Early this year the stars aligned and we somehow managed to learn of the existence of the other (thanks, Facebook!). We had several mutual friends and at some point we realized that he even knew my cousin from nearly 7 years ago! We also realized that we were made for each other (and that we'll have beautiful babies ;)).
I went to Brazil, and he came to Texas. We spent hundreds of hours on the phone and skype together. Hundreds.
Last week we went with some friends to a Brazilian restaurant where Allan was planning to teach forró after he and I did a little demonstration. He is obsessed with this Brazilian dance and incredibly talented at it!! He started teaching me not too long ago so I was really nervous! I actually asked him to do it with a friend of ours who knew the dance more, but he insisted that we do it together. Little did I know that he was going to pop the question! You can watch the whole thing in its magical wonderfulness here:
It was a complete surprise to me as it's not Brazilian tradition to do a big formal marriage proposal, so I didn't really expect him to do anything quite like this.
It's Brazilian tradition for both the bride and groom-to-be to wear a gold band on the right hand when you get engaged with the other's name inscribed inside. When you get married you move it to your left hand and get your wedding date inscribed as well. I love this!!
And in case you're wondering what we're going to look like at our wedding, here's my little niece's representation ;). She drew this months ago when I was on the phone with Allan and we asked her to draw us a picture to keep her busy. We will treasure this always :).
PS: For those who are wondering, we will live in Houston once we're married! There's alway the possibility of moving, but we don't have any plans to do so at this time :).
We explored some great spots at the Houston Arboretum that I hadn't been to before for this session! The little man was an outstanding model for me for the second time! Last time he was only 18 months old and even then he was a dream to photograph :).
I've been friends with Jeremy since I was 14! We don't see each other often, but I love it when we do!! They're adding another boy to the mix and I think their little girl is in denial a bit ;). Love you guys!
I've been photographing Miranda since she was a toddler! Back then I was in high school and shooting mostly black and white film. I'm so glad this family loves me as much as I love them!