Back in November, Shii-tean and Steve went off to shoot their engagement with Chris from Anders Portfolio. There are parts of New Jersey that make you forget you’re in New Jersey. Shii-tean & Steve chose to go off the beaten path for their engagement shoot, right at home together in the wilderness of Middlesex county.
Thank you to Christopher from Anders Portfolio Photography for submitting this lovely engagement shoot. We hope you enjoy this shoot; it even has a horse! (Our Editor’s favourite!)
How did you both meet?
Shii-Tean: “Steven and I met around October of 2011. Before we met, we purchased puppies at nearly the same time – somewhere around September of 2011. We both lived within a few miles of each other in central New Jersey, and we frequently brought our pups to the same dog park, which is where we met. Zeke (Stevens American Bulldog) and Emmi (My German Shepard) wouldn’t play with any other dogs so Steven and I scheduled our trips to the park to make sure the pups got to play together. After about 5 months, Steven asked me out. We were friends, and I sort of wanted to keep it that way. At the time, I was just getting out of failed relationship and I had just landed a job in Maryland. But over time and with Steven’s persistence (never being turned down by a girl before) he eventually grew on me. Mainly because he just kept showing up at my Maryland apartment and I didn’t have the heart to turn him down after driving all those hours just to see me.”
“Prior to when we met in Oct 2011, we actually were closer to each other than we thought. Steven and I actually went to high school together and graduated the same year in 2005. We rarely crossed paths in high school, as Steven was “the Athlete” and I was a ‘Nerd.’ We were 2 totally different people. We’ve done the unimaginable of starting out a fresh relationship long distance, but after two years of living in Maryland, I moved back to New jersey to be closer to Steven. Steven was the first man I said the three special words to, ‘I Love You.'”
Tell us about the proposal…
“The day Steven proposed was the best day of my life! It was a day that supposed to be a surprise getaway for Steven, but ended up being a surprise for me! I had been planning this overnight getaway at Skytop Lodge for Steven and I for about two months. It was a pre-valentine getaway as we always have our annual Valentine’s weekend with family snow tubing in the Poconos.”
“That day I remember that as soon as we got to the Lodge Steven was very persistent in taking a picture while all I wanted to do was grab a beer. As soon as we checked in we brought our bags to the room and quickly went to what Steven said: ‘tour the lodge and take a picture.’ We ended up walking through the snow to a gazebo located in the back of the lodge far away from everything.”
“Steven handed me a wooden custom made album, engraved with our names and the date. Inside he started off with historical events that happened on February 2nd events ranged from wars that started to significant events in music. He then proceeded to tell me the significance and meanings of the numbers 2, 7, 2015 and comparing it to our relationship. It was during this time that he proceeded to play an instrumental version of “Marry Me” by Train and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was left speechless and couldn’t even say “yes” through all the tears. All I could was nod my head, as I kissed him with such joy. That day we ended it with a beer festival on the lake and tobogganing.”
“The proposal was perfect. I was expecting to surprise Steven with a weekend getaway, but he found out the details through my sister and turned the surprise on me. He picked the perfect location because it gave us the view of the mountains topped with fresh snow and the stone built lodge in the background. It was in front of the gazebo that Steven wanted to “take a picture” but he ended up recording the entire proposal, without my knowledge, which is posted on Youtube to share with our loved ones.” Click here to view the video.
Photography: Anders Portfolio Photography