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I hope everyone is having an amazing holiday weekend so far! Last week I hosted a little picnic at my place for my TJP Senior Team Class of 2018 girls, and it was such an awesome time. Initially we were just going to hang out and have a picnic, but last minute I decided to turn it into a 4th of July themed photoshoot….because, why not?! Everyone wore red, white and blue; I bought a few props, and there you have it – a 4th of July shoot in the making.

These pictures completely put me in the 4th of July spirit, I had so much fun hanging out with these girls! They’re all so much fun to be around, and I can’t wait for the next Senior Team events we have in store for the rest of the year. Have a happy 4th of July (tomorrow), friends!

 

A special thanks to Lindsay for letting us use her pool for the shoot:)

 

Love these girls!

As always, I have to jump in one photo with my girls too<3

 

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I hope everyone has some fun holiday plans in store for this 4th of July weekend! Jay and I are getting packed up to head down to Charleston, SC for a long weekend getaway. Neither of us have ever been there, so I can’t wait to explore the town! But before I head out, I couldn’t wait to share Leevon + Dan’s gorgeous wedding.

Leevon + Dan were married at the Salem County Fairgrounds last weekend, in south Jersey. We lucked out with the most beautiful weather – it was literally a perfect summer day. Why were we so lucky with this gorgeous weather? Well, the night before the wedding, a small tornado ripped through not only the town where they were getting married, but RIGHT through their venue. They had everything set up, and had built so many aspects of the wedding themselves. Dan showed up the morning of the wedding, and everything was torn apart…..and there was no power. The guys worked like crazy to get everything put back together, and by the time Leevon + the girls arrived for the ceremony, you would have never known anything happened. It all looked perfect! This is a prime example of the phrase I always tell every bride – somehow, some way, it will all come together;)

Leevon + Dan, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your wedding! I had such an awesome time getting to know you both, I hope you’re having so much fun on your honeymoon! Here are a few of my favorites from the wedding, and view the SLIDESHOW for even more wedding pictures!

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

I’m so in love with all of Leevon’s details!

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

Aren’t all of these details so pretty?!

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

Obsessed with this dress!

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

Loved this group of girls! There’s a past TJP bride in there, which I always love!

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

Isn’t Leevon the most beautiful bride??

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

Sunshine and blue skies – and no evidence of the tornado from the night before;)

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

Leevon + Dan made everything for their wedding – from the ceremony backdrops, to the reception details…..they even made the bar that was used that night! It all looked amazing:

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

One of my favorites:

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

Yep, cathedral veils are ALWAYS a good idea:)

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

 

I am seriously SO impressed that Leevon + Dan made that bar!

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

We took advantage of the most beautiful sunset to end their wedding evening:

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Leevon and Daniel at the Salem County Fairgrounds.

Congrats again you two! Have so much fun on your honeymoon!

Don’t forget to view the SLIDESHOW for more wedding pictures!

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The news is officially out that I’m going to be a mom in less than THREE months!!! I can’t believe we’re so close to our due date, it definitely still feels surreal to me. I had hesitated posting the news online for the world to know until we were pretty far along in the pregnancy. I’ll be honest, that move was just out of fear. For me, it was a big mental hurdle to just get past the 23 week mark, which is when I delivered with Jack last year. Now we’re in the 3rd trimester, so I hesitantly decided to share the news last week. I was hesitant for 2 reasons: 1) I was scared because of everything that went down last time, and 2) our situation is unconventional and I wasn’t sure if I’d get some weird or not so supportive comments. Now that the news is out, I’m SO glad I shared!

I received such an overwhelmingly supportive, loving and kind response to my post about our surrogacy journey with my sister. I am so glad I shared the news, because now I feel so much support behind us. It truly has helped, having so many people say they’re thinking of us and praying for us. So to everyone who commented, texted and emailed, thank you! It truly made a difference and meant the world to us.

Early on in the pregnancy, Jay and I decided to find out the gender of our baby. I wanted to find out in a little bit of a fun way, so here’s what I did: I went to the store and bought a baby girl and a baby boy outfit. I had a friend of mine look at the gender that the doctor had written down, and she wrapped up the respective outfit like a present. Then later on Jay and I opened the box together, just the two of us. That’s when we found out we’re having a GIRL!!!

This is the little outfit that was wrapped up which revealed to us that we’re having a baby girl – so I figured this post would be perfect holding Reagan’s first dress, sitting in her nursery (which is slowly coming along!). Happy Tuesday, friends!

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The saying goes, “After the storm, comes a rainbow.” This past weekend I shared that it has been a whole year since we lost our son, Jack. So for us, the saying rings true that after the storm, comes a rainbow. We are SO extremely happy to share some exciting news in our life – we are expecting our next baby!!! Jay and I are thrilled, excited, and can’t wait for this little nugget to arrive in late September.

Our situation is a bit unique and unconventional – because I am not pregnant. My sweet, kind, selfless sister offered to be our surrogate, and carry our baby for us. So she is currently 26 weeks pregnant, and we are due on 9/22/17. Isn’t that amazing??? I feel so fortunate to not only have a sister that would give me such a loving gift, but to live in a time where this is even possible.

Here is a bit of the back story that lead us to where we are today: One year ago, Jay and I lost our first son, Jack. I was pregnant (via IVF) for the first time after suffering through years of infertility. At 22 weeks, I developed a severe case of pre-eclampsia. My body started shutting down, and I ended up delivering Jack right at 23 weeks. He was born alive and we spent two wonderful hours with our son, before he went to Heaven.

A whole host of other medical complications (which I don’t need to get into here) occurred while I was in the hospital for those 8 days. So as if losing our son wasn’t bad enough, we were also told that it’s in my best interest to NOT get pregnant again. Talk about a double punch to the gut.

Since we had undergone IVF in order to get pregnant with Jack, we still had 3 healthy embryos frozen and ready to go. At first I never thought we’d be able to pursue surrogacy, because wow – it is EXPENSIVE if you go through an agency, and don’t know your surrogate. Imagine how much you THINK it might cost, then triple that – that’s how much it actually costs. So I was pretty defeated, learning how much it would cost us to bring a biological child of our own into this world. It just felt impossible.

My doctor was pushing me to ask my sister to be our surrogate – but I refused. I would NEVER outright ask someone to do that for me, because it puts them in the uncomfortable position of having to say no, if that’s what their answer might be. So imagine how completely overjoyed I was, when my sister offered me the gift of surrogacy about a month later. I cried so many happy tears, and felt such a sense of hope, during a really dark time in my life.

I’m so fortunate that Jess was the perfect candidate to carry our baby. She had 3 healthy pregnancies and deliveries, and is pretty much a rockstar at being pregnant. It was a long, crazy, intense process to get to this point, but we’re here and that’s all that matters. Jess is pregnant, she is 26 weeks along, and everything is looking perfect. Every ultrasound and appointment we have is going amazingly well, and I feel so much gratitude to have a healthy baby growing away in there. Words can’t even express how much I love my sister. She has always been my best friend, and we’ve always been super close. But this??? There are no words. How do you say “thank you” to someone who gives you the gift of your child’s life? Who creates a family for you? Words and gifts will never be enough to say thank you for this incredible gift she is giving us. She’s sacrificing her body for 9 months, to give her little sister the gift of becoming a mom. Jess, I will always love you for that.

It took me a long time to feel comfortable enough to share this news publicly. If I’m being honest, even as I type this, I’m TERRIFIED to post it. The natural fears you would expect come up in my head – “I thought nothing was wrong last time, and then BAM, everything changed in the blink of an eye. What if that happens again?”

But one thing this last year has taught me is you have to have FAITH in your life. My mind might wander to those terrified, fearful places….but I just have to pull myself back up, keep the faith, and let myself feel the hope I have for the future.

Plus, I decided that it might feel really comforting to have more people know about this news, and lift us up in happiness and support. And prayers. If you’re the praying kind, we would love to have some extra prayers not only for our baby on the way, but for my awesome sister – that she will have a healthy rest of her pregnancy, and an uneventful delivery. We appreciate it!

And now for the exciting part, the gender! We are having a GIRL!!!!! We are so incredibly excited to be adding this little lady to our lives, and we can’t WAIT for her to get here! We are naming her Reagan Jessica Heinnickel, and this little girl is already SO loved, so much more than she could possibly ever know. Any happy, positive, supportive comments would be greatly appreciated to help us through the rest of this pregnancy!!

PS – I know this is such an unconventional situation, and people naturally have lots of questions. So to answer the main question everyone has – YES…..Reagan is biologically a product of Jay and I. It’s not my sister’s baby in any way! Like I mentioned earlier, we already had embryos frozen since we did IVF last year, so we were able to use one of our frozen embryos to transfer to my sister, and she got pregnant on the first try! Yay!

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Ever since Melissa + Tucker booked me for their wedding a LONG time ago, I couldn’t wait for their day! This is the second Rubino family wedding I’ve photographed, so I knew it would be an amazing day…..and a REALLY good party;) I shot Tucker’s brother’s wedding (hi Katie + Chris!) a little while back and loved every minute of it, so I knew it would be such a good day with Melissa + Tucker. Last weekend we made the drive out to Ohio for their wedding at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club, and had the most perfect weekend celebrating such an amazing, sweet, and hilarious couple.

These two met on Match.com, where Tucker’s brother had actually signed him up for an account as a joke. Once Melissa reached out to him on the site, he paid for the subscription to be able to message her back. They talked for hours and hours on their first date, and Melissa remembers texting her mom and her best friend afterwards saying, “Mark my word, I will marry him.” Isn’t that the best??? When you know, you know!

Celebrating alongside these two just makes my heart so happy. They’re some of the happiest, funniest, sweetest people I’ve ever met. I don’t think I stopped laughing the entire time I was with them – they’re the best!

Melissa + Tucker, thank you SO much for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day! I absolutely loved being a part of my 2nd Rubino wedding:)

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding day, and don’t forget to view their SLIDESHOW for more wedding pictures!

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I am so in love with Melissa’s rings! I love the design:

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

Is the back of Melissa’s dress not the most amazing thing? I love it!

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

Melissa + Tucker opted for a First Look before their ceremony, it’s always one of my favorite parts of the day:

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

Oh these two. So happy, and smiling all of the time. They’re such a joy to be around!

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

We lucked out with the most beautiful day for an outdoor wedding:

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

Loving all of these pretty details:

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

I love being around couples who are so happy, all of the time. When I picture Melissa + Tucker, I picture them laughing constantly throughout their wedding:

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

Married!

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

I was in love with all of their reception details:

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

And next my friends, came the speeches. Ohhhhh the speeches. I knew they would be some good ones. I remembered the speech for Chris’s wedding was hilarious, so I couldn’t wait to see what Tucker’s two brothers put together as the best men. They didn’t just make a speech – they wrote an entire song, a very, very hilarious song, and performed the heck out of that song. I was laughing the ENTIRE time behind my camera, it was definitely one of the funniest “speeches” I’ve ever seen!

Ohio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and TuckerOhio wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Melissa and Tucker

 

I think Tucker + Melissa enjoyed it too;)

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Congrats again Melissa + Tucker!!! Enjoy your time as newlyweds!

Also don’t forget to view their SLIDESHOW for more wedding pictures!

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