Niyathi and Vivan met their senior year at Carnegie Mellon. It’s a little tricky to say where, exactly, as the first time they saw each other, they weren’t officially introduced and didn’t talk to each other – and Niyathi actually doesn’t remember seeing Vivan, although he most definitely remembered her. Vivan is currently living in New York City, but was visiting Niyathi here in Pittsburgh, and so we met for their engagement pictures on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

We started the session in the Mudge Hall courtyard, a little hidden gem. For those looking for a great place for photos – this certainly fits the bill – but only if you have CMU connections, as the building and garden are not open to the public. Also, this building is waaaaay nicer than the cookie cutter dorms at my alma mater, Penn State.

There were lots and lots of large oak leaf hydrangeas in the courtyard. These are great shrubs, as after they bloom and the flower petals start to dry out, they turn a light pink color and still look very pretty. There was beautiful natural light everywhere we went. No flash was used during this session! We were delighted to find this swing next to the CFA building. First Niyathi had a turn. And then it was Vivan’s turn. He tried to give Niyathi a kiss each time he swung her way. We’re not sure why, but there were sculptures like this giant ampersand all over campus. Just behind me here on the grass, some students were playing cricket. We stayed out of harm’s way. Best of luck to you, Niyathi and Vivan! I very much enjoyed our evening together and wish you the best with your fabulous wedding celebration in India!


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