On June 3rd, I had the honor of photographing 2 friends of mine who will be getting married early next year. Here is their love story & highlights from their session. Enjoy!
A singer meets her bass player for the night's concert and little did she think then that the ring of his name would forevermore be the sound of her love song.
That's how it feels to be engaged now, three years into our relationship. I met Norbi at a concert I had to sing at May 2013, the same year I released my first Christian album. It seems that was the year my greatest dreams came true. While being wrapped up in the musical work I was doing, God was working backstage on another very important story, my love story. While it was not love at first sight, the magical thing about it all, was how falling in love with this man snuck up on me ever so mysteriously. I didn't know how so quickly I could become best friends with this charming, funny, and sweet man. It's unexplainable how three months of friendship would spark an even greater and ever-growing passion. As our relationship grew, I discovered that Norbi was the strongest, passionate, kind, responsible, generous and most loving man I had ever met, and I knew I would never trade him in for anything else in the world.
We started going out December 2013 and that was the best Christmas present, until December of this year 2016, the Winter Solstice, exactly 4 days before Christmas and one week before our third anniversary. He proposed to me at Blend on the Water in Long Island City at the sight of the New York City Skyline, one of my favorite sights, in the presence of one of my best friends Angeris and her husband John. I was shocked. After all, I thought that my friend and I had planned the evening's double date. But they had planned this all along...How sneaky yet so clever! I will not forget the dimmed lights, the grand windows that I peered through to watch the skyline, while laughing with my loved ones. Better yet, I will not forget how suddenly my laughter turned to utter shock and confusion saying "really?!!!" when they brought sparklers to our table. My thoughts went from "wait, whose birthday is it?" to staring at Angeris camera thinking "why is that pointed at me?" I read, "Will you grow old with me?" on a dessert plate and heard John Legend's "All of Me" fill the room, and it clicked. I suddenly searched for the eyes of my beloved who shuffled and nervously stumbled to his knees to hold up the ring towards me. Clapping and shouts filled the room but all I could think at that moment was, "yes baby! our time is here!"
And the rest is history. Our love story is more like my theme song, it is timeless, it is classic and it runs through my heart, my mind and soul as a song of gratitude to God above for blessing me with the greatest gift of all.
I want to end by saying that this is not just a timeless story but a testimony of the reality of God's hand working in the lives of mankind. We experience the depth of God love through experiences like these that change our lives and helps us understand that good things really do come to those whose hope is in the Lord.