Jess & Luda’s Surprise Proposal

Couples who are models are often used to posing in staged wedding shoots. Every so often, the juxtaposition of that ‘fake’ wedding day crosses with reality and something magical happens.

That’s what happened with Jess & Luda, two models from New York who recently got engaged. Check out their story …

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Luda & I met in college. I saw him for the first time at across the room at a Halloween party and it felt like the world froze for a moment. He was an angel- literally- he was dressed in an angel costume. We didn’t speak that night but I couldn’t stop thinking about him! A few months later I ran into him again at a holiday party. I decided to make a move and it worked because we’ve been together ever since!

Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
The proposal would probably make most gals suspicious but to me it was just another day on the job, so his plan really surprised me! Our close friend Collins (and the photographer of these photos!) mentioned he booked a job to photograph for a hospitality group (AndNorth) at a lovely estate in Upstate NY (Vic Spring Hill). He asked if Luda and I would join in and model a wedding themed shoot for the property’s website. He even pulled the couture gown I was wearing, which is by our designer friend Karen Sabag and took me to get my nails done “subtle & bridal themed for the shoot” because I had JUST gotten a pastel yellow manicure the week before! Every detail was perfect! When we first started shooting, I began to get emotional. Not because I caught on (I totally didn’t) but because the atmosphere and poses made me think “wow, one day I truly will be standing an an alter with this man. I can’t wait to marry him!” We had to stop the shoot to wipe my tears and the proposal hadn’t even happened yet! Collins directed us outside and we ended up by a lovely little pond. That’s where Luda eventually did pop the question. I was so surprised and overjoyed! The entire arrangement, the ring, and of course, the man, was absolutely perfect!

Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
As mentioned, our wedding date is still undetermined. We have a pretty big goal we’ve set for ourselves which isn’t necessarily a hurdle, but a process. We’d really like to purchase a home together prior to getting married & host our wedding at that home. We want something upstate NY, scenic with average & a home with a lot of character/charm. We love big Victorian homes & stately estates. We just started our home buying journey & that timeline will determine when our big day will be! We are hoping for September of 2022 or 2023 depending on if the home needs some love.

What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Something I’ve learned from Luda is patience and perseverance. He’s truly the hardest working person I know & will go to the greatest lengths to get something done. I can be anxious at times but Luda is always calm, collected & patient. It helps me settle & remain positive in any given situation that causes stress.

What is your favorite thing about each other?
My favorite thing about Luda is that he accepts me 100% as I am. I can be silly and goofy and he will laugh along and join in, too. I know that I can always be honest with him & live my truth, judgement free. His undeniable support has carried me so far in my life journey & aspirations.

What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
We are still in very early stages of wedding planning. My favorite part of planning the wedding so far has been feeling the love and support from our families and friends. During the pandemic, it’s easy to feel disconnected from loved ones at times. But since the proposal we’ve been so heavily reminded that we are seen and cared for. It’s been really special.

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
My advice would be to communicate open & honestly with one another, as things occur or problems arise. It may be hard at first, but it gets easier & being up front creates a new level of trust in the relationship. Holding onto things may create resentment or perpetuate a problem. Trust your partner to hear you out.

What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Love is a special and indescribable feeling. It varies amongst everyone. But the best love you can carry and share begins within yourself.

Follow Jess and Luda /
Photographer: @CollinsNai
Jess’s Dress: @Karensabagofficial
Location: @VicSpringHill


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