Jenn and Mel first met years ago when they were both in school for massage therapy. When Jenn first laid eyes on Mel, she knew that she was "the one"—and she was rendered speechless. Fast forward to 2011, and these two were engaged at the place where they first met. They're getting married later this year and we can't wait to see what their wedding is like!
From Lindsay, their photographer:
Jennifer and Mel live in a magical place. No, really. They even have wild horses in their backyard. When I arrived at their home for their engagement shoot, I was ushered outside to see about a dozen of them running past. You could hear their hooves. They also house a vocal cat, two very furry guinea pigs, and something to do with a well-loved Quesadilla. They spend a lot of time in their kitchen together – cooking, drinking wine, laughing, and just enjoying each other. They were as playful and fabulous as I had hoped and make an incredible family. Did I mention that they’re utterly ridiculous? That’s a bright pink Powerwheels Escalade you see there, ladies and gents.
Jenn proposed to Mel in late 2011. She gave her a ring with black and white diamonds that coded “143” (I Love You). As Jenn tells it, her side of the proposal was all happy waterworks and a blubbering mess. After Mel got a ring for Jenn, she waited for the perfect time to pop the question back. She thought a trip to New Hope might make for the right romantic opportunity but it just wasn't quite there. On the way back home, she suggested stopping by the place where they met (where their old massage school used to be). It was there where Mel gave Jenn butterflies for a second time.
Emily and Victoria met while studying at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Victoria was in her final year, and Emily in her first, when Victoria hired Emily to be her theatre manager on a musical production she was producing. By the time the show had finished, they both knew that there was something very special in the air. On their six-year anniversary of dating, they proposed to one another 50 stories above the city of Toronto at the Panorama Lounge (where they had first professed their love for one another) and they both enthusiastically said yes!
From Victoria and Emily:
Custom rings had been hand-created in advance, and the location was chosen as the place where, years ago, we had both told each other that we were in love with one another. While the snowstorm was unpredicted, it made everything that much more romantic and special! We both got down on one knee to propose separately, and celebrated with champagne.
We're now excitingly planning for our “I dos” to take place in late 2015 in Muskoka, Ontario, and are truly blessed and ecstatic to spend the rest of our lives with one another—we are each other's best friend, soul mate and true love!
Stephanie and Lisa share a love for nature. When they got engaged, they knew that they wanted to document their love in a setting that felt at home to both of them. Although both residents of Minnesota, they headed to a family cabin in the woods of Wisconsin and worked with Wildernesses Photography to capture their love through photos and video.
From Emily, their photographer:
These two are so in love, and it’s a true honor to be able to capture their love on film. Their engagement photos depict who they really are—lovers of the land; of nature; of what is real. We captured these images of their love in northwestern Wisconsin, just an hour or so out of Minnesota. Everything from the outfits they chose to the locations we scouted (including the canoe and the lake!) was just so ... them. They're two of the most open-minded and loving people I've ever met, and I can't believe that I'm able to be a part of their journey. Their wedding was in northern Minnesota and it was equally as magical.
Ginger and Emily, both lovers of the Midwest and residents of Chicago, got engaged while on a trip to Puerto Rico. They wanted to capture their love in a place that was special to them, so they headed to their favorite nearby park in Logan Square, along with Wildernesses Photography, to snap some engagement photos. Ginger and Emily plan on having their wedding in August of 2014, under beautiful Catalpa tree in the rolling green fields of Wisconsin.
From Ginger and Emily:
We got engaged while on vacation in Puerto Rico in July 2013. After over a week filled with ocean and jungle adventures and deep conversation, we had planned a romantic day for our last day on the beach, including horseback riding, a lavish dinner, and ending with wine on our oceanside balcony and an engagement. But when the day arrived, we had just been served breakfast when Ginger’s face turned green, and she was knocked out for the rest of the day with a travelers’ bug. It wasn’t the romantic day we had planned, but getting through that day together was a reminder of the enduring power of love and the full spectrum of life’s ups and downs that marriage will entail. And thankfully, Ginger recovered in time so that we could go to a local jeweler and pick out engagement rings together before we left Vieques Island. So the following evening we had our wine in a windowless hotel room and read love letters to each other in which each of us proposed. And we both said yes!
We are planning our wedding for August 2014 in the rolling farmlands of Spring Green, Wisconsin, not far from where Emily grew up. We will be married under the most beautiful, old Catalpa tree and celebrate under the stars into the wee hours while our friends’ Supremes cover band keeps the party rocking.
Gary and Tom have been together for 25 years, and the last thing that Tom expected while went on a work trip to Maui was a surprise proposal. His partner Gary had secretly hired Photography by Karma Hill to document the proposal, and Karma and Chamonix (one of Karma's team members) stepped up to the plate and pretended to be a journalist! The whole thing was perfectly executed and so sneaky. Karma has the full story below—and it's great.
Tom had to go to some conferences for work here in Maui, so Gary and their friend Kris joined him for a tropical getaway. They were enjoying their breakfast at the poolside restaurant in the Royal Lahaina Resort when we arrived just in time for this surprise proposal. Gary had it all planned out. He asked Chamonix to pretend to be a local Maui journalist who was writing an editorial piece about tourists staying in resorts on Maui's west coast. Chamonix strolled around the pool, spotted the trio at their table and approached with a notepad. "Where are you guys from?", "What's been your favorite thing about Maui so far?", "How do you all know each other?" Gary and Kris directed the conversation with enthusiasm while Tom stared off into the distance, completely oblivious to what was about to happen. After jotting down their answers, Chamonix pulled out her camera and asked, "Do you mind if I snap a few photos to accompany the article?"
We walked over to the lawn and took some group photos beside the palm trees. Then, as Gary had requested, Chamonix took individual portraits, giving lots of extra special attention to Tom. Gary wanted Chamonix to draw out Tom's inner supermodel so she was saying things like, "Lean into the tree, stick out your hip, wrap your arms over your head, good, that looks fantastic, you have the perfect look for what we're going for with this feature!" As the poses became more and more bizarre, Tom started glancing around awkwardly. Just as he was about to ask Chamonix for a business card to prove she was a legitimate journalist, Gary stepped away, changed his shirt and pushed play on a special song. He knelt down on one knee and popped the question. It was so wonderful seeing the happy surprise on Tom's face. We followed their proposal with a few more portraits in the beautiful Hawaiian palm trees and then let them get back to their celebratory breakfast!