Centennial Park Engagement Pictures | Atlanta Wedding Photographer
We were SO excited when Fibia and Rob mentioned they wanted to do their engagement session at Centennial Olympic Park. These Centennial Park Engagement pictures were a BLAST to take – any other Atlanta wedding photographer would be jealous. Below is a quick interview with the bride and groom to be.
How did the two of you meet? What were your first impressions? Was it love at first sight?
Fibia: We met online, but we had friends in common. I thought he was good looking and he seemed cool, but I was tired of going on dates, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to go meet him. I showed his picture to my friend Vivi and she knew him…she said that “I had” to go meet him and if I don’t go, she’ll go! So I listened She still takes credit for our relationship
Rob: We first met at Sweet Hut for a bubble tea It was only 45 minutes because we had previous commitments, but we talked about everything and we both realized then that there was a good core and connection.
What attracted you most to each other? How long before you started dating? Where was your first date? Were you nervous?
Fibia: was mostly attracted by the fact that we shared the same faith. That was something hard to find and it was my number one non-negotiable.
Rob: Shared faith – common passion to travel, seeing the good in people/things, striking good looks.
Fibia: We had our first official date the same week; we started at Eddie’s Attic for live music, and then stopped by a couple of other places. I pretty much knew then that I wanted to see more of him and saw each other almost every day after that:)
Rob: Oh boy was I nervous! Sweet Hut felt like a fluke or maybe she was just being nice, because it seemed to go very well. Either way, thinking about Friday made me completely nervous. There was even one moment at Leon’s when I excused myself to step away for a minute and while out, I felt the overwhelming feeling that it was crashing badly. Quick prayer to God asking for help but telling him it was in His hands. Turns out that was also the moment she was thinking that she liked me and saw something different in me!
What made this person different from anyone else you’d ever encountered? Were you nervous about one another meeting your family? Why? Who said I love you first? How did you feel after these words were said?
Fibia: Rob is someone that I thought only existed in my dreams. I’ve always had really high standards, but he completely shadowed all my standards. I remember thinking for months that this couldn’t be real, that it’s impossible that someone is so perfect for me! Every time I look at him, I see the most beautiful gift I’ve ever received, the biggest blessing from God!! Haha, yeah I was a little nervous when I met his family, but not very…I think I was more nervous when I took him to Romania to meet my family…I knew they would love him and he would love them back, but it just wasn’t something that I’ve ever done much
Rob: I’m not sure who was more nervous, me because I didn’t speak the language her parents spoke, or her, to meet my fairly overwhelming family Haha. Well, technically I did but totally stumbled over myself like I was back in grade school talking with my first ever crush. I don’t remember clearly but it seems to go something like “there’s something I want to tell you…” “What?” “Well…” “What is it?” “That you love me?” “Yes, I love you too – wait, what?”
Fibia: Hahaaa well…he did, but only because I told him that he wanted to tell me that he loved me
When did you know this person was the one? Was it a slow realization that crept up on you, or did it hit you like a bus? How did you feel when you had that “this is it” moment?
Fibia: I knew from the very first weeks that this had the potential to go somewhere…and I probably knew by the end of the third month that I wanted to spend my whole life with him. We dated with a purpose from the very beginning. We didn’t want to “just be dating”. We saw the potential early on and dated as we wanted it to last forever. It was one of these things that I never really believed in “when you know, you know”.
Rob: I don’t remember exactly but it was pretty early. Maybe in early June when I was working with her friends to surprise her for her birthday…either way, it didn’t take long because we both went into the relationship intentionally and weren’t wanting to just ‘date.’
How/ when did the engagement happen? Did everything go as planned? Who was the first person you told about your engagement? Leading up to and when the question was asked, were there butterflies? Was there any suspicion?
Fibia: Rob can tell the story, because he planned it all
Rob: Well, turns out that NYC is not only Fibi’s favorite city within the US, but it’s mine too. We had talked for a while about going traveling for the holidays so I knew instantly that I wanted to propose to her in NYC. If this is the memory that we will remember for the rest of our lives, I wanted it to be truly special. In addition to her favorite city being NYC, her favorite holiday is Christmas, followed nearly immediately by New Year’s Day. How could I pass up the opportunity to propose to her in her favorite city, on one of her favorite holidays? We watched fireworks in Central Park for NYE, then on the 1st, made our way around the city taking in all the energy and buzz that it’s known for. We arrived at the park just before sunset, and Fibi realized she wanted some hot chocolate, which was perfect for me, because that would buy us just enough time so we’d be in the carriage right at sunset. Walking back to the park with some mochas in hand, we found the line for the carriages and barely had to wait until we were stepping into the coach. My heart rate quickened as I knew what was coming up. I had everything mapped out in my head (or so I thought), even down to making sure she wouldn’t feel the box in my jacket. The driver started chatting us up and pointing out different things within the park… while both Fibi and I were not exactly there to chat with people He caused my mental script to get off track. Heart started racing, while Fibi was snuggled into my side with her head on my left shoulder… fearful she would notice my heart racing, my mind started racing with “please don’t feel it, please don’t feel it, please don’t feel it!” Our conversation turned to all the adventures we had during the year and those we were planning for the coming years. This was the point I was going to slowly get the ring out of my pocket, guide the conversation to the fact that I didn’t want to experience any of those by myself and wanted her by my side for the rest of my life, I would get down on my knee and present the ring to her, you know… the usual image. Too bad that didn’t happen – I got the ring out of my pocket and of course she noticed. It’s kind of hard to hide a jewelry box… even at sunset. I started to propose as she was getting excited…I was able to get “will you” before she said ‘Of course’ before I could finish asking! and I got stuck in the blanket that was covering us. As I set down my mocca so i could use my other hand to move the blanket, I spilled my coffee, struggled to not get any on us and ended up just handing her the ring… in the box. Laughing, she handed it back to me and said “put it on!”, “put it on!”
Fibia: I don’t even know how the ride finished…I was so overwhelmed with joy!! Not because it was such a big surprise, I knew it would happen at some point during our trip But I was so excited to be now engaged to this wonderful man! We walked in Central Park for about 30 minutes to find good lighting so I can take a good picture of the ring and send it to our family and friends It felt like a dream!
Last Questions! What’s the one thing about each other you couldn’t live without?
Fibia: I just couldn’t picture life without Rob anymore…I like what we have, we balance each other so well! He brings some structure to my life and I help him dream a little more
Rob: How can I pick one thing I can’t live without? There is so much that makes up who she is, there’s no way I could pick out just one. She is perfect for me and I can’t imagine life without her.