From the moment we met Mike and Laura, we knew they were special. They share a beautiful connection and are such sweet, kind people! Arturo and I loved getting to know them during their engagement session at Waveny Park this past weekend. The last time we photographed a winter engagement session here was around this same time last year! Despite the cold winds that blow across the fields of this beautiful park in New Canaan, Connecticut during this time of year, we always luck out with some of the most beautiful winter light. Funny enough, it was gray and overcast that evening, but Arturo and I were still able to take advantage of the sunlight that was coming through the clouds!
One Sunday Mike and Laura went to brunch with friends and then went home to relax and enjoy the rest of the day. They were settling in when Mike put their song on, “In My Life” by the Beatles. That’s when he asked Laura to come dance with him in the middle of the living room. Mike got down on one knee and pulled out a beautiful engagement ring! Never had Laura been more surprised or excited. It took her a few seconds to say yes, because all she could say was “Oh my goodness!” After Laura’s initial shock wore off she said yes, and the pair spent time FaceTiming with friends and family to share the wonderful news of their engagement!
Laura and Mike are getting married at one of our favorite venues, The Inn at Longshore, in Westport, Connecticut this October, and we couldn’t be more excited for them! Congratulations you two!
When did you know you'd found "the one"?
Laura: “Mike and I had known each other for a few years before we actually started dating. We were just acquaintances, and happened to be paired up in our friends wedding. I think our friends were hoping we would hit it off right away, but timing is everything right? Flash forward to a few years later, my friends let me know Mike had been asking about me. I got butterflies when I heard he was interested in me. I reached out to him, and we went on our first date that week, and I knew he was the one after the first time we hung out.”
Mike: “As we knew each other through our mutual friends I had always had a bit of a thing for Laura. Always making sure to make an effort to say something to her when we all got together, no matter how awkward I felt while doing it. During our first date I was shocked at how much we had in common and how like minded we were. After that date I knew I needed to make this work anyway I could.”
What's one thing you love about your partner?
Laura: “It’s hard to pick just one thing I love about Mike. Probably how open, loving and accepting he is of others. And his sense of humor!”
Mike: “Among many things, I believe the thing I love most about Laura is how kind and good-natured she is. She inspires me to be a better man every day we are together. I also admire her intelligence and sense of humor, she’s always teaching me something new and keeping me smiling.”
Besides getting married, what is one thing you're looking forward to on your wedding day?
Laura: “Saying our vows in front of all our friends and family, and partying!”
Mike: “Seeing Laura for the first time in her wedding dress.”
What's one thing you're looking forward to about marriage?
Laura: “Having my forever partner to go through all the ups and downs with. Also starting a family.”
Mike: “Working together as a team to make decisions that are best for our family, rather than what’s best for each of us as individuals. I already know we are stronger as a team than we are separately.“
I hope you enjoyed this Waveny Park engagement session! Do you know Laura and Mike? Show them some love by commenting below!
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Shaina Lee Photography is a husband and wife photography team serving Connecticut, New York, Hawaii and beyond. We specialize in timeless, elegant, and romantic weddings while celebrating all couples in love.
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