Alyssa & Mark : A Portsmouth NH Engagement Session

"The hot water is broken men's locker room." was Mark's intro line. Alyssa - clearly was no janitor and not allowed in the men's locker room at work wanted to help. Cleverly Mark used the opportunity to introduce himself. Alyssa says that's what triggered the IM'ing, and the spiraling conversations, it all goes back to "the time I fixed the hot water."

Alyssa and Mark met while Alyssa was working a temp position at his office. Alyssa was only there for two months, working reception, and they clicked immediately. When I write this I can't help but think of the TV shoe The Office and the play between Jim and Pam. Alyssa says Mark was very smooth over the interoffice chat too. They soon exchanged numbers, began hanging out after work, and have been together ever since.

To propose Mark took Alyssa to their favorite Italian restaurant, Fiorellas in Newton Ma. After dinner, he mentioned wanting to go get a drink at the restaurant where they had their first date, Ruyi in Lexington Ma. Before entering the restaurant, he dropped to one knee and proposed, Alyssa started shaking, giggled, and nodded her head to say yes. They never went into the restaurant that night. :)  Excited, Alyssa wanted to share the news with her parents who lived nearby, and it turned out to be no surprise to them as Mark had already spoken with them about the proposal in advance.

Alyssa and Mark love to cook together, watch shows like Game of Thrones, Homeland, and lots of Netflix series. They are admittedly huge movie buffs and foodies. On a weekend they might also be out for a hike and/or playing board games. Connect Four is usually how they dispute most of our arguments (winner of the game, wins the argument - pretty sneaky guys). They also like to travel and go to Aruba every year for a little getaway. After spending the weekend raking leaves that sounds good to me right about now. They also have two cats and joke that they are kind of losers and hang out with them a lot.

Alyssa and Mark will be getting married at the Merrimack Valley Golf ClubThey love that it's a very clean, cozy, and beautiful place with stunning grounds and terrific view of the golf course from anywhere there. The inside is dark cherry wood, and has two beautiful stone fire places and fells like home. Inside and out, the club is stunning and really compliments their preppy and clean style.

For their engagement session we hit the streets of Portsmouth NH as the sun went down. It was a gorgeous fall evening and we took advantage of my camera's high ISO ability to shoot some black and whites in the dark.

Mark is really looking forward to seeing Alyssa walk towards him down the aisle, and saying "I do." Alyssa can't wait to see him during the first look, and will be taking it all in and remembering just how amazing their journey has been together. 

Alyssa and Mark love the funny things in life and laugh quite a bit. When asked what is the funniest thing that has happened to them as a couple they reply, "The most recent laughing episode had to do with a spider web. The ceiling above our stair case is WICKED high. I saw a dangling spider web and freaked out (we both hate spiders). I told mark "we have a huge issue" and I needed his help. Since the broom was too short, he got a wet paper towel and started throwing it at the wall. it got stuck high up in the corner. We both were so stunned and couldn't stop laughing with a "what now" reaction. After yelling at him that it was going to take the paint off the walls, the genius duck taped two brooms together, and was able to reach both the webs and the paper towel. We were happy to not have to re paint the wall, slept much better knowing a spider wasn't going to have a sleep over in our bed with us. This is so incredibly lame and stupid, i know- but its the truth! we really have a child like sense of humor!" 

Perfect! Believe me Alyssa, the best couples I've met in life have a child-like sense of humor that comes out when needed :) We can't wait to see you next year celebrating your marriage!!!!

Kelly & Tim : A NH Seacoast Engagement

If you ask Kelly and Tim what the funniest thing to happen to them as a couple has been, they say "Almost meeting many many times at Boston University, but never capitalizing on the opportunity." So when I ask how they met, they reply with: "The first time or the time it counted...? :)"

The time Kelly and Tim actually both remember meeting was Octoberfest in Harvard Square in 2007. Tim had just moved back to Boston after college graduation and moved in with a couple of friends. Turns out those friends were also good Boston University friends of Kelly's. Kelly had made plans to attend Octoberfest  and one of them who brought his new roommate Tim. Two weeks and a house party later, they say it was all down hill from there. 

After they had been dating for a while they realized they had been to several of the same parties at Boston University. Tim went there his freshman year (while Kelly was a junior) and then transferred, but kept in touch with some friends. He would come back up to Boston to hang out over the weekend and they were definitely in some of the same places, but Kelly just didn't give him the time of day since Kelly was a senior he was only a sophomore. You gotta love that!

They spent the last weekend of last years winter holiday snow tubing and dinning in Boston's North End where they had their first date. They enjoyed that evening staying up late talking over a special bottle of wine and Tim proposed Sunday evening at home to wrap up an incredible weekend. 

Kelly and Tim love to exploring  Boston & Cambridge by foot and visiting the museums such as the Museum of Science, MFA, etc. They also love good food - definitely food :)

For their engagement session we visited Odiorne Park. It is a short drive from where Tim grew up on the seacoast of NH and the Fall scenery is one of Kelly's favorite parts of living in New England. And since Tim grew up near the beach in NH and Kelly grew up near the beach in San Diego it was also important for them to have pictures on the shore. At the park we ventured on the rocky shore line, through the tall marsh grass, and found some beautiful old black steel doors from the old bunkers.

They will be getting married in 2016 at Hidden Pond in Maine. When asked what drew them to the venue they replied "We think it is a great opportunity to bring everyone together in a luxurious, yet comfortable setting with some strong flair.  By renting the entire resort, we can create a truly special environment for our guests and having them up there for the entire weekend will allow everyone to truly enjoy themselves.  Additionally, the bonfires created throughout the property bring allusion to the many festive bonfires we have had with our friends throughout the years." That's the first time I have ever had a couple tell me about bonfires in their wedding plans! The fabulous ladies of Marrero Events are planning their big day and I know they will do amazing job of creating the perfect atmosphere for Kelly and Tim.

Congratulations on your Engagement Kelly and Tim!! We can not wait to see you at Hidden Pond celebrating with family and friends!!