Some of our favorite engagement sessions are captured at home, showing a couple at their most comfortable selves. Hannah Mayo knew that was the best way to start this sweet couple's day... and the gorgeous Morikami was the icing on the cake!
Oyuki, a children's librarian and Paul, an accountant by day and music aficionado by night, feel completely at home in their first apartment together. So, they started their session there, showcasing the books and vinyl that they love. Says Oyuki, "Quality time for us is a nice home cooked meal and time spent together at home."
How appropriate is it that Oyuki and Paul met at Barnes & Noble? Oyuki was working there, and Paul came in to talk to his friend, a manager at the store. Says Oyuki, "I remember feeling a spark from that first conversation. Paul is so easy to talk to and so personable but we were both focused on school so it took about a year before we started 'dating'." That was back in the spring of '04, and they've been together ever since.
After Oyuki's Masters in Library Science and Paul's degree in accounting, they finally moved in together in the fall of 2011. When Christmas rolled around (Oyuki's "absolute favorite holiday"), Paul had the proposal planned: Christmas is normally spent with his family and I felt something was up since Paul kept disappearing during the party. Unbeknownst to me he was telling everyone that he was going to propose the next morning. When Christmas came, we woke up and opened our presents to each other and Paul lingered near the tree. He reached down under the tree skirt and said "Oh, hey there's one more" and it was a little box! He dropped down on one knee and proposed! That's been my best Christmas present! It was an intimate proposal that the whole family nonetheless knew about and kept it a surprise for me.
The two have always enjoyed the scenic beauty of Morikami and often attend their cultural events. From the bride: Few people are aware that such a beautiful collection of Japanese gardens are in South Florida. We knew we wanted to be out in nature for our engagement session and the Morikami was an easy choice for us. I happened to have a parasol handy that I bought at Epcot years ago and brought it to the session on a whim and it was the perfect prop on some of the shots.
Paul and Oyuki are finalizing their plans for an outdoor wedding in March at the Spanish River Library, where Oyuki is the Children's Librarian. Says the bride, "We are so excited for our nuptials and know our family and friends will be happy to celebrate a marriage long in the making. Can't wait!!!"
We're so excited for you two! Congrats and best wishes for that beautiful spring wedding of your dreams.