It was a peaceful day as Ojen and Hrant joined me for their engagement session in a quiet Los Angeles park. Full of nature and romantic light that surrounded them, it was the beginning of a magical day for these two. Full of love for each other, the natural surroundings of the fall trees and green grass really brought out the love between them. With sweet tender kisses and moments of joy, these two lovebirds were a pleasure to work with as we took a stroll in this casual environment.
Both growing up in Los Angeles with parents who originated from Armenia, Ojen and Hrant had a lot in common even before they met. With culture and religion a large part of their lives, they both had the same values and a common mindset. Meeting at a church retreat in Fresno, it wasn’t long before their relationship was about to begin. About a month later when they again saw each other at their church in Studio City, he asked for her number. The rest was a beautiful story that has unravelled in the last two and a half years that they have been together.
Their magical journey only got better as the years went by. As they celebrated at their church for a candlelit midnight service during Christmas Eve, the atmosphere was perfect. With the romance of the holidays already in the air, the church added to it with candles and people singing Christmas songs. The stage was set, and Hrant was not letting this moment go to waste. As the song Silent Night ended and Joy to The World was about to begin, Hrant knelt down on one knee, pulled out a beautiful ring, and asked Ojen to marry him. Full of surprise and love for this wonderful man that had gone out of his way to get to know and understand her through the time they had been together, she of course said yes!
After their exciting news of being engaged, Ojen and Hrant wanted to mark this occasion by having pictures taken. Remembering my work from their friend’s wedding, who were Searan and Paul, they were in love with it since they liked how I was able to capture the natural beauty in each picture. Being thrilled to work with them, I was taken aback by how wonderful they looked together as they posed amidst the nature around them at the park. With love in the air, there was no denying the fact that these two really had chemistry together. It was so romantic to see them interact! With love in their hearts, God in their souls, and family on their minds, these three important things in their lives would always keep them grounded. As we parted ways when the shoot came to a close, my heart felt lighter from being around them, and I knew then that what they had was truly a special bond that would be cherished for many more years to come.
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