The day of Persephoni and Phil’s engagement session, it may have been one of the coldest days we have ever photographed outside! It was about 20 degrees, but the bright sun and warm company made our time together at the session fly by. Persephoni and Phil love the cold weather! These two became engaged on the ski slopes and are planning their wedding for March 2017 because they love the snow and cold temps. While I get chilly if it is 70 degrees out and a slight wind blows, I’ve found the perfect solution for photographing in the beauty of winter: Under Armour layers and toe warmers. If these items can keep me warm, they will work for anybody!
Persephoni and Phil brought their sweet pup Atlas along, so they got a few pictures with him before relieving him from the chilly temps. Take a look at some of my favorites from their session, and keep scrolling down to learn a little more about this beautiful couple!
Q: Tell us how you met!
A: We have known of each other since high school, just never really hung out. I was living in downtown Pittsburgh at the time and Phil had asked me to go to a Pens game with him. We had the most amazing time!
Q: When was your first date? Details, please!
A: It was a Pens vs. Flyers in the fall of 2013. Phil had texted me saying he bought us tickets to the Pens vs. Flyers game, which by the way were awesome. Our seats were directly behind the goalie. We went to Primantis, ate good food and drank good beer. It was a fun, memorable and successful first date.
Q: How did you know he/she was the one?
A: We could immediately be ourselves around one another. It was a given from day one. We just clicked and had natural, genuine fun together. You just know.
Q: What was the date of the proposal? Tell us about it!
A: January 22, 2016. The proposal happened in Snowshoe, West Virginia on top of the mountain in the middle of a blizzard. It was right after we finished our first ski run and Phil asked to stop for a picture. It was then that he got down on one knee. The scenery was beautiful, the moment was perfect and the blizzard helped create the most romantic proposal. We both love the snow and winter, so it was like a dream proposal coming to life.
Q: What do you like most about your fiancé?
Persephoni: He is such a genuine soul. He’s the most selfless and thoughtful person I’ve ever had the pleasure of being around. He also encourages me and believes in me in all that I do. He is the only person that can turn my tears into laughter. There has not been a single day that has passed that he hasn’t told me he loves me. I just love him all around.
Phil: I like her playful, goofiness. I love the way she makes me feel. I can be myself around her. We can be having a serious, deep conversation and the next minute be laughing at something completely irrelevant. I’ve never had to be someone else in order for her to love me.
Wedding Date: March 4, 2017
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Renaissance Pittsburgh