Jordan Lake Engagement Photos – Brian and Christina are Engaged!


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Where did your engagement session take place?

Jordan Lake at night

Why did you choose Jordan Lake for your engagement photos?

Jordan Lake is a mainstay in the local astronomy community and provides good views of the heavens.

What about the location did you like?

At sundown, the views across the lake make for excellent sunset shots, and the clear view of the sky across the lake provides clear views for stellar observation and astrophotography. The weather is usually a little cooler near the lake, complemented by a nice breeze most days.

How long have you two been together?

2 years

Tell me about the two of you. What makes you two unique, either as a couple or individually? 

Christina and I are the perfect pair of goofballs for one another. We both work in tech, are both in a very serious long-term relationship with  sushi, and are both avid cosplayer—each with a roster of characters that we portray. Among those, we each have screen-accurate Star Wars costumes—with Christina as Rey and Brian as Kylo Ren. In fact, we both discovered each other’s passion for cosplay (and our respective Kylo/Rey costumes) on our first date! What are the odds??

When we’re not dressing up as our favorite sci-fi and fantasy characters, you’ll find us playing video games (usually Witcher 3, Skyrim, Mass Effect, or Minecraft) or watching one of our favorite shows (Battlestar Galactica, Adventure Time, Clone Wars, The Witcher, Penny Dreadful, or the Mandalorian).

Our favorite inside joke is “Sam Bolton.” Christina once misheard me say “sample them” and thought I was referring to someone named Sam Bolton, despite my utter confusion. After several minutes, we finally realized what had happened, and it has since become a cute shorthand for any moment that one of us doesn’t clearly hear the other. As we get older and our hearing goes to crap, our future will be one of confusedly yelling “Sam Bolton?!?” at one another.

Tell me about the proposal. Don’t leave out any details!

The proposal from Christina’s perspective:

This was still at the beginning of Corona, and Brian and I weren’t going many places other than to occasionally have socially distanced visits with family. Brian suggested that we take a trip to my dad’s house for a change of scenery one Saturday afternoon. As soon as we get there, my dad suggests I accompany him to pick up dinner. Little did I know that he was in on the proposal plan, and needed an excuse to get me out of the house. Brian and my brother proceeded to set up the most romantic proposal spot in the woods of the back yard, decked out with fairy lights and rose gold balloons.

When my dad and I got back to his house, Brian led me blindfolded outside to the spot they had been prepping, and popped the question! I remember being so excited and surprised that I’m pretty sure I just mumbled out a “yeah!” and slapped that ring on my finger as quick as I could! Brian and I had been talking about getting married for several months prior, so in both of our minds it was just a matter of “when.” Despite forgetting who and where I was for a second due to nerves, it was absolutely perfect!

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

Of course being married to one another! We are best friends and are thrilled to spend the rest of our lives together. We are also very excited to have the opportunity to gather and celebrate with our closest family and friends. Also…on a side note… we’re super looking forward to the caterer’s chicken. It’s super good. Like, dang.

How would you describe your engagement shoot? Use as many or as few words as you’d like

Our engagement shoot was fun, silly, and completely relaxed! It was wonderful to essentially have a date night with a “weird third wheel” as Dave put it. It was a great opportunity to get to know him, as well as for Brian and I to get comfortable being a cute couple in front of the camera.

About the images

These Raleigh images were taken with combinations of a  Nikon D4s,  Nikon D750,  Nikkor 85mm 1.4G,  Nikkor 45mm Tilt Shift,  Nikkor 24mm 1.4G, 5 off camera  Flashpoint R2 Speedlights, and 2  AD-200 strobes with an assortment of  MagMod modifiers. All of my images are color corrected with Adobe Lightroom only and not altered or photoshopped in any way.

In addition to these Jordan Lake Night Engagement Photos, Raleigh Wedding Photographer Dave Shay is available for wedding and couple’s portraiture along the entire East Coast and worldwide. To see more work from Raleigh Wedding Photographer Dave Shay, please head over to the  portfolio page.

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