Engagement Photography

Paulette + Mena || New Jersey Botanical Garden Engagements

Just three weeks before their wedding day, we met up with Paulette + Mena for their engagement photos. The brilliantly colored fauna of the botanical gardens made for a stunning location for their engagement session…. sadly, we’ve never heard of this place until our couple mentioned this place to us.

For a late September afternoon, we encountered a quirky mix of sunny weather and cloud coverage. However, we had a great time learning more about their story; how they knew eachother in highschool, but Mena kept getting friendzoned for the years that followed.

In the end, everything worked out, and here we are today, celebrating their engagement. Congrats to you both, and we look forward to your wedding this October!


Namita + Niket || Philadelphia Engagements

Namita and Niket heard of us through a mutual friend, and we’re glad to have connected with them. Sharing a love for adventure + good food is always a good way to bond in a relationship, and these two have seen quite a bit of the world as a couple. Best of all, they asked to bring their rescue pup Nikki along for a few photos. Although we’re not photographing their summer wedding in India, it was a real pleasure hanging out with this couple for their engagement session in Philadelphia, and thanks for the treat from The Franklin Fountain!



Alissa + Chris || Boston Engagement Session

There’s a first time for everything. For starters, it was Dreamlite’s first opportunity to photograph a couple in the wonderful city of Boston. For Chris and Alissa, their location of choice was a homage to their first date. With a love story that traces its beginnings to Honduras, it goes without saying that this engagement session was particularly special for everybody.

Alissa and Chris first met while serving with Signs of Love, an incredible non-profit Deaf ministry situated in the coastal city of La Ceiba, Honduras. Though Jon partnered with the same ministry doing photography work back in 2011 + 2012, the three never had a chance to serve together in the years that followed. As the story goes, Alissa and Chris’ friendship carried over stateside, staying in touch as they lived their own lives in Massachussetts and Florida. Eventually, Alissa visited Chris in Boston, where she boldly challenged him with the question, “What am I doing here?” And so, their first date in Boston also marked the beginning of a new chapter in their story.

For their engagement session, we ventured through some spectacular areas in Boston. We began our session in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, a charming and historic part of town. Surrounded by sloping row homes and cobblestone streets, it certainly felt as if we had stepped back in time. From there, we wandered through Boston Commons, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, and topped off our session overlooking the Charles River.

Alissa and Chris: we cannot wait to photograph your wedding in Florida later this summer!



Carl + Helen || Philadelphia Engagements

Helen and Carl are an incredibly unique + fun couple, and we’re so glad to be working with them. When they asked to have their engagement session at Boathouse Row, we thought, “Okay, sounds good. Historic part of Philadelphia.. picturesque.. staple Philly tourist destination… sounds like a solid idea.” Then we learned it wasn’t just photos near the historic Boathouse Row, but rather photos inside Boathouse Row. Being both a professional rower and a member of one of the boathouses, Helen’s membership made taking photos along the docks possible.

Before heading to Boathouse Row, Helen + Carl opted for a much more green location. With a shared love for the outdoors, we decided upon Wissahickon Valley Park, located not too far from Philadelphia. Afterwards, we ventured towards the Boathouse Row side of Philly. While the sun was still strong, we found some colorful spring blossoms for some really neat portraits. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but we did the photos right along Kelly Drive, all-the-while rush hour traffic was crawling on by.

We capped off our night with some incredible Mexican food (and a hefty portion of nachos), a much needed reprieve from an evening of photos.

Congratulations once again to Carl and Helen. We’re very much looking forward to celebrating your big day in Texas later this Autumn!

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Teny + Enrique || Pink Sisters Convent, Tagaytay, The Philippines

The funny thing about friendship is that you never know when you’ll encounter it. We’re not talking about how Teny + Enrique met, but rather, how Dreamlite met Teny + Enrique… on a double date!

Jon and his then-girlfriend (now fiancée), Ria, went on a double date with this lovely couple back in July of 2015. Ria wanted to introduce a dear friend of hers to Jon, seeing as they both shared a strong connection with Latin America. Their Pinkberry hangout turned into a late afternoon of chatting, laughing and fond story swapping. Enrique is a teacher by trade while Teny is a former Latin-America missionary turned corporate trainer for Army Navy Burger + Burritos in the Philippines. Beyond their work, they conjoinedly emit a heart warming presence. Their easy going personalities are matched only with their shared faith for God, as well as their love for each other.

Months later, the wonderful news broke the social media world: Teny and Enrique were getting married! Jon reached out to Teny + Enrique, and the four of them decided to celebrate their engagement in Tagaytay, a smooth two hours’ drive from Metro Manila. They chose to have their engagement session (known as ‘prenup photos’ in the Philippines) at the Pink Sisters Convent, an incredible campus containing a chapel, walking garden, and towering pine trees.

Officially, the Pink Sisters Convent is maintained by a catholic order known as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, but due to their rose-colored religious attire, they are affectionately referred to by the former. The grounds at the convent were beautifully maintained, full of various flowers and trees. Although a bit crowded, which is expected for anything opened to the public in the Philippines, we managed to dodge much of the crowds during their portrait session. We wrapped up our session over lunch, alongside a caravan of family + friends, in the city of Tagaytay… the perfect way to cap off their photo session.

Thank you Enrique + Teny for your support of of Dreamlite Photography, and looking forward to many more life celebrations with you both!



Mitchell + Justin || Long Island City Engagements

We met Mitchell and Justin at a wedding earlier this year, where they were given the responsibility to read scripture at the ceremony. When they reached out to us about an engagement session, we were excited to hear that they wanted to do it in Long Island City. Having never been to LIC before, we were eager to see what all the chatter was about.

Jon joined Mitchell + Justin one bright and early Saturday morning for their engagement session. They were the most easy-going of couples; very relaxed, warm, and knew how to make one another laugh. They are pretty much everything we hope for in a couple.

Enjoy the photos below, and congratulations to Mitchell + Justin (and thank you for braving the chilly morning weather for these photos)!



Vivian + Anthony || Austin, Texas Engagement Photography

We’re ecstatic to share with you these images from Vivian and Anthony’s engagement session from Austin, TX. We all met up for an awesome pre-session dinner at the incredible Rio’s Brazilian Cafe Monday night, Jon went off on his own for an entire day of scouting locations on Tuesday, followed by an unbelievably engagement session that Wednesday. We journeyed all throughout Austin, experiencing everything that you could think of — Austin summer heat, Texas humidity, sun showers, extreme fog, and just the right amount of clouds. A very special thanks goes out to this couple for enduring all of the elements, hiking up rocky cliffsides in elegant attire, and journeying throughout bushy creek beds for these images. Also, a special thanks to Luisa for helping with hair/make-up the day-of! We can’t wait to celebrate with Anthony + Vivian on their wedding day in Nicaragua this coming winter!!

Officially crediting these wonderful people for their professional contribution:
Luisa Rodriguez
Professional Hair Stylist
Veronica Aguilar
Professional Make Up Artist
Sandrine Boisson Francis of Ambyans Events




David + Mary || Peekskill, NY Engagements

When Mary + David suggested to have their engagement photos taken in Peekskill, NY, we initially drew a blank as to where that town was. After some research, we realized it was situated in our favorite area in the State of New York: the Hudson Valley.

The entirety of the Hudson Valley is filled with charming, old-school communities and brimming with history. Located a train ride away from NYC, towns such as Peekskill are known for their historic downtowns and scenic views of the majestic Hudson River.

Taking a trip to Peekskill was a welcomed escape for all of us. Although we scheduled the engagement session in late July, the slightly cooler weather of the Hudson Valley made our visit a whole lot more manageable. We ventured around town with David + Mary, took some photos, all the while getting to hear a little bit more about their story.

Congratulations again to Mary + David, and we look forward to your wedding later this summer.



Ellen + Chris || Philadelphia Engagement Portraits

Last week, Ellen + Chris kindly met up with Jon for some adventurous nighttime portraits. Although the cherry blossoms had just begun to bloom, we managed to find some incredible spots to work with. Below is one of Jon’s favorite frames from that evening.

Thank you both for the opportunity!

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Cindy + Derek || Wormsloe Historic Site Engagements

We feel so privileged to be sharing these photos with everyone tonight. Just last week, we flew down south to meet up with this awesome couple.

Although the weather forecasts warned us of a rain-filled afternoon, the beautiful city of Savannah welcomed us with warm, sunny skies. We began our session at the historic Wormsloe Plantation, an estate-turned-state park that traces its southern roots back 300 years. The ‘driveway’ of this historic site alone is worth the visit; an incredible tunnel of oak trees that seem to never end. We ventured around the property, making good use of the crisp golden light, the dangling spanish moss, and through the diverse forest paths within the park. Afterwards, we drove to downtown Savannah and explored River Drive. with Cindy + Derek.

We’re very proud to wrap up our 2013 photography season with this wonderful couple, and we hope you enjoy the photos below!



Eileen + Frank || North Edison Baseball and Softball Complex

“Back to the beginning…” are the words that come to mind when we flip through this amazing couple’s engagement session.

Eileen and Frank met many years ago at this very sports complex. As teens, they were employed as umpires for the competitive little league circuit in Central NJ… and that’s how their love story began. With both of them coming from athletic family backgrounds, their relationship flourished slowly throughout the years (somewhere in that timeline, we feel it necessary to give credit to ‘Mom the Matchmaker’). Fun fact: we photographed Frank’s sister’s wedding in the summer of 2012.

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Katrina + Ben || Philadelphia Engagements

We had a wonderful time hanging out and photographing Katrina + Ben’s autumn engagement session in Philadelphia. They were a great combination of fun, easy-going and adventurous. Be sure to check out the “love” image at the very end… you’re eyes are not tricking you. That isn’t actually an image, but rather a GIF file (think modern day flip book). Trust us– you won’t want to miss that one!

Katrina + Ben- we look forward to celebrating with you both in March!

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Moses + Tiff || UPenn Campus, Philadelphia

Jon’s first official tour of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus also happened to be for Moses + Tiff’s engagement session. We zig-zagged our way through campus, passing libraries, dorms, CHOP, beautiful architecture, and even took a visit to the “Dueling Tampons” . While Dreamlite won’t be there officially for their wedding celebration in the spring, Jon is extremely honored to be there as a groomsman.

Thanks again Moses + Tiff for getting engaged!  🙂

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Daniel + NaDea || Longwood Gardens Engagement Photography

Enjoy a collection of our favorite images from Daniel and NaDea’s engagement session in the gorgeous + picturesque Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Although the weather was a tiny bit overcast, we managed to have an amazing time getting to know this couple a little more. We’re very excited to document their wedding day next fall!

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Jenn + Mike || Central Park Engagements

Mike and Jenn braved the summer heat for this July engagement session. With all of us juggling extremely busy summer schedules, it was a miracle that we could meet up for this! Fortunately, this lovely couple worked through the heat, sweat & humidity without a single complaint. We ventured around Central Park– under bridges, behind fountains, on top of boulders, and even to one of my favorite (secret) spots– and we have the images to prove it.

Congratulations once again to Mike and Jenn on their engagement, and we wish you two the very best in your new future together.



Creativity After Dark || Titusville, PA

We met up with LJ and Phil for part two of their engagement session. Waited till it got dark, set up some strobes,  and had some fun. Photo #1 had sparklers, and Photo #2 had an iPhone 4s Flashlight.

We can’t wait to photograph their wedding in Hawaii this summer!