Photographing Engagements at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park in New York City never gets old. As a wedding photographer based in Connecticut I travel to NYC on a regular basis because is unique locations like Central Park that always ignite my creativity. I'm all for looking at an engagement location with a unique lens every time and Bethesda Terrace is one of them.
Raja and Ruby are planning an Indian Wedding and they will get married in San Jose, California this December. Indian weddings preserve a lot of tradition and just knowing that Raja and Ruby will display many of their engagement fine art prints at their wedding at the Fairmont Hotel is the best compliment I could ever receive.
Here’s their story.
Ruby and a friend were out catching up shortly after she moved back to the Bay Area in late March of 2016. The subject turned to boys and Ruby's friend mentioned that she went to grade school with someone that had also recently moved back to the Bay Area and that the 2 should meet. Ruby gave in to the peer pressure and her friend messaged Raja to see if he was interested. Raja received this text with some confusion, mainly because it was 1AM on April 1st, Fools Day. Half-certain this was a joke and half-curious of whether it was not, Raja agreed to chat with Ruby. After exchanging some texts, they decided to meet in person to get to know each other over dinner. Raja, still not sure what to expect, arrived at the Italian restaurant in San Pedro Square he had made reservations at after quickly changing out of his hospital scrubs. Unfortunately, he only brought one pair of shoes - bright red Nike's he wore to the OR that could never get stained. Raja got a table at the restaurant that sat facing the window wondering who would walk in. It started to drizzle outside and get darker. Raja looked up and his eyes caught a brilliant smile and the most beautiful eyes he had ever seen. Ruby walked past the window, into the restaurant, and over to him. Raja and Ruby hugged, they both looked down at his shoes, and each wondered what they had gotten themselves into.
When did you know he/she was THE one?
Ruby: When we went on a 7 hour road trip after 3 months of being together and I laughed the whole way there. There wasn't a single moment of awkward silence. Raja: I remember working on several tough surgical rotations at the beginning of our relationship. I would come home from work after a bad patient outcome crushed and would need to be back to work in a few hours in the morning. When she came over after those hard days, she started leaving notes for me that I discovered at work saying sweet things that helped me get through hard days in the ICU. That’s when I knew she’s all I ever needed.
Tell us about the proposal.
Ruby: It was a surprise but I sensed something was unusual. Raja: Ok, I had planned this several months in advance with the help of her cousin. She had Ruby arrange to be off work early and meet in SF to stay at a hotel from where they would be going to Napa for a wine trip the next morning. I asked her cousin to walk her to the fountain in the Yerba Buena center where I would surprise her. Her cousin came up with a story that they were walking to have family photos done. I made a bunch of fake events on my calendar to make Ruby think I was in meetings - in New York - the whole day to explain by inability to answer the phone. Once they walked by the fountain, I hopped out, surprised her, told her how much I love her, and asked her to spend the rest of our lives together. And she said yes.
Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.
Ruby: It's hard to come up with just one thing I love about Raja. He has so many love-able traits- kind, caring, compassionate, hard-working, tenacious, funny, adventurous... Raja: There are many things about Ruby I love but what really makes her special is that I trust her to be my rock in hard times because she always prioritizes us and our happiness together.
Besides getting married what’s the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
Celebrating with friends and family. Enjoying Christmas in the Park - Ruby used to look forward to visiting that magical winter wonderland every year as a child.