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. πŸ™‚

Engagement Photo 1

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!

One year to go and counting down the days…

until I get to marry this guy.

First photo together

Fun fact: this was our first ever photo together. I thought I’d dig it out for this post. Also, didn’t realize how quickly he turned me into a Virginia Tech ‘fan.’

I might’ve already shared the date with many of you, but if I haven’t, and the title didn’t give it away, a year from today we’re getting hitched, wed, married, etc… After that, Jeff’s stuck with me and my obsessive photo taking. Thankfully, he already loves my constant use of emoticons. πŸ˜‰

Last night, Jeff and I were talking about how everyone keeps telling us this year of planning is going to go really fast, and it was then that I started getting a little panicked about how much goes into this one day. Thankfully though, I was quickly reminded how lucky I am to have a wedding day to plan in the first place. So while I may not be a perfect bride all the time, I am a grateful one, and I plan to use this next year as a reminder of the great guy I’ve found, our supportive families we love, and our amazing friends who plan to share in our special day.

Thank you all for reading about our adventures thus far. I’m looking forward to a very busy year and we can’t wait to fill you all in as we go!

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. 😦

Kathryn and Nate 7

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.

Engagement Photos

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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Kathryn and Nate 2

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.

Love is in the air…

It’s just like ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ right?

I know, I know it’s super cheesy. I guess it’s the day that just does it to me.

There’s a 90% chance Jeff disowns me after this post. πŸ™‚

What can I say? I just love him and I’m awfully thankful I have him to spend the day with (and every day). Who else would help with all that house work? Just kidding. πŸ˜‰

I hope you all have a wonderful day with the ones you love. And if you’re not into the festivities, well then hopefully you can bear it for a day.

Happy Valentine’s Day all!

P.S. can you name possibly the sweetest movie line of all time (I’m pretty sure it’s the greatest, but I won’t hold it against you if you disagree!):

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”