Meet Tom and Ela. I have had the pleasure of knowing Ela for 14 years, and Tom 12 of those years. Ela and I met through work and became fast friends. Its always a special photo shoot when you get to photograph one of your closest friends!
Ela and Tom met on August 31st, 2007 at the New York State fair during a concert. Tom and Ela weren't looking for love...love found them. Tom was looking for a bike path girl and Ela a runner guy. They were perfect for each other. Their love only grew stronger during their 'thru-way' relationship traveling from Rochester to Syracuse and vice versa! Everything fell into place effortlessly.
Two years later, on February 5th, 2009...Tom proposed. He got down on one knee and stood in front of the huge Epcot ball in Disney World exclaiming that "In front of the whole world I'm asking you to marry me." And the rest is history.
They got married the following October. Ela quit her job, got a new job, and moved to Rochester. Tom became Ela's runner guy and Ela became Tom's bike path girl. And here we are 10 years later. Still so in love.
Ela and Tom share so much in common. They love the outdoors and you can almost always catch them running, hiking, and/or picnic-ing at the local parks. They love to travel and have become avid cruisers. They have already traveled up and down the Caribbean, Aruba, and Mexico!
Ela loves bridges and can never resist a good photo opportunity of them. This is why we knew The Webster Arboretum would be the perfect spot since it is home to some beautiful bridges. And we made sure to incorporate every bridge that day!
The wintery backdrop gave these photographs some life, making the bridges pop with color. Ela made a beautiful banner for their shoot, and brought along some champagne, balloons, and a cupcake! Everything tied together beautifully and made the celebration complete!
On our way out of the park, a blue bridge caught our eye. With birch trees decorating the landscape around the bridge, the water, and snow covered rock...everything was very picturesque! We found the perfect spot by the water with the birch trees and snapped away! These ended up being some of my favorite photographs from the day.
October was a busy month for Ela and Tom. Ela's work schedule was crazy! This didn't stop her and Tom from celebrating the fact they just moved into their dream home.
I was excited to see their new home and it did not dissapoint! It is beautiful. Ela, being an avid baker, dreamed of having a kitchen spacious enough for her baking fantasies and she finally got it! A photo session at their new home only seemed fitting. They celebrated their anniversary, Ela's recent birthday, and their new home with of course a little more champagne.
I am so honored to have witnessed your love bloom, and stand here with you two 10 years later! I hope you have many, many more happy and healthy years together. Thank you for letting me capture these moments and memories for you!
Memories by Maria
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