A Classic Richmond Havana 59 Engagement | Aaron & Niki

August 27, 2018


Spontaneity and Joy

Havana 59 offered the perfect spot to showcase the tradition, spontaneity, and joy that infuses Aaron & Niki’s life together.

Dancing in the Streets

The couple met at a Jewish community dinner in San Francisco where they both live. The magical evening didn’t end there. It was followed by an impromptu gin tasting at an Indian restaurant. And ended with dancing in the streets of the Mission to Aaron’s Spotify playlist.

Two Enthusiastic Thumbs Up

When it came time to propose, Aaron asked Niki’s mother, Barbara for permission and blessing to marry her daughter. The mother of the bride-to-be gave “two enthusiastic thumbs up.” The next day, Aaron and Barbara’s partner, Joe, a jeweler, started their work together to custom design the perfect ring for the perfect girl.

She Said Yes!

The ring arrived just ten days before Aaron and Niki set off for vacation. Aaron carried the ring in his pocket for 10 days, across volcanoes and glacial valleys, before proposing to Niki at sunset at the Milford Sound in New Zealand, a stunning Unesco World Heritage site at the end of New Zealand. She said yes!

Coming Home

Niki wanted to return to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia for the engagement photos.The couple chose Havana 59 as their engagement shoot location to capture her hometown, including her favorite River view and the site of their rehearsal dinner where they also accepted the hard task of taste-testing the speciality mojitos.

No Recipes

Havana 59 was also the perfect spot to capture the couple’s love of life. They love spending time in nature, traveling to Lake Tahoe, cooking together without recipes.  Niki and Aaron make the most of each moment.

‘In Between Time’

Niki loves the  “‘in between time’ – the unglamorous moments that happen between being all dressed up and going out – where real life happens and you can appreciate the different strengths each of you brings to the relationship.”


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  1. Barbara says:

    What stunning photos of this beautiful couple! You can feel the ! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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