ENGAGEMENT | Johnson’s Pond Engagement Session with Sarah and Brandon

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We love themed engagement sessions!

Meet Sarah and Brandon. They met through a mutual friend over 8 years ago at On The Border restaurant {where they still enjoy the margaritas} and stayed friends for almost 3 years after before they started dating. For their first date, Brandon made her dinner at his apartment {the same dinner that he made the night he proposed} and they watched a Harry Potter movie.

Brandon proposed on a random Monday night in October 2015. Sarah said she “worked late as always” and came home to jazz music playing and a candle lite dinner. “It was great!” she says. She also admits to crying because she was so happy to have pasta, bread and wine {I’d cry too!}. They ate dinner and then Brandon asked her to put a Harry Potter movie in before bed. “Instead of listening to him, I started cleaning the bedroom” she says, LOL. When she returned into the kitchen, Brandon was down on one knee in the middle of the kitchen asking her to marry him. Apparently, inside the Harry Potter DVD, was a note that asked “Will You Marry Me?” Brandon says “She will never live that down!”

We include a complimentary 2 hour engagement session with all of our services. Sarah and Brandon decided to do their engagement photos starting at Coventry High School for some football themed shots for their Save the Date cards. He is a Cardinals fan while she loves the Patriots. So it was only appropriate to have a football themed engagement session and design a Save the Date for them using those photos. Brandon actually came up with the wording “A House Divided, Becomes United.” Afterwards, we headed to Johnson’s Pond to Brandon’s Aunt’s house for some awesome water shots.

When asked what Sarah and Brandon learned from their engagement session with us:
Brandon says: “I learned to be more comfortable when getting pictures taken.
Sarah says: “I learned that the best photos are the real, not staged photos…and not to be so self conscious!”

What did they learn about us:
They said,  “Nicole and Paul are flexible and great about working with what we wanted. Also, that they love Trader Joes as much as we do!”

What have they like best about working with so far:
“Working with you guys has been fantastic! I really LOVE having someone to bounce ideas off of. Nicole had great ideas about photo ideas, bridesmaid dresses etc. We were able to view our engagement photos within a week of our session ad Nicole was able to help us design and finalize our Save The Dates. Getting our Save The Date’s through Nicole was so easy, fast and a great cost savings!”

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We design custom Save The Dates using the photos from their engagement session.

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Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC is a wife-and-husband photography team located in Providence, Rhode Island. We’ve been providing wedding and portrait photography services in and around Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Boston and more for over a decade.

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