Bridget and JP planned their engagement along the scenic stretch of the High Line to commemorate their first two engagements. There have been three! Read on for the whole love story.

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JP shares, “If you’ve had a conversation with Bridget in the last four years, you’ve probably heard this story before. But it’s a good one!

Bridget interviewed me for the position of boyfriend. Actually, Bridget was supposed to be interviewing me for the position of attorney at the Legal Aid Society.  She was a forensic social worker there and on the hiring committee, and I had just graduated from law school.  When I walked into the interview room, Bridget thought, “he looked good on paper, but he looks FANTASTIC in person.” (OK, I added that part.)  Bridget made sure the appropriate boxes were checked, and I was hired.

As it turned out, when I walked into that interview room and saw the panel of five people, I immediately noticed the apparently demure girl in the back left corner. My actual thought at the time was “she definitely isn’t single.” But I took note that she was named Bridget and that she was a social worker.

That interview was May 2012. I didn’t move to New York and start the job until nearly four months later, in September. But I didn’t forget about Bridget. So you can imagine my consternation when, well into the second week on the job, I had been introduced to all the social workers. . . but. . . no Bridget.  Finally, as nonchalantly as I could muster, I asked someone, “wasn’t there a blonde social worker who used to work here?”  And they said, “Oh, that’s Bridget.  She’s been on vacation in Croatia.  She’ll be back on Monday.”  Faith in the universe restored.

The ensuing courtship was tentative and shy, but aided by unreserved colleagues who, not even knowing if we were interested in each other, decided we should become a couple.  “JP, you’re single.  Bridget is single.  You should date her.”  “JP, do you like chocolate? Bridget likes chocolate.  You should take her to a chocolate shop.”  And “So have you guys made out yet, or what?” These things were said when both of us were in the same room.  The obvious embarrassment was highly entertaining to everyone else, apparently.

Well, the joke was on them. We had our first kiss outside the office Christmas party and our first date a few days later. And we managed to keep the whole thing a secret from co-workers until Bridget transferred out of the unit 3 months later.”

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Bridget shares the story of how they got engaged, but first JP defines it as: “Slowly. With much prodding.  And in three stages.”

She says, “I call JP “Peter Pan” because he is, according to me, “the boy who doesn’t want to grow up.” And so three years and six months after we started dating (JP says this is approximately three years, five months and 29 days after I was ready to get engaged), I announced to JP that I was going to propose TO HIM on August 11, 2016.  JP rolled with it.

So I made reservations at Mario Batali’s swankiest restaurant, and then took JP up to the adjacent High Line Park after dinner. I said some lovely things, got down on one knee, and popped the question. To my utmost surprise, JP was actually prepared for the moment. He pulled out a legal pad and flipped through a series of previously written messages (a la “Love Actually”) that included, of course, a “YES!” Engagement #1. But then, another of JP’s notes said that until he could afford a proper engagement ring, he’d like me to wear a Claddagh ring as a substitute. JP pulled it out from his pocket, got down on HIS knee and put it on my finger. Engagement #2.

JP continues, “Fast forward a few weeks. We were walking along the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park when Bridget spotted an old brick façade where someone had written in chalk: “Will You Marry Me?” Bridget decided it would be funny—since we were newly engaged—if I stood by it and she took his picture. But as she snapped the photo, she realized I had a black ring box in my hand. Completely and utterly shocked—again, this was the procrastinatory and cash-poor schlub who couldn’t get it together enough to propose to her first—she approached. I opened the box: it was Bridget’s grandmother’s wedding ring! In the weeks since the initial proposal, her paternal aunts Arleen and Kathy had reached out to me and made the tremendously touching and generous offer to pass the ring on. We pulled the Claddagh ring off her finger, and replaced it with the real thing.

So…Bridget didn’t know if she was ever going to get engaged, but it eventually happened. Kind of three times. She can relax now.”

Bridget adds, “Oh, and JP didn’t write the “Will you marry me” message in chalk.  He had been walking around with the ring box in his pocket, waiting for the right moment, and it presented itself.”  JP has told me he recognizes that he is quite a lucky dog when it comes to Bridget, and really hopes the streak continues!

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This is the spot, with it’s quiet corner, where they both got down on one knee and they both said “YES!”

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They will be getting married in Manhattan this September. Congratulations you guys!

I met Hannah and Nat in Central park for their engagement session. It was a beautiful fall day!

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You guys are so much fun! Hannah, when I look at this picture I can still hear you laughing.

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Nat shares, “I met Hannah two summers ago through a blind date set up by a friend of a friend. This was a truly blind date, with neither of us having even looked at the other’s Facebook profile (we both have generic last names, and I didn’t even know what hers was at the time). Immediately after we started talking, I knew Hannah was special. Sure enough, what was planned to be just drinks turned into a four+ hour dinner – and neither of us have looked back since. We both soon felt as though we’d known each other far longer than we actually had, and it wasn’t long before I knew Hannah was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I’ve always felt completely comfortable around her, and she’s so warm and loving and has such a big heart that I well up now just thinking about it.”

Hannah remembers being very nervous for their first date, “Luckily, Nat didn’t seem to notice that my hands were shaking and that I almost spilled my beer. We had planned to meet for a drink at a bar by his office. One drink turned into dinner, which turned to dessert and the next thing I knew we had been talking for 5 hours. I had never felt so comfortable with anyone on first meeting them. It turned out that he was reading my favorite book, he made me laugh, was sweet, and the conversation was some of the easiest I’ve ever had. We talked about everything from our top names for dogs to my beloved banana costume. I could have talked to him all night. As I got on the subway I remember having a very odd feeling that I was going to marry him. A few months into dating, that feeling only intensified. Needless to say I was pretty pumped when I found out that Nat felt the same way.”

Nat continues, “By next February, I had bought the engagement ring and knew I wanted to propose not long after. Since I am terrible at keeping secrets, Hannah knew both that I’d bought the ring and that I’d soon be asking her dad for his blessing. Still, I wanted the proposal to come as a surprise in some way. The very day I’d gotten her dad’s blessing, I left work to get dinner with some friends. On the bus ride home, I thought to myself – Hmm, I’ve got the ring, I’ve got the blessing – why wait? I’ll propose the minute I get home. It’ll be a surprise for her because it’ll be one for me too! After making me do it over*, she said yes. I love her with all my heart, and I always will.
*Hannah was quick to point out that my initial proposal was “Will you make me the happiest guy in the world?” and so not technically one of marriage. I quickly rectified it.”

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Happy engagement Hannah and Nat!

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I met Leslie and Raj in Gantry State Park in Long Island City for their engagement session. It was a beautiful day with amazing views of the city skyline–the perfect place to celebrate their engagement!

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Leslie shares, “We initially connected on OkCupid about five years ago. Our first date was at a Malaysian restaurant on a particularly cold winter evening. We were both nervous and made bad menu choices, but we still had a great time getting to know each other. It only took a few more dates to realize that we wanted to spend as much time together as possible.

We got engaged on my birthday this year, after we got home from my birthday dinner.”

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Raj shares, “A few years ago we decided we wanted to be with each other forever and moved in together. I chose to propose to Leslie in our apartment because it represents that earlier decision.”

Leslie continues, “We often take walks from our home in Sunnyside to Long Island City to visit Gantry Plaza State Park, so it was a natural choice of location for our engagement shoot. We consider ourselves “city people” so we liked the idea of the skyline featuring prominently in some of our photographs. In fact, one of our priorities when searching for a wedding venue was that it had a city view.”

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Leslie and Raj will be getting married in the summer at the Manhattan Penthouse. Happy engagement you two!

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Kenny asked Christina to marry him under the bright lights of Broadway. We returned to the whirlwind of Times Square to celebrate their engagement!

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Christina shares, “Kenny and I are high school sweethearts. We met through mutual friends when we were sixteen years old in high school. We have been dating for a little over nine years and, come our wedding day, we will have been together just under ten years! Over the years, we have celebrated our anniversary by going into NYC and either seeing a new Broadway  attending the Vendy Awards on Governors Island, or simply trying out a new restaurant. Going into the city is a reminder of all the good times we’ve had together and how we have grown as a couple so it was perfect that Kenny asked me to marry him in Times Square.

It was a cold Valentine’s Day evening and Kenny and I had gone to see the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” Afterwards, we stopped at a Starbucks nearby to warm up. While there, Kenny was taking his time to get ready and bundle back up to walk to our hotel. Little did I know, he was stalling to make sure the timing of his plan would work out. On our walk back to the hotel, Kenny had drawn my attention to the other side of the street where I saw a bright red billboard with the words “Christina will you marry me?” In shock, I turned to Kenny who was then down on one knee asking me to marry him and of course I said “YES!”

Getting engaged in NYC just adds to all of the great memories we’ve had there, so choosing to take our engagement pictures there was a no brainer. We chose Times Square because that is where we got engaged and have spent a lot of time together when we visit. We also chose the Brooklyn Bridge because we have always loved that bridge and its beauty and we felt it was a perfect location to capture the love we have for one another.”

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Christina and Kenny will be getting married next September. Congratulations you two!

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I met Melissa and Justin on Bow Bridge in Central Park for a mini-engagement session. It was a very hot day, but that didn’t stop us from getting some nice shots and celebrating this exciting time in their lives! You guys are so sweet. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding!

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Melissa shares, “Justin and I both went to college at Bentley in Waltham, Massachusetts. We had a couple of classes together our freshman year, but we did not actually get to know each other outside of class until junior year when our groups of friends started hanging out in the same places. That was 2006, and we’ve been together ever since. After almost nine years of dating and two and a half years of sharing an NYC apartment together, Justin (finally!) proposed in Central Park last July.”

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They will be getting married this fall on Block Island. Happy engagement Melissa and Justin!

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