Engagements: so hot right now. It’s true. Everywhere I turn, people are putting rings on it and yes, I was on the receiving end of that trend. Thanks, Beyoncé.
When I first launched Taste The Style, I wanted it to be an outlet for me to express my affinity for dining & personal style. As you may know from being a TTS reader, it’s no longer about me, per say. It’s about the people — we deliver content that caters to the needs relating to your lifestyle. But, as I mentioned in a quick announcement a couple of weeks back, I’ll selfishly be using the platform I worked really hard to build to discuss my wedding journey as a busy New York Boss Babe. In the next year, I promise to write posts relating to the occasion because even if there isn’t an exciting spousal prospect in your life, it actually doesn’t hurt to learn a bit more about the process.
My first story is about our engagement photos, naturally. Engagement photos are somewhat essential to defining who you are as a couple. For us, it was hard to nail down one NYC landmark or backdrop that allows for decent engagement photography that hasn’t been totally done before. We also didn’t want to kid ourselves and make it extravagant, flamboyant, or over the top (aka difficult.) Instead, we decided what we should do is to share our story though pictures, from the moment with met to the day he popped the question. After a bunch of debating and reminiscing, we narrowed it down to 5 shots: where we met, our first apartment, our undying love for food — Chinese food to be exact — and the many dates in between, our first bar, and our engagement day.
Here is our story as told through pictures, captured by none other than Daniela Spector.
Our Nightclub Days
A little fun fact about Adam and I is how and where we first met. Back in our early 20s, we both held jobs in nightlife. On the day we met, I was a bottle waitress at The Plumm (which is now Up & Down) and he was a promoter. Lucky for him, I was his waitress that night. I don’t believe he tipped me (anyone who works in the biz knows that promoters are notorious for not tipping) but oh did he pay for that in dinners later on.
Our First Apartment Days
Our first apartment together is probably the one I’ve hated most as a New Yorker. Both still figuring out our lives and struggling to make ends meet, we cooped up in a tiny, yet overpriced, studio apartment in Chelsea. Its only pro was the roof. We thought it was a gem & considered it our escape from the madness. Just look at that view.
Our “My Girlfriend’s a Food Blogger, So We Have To Eat Everywhere” Days
We all have to eat. The thing that people don’t tell you is that food bloggers are pressured to eat…a lot. When I was first launching Taste The Style, I would drag Adam to all sorts of places; poor dude would dread it for the simple fact that it got so expensive. To compensate for those fancy dinners, we headed to Chinatown a bunch. He put me on to Joe’s Shanghai, and I put him on to Wo-Hop. We took this shoot to Doyers Street because it’s hands-down the baddest block in all of Chinatown, if not the city.
Our First Bar Days
Adam is the owner of Den Hospitality, the team behind The Garret & dullboy with project number three on the way. Having been through the process with him since day one, we knew we had to shoot our family portrait at The Garret. We don’t play favorites or anything, but there’s nothing quite like the original.
Our Engagement Day
I loved the way Adam proposed. It was simple, heartfelt and intimate. We didn’t have a photographer to capture the proposal on Barrow Street (my favorite block in Manhattan) but we did want to recreate the moment just a bit to serve as a memory to the day. Here we are at our truest in style and truly in our own element — we’re ALWAYS in that Jeep. It deserved its moment in the spotlight, too.
Photography by Daniela Spector.
Special thank you to Todd Snyder and Blue & Cream for the outfits (and Aliana Galan for my hats), Tarin Thomas for the accessories, Gracie J for my mani, Roman K Salon for my hair, Christina Lee Adams for my makeup, Megan Ryan for my lashes and Up & Down for letting us shoot in their incredible space.