I met Rachel and Michael at the top of Manhattan for a scenic engagement session at the Met Cloisters. We had a beautiful fall day with warm weather and leaves just beginning to change color.

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Rachel shares, “Michael and I met a little over four years ago on a dating app. He was my first and only “app date,” and I feel so lucky and thankful that I took the chance! We met for our first date at Maysville in Flatiron (now one of our favorite spots!). As soon as we sat down the conversation was effortless, and it turned out that we had a lot in common including mutual friends and a love for all things food and travel. At the end of our first date, Michael ended the evening by asking me on a second date, and the rest is pretty much history. After dating for a few months, we soon became inseparable.”

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Rachel continues, “We have spent the past four years exploring together, trying new things, and visiting new places. We have been to Brazil, Argentina, and Thailand just to name a few, and soon will be heading off on a trip to Australia. Not only do we love venturing overseas, but we also love exploring in our own city, which is how we first came across the Met Cloisters a few years ago. We visited in the fall, and we immediately fell in love with the beautiful architecture and scenic views. It felt like the perfect place to come back to for our engagement shoot.

Michael proposed in March after a busy couple of weeks of travel. We had just come back from vacation, and I had to travel for work immediately after. Needless to say, I was excited to have a relaxing weekend at home. Michael told me that we would spend that Sunday having brunch and then going to the David Bowie Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum near Prospect Park. We went to brunch in Dumbo at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the waterfront with incredible views of the city. After brunch he suggested we go for a walk since we had “some time before we needed to get to the museum” (luckily for Michael I am not the best with geography and did not realize that brunch was nowhere near the Brooklyn Museum!). We walked together on the waterfront, and while I really can’t remember exactly what he said, he got down on one knee, with our beautiful city as the backdrop, and asked me to marry him. It was the most perfect, beautiful moment that I ever could have asked for. Afterwards, we continued the celebrations at a bar back in Manhattan, and Michael surprised me by having all of our friends and family there waiting for us. I am still so impressed that Michael was able to pull off the whole day without me suspecting a thing–not an easy thing to do! It really shows how well he knows me, and for that I am forever grateful.”

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Rachel and Michael will be getting married in September of 2019. Happy engagement, you two!

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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!

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I met Clarissa and Stephen for a walk through Riverside Park and along the Hudson River.

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Clarissa and Stephen will be getting married this July at the Albany State Museum! Happy engagement, you two!

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I met Cristina and John in Central Park for a sunrise engagement session. We had the whole terrace to ourselves! It was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed capturing their playful personalities.

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Cristina shares, “It all started with a “wink” and a few messages back and forth on Match.com. We had our first date at The Smith and sparked instantly, our chemistry was undeniable – the prelude to a 6-month journey of friendship and flirtation. On a cold February night at the historic Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, VT, John asked me to be his girlfriend and the rest was history.

John and I love to spend our time traveling. Over the last 6 years we have visited over 8 countries, our favorite trip is tied between our love of people and nature in Costa Rica and our thirst for culture, romance, history, nightlife and beauty in Italy. Puerto Rico also holds a very special place in our hearts, as it’s where my maternal family originated and John’s closest family members reside.”

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She continues, “We were vacationing in Greece on the island of Mykonos after having visited Santorini and Kefalonia for our friends’ wedding. On our last day in Mykonos, I made it my mission to find the the island’s family of large pelicans that roam the streets. After a few hours of walking around, I finally found one. It was the highlight of my day and our trip felt complete.

Little did I know, John was about to steal the show. When we arrived in our room, red rose petals were layered across the room. I figured this was the hotel’s typical parting gesture on a couples’ last evening. As we were both preparing for our last night in Greece, I noticed John slipped away to our balcony and shut the door behind him. After a few minutes I opened the door to see what he was up to and saw he had rose petals and rose-flavored wine awaiting my entrance. Still I thought, “how romantic,” but this was not about to be “THE MOMENT.” Then suddenly, John dropped down on his knee and recited a speech I’ll never forget. I’m grateful he wrote his words down, because I blacked out in disbelief. I said “YES” and we went on to have a beautiful evening, enjoying our last dinner in Mykonos on the sand, beside the ocean as fiancés.”

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Cristina grew up on the Upper East Side with The Met and Central Park as her backyard. It was a great backdrop for engagement photos!

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The couple will be getting married at the Liberty House this December. Happy engagement, you two!

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I met Nichole and David in Central Park for a mini-engagement session. It was a beautiful spring day and all the cherry blossoms had floated down off the trees and made the grounds pink!

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Nichole shares, “Our first date was at a french wine bar in Chelsea, nearly 4 years later, Dave proposed on top of the Whitney Museum. We will be getting married at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in September and looking forward to sharing our special day with all their friends and family.”

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Happy Engagement Nichole and Dave!

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