Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens - Josiah & Steph Photography

Duncan + Sarah

We had such a fun time with Duncan and Sarah during their engagement session at Longwood Gardens last week! It was a beautiful night and Longwood Gardens is just such a beautiful location! Sarah really loves this place and so shooting their session here was a no brainer! Duncan + Sarah did such an awesome job in front of camera. They’re both so fun, quirky, and really cute together. We think you’ll be able to see their love and joy in the photos below.

Q: How did Duncan propose?

We were dating long distance, and I had just moved out to Oak Harbor, WA to be with him after the pandemic hit. My industry closed and I figured if I had to bunker down, I would rather bunker down with him. We had talked about getting engaged and even picked out a ring together (he wanted to make sure I liked it). But I didn’t know when it was arriving or when he was going to formally ask me, so in that sense, I was surprised! He gets a little embarrassed when I tell the story, but loved every moment of it!

We went sailing with his father, it was a gorgeous sunny day. We were just getting out of the sound when I noticed he was getting really fidgety and more quiet than usual. He took me to the bow and enjoyed the view and the sea air. Finally, we stood up, he took both my hands, looked me right in the eyes, and began to speak; then his father yelled for him to come help with some ropes. I couldn’t help but laugh!

Duncan forgot to tell his father exactly when he was going to propose, and the wind was so loud that he couldn’t tell that Duncan had started! He told me to not move and to wait, I did (though bouncing with excitement) as he ran to the stern, helped his father (and probably told him what was happening), then came right back. He took my hands again, looked in my eyes and then cursed cause he had lost his momentum. With a box engraved with, “you are my destiny”, he got on one knee and proposed. What followed was sweet, and sincere, and not the most practiced, but it was perfect.

Q: What’s the best part about being engaged?

Knowing that we both want to be together forever. – Duncan
Knowing that I get to call him husband soon! – Sarah

Q: Any advice you can share with other couples planning their weddings?

What I have been learning in this planning process is that our wedding can be anything we want it to be. It can be difficult to do, but don’t let the expectations of others (family, friends, or society) force you to do anything you don’t want to do. It is your day!

To Duncan + Sarah:

Thanks so much for shooting with us last week! We had such an awesome time with you both and can’t wait to do it all over again next year! We love the way your photos turned out and we hope you love them as well! You’re going to love the full gallery of photos, but until they’re ready, we hope you enjoy this little sneak peek of some of our favorites from your engagement session at Longwood Gardens.

View more engagement sessions here!

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens


  1. Sarah says:

    I love these so much!!! Thank you!!!!

  2. Duncan says:

    We had such a great time! Thank You1

  3. Samantha Fickling says:

    Oh mygawwwwd so fucking cute

  4. Becky says:

    The photos look great and capture their love!

  5. Lola says:

    Sam is very cool:)

  6. Jocelyn says:

    So cute congrats

  7. Julia says:

    Hot dang! These are so good! You really captured them.

  8. Angie says:

    Gah!!!!!! You two are so freaking adorable. I love the first one with the fountain. But I’m not sure you can take a bad picture.

  9. Beth says:

    If this is a preview of your life together it’s going to be amazing! I need to know where you found his shoes to match your dress!

  10. Erica says:

    These are gorgeous! You two are so adorable together.

  11. Christine says:

    Love ❤️

  12. Narnie Dahl McCahan says:

    These pictures are perfect! They really reveal Sarah and Duncan’s fun personalities! It highlights the love they have for each other. Fantastic photos!

  13. Caitlin Vanderwolf says:

    Their energy is so palpable! Love ya, Sarah!

  14. Clay says:

    My brother looks fabulous with his salmon shirt and orange shoes!

  15. Liza McCahan says:

    These photos are beautiful. Love the location, one of my favorites too! You both look happy.

  16. Tuyen Truong says:

    You guys look so lovely together. Cant wait to see the wedding

  17. Minibro says:

    Happiness emits from these photographs of you guys, you two are amazing together so happy for you guys! <3

  18. Lori says:

    Lovely pictures.

  19. Melissa says:


  20. Mom says:

    Nice photos! Looks like you two had a fun time and it shows !!!


  21. Captain Ozzy says:

    Wonderfully shot photographs. You two look so unimaginably happy together. Congratulations, Elana and I can’t wait to be there on your special day.

  22. Nina Ceylan says:


  23. Carol Bonitatis says:

    Beautiful pics of an beautiful couple!

  24. Julia Lake says:

    Lovely photos, lovely lady! Congrats Sarah!

  25. Carlyn says:

    Awwww. These are so sweet and lovely!

  26. Mark and Stacy says:

    You both make a great looking couple.

  27. Erin says:

    So cute!!

  28. Liz says:

    Absolutely fabulous! They capture both of you so well!

  29. Dorrie says:

    Spectacularly beautiful and artistic in every sense of the words! Much love and best wishes to both of you!

  30. Cara says:


  31. Mike says:

    Very nice photos. Beautiful setting. Congratulations! Michael

  32. Ashley says:

    I love how happy you look!! Beautiful photos. I’m so glad these exist in the world.

  33. Marielle says:

    Love love love these! So happy!

  34. Kelly says:

    So cute!

  35. Stan says:

    Wonderful pictures! I liked them all, but I particularly like the first one with the fountains in the background and the last one with the lily pond.

  36. Daré says:

    Love all the action shots! Very beautiful!! Congratulations!!!

  37. Marcelyn says:

    Wonderful photos! I love the mix of traditional and artsy, romantic and playful. What a delightful couple!

  38. Margaret H says:

    Wow. Such beautiful photos- congrats to the happy couple. The love shines through!

  39. Mark Rufer says:

    The pictures are all great – the backgrounds look so beautiful and Duncan and Sarah look so happy together – Hope it last a Lifetime

  40. Cousin Sarah says:

    Wow! Congratulations! You are beautiful!

  41. Susan says:

    Beautiful photos! How wonderful to have such happiness captured forever!

  42. Anne A Brainard says:

    Late in getting to these but they are wonderful! I don’t know Duncan that well but I do Sarah and these capture her beautifully . safe to assume these pics capture THEM as well! What fun to have!

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