I love that Stephanie and Nick's NYC love shoot really mixes things up ... flirting between traditional and trendy and playful and sophisticated. A generous dash of romance brings both sides harmoniously together in this shoot inspired by a love of Paris and vintage French films. Enjoy:
From the shoot's stylist and planner, Amanda:
When I first spoke with Stephanie, she was adamant that her engagement shoot with Nick represent who they are as a couple – a look that is both playful and elegant. With their love of travelling, appreciation of good food and wine as well as their favorite city being Paris, I told their love story as if it was inspired by a film from the 1960s based in Paris and New York.
Stephanie’s ensemble, hair and makeup are all inspired by the style of Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Raquel Welch. Meanwhile Nick’s look was based on that of George Peppard.
I selected locations that were distinctly reminiscent of both New York and Paris. Just inside the Vanderbilt Gate in Central Park, Stephanie and Nick shared a picnic of French cheeses, grapes and wine while at a French café down in the West Village they enjoyed sipping their coffees and reading the paper.
Darling! I especially love the trench! And wait until you hear the adorable story of how Nick proposed - I think it may be a new favorite of mine! Read on for details ...
From Stephanie, on how she met Nick and how he creatively proposed:
Nick and I met during our college orientation. He was a student at Columbia Engineering School and I was a student at Barnard College. We met at an icebreaker event on the south lawn at campus. Two days later, I met him at another orientation event at Madison Square Garden and forgot his name when I introduced him to my roommates; I introduced him as Dan instead of Nick. Needless to say, he got offended and walked away. Hours later, I decided to return back to main campus. I was running down the stairs to the subway since I heard the train had just arrived. I swiped my card and ran into the subway car just as the doors were closing and Nick happened to be standing right there. We talked for the rest of the night and the rest is history.
Nick proposed five years later on the Columbia campus outside the library. I had a dental school exam the following week and he convinced me to go to the library to study since he had to “go into work for a few hours.” He promised he’d come pick me up from the library when he was done with work. Instead he was in our apartment planning our soon to be engagement party. I had numerous missed calls from a private number so I left the library to try to figure out who had called. Outside I found Nick waiting with a large shopping bag. He handed me a gift and when I opened the box, I found a pair of beautiful Christian Louboutin slingbacks. Before I knew it, Nick got down on one knee and I noticed there was a diamond ring tied to the bow on the shoe. Of course, I said yes and later that night he also surprised me with an engagement dinner with all of our closest friends. It was the best day of my life.
Gahh ... I love it! I can't imagine any girl denying a pair of Louboutins, especially with a gorgeous rock attached. ;o) Congrats Nick and Stephanie and thanks to Amanda, of Stellina Events, for sending over these sweet photos!
Photo shoot Styling & Planning: Amanda Diamondstein-Cieplinska of Stellina Events
Photographer: 1. Art Beauty Life: Jenny Ebert Photography
Dress: Samuelle Couture
Invitation: East Six
Bouquet: Kat flower
Makeup: Laura Pugliese from Ion Studio NYC
Hair: Marcos Diaz from Ion Studio NYC