Words from the photographer:
I really admire this couple…their plans, their dreams, their love of family…it has been such a fantastic journey getting to know them more. And the engagement session was no exception. Niyati was stunning in her two piece emerald green off-the-shoulder top and peachy, flowing, floral skirt. Yisell Santos helped complete the look with her hair and make up. Jeremy looked equally dapper in his light grey suit and together they made a beautiful couple as they graced the grounds of Rixey Manor.
Prior to their time with me at Rixey Manor, Niyati had shared the story of how they met. I’d love to share it here as well in her words: “It all started with ‘Happy New Year, gorgeous!’ as we exchanged messages on a social media site. In December 2016, prior to ringing in the New Year, I found out that Jeremy was moving back to North Carolina, his home state, after living in Hawaii for two years. (Later, I found out that he was moving back to settle down and meet a girl and that is just what he did!). So I welcomed him back home and didn’t think anything of it at the time. I definitely didn’t think I would ever meet him in person.
On New Year’s Day, Jeremy wished me a Happy New Year and a week later we had a 13 hour long instant chat session. Jeremy now says that it was part of his thorough ‘vetting’ process. Apparently, I passed with flying colors! Phew! He had already added me as a phone contact with his last name so he must have been sure about it from the beginning. All joking aside, we really discovered just how compatible and likeminded we are in every way. He mentioned he would like to take me out to dinner, but he was still waiting for his car to be shipped from Hawaii. Unexpectedly, his car shipped back earlier than scheduled on Friday the 13th that January. So, he drove the two hours to come see me and we went out on our first date that night. The rest is history!”
I had also asked Niyati to share more about their proposal story and this is what she said: “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!”
Photography: Michelle Lieb of Lieb Photographic
Hair and Makeup: Yisell Santos Hair and Make Up