Last month I photographed Michael and Samantha in Saratoga Springs for their Engagement. I first met Samantha when she was a bridesmaid in her friend Kristen’s wedding in 2012. I was really excited when she called me about photographing her upcoming wedding because Kristen’s wedding was really fun. And if the Engagement Session is any indication of what the wedding will be like, then I know we will have a great time. I always get along with people who love gelato and Frank Sinatra.
Samantha shared the following about her relationship with Michael, as well as the story of how they became engaged:
“As far as our proposal it is my favorite story to tell. On July 3, 2013, my birthday, I came home from my masters class ready to relax. I sat down at the kitchen table when my mom came over to me and handed me an envelope with “Happy Birthday” on the front. I opened the envelope to pull out a paper with writing on both sides. The front was a letter of sorts, more of a rhyme- telling the story of a couple who had an envious relationship with simple directions leading to the puzzle on the back. (I hate puzzles. For some reason it is something I have never enjoyed. Michael knowing this with complete certainty chose for the first clue to be a riddle! He is so funny!) The solution to the riddle led me to clue 2. Michael had stashed clues all over the key parts of our relationship. One leading me to the next and so I began the scavenger hunt to meet my future husband, although I did not know it at the time. The second to last clue led me to one of Michael’s favorite places. When I arrived he wished me a happy birthday and insisted I open my presents. When I was done he pulled out the final clue and read it to me. He then dropped down on one knee and said, “the item may be a joke, but the offer is for real” and asked me to marry him!”