Sunday, January 20, 2008

My "little" sister is engaged! Congrats Hannah & Josh!

It all started a few months ago, when my sister's boyfriend, Josh, contacted me to tell me that he wanted to propose to Hannah on Christmas Eve. Inspired by the twelve days of Christmas, he planned to give Hannah one present each day, with the final present being an engagement ring on Christmas Day! We were a little unsure about whether or not he could pull it off since his plane from NY wasn't scheduled to arrive until 11:30pm and he wanted to ask her at my parent's house (which is 45 minutes from the airport). But, he decided to "take the risk" and asked me to create a space for him to ask her.

Anticipation hung in the air at my parent's house on Christmas Day, and as soon as Hannah left for the airport, we all rushed downstairs with candles, chocolates and sparkling cider that I had kept hidden from her. We built a roaring fire, heated up some of Hannah's favorite chai tea (which I'm not even sure they remembered to drink), filled the room with candles, and waited upstairs for Hannah and Josh to return.

They returned to discover "the proposal setup," after which Josh shared a poem that he had written for Hannah, asked her to marry him, she said "yes," and then instructed him that he was supposed to put the ring on her finger. :) Of course, there's more to the story (like my brother trying to listen in on their conversation through the floor vents, and my family crowding into the stairwell waiting for a sign that we could barg in on them), but the main point is that they are getting married and we are so excited for them!

While they were here, we did a quick engagement session at the Seattle Library. Of course, it was cold and rainy, but since Hannah & Josh live in Philadelphia, and we're photographing a wedding in Philly this April (Hi Sharon & Nathaniel!), we plan on getting some fun outdoor shots with them around the Philidelphia too! How lucky are they ?!?! Enjoy!

Airika












We couldn't resist taking a photo with them--who knew that Gerald's arms were so long? ;)

17 comments:

Greg & Kara H said...

Hey guys! These are so great! I LOVE the black and white one! Very cute story...super cute couple! I can't wait to see the Philly pics and the wedding pics!
-Kara

Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) said...

The colors and the setting are awesome! Very good job on these, you guys!
-E

Kimberly Jarman said...

What a great place for an engagement session! LOVE them!!!!

Mel said...

Love those library shots, too cute!

~Bill said...

Those are awesome!! Good job, and congratulations to your sister and her guy! :)

Carol said...

Beautiful! Love the setting and the color is just stunning!

Frank DiMeo said...

Congratulations to you and your sister.
You did a fabulous job with the images!
Love all of them!

Sarah Rhoads said...

props dudes! These rock! Can't wait to see you two saturday!

Mr. and Mrs. Davies said...

Those are gorgeous! Congrats to your little sister Gerald. :D Absolutely LOVE the purple door/yellow back ground shot!

erwinwijanto said...

Airika, Congratulation on your sister...
What a cute couple...
Airika&Gerald... awesome job on these pictures.... Seattle library is a fun place for the e session :)

Armin de Fiesta said...

Nice! I'm diggin' the elevator and red hallway shot!

Cory Parris said...

Great images! Love the colors.

One Love Photo said...

Very fun location. I use to take my photo students there to shoot for field trips. Loving the orange sweater in some of these.

Aaron said...

Wow, those colors are really great and how fun is the library, I haven't made an effort to do some engagement photos there yet, but I'll make my way down there soon and make it happen. Well done.

-Aaron

Kacie Jean said...

You really nailed the lighting in all of these shots! Love the bright contrasty colors!

Melissa McClure Photography said...

Love that library! My fav shot is the last one of the two of them!

Can't wait to see what you get in Philly! I shot a destination wedding there last year and loved it!

Michelle & Andy said...

wow! awesome shots! Great color and personality! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
You guys have some sweet style!



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