When I met Ashley and Bill for the first time, it was like meeting kindred spirits. She’s a sales planner at a radio network with an awesome taste in music (just like Allison). He’s a creative type with a great sense of humor and amazing sideburns (kinda like me, except 10 years younger).

Before we even started talking about their wedding, Ashley was amped about the engagement session. “I want funky photos in downtown New York,” she said enthusiastically. “No Central Park, no Times Square, and no mushy walk in the park pictures.”

“Can I get a few romantic sunset photos at Washington Square Park?” I asked coyly. “Fine, but I want photos by the Joe Strummer mural.” I swooned. “Not a problem.”

We spent a long late afternoon hitting a ton of my favorite locations in the Lower East Side. Nothing was off limits. We stopped by Pomme Frites for lunch, grabbed a ton of great photos in front of the arch in Washington Square Park and on the streets of Manhattan, and finished off in Weehawken for a few photos at twilight in front of the skyline.

By the end of the day, I was wiped. I figured Ashley and Bill would be completely exhausted and want to get rid of us, but the first thing out of Bill’s mouth was, “Want to get wine and food at Zin Burger?” Like you had to ask. You guys rock.

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