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Engaged | Jena & Rich
Sunrise Central Park Engagement Session

In between runway shows and market appointments for Bridal Fashion Week, I was thrilled to be able to spend a few hours of my Monday morning with Jena and Rich, wandering through Central Park and up Top of the Rock for their New York City Engagement Session Photographs at sunrise. Although waking up super early to get in front of the camera isn’t always ideal… it is definitely the best way to feel like you have New York City all to yourself… there’s nothing quite like it! Combine that with the dreamy morning light and you have a recipe for spectacular engagement photos!! I’m obsessed with the way this session turned out!

Jena and Rich are planning a fall wedding at the Westchester Country Club in Rye so a spring engagement session is the perfect complement to their September nuptials. I was a little bummed out that the cherry blossoms in the park bloomed early and then froze on the branches this year but when we found this little pocket of sunlight through the trees… I forgot all about them! The truth is, spring engagement sessions never disappoint and this one is topping my favorites list. Jena and Rich, I can’t wait to celebrate your wedding together next fall! If only it would get here sooner!!

Enjoy the highlights from your sunrise in the city engagement session!

Sunrise on Bow Bridge Engagement Session Photo in Central Park by Jessica Haley
Round Brilliant Engagement Ring Photo by Jessica Haley
The Sun Rising over Bethesda Fountain Engagement Session in Central Park by Jessica Haley
Morning Sunlight over Bethesdal Fountain Engagement Photo in Central Park by Jessica Haley

I love this silhouette with Bethesda Fountain deserted in the background. You’d never know that in a few hours it’ll be swarming with people.

Romantic Silhouette at Bethesda Fountain in New York City Engagement Photo by Jessica Haley
The Steps of Bethesda Terrace NYC Engagement Photo by Jessica Haley
Romantic Sunrise in Springtime Engagement Photo at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park by Jessica Haley
Bethesda Fountain Sunrise Engagement Session Photo by Jessica Haley
Bethesda Fountain Sunrise Engagement Session Photo by Jessica Haley
Romantic Sunrise Glow Engagement Session Photo in Central Park NYC by Jessica Haley
Walking through Central Park New York City Engagement Photo by Jessica Haley
Adorable Couple Sunrise Engagement Session in New York City Photo by Jessica Haley
Sunrise Engagement Session Photo on the Central Park Mall by Jessica Haley

One of my favorites!!

Black and White Engagement Photo in Central Park by Jessica Haley
Engagement Session Photo Sitting in Central Park by Jessica Haley
Romantic Silhouette Sunrise Engagement Session in Central Park Photo by Jessica Haley
Kissing over Bethesda Fountain during NYC Engagement Session Photo by Jessica Haley
Hand in Hand Engagement Session Photo in Central Park by Jessica Haley
Couple walking through Central Park Engagement Photo by Jessica Haley
Sunlit Engagement Photo on Bow Bridge in Central Park Photograph by Jessica Haley
Engaged on Bow Bridge Photograph by Jessica Haley
Couple Engaged in Central Park Photograph by Jessica Haley
Black and White Couple walking through Central Park Mall Photograph by Jessica Haley

Oh the glow!! This light was spectacular!! I’m so glad we found a little pocket of the sun flooding through the trees before we left the park!

Dreamy Sunrise Glow Engagement Photo in Central Park Photograph by Jessica Haley
Spring Engagement Session at Sunrise in Central Park Photograph by Jessica Haley
Spring Engagement Session at Sunrise in Central Park Photograph by Jessica Haley

We left Central Park and hopped in a cab for Rockefeller Center so we could be among the first people of the day to step atop the viewing decks high above New York City. Top of the Rock is one of my favorite places to photograph early in the morning because the views extend all the way south past the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower… and you can see all of Central Park to the north… plus the multilayered decks make it a photographer’s dream! I love these…

Engaged at Top of the Rock in New York City Photograph by Jessica Haley
Dancing on top of New York City Couple Engagement Photograph by Jessica Haley
New York City Skyline Engagement Session Photograph by Jessica Haley
Laughing couple at Top of the Rock Engagement Session in New York City Photograph by Jessica Haley
New York City Skyline Top of the Rock Engagement Session Photograph by Jessica Haley
Round Solitaire Engagement Ring Photograph by Jessica Haley
Empire State Building View with Couple Engagement Photograph by Jessica Haley
Engaged on top of the world in New York City Kissing Couple Photograph by Jessica Haley
Engaged at Top of the Rock in NYC Photograph by Jessica Haley
Engaged at Top of the Rock in NYC Photograph by Jessica Haley
Engaged Couple with New York City Skyline Photograph by Jessica Haley
Engaged in the Streets of New York Couple Photograph by Jessica Haley
Couple Kissing in Crosswalk during NYC Engagement Session Photo by Jessica Haley

Congrats Jena & Rich!!

If you liked this session, you might also like Brooke & Hunter’s Kate Spade inspired Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session or Jordan & Johnny’s Central Park Proposal.

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  1. ashton

    April 20th, 2016 at 11:03 am

    these are so classy and elegant!! i just adore that pink dress and the light is to die for!

  2. Laura Matney

    April 20th, 2016 at 11:06 am

    These are oh so gorgeous and romantic too! I love those last 2 shots especially of them kissing in the street!

  3. Della White

    April 20th, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful, I especially love the ones at the end of the central park set with that gorgeous pocket of light – swoon!

  4. Amanda

    April 20th, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Gorgeous Photos!!!!

  5. Erica Melissa

    April 20th, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Beautiful couple and images! LOVE the rooftop shots!

  6. Nichole Meredith

    April 20th, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    The light in these is just amazing!!! What a gorgeous central park engagement session!

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    May 3rd, 2016 at 9:39 am

    […] you enjoyed this session – don’t miss Jena & Rich’s Spring Sunrise Session in Central Park or Brooke & Hunter’s Brooklyn Bridge Engagement […]

  8. keri bryant

    May 4th, 2016 at 9:52 am

    SPECTACULAR, Jessica! wow. just wow!

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    May 20th, 2016 at 9:25 am

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    April 24th, 2017 at 10:04 pm

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    […] you enjoyed this session, don’t miss Jena & Rich, Jeanelle & Marco, or Kerry & Andrew’s Sunrise in Central Park and Top of the Rock […]

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