Theresa and Ryan’s Engagement Session – Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens Park – Toronto Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer

Theresa and Ryan first met each other at church, but their relationship really started as Ryan attended a local Bible College. At the end of the day or in-between classes, Ryan and his friends would often hang out with Theresa and her friends. One of their mutual friends looked at Theresa and asked, “would you date this guy?” — quite the ice-breaking conversation starter!

Their church family are some of their closest friends, so what better way to propose than while they are all away for their church’s winter retreat? Ryan got everyone organized and in on the surprise; Theresa didn’t suspect a thing!

On the last night of the retreat, as Theresa was distracted by a game of Charades, Ryan snuck out of the main common area to set up the big surprise. He fashioned a scrapbook documenting their adventures together, prepared his guitar, and a couple of her favourite love songs.

As the night drew later and later, Theresa became very sleepy. Her friends, knowing about the imminent surprise, started to distract her with anything and everything to keep her awake for just a few more minutes.

Finally, everything was set! Theresa walked into the room, took a seat beside Ryan, he sang “Sleeping to Dream” by Jason Mraz, “Lovebug” by The Jonas Brothers, and a few other songs as she flipped through the scrapbook. He popped the question and she said, “Yes”! They also have a “vlog” documenting major events in their relationship together, so they made another ‘video log’ entry here!

As Theresa returned to her room for the night, her girlfriends wanted to congratulate her and hear all about it, except they each came in one-by-one, so she had to re-tell the story again and again. As the group of girls grew larger and larger, they didn’t mind the repetition — it became kind of a fun game to see the new person’s reaction! :) A memorable proposal surrounded by their loving friends.

The next morning, Theresa woke up to the sound of her girlfriends shouting, “Good morning, engaged woman!”

P.S. Theresa and Ryan, thanks for treating me out to my first The Burger’s Priest burger experience! Maybe engagement sessions really are better, first thing in the morning :)

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rachelle
rachelle

so cute :) I like the one when ryan was serenading tsa and tsa just gazed into ryan's eyes.. phenomenal

 

 

abbylai
abbylai

Hey nice photos!!! i like the one where ry is carrying you :) so cute!! 

Dan
Dan

Lol G.. Nice photos guys.. Although there's no lunging photos, that's a Ry trademark

Joe Chong
Joe Chong

These are amazing pics!!!!! Good job Chris!!! =)  Tsa & Ry, you did well too lol

Josh wee
Josh wee

Wow! Really great pics of a really great couple! Can't imagine a better depiction of you guys.

rebeccawoo
rebeccawoo

You photos are amazing! I like how your photographer captured the scene when Ryan sang love bug to you! :) Very nice! 

Sherene
Sherene

Photos are so good that it makes me almost want to get engaged and married all over again.........almost.  

 

Chris Luk
Chris Luk moderator

 @Sherene , you could simply have a super fun lifestyle session done! It would be a great and memorable date night out together :)

naomi
naomi

i absolutely love the photos!!! the choice of scenery, wardrobe, lighting, colors, and angles all make it look so elegant, natural, and beautiful. i cant tell if it's them being photo-genic or if it's the photographer. :P but i feel like the photographer has really captured their best real life moments onto a photo shot. 

Sylvia Wong
Sylvia Wong

My comment is: the photo taken very clear & sharp & naturally. Good job Chris. & thank you.   

hikari
hikari

ahhhh beauty! lovely photos and lovely couple. Personalities just shine through in these photos:)

WilliamChang
WilliamChang

The best thing about these photos is that it seems so natural they are themselves~  So relaxed too~  Great shots!!!

Sharon G
Sharon G

Never seen ry in a vest before.... AND it's on camera! GJ

Cors
Cors

I LOVE the silly photo of the couple; it really captures their personalities. Great job, Chris!  You've done it again. 

Dren
Dren

Wow! If Ry only looked like this handsome hunk in these pictures when I first met him I wouldn't have been so mean to him! Amazing job Chris in transforming the beast into a prince!!! Haha! All my love and blessings to the beautiful couple :)

SMiu
SMiu

Love the yellow dress - So sunny!

Andrew
Andrew

I like the last photo. I think it the best among all.The way you used shadow on the negative space and light to direct the viewer to the couple.I think it is a rare thing, so great shot.

STse
STse

Done in typical Ryan and Tsa fashion! 

CherylLeung
CherylLeung

hey jon and I have to eat at burger's priest also since it's now in our area -- I trust it was tasty?  Great photos also, as always!

 

Chris Luk
Chris Luk moderator

 @CherylLeung : I had "The Priest" burger (Cheeseburger with "The Option") when I was there! ("The Option" is 2 portobello mushrooms stuffed with cheese, panko breaded and deep fried.) I wasn't too sure what to expect, especially with all the hype surrounding "The Burger's Priest", but it really was delicious! The burger patty had a great fresh and juicy ground beef texture -- "The Option" just made it magical. On top of that, Theresa, Ryan, and I shared a serving of fries together to round out the meal :) 

BryanTai
BryanTai

Great photos... The last one looks kinda sexy and intimate.... i feel like i'm intruding...

Victoria Lewis
Victoria Lewis

I love the one where Ryan is serenading Theresa with his guitar =) Great pictures, Chris! So talented!

Derwei
Derwei

Lovely shoot! Captured some great moments!

Audrey Wee
Audrey Wee

Absolutely love these engagement shots of Ryan and Tsa!  Love the creativity of the shots!  They look amazing in every shot! 

 

Jon
Jon

Awesome Photos :) great work and great shots

KaryneWee
KaryneWee

These photos are amazing! You really capture the essence of Ryan and Tsa! Can't wait to see what you do with their wedding photos! :) I may try to photobomb and get captured in some shots as well as your pictures are awesome! ;)

Shirley
Shirley

love the cross-eyed shot...captures them so perfectly ;)

justin
justin

beautiful photos and a lovely couple! nice work chris!

Brian
Brian

Some excellent work, Chris. You've really captured the essence of the couple, especially in the fourth frame. And burger payments are the best payments.

LeongFoongSeey
LeongFoongSeey

Chris made you both look like teenagers in love! are you sure you are old enough to get engaged? :} Such a lovely couple, hope to meet you soon.

 

 

Justine H
Justine H

I love the funny photos!!!! and can I say bokah-licious?! :D woo!

jamesclau
jamesclau

great photographer, great couple, great photos :)

sonjadimopoulos
sonjadimopoulos

Great photos Chris!! :) You two are so fun and beautiful!! :D and yay yellow dress!

Matt
Matt

Last photo is one of my favorites... haven't seen a shot like that in an engagement set before... it's hot!!

Melanie
Melanie

LOL @Gabe's comment!!!!! (mostly) Beautiful pictures! But 3rd pic from the bottom ... all I could think of was "Oh Ryan... why?" LOL

Congrats lovebirds :)

Matt
Matt

i say he farted... surprise!!

shiosha
shiosha

The lighting and composition in the second last, black and white picture looks really good. It'd make a nice picture series.

GabrielWee
GabrielWee

I can't believe you made Ryan look good! You MUST be a good photographer! 

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