Gabrielle and Olumide are too cute for words. To kickstart their wedding year (they’re getting married this summer), the couple shared their Brooklyn Bridge Park Engagement Photos by Alakija Studios with us. Guys, I love everything about this shoot. For starters, the couple channelled my all-time favorite movie- Love & Basketball with a super adorable [you guessed it] basketball session. They followed this cuteness with a walk around DUMBO and we’re totally smitten. Bride Gabrielle shared their sweet love story with us. Enjoy!
How we met:
We met at Stony Brook University in January 2007. We were both transfer students that semester and from the moment we met there was an undeniable instant connection. We became very close, very quickly and after a few years of being best friends we took our relationship to the next level and fell in love somewhere in between.
How he proposed:
It was August 18, 2013. He told me he was throwing an end of summer roof top party and wanted to invite all of our friends to attend. He played it off so well and even had me help him plan the parts of the party with him so I had no idea a proposal was in the works. The day of the party came and everything was as “normal” as they could be. During the party, there was a raffle drawing and I was one of the prize winners along with two others. We each read our cards for our prize out loud however; my card was different and didn’t reveal a prize. Instead it talked about love and starting a new journey in life. The last line said to turn around for my prize, and there he was as I turned around. Soon after that he was down on one knee proposing and I couldn’t stop smiling and crying… & of course I said YES! I couldn’t have asked a better proposal.
Inspiration for the Shoot:
We had our engagement shoot in Brooklyn Bridge Park/ Dumbo area. We wanted a fun and laid back engagement shoot. We just wanted to feel comfortable and be ourselves. Luckily, our photographer Jide was amazing to work with and made us feel so comfortable. We actually ended up with a few unplanned Love & Basketball (one of my favorite movies) scenes unintentionally. While we were walking around the park checking out various locations where we can shoot, we passed by the basketball courts and my sister in law screamed “Love & Basketball” and Jide took it from there and took some really great shots.
All images by Alakija Studios were provided courtesy of the bride- Gabrielle. Congrats Guys!