Ben and Sophia first crossed paths while attending The Village Community School in New York, NY. Sophia was 11 years old and in fifth grade when she noticed a certain handsome new seventh grader strutting the middle school hallways. It was not long before Ben was the captain of every sports team and the lead in the school play. Sophia couldn’t help but notice this all-star upperclassman – it’s no wonder Ben was her first crush. She still blushes reminiscing of her times playing basketball during recess, all the while giggling with her friends as they watched Ben play with his friends on the other side of the court.
What is meant to be will be.
7 years later, a mutual friend finally introduced both Sophia and Ben while they were both attending Hamilton College. Being a seasoned junior, Ben offered to take Sophia around the campus, introduce her to new people and show her what college life was all about. It was not long before the friendship evolved and the rest is history.
To celebrate where it all started, Ryan took the couple back to their old elementary school stomping grounds.
She said yes!
Another meaningful memory Sophia and Ben share includes their time together exploring Manhattan’s west side highway. For years they have loved going for walks and having picnics together, weather permitting. In order to kick of their summer Ben planned a sunset picnic dinner along the waterfront of the highway. Little did she know, this was not an average picnic!
After anxiously downing a bottle of wine Ben was ready to take the leap. He waited for the perfect moment during the sunset, rolled over and said, “Sophia there is something I have been meaning to ask you for a few days now. I knew it was something I was going to ask you from the moment I met you. Will you marry me?”
She said yes before he had time even pull out the engagement ring.
Ryan will be shooting their special day on September 12th, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club.