North Creek Park Engagement Session // Haleigh and Efrain // Bothell Wedding Photographer

March 29, 2018

I met Haleigh years ago. She is the daughter of one of my former coworkers from my years working in the dental field. Who would’ve thought I would be her wedding photographer a few years down the road? I am so thrilled to be working with Miss Haleigh and Efrain during this season of their new life together. Their love story is one worth sharing – so buckle up and grab some popcorn (and maybe some tissues).

Haleigh and Efrain attended Seattle Baptist Church together for years. Fast forward to about a year ago, when they began working in the Children’s Ministry together at Seattle Baptist Church. They became friends and then one day something changed – Efrain saw something special in Haleigh. Efrain invited Haleigh to coffee at Starbucks, clueless – Haleigh agreed – thinking it was to have coffee and discuss Children’s Ministry. Little did she know that was opening the door to the beginning of their courtship: coffee at Starbucks became their first official date.

Now, if you’re not familiar with the difference between dating and courtship, that’s okay! I think this website says it best:

Courtship is a relationship between a man and a woman in which they seek to determine if it is God’s will for them to marry each other. Under the protection, guidance, and blessing of parents or mentors, the couple concentrates on developing a deep friendship that could lead to marriage, as they discern their readiness for marriage and God’s timing for their marriage.

About eleven months after that first date over coffee at Starbucks, Efrain asked Haleigh to meet at their favorite park. She didn’t have a clue he was going to propose. He had a friend that she had not met approach her and ask her to take a picture of him to turn her around so she wouldn’t see Efrain. Efrain played their favorite song on his phone and snuck up to her with a huge bouquet of roses. He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said yes!

I always ask my couples what they love about each other as part of my engagement session planning questionnaire. Their answers are so sweet that I have to share!

What Efrain loves about Haleigh:

She is good at math. She is funny. She is sweet. She is caring. She is clumsy. The way she half smiles when she is thinking of something. She sings amazingly. She is beautiful. She is a wonderful Christian.

What Haleigh loves about Efrain:

I love that he can always make me laugh when I’m stressed out or worried. I love that he always is considerate to others and goes out of his way to help people. I love that he loves the Lord and always strives to lead our relationship in a way that would please Him. I love the way his eyes get dark when he tells me he loves me. I love I his loud yawns and his insane laugh and the way he makes me smile no matter what is happening.

What do I love about these two? Haleigh and Efrain’s courtship and relationship is so deeply rooted in their faith. So much so, that they have chosen to refrain from any physical contact before their wedding day. This means no hugging, no hand holding, no kissing… If you follow my work you know that these are often things that happen during my engagement sessions in preparation for wedding day portraits. Honoring their wishes and with deep respect for their faith, I accepted the challenge to capture the love that they have for each other throughout their engagement session without any physical touch whatsoever.

We started their engagement session at Starbucks, recreating their first date. They brought their Bibles and read together, even playing a few games. Then we visited North Creek Park where Efrain proposed. Something was definitely on our side throughout their engagement session – the light was absolutely beautiful and the love these two share absolutely shined in their smiles and laughs throughout the session.

Efrain and Miss Haleigh are getting married this July in front of everyone they love and will share their first kiss as husband and wife. Words can’t even explain how excited I am to be the one to capture their wedding day and help tell their story!

Miss Haleigh and Efrain's Engagement Session at Starbucks and North Creek Park Miss Haleigh and Efrain's Engagement Session at Starbucks and North Creek Park Miss Haleigh and Efrain's Engagement Session at Starbucks and North Creek Park Miss Haleigh and Efrain's Engagement Session at Starbucks and North Creek Park Miss Haleigh and Efrain's Engagement Session at Starbucks and North Creek Park Miss Haleigh and Efrain's Engagement Session at Starbucks and North Creek Park

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  1. LuRon Shaw

    March 29th, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I agree with everything you said…these two are definitely very special people. I love them dearly. Can’t wait for their special day!! The photos are beautiful. Thank you for providing a place where Christians can hold to their convictions and aren’t made to feel like freaks. I will definitely keep you in mind if anyone should ask about a photographer.

  2. Eva Rieb Photo

    March 30th, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Thank you so much LuRon! It’s truly my honor to tell each couple’s love story – however that story unfolds! Haleigh and Efrain are such a sweet couple and I am so excited for their wedding!

  3. Laurie

    March 29th, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Okay I’m crying…

  4. Eva Rieb Photo

    March 30th, 2018 at 9:47 am

    SO excited for your sweet girl’s wedding!!! You’re gaining such an amazing son in Efrain! XOXO

  5. Kandi Hettich

    March 29th, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    What a beautiful love story!! I have only met Efrain, and his dear family attend our church in Yakima!! I can’t wait to meet the new bride! Congratulations and may God continue to be glorified in all that you do!

  6. Eva Rieb Photo

    March 30th, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Thank you for your comment Kandi! Efrain is such a great man – I feel lucky to be working with him and his beautiful Haleigh during this season of their relationship together.

  7. Rosalinda Salinas

    March 29th, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    The beauty of this lovely relationship is of Knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses and accepting each other for that first. Their first kiss will be worth it’s weight in gold. Thank you for not being ashamed of your faith and stand on purity.

  8. Eva Rieb Photo

    March 30th, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Thank you for your comment Rosalinda! I am so excited for Haleigh and Efrain’s wedding this July!

  9. Elisa Moran

    March 29th, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Beautiful, yes someone hand me a tissue. I am Efrain’s auntie, to see him grow up to be this handsome, sweet, dedicated man of God and to read how he proposed to my future niece-in-law made me cry. To read that this will be their first kiss is better than any fairy tale. God’s blessings over them and their future together.

  10. Eva Rieb Photo

    March 30th, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for your comment Elisa! Efrain is such a wonderful man and Haleigh is his perfect match! So excited fo their wedding!

  11. Diane Frias

    March 29th, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Love the message about their courtship and love the pictures!!!

  12. Eva Rieb Photo

    March 30th, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for your comment Diane! And so happy you love the message AND the photos! I am really in love with how their entire engagement session turned out. Everything was so beautiful!

  13. Lydia De Leon

    March 30th, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    I just loved all the pictures, Haleigh is truly a blessing to our family. Eva Riebs explanation regarding Efrain and Haleighs courtship is so special. Thank you for being so supportive on their conviction of no contact!!

  14. Eva Rieb Photo

    April 4th, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you so much for the comment! Very much looking forward to Haleigh and Efrain’s wedding!!!

  15. Diana (Nana) Tapasa-Ibarra

    April 1st, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    It brings me great joy that you have found a Godly woman that shares your love for Jesus. Thank you for being a Godly example for the younger generation. Can’t wait to meet your bride Coqui (Efrain).

    KJ/Mark 10:9 – What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

  16. Eva Rieb Photo

    April 4th, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you so much for the comment and visiting the blog! Love this couple!

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