A long long time ago we re-launched this little blog here and to celebrate, Stephanie Leigh Photo Design gave away an engagement session and coffee table book to one lucky couple. Michael & Marissa were that lucky couple and we are so excited to get to share their engagement pictures and love story here on the blog today! I love that their love story includes New Jersey (being a Jersey girl myself) and their proposal story is just too cute. I’ll let them take it from here.
Michael & Marissa’s Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Chinatown
How They Met:
Marissa grew up in New Jersey but was a frequent visitor to the northern Virginia area throughout her childhood as she visited close family friends. Without these visits she might never have applied to any Virginia schools and thus would’ve missed out on meeting Michael.
Michael grew up in Falls Church, Virginia and ironically spent his formative Christmases and summers trekking to New Jersey where his father is from and grandparents lived for many years.
Michael and Marissa had many mutual friends at school but their path didn’t really cross until they shared a business class junior year. They became quick friends and Marissa finally began to take a hint as she departed for Christmas break that year with a dozen roses that were left in her dorm room. Nightly phone conversations over break led to an official first date on Valentine’s Day and here we are almost eight years later in the place where it all started, celebrating happily ever after.
Click inside for a peak at the gorgeous engagement ring AND to read their adorable proposal story!
Anyone who knows Marissa knows she is very passionate about Christmas. Michael learned this early on in their relationship. He won major brownie points when he gave her a Christmas chatzke their first holiday during senior year of college. He continued to be an awesome boyfriend during the Christmas season, so it should’ve been no surprise that he would incorporate the holiday into his proposal. Unbeknownst to Marissa, while wandering Home Depot looking for the perfect tree, Michael had bigger plans that evening. She should’ve known something was up when he didn’t put up a fight when she mentioned getting two trees for their apartment. They spent the afternoon preparing for guests by decorating the tree and making cocktails. Michael kept insisting on adding ornaments, afraid Marissa would wait until guests had almost arrived. She thought he must really be looking forward to this tradition. The next thing you know, Michael was on one knee and the rest is history!