An Engagement Straight Out Of "Sleepless in Seattle"
June 12, 2016
Tri State
Spring Weddings
Remember that final scene in Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan meet at the top of the Empire State Building? They share an epic moment that can only be described as one of the dreamiest meetings ever, and this Rock Center engagement session? Well, it's managed to capture that movie-worthy romance to a T. Oliver Fly Photography, job well done!
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From the Bride-to-be...We first met at Dream Downtown. A French group was hosting pool parties every Tuesday during the summer. Despite working late most nights, I committed to going to every-single-one that summer. Benoît came the second to last week, I was out with friends, Benoît saw me, but was to shy to say hello. We were introduced the week after, the very last pool party of the summer. Ben asked for a date the following week and we have been together ever since. 

About the proposal - we planned a long trip back to Paris to visit with Benoît's family. He had spent the prior months secretly researching rings, had found the perfect one, and was ready to propose. After a week of wine tasting and château hoping in the Loire Valley, Benoît popped the question on a rowboat at the romantic Château Chenonceau!

We are getting married this summer in France in the Loire Valley at Le Chateau St Julien in the village of St Julien de l'Ars, near from the ancient city of Poitiers. This venue is the ideal setting for a destination wedding. The most important part of our wedding was to have both of our French and American families together. Having the wedding in France meant that Benoît's grandfather would be with us.

We fell in love with the Loire Valley the year before during our engagement trip and decided that would be a lovely location for our wedding. With exactly room for 50, Chateau St Julien is perfect to host all of our combined family for four days of wedding festivities!

We found Oliver while we were researching our chateau, his work is soft and absolutely romantic. After reserving the Chateau St Julien, we immediately contacted him to photograph our wedding day. A few months later, Oliver was with us in New York City and we got the opportunity to know each other and to have a fantastic time during our engagement session. Oliver put us completely at ease.

It is impossible to tell by how flawless his photos are - but it was about 40 degrees and raining the whole day - he was absolutely committed to getting every shot on film, such an incredible challenge. He even made time for a few iPhone shots that we could share with our families. Spending time with Oliver before our wedding was absolutely priceless, we can't wait to have him there to document our day in exactly 2 months!

Photography: Oliver Fly |Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Tie: Calvin Klein | Suit: Indochino Custom Apparel | Shoes: Sam Edleman | Location: Top Of The Rock | Location: Bethesda Terrace