The engagement photos are here…

and though you may not admit it, I’m sure you were probably on pins and needles waiting for these photos. 🙂

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No but seriously, my amazingly-talented cousin over at Nicole Clifford Photography just did the best job. And when she’s working with a couple like Jeff and me, you know she’s got her work cut out for her. Sidenote: anyone looking for a great lifestyle photographer in Kansas City should look Nicole up. She’s just all-around a lovely person.

I must admit that although I love bugging others with my obsessive picture taking, it’s much harder to be the one in front of the camera. Especially, when it comes to any kissing photos. We quickly figured out that it’s not really our thing.

engagement photos set 3^^See what I mean? I swear I really love Jeff, but every time he went to kiss me on the cheek I would naturally move away. That’s not a red flag or anything, right? Right?^^

We originally planned to take our photos outside, but the day we’d sat aside for the photo shoot on our short trip to KC over Thanksgiving turned out to be very cold and windy. Looking back, I’m so glad it was, because for our first location we ended up at an adorable urban winery downtown. And if you’ve followed this blog at all, you probably know by now that I LOVE wine (in a socially responsible way, of course).

Engagement PhotosNicole found the location for us and the folks at Amigoni were gracious enough to let us shoot a few photos in their gorgeous space. We kept it to one glass of white wine (although I tend to prefer red) to make it more photo friendly, but I can’t wait to go back and try more of their wines. The Viognier we had was delightful.

Still not willing to brave the subarctic temperatures (I’m only slightly exaggerating) we moved the shoot to Kansas City’s Union Station and their sky walks.

Engagement Photos Set 2Having shot there before, Nicole was quick to suggest it, and again, I’m glad she did. While I love the historic nature of Union Station, the sky walks offer such a clean, bright look. Perfect for a laid back feel that really showcases Jeff and me as a couple.

Now here’s where I get really cheesy…these photos make me so thankful for Jeff, family so graciously helping us out, and the big day still to come. Thanks again for following along, we can’t wait to share more of our journey!

Engagement photos (oh, they’re not ours)…

but they are those of my beautiful friend and her sweet fiance.

Kathryn and Nate, who are also getting married next fall, bravely trusted me to snap a few photos before they make it official!

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I have to admit I’ve never had the honor of taking engagement photos before, so for all you skilled photographers out there don’t judge me too much! I’m learning as I go.

Kathryn was one of the first great friends I made when I first moved to D.C. (back in our lowly intern days) and now somewhat ironically, she’s moved to Kansas City, while I’m still in our Nation’s Capital. I won’t say I didn’t cry a lot when she moved away. 😦

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Seriously, could they be any cuter?

Last weekend while I was home in Missouri (more on that later), Kathryn, Nate and I headed down to both Westport, a neighborhood close to where they live, and the Liberty Memorial to capture a few (poor Nate) images of their relationship. Luckily they’re so cute and in love that my job was pretty easy.

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I mean come on, aren’t they adorable? I’m so excited for them and can’t wait for their big day to arrive.

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Also, that ring. Good job Nate!

I love that I got to be a small part of this happy time in their lives, and that they let me share it with all of you! Wish them luck as they head into this next chapter of their relationship.

Celebrating our engagement…

wait, another party?? We’re pretty lucky over here to have some great friends who went above and beyond to throw us a slightly more formal (and way less humid) engagement party. I was less surprised for this one. 🙂

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Two of my co-workers – who surprisingly aren’t too sick of me to still want to hangout on the weekends – graciously offered to host us and our friends to celebrate our impending nuptials, and share in this exciting time in our lives.

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These hosts. Love them so.

I honestly didn’t snap too many photos, (okay, well less than normal) but as part of our ongoing “Going to the Chapel” scrapbook on this little blog, here are a few photos of the evening.

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Who needs a party when you have cupcakes and macaroons from The Sweet Lobby?? I was tempted to just take them and run.

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Yep, this guy’s my boss. He’s pretty serious all the time.

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I’ll leave you with this photo, because I’m still not sure what’s going on.

Thank you again to everyone who came out for the little shindig. We had so much fun and we’re thankful for all the love and support we’ve received these past few weeks, it just makes us even more excited for the big day.

P.S. As of today, the kitchen countertops are actually underway! Pictures coming later this week.

 

We’re taking this roadshow to the chapel…

aka we’re getting hitched!!

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This past Friday, Jeff really surprised me on date night and you know, proposed. No biggie really. 😉

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Loved that a few of my friends dragged me to get my nails done a few days before. Smart thinking!

Not only did he pop the question, but he went above and beyond with the help of some of our best friends. It was perfect. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Without boring you with too many details, I thought I’d share the quick(est) story of our engagement.

It started out as a date night with dinner at a favorite local restaurant. Jeff told me ahead of time that since I complain (only occasionally) he doesn’t plan enough dates in advance this date was his opportunity put it all together without my help. I tried my best to play it cool all week, but I was skeptical anything was being planned. Little did I know what was yet to come.

I’ll be honest, Jeff had been acting a little nervous and weird, both before and during dinner, so I’d be lying if I said I didn’t suspect something. In fact, during dinner I think I asked Jeff no less than ten times if he was feeling okay. He was sweating a lot! Poor guy.

So as we left the restaurant to head home (though he hadn’t admitted yet that’s where he was taking me) Jeff made me slip on a blindfold. I got pretty nervous and excited at that point! As we parked at our house, (by that point I’d figured out where we were and Jeff confirmed) he led me out of the car and down the stairs to our patio.

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As Jeff opened the fence and we stood on our patio, he took a few seconds and then told me to take off my blindfold, and when I did, there he was on one knee, ring box open, and all of our friends snapping photos in the background! I was shocked. I screamed and then stared at him in disbelief. I may or may not have dove for the ring too. 🙂

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After proposing and me answering “yes, of course!” all of our wonderful friends cheered and popped open the champagne.

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Little did I know that Jeff had coordinated this proposal with our friend Grace (the one that just had a baby) a few weeks ago, so she could help plan and decorate. Let me tell you, she did a great job. The patio had lights, balloons, paper flowers, and pictures of us on clothespins everywhere. It was so romantic and thoughtful.

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Not to mention that the same group of friends we’d just hung out at the lake with the weekend before knew the whole time we were there and didn’t slip any details. Also, they all were able to make it to the celebration and it meant so much to us.

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It really was such a shock to learn how many people were in on the secret for over a week!

Thank you to all of our friends and family for their love, support and well-wishes this past weekend. It truly meant a lot.

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Had to make all the phone calls to family telling them the good news!

And at the risk of sounding super cheesy, a huge thank you to Jeff for making the evening perfect. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!

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Next up, just a little wedding planning and home remodeling. But that’s nothing, right?