Romantic Beach Engagement in Island Heights • Idalia Photography


A quintessential beach engagement to start our day from the talented Idalia Photography! Billy + Krissa's Island Height's engagement session in Toms River, NJ is romance done right. From their casual, beach-appropriate outfits to their stolen moments down by the ocean, these two were naturals in front of the camera. With a love like this, we know they're destined for a lifetime of happiness together. 

From Alex: I discovered Island Heights many years ago thanks to Jay and his family and I’ve always loved it there. It’s a beautiful and serene spot that not many people know about, so you can imagine my surprise when Bill and Krissa said this was the place where Bill proposed to Krissa last Christmas. It immediately reminded me of the winter when Jay and I stopped in Island Heights on the way to his parents house to talk about our potential (non-existent, overwhelming, anxiety-provoking) wedding plans. We were so confused that day, but as we sat there, in a spot overlooking the Toms River, we figured it all out and everything was right in the world again. Island Heights is a hidden gem that is peaceful and calm and it’s always a breath of fresh air. I’m so glad Krissa and Bill are as fond of it as we are, and that they chose it for their engagement photos. It is meaningful and picturesque, and it complements their upcoming summer wedding perfectly. I love that such an important chapter in their lives is represented in these images and that they’ll always remember Island Heights as the place where she said yes!?

How they met:

“We met at a mutual friends’ Fourth of July party.”

Bill: “We talked that night, but I never got her number. I then had to try and find her on Facebook. After many failed searches, I found her.”

Krissa: “We immediately bonded over growing up in the same town, competing in Division I athletics, and our mutual love of Costco.”


The proposal

Bill: “I knew I wanted to propose on a run, since running is something we do together and it is such a big part of our lives. We have our favorite spots to run and Island Heights is one of them. I picked a spot that we love and planned to do it there. Krissa’s sister, Kira, and I went the day before to find a place for her to hide so she could get it on camera.So it was Christmas Eve morning and I was all ready to get going… I typically run in a t-shirt and shorts, so I was wondering where to hide the ring. The problem about this day was that it was 70 degrees out. I decided to wear a rain jacket because it had pockets. Krissa was suspicious of the jacket but I played it off and said it was going to rain. We spent our first 5 minutes of the run reminiscing on the past. As we approached the spot where I was planning to propose, I saw a car go down the street and I thought it was going to park at the spot and ruin our moment, so I stopped running and faked an injury. Luckily the car turned around and when we got to the spot, I got to a knee and the rest is history.”

Krissa: “Bill covered up the engagement by distracting me with Christmas-related activities during the days leading up and he completely shocked me by proposing on Christmas Eve morning. We began our usual running route in Island Heights, which passes the most picturesque spots in town. As we ran, we talked about past holidays together, and how happy we were to have all of Christmas vacation together now that we were both teachers. We reached the spot where we normally stretch for a few moments, and he got down on one knee! I was completely surprised. I said yes and we ran back to the gazebo where our families were waiting. As fate would have it, it began pouring! It was very romantic!”

Photographer:  Idalia Photography | Makeup Artist: Make Me Up Eva | Hair Stylist: One Blow Dry Bar