THESE TWO! Oh my goodness, from start to finish their engagement session was beyond amazing. These two are so fun to be around and their smiles are truly contagious! We wandered around some of the some of their favorite locations that are special to their relationship. They knew they wanted photos taken in Philadelphia, the city where they fell in love. They opted for some photos in Fairmount Park, near their first apartment together. They also wanted some photos down by the water along boathouse Row where they enjoyed walking together when they first started dating and also, it has a great view of the city.
And be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for some of my favorite pictures ever. Toss on a couple jerseys and throw the football?! Yes, please!
Their love story: Just like a perfect date night, we ate, we talked, we shared the things that we hold dear. Our first date was at the popular Philly brunch spot Sabrina’s where we met for the first time. It was followed by a walk through University City and across Penn’s campus, where Brittany had recently wrapped up her master’s and Brad was working his way through medical school. It ended with a kiss fit for your favorite rom-com, and we both left knowing we had met someone special. Our first date was Nov. 4, 2018 — it was the perfect omen for our relationship since it’s also Brittany’s parents’ wedding anniversary! We went out for brunch and the rest is history.
Their proposal: As told by Brad: I had originally planned to propose at a resort in the Catskills which is very important to me growing up, as my whole family went there for vacation. However, Covid closures made that very difficult, and I decided instead to go for some thing that felt altogether more reflective of us: I propose to Brittany on a perfectly clear sunny day in the middle of a big baseball field behind her elementary school. We were 200 yards from her house. We went right back inside parentheses after scooping up an ice cream cake, the convenient diversion for my proposal and parentheses, I got to spend the entire rest of the day celebrating with her family. We did actually squeeze out a little early to make the trip to Flemington to celebrate with my own folks that night, which really helps seal the deal on exceptionally magical and wonderful, memorable day.
Because Brittany can’t not weigh in: though I knew a proposal was coming, Brad caught me totally off-guard on Mother’s Day 2020 and asked me to marry him in my hometown. It was absolutely perfect, and getting to celebrate with our families made it even better. Though I didn’t cry when he asked, I did get choked up showing my mom the ring and telling her that I was finally getting to marry the love of my life.
A note from Brittany: We set up the night we got our engagement photos taken, but the session truly reminded us why we fell in love in the first place. Getting time to actually be together and have professional photos taken as such an incredible and important experience for couples, and we were so lucky that Lauren was able to capture us so perfectly.