A LOVE-ly Surprise . . . Proposal

On a perfect autumn morning, Soumyadeep and Sally took a walk on the University of Pennsylvania’s beautiful campus. They two stopped to consider the iconic “Love” sculpture, created by Robert Indiana. Then, the couple took a selfie with the famous piece of art. Soumyadeep saw his chance for a surprise proposal while Sally was distracted, and got on one knee to ask her to marry him. She said yes!

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It seems like Sally has figured out why J & J Studios was there, taking pictures. It was for her surprise proposal at the UPenn LOVE sculpture!

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We at J & J Studios love these engagement photos of Soumyadeep and Sally the most. How fitting that they’ve just become engaged, and they’re sitting together in front of a sculpture that celebrates love! 

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Soumyadeep was so happy, he lifted Sally in his arms into the air. 

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How sweet is this picture of Soumyadeep on one knee, kissing Sally’s hand? 

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J & J  Studios got a few artsy engagement photos here, focusing on Sally and Soumyadeep through the “V” in the “Love” sculpture. We love how the shape of the “V” mimics the bottom of a heart!

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The UPenn LOVE Sculpture

Many Philadelphia natives and residents know that Robert Indiana designed the iconic “Love” sculpture on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Indiana was a famous pop artist, known for various “Love” sculptures in over 30 locations all over the world.

However, many people do not know that the intention for the original design was not to become such a large piece of art. Instead, it was a design for a Christmas card for sale in the Museum of Modern Art during the 1965 holiday season. Indiana created the first sculpture of the design in 1970. 

In 1976, the year that also happened to be the bicentennial anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, one of these sculptures was placed in Center City Philadelphia. The sculpture on UPenn’s campus is one of the later iterations of the sculpture. It was purchased and donated by Jeffrey Loria in 1996, and installed in its current location near Locust Walk in 1999. 

Locust Walk

Locust Walk is another iconic UPenn landmark. Before its conversion in 1956, this wide walkway was once a driveable road called Locust Street. The street, now walk, was lined with traditional Philadelphia rowhouses, which have now been converted for university use. Locust Walk is now the main thoroughfare on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. This causes the idyllic, tree-lined walkway to become quite congested with students and professors between classes! 

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Sally and Soumyadeep took advantage of the lovely Locust Walk for their engagement photos. In the autumn morning, the sun shone brightly, but the light diffused through the leaves overhead. The overarching branches laden with yellow leaves seemed to surround the newly-engaged couple with an aura of happiness.

The Happy Couple

Look at Sally’s classic and beautiful engagement ring. Good pick on both counts, Soumyadeep – you’ve clearly got taste!

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These pictures of Sally and Soumyadeep laughing on the steps in front of the Wharton school make J & J Studios happy, too.

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It’s clear these two are not only deeply in love, but that they’re also friends who have a lot of fun together. What a wonderful way to begin a day and a life together!

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If you’re planning a proposal, let J & J Studios capture the moment. We love doing engagement photo shoots, whether they’re planned or a complete surprise! Contact us today for illustrations of the beginning of your own happily ever after!

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