I met Lara and Ryan at the iconic Grand Army Plaza to begin their Brooklyn engagement session.
Lara shares, “Ryan and I met freshmen year at Boston University. We lived on the same floor and the first night in our dorms we had a mandatory floor meeting. Everyone had to go around and say what they did that summer. Almost everyone (including me) had responses like, ‘I went on vacation,’ or ‘I worked at,’ and, of course, ‘I hung out with my friends.’ But when it was Ryan’s turn, I remember he had this sweet response of ‘I just did a lot of walking this summer.’ I’m not sure why this is one of my favorite memories of Ryan. I think it is because he was so honest and genuine and I remember thinking, ‘I want that guy to be my friend.’ What really attracts me to Ryan is how unique and authentic he is. He is also someone who is always striving to do or learn something new. It’s a personality trait that I find very attractive and admire and want to be more like myself.”
Ryan shares, “The truth is, it’s only thanks to Lara’s perspective that I can recall more on that first meeting than being extremely nervous about what I’d have to show for my summer. I can tend to be a bit self-involved. I can clearly recall the first time I wanted to be Lara’s partner, though. For graduation, her father rented a minivan and me and a whole lot of Diaz’s piled in for our travels around Boston that weekend. The way they made each other laugh throughout the trips were some of the warmest moments I’ve been a part of. And they were telling of the times Lara and I would share in the years to follow. We spend a lot of time trying to make each other laugh. Around Lara, I’m funny, and I really have her to thank for so many good times together, where I otherwise might have been just staring at my shoes. …however, she did reject my initial draft of “Two goofs, one lawn” for this bio, so it’s not all roses either.
It was an easy decision for us to choose Prospect Park as our location for our engagement shoot. We live in the neighborhood and we love coming to the park to dog watch on the weekends. Our first summer here we rode our bikes around the bike trail almost every weekend and we go to Celebrate Brooklyn concerts whenever we can. When figuring out what locations to go to for the session, we discovered the Natural Exploration Area, which is off the beaten path, and were amazed at how beautiful this spot is. It’s like we traveled to a different part of the country. We’re so lucky to have this park as our backyard!”
Lara and Ryan are getting married in Manhattan this September. Happy engagement, you two!
I met Katie and Mike at Gantry State Park in Long Island City for their engagement session. We had beautiful weather and breath-taking views!
Katie shares, “Mike and I grew up only a few blocks apart on Long Island, but we didn’t truly meet until 2011 at one of the classiest bars in New York City, Turtle Bay. When Mike and I first met we were more opposite than you could imagine. He was a Long Island sports-loving, schedule-driven law student, and me a grungy, free-spirited art school student. No matter how different we seemed, we always knew how to make each other laugh. It’s safe to say we eventually met in the middle and our differences are what make our relationship so strong.
Today we live together in Astoria. We consider New York City our playground whether it’s checking out a new park, museum, or undiscovered town in one of the boroughs. We love Gantry State Park for its gorgeous views and convenient proximity from home. To see the trees splashed among a rigid and vast skyline is something that will never get old! We are so excited to continue life’s adventure when we get married in one of our favorite parks in September.”
Katie and Mike are getting married in Manhattan this September. Happy engagement, you two!
Allison and Josiah were married in Central Park on a beautiful summer day. Allison got ready for the day with her family and friends at the Marriot along Central Park South.
The ceremony took place at the Ladies Pavilion and was officiated by two of the couple’s good friends.
Allison shares, “When Joe and I decided to move in together, we knew we wanted to live on the Upper West Side because of the neighborhood and Central Park! Once we got there, the lake and pavilion area truly became our place where we would grab a bagel and juice and take Lola for a walk, sit out on the rocks and enjoy the scenery. Seemed only fitting to get married there! Tavern on the Green was also special to us because we had our first Christmas together there.”
Joe proposed on a bike ride over the Williamsburg Bridge where they had their first kiss.
Congratulations Allison and Josiah!
I met Clarissa and Stephen for a walk through Riverside Park and along the Hudson River.
Stephen shares, “It’s all about who you know! Clarissa and I met through a mutual friend while she was working in Albany. Later, when she moved to Brooklyn, we roamed the city so I could show off some of my favorite sights, including the Chili Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (where she met my parents for the first time) and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Some of our favorite haunts are on the water, which is why we loved the idea of the Boat Basin for our shoot. We always look forward to visiting places like Coney Island, Lake George, St. Thomas, USVI and “Up North” Wisconsin. We keep going back to these spots, whether to escape from the summer heat or winter blues, to celebrate finishing law school or just enjoy getting away. Our puppy Frank couldn’t join us in these pictures but he’s excited to be the ring bearer at our wedding. Clarissa and I (and Frank!) are looking forward to more adventures, enjoying old stomping grounds and finding new favorite places together!”
Clarissa and Stephen will be getting married this July at the Albany State Museum! Happy engagement, you two!