Ricky & Julisha | Stone Tower Winery, Virginia Engagement + Maternity Photographer
Ricky, Julisha and I met a couple weeks ago to photograph some sweet maternity portraits in the comfort of their own home. I walked into their house and knew it was meant for this session! The abundance of natural light made me so happy as well as color tones of the atmosphere. :) The second part of their session happened at the gorgeous Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia! Even though the vines are dormant at the moment, it was a great atmosphere for their portraits with the rolling hills and the rustic barn! We had a great time running around the property admiring the backdrop. Not to mention, they were just fun in general to photograph! Ricky clearly makes Julisha happy as he was randomly throwing jokes to make her laugh. :) Speaking of which, if you are a Redskins fan, you will enjoy this session as Ricky is #99!! HTTR!!!! Incredibly honored to have documented this exciting time of their lives! They are SO excited for Ryan to come next month and I look forward to watching their family grow! CONGRATS!!!!
RICKY & JULISHA’S LOVE STORY
How Ricky and Julisha Met
Ricky and Julisha met back in 2012 at Legacy Fit, a gym in Miami. They were both training with the same trainer and at times Julisha would be the only girl with a group of guys. One day Ricky asked Julisha what high school they attended and they started talking from there. Julisha invited him over for dinner a week later and they quickly became friends. The following year, they started dating while working out together brought them closer together. September of 2015, a week after her Birthday, they found out that they were expecting! They were so excited to bring a little blessing into this world! About four months later, they found out their little one is a boy and decided to name him Ryan Blake Jeanfrancois. <3
How Ricky Proposed
On January 17th, Ricky and Julisha went out on a date to Mastro’s Steak House in D.C. There was a live band playing music and Julisha asked Ricky if he would ask the band leader to sing the song, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Ricky told her that he wasn’t sure the band would play it since it sounded like they had a playlist organized. Haha! The band was taking a break, Julisha excused herself from the table. After she came back, they started chatting when she was all of the sudden surprised when “Thinking Out Loud” came on. Ricky told her the band would eventually play it. ;) Julisha was singing along with the song when suddenly there was a crowd of waiters/waitresses with some desserts. She was unaware of what was going on but had an oversized plate in front of her. Looking down, she read “Will You Marry Me?”! She was completely speechless and Ricky got down on one knee to ask the big question. Of COURSE she said YESSS and could not believe how Ricky played that off! Now they are expecting a precious little Ryan in April and look forward to planning their future together as a family!
THANK YOU Ricky and Julisha for an incredible time together!!!! CONGRATS!!! xoxo!