I gave a sneak peek of this shoot in this previous post, and I’m so excited to share with you the full details! Mark wrote me a couple months ago, sharing with me his desire to have his marriage proposal to Shagun captured without her being aware. Over a short week, we quickly planned out a walking path for the two of them that I would follow, a hiding place for me at the restaurant, Del Frisco’s Steakhouse. Once she said yes, we then agreed to another separate shoot a couple weeks later that would take advantage of the beauty of Central Park as autumn arrived in New York City.
Shagun and Mark left the upper east side that afternoon. To her, it was any other dinner date with her beloved, and she was under the impression they were meeting some good friends for dinner
Mark is the planner in the relationship, Shagun goes with the flow, so she didn’t think much of it when the friends who were supposed to join them for dinner “canceled” at the last minute
As they arrived at the restaurant, they were led to the private wine cellar room. Before Shagun had any chance to react, Mark got down on his knees. The photos tell it all
After she said yes and after the initial shock, I revealed myself and we took some more photos around the restaurant
On a beautiful fall day, we met again in Central Park for part 2 of their engagement session
One of my favorite observations about these two is how supportive they are of each other. They met many years ago and have remained friends for a long time, so they are very comfortable with each other
They each have a goofball side, and I love it when they make each other laugh
Mark did a very admirable thing – he waited for Shagun. He told her that he knew that “school was the way to your heart”, and supported her through her education – including a double MBA
I love how they share so many beautiful laughs with each other
I loved Shagun’s choice of a sweater dress for this session – perfect for fall!
They did not just walk out of a catalog ;)
Thank you Shagun and Mark for letting me share in such a momentous occasion in your lives! It has been so wonderful getting to know the two of you. I had so much fun!
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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
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