Earlier this week, we told you we were having our engagement photos taken Wednesday night. Here is the story of our night.
Our friends Rudy and Tammi, aka The Married Photogs, took our pictures. This was part of a barter between them and Liz, as she baked their wedding cake and desserts last year. They made us feel comfortable and relaxed the whole time, and their creativity and attention to detail was impressive.
Fortune smiled upon us in the form of good weather. In southwest Ohio, October is its own schizophrenic season. You get a little spring, a heaping scoop of fall, and a dash of winter–sometimes all in one day. These fluctuations make it hard to pick an outfit in the morning. Wednesday was sunny and the thermometer steadied between 70-75 degrees.
We started our photo session at Riverside Park in northern Kentucky. Riverside overlooks the Ohio River, hence the clever name, and allows for a spectacular view of downtown Cincinnati. Red and orange leaves covered the park’s lawn as the late afternoon sun shined through the trees. The scene was more picturesque than we could have hoped for.
We had a little fun during the park photos by putting on Cincinnati Bengals hoodies and striking Heisman poses. Liz even pretended to tackle me in one of them. Our next stop was the historic Roebling Bridge.
Before our bridge pictures, we had to perform a wardrobe change in the car. This was tricky for Liz, as she was switching from a sweater and jeans to a black and gray dress. We were in a public park, so before she could perform her gymnastic costume change, we waited for an old man parked behind us listening to the radio to leave. Then a group of four people meandered around the park in the vicinity of our car. I held up my blazer to hide Liz from her unintended audience.
The bridge session was magical. The sun had set and the city lights served for a tremendous background. I can’t wait to see how those photos turn out. The last part of our night was set at Cincinnati’s Fountain Square. Again, we got lucky. Not many people were on the Square, and the fountain was running. The four of us were approached by a homeless man who offered to take “real pictures” for a dollar. His invasion of our time and space annoyed us, but he left in short order.
After the shoot, we celebrated with pomegranate margaritas and tomato basil flat bread at our favorite restaurant. We had reached an important milestone on the way to our wedding, and we hit our fitness goals along the way. What fantastic reasons to raise a glass.