Tuan + Emily are such a classy and stunning couple! T+E were so much fun to photograph and we can’t wait to photograph their wedding at the end of the summer! At the beginning of every engagement session we always ask the couple if they’ve ever had professional photos taken (such as family photos or senior photos) and it’s always funny to hear the same phrase from every guy, “No I haven’t really ever had professional photos taken, I also don’t like getting my picture taken.” We always have a chuckle and tell the couple, “Well, don’t worry this is our first time too! Haha! But seriously you have nothing to worry about!” And by the end of the engagement session the couple, especially the guy, is always laughing and having so much fun! Professional pictures don’t have to be painful… in fact you should have so much fun on your shoot that you are excited and looking forward to your next photo shoot!
We started T+E’s engagement session at the Northwest Library in Oklahoma City, OK. This was our first time photographing at this location. And I think it will be one of our new hot spots to photograph! We can claim it right?? Just kidding we will share too! There is so much photographic goodness at this library. The modern architecture is just too perfect and definitely fits with our modern photographic style!
We then headed just down the street to Lake Hefner for a few more romantic portraits. Tuan and Emily brought an adorable little sky blue bicycle with a cute basket and a fresh bouquet of flowers! T+E had so much fun trying to ride the bicycle that they couldn’t stop laughing and being goofy and flirty with each other! We always love it when our couples bring cute props that incorporate who they are and their personalities.
Next we went down to the lakeshore and we were a little concerned about the weather that evening since there was a storm rolling in. But to our surprise the rain never showed up! Instead the sun came out just before it hit the horizon and lit up all of the low lying clouds a brilliant golden yellow that made for a spectacular sunset over the water!! Oklahoma sunsets never cease to amaze us and we are always chasing after them!
We always love hearing the story of how our couples met and their proposal! Here is their story told by both Tuan and Emily…
We were first introduced by a mutual friend back in college. We only spoke for a moment then we would not see each other again years later when we were reintroduced by the same friend. I (Emily) did not remember meeting Tuan the first time but he remembered her clearly. To me (Emily), we met five years ago when Tuan first asked me out. To Tuan, it was always the very first moment back in college. And we have been together for 5 years before we got engaged.
Tuan has always imagined proposing to Emily on a beach with their close friends as witnesses. When it was about time, he asked their friends to vacation in Cancun together. At first, he planned on proposing on the beach in front of the hotel but then he spotted a beautiful, rocky area that may contain a lighthouse from the hotel window. He thought it might be more special for the proposal to take place there. He and a couple of friends went to scout the area about a mile walk away. When he came back to the hotel, he conned Emily by telling her to get dressed up because his friends wanted to do a photo session and then we would all go to a nice dinner together (everyone was in on it except for Emily at this point). We then took a shuttle to the area because a mile is too long of a walk for everyone in fancy clothes. The shuttle then overshot the area and informed us that it cannot turn back. We decided to walk back thinking it couldn’t be too far away. Being all visitors to the area, we became lost. We trespassed through a few gated properties to find a shortcut there. Initially, Tuan had imagined proposing to Emily at sunset but by the time they made it to the spot, the sun had finished setting. Everyone had sweated through their clothes and were completely exhausted. Emily, however, never complained. Nothing went as planned and Tuan almost called the whole thing off but he decided he never wanted to put anyone through that ordeal again. He took Emily aside and they were the only two people that existed at that moment. He was sweaty, shaken and terrified but he managed to ask her to marry him. She said ‘yes’, his friends joined in and everything in the world was right again. Ultimately, it was a beautiful, unforgettable moment and Emily was still completed astonished. She cried because she was happy. Everyone else cried on the inside from exhaustion. We dubbed the whole journey, “The Trail of Tears.”