history.


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

Our relationship is special because we both value time with our family. Our families are a huge part of both of our lives and we spend most of our time seeing both sides. We have also found ways to combine our families. Our parents are now good friends and we feel so lucky to have a blended abundance of love.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

It’s kind of funny but we both realized during our first date that the other one was our one true love. We were both just laying on the ground and looking into each other’s eyes. For me that’s when I knew Jake was the one. When I told Jake that, he said he felt the exact same thing.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

Jake planned out the perfect proposal and night. I thought all summer that it was gonna happen soon but, when the weekend came around, I was surprised. Leading up to it, Jake and I spent the day at a tailgate with both of our families for Temple’s Football game. We had a great day with what I thought was just gonna be a calm night. On our way back from the game, we picked up food… Jake even took the longer way home which I was giving him some crap for. But as we went inside, he dropped down on one knee and asked me. At first, I was shocked enough and I said “no way” but quickly followed it up with “YES!” Then I realized his parents entire house was decorated and our closest family and friends were there to celebrate with us. It was total Bliss.


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

The ring is stunning. It’s a round cut diamond with a studded under-halo and petite studded band! It is everything I have ever dreamed of.


What are you most excited about when it comes to your wedding planning?

We are so excited to just plan the most perfect day that captures our love for each other and our love for our families!