The night was a clear one, the night that Maria and Nick met. It was Memorial Day, 2009, and fate brought them both to the same party on that beautiful evening. Maria and Nick found each other locked in one-on-one conversation for hours under, as Maria remembers it, the “drizzly night sky”. Though they were just sitting in plastic chairs in the driveway, it felt perfect. Early in the conversation Maria thought, “Wow, I could listen to that voice for the rest of my life.” She then promptly scolded herself for thinking something so crazy. Nick confessed to her many weeks later that he caught her eyes the second he walked into that party and knew right then and there that they were meant to be.
It was only 6 weeks later that Nick told Maria how much he cared for her. They spent an incredible day in NYC…walking around the Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoying a fancy dinner with wine, and strolling together in Central Park under the gleaming moonlight. It was under that soft light that Nick officially asked Maria to be his girlfriend.
Fast forward to 2012. Maria and Nick were discussing their anniversary plans. Nick suggested heading back into the city to recreate their special day from three years ago. Maria quickly agreed, suspecting nothing. When they arrived to the same beautiful fountain where Nick asked Maria to be his girlfriend, he got down on one knee in front of hundreds of people and asked her to marry him! Maria happily agreed, hugging Nick close as he slipped the sparkly diamond ring on her finger. This sweet couple is tying the knot in October and I couldn’t be more excited for them! Check out a few of my favorite photos from their Central Park/West Village engagement session below.
We began Maria and Nick’s Central Park engagement session at the east side entrance on 72nd street. Spring was in the air, making the park come alive with some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen!
Nick and Maria actually grew up in neighboring towns, exactly one mile apart! They worked in the same shopping mall (Nick’s store was directly above Maria’s) and then down the street from each other as Maria was managing a restaurant and Nick was working in a physical therapy clinic. Some of Maria’s patients were Nick’s customers and they used to tell her all the time about their super sweet physical therapy assistant. Maria and Nick were only steps away from each other for years and they never met, that is, until the timing was perfect.
Maria is a writer now, winning many awards for her brilliant talent!
Maria and Nick so perfectly compliment each other. They spend their days laughing and smiling, simply just enjoying one another’s company.
This is just steps away from the spot where Nick proposed to Maria! The Bethesda Fountain brings back so many happy memories for this couple.
Maria and Nick were up for anything, even climbing this magnolia tree!
I just love how romantic these photographs feel.
After Central Park, we headed down to the West Village for a few pretty photographs at dusk.
As the twinkling lights of the city began to appear, Maria and Nick strolled down the cobblestone streets, hand in hand.
Maria and Nick, thank you both so much for a wonderful day in Central Park and the West Village! It was a true pleasure learning more about your love story and I am so excited for your wedding this October. Until then…happy planning!