“Nick was home on his summer leave and we were just hanging out at my apartment. I had fallen asleep and Nick woke me up telling me that we had somewhere to go, so we got into the car and he started driving. He wouldnt tell me where we were going, even though I asked a ton of times. Finally we arrived at Harriet Lake. We parked, and Nick told me we were just there to walk around for something to do. We were walking around the lake when we came to the map and I saw that there was a rose garden and we decided to go there. We walked around the rose garden and some of the other gardens/landscaping around the rose garden. After about an hour of walking around we ended up back at the rose garden. We walked up and down the aisles, smelling all of the different kinds of roses. Nick said he wanted to pick one of them to take but there were too many people around, so we went to sit on one of the benches in front of the fountain to wait. We sat and talked until most of the people had left the garden. Then, Nick got off of the bench, took my hand, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! ”
“While Alex was home on leave in December, we headed to Sioux Falls to check out Falls Park. We were there shortly before Christmas, so nearly every single tree had been decorated with lights for the holidays. It was really incredible. We took some time strolling around checking out the lights when we found ourselves alone on a balcony overlooking the entire park. We stood there for a little while admiring the sight when Alex slipped something into my hand and squeezed it shut. I knew instantly what it was! I closed my eyes and started saying “oh my gosh, oh my gosh!” When I opened my eyes again, Alex was on one knee, with a huge smile on his face, and asked – will you marry me? Obviously, I said YES!”
I had so much fun photographing these two – can’t wait for their wedding!
“It was the perfect Christmas day- We were home with our families and celebrating my favorite day of the year and there was not an inch of ground in sight that wasn’t covered in snow. We spent the day opening gifts with my family and I was excited to give Michael his present. December 25, 2010 Michael wanted to go to his parent’s house so he could give me my Christmas present. Since he is a very talented carpenter, I was sure he had built me something and was keeping it in the garage at his mom and dad’s house. When we arrived the evening of Christmas, he took me outside to the exact spot where we shared our first kiss in his parent’s backyard. The snow was gently falling and we could hear the Christmas songs playing on the radio in the garage. Michael got down on one knee and asked the big question and gave me a ring. We stayed outside for awhile and slowly danced to the Christmas carols as he held me tight to keep me warm. His parents waited anxiously inside the house to celebrate the new family we were creating. I could not have dreamed up a more wonderful Christmas day than the one when he told me he wanted to grow old together.”
“I was headed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a two-day Critical Care course with two of my coworkers, Marie and Becky. Before I left, I called work to check on a sick patient who I had cared for the night before. My coworker told me that Bryan had just called to get Marie’s phone number because he couldn’t get a hold of me. This seemed silly to me because I’d had my phone beside me all day. So, I tried calling Bryan four or five times but got no answer. Later he texted to let me know that he had been trying to surprise me with a bouquet of flowers but that my coworkers had ruined the surprise. I told him to save his money…it’s the thought that counts!
After our first eight-hour day of class, I called Bryan. He was just leaving work in Alexandria, so the conversation was short. Later that night, much to my dismay, we were studying in the hotel room instead of relaxing in the hot tub, when the hotel phone rang. The front desk clerk notified me that there was a delivery for me at the front desk. I rolled my eyes and told Marie and Becky I had told Bryan to save his money, that I didn’t need flowers! I walked, barefoot, out to the lobby to find a older man, in a tux, with a single red rose and a red carpet rolled out to a limo! This strange man asked me to come with him. I asked if I could wear shoes! I hopped in the limo and proceeded to ride to the Waterfalls at Falls Park. The limo driver instructed me to walk across a long bridge running over the water. When I arrived across the bridge, I found a bed of rocks covered in candles, one stool and a projector and screen that said, “Play Me.” I pressed play, and a slide show of Bryan and I rolled across the screen, set to “The Plain White T’s 1-2-3-4.” On the last slide, I turned around to find Bryan on his knee, asking me to be his wife. I said “YES!”
I later found out that Bryan had been working closely with Marie to set everything up. Marie and Becky even went as far as to hide my pajamas so I wouldn’t change my clothes before the limo arrived! And that’s our engagement story!”
I got to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon this past Fall getting to know Kristina & Shawn. These two really make each other smile, and I love that about them. Congratulations you two!
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I absolutely loved the handmade numbers, and creative ideas that Ross and Mallory brought to their engagement shoot! Check out a few of my favorites below!
I had a great time with Adam and Missy during their engagement shoot. We went all over the place…parks, cornfields, gravel roads, railroad tracks…even alleyways! Below are some of my very favorites. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in May 2012!
I met this fantastic couple in college and was so happy when they announced that they were getting married! I honestly can’t say enough great things about them. They are fun loving, easy going, and they make their own wine (pictured below)! I love you guys and I’m so excited to photograph your wedding in a few weeks!
Custom wine label designed by Brian Bins
I spent a fun afternoon in Redwood shooting Steven and Tiffany’s engagement photos. With the way they make each other smile and keep each other laughing, they made my job super easy! We ended the day with a “family” picture that included their two dogs Axel and Scooter. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding this December!