We highly recommend taking Engagement Photos to all soon-to-wed couples because it's a fun and stress free way to capture some of your most special moments and, more importantly, an opportunity to work with one of our professional photographers before your wedding day, who can help you choose those perfect spots for your photos and give you great advice on how to pose so that you are comfortable in front of the camera on your Big Day. Abella studios offers various engagement photo session packages including different location options, online gallery access to share photos with family and friends or to print breathtaking wall-art that can be displayed in your home.
Your Abella Studios' engagement session at
Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville, NJ
presents a perfect opportunity to work with and get to know one of our professional, friendly photographers as you practice loosening up in front of the camera prior to your BIG DAY.
You will be blown away by the creative approach our
photographers have to capturing the love & happiness in your photos. Our unique approach to engagement photography captures the true feeling of being happy and in love, celebrating your engagement.
Don't wait another second before getting those engagement photos taken! They are perfect for wonderful save-the-date cards or magnets, gorgeous wall art to hang in your home, for a personalized wedding website, or to simply share with your family and friends on social media to let the world see your true love.
A little bit about
Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville, NJ
The Cross Estate Gardens have a history going back to 1738 when it was originally built as a farmhouse. In 1996, Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt II willed the house and its surrounding land to the New Jersey Historical Society with the wish that it be preserved as a public garden for future generations to enjoy. The National Park Service assumed management of the property in 1997 and opened it as part of Morristown National Historical Park in 1999 under a cooperative agreement with NJHS. Visitors are welcome daily from 8am - 8pm during the summer months, and parking is free.
The formal hardscape consists of two separate gravel walking paths connecting each garden area with large stepping stones set into the gravel pathways. Please note that pets are not allowed in the Gardens. There are four distinct areas of interest on the property: The Main House Garden, Rose Garden, Native Plant Area and Children's Corner, each offering opportunities for inspiration in your engagement session photographs!
The Main House Garden allows for photographs to be taken from the front exterior across the lawn towards the porch of this fine example of Hudson River School period architecture.
The Rose Garden allows a photographer to capture a formal image that is full of detail and perfectly manicured. During the summer months, nasturtiums, marigolds and other annuals fill in between the rose species. This garden is most lovely during "peak-bloom" which is typically early July through mid August depending on weather conditions.
The Native Plant Area offers you a chance to include your significant other or love interest with beautiful native plants such as trillium, mountain laurel and ferns. The path from this area leads up to a small pergola near the house.
The Children's Corner is a nook tucked away behind the wisteria covered pergola that allows you to capture your engagement photos in an informal setting with beautiful background views of the surrounding gardens and mountain laurel alee.
The Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville, NJ is one of our favorite locations to capture Engagement Photo Sessions in New Jersey!
We'd love to be part of your adventure and capture these special memories for you, so please get in touch if that sounds like something you'd like for us to help with. Give us a call or set up a zoom session today for your engagement photo session at
It will be an investment you will not regret!
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"We were a little nervous going into our photo shoot that we wouldn't know how to pose or what to do, but our photographer was great! He made us feel very comfortable and gave direction as needed. In the end, we got so many amazing pictures from our session!"
"It was a great decision having a professional photographer take photos before our wedding! Everyone told us that being photographed on the wedding day is stressful. Having our engagement session made both of us feel much more comfortable on our wedding day and we actually really enjoyed it!"
"Abella made everything so much easier when planning our engagement shoot. They were always available to answer questions and the photos that came out of it are incredible! We couldn't be happier with how everything turned out."