Caitlin and Steve live in Long Island City near the Citi Bank building and wanted to capture their neighborhood in their engagement session. We had to stop by the court house, since they are both lawyers, but also because it has a beautiful fountain!

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Steve shares, “Caitlin and I met at law school in Philadelphia in 2012. After hanging out in groups a few times, I finally worked up the courage to ask her out a few weeks after we met. Our first date was at a BYOT (bring your own tequila!) Mexican restaurant, and we got to know each other over chips, guacamole, and margaritas.

We ended up working at the same law firm after graduation and soon moved in together in New York City. On the heels of that major life decision we quickly made another; adopting an adorable Calico cat, Penny, who currently runs our apartment.

We’ll be getting married in February at the Brooklyn Winery. We’re so excited for a fun night with our closest friends and family!”

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We also went to Gantry State Park for the beautiful skyline views.

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Happy Engagement Caitlin and Steve!

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Megumi and Joomin are so sweet, full of smiles and so in love. We met for a sunrise session in Central Park at the Bethesda Terrace.

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Megumi shares, “Joomin was born and raised in South Korea, he came to the US in 2013 as an exchange student to study vocal techniques. Joomin had a great career as a theater dancer in South Korea and has performed on world tours. He moved to New York City after graduating from college in Wisconsin two years ago. Joomin has been on multiple shows in New York. He is currently starring as a Kpop boy band star, TIMMY X, in an Off-Broadway show, Kpop.

I was born in Japan and grew up in Minnesota. I enjoy dancing, just like Joomin, but I am more of an “at home dancer.” I moved to New York City with Joomin after graduating from college. I had never imagined myself living and working in New York, but it has been nothing but an enjoyable and confident-boosting experience.”

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Megumi continues, “Joomin and I met at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. I was a junior back then and Joomin was an exchange student who just arrived from South Korea. Joomin and I officially met each other on his birthday after begin invited to celebrate from a mutual friend. Joomin says that it was love at first sight :)”

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Joomin proposed on May 12, 2016 at Pier 1 in Dumbo, Brooklyn. He pulled off a flash-mob with the help of some friends set to the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. It was amazing! Check out the youtube video here.

They will be getting married next week at MyMoon in Brooklyn!

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Lush greenery, a lovely summer evening in Riverside Park, and a very sweet pup made for one wonderful engagement session for Carla and Ben.

Ben shares, “Carla and I met in spring 2014 because we both attended the same weekly game night. We love to play board games and card games with this great group of people. We continued seeing each other weekly, and grew to be close friends. Eventually the chemistry was too strong to ignore! Our first date was at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and we’ve been pretty much inseparable since then. We’ve had a lot of great times exploring all the arts and culture that NYC has to offer. And we love to travel–since we started dating we’ve been to Iceland, Vancouver, and Italy, with trips to Morocco and New Zealand planned soon!”

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Ben shares, “We’re getting married in Union Square next winter, so we wanted to be sure our engagement photos included plenty of greenery. We chose to have them taken near our home in Morningside Heights, in Riverside Park. It’s near and dear to our hearts and (after our first attempt got rained out) we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The sunset over the Hudson, the stone walls, and the lovely trees all provided a beautiful atmosphere.

Carla jokes that I only started dating her to spend more time with her dog, Bessie–while that is not exactly true, it’s not entirely false either! Bessie is such a sweet old girl. One reason (among many) that we were excited to have Jess as our photographer was her love of dogs, and we were so happy to include Bessie in our engagement shoot.

We are thrilled to have these photos that capture our everyday lives–in our non-wedding attire, spending time in the park with our dog–and we look forward to working with Jess again on our wedding day!”

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Congratulations Carla and Ben!

Kelly and Vincent love Georgetown. It is where they spent time together when they first started dating and where they will be getting married next year. It seemed perfect to also celebrate their engagement along the charming, historic streets of this beautiful neighborhood.

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Kelly shares, “Vincent and I met through friends in the summer of 2014. Our relationship started off in a unique way since we were long distance–he was at law school in Florida and I was working and living in DC. While most people would think starting a relationship long distance sounds crazy, I found it was a great way to get to know each other since we would just spend hours talking to each other on the phone and through FaceTime. It also made us really take advantage of our time together when we got to visit for a weekend. Since I was living in Glover Park (right up Wisconsin Ave from Georgetown), many of our weekend adventures were in Georgetown–anything from shopping on M Street, getting drinks on the waterfront, or visiting the gardens of Dumbarton Oaks. Needless to say, Georgetown is a meaningful place for us as it is where our relationship really blossomed.”

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Kelly continues, “We are getting married at a church in Georgetown this coming spring so we felt it was only appropriate to have our engagement shoot in the neighborhood as well. After a week of rain in July, the sky cleared and we had a beautiful evening shoot on P Street and on the grounds of Georgetown University! We hope our wedding date is just as lucky with the weather. We are so excited to tie the knot in front of our closest family and friends at a place that holds so many special memories for us.”

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Congratulations Kelly and Vincent!

Matt surprised Erica with a romantic proposal in Central Park. Details including a rain backup plan, a birthday candle wish, a knee drop, and two surprise photo shoots are all below!

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Matt and Erica are both single parents with very busy schedules, but were able to find each other online. They met for a round of chip and putt golf back on September 15th. Matt shares, “We both truly experienced love at first sight. It was the perfect day with a crystal blue sky offset by a soft breeze. We also actually had the entire course to ourselves. Since we were casual, we could just be ourselves. We were at ease (well, as far as first dates go). We had a total blast! We laughed just about every step of the way (and gazed quite a bit too). Everything was as it should be. And, after walking Erica to her car, I capped the date by giving her a lavender rose I’d stowed in my car.

Everything since that day and the proposal a few weeks back has been all we could possibly hope for. We flat-out love being together. My son Jake (16) and her daughter Greta (12) get along great too. We’re really lucky.

Now, fast-forward to April 22nd – Earth Day! I’d been planning the engagement for weeks. It was Erica’s birthday that following Tuesday, so I had the perfect cover for a special weekend in NYC. As it happens – up until then – neither of us were very familiar with “The City.” I got show tickets and booked the hotel some weeks in advance as well as made reservations for a special restaurant.

The one detail I hadn’t pinned down up until the day before was finding the right photographer to capture the moment. I corresponded and spoke with no less than 10 photographers. The options were all over the place. I didn’t get to speak with Jessica until late in the day, but it’s an absolute fact that I was hoping she’d be the one that came through. For one, I pretty much set my sights on proposing in Central Park and liked that she was close by. But, more than that, I did take notice of the sincerity in her voice when I left a message and then I really connected with how she presented so genuinely on the website. Everything fell into place late in the day with her being the final part of my big plans.”

There were a number of reasons why I wanted to go with the park, not the least of which that doing it at the restaurant wasn’t original enough and that I probably wouldn’t hold out having a ring in my pocket while waiting to do it at some point before, during or after our 8pm show. It was looking to be a nice day and I totally had set my sights on the image of leaning forward and having my knee on the back of a rowboat following the reservation I’d made at The Boathouse restaurant just before.

Jess was awesome in helping with the details. She actually sent me a map about how to get into that part of the park with a mark on it where she’d be standing in proximity to the boat and right down to how I’d angle the boat to get the best shot. That was it. I was ready. Everything was set. Then, to my near disbelief, it turned out to be a rainy day. So there I was, throughout brunch, looking out the window at all the rowboats lined up along the pond – not being rowed – and realizing my main plan washed-out right down the drain. All that planning and I’m suddenly coming up empty. Needless to say I was feeling a bit discouraged. Ok, I was totally sick to my stomach. But the one thing I knew is that I wasn’t going to let this stop me. This is when I had decided to do it and it was going to go down one way or another.

I found the opportunity to text Jess and try to work out Plan B. Actually, there were more than a few texts and emails throughout lunch while struggling to keep Erica clueless. Then I actually was able to sneak a quick call with Jess, which ironically led to the best option among all the others I’d painstakingly researched and arranged. She directed me to the Bethesda Terrace on the other side of the pond. I’d never been there. We worked it out that Jess would be wearing a red scarf so I’d recognize her and that she’d be standing where she thought would be the perfect spot to lead Erica. It was.

There – by that iconic stone railing and the arches a few feet behind her with the drizzle and fountain for ambiance – I turned to face Erica under her umbrella, still holding her other hand. She felt so right. I eased into the moment by telling her that I was wondering what it was she’d wished for when blowing out her birthday candle in the dessert I’d arranged minutes before at The Boathouse.

She looked at me almost shyly and said something along the lines of wishes told don’t come true. I asked her to try me and she admitted that she’d like to be my wife someday. It was then I looked more deeply into her eyes than ever before. I said that sometimes told wishes do come true. I was more in the moment than ever. I gave her a comforting smile and eased my right knee down to the ground. I had her.

She, of course, knew what was happening but somehow couldn’t quite process it at first. Perfectly confused, she softly asked, “This is it?” and I confidently replied, “This is it.” I think her saying “Oh my God” was somewhere in there too. The box remained hidden, clasped in my right hand while I took my time telling Erica how much I love her and why and that it would make me the happiest man on Earth to spend the rest of our lives together. I savored every moment knowing she was now doing the same. Here’s where I think we’ll leave words to be told by Jess’s work.

Of course, it wasn’t enough for me to just pop the question. I’d spent months working on a poem about our first date titled, “Foretold by a Lavender Rose.” It ended up being 22 verses, so that gave Jess plenty of additional time to photograph the moment. It wasn’t until about 2/3rds of the way through my reading that Erica later admitted noticing a photographer that seemed to have her sights on us. I honestly couldn’t have planned it any better, except for one last thing …

That Sunday turned out to be a perfect day for us to be back in Central Park to enjoy being on the grass field across from Tavern on the Green where we had brunch. I’d planned for us to make our way to the scene of the Fountain Terrace to reflect on the day before AND over to the rowboats which were now in full row. It wasn’t until about halfway through the hour that Erica noticed I’d teamed up again with Jess to do a second shoot of us in the boat this time.

I admit that I kind of needed the fulfillment of seeing through at least part of my original plan. It wasn’t quite the same without a knee to drop, but we definitely got some amazing shots with double thanks to Jess for capturing these moments we’ll cherish forever. She actually sent us an advance copy of our special moment, which we posted online. It got well over 1,000 “likes” and took us the entire train ride home to simply “like” the more than 500 comments we’d already received.

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Matt says, “Of course, everyone is eager to know when that next big day will be. Our current answer is that it will happen on a beach somewhere, sometime in 2018. For now, we’re fully enjoying simply being engaged.”

Congratulations, you two!

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