There isn't much to say about this feature other than it is a completely, insanely, out-of-this-world gorgeous engagement session. Pamela looks like a movie star, Domenic is clearly head over heels in love with her, and that glowing sunset is the only accessory this shoot needed. Styled in blues and teals to match Pam and Dom's wedding color palette, this session set in Mellon Park is simple but romantic, modern but classic, and just so, so good. It showcases the couple's love, the varying textures and backgrounds of the park, and the light is downright luscious. Ann Louise Photography has seriously outdone themselves this time. I am so obsessed with these photos that there was no way I could narrow it down to just a dozen or so. But believe me, you'll thank me when you see them. You're welcome ahead of time.
From the bride…
When and how did you two meet?
We actually met in 2002 during freshman year of high school. Though we were classmates through the next eight years at Canevin and then Duquesne University, we never dated. Although, Dom did try to get my number during freshman year. We're not really sure what happened, as the next part of the story is a little fuzzy. But Dom ended up with what he thought was my number in his phone. He called and texted, but never heard back. Four years go by, and we both graduated from Duquesne, and are coincidentally working on 5th Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. We both liked to frequent the local sandwich shop The Brown Bag Deli. As it would happen, the owner would tell Domenic about a beautiful blonde who frequented the deli, trying to set him up (not knowing it was me!). One day, we bumped into each other in the BBD, the owner winked, we got to talking, and Dom realized that he was ONE digit off from my correct phone number. And the rest, as they say, is history. 🙂
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
Dom had actually been planning on proposing for a long time…if he had his way, probably a few months after we started dating! I'm an old soul though, so after five years, we were both ready to “take the next step” in our relationship. However, I have three brothers. It just so happened that as Dom was beginning to look at rings and plan the proposal, unbeknownst to me, my brothers were as well. One by one, they each made their intentions to “pop the question” known…and poor Dom, wanting to give everyone appropriate space and time, was getting more and more frustrated!
Three engagements and six months later, Dom finally popped the question. We were actually vacationing with my family at the Outer Banks, NC, a special place my family vacations each year and that was meaningful to Dom and me as well. I was actually in the middle of reading Game of Thrones when Dom asked to go for a walk on the beach (I reluctantly agreed – those sand crabs, yuck!). However, once we got down to the beach, we walked along the shore, and Dom got down on one knee. It felt like a dream, and I finally said yes!
Describe the engagement session.
I knew immediately that we wanted to do an engagement shoot, as photography was a big priority for the wedding. After looking through a few portfolios, I immediately fell in love with Ann Louise Photography. Their photos are so dreamy, classy, romantic – everything I was looking for!
I wanted to do something whimsical – almost fairy tale-esque, for the engagement shoot. Jessica and Jillian (the absolute best!) helped us choose the perfect location, the popular Mellon Park Walled Gardens in Shadyside. I styled our outfits around our wedding colors – navy and dark teal – to coordinate with wedding plans down the road.