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Adriana and Ariel are a crazy gorgeous couple that are taking over today’s post to tell you all about their engagement photos shot by the ever talented Blackbird Foto.

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How the couple met:

We met while attending the Tax Masters Program at Florida International University. We have seen each other in school in the past, but we never talked (even though we both graduated from our bachelors on the same day and have graduation pictures together). Once we were in the masters, we started to get to know each other through common friends and by collaborating on class projects. This led us to become good friends. We enjoyed spending endless hours together talking just about anything and enjoying our morning coffee together before the class. Very quickly our Starbucks library trips became a tradition and often a subject of jokes for our classmates. Ariel would call me few times a week with questions about material from our tax classes…but after few months he admitted that he did that just to be able to talk to me. He was very persistent and patient. With the passing of time, I started to realize that our friendship became something more. We genuinely cared for each other. We would spend hours studying until late on school campus. Ariel would never want to leave, because waiting until the next morning to see me was too long for him :). Whenever we would be together we would just look at each other and say: Happy Times! It was our inside couple motto.

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© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com

The proposal story:

Ariel proposed almost two and half years since we started dating. He chose the same place where we first kissed as the location where he professed his love to me.”

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© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com

Ariel on the proposal:

“It was hard to convince her to go to celebrate our two and a half year anniversary…after all who does that?! Ultimately I persuaded her and we went for a late lunch and romantic walk on the beach. I started telling her with a shaky voice how much she meant to me and finally got on one knee to ask the love of my life to be my wife. Her first words were: Is this really happening? I remember tears in her eyes saying yes and making me feel the luckiest men in the world. There are no words that could really describe what I felt once she said yes. I just can say that I really look forward everyday to be married to the most amazing woman in the entire universe, the love of my life, my best friend, my everything.”

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About the photoshoot:

Ariel and I want to memorialize our engagement in a timeless manner. We strongly felt that whatever location and theme we choose, it should truly represent us: where we live and what we often do during our weekends. We wanted a beautiful backdrop to create amazing memories for us, our families and future kids, but not necessarily in very traditional way. As a former model I knew that beautiful wardrobe and make up would truly bring my vision together. It took couple of weeks to create everything. Finding the clothes and right props was challenging. I also did not want my pictures to have a feeling of being too “sweet” or too “cute”. I wanted to express our love through Alisa’s camera lens with certain level of maturity and simple natural beauty with minimal make up.

For the beach shoot, we wanted to have a feeling of a morning after an amazing evening… a couple on the beach enjoying sunrise. I opted for a beautiful sequin Badgley Mishka gown and Ariel a slim fit Banana Republic navy suit. Ariel is Cuban and his entire family would spend every year their vacation in beautiful beaches of Varadero. Beach is very close to Ariel’s heart and so it was a very obvious choice for us. Also, Ariel did propose on the beach, so it will be actually always a special place for both of us.

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Walks and picnics in the park is something that I really enjoy; hence, the idea for a fall picnic. Since I started planning the wedding I spend a lot of time browsing through pictures. A lot of the ideas were inspired by the photos shared by the Pinterest community, for example, the monogrammed bottle. Other props were more spontaneous finds, for example the Anthropologie’s monogrammed notebook or love poems book.

The walk in the park look was inspired by the verses from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s poetic tale “The Little Prince”. It a romantic story that reflects on human nature and relationships. The story emphasizes the importance of listening to our heart and carying for each other are beautifully captured through quotes like “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” and “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” Ariel is my prince and I am his one and only rose :) I translated the idea through the Matheson Hammock park backdrop and a rose printed silk jumpsuit by Stone Cold Fox. My make up and hair were driven by the Ellie Saab models look. Very soft and romantic…almost angelic. My vision was executed by incredible Miami fashion make up artist Angel Gabriel.

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© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com
© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com
© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com
© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com
© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com
© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com
© Blackbird Foto | www.blackbirdfoto.com

Vendors: Photography: Blackbird Foto // Make up: Angel Gabriel // Monogrammed bottle: The Printing Guy Inc.

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Emily and Max have a love story that’s perfectly romantic and a served with plenty of coffee–just our style! The pair decided on a beach destination for their engagement photos by Rebecca Yale Photography and we feel as though these are from a dream!

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Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.

Emily tells us:

Max and I met during law school orientation. We fell in love over text books and strong black coffee and helped each other survive that difficult first year of law school. Four years later, we live in New York City, balancing our busy big-law work schedules with weekend walks on the Highline, brunch dates and trips to peruse our favorite book stores.  Max proposed in our apartment on a quiet Saturday morning last November.  True to our laid-back style, he popped the question with a cup of coffee and an engagement ring. I said yes to both.

Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.
Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc.

Vendors: Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc. // Black Dress: Thakoon // Pink Dress: Jill Stuart // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Happiest New Year! As you settle into 2015, we thought it would be fun to bring you Phil and Brittany’s New Year Newlywed photography session shot Kayla Coleman Photography. We absolutely adore the cozy real life feeling of these images, and think this is such a wonderful time in your life to document your start! Here’s to new beginnings, darlings!

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How the couple met:

Brittany & Phil met through Phil’s younger sister/Brittany’s best friend. Brittany and his sister had become good friends the first few weeks of college. Numerous meetings over four years lead to nothing more than minimal friendship between the two. Fast forward a few years where they were reunited when a big group of mutual friends ended up at dinner together. Brittany and Phil sat across the table from each other and after a few hours of witty banter they were both infatuated. Against all logic, the two started a relationship which endured one year of long distance and two years of living together before finally sealing the deal.

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The proposal:

They were vacationing in Northern Michigan which was one of their absolute favorite places to go together. They had rented a house with Brittany’s whole family and one of the days Phil kept pestering Brittany to go out on the boat with him to go fishing. After he told her to take her baseball hat off and put on a skirt, Brittany was definitely skeptical about said “fishing trip”. When they pulled the boat out of the channel and into Lake Michigan the water became extremely rough. Brittany was becoming more and more weary of this fishing trip but when Phil put on one of their favorite songs and came stumbling over to her, he knelt down on one knee and asked her to marry her– in 4 foot waves no less! She of course said yes and the two celebrated with champagne while watching wind surfers, and calling family and friends. When they returned to the house her family was waiting with a celebratory engagement dinner and more champagne. One of their favorite vacation spots quickly turned into a very special place for them and later became the place they said “I do”.

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Vendor: Photography: Kayla Coleman Photography

Merry Christmas Eve!!!! We could not be more thrilled to celebrate the holiday this year! Our hope is that your homes and hearts are bursting with love! We thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share this Christmas proposal styled AND shot by Theresa Furey with florals by Great British Florist. We’re also loving the super darling The Mrs Box cameo!

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Vendors: Photography and Styling: Theresa Furey  // Florals: Great British Florist // MUA: Naomi Emmanuelle // Velvet Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box // Clear Glass Christmas Ornaments with Feathers: Rowen & Wren // Christmas Ornaments, Lantern, Fur Blanket, Hot Chocolate: Home Sense // Green Glass Ornaments, wool socks, cinnamon sticks and soaps: Bailey’s // Calligraphy: Chiara or Lamplighter London // White enamel mugs: Ebay, Frenchmanscreek // Location: Leigh Sinton Tree Farm // Film and processing: Fuji 400H and Portra 800 UK Film Lab

We won’t even interrupt any further than to introduce you to Alex, the lovely bride, and her fiance Evan, who are the cutest ever. Here’s their love story, and gorgeous engagement photos by Ashley Caroline Photography.

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Alex tells us:

“It all began with an innocent poke on Facebook during Christmas break of our freshman year at Wake Forest. I was scrolling through ‘the book’ when I stumbled upon the image of a handsome boy with dreamy blue eyes and shaggy brown hair, showing off his boyish figure in a fitted white t-shirt. In a moment of uncharacteristic confidence, I mustered up the courage to give him a little ‘poke’ – a hello of sorts, as we had been living in the same dorm for a semester and had never met. Lucky for me he took the bait…and the rest is history!

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“Fast forward five years later, I made the big move from New York to Atlanta where Evan and I purchased our first home as a couple. We had been living together for nearly two years when he popped the question on a brisk day in February. We were headed to Piedmont Park to meet our friends for drinks and an early dinner. It was an unusually cold day for Hotlanta (even in February) and we were all bundled up with our arms linked as we leisurely walked along the path leading to the restaurant. As we approached the nearby pond, Evan veered off the trail and commented on how pretty the city skyline was. I distinctly remember the beauty of the dismal gray sky as the sun’s rays tried to break through the clouds, creating a silver living. In what I thought was an attempt to keep me warm, Evan gently held my face and leaned in for a kiss. The kiss was followed by several sweet sentences that I won’t pretend to remember because all focus went out the window as he quickly dropped to one knee. He was positioned with the open box and followed up with, ‘so is that a yes?’ In my excitement and complete shock, I had neglected to answer the most important question of my life! Of course it was a resounding ‘yes!’ As we embraced, a figure off to my right caught my eye. It was our friend and roommate at the time, Justin, and he had captured the entire proposal on camera. As a lover of photographs and all things candid, Evan knew that this was a must! We opened a bottle of bubbly and drank our champagne in between smiles and giddy kisses.

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“Our purple fingers and red noses indicated that it was time to head home, which is when I realized that our original ‘dinner’ plans were a ploy to get me out of house. Upon our arrival back home, we were welcomed by a romantic candlelit dinner with my favorite menu items. Having an intimate moment in the comfort of our own home allowed us to share the exciting news with loved ones with no outside distractions. Little did I know, Evan had flown up to New York several weeks earlier to meet with my parents and ask for their blessing. He is quite the romantic and a true southern gentleman at heart. Needless to say, I was impressed with his ability to pull off such an elaborate surprise without a hitch. The surprises continued after dinner when Evan told me to pack my bags because we were headed to Florida for the weekend. He had already called in a favor with my boss and requested the day off on my behalf. Our weekend getaway was the most perfect ending to the most perfect proposal and the best way to kick off the rest of our lives together.”

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Vendors: Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography // Stylist:  Allie O’Connor of Little Red’s Well // Makeup: NY Artistry // Glasses: Anthropologie // Venue: Keeler Tavern