New York–based actors Jackie Nguyen and Nate Huntley knew that they didn't want just any old engagement photos—they wanted something that would perfectly fit their personalities. So, in true showbiz style, the couple found an ingenious way to incorporate their love for acting and cult-classic movies into their engagement shoot. The result? Totally Oscar worthy.
“When we were planning out our engagement photos, Jackie was like, ‘I don’t wanna do the normal engagement shoot where we’re standing hand-in-hand, like the Nicholas Sparks, almost-kissing look,’ ” Huntley, 26, said in an interview with People. “Instead, she had this idea that we would take those kinds of photos, but dressed up as…like Thor and Harry Potter. But then it kind of evolved into, like, ‘who else should we be?’” Everyone from Jack and Rose to Doc and Marty, apparently!
Back in February 2017, Huntley, 26, and Nguyen, 29, worked with photographer Isaac James and posed for the first of three photo shoots. The couple used New York’s Central Park as the stage for their photos dressed as famous characters, like Harry and Marv from Home Alone and real-life couple John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
“Home Alone is [Nguyen’s] absolutely favorite nerdy movie. We also love Mrs. Doubtfire and we love Jurassic Park," Huntley said. “We’re huge nerds and we picked the nerd couples that we relate to the most, like Back to the Future, Harry Potter, Marvel—those are the big nerdy ones."
In addition to their original engagement shoot, the two did two more photo shoots last year, posing as characters Jack and Rose from Titanic, Sally and Linus from the Peanuts gang, and Doc and Marty McFly from Back to the Future.
Though the two had fun with their engagement photos, the couple will opt for the more traditional route when it comes to their actual wedding. “We’re gonna do the normal wedding photos,” Huntley said. “We have certain surprises for the wedding itself, which will definitely be good photo ops, but as far as the wedding photos? We may go real classy.”
Huntley added that he and his bride won't let their creativity fall by the wayside, however. “We’re focusing on the wedding, but I have a feeling [that we’ll take more creative photos],” he says. “Once we have a kid, it’s game over," Huntley also notes. "We’ll have three people we can dress up!”