Forgive my poor blogging abilities. I came on here today to write this post f i n a l l y and I already had a started draft from December 26th...it was just the title though. SO. Let's actually talk about these two a bit before I show you this whole Brooklyn Bridge sunrise engagement session.

First, Sophia + Vin are troopers. They woke up early--like 5 or 6 am early, traveled to the Brooklyn Bridge in November (cold and windy) and were down to do whatever I asked, including standing in the middle of the bridge.

Wondering how to get your own engagement pictures in NYC without strangers in the background? Wake up early and get to your location before sunrise to beat the crowds!

Once I was back in Chicago, I was so pumped to edit these and THEN I got some makeup and jewelry from Sophia in the mail (she's a makeup artist/jewelry designer by the way, you should check her out!) and I've been loving playing around with all the goodies since then. How do I get so lucky to meet such awesome people??

Soooo, basically Sophia + Vin were awesome, and I need to go do some more sunrise engagement pictures in NYC soon.

Duh.

young engaged couple in brown outfits holding hands on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise in NYC
engaged man and woman twirling around in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge in the morning at sunrise
black and white image of young engaged couple laughing on an empty Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise for engagement pictures
engaged couple sitting in the middle of an empty Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise in NYC while laughing and cuddling

Oh yeah. And some girls found us and wanted to hop in the picture. Have I seen or heard from them since? Nope. Do any of us know any of them? Nope. Do I want this to happen again? Most definitely.

three strangers in NYC smile with an engaged couple in the middle of Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise
engaged couple sitting and kissing in the middle of Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise in November

In a city as big as New York, there's never a lack of locations for engagement pictures. I wanted to make sure I got pictures of somewhere iconic when I was there, and to me, that meant the Brooklyn Bridge. It's also one of my favorites in the world since I'm from Cincinnati originally, where the prototype to the Brooklyn Bridge was built by John A. Roebling.

Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic engagement picture location in NYC, along with Central Park, the Flatiron building, and of course, St. Patricks Cathedral.

To make sure we got a bit of nature in there, because that's classically my style, we headed around the corner to NYC city hall and got plennttttyyyyy of fall colors and candid smiles.

woman in plaid dress leads man in white sweater by hand at NYC City Hall in the fall
young engaged couple in fall clothes hold hands and smile at each other for NYC City Hall Engagement Pictures
young engaged couple holding hands and smiling at each other at NYC City Hall for engagement pictures
woman in plaid dress holds hand of man in white sweater in front of New York City Hall for engagement pictures
cute young couple spins around during engagement pictures at NYC City Hall in November
engaged couple is nose-to-nose and smiling for engagement pictures at New York City Hall

After a quick outfit change into something more casual, we grabbed a few more engagement pictures at NYC City Hall before we went out and about for the day.

square engagement ring on a light green leaf
young engaged couples wrapped in a blanket in November for Manhattan Engagement Pictures
young engaged couple wrapped in navy plaid blanket holding hands and smiling for engagement pictures in NYC
engaged woman hugs her fiance and smiles for November engagement pictures in New York City

We ended the morning on a high note, watching Sophia + Vin have a scarf fight. Why did I come up with this idea? Not sure. But I love it, and the gif of it is super cute (on my Instagram!)

young engaged couple fights with scarves for fun engagement pictures in New York City city Hall
young engaged couple smiles and throws their scarves at each other for engagement pictures in NYC Manhattan

Engagement pictures don't have to be crowded, even in New York City, and they can be fun!

I'm SO ready to meet another couple stupid early in the morning to catch the sunrise, an empty Brooklyn Bridge, and share some laughs together all before my morning coffee.

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