I love my job! I know that’s a cliche, but hey, what can I say when my job allows me to meet the most lovely couples every day? I get to hear so many real-life love stories that just melt my heart and also get to meet people who genuinely let me into their lives. Hearing my couples talk about their journey together with so much passion and love is priceless! I experienced this once again when my couple Katie and Justin, contacted me for their engagement session. We did this shoot at the Barn at Gibbet Hill, and I had the best time photographing these lovebirds.
Justin is a landscape contractor and runs his own company, and Katie is a teacher at a French preschool. The high school sweethearts were together in the school’s ski team. Talking about their love story, Katie said, “Apparently, Justin walked into the practice room in the high school gym and immediately knew that I was the love of his life! He decided to flirt with me by stealing his friend’s phone to get my number and by throwing snowballs at me on the mountain! Not sure how he managed to make that work, but here we are!” Sounds like a plot from a rom-com, right?
My beautiful bride-to-be also told me how after one of their dates, Justin had asked her if she wanted to be his girlfriend. “I told him ‘maybe’ for which he still makes fun of me. But I was about to leave for Ireland with no phone for two weeks, and he was about to leave for CA for two months! A few days later, my sister helped me decide to say yes, lol,” she told me.
Later, Justin proposed to Katie on Falmouth Heights Beach on the Cape. Remembering the day, Katie told me how they had taken their dogs out for a walk on a rainy Saturday morning. She even shared how with the rain and an empty stomach and no coffee (and no idea about what was going to happen), she felt cranky that morning. Justin’s mom had accompanied them and took some pictures of the couple with their dogs. And that’s when the mood changed. Katie shared, “He just gave me this look. Like stared in my face, just smiling at me until I realized what was going on. All I remember is him saying, “I should’ve done this a long time ago…” I just started repeatedly saying/screaming, “What are you doing? What are you doing?”. I don’t even think I outrightly said yes because I was so excited.” I live for these proposal stories!
Katie and Justin’s engagement photo shoot was as exciting and lovely as their story! We reached the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton and explored the area briefly before finding the most amazing view! My bride and groom-to-be just focused on each other and I think that’s what allowed me to take the most wonderful photos of the couple. They held hands, embraced, kissed, and walked together enjoying the picturesque beauty that the venue had to offer. I could just see the deep bond of love my couple shared. The way their smiles widened and their eyes sparkled looking at each other was so heartwarming. Justin had custom-designed the ring, and I must say he has exquisite taste! And I made sure I gave some extra love to the ring with the detail photos.
Giving some wedding planning advice to other brides-to-be, Katie said, “Be stress-free and make it fun! I’m also trying not to bring up the wedding so much with Justin, so it doesn’t become too annoying. I want to have nice regular conversations about regular life before diving into wedding talk. Also, having help from moms and friends is great, but you have to remember that you’re the boss and try to make it your day as much as possible!” Write that down, ladies!
Katie and Justin, you two are incredible! Thank you for sharing your story and this beautiful day with me. I loved being your engagement photographer and wish you both a beautiful future together.
If you enjoyed reading Katie & Justin’s story and liked the light and airy images I took, you can contact me for a unique photography experience for yourself too. For any queries, you can drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on (603) 703-2626.
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