Every engagement session is special to me because every couple has their own unique story, but this session at NYC is extra special to me. I’ve known Caleb for many years (maybe even around a decade?!?!) through our church. We ended up going to the same college, studied for the same major, served at the same campus ministry, and eventually, we are both working in the same industry. Naturally, we become really good friends. He was also my husband’s Best Man for our wedding back in October.
Caleb is one of the most quirky people I’ve known, who’s also witty, nerdy, and silly all at the same time. But above all, his heart for the Gospel is reflected by his words and characters, and his willingness to serve and go beyond his means is truly admirable. So when he told us that he has been seeing this girl that he met through Coffee Meets Bagel, I was really excited for him! And as soon as I met Kelly in person, I knew she might be the one for him! Kelly is kind, thoughtful, and humble, and her love for Christ and the church is most apparent in her cares for the needy and her heart for kids in the foster system. It wasn’t until later when I got to know her more that I realize she’s also very quirky, just like Caleb, and maybe even wittier!
Last November, Kelly and Caleb went to NYC for the Thanksgiving Parade. Needless to say, there were so many people everywhere in the city, but only a few places were open due to the holidays. Luckily, Central Park is always open! In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, they sat down on a bench and chatted for a while - learning more about each other in the process. Not surprisingly, their time shared together in Central Park ended up being one of their favorite memories of their last trip to NYC. When they asked if they can have their engagement session at the Central Park, I instantly said yes!
Saturday morning was a bit chilly and brisk, but we got to the park early in the morning and the lighting could not have been better. With the most beautiful and perfect bouquet and floral arrangement from Wild Floral Design in town, we visited the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Bow Bridge, an "unexpected" line of cherry blossom trees, and “the bench” – the place where they spent a long time chatting away!
To be able to revisit such a special place and capture their story, it reminds me of the very reasons why I love my job as a wedding photographer! I'm looking forward to their wedding in August even more!