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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Katie and Michael were married on a beautiful September day in New York City.

Katie got ready for the day in her childhood home in Long Island.

Such a sweet moment between Katie and her dad.

Meanwhile, at a hotel in Manhattan Michael got ready for the day with his family and friends.

Katie arrived at the church in a checkered cab with her dad.

Katie shares, “Our wedding celebration took place at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church on Sullivan Street, which holds a special place in our hearts. St. Anthony’s is the first house of worship constructed by Italians in the United States, which resonates greatly with both of our families. My grandmother, Catherine Timpone (Grandma Kay), and her six siblings grew up on Sullivan Street and attended the St. Anthony’s grammar school. My great great grandmother, Christina Timpone, was an active member of St. Anthony’s and donated the small marble top table that stands on the altar to this day! My mom often visits St. Anthony’s and believes she feels the presence of her family all around her.”

Mike had a hard time choosing a favorite moment from the day. He shares, “This is tough! There were so many wonderful moments throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. Sharing our wedding with all of our family and friends in a city that means the world to us was so special. If choosing one, watching Katie enter the church and walk down the aisle with her dad, Tom, was my favorite moment. It felt like an “out-of-body” experience and brought so much joy and excitement to my heart. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.”

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After the ceremony, we headed to Central Park for photos around Bethesda Terrace, and for a quick NYC bite!

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What an amazing way to enter a cocktail hour!

Katie shares, “It’s difficult to pick my favorite moment because the whole day was magical. It still feels like a hazy dream I had. If I had to choose it’s probably when we were about to enter our reception at the Boathouse. Throughout the day my sister, Kerry, kept reminding us to stop and be grateful since the day would inevitably go by so fast. The DJ had finished calling each member of our bridal party, leaving Mike and me alone outside the glass doors waiting for our turn. We could see the lights and hear the cheers from all of family and friends inside. We locked hands and we knew that this was it. This was one of those “grateful moments.” This was the moment when we were about to begin not only one of the best nights of our lives, but also the beginning of our journey as a couple forever. The cheers and applause from our loved ones as we entered as Mr. and Mrs. D’Ambrosio may have been the best way to start.”

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Congratulations Katie and Michael!

Check out their Gantry State Park engagement session here.

Special thanks to the team:
Church: The Church of Saint Anthony of Padua
Reception Venue: Loeb Boathouse at Central Park
Officiant: Rev. Mario Julian
Caterer: Boathouse at Central Park
Florist: Cress Floral Decorators
Checkered Cab: FilmCars
Cake: Milkbar Weddings
DJ/Band: Tommy’s Tunes
Cocktail Musician: New York Ceremony Music
Invitations: Janice Nelson Designs
Makeup/Hair: Salone Di Capelli
Rings: Reflections Fine Jewelry
Bride’s Dress: RK Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: I.N.C.
Jewelry: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hailey Paige
Groom’s Suit: Giorgenti Weddings
Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom/Groomsmen Socks: Jimmy Lion
Videographer: White Tie Video
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Allison and Josiah were married in Central Park on a beautiful summer day. Allison got ready for the day with her family and friends at the Marriot along Central Park South.

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The ceremony took place at the Ladies Pavilion and was officiated by two of the couple’s good friends.

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Allison shares, “When Joe and I decided to move in together, we knew we wanted to live on the Upper West Side because of the neighborhood and Central Park! Once we got there, the lake and pavilion area truly became our place where we would grab a bagel and juice and take Lola for a walk, sit out on the rocks and enjoy the scenery. Seemed only fitting to get married there! Tavern on the Green was also special to us because we had our first Christmas together there.”

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Joe proposed on a bike ride over the Williamsburg Bridge where they had their first kiss.

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Allison and Josiah both found ways to honor very special loved ones.

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Congratulations Allison and Josiah!

Special credits include:
Venue: Ladies Pavillion in Central Park
Cocktail Hour: Tavern on the Green
Macarons: LaDurée
Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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

riverside park engagement photoriverside park engagement photoStephen shares, “It’s all about who you know! Clarissa and I met through a mutual friend while she was working in Albany. Later, when she moved to Brooklyn, we roamed the city so I could show off some of my favorite sights, including the Chili Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (where she met my parents for the first time) and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Some of our favorite haunts are on the water, which is why we loved the idea of the Boat Basin for our shoot. We always look forward to visiting places like Coney Island, Lake George, St. Thomas, USVI and “Up North” Wisconsin. We keep going back to these spots, whether to escape from the summer heat or winter blues, to celebrate finishing law school or just enjoy getting away. Our puppy Frank couldn’t join us in these pictures but he’s excited to be the ring bearer at our wedding. Clarissa and I (and Frank!) are looking forward to more adventures, enjoying old stomping grounds and finding new favorite places together!”

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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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