Sarah and Mark are very funny and make each other laugh constantly. If it’s not quoting an obscure movie, it’s breaking out some crazy dance moves! They are so excited to be getting married and you can just tell they will be sharing a lifetime of laughter together.

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Sarah shares, “Mark and I met in December 2013 on OkCupid. I was his first-ever online date; he was…not mine, a fact for which I will eternally resent him. Having spent so much time on terrible dates in bars and coffee shops, I was immediately impressed that he actually took me out to dinner for our first date. We went to a wonderful restaurant in the West Village which, since it was almost Christmas, featured twinkly lights and people singing Czech Christmas carols at the bar and a golden retriever, for some reason. We quickly bonded over our hatred of slow walkers and our love of cheesy Hallmark movies and, since then, it’s been four and a half years of dominating at trivia, spontaneously breaking into song and dance, consuming much cheese, and generally being silly and having fun. We’re very excited to get married this September!”

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During their session we visited Gapstow Bridge, a spot along the the lake where Mark proposed, and Cherry Hill and then made our way to Lincoln Center and Riverside Park.

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The couple will be getting married on the Upper West Side this September. Happy Engagement Sarah and Mark!

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Cherry blossoms galore! We had to rearrange our schedules a few times to hit the peak days for the blooms–and we certainly did, and it was so worth it! Sandra and Dustin wore traditional Hanbok clothing for the first half of the session and they looked like they stepped out of a movie! Combine that with their palpable love for each other and this session was magic!

Sandra shares, “Dustin and I are just a couple of nerds who love each other. We met through the help of the often underrated app, Tinder, and quickly bonded over our mutual love of space, sci-fi, Hayao Miyazaki and old skool video games.

I went on our first date having no expectations and discovered that this guy Dustin was not like anyone I had ever met. He seemed immediately trustworthy and honest and, although we shared some common interests, our upbringings were quite different and it was really refreshing and exciting to be dating someone so different from myself.

Over the first few months together we grew closer and soon realized we never wanted to be apart. This September we are going to be making our commitment all nice and legal-like at the Metropolitan Building in LIC, Queens. We loved the space when we first saw it, and even though I had my heart set on an outdoor ceremony, I knew the light was great at the Metropolitan Building and that going outdoors wasn’t going to work out for us, but secretly I was still dreaming of having pictures of us outside.

When we first met Jessica and she told us about planning our engagement session she mentioned how this could be a great way to use things that we love but weren’t going to be a part of our wedding. I immediately thought it would be an opportunity to get some photos of the two of us outside in ‘nature’ or at least the next best thing: Central Park. I also wanted to take advantage of seasonality by staging the photos with those ephemeral and iconic pink blooms of early spring, the cherry blossoms.

I told Dustin I really wanted us to wear the traditional Korean dress called hanbok. I love the silhouette of both women’s and men’s hanbok and although logistics made it too cumbersome to incorporate into our ceremony or dinner, I thought this would be a great place to include a bit of my Korean heritage and also introduce hanbok to Dustin. He was willing to go along with it and we found a wonderful place in Flushing called Hanbok Story where the owner designs hanbok to buy as well as renting hanbok for weddings and photo shoots. The jeogori (top) part of the hanbok I wore was a new design and serendipitously features little cherry blossom details.

People in the park were loving us in our Hanbok! Jessica wasn’t the only person snapping pics. I think wearing Hanbok and shooting with the cherry blossoms made the day feel that much more special for us and something to remember.”

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Dustin shares, “Sandra and I met using one of those dating apps, swiping right for love. Luckily that was both of our intentions.

Our first date was a normal first meeting type of thing. We met up at a local pub for a a few drinks and chatted about all sorts of things. The second date is where I felt like I really got to know her. We went to the Brooklyn Comic Arts Festival and after sitting through a few panel discussions, we went around the corner to get something to eat. Over dinner we somehow ended up on the topic of classic arcade games and we both agreed the Simpsons game was at the top of our lists. We both knew that Barcade (half bar, half arcade, but you probably figured that out if you didn’t already know) has a lot of these retro games and after a quick Google search we were off to the Chelsea location and ended up playing arcade games all night together.

At some point Sandra introduced me to her high school friends who introduced me to a new kind of game, the ‘Escape Room.’ In an escape room, you’re ‘locked’ in a room or even multiple rooms and you’re required to solve puzzles to try and get out. So, every month or two we do one of these rooms at varying levels of difficulty and themes.

Last year I started planning my proposal. I reached out to three of Sandra’s good friends to ask for advice on the ring. They all were super excited and helpful through the process. After a few months and many rounds of narrowing it down, I found the perfect one from a local designer (WWAKE) who also happens to be a friend of one of the friends I turned to for advice. Once I had the ring I was ready to work out the proposal plan.

I had known for awhile that I wanted to propose in an Escape Room where at the end instead of finding a key to get out, it would be the ring. I eventually found a spot in our neighborhood and talked with the staff who were very accommodating and happy to set up the room for us. I made sure that Sandra’s friends would be arriving early and I called to confirm our dinner plans after we finished the room. We had only been in the room for 20 minutes before we solved the last puzzle. The final clue unlocked a drawer where there would usually be a key and letter saying that you solved the room, but instead there was a letter that I wrote for Sandra. After she was done reading the letter I did the traditional proposal where I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me and she said yes.”

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Happy Engagement Sandra and Dustin!

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Jordana and Jonathan both live in Brooklyn and love Prospect Park. We spent a beautiful autumn afternoon walking through the park and around the boathouse.

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Jonathan shares, “When I met Jordana, I had been living in Brooklyn for a little over a year to attend NYU for a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. At that point, I had been on my fair share of dates in search for the one. Jordana—having started med school at SUNY Downstate just two months prior—was new to the New York Jewish dating scene when she downloaded Coffee Meets Bagel. Jordana later told me that she had the app for less than a week when I got matched with her in October 2016. Actually, it was Jordana’s first and only Coffee Meets Bagel date. After a few messages back and forth, we decided to meet for coffee at Cafe Regular du Nord in Park Slope. It was drizzling that day, a perfect day to sip some hot coffee. On the date, we spoke about our lives, interests, families, and values. I was really struck by how easy it was to talk to Jordana and how comfortable we were with each other. To conclude our first date, we walked around for a little bit in Prospect Park—making it the perfect place to have our engagement photos taken. We met for a second date later that week and, with each subsequent date, I realized more and more the extent to which we connected on every level, just how perfectly compatible we are. I think it’s fair to say that we are thoroughly obsessed with each other.”

It was time to pop the question.

Jordana shares, “About a month before the proposal, Jonathan asked me to join him at the annual welcome party for his academic department at NYU over Labor Day weekend. Jonathan also told me he had training all day for his teaching assistant gig prior to the party. He said that the plan was for him to travel with his peers from training and meet me at a colleague’s apartment in Park Slope before we all headed to the party as one large group. Throughout the day, Jonathan texted me about the details of his training, fully convincing me that he was actually there. I got all ready for the party, hoping to make a good impression on Jonathan’s colleagues and professors.

After Jonathan told me that he had returned from training, he ordered me an Uber to meet him at his colleague’s apartment. I saw that the Uber was going near Café Regular du Nord, the café where we had our first date and thought it was a funny coincidence that the apartment was next door. As the Uber pulled up to its destination, Jonathan sent me a text, ‘Meet me where our paths first crossed.’ I was so oblivious—I realized nothing at this point and thought the cute text was Jonathan’s way of letting me know he was waiting by the café. When I got out of the car, I was pretty confused because Jonathan was nowhere in sight. I did see a photographer out of the corner of my eye, but assumed it was just a ‘Brooklyn thing.’ To my surprise, I looked into Cafe Regular du Nord and saw Jonathan standing inside smiling, waiting for me to come in. I opened the door to find the cafe decorated with flowers, framed pictures of the two of us, tea lights and rose petals. After professing his love to me, Jonathan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him—I said yes!”

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Their laughter was infectious. How can you look at this photo and not smile!? You guys are so sweet and so full of love for each other—it was a joy to capture!

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The couple is getting married next October.

Congratulations Jordana and Jonathan!

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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