This year I had two trips to Arizona and on one of those trips, Niyati and Jeremy met up with me in Apache Junction to model for a Phoenix Wedding bridal/sweetheart session. It was the first time I had met them in person, as their engagement session is this month. I will also be serving them during their wedding this Fall, but I had this special opportunity to photograph them even before their engagement session.
Niyati was stunning in her BHLDN gown and her hair and make up was flawless thanks to Makiaj Beauty of Scottsdale. I photographed them in both film and digital formats…which I will also be doing during their wedding. It was an incredible session with an equally incredible sunset setting over Phoenix. The best part of the evening was when Jeremy formally proposed! You can view those images here.
“First, we certainly didn’t follow any “normal” timelines when it comes to the proposal and wedding planning. We picked a wedding venue and date, photographer, and planner all before an actual proposal even happened. (Technically, he asked me to marry him before we met, but I don’t think that really counts!) We both knew we wanted to get married this year, but time was flying by way too fast and we hadn’t given it much thought. In April, we planned an impromptu long weekend getaway where we stayed at Walden Hall in Culpeper, VA. As we were sitting outside enjoying the gorgeous views, we both started talking about how amazing it would be to get married there. Before we checked out, we spoke with the friendly folks at Walden Hall about having our wedding there and a few weeks later we set a date.
We also booked Michelle as our photographer soon after as she was on their preferred vendors list (best decision ever!). In May, Michelle sent out an email to her couples announcing that she would be in the Phoenix, Arizona area in June and would be available for a session. It seemed really fun and we both had never visited Arizona so we took her up on the offer! We planned for a couples/bridal shoot at The Lost Dutchman State Park near the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona. It was an absolutely gorgeous background for pictures and a totally different landscape than we are both used to living in Southeastern United States.
We had an absolute blast at the shoot. The sun was beginning to set and we were capturing a few last minute shots while the sun was setting. That’s when Michelle asked if we wanted to change into street clothes so we could have a few shots not in our formal attire. I didn’t think anything of it, so I changed and we started taking a few pictures. Little did I know that Jeremy and Michelle had other plans. It’s all kind of a happy blur now, but I think Michelle asked us to pose a certain way and that’s when Jeremy got down on his knees and proposed. It was totally unexpected and I feel so fortunate that Michelle was able to capture that moment for us!”
Congratulations Niyati and Jeremy! It was so much fun being a part of Jeremy’s surprise! I can’t wait for October!
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Michelle Lieb with Lieb Photographic is a Virginia Wedding Photographer, Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, BaltimoreWedding Photographer and Maryland Wedding Photographer. She is also a Washington DC Wedding Photographer, Phoenix Wedding Photographer, Arizona Wedding Photographer and a Destination Wedding Photographer!