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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Elyssa loves the outdoors and Mike loves the city, so naturally, we met in Central Park for their engagement session!

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Elyssa shares, “Both recently out of long term relationships, Mike and I both decided to try (pre-Tinder) online dating in 2012. After exchanging a few messages, we became each other’s first in person date. We hit it off right away, and on our first date, Mike walked me home 35 blocks. Over the course of the next few weeks we continued to see each other. Even though we are quite different, we have very complimentary personalities. We liked each other so much that Mike, not one for sports, pretended to care about Olympic soccer (which I love), and I read the first few Game of Thrones books (one of Mike’s favorites).  Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right and Mike ended things with me after about 3 months (I don’t think I will ever let him live this down).

We both started dating other people, but always wondered about what the other was up to. Then, in early 2014, while I was on my way out to Queens to visit my niece, Mike and I ran into each other on the L train. Well, technically, I saw him on the platform and tried to avoid him; who would want to chat on the train with someone who had previously dumped them?! But Mike chased me down, and we chatted on the train for a bit until he had to get off the L in Brooklyn. Just before he stood to exit the train he checked his phone to make sure he still had my number–he did (I, on the other hand, had deleted his number). After a couple of weeks of back and forth (scheduling can be tricky with our work schedules), we grabbed a drink. While it was a bit awkward at first, pretty soon it was like no time had passed and we had a wonderful first “re-date” and have been together ever since.

Mike proposed to me on an empty beach in Cape Cod last September. We spent the rest of the week alone on Cape Cod celebrating the start of our lives together–it was the perfect proposal. Very shortly after that, we began planning our wedding (I am something of a “planner”). We cannot wait to get married on September 25th at the Pearl River Hilton surrounded by our close family and friends.”

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Happy engagement Elyssa and Mike!

 

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