Nick and Nadia’s South End Boston engagement photos are proof that you can take beautiful photos anytime, rain or shine. I flew in to Boston on a Friday and we only had that one afternoon to work with. The forecast called for dark clouds and steady rain all day long and that is exactly what we got. However, we made the sweetest lemonade from seemingly sour lemons and I am so excited to share the results today!
So, what did we do when the rain poured? We created a Hallmark-worthy photo experience: a local, neighborhood coffee shop, iconic brownstone homes in the city, and, of course a most adorable couple in love. We met at thee cutest, corner coffee shop in Boston’s South End called, Greystone Cafe. (Excellent choice, Nadia!) This post is not sponsored in any way, but I have to give them a shout out for providing the cutest, coziest ambience, delicious coffee, treats, and authentic Greek *olive oil* (you read that right) and stellar customer service. 10/10 would recommend this spot! We then pulled out some clear, bubble umbrellas, and embraced the weather for the remainder of their session.
I am so excited about these photos and loved spending time with this sweet couple! I cannot wait for their wedding day in Las Vegas next year! In the meantime, I am sharing more of their love story below and their romantic, rainy day Boston engagement photos!
How They Met
We both went to Antiochian Village, but didn’t really meet until we were both on staff in 2018. Nick was the Admin Assistant and Nadia was a first time counselor! We both got to camp early to help with Family Camp, and it gave us a chance to become friends. We quickly grew our friendship over the course of the summer, using weekends off to debrief our sessions and get to know each other more. By the end of the summer, we both knew how we felt, and decided to take the next step and try dating long distance (which we did for 3.5 years!!), and the rest is history!
How He Proposed
Nick began planning the proposal months in advance. He desperately wanted to surprise Nadia (which is not easy because she’s a little bit of a control freak) and was determined to keep her from finding out any details. With the help of his parents, a few close friends, and Nadia’s cousin Tatiana, he reserved a space at a cute rooftop bar in Seaport with a stunning view of the Boston skyline. He created 4 photo collages (each representing a year of our relationship) that he lined up alongside tons of candles and roses. He told Nadia that she was meeting him there to help them set up for a friend’s surprise party, not knowing that she’d be the one in for a big surprise. He met her in the lobby and rode the elevator all the way up to the top, trying his best to hide the ring box bulging out of his back pocket. When we got to the top, she could see the decor across the way and it started to hit her what was happening. He got down on one knee, said some nice things, and asked for her to marry him. The answer – “of course!!”
Alexis El Massih is a wedding and portrait photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the greater DMV area.