Shai and Jacob

Williamsburg, Virginia



Photography | Ariel Moriah Photography | @arielmoriahphotography

Location | Colonial Williamsburg

From the Photographer

Shai and Jacob are true college sweethearts. They met their first year in college. After growing a friendship, the two developed feelings for one another and eventually began dating. Jacob proposed to Shai on a Sunday afternoon in December while enjoying a walk together in Charlottesville’s Monticello Trail. The pair are so looking forward to their wedding. For the engagement session, Shai and Jacob’s hearts were set on Colonial Williamsburg. This location was so special to them because they spent many afternoons strolling through Merchant’s Square and West Duke of Gloucester. Colonial Williamsburg, with it’s architecture of yesteryear, hidden gardens, and rich history has become a favorite destination for the couple. As we explored the historic town, we found breathtaking views and so many gorgeous floral backgrounds. Shai and Jacob are to be married June 2020.

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

Jacob and I met at the beginning of our first year at the University of Virginia. We were both attending an event for a Christian fellowship called Cru. Even though we met during the first week of classes, our friendship truly began later that year, and we didn’t start dating until Spring of our third year.


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

We love watching movies (both going out and staying in), taking walks, hammocking, and (as cliche as it sounds), just spending time together. We are both foodies, and love going out to dinner together. I also have a tendency to create elaborate meals at home, so we spend a lot of time in the grocery store and in the kitchen! Our love for good food is why it’s essential that we have a delicious dinner at our wedding!


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

When we first started dating, we both knew we were in it for the long haul. We’d been friends for awhile, and when Jacob first asked me to be his girlfriend, we were initially concerned about jeopardizing the relationship we already had. However, we soon realized that our deep friendship had formed the foundation for a lifelong commitment to and pursuit of one another.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

Jacob proposed on December 15, 2019, while taking a walk on the Monticello Trail in Charlottesville, Virginia. Because we’d talked about rings, and potentially getting married in 2020, I knew it was coming up soon. Unfortunately for Jacob, I pay a lot of attention to detail and can’t help but notice clues. There were quite a few things that I picked up on in the weeks leading up to it and on the day of, so I can’t say that I was very surprised. Nevertheless I was overjoyed!


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

We sat down one day to look at ring options online, and were drawn to a lot of similar styles. After that, Jacob picked the band and diamond that he liked best, so that it would be a surprise to me! It is a petite rose gold band with a cushion cut diamond in a cathedral setting. It’s beautiful!


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

I’ve been excited to plan my wedding since I was about twelve years old. Because Jacob and I knew from early on that we wanted to get married, I’d even started some preliminary planning before he proposed! We also decided to have a fairly short engagement (about 6 months), so we were excited to jump right in! We figured out a lot of the details for our waterfront June wedding celebration pretty early on, but we were thrown quite the curveball due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our wedding plans are a bit more uncertain now, but no matter what, we will still be married, and we are so excited to celebrate with our friends and family once we are on the other side of this!