I loved returning to Rye, New York for Joe and Stacy’s engagement session last October! We first met at the Rye Nature Center before we hopped over to a seaside park near Playland. It was a crisp, beautiful fall afternoon in Westchester and ah! This session really made me miss it! Their sweet pup, Susie also joined us for the second part of the adventure and what a little angel puppy! Susie posed for all of the right shots! I’m so excited to share their lovely engagement photos on the blog today and a little more of their love story! 🙂
Joe & Stacy’s Love Story
How They Met
from Stacy’s perspective
We matched on the dating app Bumble on a Monday night, chatted on the phone for HOURS on Tuesday, met for dinner Wednesday night, and met again for coffee and a walk the next morning (Thanksgiving Day)! He met my parents the following weekend, and I met his ENTIRE family (parents, aunts, uncles cousins, etc.)! Interestingly enough, my mother and his aunt worked together, his mom took my classes at the gym, my mom knew his father… lots of synchronicity.
How He Proposed
from Stacy’s perspective
Funny how things come full circle – on our very first date, he spoke about wanting to be a firefighter with such passion, that I ordered him the study guide! Fast forward to July 10, 2021, I had thrown him a party to celebrate his graduation from the Fire Academy. The very next day I was EXHAUSTED, and told him I wanted to do nothing but vegetate on the couch. He suggested an easy hike in one of our favorite spots, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. From my perspective, all was normal. He packed up his backpack with water and away we went. LITERALLY 5 minutes into the hike we came to this beautiful bridge. He said he was thirsty and started ruffling through his bag “looking for water.” He then mentioned there were people behind us in the woods, so I turned around to see what he was talking about. When I turned back around he was on his knee, ring in hand, shaking. I started crying, he started getting pretty emotional, too. Joe has a way with words – not in the sense that they’re fancy, but moreso, they are the most authentic and meaningful things you’ve ever heard. He gave me the sweetest speech before putting the ring on my finger (which, I later made him repeat so I could savor it, without all my waterworks!) Afterwards, he asked if I still wanted to keep hiking…. I answered with a resounding ABSOLUTELY NOT… I had family and friends to tell and a beautiful ring to show the world!
Alexis El Massih is a wedding and family photographer serving Boston, Washington DC, Northern Virginia and destinations beyond.