This Cape May Farm Makes for the Dreamiest Engagement Photo Backdrop

See this couple's engagement shoot featuring wildflowers, swings, and a romantic picnic.

Photos by Magdalena Studios

Engagement photos are a great way to show off both a beautiful location and your own sense of style, and this Cape May engagement shoot does exactly that. From the hippie-chic flower crown to the swing set to the retro radio and picnic basket, we are digging the vintage bohemian vibes of this entire shoot. Check out the fun, gorgeous photos of the couple at Beach Plum Farm in Cape May shot by Magdalena Studios below, and learn their love story, too! (If you need even more ideas for your own engagement shoot, we’ve got 19 great warm-weather engagement photo options.)

The Couple: Melissa Li, 28 and Keith Cherico, 31, of Linwood, New Jersey

How They Got Together (as told by Melissa): We were introduced by a mutual friend who thought we would hit it off. After a week or two, sparks finally flew when we connected on St. Patrick’s Day where we laughed and danced the night away. We both felt lucky that night.

First Impressions: Melissa remembers thinking he was handsome, and “was immediately mesmerized by his piercing eyes,” while Keith says, “She had a smile that could light up the room. She was unlike anyone I’ve ever met before, and I knew I couldn’t let her get away.”

How They Got Engaged (as told by Melissa): We dated for 7 years before we got engaged on a sunny day in Venice, Italy. We were adventuring around Venice, getting wrapped up in its beauty, when we suddenly found ourselves on a quiet and secluded bridge. The next thing I knew, Keith was down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of our lives together. The moment was breathtakingly beautiful. Afterwards, we went on a romantic gondola ride and celebrated with lots of wine and pasta.

About The Engagement Session (as told by Melissa): We wanted to choose a location where we were surrounded by all the things we adored, and Beach Plum Farm was the perfect hidden gem. We picked wildflowers, went on the swings, rode bikes and ended with a romantic picnic beneath a willow tree.


Congrats to the happy couple, who are planning a March 2020 wedding at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount! (They wanted to get married in March because it was the month their love story began.)

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