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Sep

Central Park Conservatory Garden Engagement | Kira & Omari

It was the second night of their trip to Turks & Caicos to celebrate Omari's birthday in mid October. Omari told Kira he had made dinner reservations at 7:30pm, but that was a straight up lie. Their reservations were for much later, but Kira got all dolled up and was ready to go right on time (or so she says!). Once they were both ready for dinner they decided to enjoy some cocktails in their hotel room before heading out. They sat down on their couch next to one another, with not a care in the world and not a place in the world they would rather be then right there. Omari told Kira he had written a poem for her to thank you for planning such an awesome trip for his birthday. That's right, he writes poetry and can cook a killer chicken parm and she plans amazing trips for them to go on. I know. They both totally hit the jackpot! :) Omari began reading what he wrote but about three lines in she quickly realized it was not a thank you poem! He then got on one knee and proposed to the love of his life! On cloud nine, the two headed out for an amazing celebratory dinner, and wouldn't you know their table had menus with their names on them and had one of Kira's favorite lobster dishes made just for her. So incredibly sweet! 
 
Every time I photograph a couple, for me it's more then just posing, good light, and great backgrounds. Although these are important, what's super important to me is capturing the couple's chemistry and their beauty of their love. The candid in between moments. And what an amazing time I had doing just that during Omari and Kira's NYC engagement session at the beautiful Central Park Conservatory Garden... The beautiful garden where Omari's parents wed years ago! So excited for their wedding this spring!  



Complete gorgeousness!









GAH! Just love this one!





FAVORITE!





Champagne picnic complete with a vintage gramophone in the middle of the garden lawn?! LOVE.




















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Jul

CT Beach Engagement Session | Bianca & Mike

When Bianca and Mike first mentioned they wanted to do their engagement session at Bianca's family house at the beach, I have to say I was super excited! I love photographing couples at unique and special locations and I'm totally a sucker for the beach. And let me tell you, the location did not disappoint! Some of the kids that lived in the houses next door said hi to the three of us as we walked by and told Bianca how beautiful she looked. Neighbors waved as they strolled by on the sandy shore. Sunshine poured over the water and the flags on the houses lining the beach blew in the warm breeze. Their family smiled and took in the view of the water as they sat together on the porch. It was breath taking. And then as if it couldn't get better, there was Floyd. He stole my heart within the first five seconds of meeting him. Floyd, their golden doodle, was beyond adorable and clearly loved being at the beach!  
 
Bianca and Mike are one of those couples that appreciate the small things: sunshine, kisses from Floyd, holding hands, and walking along the water. But they appreciate the big things just the same: one another, their families, friends, the love that surrounds them. During their engagement session, I felt like I was photographing them celebrating all of these things. They were so in love and truly happy. Happy with today, and excited for what this next chapter holds for them! 














































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Jul

NYC Engagement Session | Amy & Joe

Amy and Joe were on an amazing trip in Paris France when they decided to take a walking tour to see some of the famous landmarks. But Amy spotted one thing she knew she just had to see while in Paris that wasn't on the tour - the famous lock bridge. When the tour group got close to the bridge Amy asked Joe if he wanted to see it, but he seemed really disinterested... He told her they could try see it on their way back from the tour. Now Amy thought that that was a little odd since he knew how much she had wanted to see it, but didn't think too much of it. But she didn't let him forget what he said either! That afternoon they finally decided to ditch the tour and and head over to the bridge. Amy wanted to buy locks to put on the bridge, but Joe convinced her to just put an old lock that he had on his suitcase on the bridge. At this point Amy was just excited to see the bridge in person she agreed! The two held hands and walked over the bridge, stopping at the top to look at all the locks and take in the view of Paris. Joe then took a small box out of his bag and gave it to Amy. To her surprise, inside were two beautiful shiny locks with their names inscribed on them! How romantic is that?! They placed their locks on the bridge and threw the key in the river below per the tradition. And as if the moment couldn't be any more romantic, Joe then presented Amy with another little box. When she opened it, her heart melted as she saw the most gorgeous diamond sparkler! And with that Joe got on bended knee and asked Amy to marry him. Without skipping a beat she said YES!  
 
For their engagement session we walked around NYC, stopping at some amazing spots: Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, and Times Square. Here are a few of my favorites from their session! I am counting down the days until their wedding this fall! :)






Amy you are so completely gorgeous!l




















Nothing like getting photobomb by a hugging Elmo... LOL


One of my favorites!





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Jun

Brotherhood Winery Engagement | Kate & Tom

That Saturday at the end of July they decided it was a perfect day for a road trip to spend the day at the beach in Malibu. But wouldn't you know, the normally sunny California wasn't so sunny. I KNOW! But that didn't stop Kate and Tom from savoring their time together and an enjoying lunch at Malibu Seafood. After lunch they decided to continue driving north and found themselves at Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara. Now Kate thought they had no plans that day and were just spontaneously stopping at a gorgeous beach. But really, Tom had scoped at the beach well in advance of that day! Kate and Tom spent the rest of the afternoon walking along the beach, right where the waves rolled up on shore and met the sand. The sunset was perfectly golden and they were the only two on the beach. It was the perfect place and the perfect time for Tom to ask Kate to marry him and present her with a gorgeous sapphire and diamond ring! 
 
For their engagement session, we were on the east coast in New York at the beautiful Brotherhood Winery - the winery with American's Oldest wine cellars! Can't wait for them to tie the knot this fall! Here are a few of my favorites!





FAVORITE!


Sapphire and diamond amazingness... his and her birthstones!




These two! I just love this one...












One of my favorites!




SO beautiful Kate!




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Jun

Gouveia Vineyards Engagement | Diana & Mark

That year their goal was to get as many stamps as possible. And not just any stamps. And not the kind that goes on letters in the mail. They were the been-there-seen-that-tasted-that-wine stamp. I'm sure there is a more official name for the stamps, but that's what I like to call them! Diana and Mark were doing the Connecticut wine trail, visiting as many of the state's gorgeous vineyards and tasting their delicious wines. Each time they would visit a vineyard they would get a stamp in their wine trail passport. Now that is a fun and adventurous goal if you ask me! A goal many people I am sure would be happy to have. :) 
 
On that weekend, they drove to one of the vineyards they had yet to see, Maugle Sierra Vineyards. They were meeting up with Diana's cousin there and while they waited Mark suggested they go for a walk. Diana happily agreed. As they began to walk Diana looked out over the beautiful scenery and rows of vines. She looked into the distance as far as she could to where the sky met the hills. With her head still in the clouds, she turned around and there she found Mark on bended knee behind her. Totally.surprised. Diana was shocked to say the least. She couldn't help but kept saying "oh my goodness! Is this happening? Is this happening?" She was SO surprised she forget to answer Mark's question: Will You Marry Me?! 
 
It was only fitting to head to a gorgeous Connecticut vineyard, Gouveia Vineyard, for their engagement session. Here are a few of my favorites from their session! Can't wait for their wedding this fall!




A peaceful picnic among the rows of vines... *sigh* :)










Just love this one!






I mean come on! Diana you are stunning!




One of my FAVORITES

How gorgeous are these views? Sunkissed fields for dayyyyys.






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