May 22, 2018

Duane and Jessica {engaged}

Let me start by saying that if I ever run away from home, check Charleston if you’re looking for me. I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it! Actually, I already knew I loved Charleston. It holds a special place in my heart because my hubby and I did a mini-moon there between our wedding and our actual honeymoon {which was 3 months later}. Everything about it is so Southern and romantic. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it! {p.s. if you really wanna go for it…get married there and bring me along to photograph it!}

 

I’ve been thinking about this blog post for months, knowing that no matter what I write, it’s not going to feel like enough. Duane and Jessica have been together since they were kids and I’ve been able to watch them grow into their love. Jessica {affectionately known to me as Jessie} is like a sister to me. Her parents are my godparents and our families were incredibly close during my childhood and teenage years. We always share with each other {and my sister, Caity} that our best memories growing up were always when we were together. We’re the kind of family that even though we never live anywhere close to each other and it’s sometimes years between our visits, it always feels as though no time has passed at all. I don’t know Duane as well, but if he’s good enough for Jessica then he’s good enough for me! Also, he went on a Target run while we were in town for their engagement session and he brought a Minnie Mouse toy back for my 1.5 year old daughter who went with me, so he definitely won some brownie points!

 

Now, if all of this weren’t enough to make everything about this engagement and 2019 Milwaukee wedding {at The Grain Exchange} highly emotional and extra special to me, Jessie asked me and Caity to be bridesmaid in the wedding as well! Thanks to the insight from some of my biggest mentors in photography I have a plan in place to be able to stand by her side while she says I DO and also be able to document that momentous occasion. To say that I’m honored to play so many roles in their wedding is an understatement.

 

Reading through what Duane and Jessica wrote about each other in their questionnaire {a little way I like to get to know my couples better!} seriously brought tears to my eyes. They are able to truly see each other and isn’t that all any of us really wants in a partner-to be seen? Also, there’s a Tiffany & Co engagement ring so maybe we want to be seen AND get pretty diamonds 😉 {seriously though, wait until you see this ring!}

 

Duane and Jessica, you have made me the happiest photographer in the world. A Charleston engagement, a Milwaukee wedding, and being a bridesmaid through it all nonetheless! I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of your life brings. I love you both!

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