Porsha can thank Michael's tardiness for their initial connection. The pair shared a Biology course together in college and after strolling into lab late one day, he was placed in her lab group. The two became friendly, kept in touch following the end of the course, and a year later they started dating. Fast forwarding to Christmas Day 2014, Porsha spied a large present under the tree with her name on it, but Michael wouldn't allow her to open until the next day.
The next day, as Porsha anxiously opened the huge package, she found several small individually wrapped gifts and later came across a larger box. The box, which was bigger than a ring box lead Porsha to believe that a necklace could be hidden inside. "When I opened it, there was a note that read 'I O U, I'm going to make you the happiest woman in the world one day, P.S. When the time is right.' The box was EMPTY! I giggled and as I looked up, Preston (our 6 month old at the time) had a 'Mummy will you marry my Daddy?' onesie on" shares Porsha. As she stood in complete shock, Michael next began to serenade Porsha with all the things that she had waited so patiently to hear and later asked if she would marry him. Beautiful!
Keeping in line with the proposal, this charming couple also included their 1-year-old, Preseton in their engagement session photos, which indeed make this memorable moment even more precious. Captured by coterie members Jennifer & Rolando of J&R photography, who site that while they fought against the elements (that eventually won once it began pouring raining), to shoot this couple's e-session in NYC's Central Park, the outcome was nothing short of beautiful. Scroll on for more.
Groom-to-Be: Michael Flores
Wedding location: Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls NY
Engagement shoot location: Central Park in Manhattan, NY
Describe your engagement session! Did you have a theme?
Initially we wanted a "snow shoot" since we started dating in December and we're having a winter wedding, we thought it would have been awesome to do the shoot in the snow. Due to our schedule and the lack of snow this past winter it just didn't work in our favor so we decided to wait to Spring.
We scheduled a date in May about 2 months prior. About 5 days before our shoot the weather had about a 20% chance of rain. We started to get a bit worried about the possibility of rain and began watching the weather like a hawk. As the day came closer, the chance of rain grew to 90%. The day before, the chance of rain lessened to possible showers. We stayed in contact with Jenn and Ro up to a few hours prior to our scheduled time to see if we should reschedule. It started to rain around 3pm, our photo shoot was scheduled for 5pm!
We decided to take a chance and are extremely happy that we did! When we arrived to Central Park the rain had stopped. The weather held up for most of our shoot. Then it started drizzling, started raining a litter harder , then pretty much started pouring a bit! In the end we feel that the rain added to our shoot and didn't hinder it in any way. Our pictures came out amazing!
What did you do on your first date?
Went to the movies and dinner.
What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?
So cliché, but we really love taking walks and talking. It is something we've always done and continue to do.
How has wedding planning been so far?
Wedding planning has been pretty cool and exciting, as the date is gets closer we are starting to freak out a bit about every little detail.
What are you looking forward to most on the wedding day?
This December makes 8 years together, we are super excited for us to finally tie the knot, celebrate with our closest friends and family and begin our new journey as a married couple.
Photography: J&R Photography