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!

 

Samantha and Ben ‘s love story began with an app, continued through a love of books sent from miles away, and will be sealed with vows spoken this coming October. We met in Washington Square Park for their engagement session.

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The session continued in Central Park.

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Samantha shares, “Ben and I are a dating app miracle – we matched on Tinder when he was visiting NYC from Kansas City in June 2014. Since he was an out-of-towner, and rumor has it Tinder users don’t always have the best intentions, I decided not to meet up.”

This story is best, continued through the point of view of their dog, Oliver (written by Ben)…

“According to Tinder’s internal data, 9 billion matches have been created between users since its inception. That means each day, 26 million pairs are matched out of an approximate 1.4 billion swipes, left to right. Despite that stark statistical disadvantage, Ben and Samantha, at some God forsaken hour of the early morning, matched and at once began the correspondence that would lead to their 100% genuine, Grade A, true love.

Before even laying eyes on one another, Ben and Sam became acquainted through the words of writers much more esteemed than this one. What started as a brief sharing of Haruki Murakami’s short story, “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning,” became a full-fledged, cross-country, tastefully flirtatious book club.

Words and pages were read, weighty discussions shared. In an effort to distinguish Ben from the catfish and serial killers lurking in the online depths, FaceTimes were scheduled. Plane tickets purchased. NYC explored. Central Park strolls. Holding hands. Pumpkin patch visits. New Year’s Eve kiss. Museums observed and I love yous shared.
It was all falling into place, and Ben and Sam knew it was the real thing.

Upon receiving consent from myself (the true man of the house), Ben packed all he owned into a rented Chrysler Town & Country and started the journey from Kansas City to our apartment on the Upper West Side. He’s been here awhile now, and we are all enjoying life together so much that Ben and Sam are getting married. A Susan Sontag line I read once on my favorite blog, brainpickings, says, “Being in love means being willing to ruin yourself for the other person.” I remembered that line because that’s how I know Sam and Ben love each other. The bond they have together is more important than any of their individual wants and conditions.

And they don’t give bad belly rubs either.

Yours truly,
0LiveR w0Lf”

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Samantha shares, “I had a feeling he was going to be my person from the minute we started talking. I know it sounds crazy, but as soon as we met, I knew I was right. September kicked off a cross-country romance, in December we picked out a place together on the Upper West Side, and I left my Greenwich Village address of nearly six years. In March, he locked in a job and Memorial Day weekend of 2015, he moved from Kansas to New York.

Every day I feel lucky that by some stroke of fate we sort of met on his visit to New York City. ”

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They are getting married on October 22, 2016 in Union Square. Happy engagement Samantha and Ben!

Judy and Mike are one of those awesome couples you see laughing at each other in a bar and think, wow they are so happy in love.

I met them in the Lower East Side for their engagement session, but first we stopped by some fun street art on Mott Street by JGoldcrown.

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Mike is a lover of all things food and music and functions off espresso, coffee, and more coffee. He shares, “Most of all, I love to let loose on the dance floor to funk and deep house. I grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and attended James Madison University and I work at a growing adtech company called The Trade Desk. Judy and I live in Astoria.”
Judy shares, “I work in public health – designing, implementing, and providing strategic guidance on programs and policies that support healthy living and advance health equity. I love to travel, cook, read, be active, and try new things. I was born in New York City and grew up in the Chicago suburbs.”

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Mike wasn’t lying about the coffee, coffee, coffee…

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Mike shares the story of how they met, “Although it may seem cliche, we did meet on Valentine’s Day. It all started with my best friend, Joey, going out to meet our now mutual friend, Mary, on Valentine’s Day night in 2014. After much persuasion, I put on some pants and tagged along, with the promise that Mary would be bringing along some friends. Judy and I met at Botanic Lab, but barely spoke a word. I assumed she was with one of the guys in their group of friends (hi Joel!). After a couple of drinks, we all moved over to Hotel Chantelle, and it was there that Judy and I discovered our shared affinity for tequila and dancing. We finally ended the night/morning at Ella, staying up until 6am talking and dancing. I asked for her number as she was getting into a cab. The next day I texted her and she replied, “Who is this?” I had a mini panic attack until she texted “Just kidding. Hi Mike!” 10 minutes later. And the rest is history!”

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Judy shares, “Our wedding will be on Friday, September 16th, at MyMoon in Williamsburg. The ceremony will be held on the outdoor patio, followed by dinner and dancing inside. The venue has lots of dark wood, exposed brick, and amber lighting. The party will continue at Drexler’s on the Lower East Side.”

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Happy Engagement Judy and Mike!

Credits:
Bleeding Hearts street art by JGoldcrown
Photographer Terry Richardson street art by Bradley Theodore
Mike’s Clothing:
Jacket: Burberry, Shirt: Uniqlo, Beanies: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: DSTLD, Boots: Timberland
Judy’s Clothing:
Coat: TNA, Shirt: J.Crew, Necklace: J.Crew, Cream beanie: Pinkyotto, Gray beanie: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Timberland

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