I first met Jordan on my son’s first day of school. Yup. You’ve got that right. Jordan was my son’s Kindergarten teacher. Actually, Jordan was a student teacher in my son’s class but she was involved in his daily life for his first year in school and I am so thankful for that. Jordan has a passion for helping young people grow into children that love learning. She made such an impact on my little boy. When she reached out to me and said she was engaged I was both ecstatic and honored that I would have an opportunity to document this milestone in her life with the guy she loves the most. (Side note: I am proud to offer a 10% discount to military, law enforcement, fire, medical, or other emergency services, public safety telecommunicators, teachers and nurses. It’s one of the ways I am able to say ‘thank you’ for serving our community.)
Jordan and Kevin were a workplace romance that blossomed slowly…. turning into exchanging numbers to study together… and eventually growing into a five year relationship that recently resulted in a romantic proposal at a local park.
Their first date was spent aimlessly driving around Seattle. They had a goal of visiting Gasworks Park, a place they hadn’t been before, but poor GPS navigation and deep conversation brought them to Victrola Coffee, the Great Wheel, and the Space Needle. They spent hours in the car talking (and driving) between Sea-Tac and Lynnwood.
Their proposal story, as told by Jordan:
It was my birthday, which is also Valentines Day. We were supposed to be going to dinner for my birthday, but he started riving North rather than South. He took me to Howarth park in Everett, where we had been multiple times. One time we had been there before, we had found a bench with our initials, so it turns out he was trying to find that bench again, but I didn’t know that. He found us a good place to look over the water (after driving around for 15 minutes), and we got out of the car and walked onto a grassy field over the water. He started to talk about how we would have a lot of changes this year, and asked if I wanted to go on more adventures with him (I said yes but that I wanted dinner first, assuming he meant going elsewhere before dinner), and then turned to face me and asked if I was ready for changes and adventures together, (by this point he was shaking) and he reached and grabbed the box and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I sobbed. His shoulder got wet, which he pointed out multiple times. We still went to dinner. :)
Jordan and Kevin both wanted to have their engagement session in a park-like setting during fall colors… without any other people around. When we were emailing Jordan mentioned a “park off 228th in the Canyon Park area of Bothell” that she drives by on her way to work every day. Funny enough, I immediately knew of the park she was referring to. It was the very park that my husband and I had our engagement photos done nearly 10 years ago…. the very park that we went on daily walks at with our dog… the very park that I walked multiple times a week when I was pregnant with our sweet Noah. The park itself doesn’t have a name, because it’s actually a walking trail in the Canyon Park business park with a huge chunk of privately owned land, maintained by the City of Bothell, in which the owner allows people to enjoy with their dogs and kids.
We met for their engagement session about a week ago. It was COLD and overcast….but no rain. This particular area is in a little valley on 228th in Bothell, so there’s often a little fog in the field. I’ve had more than my fair share of sessions at this park (and my own engagement session!) so I was determined to find new places to shoot to make this experience exclusive for them. We walked around, talking about their honeymoon plans and how work/life is going… and then spent about 90 minutes exploring the park taking the sweetest photos that (I think) perfectly paint who they are as a couple.
I love it when couples book an engagement session in preparation for their wedding day. Not only does it provide them with a gallery of images in non-wedding attire, but it also gives us an opportunity to get to know each other better. We get to talk more about how they met, how life is treating them, wedding plans… and we also have the opportunity to learn how to communicate so that their wedding day portraits run extra smooth. They’ll feel comfortable in front of the camera immediately on their wedding day instead of needing the 10-15 minutes of warmup time. (Let’s be honest, a small percentage of the population feels 100% comfortable having their photo taken. It’s weird, even for me, and I take photos of people for a living.) I feel so connected to these two and cannot wait to see how their wedding plans come together over the next nine months.