Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ
Ektaa and Danny Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ early morning engagement session was so much fun. I have always wanted to shoot an engagement session at Liberty State Park in Jersey City NJ. The amount of locations that they have there allows for an amazing amount of photo spots. I have shot some headshot sessions there and a few sororities there when I was in college.
Their engagement session was so much fun and I had a ton of ideas for them. Ektaa was so prepared with a few awesome props and she planned great outfits for her and Danny. Being of Indian Culture, Ektaa chose to wear a traditional Indian outfit and I was in heaven. I love it when my brides and grooms incorporate their culture into their engagement sessions. Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ
Ektaa and Danny really enjoyed themselves at their session and when I sent them over the images, Ektaa couldn’t stop thanking me and she told me that they felt so comfortable. Something that I strive for with all of my sessions both engagements and weddings. Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ
Danny’s mom had come along to hang out with us and she was so awesome. She brought us some snacks and a ton of cold drinks. I love it when my couples bring someone else to the session, even their pups.
HOW THEY MET!
“Danny and I originally met in middle school. We ran the middle school track together. It wasn’t until freshman year of high school that our friendship really began. We both went to Clifton High School, but I would say our relationship really began at Garret Mountain in Woodland Park. We ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track together. Then during the 2008 cross country season, we both expressed our feelings that we wanted to be more than friends.”
“We end up running all 12 seasons of high school together and we even named team captains. Danny and I were also named our class couple back in 2011.” Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ
HOW THEY FELL IN LOVE!
I asked Ektaa and Danny how they fell in love. “Falling in love is a funny thing. I think this quote best describes how I fell in love, “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.” – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Ektaa told me “Our story is not linear. Danny and I have never dated anyone since we started dating, despite a break-up and many, many fights, we have weathered many challenges together.”
“After high school, Danny and I decided to continue to date despite being over 6 hours apart; Danny went to Fordham University and I went to Duquesne University. We were able to grow and become independent and well-rounded individuals and still managed to see each other at least once a month.” Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ
“During my undergrad years, my maternal grandmother was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer with just a few months to live; as my family and I went through that devastating time, Danny was there. Danny has always been there for me through every struggle and obstacle, despite my family being hesitant to accept him. Danny is the most loyal and dedicated man I know and I love him endless.”
When I asked Danny, he told me “I don’t think there is a moment I can pinpoint where I realized I was in love, but when anything excited or new happened in my life, Ektaa was the first person I wanted to tell. I realized I want all my success to be our success. I wanted us to experience everything together, whether it was good or bad I wanted Ektaa to be by my side.” Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ
HOW DID HE PROPOSE?!
Their proposal story is so cute and with the help of Danny’s sister and Ektaa’s brother, Danny pulled off an awesome proposal. “On the beautiful fall day of October 19, 2019th, Danny took me pumpkin picking at Stony Hills Farm. We spent over an hour and a half in their famous corn maze getting lost and having a great time.”
“Little did I know my older brother and Danny’s younger sister (my maid of honor) were picking a prime spot in the pumpkin patch to capture the whole proposal. We made our way on the Hayride towards the patch. We spend a few minutes horsing around in the field.”
“Then Danny tells me to seriously find a pumpkin. As I began to walk away to search for the perfect pumpkin, Danny was getting down on one knee. Danny says, “hey, Ektaa I like that we do fun things.” to which I shrug off like yeah I know me too. Danny then says, “We should do more fun things.” to which I again shrug off like yeah cool we can. Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ
“Then Danny says, “I mean like forever” which made me connect the dots! I turned around there he was on one knee with a ring in his hand!! I waited 10 years for this very moment it was here. Daniel Green asked me to do fun adventurous things together for the rest of our lives and without hesitation, I said yes! We always knew one day we would be together forever and that day is finally soon to come!”
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR YOUR WEDDING?!
When I asked them this question, here is what they had to say! Engagement Session Liberty State Park Jersey City NJ
Ektaa: “I’m most excited to finally began in our lives together, officially. I’m looking forward to the beautiful decor and traditions of a Gujarati wedding and being able to experience it all with Danny. I’m really excited to share our handwritten vows. and of course, DRINKS.”
Danny: “I’m excited to become immersed in Indian culture. Also for all the planning to come to an end and have a great night, drinking, dancing, and celebrating surrounded by the people I love.”
YOUR LOVE STORY IS MADE INTO A MOVIE – WHAT IS THE TITLE?!
“How to Marry A Guy in 10 Years or Ektaa goes Green
DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP IN 5 WORDS
Persistent, Loyal, Playful, Adventurous & True
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT MEANS THE MOST TO BOTH OF YOU?!
“We would say, Family. We both are very family-oriented and feel that is a reason why we are so perfect together. Although, it took some time for my family to accept our relationship; my family means everything to me. And Danny was willing to wait until they came around so we could be married properly.”
Ektaa: Moore Lyons: my engagement ring, Amazon: green dress, CBazaar: Indian Dress
Danny: Shirts: Old Navy, Pants; Goodfellow and Co. Sneakers: Adidas