Kat Harris is a natural light wedding + lifestyle photographer specializing in timeless portraits + photo journalistic photography. Based in Austin, TX. + New York City. 

West Village Engagements | Neil + Stefanie

Neil + Stefanie’s love story is one of epic proportions.

Living oceans apart literally (Neil is from South Africa + Stef from Southern California) their worlds collided 8 years ago when Neil was visiting some friends in the states.  Both developed little crushes on the other, but with little time + lots of distance they parted and went about their lives.  Fast forward some time, and Stefanie moved to Uganda (yes this woman is beautiful + she’s a world changer) to do development work, and on a trip to South Africa wouldn’t you know that her and Neil’s paths crossed again, and this time the spark turned to dating.  After just a few weeks Stef headed back to Uganda, then back to the states.  They tried and tried to make it work, but it seems the timing was just off.  So even though they both cared for each other deeply, they stepped away from their relationship.

BUT…and don’t you love buts in stories?  I sure do.

But then, time went by, Stefanie and Neil both pursuing different worlds and different dreams. Stef’s led her to none other than New York City where she moved in with some dear friends of Neil’s.  (Coincidence…I don’t believe in those).  And they just so happened to be Team Neil if you know what I mean.

This time, years later, even though an ocean still separated them, Neil was all in and began pursuing Stefanie from South Africa.  He flew out for the holidays, and I think it’s safe to say that within the first few days both of them knew this was it.

Time can be our greatest ally; it develops our souls, our dreams, our purpose…

A few weeks ago, Neil flew to the states, picked up Stefanie on a layover in NYC, and they both went to her home state of California.  Neil pulled off an amazing proposal at sunset in Laguna Beach (I mean really…this guy) complete with a celebration with her family and closest friends, and then back to NYC to celebrate coast to coast.

And so it begins…or shall I say their journey continues.

Just hours before Neil left the states to head back to South Africa I was honored to photograph their engagements in West Village + on The Highline.  I sort of really love these two, and am so excited to share these images with y’all!


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  1. Kelly Lane says:

    Love love love the one through the window!!! and the second one!

  2. simone says:

    Love these two and the shots you captured of them. You summarized their story so well – reflecting on their journey gets me so excited to see where they will be led next.

  3. Lindsay Hults says:

    I’m TOTALLY happy crying looking at these!AMAZING!

  4. Jennie says:

    Gorgeous!!! Congratulations darling.

  5. Claire Z says:

    Can’t stop staring at those beautiful long legs 😉

  6. Blythe says:

    These are so beautiful! Way to go Kat, and congrats Stef and Neil!! :))))

  7. Jaclyn Lindsey says:

    These are unbelievable. You look like J. Crew models:) So beautiful. So happy for you both.

  8. Mary Joy says:

    These photos are amazing. The love story? Incredible. My heart cannot handle all this love. What a great representation of the two of them, together. The joy, the smiles…the kisses. Oh gosh, honestly? SO. GOOD.

  9. Brooke says:

    What a lovely couple. Love them and your photography, Kat. I’m obsessed.

  10. Nancy Bammer says:

    Kat, I looove these photos! They are amazing!! Thanks for making their engagement so special!!

  11. Lorraine Raffaelli says:

    Thank you Kat…you did an amazing, loving job of catching the Love of these two happy people. I couldn’t be happier for them.

  12. Jordan Engel says:

    Ahhh bams these are incredible! My boyfriend the photographer was stoked on these! Haha..I’m definitely saving your photog’s info for when I’m engaged ;). happy for youu lover! Xoxoxo

  13. Frankie Galaway says:

    Beautiful…so beautiful!!!

  14. Wilma Dye. says:

    Beautijul girl and good looking guy. Great job Kat.!

  15. Wilma Dye. says:

    Beautiful girl and good looking guy. Great job Kat.!

  16. Estelle Du Plessis says:

    I adore this couple and loove the photos… you have done them justice! Congratulations!

  17. Daneen Peterson says:

    Beautiful!!! I loved how these capture your personalities and the NYC culture! Incredible! What a great way to capture the beginning of a life-long love story! So excited for you, friend! God is GOOD!!!

  18. Aunt Laurie says:

    Kat, these beautiful photos gave me tears of joy. Stef and Neil’s love for each other came through in every photo. Thank you for sharing your gift!

  19. melanie says:

    What an amazing , super heart warming story. Gives me hope of also finding true love. Was wondering why I haven’t seen Neil at church for such a long time. 🙂

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