Engagement: Danielle + Josh

I just can’t get over how I loved doing Danielle and Josh’s engagement session. It was something that I had never done before. Because they both loved to cook, I suggested “Why not do a pre-wedding photo session where you both are cooking?” They loved the idea! I then couldn’t wait to do session with them.

I also love their story of how they met and finally got engaged. However, rather than have me tell the story, I’ll just quote what Josh told me:

Danielle and I first met at a restaurant called Sweet Basil in Vail, Colorado.  At the time I was a chef at the restaurant and Danielle showed up one day interviewing for a job as a cook in the kitchen. Once Danielle got hired I would walk by and see her cutting peaches and singing “Millions of Peaches” and would sing along to flirt with her. The secondary color at the wedding is peach because of this.  Once I left the restaurant we started dating spending our time skiing, hiking, and enjoying all the activities Colorado has to offer.  After a year of dating we moved to Boulder, CO and lived there for one year working at sister restaurants.  Since I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Danielle is from Maryland, we decided that we both missed the East Coast and moved back to Baltimore near where Danielle was from. We got a black lab then, named Hula. In May and June, Danielle was out of town, so that gave me time to ring shop and come up with an idea for the proposal. It was Monday, June 13, 2011 and instead of walking home from work with Danielle, I went home “sick” early. When Danielle got home she followed a trail of red roses that I had left leading up to the roof top deck. She followed the roses up where I was waiting.  There on top of the roof deck I got down on one knee and asked Danielle if she would marry me and she said “Yes!”.

What a lovely and romantic story!

Anyway, here are some of my favorite images from the session. Check out what they were cooking. :)

Engaged couple cuddling in the kitchen. Dog looking at them. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

Josh started out by making a pasta from scratch using whole wheat flour.

Engaged guy preparing wheat flour for pasta dough. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

In the mean time, Danielle cut some vegetables. The orange and yellow peppers were from their rooftop garden.

Engaged girl cutting vegetables for dinner. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

Next, Josh mixed some eggs with olive oil.

Engaged guy cracked egg. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged guy poured olive oil on egg. His fiancée looking. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

The mixtures is then poured onto the flour.

Engaged guy poured egg mixture onto flour. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged guy helped his fiancée put on apron. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

Check out Danielle’s cute apron!

Engaged girl showing her cute and fancy apron. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged guy mixing pasta dough. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com). Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

The mixture now has become a pasta dough.

Engaged guy kneading pasta dough while his fiancée looking. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

This engaged couple were playful. At one time, they threw some flour at each other. :D

Engaged couple throwing flour at each other while cooking. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

Their dog, Hula, watching her masters cooking.

Pet dog looking at the engaged couple cooking. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged couple cooking put pasta dough in roller. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

The dough then goes into a roller several times to flatten it.

Engaged couple flatten pasta dough with a roller. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged guy put pasta dough in cutter and have his fiancée roll it to make linguine. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

Then they cut the dough sheet to pasta noodles, linguine.

Engaged girl rolled the cutter for her fiancé to make linguine. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged couple poured some flour on the finished linguine. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

The finished linguine. :)

The finished linguine. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

Of course Hula can have some. :)

Engaged couple giving some pasta dough to their dog. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged couple holding linguine, showing beautiful engagement ring. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

They also made capellini afterward.

Danielle told me that making pasta or bread was one of their favorite things to do, but they only do it every so often when they have extra time, since it does take quite a while, so it would be special when they do have time to spend together doing it.

Pet dog looking at engaged couple sprinkling flour on finished capellini. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged couple kissing in the kitchen. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

After cooking, we went to their rooftop deck. This was where Josh proposed to Danielle.

Engaged couple holding hands and touching noses on their rooftop deck. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Flower bouquet, champagne, and glasses for celebration at rooftop deck. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged guy poured champagne to his fiancée's glass. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged girl kissing with her fiancé at rooftop deck. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

After a little celebration on the rooftop, we went to Federal Hill, overlooking at the Baltimore Harbor and downtown skyscrapers.

Engaged couple cuddling and enjoying the view of skyscrapers at Baltimore downtown inner harbor. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Park Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged guy cuddling with his fiancée, laughing, and enjoying the view of Baltimore inner harbor. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Park Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged couple sitting on the bench beneath a tree, kissing. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Park Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com) Engaged girl cuddled by her fiancé with a view of Baltimore downtown inner harbor in the background. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Park Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

We were there until sunset.

Engaged couple holding hands and kissing during a sunset. Engagement photo session at town home near Federal Hill Park Baltimore Maryland by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography (http://leodjphoto.com)

Congratulations on your engagement Danielle and Josh!

I look forward to photograph your wedding!

 

Leo Dj

 

 

 

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