February 8, 2017

Bucks County Engagement Photographer | New Hope | Ali + Mike

Engagement

It is not common that I meet my couple for their engagement session the day before their wedding.  Sometimes that’s just the way it works out, especially when the couple is out in sunny California dealing with moves and opening a coffee shop and planning a wedding.

couple laughing on bench at New Hope engagement session

Regardless, I was so happy that they were able to carve out a little time for us to just play before their rehearsal dinner and big wedding festivities.  Since they were getting married and staying at Holly Hedge Estate, it made sense that we do the mini session in New Hope.

New Hope engagement session on Centre Bridge

It was a very chilly day.  Mike would have preferred about another 30 degrees but you could see that he had fallen hard for his fair Ali and would go along.

couple cuddling in evergreen trees at New Hope engagement session couple laughing in evergreen trees  at New Hope engagement session

The two met about four years ago.  He was bartending at a restaurant where she used to work and she had come in to revisit the place.  He made her a her own whiskey drink and she stayed talking to him for the next six hours.  When his shift ended, she asked if he wanted to go get a drink somewhere.  He declined, saying that he wanted them to have a better story.  He arranged a rooftop picnic for her the next week.

New Hope engagement session with colorful yellow leaves in fall New Hope engagement session along tow path

Mike got a job offer in LA and only had a hot second to relocate.  On the plane on the way to California, he popped the question with a magnificent blue topaz (his birthstone) and diamonds from her mother’s engagement ring.

large blue topaz and diamond engagement ring

The two have really been spending most of 2016 planning for the opening of their coffee shop mere weeks after their wedding.  (Um, that’s insane!)

sweet closeup of love at New Hope engagement session

Now that my blog is fully functional again (so sorry for the break!), you’ll see their Holly Hedge Estate wedding pictures lickity split!

black and white New Hope engagement picture by the bridge

Say you’ll love me every waking moment
Turn my head with talk of summer time
Say you need me with you now and always
Promise me that all you say is true
That’s all I ask of you
~ Phantom of the Opera, “All I Ask of You”

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