Yale: New Haven, CT: Debbie & Todd's Engagement Session

Debbie and Todd met as Ph D students at Yale, pursuing degrees within the same concentration.  Enrolled in the same class, they became friends after discovering they had much in common beyond their shared interest in history and medicine.  They were both driven and determined, having spent much of high school and college studying with laser-sharp focus.  Reason and research came naturally to Debbie and Todd.  But back then, they both had yet to concur one of the most challenging pursuits known to man: romantic relationships.  

Neither Debbie nor Todd had been in an official relationship before.  But when Debbie realized how strongly she felt about Todd, she set out to let him know how she felt.  She baked him brownies and trekked through the snow to deliver them in person.  She would sit for hours by Todd's side watching basketball, a sport about which she didn’t much care.  Todd didn’t realize at first that these gestures were not merely friendly, but when he did he was thrilled to know that this friendship he had started to cherish could turn into something more.  Within a short time, they were a couple.

This weekend, Debbie and Todd will make official what they each knew in their heart on the campus of Yale all those years ago: that they were meant to be together.  And they will be eternally grateful that their educational and professional aspirations led them to careers they love and a life made richer by one another's company.

Weston CT: Meredith & Michael's Wedding

When Meredith and Michael were planning their wedding day and selecting the locations where everything would take place, they kept thinking back to the spots that were meaningful to them.  They decided their reception would take place in the very same room when they had first laid eyes on one another, participating in the church youth program back when they were still in high school.  In that room, a spark had been iginited, something that even their parents recognized all those years ago.  They started dating not long before graduation and stayed together throughout college, growing stronger as couple as they each grew more independent and self assured.  They decided they would take pictures in the very same farm where they had a picnic celebration with their families after Michael had asked Meredith to be his wife.  

And because all of the spots were meaningful; because in each place they were making new memories on top of the very same spots where they had made old ones, the day was all the more special.  Everything was familiar and brand new all at the same time.  Meredith and Michael were comfortable, relaxed and completely joyous.  In the very same room where the spark had first been ignited so many years before, they danced their first dance as husband and wife.  For those few moments, it was as though the room went silent and there was only the two of them.  Because everyone in the room stopped and watched in wonder at how completely adorable, how completely magical Meredith and Michael are when they are by each other’s side.  If was clear there was something between them years ago, it’s undeniable how meant for each other they are today.  


Bridal Gown: Liancarlo  Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew  Hair: Dry Bar in Westport, Connecticut  Make-Up: Amanda McCorey  Flowers: Rodier Flowers and Compo Farm Flowers  Photo Location: Ambler Farm in Wilton, Connecticut  Venue: St. Francis of Assisi in Weston, Connecticut  DJ: Music in Motion  Caterer: Outdoor Cookers

Lower Manhattan, New York City: Michelle & Steve's Engagement

There are some times in your life, like when you’re embarking on a new adventure, that the universe gives you exactly what you need.  For Michelle, that time was when she was starting her very first job out of college.  It was shortly after graduation and she was launching into her brand new career head first, working in Boston for one of the most respected hotel chains in the world.  

That’s when she met Steve, the tall, handsome guy with a shy smile and a heart of gold.  He just happened to be beginning orientation as well and they clicked right away.  They discovered they had quite a bit in common: they had grown up relatively close to one another (she in Queens, he in New Jersey) and they even had a mutual friend - Steve’s closest friend from home had actually gone to college with Michelle where he was part of her group of friends as well.

It was an instant crush (on both ends, undoubtedly), but neither one was quick to act, so they stayed just friends for a while.  But when Michelle’s birthday rolled around and she mentioned to one of her friends that she was hoping that Steve would join them all for her birthday night out, her friend pushed her to admit that she clearly had feelings for Steve.  Of course, Steve felt very much the same way.  Their friendship transitioned into a relationship and pretty soon they were spending as much time together as possible.  It was all so easy, they understood each other, their friends liked one another and their families were each thrilled to see them so incredibly happy.   

That’s when life threw them a bit of a curve ball when Michelle was transferred for work - having to move from Boston to D.C.  It was a big opportunity but it also meant that she would be over 400 miles away from Steve.  But he encouraged her to go, to follow her dreams and they decided to try to maintain their relationship long distance.  Packing up in Boston and saying goodbye to Steve was one of the hardest things Michelle had to do and even her father teared up as he watched Steve and Michelle say goodbye that day.  

That kind of distance could have meant the end for a lot of couples.  Busy schedules meant they only saw each other about once a month and the travel time cut into time that they could have been together.  But they never questioned it.  If that was what they had to do to be together, it was what they were going to do. During that time, Michelle realized that Steve was the one when she spent almost the entire time during one of his visits dreading the day he would finally have to go back home.  It was then she realized that she could never a life without Steve in it. 

Thankfully, she won’t have to.  After two and a half years living in different cities, they finally both ended up in Manhattan.  It wasn’t long after that that Steve whisked Michelle away to tropical paradise in Nevis and asked her to be his wife.  Of course she said yes, with tons of tears and so much excitement.  

This October, Michelle and Steve will gather together their family and friends and tie the knot in one of her favorite places on earth - Montauk.  There's no doubt the day with be filled with tons of laughter, lots of love and maybe more than a few tears - maybe even from her father who just might tear up once again as he walks his little girl down the aisle to the man that he could tell she was destined to be with since the day he watched them say goodbye in Boston.  

Central Park, New York City: Sam & Gareth's Engagement Session

Even though they were both pursuing PhDs at Yale, Sam and Gareth didn’t met for the first time in any of the many gothic hallways or lush green courtyards of the university. Instead they first locked eyes in a crowded bar in New Haven.  It was a bar that Sam would visit often (he happened to live in an apartment right above it), but he knew that he had never seen this particular handsome gentleman before.  The conversation they had that night set the tone for their relationship; it came naturally, flowed easily and just felt right.  They started dating and almost instantly they had both come to the same conclusion: they had found the one.  Three weeks in, they were unofficially engaged.

The actual proposal was decidedly less low key.  They flew to Europe at the end of December and made plans to celebrate New Years Eve in the city of lights.  On their way to dinner that night they walked around the Trocadero as the Eiffel Tower shone brightly just behind them.  It was there that their engagement became official.

Next June, Sam and Gareth will stand together in one of those lush green courtyards of Yale.  There, in front of their family and friends, they will make the commitment they had known was in their future from shortly after that very first night in the bar.

Gramercy Park Hotel: New York, NY: Elsa & Abtin's Wedding

It was a running joke for a while among Abtin’s family and friends that his apartment was relatively empty.  For a number of years after he purchased it, the place had only the bare essentials, furniture-wise.  That wasn’t just due solely to Abtin’s busy schedule nor did it represent any lack of interest in furniture on Abtin’s part.  In fact, Abtin was very interested in finding pieces that would complete his home.  He just wanted to make sure they were the perfect pieces.  He’s not one for impulse purchases.  Each one would be picked with thought and care.   

Abtin was very much the same way when it came to finding the right woman.  He wasn’t one to jump from relationship to relationship.  He wanted someone kind and generous, someone who shared his passion to help others.  If she also happened to be drop-dead gorgeous, so much the better.  Then he met Elsa.  She was everything he could have ever wanted and so much more.  With a heart as big as her smile, she changed his life from the moment they met.  Pretty soon, his apartment (and his life) was decidedly more full.  

Maybe part of Abtin’s hesitation about furnishing his apartment wasn’t just about finding the right pieces.  It was about finding the right partner.  He knew that he wanted to share his life, share his home, with someone special.  And when Elsa came along, it all felt right.  They found the perfect pieces of furniture from their home together and every time they used each piece they would think about the adventure they had picking it out.  They were no longer just objects, but memories.

Last month Elsa & Abtin exchanged vows in an emotional ceremony officiated by her brother during which there was probably not a dry eye in the room (including ours). The kind of love these two share is raw and powerful and their happiness is contagious.  It was clear that all of their guests felt lucky to be there to celebrate such a remarkable couple and we felt honored to have been there to capture it all.