February 6, 2013

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer | Old City | Laura + Ryan

Engagement

I am gaga over Laura and Ryan! Their engagement session (though terribly cold) was one of my favorites ever. These two were so kind and genuine and affectionate and simply amazing. The frosty temperatures made it even easier to get them close and cuddly! I chatted with them last June and this was the first time we had ever met. They flew in from their home in Santa Barbara and we played in the great light, wandering around Old City one afternoon.

We started the session in Elfreth’s Alley.

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City

These two met online a few years ago. For their first date they took a 45 minute drive to pick up a dresser Laura found on Craigslist. Ryan claims her driving was so jerky he insisted they switch seats. He’s been the driver ever since. Another date involved Ryan coming over to help her hang curtains (she recommended that he bring his power tools). I really think Laura should write a book on how to get the most out of dating.

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City

They are just soo cool. Music is a huge part of their lives. She plays fiddle in a country band and there are a ton of musicians in the family. I can’t wait to see what happens at the wedding.

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City
Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City

Love Franklin Fountain!

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City

Laura claims she can’t dance. I’m dubious.

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City

They are huge sushi aficionados. We sweet talked our way into letting a local sushi place open their doors a little early for us so we could warm up and chow down.

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City

Laura and Ryan were in DC with Laura’s family last summer when Ryan came with a ring. He had asked her father’s permission earlier in the day and had some crafty planning to pop the question. While they were out to brunch, Ryan jetting out “to the bathroom” with his backpack to run down the street to pick up some flowers he had ordered. They then went to the botanical gardens where he surreptitiously placed the flowers on the ground and then got on one knee to “pick” them to give to her. At this point he’s telling her sweet things as passers-by began to get close. Laura gets on the ground with him, not realizing what was happening. The whole story sounds like a hoot and I really wish I had been there to see it unfold.

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City

I simply cannot wait to see them again for their wedding at the John James Audubon Center this June. It’s going to be extraordinary!

Philadelphia Engagement Photographer in Old City

“If music be the food of love, play on.”
~ William Shakespeare

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